Getting married on a budget



Country Life magazine has issued some tips for a perfect wedding day as they urge people to resist the temptation to spend big.

“The whole thing has got rather out of hand,” says editor Mark Hedges. “Everyone sees what everyone else has done and feels they have to do something better.

“They don’t need to do better, they just need to get married and have a very special, sometimes simple, day. It should be fun, it should be delightful.”

Country Life put forward half a dozen pointers to ensure an elegant and tasteful wedding

  • A reliable best man
  • Small canapes: you shouldn’t have to struggle to eat them
  • Morning dress for men, hats for women
  • Subsidising the costs of a lavish hen-do/stag party
  • Always ask a father’s permission
  • Not royal? Then more than six bridesmaids is “excessive”.

Wivenhoe House’s conference and events manager Sarah Bowman agrees: “Don’t ever think that a less expensive wedding will look cheap. With the help of a good wedding planner, you can fulfil your dreams and make it a memorable day for your guests.

“Always look for a venue with a clear pricing structure and be upfront about your budget. No one at Wivenhoe House wants you to overspend – that’s an unnecessary stress on what should be a carefree day.”

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find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.