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Somerset wedding venues - a wedding co-ordinator's perspective

During the past few weeks a huge number of tradesmen have been on site extensively renovating and refurbishing our Oak Room. Walls have been removed, the bar replaced and new flooring, wallpaper and paint applied. For those of you unfamiliar with this function room, it has, over the years, proved to be a popular choice for anyone seeking Somerset wedding venues. The room has played host to many a wedding reception.

As the room was being transformed, I found myself reminiscing. As wedding co-ordinator at the hotel, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know hundreds of couples who have celebrated their special day here. I really enjoy looking after our wedding clients from the initial enquiry right through to the wedding day itself. As the big reveal got ever closer, I found myself reliving my own wedding reception here in 2007. It’s funny how I can clearly remember many aspects of it, but I sometimes struggle to recall things that happened last week!

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What I remember most is how relaxed the whole day felt. The food was fantastic (there was more pressure than usual on the kitchen brigade as my new husband was, at the time, Head Chef at the hotel!) and I can still recall each delicious course.

For our wedding cake we brought in our own ‘Russian slice’. It was easy to cut and share amongst all our friends and family (and the colours inside were certainly eye-catching). As you will no doubt see from the picture, there is a height difference between myself and Paul. (He stands well over 6 feet tall while I’m nudging 5 foot.) We had to cut the legs off the female figure to make the figures on the top of our cake a little more realistic!

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Unfortunately for Paul and I, the hotel’s Cathedral Suite didn’t exist in 2007 (back then it was the ‘Parrot Room’ where property auctions were regularly held) however, many of the staff who looked after me on my wedding day are still here today. This staff continuity really helps. Experienced staff can provide invaluable advice. Having held my own reception here I’m in a good position to give guidance. For what it’s worth, my top tip would be to take time to stop and look around during the day. Enjoy all the special moments and try not to let the day pass in a blur.

During most wedding days something unexpected will happen. For me, this event involved my dress. I suffered a slight ‘wardrobe malfunction’ but with the help of my niece, a clothes peg and the privacy of the disabled toilet, this was soon rectified. (Perhaps this was a form of divine intervention as my hen-do involved surreptitiously putting pegs on unsuspecting drinkers. Sorry, if you were one of the unfortunate people who arrived home from a night out in Bath in July 2007 with a mysterious peg on your clothing…)

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Glamorous wedding ‘peg’ dress

Anyway, the moral of the story is to keep your sense of humour if things don’t go as planned. In most instances you should be able to look back and laugh.

If you would like to see the hotel’s facilities please call me (Natasha) on 01749 836319 or complete an Enquiry Form. Come and see why the hotel makes a great choice for anyone looking for Somerset wedding venues.