| CHATTING WITH | The Kedleston
During these tricky times, one of the most affected industries has to have been weddings and venues in particular. Here, we chat with Olivia over at The Kedleston Country House to discuss what it’s been like and how they are looking forward to welcoming weddings again.
How has the current situation surrounding Covid-19 impacted you as a wedding venue?
As a wedding venue, the majority of our large-scale weddings unfortunately had to be postponed. However we have been thrilled to recently be able to host a few private Wedding Breakfasts with a maximum capacity of 30 people.
How did you deal with the postponement of any 2020 weddings that were directly affected?
The initial change in circumstance at the beginning of lockdown was, understandably, distressing for our couples and we felt a huge responsibility to put their mind at ease and ensure their special day could still go ahead in the way that they had always imagined.
For any weddings booked between Spring and Autumn, we worked closely with our couples to move their wedding to an alternative date either later in the year, or in 2021, and of course we’ll be monitoring the situation for Winter weddings too.
We want to assure couples that we are simply a phone call or email away if they need any help in rearranging their suppliers, or any other way we can ensure that their plans come together.
How will you be dealing with new wedding enquiries?
During the lockdown period, we were unable to facilitate show arounds and face-to-face meetings, so we filmed a virtual venue tour that would give couples the opportunity to see the venue space and envisage how it could look for their own wedding day. This is still readily available on our website for anyone who isn’t comfortable with a viewing in person. For anyone that does wish to book a viewing, we have increased social distancing measures and offer hand sanitisers at various stations around the venue.
If you’re newly engaged and looking to start your wedding plans soon, we sincerely hope that this period of uncertainty hasn’t made you wary of starting your planning process. We have procedures in place to ensure that, if your wedding day is affected, alternative plans can be put into motion.
When will weddings return to normal?
At this time, no one can be certain of anything, but we have put plenty of measures in place to ensure we’re fully flexible. We want to provide couples with the confidence that we will do everything within our power to ensure that they will have the wedding of their dreams.
We still have limited availability for 2021, with midweek discounts available. If you’d like to enquire about hosting your wedding with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Kedleston Country House
Set on the edge of the Kedleston estate, the Kedleston Country House offers stunning views of Derbyshire – an idyllic countryside retreat to host your special day. Our award-winning events team will be on hand throughout the entire wedding planning process, so you can rest assured that your special day is in good hands.
When you say your ‘I Do’s!’, you have the choice of two locations: our stunning Orangery with its glass roof and panoramic views can seat up to a recommended 70 guests; alternatively, up to 50 guests can be seated in the Dining Room, with high set windows and stunning architecture. We can host up to 120 guests for an evening celebration.
The Kedleston Country House is exclusively yours from 12pm on the day of your wedding, until 11am the following day, meaning that you and your partner, and your family and friends, are welcome to truly relax knowing you have the entire property to yourselves.
We understand that every wedding is unique, and we want to help you make it a celebration of ‘you’ as a couple. Put your own stamp on things with our Bespoke packages, allowing you to chop and change things that suit your needs. Hot chocolates in the Snug for a gorgeous winter wedding? Pimms on the terrace in the height of Summer? We want to help make your dreams a reality.
Why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our five boutique bedrooms? You and your guests can swap your dancing shoes for our fluffy robes and slippers, and enjoy the home comforts and luxuries that The Kedleston Country House can offer. Our bridal suite is also the perfect size for a Bride and her Bridal Party to get ready for the day ahead. The following morning, guests can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast in our dining room. You’re also welcome to invite additional guests for breakfast, so that you can all reminisce about the day before…