Did Covid put the brakes on your wedding preparations this summer? Many couples had their hopes swept aside by uncertainty, however now is the time to get those plans back on track by taking advantage of an amazing North Devon Autumn and Winter wedding offer.
We have heard the phrase ‘new normal’ far too often over the past few months. However, it is the situation that is here to stay for a while and, if this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we have the ability to adapt and make the best of whatever the new normal might be. When it comes to weddings, this is a new appreciation for a different kind of wedding occasion.
Consequently, the champagne may have been on ice, but your wedding plans no longer have to be. Current government guidelines give the green light to wedding gatherings of up to 30 people. In light of this, Autumn/Winter 2020 – 2021 should be embraced as the season of the smaller, more intimate wedding.
The Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe has adapted its own wedding programme with a North Devon Autumn and Winter Wedding Offer (LINK) that caters for 30 people at £30 per head. So if you’re coming round to thinking that actually an intimate wedding reception may be the way to go, then here are some great reasons to back up those thoughts:
1) More Control
Some people crave the big wedding day, with a guest list as long as a wedding trail. However, the dream, as encapsulated in movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, rarely goes so smoothly in reality. Big occasions are incredibly demanding and a supporting cast of dozens can bring dozens of problems with them. Keeping things intimate with a tighter control over a guest list that cannot exceed 30 means there’s an oven ready excuse to ensure that you only have the guests you want at your wedding!
2) Less Stress
Let’s face it, a wedding may be one of the biggest days of your life but it can also be one of the most stressful. With the pressure on to make sure that everything goes perfectly it’s a good job the bride and groom have a honeymoon to look forward to – they definitely need it! The wonderful thing about a small wedding is how much more relaxed it is. In many ways 30 is a perfect number – that much bigger than a typical family and friends gathering to feel special, but not too big to stress you out.
3) More Memorable
The curse of the big wedding is that the happy couple spend their whole day ‘catching up’ with everybody through fear of leaving anybody out. This involves a succession of snatched (and repeated) conversations, each one requiring a fixed smile and polite engagement of niceties. No wonder brides and grooms fall victim to wedding fatigue! If the big day flies by as a result then just how memorable can it be? Some of the happiest wedding memories are made when the occasion is relaxed, the guest list is convivial and there is actually time to sit back and enjoy the occasion.
4) Less Money
Ok, so this one is probably reaching out to the bridegroom more than the bride now the tradition of her father footing the bill is increasingly outdated. However, the days of happily yelling ‘money is no object’ at the top of your lungs are gone in these uncertain times and for this reason the current 30 guest limit is also a welcome brake on the budget. Don’t forget, the Carlton is offering 30 people for £30 per head leaving more savings for the honeymoon pot!
5) More Options
The occasion may be smaller but your ambitions don’t necessarily have to be. It’s your wedding day and you can do whatever you want with it so why not get creative? The Carlton is well experienced in managing events, such as weddings and celebrations, with its reputation for being there to help with every stage of the planning. So if you have some unorthodox ideas about how you want your wedding reception to stand out from the crowd then let your imagination wander!
Don’t forget that aside from offering a great North Devon Autumn and Winter Wedding offer as an event space, we also have enough rooms to comfortably accommodate 30 guests. We have a comprehensive Covid plan in place at the hotel and an experienced team to carry out all the necessary procedures and precautions to ensure your stay is as safe as it can be.
Send us an email or a call (01271 862446) to check date availability and tell us about your wedding plans and how we can help you to make the most of an intimate wedding this coming season.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]