I had my wedding at Eastwell Manor and had it not been for my wonderful bridesmaids, parents and wedding planner, my whole day would have been ruined.
We stayed the night before the wedding, to help set up the day reception room where we were to have our sit down meal. I had to chase up missing cutley and glasses, which I was assured would be in place next day, they never where. No help was given to the florist.
I had organised drinks to be served to the guests when they arrived, no one was told where this was. The groom and his best men were left wandering around as they, along with the guests, had not been directed where to go. My father and I, along with my bridesmaids, were never collected for the start of the ceremony, even though we were told someone would do this once our guests etc were shown to the ceremony garden. We decided to make our own way down ten minutes after the ceremony was due to start!
Flowers from the week before's wedding, were left dead in the ceremony garden, which my mother and florist cleared away.
Drinks then ended up being served by my mother and another guest during the photographs.
The wedding cake had vanished as had my cake stand, by the next morning.
I also found vases I had bought and used in the reception room dotted around the manor the next morning, being used by the hotel to decorate the rooms!
When guests went back into the reception room to collect their favours, they were told they had been thrown away.
As I said at the start, I was lucky that I was organised and had great help from family and friends, because if we had left ANY of our decorating, planning or running of our day to this hotel, it would of been a disaster!
Thank goodness we had a seperate company set up a wonderful marquee in the grounds for our evening reception!
The hotel looks fantastic, so our photographs are brilliant, thank goodness you can't see what is going on behind the scenes!
It is such a shame that I will never go back there, it would have been lovely to return on our anniversary.
I would never recommend Eastwell Manor for anything other that photos!
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