From when I was young I always dreamed of having the typical large fairytale wedding. I was due to get married in May 2020, then due to Covid we had to postpone until September. Working together with our wedding venue Rockbeare Manor, we decided to split our wedding into two parts. This was honestly the best decision I could ever have made. In September our guest numbers were limited to 30 - where I once would have hated this idea as it was not what I envisaged, it ended up being exactly what I wanted without even knowing it! Our wedding venue was absolutely amazing through the whole process. It was so much more intimate and I was able to spend the time talking to all my guests without missing anyone out. I was treated like a princess for the whole day and every member of staff was attentive and caring.
I would advise any bride getting married during Covid to just do it! Marriage is about the love for your partner and sharing your day with those most special to you. Having a smaller wedding meant that we didn't get 'those second aunties that you have never met' - it was an event with all those closest to us, which I will cherish forever.
Aimée and Helen kept in touch during the whole process and even called us just to see how we were feeling about everything going on. Next year, we will hopefully be having our Wedding 'part two', with all those that were not able to attend this year. After the wedding I soon got all the wedding blues, but this quickly vanished. I get to wear my wedding dress TWICE!!! I get to experience the amazing food-which honest to god was the best food I have ever eaten in my life and I get to return to the glorious grounds which were all well kept and beautiful.
I never thought I would ever have two weddings and what started out as disappointment is now appreciation and pure excitement.
I am so unbelievably lucky to be able to experience the best day of my life for the second time.
If I could advise any bride considering doing this. Please, please, please do it as you will not regret it!! I literally can not wait for next year, where I have managed to have the best of both worlds. One that is intimate, romantic and special in its own way, one that is large, full of music and dancing. How many brides get to say that they got to experience two weddings to the same partner?!
In regards to Covid restrictions, the team made sure to make the experience as magical as it could possibly be. Whilst they made sure to maintain guidelines, providing hand gel and exceptionally clean facilities, they also made sure that it was your "typical" wedding experience. I do not feel that I missed out in any way whatsoever, if anything I feel like I got a better experience than most.
My last bit of advice would be to make it your own. Due to the restrictions put in place, all our traditional wedding ideas of what a wedding "had to include" went out the window. Please do not panic as whenever you do get married here, it will be an amazing experience which you will never forget.
Philippa and Michael