Newlyweds praise venues for hosting covid-secure weddings

10 Feb 2021

Two couples have praised their wedding venues for helping them achieve their dream wedding during a global pandemic

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After the COVID-19 outbreak last year, many couples' dream big day plans had to be changed, from cutting the number of wedding guests allowed to attend, having to cancel special moments such as the first dance and catering, to completely cancelling the big day altogether. However, many were determind to not let the restictions ruin the day they had been dreaming of for years, and instead showed that love really does conquer all. 

Newlyweds Stephanie, and Steven Fyfe say the Covid-19 pandemic did not spoil their dream day back on December 12 thanks to staff at a Hotel Colessio in Stirling, Scotland.

Stephanie said: “We would not have changed anything about our wedding day. We cannot thank the Hotel Colessio team enough for helping to make our day magical. They could not have done anything more for us. Despite the pandemic, we felt very safe, and had an absolutely amazing day.

“Hotel Colessio was where we had our first meal after getting engaged. We decided then that this is where our wedding would be. We loved the look and atmosphere at the hotel every time we visited, and it was always going to be our wedding venue.”

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Above: Stephanie, 34, and Steven, 37, met at Christmas six years ago

Because of the pandemic, the couple had postponed their wedding, which they had been planning for about a year and a half, until June 2021, but then decided to go ahead in December after all.

Stephanie said: “We decided to go ahead with the wedding in December as we simply wanted to be husband and wife, and it just felt right for us.

“Our wedding was very easy to plan. General manager, John Stirrat, and his team were fantastic and extremely helpful. Everything we planned for, we received. Contact with the hotel was always easy and efficient, and nothing was ever a problem.

“My day could not have been any better, it was amazing from start to finish. We all felt extremely safe and not once during the day did I think about the pandemic.

“We cannot thank the exceptional hotel team enough for helping to make our magical day so special, and for ensuring we all felt safe. Our day was so special and relaxed.

“We have always loved the atmosphere at the Colessio, and how beautiful the building and surrounding area is.

“For our wedding, it was decorated beautifully, especially with it being near Christmas. The décor was very classy, and our children thought it was magical. I would recommend Hotel Colessio for a wedding, big or small. Our day was very memorable.”

John Stirrat, from Hotel Colessio, said: “I am so pleased that Stephanie and Steven chose to get married at our hotel, and that they had such an enjoyable day.

“The pandemic situation has forced many people to postpone or change their wedding plans, and while people may not be able to have every aspect of their dream day as they would have wanted it, under normal circumstances, I believe – as we have proved with Stephanie and Steven’s wedding – that we can still make sure that anyone who chooses to get married here will have a magical, memorable, day."

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Above: Hotel Colessio in Scotland 

Another couple, newlyweds Natasha and Andrew Whitman tied the knot on December 5 at Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel and Spa, in Shropshire.

Natasha said: “Everyone at the hotel went out of their way to make sure our day was perfect. We decided to get married six weeks before the wedding. A week after booking it, we went into the second lockdown so we were unsure if it would go ahead, but we kept everything crossed.

“I was on social media one morning and saw an advert for the intimate wedding package at the Albrighton. I jokingly said to Andrew ‘look at this’. A couple of days later we went just to look at the venue and walked away having booked our wedding for six weeks later."

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Above: Natasha, 29, a retail supervisor, and sales manager Andrew, 33, have been together for six years, and half a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter and an eight-month-old son.

“Neither of us ever wanted a big wedding and a lot of fuss, so the 15-guest limit was perfect for us. We still had the people we care about most with us to celebrate our day", Natasha recalls. “It had been cloudy and gloomy all morning but the sun shone through the window just before the ceremony started and I told my dad ‘uncle Fred is looking down on us today’. My dad’s brother sadly passed away two weeks before we got married.

“The ceremony itself was perfect. The room had been decorated beautifully. Down to every little detail, it was perfect. With everything going on in the world, in that room it felt - just for a few hours at least - that everything was normal and we weren’t in the middle of a global pandemic.

“The day felt very intimate and we got to speak to our guests, which was important to me as many brides and grooms don’t usually get to actually speak to their guests on the day.

“We couldn’t have asked for anything else on the day. The venue made sure we had everything we needed, and we will remember our wedding day for the rest of our lives.

“We all felt very safe. All our guests were sat in their bubbles, and we had a lovely, intimate, perfect day."

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Above: Natasha and Andrew in the grounds of the Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel 

The hotel’s General Manager, Jennifer Sibbald-Wall, said: “I am so pleased that we were able to provide Natasha and Andrew with a memorable day.

“The pandemic has forced many people to postpone or change their wedding plans, and while people may not be able to have every aspect of their dream day as they would have wanted it, under normal circumstances, I believe – as we proved with Natasha and Andrew’s wedding – that we can still make sure that anyone who chooses to get married here will have a magical – and safe - day."

Have you got a wonderful wedding story to tell? Email megan.goodwin@archant.co.uk for a chance to be featured. 

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