We recently got married at Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, and had a lovely day. The run up to our wedding and all our queries we had were dealt with professionally buy Karen Hunter and Nicola Farnham, they were extremely helpful.
On the day of our wedding the room for the ceremony looked beautiful and everything was just perfect. The gardens are amazing, this was a big part of why we chose Rogerthorpe as our wedding venue. Also the food was fantastic, portion sizes were very good and it taste delicious. Our Master of Ceremonies, Janet, was very helpful and friendly too.
Our reception room, The Lawrence Suite, was transformed for the evening reception and it looked great. Everyone had a brilliant day and we have lovely memories to treasure. One of the bar staff called Rebecca was very understanding and forgiving about an awkward guest, she was lovely.
There were a few occasions I was spoken to by staff on the reception desk, and their attitude was terrible. I also had some guests inform me they had been told off for asking to get flowers from my room that had been left up there.
There was another wedding on the same day as ours and I understand that the bride and groom from each wedding party should not cross paths, but we were unable to leave our room all night. I think the timings of the two weddings were all wrong, once our wedding breakfast and speeches were over we could not go anywhere else in the hotel as the other wedding was ongoing. It seemed they had the run of the whole hotel and could wander wherever, but this was not the case for us.
That evening, some guests were also told they should not walk through the conservatory to our reception room and were unsure of another way to go.
We were also very disappointed with our bridal suite, when you see brochures or pictures online, you expect the huge room with the large seating area. But when we saw our room it was very small and dark, nothing in comparison to the other bridal suite.
It just seems to me that having an early wedding in The Lawrence Suite, which was not cheap, should receive the same service as The Cawthorne wedding.
Also, one more thing that really got to me... We were told we had until 11am the following morning to remove our wedding items from the reception room. When we got downstairs we were then informed we only had until 10am as there was another wedding on. Our items were just thrown onto a table in the corner of the room and the remainder of our wedding cake was all squashed. It felt as if we were no longer important guests as our day was done with.
Don't get me wrong, our day was beautiful, but there were things that did not go as expected too. I would not recommend holding a wedding there unless you are the only wedding that day or you book The Cawthorne Suite, as they just seemed to have the best of everything. less