Introducing Our Lucky Number 300!

In September 2018 we celebrated a truly wonderful wedding milestone… welcoming our 300th wedding couple to The Bowdon Rooms! The lovely Lizzie and Edd were our lucky number 300 and we were extremely proud to help them create a romantic, personal and love-filled wedding day that suited them both perfectly.

As a wedding venue we love helping our couples to create exactly what they want on their wedding day. From bespoke wedding ceremonies to personalised music – we accommodate every little thing to make sure that the whole day is totally unique. Lizzie and Edd wanted a wedding venue that was relaxed, not too ‘traditional’ and would let them inject their style and personality into the day – so we made sure that The Bowdon Rooms (and our team!) fitted perfectly into their plans from start to finish.

The happy couple even starred in a special video that we created to celebrate our 300th wedding day – huge thank you to both Lizzie and Edd for letting us film your big day!

Eight months after wedding number 300, we decided to look back on Lizzie and Edd’s special wedding day at The Bowdon Rooms and asked them to tell us about their experience. Photography of Lizzie and Edd’s wedding was captured by Laura Horsefield.

“We were already aware of The Bowdon Rooms as we live nearby (Hale) and also through Lizzie’s parents, Moira and Alan. They’ve taken part in dance lessons there and enjoy attending The Cinnamon Club nights. Moira told us how great the venue was, especially with the sprung dance floor.” explained Lizzie and Edd.

“In terms of choosing it for our wedding venue, we just happened to drive past on a sunny Saturday morning and spotted the wedding fair sign outside so Moira suggested we pop in and take a look! Our first impressions of the venue were all really positive. We loved the character of the building, the size of the hall with the high ceiling, the natural light that flowed in and the space available for guests. This was important to us as we knew there would be around 100 guests attending, we wanted everyone to fit in comfortably.”

“We pretty much decided we wanted The Bowdon Rooms at that wedding fair.” Edd told us, “We are both pretty relaxed people and we didn’t want to overcomplicate the wedding planning process so, in terms of practicality, it ticked our boxes on what we wanted (size, location, character) and was within our price range. Also, we could legally get married there too which made the planning so much easier as we could do everything in the same place!”

On their big day Lizzie and Edd held their wedding ceremony in our ballroom complete with its dramatic 40-foot domed ceiling. The room had been dressed with stunningly simple floral arrangements that Lizzie and Edd had created themselves using wholesale flower retailer The Flower Monger. The rustic style décor was complete with DIY accessories which had previously been used at the weddings of Lizzie’s sister and cousin, including hessian table runners and tree trunk circles.

Lizzie and Edd’s no-fuss, no-frills approach made for a laid-back, romantic and relaxed wedding ceremony as their guests sat under our sparkling chandeliers to watch the bride’s arrival. Lizzie wore a simple, elegant dress with a dazzling gold metal waistband. Her home-made bouquet was a delicate explosion of peonies, astrantia, gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves.

“On the day, walking into the ballroom was so overwhelming.” said Lizzie, “all our friends and family were there smiling, the room looked gorgeous and everything was exactly how I’d imagined it.” 

“Many of our friends and family really loved the venue and commented on this throughout the day.” added Lizzie, “Another comment was how quick the ceremony was! We decided that we didn’t want any readings and to keep it short and sweet, therefore, we think this kept everyone engaged.”

When the short (but sweet!) ceremony had finished, the new Mr and Mrs were welcomed outside our Edwardian venue with scatterings of confetti. The entrance porch had been decorated with bunting, candle-jars and handmade signs and the guests enjoyed some time mingling outside in the grounds – thanks to the well behaved September weather!

“When we went back inside and saw the ballroom we absolutely loved it.” explained Lizzie, “The room looked exactly how we envisioned. We didn’t get married until mid-afternoon so the turnaround from ceremony to reception had to be very fast, The Bowdon Rooms team were definitely very efficient in making this happen!”

After the ceremony, guests tucked into a ‘tear and share’ Lebanese mezze, a feast of stuffed vine leaves, halloumi and chicken satay. They later shared a delicious cheese tower overflowing with mouth-watering mounds of Stilton, Brie and Cornish Yarg which was supplied by The Cheese Yard.

“We loved having the rows of tables during dinner as we felt like it really brought our guests together whilst having enough room for the dance floor.”

Once everyone had enjoyed the meal, the guests then travelled back in time to the 1920s to dance the night away to Darren Lloyd’s Dixieland Band’s jazz classics. Lizzie and Edd’s friends also took to the stage to play more great music and serenade the happy couple.

“We both have close musician friends. The main thing we wanted was for them to play at our wedding. My friend Ash Hunter played folk music just after the ceremony and Lizzie’s friend, Jamielee Hilton performed for our first dance and a couple of other songs” explained Edd.

“My favourite part of the whole day was probably our first dance” added Lizzie, “it was so meaningful to have our friends perform the song. It was lovely and fun and we just went with the flow, it was me and Edd in a nutshell.”

“When it came to planning our wedding, we didn’t really need too much assistance,” explained Edd, “Lizzie enjoys planning and organising events so she was happy and comfortable to plan most of the wedding herself. If there were specific questions we needed answering, the wedding planning team at The Bowdon Rooms were available and on hand to help.”

“The one thing that was important to us was that we could make it our own. We wanted our style and personalities injected into our day and we didn’t want to make it too traditional,” added Lizzie. “We loved that we could create a wedding exactly how we wanted. In some venues, you have strict rules and guidelines you have to follow and use their décor and their suppliers, however, at The Bowdon Rooms we loved that we had the flexibility to create a wedding day exactly how we wanted.”

Huge congratulations from everyone at The Bowdon Rooms team to Lizzie and Edd – what a special couple celebrating a truly wonderful day! As Neil, our Director at The Bowdon Rooms adds: “To have hosted our 300th wedding was just incredible and we wish Lizzie and Edd every happiness in the world. Our next landmark… 400!”

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