Valentine’s Supper by Candlelight at Greetham Valley

Valentines dining coupleFriday 14th (FULLY BOOKED) or Saturday 15th February (JUST 5 TABLES LEFT)
For all you incurable romantics out there – celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday 14th or Saturday 15th February with a special evening at Greetham Valley’s Valentine’s Supper by Candlelight.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival with some tasty nibbles, followed by a delicious four course dinner.

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Dietary requirements catered for with pleasure – please ask!

Your Supper by Candlelight table for two may be reserved between 7pm and 9pm, for just £50 per couple. Why not stay the night at Greetham Valley for just £117 to include Supper by Candlelight for two, king sized room and full English breakfast?

Table and room reservations: 01780 460444

Greetham Valley Wedding Menu Taster Evening

wedding canapes

Wedding Menu Taster Evening – Thursday 6th March
This is a very special evening for the happy couples who have already booked their special day with us, and for those who are seriously considering us as their venue but haven’t quite made up their minds! We are delighted to invite you to sample the style of food to be served on your big day. Why not bring your nearest and dearest too?

Enjoy a deliciously chilled glass of our house sparkling wine, served on arrival with a selection of our irresistible canapés, with romantic live background music.

Then choose from a sumptuous three course menu of our most popular wedding celebration dishes, giving you a flavour of the style and quality of food to be served to your guests on your big day.

The evening will finish with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and chance to reflect over what you could choose for your perfect menu!

Our wedding co-ordinators will be on hand throughout the evening to help with any questions or advice for your special day.

You are invited to join us on this evening at a very special price – just £20 per person. Table bookings from 6pm til 9pm. Please phone Mitch on 01780 460444 to book or for more details.

Greetham Valley’s successful Autumn Wedding Fair

Lily King, superb wedding venue dressing - and what a fabulous backdrop!We really enjoyed hosting our Wedding Fair at Greetham Valley Hotel in Rutland yesterday – and we hope all the lovely couples browsing among all the exhibitors did too! There was so much to see – the stands were an absolute riot of colour and the atmosphere had a lovely gentle buzz all day.

All our bridal goody bags were claimed – so that was definitely 100 brides-to-be and their intended who brought along mums and dads plus potential best men and bridesmaids!

Beautiful, beautiful flower arrangements....

We now have lots of  personal show arounds and appointments arranged over the next few weeks and one bride booked Greetham Valley for 2015 as her wedding venue there and then as soon as she saw the Rutland Suite and it’s gorgeous view. She and her fiancé spent some time sitting out on the sunny balcony with a bottle of chilled wine, enjoying the view…..

Discussing Normanton Church, a lovely civil ceremony venue option

She is currently umming and aaahhing about whether to choose Normanton Church as her civil ceremony venue, with a trip back across Rutland Water on the Rutland Belle accompanied by her guests afterwards, with a red double decker bus to provide the transport to Greetham Valley…. decisions, decisions!!

James and his JH Roadshow - superb evening entertainment!

The exhibitors seemed very happy with the level of interest that their beautiful displays were creating, with most of them reporting bookings and appointments made at the Wedding Fair for the coming weeks. They are also looking forward to Greetham Valley’s next Wedding Fair, which will be on Sunday 23rd February 2014 – and yes, that date will come around very quickly – put it in your diary!
Flowers and photos....Wedding cars galore!!

Wedding Menu Taster Evening at Greetham Valley

wedding heart cheesecakesFollowing the success of our first Wedding Menu Taster Evening last Spring, we are looking forward to our next Taster Evening on Thursday 10th October 2013. Many of our Brides and Grooms for the next year have already booked their tables – have you booked yours?

Whether you are still pondering over choices for your wedding breakfast or just looking for an excuse for a night of fine dining and talking weddings, our wedding menu taster evening is an excellent way to experience the first class food and service Greetham Valley offers. Myself and our events team will be on hand throughout the evening to answer any questions you may think of.

guitarOn the night you will be welcomed on arrival with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés before moving through to our Lakeview Suite, decorated by local wedding suppliers, for a delicious three course meal complemented by the sounds of Nigel from Beautiful Background Guitar. The menu will feature our most popular wedding dishes for you to choose from on the night.
Mitch Bardwell

The cost for this special evening is just £20 per person and Brides and Grooms are very welcome to invite along their parents, bridesmaids, best men etc to enjoy the evening. If you would like to book a table, please email me, phone me on 01780 460444 or speak with us at our Wedding Fair this coming Sunday 29th September. We look forward to welcoming you!
Mitch Bardwell, Wedding Co-ordinator

Entertainment for your wedding at Greetham Valley

wedding partyWedding entertainment does not have to be all about the disco – why not do something a little different?

Depending on how you want the day to feel to your guests, you could have them arrive to the sounds of a classical guitarist, pianist or even a string quartet, or maybe whilst everyone is enjoying drinks on the patio and you are having your photos taken from just about every angle why not entertain them with guitara close up magician or a caricature artist? Having a giggle at other peoples’ pictures is a great way for your guests to break the ice!

Moving onto your wedding breakfast, why not make the background music more personal? We are happy to play some of your own CDs whilst everyone is eating, alternatively put together a playlist on iPod, casino roulettemp3 player or tablet which we can also play for you.

Going into the evening, you don’t have to stop at a disco! Many wedding bands will know or learn a special song or two for your big day, perhaps this could be for your first dance? And evening entertainment does not have to be all about music:  help the party along with a couple of hours of a fun casino or chocolate fountainlook after kids of all ages with a sweet table or chocolate fountain.

If you are just starting to consider your entertainment and not sure where to start looking, do let me know; I have an extensive list of contacts for all sorts of entertainment and ideas that I’ll be happy to pass on to you.

Wedding Fairs are also a brilliant font of ideas of themes for entertainment for your guests. CaricaturesThe next very popular Greetham Valley Wedding Fair is on Sunday 29 September – put it in your diary now!

The above ideas are just a few things we have had going on at weddings at Greetham Valley in the past and we have many new ideas coming our way this year, which I will tell you about as they happen so as not to ruin the surprises that lay ahead for our brides, grooms and their guests!

Wedding photographer – choosing the right one is vital!

Mitch BardwellOne thing that needs a lot of consideration for your wedding is your photos – and choosing the right photographer is vital! 

When choosing your photographer, not only do you need to admire their work but you also need to ‘click’ with them; after all they will be a big part of your wedding day and may be with you from before you say ‘I do’ ’til well into the evening!

You may think that there are only so many different ways to take a photo but you would be wrong. We have a wide variety of photographers come to Greetham Valley who all put their own spin on our couples’ big day pictures! If you have been to Greetham Valley you will know that we have some excellent photo opportunities: one that is by far the favourite is when we take the Bride and Groom out on our wedding buggy to an attractive lake on one of the scenic golf courses.

It is worth making a short list of any group photos that you may want on the day, but don’t go mad as you do not want to keep your guests standing around for too long. We find that an hour for photos, drinks and maybe canapés is long enough to get the shots you want without guests beginning to get restless (or tipsy!). 

Be sure to meet with and look through your potential photographer’s previous wedding shoots  (a good time for this is at our twice yearly in-house wedding fairs – the next one is on Sunday 29th September 2013) before paying any deposits and signing on the dotted line. Why not take a look at our online bridal gallery to see what some photographers tend to do when visiting Greetham Valley?
Greetham Brides Gallery

Greetham Valley attends Cupids Wedding Show

Sunday 28th October 2012 saw the wedding co-ordinators from Greetham Valley attending the Autumn Cupids Wedding Show at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. The Cupids Show tends to be one of the largest in the East Midlands area and is a fabulous way of bringing our venue to the attention of all those newly engaged couples getting started on organising their big day. The Autumn show was no exception, Mitch and Claire met hundreds of brides-to-be and thoroughly enjoyed the day. There were two fashion shows, goody bags for the first 250 brides, a complimentary glass of bubbly for all visitors, a free prize draw for the bride and groom and  a free glossy wedding directory for every bride as well as the competition, which ran from our display stand, to win Sunday Lunch for Two in our Valley Restaurant. With over 50 exhibitors the show was very well attended and hopefully all the brides-to-be found it useful. The day was also a great way of letting people know of our own Wedding Fayres held at Greetham Valley each Spring and Autumn which really showcase our venue and our fantsatic local suppliers! The day was a huge success for us with several new bookings and many more enquiries. Mitch has been very busy with appointments! We are very much looking forward to the next Cupids Show in the Spring, but first we have our own Wedding Fayre at Greetham Valley on Sunday 24th February with 35 exhibitors, 10am to 3pm, free admission, everyone welcome – don’t miss it!

Wedding decorating themes at Greetham Valley – your choice!

No matter what your wedding theme, at Greetham Valley we have very few restrictions enabling you to decorate the room pretty much however you would like!

Over the last year I have seen many different ideas for table centrepieces, from flowers to cupcakes to musical instruments, many of which have doubled up as either gifts, favours or table names. A lot of couples recently seem to be going for smaller centre table decorations like fishbowls, so that everyone can see over them when talking. If they have not gone small they’ve gone BIG with huge margarita glasses lifting their displays high, again so that everyone can talk without having to lean to one side.

I love seeing all the different ideas that couples come up with. We recently had a wedding that was beach themed, where for their table centres they had fishbowls with sand and a candle in, then on a mirror plate surrounding the bowl they had a selection of seashells.  

We’ve had drapes from the ceiling, fairy lights right round the room and bunting along the balcony – but why stop there? Our Rutland Suite is the perfect blank canvas, we prefer to let our glorious Rutland views do the talking and the Bride and Groom plan the decorating!
Civil weddings at Greetham Valley in Rutland

Planning your wedding menu at Greetham Valley – so many choices!

One thing that requires a lot of consideration when planning your wedding  is your menu and the food you choose to serve to your guests.

At Greetham Valley we pride ourselves on providing excellent food at great value. Whether your wedding is for 20 or 200 people, brides and grooms can be assured that everyone’s meal will be of the same superb quality. We are extremely pleased with the large selection of menus we offer and our head chef will consider any special requests you may have! We can cater for any specific dietary requirements, from vegetarian to allergy issues.

Once you peruse our menus I really think you’ll have a hard time deciding what to provide for your guests! Just looking over our canapé menu, you’ll see so many mouth-watering choices – the teriyaki fillet of beef with spring onion and oyster sauce served in a filo case is my personal favourite. Then on to your wedding breakfast: whether you’re planning a formal or informal day, from a carved buffet to a full sit down meal, there is something for everyone to suit all palates and purses.

Since 2011 Greetham Valley has been able to offer a full ‘hogroast experience’ and this has proven very popular with bridal couples (and their guests) as an alternative to the traditional evening finger buffet. As an alternative to the hogroast we also offer a barbeque option even if the weather is not great (Rutland does have its’ own micro-climate but this is England when all’s said and done!).

More and more couples are choosing to have a chocolate fountain or sweet tables in the evening, some also choose to offer a sweet table during the day and double it up as favours.

Then finally there’s your wedding cake. If you come along to our Wedding Fayre on Sunday 16th September 2012 we have a couple of local cake suppliers exhibiting and you may just find the cake you’re looking for! It seems many couples are now having multi-tiered cakes with multiple flavours, whilst another option that is proving increasingly popular is tiers of beautifully decorated cupcakes with a small cake on top for cutting.

Whatever your catering preferences that you choose for you and your guests to enjoy, Greetham Valley will be delighted to assist!

Wedding Fayre at Greetham Valley in Rutland

Wedding Fayre at Greetham ValleySunday 16th September
Greetham Valley is the proud Rutland venue of two popular Wedding Fayres each year and our next one is on Sunday 16th September.

Everyone is welcome to attend this busy event between 10am to 3pm – blushing brides-to-be, bashful fiances, excited mums and panicking dads! Free admission, complimentary tea and coffee and we will be filled to capacity with exhibitors, including:

bridal gowns | bridesmaids’ dresses | mens’ wear | mother of the bride fashion | wedding cakes | photography | florist | linens | chair covers | venue dressers | travel agent | department store | jewellery | balloons | wedding stationery | entertainment | wedding favours | hair and beauty | gifts | wedding cars | tiaras and fascinators

The first 50 brides attending in the morning and the first 50 brides in the afternoon will receive a free bridal goody bag – we look forward to welcoming you to Greetham Valley’s Wedding Fayre!