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It’s that time again, when we get to tell you about another beautiful ceremony right here at That Amazing Place. This time, we’re talking about the nuptials of Reece and Leah in our countryside wedding venue. Leah and Reece had been together for just over nine years before they said ‘I do’. They walked down the aisle as not only lovers, but best friends too. Having met through friends, Leah explained that they “started talking and realised we were both as weird as each other. We can’t pinpoint the moment we fell in love but it happened quite quickly and we’ve spent pretty much every day together since.”
There really is nothing we love more than seeing such a union finally tie the knot, and what a wedding it was…
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From the moment Leah and Reece walked through our doors at That Amazing Place, they felt at home. Leah explained, “everything about That Amazing Place is beautiful and 100% lives up to its name. It was the first and only place we viewed.” The happy couple particularly appreciated our attention to detail. Much to their appreciation, everything ran smoothly, leaving them with no worries and able to enjoy the day to the full.
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Theme and Entertainment
When it came to their theme, they stuck to pinks, nudes and a few sparkles for good measure. They had a twinkle dance floor for the evening along with jars, fairy lights and candles. Leah said, “That Amazing Place and the caterers set up everything for us. It was everything we could have wished for and more. Our twinkle dance floor and magic mirror were supplied by Wow Factor.” They also enjoyed the wonderful Piano DJ playing a fantastic DJ set into the night.
Leah and Reece opted for gip in jars on the ends of each seat aisle. They also had peonies, roses and gip for their centerpieces. The top tables were finished off beautifully with an arrangement of roses, calla lilies and tulips. All whites, creams and pinks were used to match the bride and bridesmaids bouquets.
Leah looked beautiful in a dress from an exquisite boutique in Hertford, Dress In Love. Leah originally saw her dress on Facebook, “we then went to a wedding fair. When I visited Dress In Love, it was the first dress I tried on and I instantly knew I wanted it.”
Leah and Reece were lucky enough to book the fabulous Magpie Catering for their big day. They explained, “Everything was so delicious. Everyone we spoke to said how much they enjoyed it. The steak and ale pie was out of this world. Lizzie and all of her team were so professional but also so friendly. In fact, we couldn’t recommend That Amazing Place and all of their suppliers enough. They all played a huge part in making our special day so magical.”
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We loved every minute of sharing such a special day with this wonderful pair and we wish them every happiness for the future. For more information on our countryside-wedding venue, simply jump online and contact us today!
Our Amazing Wedding Venue
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you may have noticed that we discuss quite a broad spectrum of topics; from wedding top tips to current trends and even the actual weddings that take place here at our country house wedding venue but today, we thought we’d take the time to talk about That Amazing Place itself. From our wonderful manor house to the extensive grounds in which we’re set, we’d like to welcome you to That Amazing Place, a beautiful country house wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Essex countryside. While you may know us as Hubbards Hall, we’re here today to tell you all about our wedding venue and just why we’re so, well…amazing.
Once upon a time, our grade II listed building was actually occupied as a residential property until its current owners, the wonderful Paul and Jane, decided to renovate and re-open it as the elegant venue that it is today. When it comes to That Amazing Place, many people know that we’re a wedding venue but what a great deal of people don’t know is that day to day, we’re also a boutique bed and breakfast. We offer fabulously luxurious rooms along with a variety of excellent facilities, including delicious breakfasts, amazing views and above all else, exquisite customer service. From business stopovers to family breaks, we have the facilities to really make your stay like nothing else.
As we mentioned above, the majority know us as the beautiful wedding venue in Harlow but the question asked by many is what makes us so amazing. Well, our extensive grounds and stunning interior aside, the fact that we’re an exclusive-use wedding venue really does make us stand out from the crowd. We understand only too well that your wedding day is something you want to share with your loved ones, both family and friends however, as much as you may wish to shout your love from the rooftops, we know that you won’t want to share the space with total strangers. It’s for this reason we decided to make it an exclusive use wedding venue to give you the space to enjoy yourself without the worry of unwanted guests spoiling your day.
That’s not all our cosy and intimate wedding venue has to offer however; we also have 12 deluxe bedrooms that sleep up to 25 guests, perfect for housing your guests the night before and evening of your big day. From King rooms to Double Deluxe rooms, we have a fabulous choice to suit everyone.
Last but most certainly not least, we wouldn’t be That Amazing Place without our dog-friendly policy. Unlike a great deal of wedding venues up and down the country, we allow you to bring your four legged friend along with you on your big day because after-all, they’re family aren’t they?
Now of course, we couldn’t possibly squeeze every ounce of “amazingness” into one short blog but we think that goes a little way to explaining just why our wedding venue is as popular as it is. For more information, simply contact us today.
It’s nearly here…your big day. Whether you’ve been planning for years, months or weeks, we bet it’s felt like an age. What’s more, we know only too well that it’s no doubt caused a little stress here and there too. After all that planning, you’re probably feeling a mixture of both excitement and nerves as the big day finally approaches. To make sure you’re not feeling too lost in all the excitement (or too caught up in all the nerves), we thought we’d share a guide we’ve compiled over time, talking to other brides, about the best way to relax here at our Essex wedding venue.
Wash your hair – regardless of whether you’re having a professional hairdresser do your hair, it’s well worth washing your hair the night before your big day. As crazy as it sounds, freshly washed hair is a hairdresser’s nightmare. Washing it the night before however, makes it much more manageable and easier to work with.
Pack for your honeymoon – if you’re off on your honeymoon straight after your nuptials then it’s a good idea to pack before your wedding. This means things will be organised way ahead of time, leaving you to focus on your big day. This also prevents any hideous revelations in the middle of your wedding that you may have forgotten something hugely important. There’s an easy way to make sure things are done and that’s with an old-fashioned checklist. We suggest you start this a few weeks before your wedding and simply re-check everything is packed the night before. No rushing, no stress and a relaxed feeling the night before – sounds perfect.
Last minute beauty prep – the night before your big day is definitely the night for finishing touches. This is the time to enjoy manicures, pedicures and generally spoil yourself. Luckily for you, doing that here at That Amazing Place couldn’t be easier thanks to That Amazing Salon. Our in-house spa is a sanctuary of relaxation and the perfect place to pamper yourself the night before. With quality treatments and beauty therapy, you’ll be in “beauty prep” heaven. It’s the perfect place too, to spend a little time with the guys and girls, enjoying a little last-minute gossip, sharing stories of your single years and imagining your future with the love of your life. We couldn’t think of anything more wonderful the night before your wedding.
Create your emergency kit – ok, so this may actually be more of “a day before” kind of task but nevertheless, it’s one that needs tending to, in order to ensure you relax fully the night before your big day here at our Essex wedding venue. When we talk about your emergency kit, we refer to a kit containing things such as Kirby grips, safety pins, your favourite lipgloss and of course, tissues. By getting this done, you’ll save the midnight stresses and potentially, a complete lack of sleep – the most important kind of course – your beauty sleep.
Here at That Amazing Place, a beautiful Essex wedding venue, we want you to have the time of your life. Having everything organised and indulging in a little pampering the night before, is the perfect way to do that.
Award-winning wedding venue
When it comes to choosing your wedding venue, we know the initial glance can make or break it. Thankfully, our stunning country house wedding venue really does have the wow factor, which is why countless couples book to say “I do”, every single day. While this may be enough for some, here at That Amazing Place, we like to go that extra step further. From the wedding venue itself, to what goes on behind the scenes; we want to not only satisfy the wonderful guests and happy couples we have here, but blow them away. So how can we show that we go above and beyond at every chance possible? By showing you that we’re recognised for doing so. That’s right! Here at That Amazing Place, we aren’t just a beautiful wedding venue, we’re an award-winning wedding venue.
In recent months, we’ve received the hotel and spa awards from the famous Lux magazine. We’ve also received a rather prestigious certificate of excellence from Acquisition International Magazine. More recently however, our hard work has paid off in the form of yet another certificate of excellence, this time from the fabulous TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor is of course, a well known review based website which means without your wonderful words, without the fantastic reviews we so regularly receive, this award simply wouldn’t be possible. For that, we thank you. It’s only down to the kind words of yours that we’ve been awarded such a title and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
So what exactly does this award mean, aside from That Amazing Place being an award-winning wedding venue? Well it might help to first explain what the certificate is. The certificate of excellence was actually founded in 2010 specifically to reward hospitality businesses that deliver great service on a consistent basis. This is judged by the reviews given on the TripAdvisor website which means it’s a worldwide recognised certificate. From review ratings, overall ratings and quantity along with recency of reviews; all is considered before the award is given to any establishment. To make you realise just how fantastic this award is, here’s how each hospitality business qualifies:
- Must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five stars
- Must have a minimum number of reviews (therefore preventing just one great review from allowing someone to qualify)
- Must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months in total
With this in mind, it’s easy to see just how hard it is to receive such an award. In the day and age of social media, with good (and bad) reviews being as easy to leave as it is to drink your first morning coffee, it just highlights the amazing service we provide consistently throughout each year.
So, what else is there to say apart from, thank you to each and every one of you. If you’d like to hold your wedding here at That Amazing Place, an award-winning wedding venue in Essex, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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While most dream of an unlimited budget for their wedding day, the vast majority of us realise that’s not quite the case. With that in mind, most spend our time planning weddings simply by shifting one part of the wedding budget from one part for the wedding to another…decided you want more roses? Then pinch a little from your invitation budget. Simple right? Wrong! Tipping the scale in the wrong direction could have dire consequences for your big day. Thankfully, we’ve got the lowdown when it comes to wedding budgets; where to spend and where to save.
Food – food is without doubt a hugely important aspect of any wedding. The problem lies here when people try to create over-adventurous meals that look better than they taste. That’s why we always recommend the fabulous Magpie Catering or Premier Crew who not only create beautiful looking food, but food that tastes amazing thanks to the high quality produce they use and the quality of the produce is most definitely an area in which you don’t want to be scrimping and saving. One way to save a few pennies however, would be to opt for seasonal meals and produce instead of requesting hard to source food, as this can of course mount up in cost.
Decoration – décor is an area in which you can save and splurge at the same time. By this, we mean avoiding overdoing it in numbers but ensuring the decorations you do have look amazing. Focus the decorations in areas your guests will be mingling instead of wasting money on décor in an area that won’t be seen. Think stunning floral arrangements from the likes of Joanne Truby or Gracie Day Designs. Using a quality florist to create fabulous pieces where you need it most can mean saving on cost in terms of “amount” but can mean you splurging on the quality of flower.
Entertainment – while you may be shocked to hear it, entertainment is indeed an area in which you can save simply by taking advantage of our resident DJ’s, the fabulous Piano DJ. These guys are nothing short of amazing and what’s more, very reasonably priced to happy couples saying “I do” right here at That Amazing Place. From a fabulous pianist to an awesome DJ guaranteed to have everyone dancing, Piano DJ really do have it all.
Cake – your wedding cake is something everyone will be looking forward to seeing and no doubt tasting and as a result, is certainly not an area you’re going to want to cut corners. A wedding cake that looks amazing but tastes dreadful is only going to be a disappointment, well after the wedding itself. Ensure you employ a quality company who not only makes a great looking cake but uses the very best ingredients too. Save money but choosing a simple design and then simply decorate it with a few spare blooms from your florist. Simple yet elegant.
We understand planning a wedding, and more importantly sticking to a certain budget isn’t easy but it’s not impossible and with the talents of our events manager Angie, it’ll be easier than you ever thought possible.