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If you’re newly engaged, congratulations! Finding your dream wedding venue should be one of the first things you do when it comes to planning your big day and it will mean you can get on with sourcing suppliers, thinking about decorations and of course, lots of day-dreaming! We’re handing you over to the team at Honeysuckle and Castle to get the gossip on how you can start the search for the perfect venue for your celebrations…

Be Inspired

Start your wedding planning journey by creating a moodboard to help you decide on what kind of wedding you’d like, and where. This is where Pinterest comes in: it can give you some great ideas for themes, colour schemes and DIY tutorials, but remember not to get too carried away… Arm yourself with the latest wedding magazines and cut and stick your favourite things for inspiration.

Guests Come First

Before you make any drastic moves, you’ll need to have an understanding of logistics. How many guests do you want? Where would you like your wedding? Will it be easy for all of your guests to get to? If not, is there suitable accommodation on site or nearby? Imagine getting your hopes up on your dream venue, only to discover that it won’t be able to hold all of your guests. Write a draft guest list and ensure there’s enough space for everyone you’d like to be part of your big day, and then you can start to take a look a venues.


You may have your heart set on a particular venue that looks perfect in photographs, but in person, it doesn’t live up to your expectations. We suggest you book at least three viewings to really get a feel for what’s best for you, and to view each of these venues with a completely open mind. At Honeysuckle and Castle, we like to host as many open days as we can, so that brides and grooms can experience the venue up close. In January, we will be hosting an Open House event at Stancliffe Hall where guests can see the venue dressed as if for a wedding; we have lots of amazing suppliers on board to help, so you never know, you could end up leaving with your photographer, florist and cake booked too! Keep your eyes peeled on our website for a list of upcoming events for 2018.

Be Realistic

The harsh reality of weddings is that they can be expensive. Of course there are things that can be done on a budget, but in order to establish the things you can save money on, you will need to get your priorities in order. For example, if you’d rather spend money on a lavish cake with all the trimmings and wear a pair of shoes that you already own, then you know where you can make a saving. Your venue is where your wedding day will be hosted; whether you’re looking for a small, intimate gathering of 40-50 guests, or a huge celebration for all of your family and friends to enjoy, be sure that you don’t blow the budget! Read through your wedding brochures and ensure you fully understand what is included in your package and what isn’t. As dedicated wedding coordinators, we understand that no two weddings are the same, so our aim is to help create a wedding package that suits you, to really make your special day one to remember.

Calke Abbey

Style: Rustic, characterful, charming
Licensed for civil ceremonies: Yes, the Riding School
Number of day guests: 160
Number of evening guests: 240
Accommodation: 5 Holiday Cottage’s
Grounds: 605 acres
Best for: Being a blank canvas
Events: Wedding Open Day on Sunday 14th January

At Calke Abbey every building has a story to tell with beautiful walled courtyards and distressed paintwork at every turn. The old Riding School is no exception, full of charm, character and quirky features this beautiful space is the perfect blank canvas for you apply your own style and personality.

Stancliffe Hall

Style: Luxurious, modern, romantic
Licensed for civil ceremonies: Yes, the 1816 Room
Number of day guests: 100
Number of evening guests: 150
Accommodation: 8 bedrooms + a Holiday Cottage
Grounds: 50 acres
Best For: Its exclusivity and flexility
Events: Open House from Monday 15th January until Saturday 20th January

Exclusively yours, this exquisite stately home, proudly stands overlooking the Derwent Valley with magnificent views of Riber Castle and beyond. Boasting 8 luxurious bedrooms, fine spa and pool facilities and 50 acres of picturesque Derbyshire countryside, Stancliffe Hall offers a romantic setting for your opulent wedding celebrations.

Clumber Park

Style: Quaint, intimate, botanical
Licensed for civil ceremonies: Yes, in both the Old Parsonage & the Glasshouse
Number of day guests: 50
Number of evening guests: 300
Accommodation: Glamping
Grounds: 3800 acres
Best For: The endless photo opportunities & its English country gardens
Events: TBC

Nestled within the 3,800 acres of the beautiful woodland,, the stunning Glasshouse and The Old Parsonage are quaint intimate wedding venues suitable for civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts up to 50 guests. Clumber Park also offers some spectacular locations for photographs including the Walled Kitchen Gardens, surrounding wooded glades and the romantic classical bridge overlooking Clumber Lake.

If you’re beginning to look for your perfect wedding venue, pop over to Honeysuckle and Castle to find out more…


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