Tony and I wanted to say how very much we enjoyed our Special Day at The Marine.
Our wedding was a huge success in every respect and was the happiest day of our lives. The guidance and support Amy gave throughout the organisation of our wedding was wonderful and gave us the confidence that all would go well. We were delighted at how easy it seemed to arrange with Amy all the things we needed for our ceremony, vegan meal and disco. Having the ceremony outside was exactly as we imagined it and Amy made that happen with no fuss or stress so we could, and did, enjoy every minute.
Everyone was hugely impressed with the beautiful hotel facilities, the friendly and professional staff, the fabulous vegan meal and the whole ambience throughout. So thank you again for making our Wedding at The Marine such a memorable day for all of us.
Our original wedding plans were disrupted (like many others) by the pandemic. We had booked a large gathering with a different venue, that would not have been feasible, and like many others postponed. As our original wedding day drew nearer we decided that we wanted to get married regardless, with just the two of us and legal witnesses.
We chose North Berwick as it is a place with special meaning to us, closer to home, and undeniably beautiful. Working with Amy from start to finish was an absolute delight. Her communications by email prior to our tour and after were prompt and clear. On site during our tour we were shown the large wedding suite along with the smaller rooms usually reserved for board meetings and dinners. We selected the library for our ceremony and the front room for a quiet dinner afterwards.
It felt special to be the smallest wedding the Marine Hotel had hosted, and I can confidently say that they should start hosting micro-weddings more often. I could not have felt more like a bride, the staff were so accommodating. We brought some decorations ourselves and I was amazed at how the room was transformed. Everyone went out of their way to make our day special. I even forgot to pack my toothbrush the night before and the wonderful reception staff helped me out.
That's not all. The food was simply amazing. I cannot describe how delicious it was, and the timing made us feel like we had a private kitchen just for us. The menu was customised by combining some ideas they had on their standard menu and some of our favourites. Accomidating gluten free was also no issue. The battered fish and chips were so yum that you couldn't tell they were gluten free. They even prepared special cocktails for us after we got in from the cold (we were married in October, so it was a bit chilly).
The setting is absolutely beautiful, we had a photographer come along to capture the day and the pictures turned out amazing. In the late evening it was very quiet and we ventured out onto the lawn with some sparklers to end the night (with permission from the very delightful front desk staff of course). It wasn't the wedding we originally planned but, the team at the Marine Hotel could not have done anything more to make it any better. Our rescheduled large reception event venue has alot to live up to for when we are allowed to celebrate with everyone together. We were beyond pleased at our experience and if you are considering booking with them definitely get the Bridal Suite with your package for getting ready. I cannot explain how amazing it was - all I'll say is you will not regret it. We extended our stay for an extra night and we are already planning a stay for our first anniversary.
Jennifer and I had originally planned our wedding at The Marine for March 2020 and we had a fantastic time planning and preparing for our big day with the help of Amy and her team.
With just over a week to go we got the dreaded news that our wedding could not go ahead due to the government restrictions, we immediately contacted Amy who along with General Manager Bruno met us straight away to discuss our options going forward.
Doing our best to predict the future we decided on a date in October 2020, we got regular updates from The Marine as time went on with what we could and could not have and our wedding went ahead on our rescheduled date in October.
Our smaller big day was fantastic! The weather was great , our twenty guests still managed to have a drinks reception on arrival before we tied the knot in the Bass Rock Suite. The staff at The Marine Hotel went over and above to ensure that everyone was well catered for and everything went to plan (and even on time!) and in a safe and clean way!
All our rooms were lovely and we treated ourselves the next day to a treatment in the Spa, as did a number of our guests!
We cannot thank the team at The Marine enough for looking after us all and making it a very special day!
So we absolutely CANNOT fault the professionalism, dedication, hard work and flexibility of the staff at the Marine hotel in 2020 during such a difficult and stressful time. I feel a little emotional writing this as having our wedding cancelled 11 days before it was due to happen was absolutely heartbreaking at the time. The blow was made so much easier by having so much support from the staff at the hotel. When we decided we wanted to go ahead with a small intimate wedding with 15 guests in October 2020, the staff at the Marine were incredible. We had a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, depending on any covid rule changes. The creative thinking, thoughtfulness and quick email replies with reassurance were an absolute blessing for us. We felt completely secure having such regular contact, and someone to oversee track and trace, and help us plan our 'bubbles' and organise our seating plan. I have to say, on reflection- we loved the small intimate wedding so much, we wouldn't change a thing. A cosy autumnal theme, fire on, candles lit, delicious food and our most important family and friends- I would highly recommend a small wedding to anyone now!! Lots of our friends had to rearrange weddings this year and I have heard some real horror stories. I am so so grateful for the Marine Hotel and am impressed by how they have handled everything. I can't wait to celebrate again in 2022!
We have been working with the Marine Hotel since March 2019 when we were planning a big wedding in summer of 2020. Pre-pandemic and beyond, the events team have remained supportive, communicative, and understanding. Amy and her team have not only facilitated a date change for our big celebration twice, they also seamlessly accommodated our smaller, intimate Autumn ceremony at short notice. In a time that has otherwise been quite bleak for two healthcare professionals, we are so lucky to have created such an emotional and special memory with each other and with our parents. Amy and her team made that all possible: we cannot thank you enough.
Thank you to you and the team for our wedding on Saturday. Hana and Souvik were fantastic and were such a pleasure to work with.
It was so relaxing to not have to worry about food and being ill on the day, and other gluten free guests commented on how much of a pleasure it was to be able to eat all the canapés and not have to worry about bread etc. We also had a guest who had previously worked at the Marine Hotel for three/four years and who commented on how impressed they were with the standard of service.