Wedding for a grand

edited 31 December 2009 at 4:10PM in Weddings & Anniversaries
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edited 31 December 2009 at 4:10PM in Weddings & Anniversaries
[title=]What's the deal?[/title]

Holiday Inn, Old English Inns and Britannia hotels are offering wedding receptions for under a grand inc a disco, dinner and bubbly.

The offer varies from each hotel group:

  • Holiday Inn is offering a buffet and wine for up to 100 guests, a wedding ceremony and planner, a disco and accommodation for the happy couple. See more details.

    How to book: The offer is ongoing, simply call your chosen Holiday Inn and quote the offer.
  • Old English Inns’ offer includes a glass of champagne to toast the occasion, a three course meal, a glass of wine to go with it and a disco for up to 50 guests.

    How to book: The offer is ongoing, look through the list of participating Old English Inns and call direct quoting the offer.
  • Britannia hotels comprises is offering Bucks fizz and a 3 course breakfast for 50 guests, evening buffet for 100 guests, room hire and toastmaster. (It jumps up to £1,499 for 2011 and 2012 bookings).

    How to book: Call or email for bookings up to 23 Dec 2010, see Britannia Hotels for the contact info.

    The offer applies to new bookings only and the drinks package cannot be changed. There is also a non-refundable £500 deposit on booking which has to be paid 4 weeks in advance.

Out of bundle costs

You will have to pay extra if you want to add extra guests or add something to the menu. And although some of the hotels offer a discount for guests, they will have to pay extra to stay the night.

Always check if you have to pay a non-refundable fee before booking, and also get confirmation of what'll be included in the package.

[title=]Are these any good?[/title]

If you're looking for a lavish affair with all the trimmings, this is unlikely to come up trumps.

Yet if you want an affordable simple affair with some basic food and drink, it won't be easy to organise it much cheaper.

More tips & tricks to slash costs in the Cheap Weddings guide.



  • mmikailianmmikailian Forumite
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    This is a great offer booked Our Holiday Inn wedding for the 29th August 2010 (sunday) but as its a Bank Holiday everyone will still have the Monday off. Yeah.

    30 people for the service extra is £5 per person if you want more. 150 for evening buffet.

    I am working to a £4000 budget including Honeymoon!
  • rachelhenrachelhen Forumite
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    I looked at this for my daughter, has anyone already experienced one of these weddings? It sounded too good to be true?
  • i have booked the hoilday inn in liverpool city centre mine is £2010 thats for 40 day time with drinks pack ( 3 drinks ) 100 buffet evening wedding room all linen and flowers for top table cake stand andpent house for bride and groom . i went for xmas party and food was lovely and staf were great
  • If you're looking for the full fairy tail white wedding

    The 'full fairy tail'? Is that this season's must-have wedding dress style? ;)
  • We've been looking at this deal, but you have to remember that teh offer appears to vary from each HI . Some include more food than others and it looks like th eones in the North are better value which is no good for us.

    I think the old English deal looks better for us as we have a few really nice local ones to us that are a lot more picturesque tan the modern local HI's.

    WOuld be interested to know if anyone has done the Old English one and what they thought of it
  • [title=]Are these any good?[/title]

    If you're looking for the full fairy tail white wedding dream with all the trimmings, this is unlikely to come up trumps.

    Yet if you want an affordable simple affair with some basic food and drink, it won't be easy to organise it much cheaper.

    More tips & tricks to slash costs in the Cheap Weddings guide.


    I'm a little bit annoyed to say the least!!!

    How dare you presume that because someone books one of these deals it's not going to be the big fairytale wedding they dreamed of! :mad:

    We have booked our wedding using this deal at a Brittannia Hotel, we certainly getting value for money but nothing has been left out.

    The hotel staff have bent over backwards, are friendly and very helpful

    Also included in our package is all table linens and bed and breakfast for us for the evening
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  • KeithKeith Forumite
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    We were put off by the sandwich buffet instead of lunch, you've also got to remember the charges for the Registrar aren't included which for us came to nearly £500. A local hotel to us are knocking 25% off for anyone getting married on a Friday.
  • We've booked this deal up a few months ago now for our daughter for July 2010. The deal looks very good and although the food in the Brittania hotels isn't what I would call 'classy' (we've only just yesterday came back from a 'Twixmas' break in Bournemouth), it is however very good value for money.
  • We had our wedding in October 2009 at Holiday Inn Coventry with this special offer. It was amazing..the staff went all out and bent over backwards to give us our fairy tale wedding! Nothing was too much trouble!

    We had a red carpet on arrival from the church, the hotel provided a toast master, the service staff were fantastic and the Kerry the wedding planner was incredible! We requested a 2 course hot buffet lunch with a selection that would cater for all our guests, it was amazing and people are still talking about the food now! The evening buffet was amazing and i cannot thank the team enough for making our day so special.

    We had a complimentary room on the wedding night which had a jacuzzi and if guests wished to stay over they had heavily reduced rates too. Breakfast was amazing too!

    All in all i would definately recommend this hotel to anyone wanting the perfect wedding day!
  • edited 31 December 2009 at 2:15PM
    belfastbridgetjonesbelfastbridgetjones Forumite
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    edited 31 December 2009 at 2:15PM
    Hubby and I got married about 6 weeks ago and we had an "under a grand" wedding reception. It wasn't any of the hotels above, but rather the Clarion Hotel in Carrickfergus (I can't put in a link because I'm new but google it if you're interested!).

    It was the same sort of thing though - we got room hire for a full day, champagne for the two of us when we returned from the ceremony venue, a 3-course meal (plus tea and coffee for with the wedding cake) for up to 100 people, the (utterly luxurious!) bridal suite and breakfast for us the next morning. They decorated the room beautifully for us, had an organiser on hand throughout the entire reception to keep things running smoothly and to announce our entrance and the speeches... they even gave us a ride to the airport the next morning to send us off on honeymoon!

    The funny thing was that when we booked it over a year ago, they didn't have the offer on, but when they started the offer a month before our big day, I asked if we could take advantage of it and they were happy to oblige! We did pay a little bit more for a couple of extras (tea, coffee and shortbread for the guests on arrival, wine for the tables and for toasts, and an evening buffet) but if we hadn't had the money to do that, it still would have been a brilliant day with everything we got with the deal. All in all, we reckon it cost one third of the price it was going to originally, and when you're talking thousands of pounds, a saving of two thirds is a lot of money!

    They didn't matter at all to us but the only disadvantages with the offer we had were that it only applied for Monday - Thursday weddings and that the menu was set (although they were happy to meet any special dietary requirements).

    Obviously it will depend from hotel to hotel but never mind too good to be true, in our experience it was even better! Also, if you live in Northern Ireland and don't mind a bit of a rush, I can see on their website that the Clarion now has their offer half price for January - March this year! A full wedding reception for 100 people for less than £500 in a beautiful hotel by the sea! What a bargain!

    EDIT: Just wanted to add that I don't work for them or anything - we just genuinely had a brilliant day and they were wonderful!
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