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From Finland With Love!


Whenever a couple contacts us wanting to plan their wedding from abroad we know that it’s going to be a special occasion and our team can play a huge part in planning their day. With our recent couple Georgina and Ville we were delighted to help them plan their wedding from their home nearly 2,000 miles away in Finland.

A few months after their wedding we’ve been chatting to Georgina and Ville about why they decided to have their wedding in the UK, how they chose The Bowdon Rooms and what they adored about the whole occasion! Photography for Georgina and Ville’s wedding was captured by Autumn Stone Photography.

Living in Finland, when Georgia and Ville got engaged they had the big decision to make between getting married near their home or across in the UK. “We looked at another venue in Finland,” explained Georgina “it was quite different because it was an old Swedish country house with beautiful grounds. However, it was quite far away from all of Ville’s guests so our guest list would have been fairly small.”

“Once I phoned my family in the UK and found out that many guests wouldn’t be flying we decided to hold the wedding in the UK. We ended up having a Finnish wedding celebration at Ville’s parents house a few weeks after our wedding so that both families got to share in the celebrations!”

“Once we decided to have our wedding in the UK we actually chose The Bowdon Rooms very quickly” admitted Georgina, “My aunt had her wedding reception at The Bowdon Rooms in 1991 and I had grown up in the area so I already had an idea of what the venue looked like from primary school singing competitions. It was exactly how I remembered it… although it’s totally different when dressed up for an event like a wedding!”

By spending time on The Bowdon Rooms website and having a look through photographs from our previous weddings Georgina and Ville were able to get a really clear idea of how beautiful our ballroom could look when set up perfectly for an occasion.

“The fact that The Bowdon Rooms did everything for us was great” added Georgina “Because of where we live we knew it wasn’t possible to choose a venue where we arranged everything ourselves. We had loads of assistance from the wedding planner Karen – she was absolutely fantastic! She had all my wishes laid out and knew everything that I wanted… Without her I don’t think it would have been possible to have the event in the UK!”

On the big day itself Georgina and Ville held their wedding ceremony at a nearby church surrounded by friends and family.
Before heading across to their wedding reception at The Bowdon Rooms the couple spent some special time at local beauty spot Denzell Gardens along with their daughter.

Once at The Bowdon Rooms the celebrations really began.

“I was blown away when I first saw the ballroom all decorated – it looked amazing, really beautiful. I hadn’t imagined it would look like that! I thought I knew how everything would look but in reality it surpassed my expectations ten fold.”

“Our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and they particularly loved the flowers (created by Sheila Halkyn) and all the decorations. The food was also lovely. I had so many compliments from the guests about how tasty the meal was!”

With the food merrily enjoyed, Georgina and Ville had their romantic first dance before their guests danced the night away on our sprung maple dance floor to Manchester based band The Fraudsters.

“I received a lot of compliments about the band, the guests really enjoyed them.” added Georgina, “I was also really grateful that we had access to the lighting and sound system – it was brilliant, truly made the evening part of our day really special!”

What a wonderful day for a wonderful couple! Warmest congratulations from everyone at The Bowdon Rooms team to Mr and Mrs Antila!