Penton Park, one of Hampshire's most sought after wedding venues, opened it's doors in 2010. Since then it has played host to many amazing weddings and on Sunday 18th May, the Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale will join forces with the Penton Park Team and we honestly can't wait! To find out more and to show you how special this family-run venue is, we caught a few moments with the lovely Danielle who is lucky enough to call Penton Park 'Home'.
Tell us a bit about Penton Park, your beautiful venue... we hear its got quite a history?
Penton Park has in it’s past been a private family home, a recuperation hospital in the War and also a private convent boarding school… since World War II we are the first family to live in the house, and having three generations all under one roof means it truly is a family home. In 2010 we renovated the house decorating throughout bringing it back to life, and showing off the beautiful interior to it’s absolute best.
Can you tell us about a favourite shindig or wedding you've had at Penton Park?
Probably the favourite shindig was our 2013 Christmas ball – this is a grand affair open to the public and let’s just say it truly went off with a bang last year! Having sold out in 2 weeks everyone really made such an effort… the ladies gowns were huge and decorative, the gentleman were resplendent in black tie and even a few kilts! There was a 14 foot Christmas tree, wonderful canapes, lots of bubbly, 2 casino tables, the snooker table in full use, not to mention fabulous music, meaning everyone really let their hair down celebrating the imminent Christmas festivities! Whilst we absolutely love hosting weddings, it’s lovely on this one occasion in the year to have a chance to dance the night away with some of our friends and family amongst the guests.
What are you top three tips for brides-to-be planning their wedding?
Pick a venue that makes your heart sing… if you love it your guests will too.
Make sure your wedding co-ordinator helps take the stress away - that’s their job! If you get the relationship right you should know they will deliver the day you dreamed of, and all you have to do is worry about enjoying yourself!
If you have a budget then be creative, for example having one ‘dive in’ desert on the table is far more economical than each guest being served their own plate, get seasonal on flowers it can save heaps (we allow brides to use Penton Park greenery for their decorations), and most importantly visit the HBBS for great tips and wonderful ideas!
What makes Penton Park a unique wedding venue?
Without wanting to blow our own trumpet I think we do… we live, eat and breathe Penton Park, and take huge pride in delivering events of outstanding calibre. If your guests don’t walk away saying ‘wow that was one of the best weddings’ then we don’t feel we’ve done our job as well as we should. We don’t clock off at 5.30pm and we always work evenings and weekends (we believe the bride and groom should be able to visit when it’s convenient for them). In addition as we only hold, at present, a maximum of 12 events in a year each truly is special and unique, and one that we really care about. During your Penton Park experience you will meet our children and even our pets, you’ll feel the family home feeling from the moment you arrive – but prepare to be amazed at the transformation on event days! This will be seen first-hand on the 18th May once the lovely ladies from the Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale take over the house!
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