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From Wedding Day Nerves to Nuptial Bliss!

26th October 2023

Jessica & Jack

17th August 2023

Weddings can fray the nerves of even the most relaxed couple. And it can be a real challenge for those who suffer from anxiety.

But Jessica Baird found that her anxiety stayed in check for her exclusive two-night wedding celebration.

When she and husband, Jack, were looking for a stunning wedding venue in Northumberland, Jess was concerned about how her anxiety would affect their ceremony.

But Jess, who lives in Northumberland, says she felt very calm on their special day. And that was thanks to the amazing team at Ellingham Hall, who made her feel relaxed and at ease throughout.



How did you find your Wedding Planning Journey?

We were given the opportunity to attend various open days and viewing days, which was great because it enabled me to become familiar with the venue. I got on well with all the members of the Ellingham Hall Team and by the time of our wedding, I felt like I knew them all personally. Feeling so comfortable in my surroundings and with the support of the fantastic team was extremely helpful in settling my anxiety in the lead up to our wedding.

How did Ellingham Hall compare to other Venues?

We viewed Ellingham Hall first and we decided that it was the right venue for us! We didn’t go anywhere else because I didn’t think other venues could surpass the first impression I got from Ellingham Hall. I also knew that I didn’t want a wedding in a hotel, where it’s very busy with other guests and sometimes other weddings. Jack and I both wanted complete privacy with our family and friends.

What made Ellingham Hall feel so special?

At our first viewing appointment we met Lynn, and she made me feel so welcome. She answered every question and explained everything clearly. That helped me feel settled right from the start. Even if you’ve been to a wedding before, there are things you don’t know that need to happen. It really calmed me and reassured me. The rest of the team members were also very helpful in the lead up to our unforgettable day.

Tell us about your Wedding Day

I had a really lovely morning and I felt very calm. I remember, some RAF jets flew over just before the ceremony took place which gave me a little anxiety, so I went outside for some fresh air. A member of the housekeeping team chatted to me in the corridor, and it was brilliant because she took the time to help calm my nerves. Even a little thing like that can make a big difference, at such an important and emotional moment.

Were those nerves calmed in time for the Ceremony?

Yes, thanks to both Debbie and David. They kept checking in on me and when it came to walking down the grand staircase to the ceremony, Debbie was right there with me to make me feel comfortable. I walked down the aisle on my own and I did have some nervous thoughts as I stood waiting to enter the ceremony room, but David was there and held my hand for reassurance. His kind words gave me the confidence to walk down the aisle. I didn’t think I could do that and wouldn’t have done so without both their support and encouragement.

What did your guests think of the wedding?

Our guests loved the two-night wedding experience and having exclusive use of the Hall. It felt like home from the first night and that really helped me relax. That was one of the main things I loved so much: Ellingham Hall doesn’t just look after the bride and groom; they care about all the wedding guests.

The guests didn’t have to wait long in the ceremony room before the bridal party made their entrance down the aisle. Everything is timed so well, it’s seamless. We had guests who are vegetarian and, on the night before, at the barbecue, their food was boxed separately. That kind of little extra care and detail makes such a difference.

What’s your advice for Brides-to-Be?

Don’t rush your plans. I’d recommend you give a lot of thought before booking your suppliers, because I made a few mistakes there. Some suppliers will be with you on the wedding morning, so it’s important you choose the right ones who won’t add stress to your morning and will help you to enjoy the buildup.

I would also advise that you drink plenty of water, because I didn’t and had a bit of a moment later in the evening as I was dehydrated. Self-care is very important on your big day!

If you are looking for a two night wedding venue in Northumberland, contact our award-winning wedding team today to book your viewing appointment.


Photographer – Jonathan Stockton Photography

Videographer – Macauley Cullen Videography

Dress & Veil – The Wedding Dress Company

Bridesmaid’s Dresses – True Violet

Bride’s Shoes – Dune

Groom’s Suit – Pal Joey

Hair & MUA – Muby Leigh

Flowers & Styling – Made Simply Perfect

Gospel Choir – Eclectic Harmony Group

Magician – Paul Lytton Northeast Magician

Band – The Footmen Band

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