Real Life Weddings: Katie and Matt

If you’re thinking of tying the knot here on the beautiful Bowood Estate, read some of Katie and Matt’s special highlights…


Why did you choose Bowood as your wedding venue?

We fell in love with Bowood the moment we drove through the Golden Gates. Bowood has a classic yet modern feel and you feel as though time stops when you’re there. The grounds are just incredible; there is so much to do there! I can’t forget to mention the food… delicious. As many of our guests travelled a long distance to celebrate our special day, we wanted to choose a wedding venue that could not only accommodate them, but also a venue that provided them with a luxury weekend away. Many of our guests extended their stay and enjoyed a spa treatment or two and explored the local area. The ceremony room has a really lovely long aisle too. This is something we just didn’t find other venues.

How did you find the planning process?

The planning process was second to none. The Wedding Co-ordinators and the rest of the team are absolutely fantastic! They helped us throughout our journey and provided a service that you would ordinarily be happy to pay for, but it was all included in the package! They arranged many planning meetings with us and worked so hard to ensure our vision came to fruition and so smoothly. We trusted the team completely to input their own ideas for the day too and it felt as though we had our own wedding planner!

What are your favourite moments from the day?

There are so many special memories of our day and, after postponing from 2020, spending time with all of our friends and family was just amazing. After the ceremony, we had drinks and canapés outside on the terrace. The weather was beautiful and so being outside, celebrating with our loved ones was so lovely. Matt and I had our own suites the night before the wedding, and being able to spend quality time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and groomsmen was so special. We popped the Champagne (or whiskey in Matt’s case!) and had a wonderful time getting ready together.

What did you love most about Bowood?

Absolutely everything! It will forever be our special place. The grounds are stunning, the food is incredible and the staff and their customer service is amazing. You feel as though you’re part of the Bowood family. We spent the day after the wedding enjoying time in the pool and relaxing in the spa with some treatments.

What advice would you give to future couples planning their wedding?

Enjoy every second of it and don’t be shy about asking for what you’d really like on your special day. You can trust the Bowood team with anything. Nothing is too much trouble. They will allow you to enjoy your special day without you needing to worry about a single thing. They will adapt to your style by sharing your vision, calm your nerves, drive the schedule of events and remind you to eat! They really are experts at what they do and to top it off, they’re lovely, lovely people!

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