Ok so I may be a little biased because I actually had my wedding reception at Hylands House in Chelmsford but I honestly believe that it has a lot to offer couples looking for a wedding venue.
Here are a few of the top reasons I think that it is a great choice.
- It has an amazing and varied indoor space
- The grounds are stunning should you get some great weather
- You get to choose all your suppliers including who does your catering
- You get the venue exclusively
There is plenty more reasons but let me explain a little further why the above points are a great plus when looking for a wedding venue.
First the indoor space is not only beautiful but it offers a great variety, with several options on places to have a ceremony and drinks reception you can have up to 70 guests for the reception inside the house or you can go to the newly added pavilion if you would like more space. However, if you are looking to keep costs down then keeping guests to a minimum is a great way to do that.
If you are looking for a venue and you have concerns about the weather because of the time of year then a venue with a beautiful inside space that has room to move about is important and Hylands has that in spades. As a wedding photographer I can take a couple to a different room for some photos and not disturb guests and not have guests watching as I take the portraits. Great if you are a bit shy about having your photo taken.
Second if you want to have your drinks reception outside or have a beautiful manicured garden to have some different photos taken the back lawn or formal gardens are absolutely perfect and if you are getting married in the summer once the café shuts the gardens are often completely deserted.
Third the choice of all your own suppliers is great, it gives you the scope to do what you want but also with things like catering then you get more chance to control the menu. Often venues that have in house catering only give you 2 or 3 options on the choice of food you serve. As an example, I used Premier Crew to cater my wedding, I had a spring wedding and I wanted spring lamb as a main course, this was not an option I was given at any other venue. I also wanted lots more canapes and only 2 courses for the wedding breakfast. This was due to the number of children at our wedding but also because I wanted people to dance and after 3 courses no one wants to dance. It also had the added bonus of being slightly cheaper. Hylands has several caterers they recommend I suggest you think about what you want and shop around, do you want BBQ or a buffet or perhaps you want something more specific to your culture, this gives you the opportunity to do so.
Finally, the sole use of the venue means you will not have strangers in your photos or anyone you don’t know wandering through your reception. It happens trust me!
I have attached a few of my favourite images from the last wedding I photographed at Hylands House and if you would like to find out more about my wedding photography please email firstname.lastname@example.org