Venue Hunting: Getting to know your potential venue

So you’ve just started your wedding venue search and have shortlisted a number of venues which seem perfect for you both, but what do you do next? The next step in any wedding planning journey is to take a tour of the venues you’re interested in, get a feel for how they flow, how they operate, and where possible, meet the team behind the scenes.
Depending on the venue, there may be a whole host of options available to you.

Types of tours:

Like many venues, at Ellingham, we host a number of tours to help make the venue hunting experience as easy and enjoyable as possible, so whether you’re a 20-mile, or a 200-mile journey away, you get a real feel for the Hall.

Tours at the venue

Undoubtably, the most popular type of tour is a visit to the venue in person. As well as seeing the space first-hand, it gives you a great opportunity to visualise your day and importantly, you’ll also get the opportunity to meet the team. Industry heavyweight Bridebook says, aside from a venues aesthetics, the most important factor when booking a venue is the team.

Hamish Shepard, Owner of Bridebook, explained; “Couples want to know that you are genuinely nice people, that they can trust you and have confidence you are there to give them the greatest day of their lives.”

At Ellingham we aim to make sure, the team who take your round on your first look of the venue, also continue with you on wedding planning Journey.

“As soon as we walked through the door, we knew Ellingham was the right venue for us. It was really warm and cosy, with all the fires roaring and Anthony, the Managing Director who we met on our first visit, was just so lovely and down-to-earth! We were greeted with big mugs of hot tea and sat by the fire in the blue room for our initial conversation and didn’t want to leave. The service we received from our very first visit at Ellingham Hall wildly outdid any other venue we saw…and we saw a lot!” – Ami & Kam

Booking an appointment is often easy to do by requesting a viewing online and many may even have a designated page on their website to book and viewing slot

Zoom tour appointments

Over the past year, we’ve seen a surge in virtual engagement in the wedding and hospitality sector. In a market which was once dominated by face-to-face interaction.

As wedding Industry Expert Kelly Mortimer explains, “Even post-Covid, we envisage couples viewing less venues in person and only going on site to see their top one or two!”

Although at Ellingham we’ve always offered the opportunity for a virtual tour appointment, with many of our couples being based out of region and abroad, this year we took the opportunity to invest in technology, to enhance the virtual venue experience for couples.

Wendy Sproul, our Head of Weddings explains, “I genuinely love welcoming people into our Hall whether that’s over Zoom or through our front doors. Anyone who knowns me, knows how much of a people person I am, and looking after our couples is what I do best.”

“Remember from the minute you walk through the door, be that in person or virtually, you need to feel welcomed and feel right at home.”

Virtual Appointments can be booked online, and our multi-award winning team would be happy to take you on a guided tour of our beautiful venue.

360 Degree Tours

Many venues are now able to offer 360-degree tour simulations of their venues, allowing you to wander through spaces by click and drag technologies – this allows for a fully immersive viewing experience. The best part about Our 360 virtual tour at Ellingham, is many of our couples use this tool to show to family members, or close friends as this can be accessed any time. The only downside to using this channel is many venues, like us at Ellingham, are continually investing in the in the venue, so you’ll find exciting changes season to season, year on year.

Ultimately, the ‘getting to know your venue’ element of your wedding journey is often down to what works best for you both as a couple; whether that is based on preference, location and of course, the time you have available to look into each venue. Never be afraid to approach a potential wedding venue, and if you can’t get in to view with them in person right away, try a virtual tour first and then you’ll know if they’ll be worth the wait! 


Officially open for viewings!

We’re pleased to share from this weekend we’ll be opening our doors for pre-booked private viewing appointments with members of our wedding team, for couples looking to host their two-night wedding with us.

Viewings are strictly by appointment only as we continue to operate in line with government’s social distancing guidelines. To book yours, email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk or click here (Link to the pop up to fill out their details)


Covid-19 Update June 25th 2020

Following on from official government guidance on Tuesday 23rd June, we’re pleased to say our Estate Cottages will be available for hire from Monday 6th July and we are offering a unique opportunity to privately hire Ellingham Hall this summer on a 3 night or 7 night basis throughout July and August – the perfect luxurious getaway now two households are able to reunite.

The Hall is hired on a self-catering basis and you’ll have access to up to 8 bedrooms, our patio terrace area, with use of our recently created stone fire pit, underground gamesroom, rooftop garden with private hot tub and so much more. For more details on private Hall hire this summer, email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk


Covid-19 Update

In line with Government guidance outlined Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is with great sadness we have had to temporarily close Ellingham Hall however we’re pleased to say we are scheduled to reopen on Monday 20th April – unless otherwise directed by Government.

We’re pleased to say all staff are being retained whilst staying safe at home, but for the interim we are asking if you do need to get in touch with the Hall as a matter of urgency, please email us on info@ellingham-hall.co.uk where the mailbox will be checked intermittently.

In the meantime, stay safe and be kind.

The Ellingham Hall Team


Rebecca, our new Head of Weddings and Events

Rebecca, our new Head of Weddings and Events joined us back in October and what a whirlwind since she first started. It’s a well-known fact in the hospitality industry that you hit the ground running, but heading straight into an Open Day and running tasting events in her first few weeks, Rebecca definitely fit straight in! We caught up with her in the New Year to see how she was settling in.


How are you finding your new role at Ellingham?

I am loving it! Feel like I’m settling in now and have really become part of the family


What’s it like to work at the place you got married?

Fantastic! The place really feels like home and it’s so lovely to share such a special place to me with all of our couples and to helping them have their dream wedding day.  


How did you get into the wedding industry?

I started working in restaurants where I worked my way up the ladder to become a Restaurant Manager. I was responsible for all of the group bookings and internal events which I loved and this when I then decided to come out of restaurants and go into events full time.

I started working at my first wedding venue around 11 years ago where I used my operational background to run weddings, and once back in the office I learned my craft as a coordinator. I have worked for several venues across the North East now, all offering their own unique style, experience and format.


What are you looking forward to for the year ahead?

I’ve joined the team at a really exciting time with lots of new projects that are planned to go ahead, I can’t wait to see the company grow and be part of the journey. Also look out for some exciting events that are due to take place this year!


What’s your favourite part of the Ellingham Wedding Experience?

That it really is an experience!

Having gotten married at the Hall myself, I can personally recommend getting married at Ellingham. The 2 night hire is such a special way of doing things and ensures that you have plenty of time to spend with your family and friends and really get to invest in them!

Inspiration, Weddings

Winter Wedding Colours, Trends & Venues

When thinking of winter weddings and winter wedding venues, many automatically think of the festive season with full-bodied colours including deep reds, bold burgundy’s, flashes of gold and of course, towering Christmas trees, but what about the remaining Winter months? At Ellingham, many of our couples choose to marry in the first few months of the year, so look no further than style inspiration for the season showcased through some of our favourite weddings over those months.

Frosted Pastels

Once upon a time, pastel tones were the ‘go-to’ for all summer weddings, but recently frosted takes on the palette have led to the most magical of winter trends for couples.

by Katy Melling Photography

When it comes to flowers, opt for white anemone, blue thistles and the unmistakable brunia berries to create the dreamiest of bouquets.  When Jenn and Ed married back in February, their chosen frosted pastel tones perfectly complimented the snow dusted grounds on the morning of their wedding. With florals by The Blossom Bee florist, the styling couldn’t have been any more perfect for the Winter.

Images by Helen Russell

Crisp, classic styling

Looking for romantic and timeless styles, combining soft whites with natural organic hints of green gives the perfect fairy-tale seasonal wedding. These elegant and contemporary tones give a polished finish to all elements of a wedding day. Combining this colour palette with lots of textures and layers gives an overall luxurious feel to weddings in this season.

Ellingham Hall’s beautiful sage and stone colourings in the Chapel couldn’t be more perfect to complement this type of styling. Combine these colours with magic worked by The Whole Sch-Bang and you have your very own Mediterranean Winter right here in Northumberland      

Images Carn Patrick Photography

Pops of Colour

From pops of pink to vibrant purples, who says a winter wedding means your colours needs to be predominately white! From bouquets to bridesmaid dresses, we’ve seen some amazing pops of colours during these months. When it came to Olivia and Matthew’s wedding their bright colours injected bursts of beauty into the Hall and everywhere you looked, you saw a colourful array of arrangements to their mid-week winter wedding experience.

Images Rosie Davidson Photography

Textures and Layers

Adding layers is a simple, yet effective way to add elegance and style to the winter months. But where do you start? Would it be winter without a shawl? Although shawls and snugs are never a necessity during the season, they always add a touch of glamour on the day. 

With a whole range to choose from including vintage capes which gives hint of romance, to the stylish and modern wraps which are perfect for the modern bride wanting to add that touch of warmth to day. Check out Accent Original in Newcastle’s Mosley Street, or Epernay Bridal in Melton Park Gosforth for style inspiration!

Wanting to add a luxurious finishing touches? Try finishing off your bouquets with hand tied delicate silk ribbons or even to complete your wedding cake –  perfectly tying together elements of your wedding day into your scheme.  

Helen Russell Photography

Carn Patrick Photography

Katy Melling Photography

Magical lighting and Feel for Fire 

As the nights draw in over the winter months, we guarantee you’ll want to get creative with lighting. Why not use fairy lights and copper LED’s to add glowing touches to centrepieces, light up your favourite spirits or even dramatically light areas of the venue you love – who says they’re just for Christmas time?

Due to the popularity of our weddings over this season, we’re pleased to introduce NEW for 2021, our Winter Warmer packages which include atmospheric fairy lighting draped across our beautiful Chapel, as well as outdoor patio heaters, dramatic fire bowls on our outdoor drinks terrace and sparkles for guests to create those show-stopping magical images.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our Real Weddings gallery HERE for more inspiration in the winter months, or speak to our team on securing your dream winter wedding date on info@ellingham-hall.co.uk

Corporate, Inspiration

We’re a big hit for sales training

When specialist equine supplies company Bedmax needed a venue to carry out sales training they wanted a venue with no hurdles.

So they chose Ellingham Hall and managers were so impressed with their first visit they have vowed they will be back.

Bedmax, which produces horse bedding from its manufacturing facility in north Northumberland, needed somewhere with easy access for its UK sales team to carry out training.
As well as having use of a meeting room, the management team were delighted that they had exclusive use of the hall and the grounds for their staff.

Tilly Fuller, Head Office and HR Manager at Bedmax, emailed us to say: “Bedmax would like to express our sincere thanks to Lynn and the team at Ellingham Hall for hosting our sales training day.

“The location of the venue is stunning with fabulous décor to match. Our meeting room was perfect and it was lovely to have exclusive use of the additional reception rooms. Parking was plentiful and the staff very friendly and accommodating.

“Ellingham Hall offers a wonderful, competitively priced venue. We will be back!”