Suffolk wedding venue Glemham Hall rewarded for support given to couples during Covid-19

14 Jul 2020

A nationwide goodwill campaign launched this week, has recognised Glemham Hall near Woodbridge in Suffolk, as having gone the ‘extra mile’ for their couples during the Covid-19 pandemic 

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When the wedding industry should have been gearing up for a summer of celebrations, the world ground to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic swept through countries worldwide, forcing thousands of couples in the UK alone to postpone or cancel their weddings. 

The wedding industry has been hit hard by the pandemic which saw a ban on even the smallest of weddings at its height. But, as wedding venues are now beginning to open their doors and are able to offer small ceremonies for up to 30 guests, the nationwide goodwill campaign celebrates wedding venues across the UK, who have been going the ‘extra mile’ to support their disappointed couples during these unprecedented times. 

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Glemham Hall, which typically caters for exclusive use weddings of up to 170 guests has been recognised as one of these ‘extra mile’ wedding venues. The Elizabethan country house, set in 3,000 acres is owned by the Hope-Cobbold family, known for their long-standing association as founders of Ipswich Town football club and the Tolly Cobbold BreweryEarly on in the pandemic Glemham Hall helped one couple, whose wedding was supposed to be the day after lockdowncelebrate the day anyway. The full story is here. 

Olivia Riddiford from Host Venue Consultancy, who founded the campaign says: “The wedding industry has been hard hit during Covid-19. Wedding venues especially have been faced with challenging times from furloughing staff, continuing to finance high overheads and most importantly dealing with their 2020 couples in a sensitive and thoughtful manner.  

So many venues have really showed such kindness at a time where couples have been forced to postpone their dream wedding. It was important to create a campaign to celebrate these venues, to get their story heard. Glemham Hall has gone above and beyond for their clients by offering postponement and even back-up dates, they’ve maintained their clients excitement for their wedding with thoughtful and considerate posts on social media and delivered beautiful personalised cards on days when couples should have been holding their wedding. We’re delighted to have given the #extramilevenue title to such a worthy business.” 

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Donna Stockley, Events Manager at Glemham Hall said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised as an extra mile venue. Our clients mean the world to us and we are so glad to have been able to support them during this unusual time. We are really looking forward to hosting weddings again soon (when we can) and continuing to offer the best customer service to our couples and their guests.” 

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