Molly is one of our Wedding and Events Coordinators here on the Swinton Estate, working as part of a team to create the wedding of your dreams. We put to her some of our most frequently asked questions from both Brides and Grooms to be.
That’s a really tough first question!! There’s no such thing as normal on the Swinton Estate – my job would be very easy if there was! From a Wedding for Two in the castle turret at Swinton Park to a woodland wedding for 100 in the plantation at Swinton Bivouac there’s no end of options. Once a bride and groom have settled on the location for their ceremony there are also all the other arrangements that go with it, from one of our Birds of Prey flying to the groom’s hand with the wedding ring, to a lakeside photoshoot in the Parkland, to hanging the personalised bunting in the trees at Bivouac.
It’s always nice to have sunshine on the day, but that’s one thing you can’t be sure of… I suppose what makes a summer wedding so lovely, particularly a mid-summer one, are the long days and the beautiful twilight evenings – it doesn’t get properly dark until about 10.30pm! On the other hand, being able to light the fire and wrap warm and cosy for a winter wedding helps it feel much more intimate. We can cope with pretty much any kind of weather, and if it snows it’s a bonus!
I think Samuel’s at Swinton Park has to be one of the favourites. This is the hotel’s dining room, with an amazing gold leaf ceiling, huge fireplace and views across to Home Lake and the deer in the parkland – the party can follow on from there with dancing in the Library and fireworks on the croquet lawn. There again, if you want something really all of your own, a teepee at Swinton Bivouac with homespun decorations, hog roast, firepit and a ceilidh is also what really sets us apart. Never forget how important the meal is – and for the real foodies the preference is a gourmet meal in the Private Dining Room or at the Chef’s Table in the Cookery School.
Well if you are inviting a large group of friends and family, you have the option of accommodating everyone and having either the whole hotel at Swinton Park (sleeping 64 plus children) or all of the tree lodges and yurts at Swinton Bivouac (sleeping up to 87) all to yourself. This works really well if you particularly want some privacy or a bit more in the way of flexibility. There again, you may just want a few rooms for yourself and your very nearest and dearest in which case you can choose the accommodation you prefer, not forgetting our cottage at No 1 High Swinton that sleeps 8.
On the day itself we can help by organising entertainers, activities and children’s menus. When it comes to bed-time we have babysitters available, and the suites and family rooms at Swinton Park have adjoining rooms, bunk beds and sofa beds. Children also really love Swinton Bivouac, they are so happy to roam around in the freedom of the outdoors and there’s a Forest School if they need entertaining – and there’s always a family film in Owl Barn at the end of a long day to look forward to. They won’t want to come home! And, yes, we are dog friendly everywhere on the Swinton Estate, with miles of walks in the Parkland and beyond!
I find that over the course of a few years I get to know couples better than I ever imagined, they keep coming back! From all the excitement of the proposal (we love the Lake House on the Island for that!), to the Bride and bridesmaids enjoying a pre-wedding day in the Spa together while the Groom and his gang might be mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting or taking on a round of golf – there’s a lot that goes on in the build up to the big day! Of course after the day there’s the first of many Anniversary stays, sometimes Baby Naming ceremonies and Renewals of Vows for a bit more of that Swinton magic.
Something that never fails to impress at the Swinton Estate is the stunning location. There are 20,000 acres of beautiful Yorkshire scenery and landscape, and a really unique sense of heritage and being part of a big family. After all, the Cunliffe-Listers have owned the Estate since the 1880’s, and anyone who visits feels like a genuine guest rather than another number. Apart from that, it would be the sheer variety of everything that is on offer – from the ceremony right through to the accommodation, wedding breakfast and celebrations – and with the spa, cookery school and all the country activities on offer, there’s never a quiet moment.
Our wedding packages start from £1,500 (for the Wedding for Two package). For further information please contact Molly on 01765 680972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly and the Weddings Team would like to invite you to Swinton Park’s open day, have a look around the rooms available and meet with one of our coordinators to go through all your wedding requirements and create your dream day.
Saturday 23rd March, 11am until 3pm