St Martins house is well known on the wedding scene attracting couples from around Leicestershire and afar to the captivating setting
We investigated why the Grade II listed building has been so consistently popular among couples over the years and ultimately, what you should be looking out for in the location of your dream venue.
The Guest List How many people can be accommodated? This question will dramatically influence whether or not you get married in certain locations. Get a rough idea of your guest list so that you can easily rule out places that can’t allow for your number of guests. One of the reasons that make St Martins House a great find is that they can accommodate 12-200 people in The Grand hall which is spacious yet decidedly intimate.
The Budget Sit down with your partner and decide how much you are willing to spend. Like St Martins House, your venue should have a range of flexible packages to suit most budgets. Your budget and guest list combined will make it easier to decide which places you can immediately rule out.
The Date Depending on the couple, the date may be more or less important than the location, or they may be of equal standing. Any which way, the date will of course need to be prioritised. And bear in mind, the location you have your heart set on may not be available for a number of years even, so either the date or the location may need to be compromised.
The Location For a completely relaxed and fun celebration, its best your venue isn’t too difficult to get to – you don’t want your guests getting disgruntled before they arrive. St Martins House is in the centre of Leicester City, so parking is readily available as is accommodation. It is within easy walking distance from car parks and the Historic Quarter provides a beautiful backdrop to set a romantic scene. Hear the Cathedral Organ as you explore the famous area that is proud to be home to King Richard III.
The Theme Next, it’s time to think about whether your shortlist will suit the theme you have in mind for your big day. In The Grand Hall of St Martins House, captivating high vaulted ceilings and 19th century features show the venue for the traditional Grade II listed building that it is, as well as having a modern fresh vibe. The spacious Grand Hall has the facilities to be as flexible as you like with decoration and layout making it suitable for any theme. Expert wedding advisors are also on hand at every stage to help get you the best deals and take the stress out of the planning.
The Food What’s on the menu may depend largely on the theme of the big day so you’ll need a venue that can cater to your specific requirements. St Martins can provide buffets and gala dinners and are very open to other dining styles. They’ve now teamed up with Eastern Heroes Kitchen run by Leicester TV Chef sensation Kwoklyn Wan. The partnership means St Martins now offer a bespoke Oriental catering service for those extra special occasions ranging from Chinese to Malaysian dishes.
The Photos If you’re a big fan of photos, the interiors and exteriors of your venue will mean a lot to you as they will influence the look of your snaps. If you’re not completely happy with some areas, don’t worry as you can make up for this by finding a great photographer who will know exactly how to make the most of the location. Situated in the midst of Leicester’s finest historical buildings, you and your guests can enjoy the serene surroundings that St Martins is set in that have been recently revamped to add a modern twist to the classical background steeped in history.
Get planning in advance and if you need any help along the way, contact St Martins House for guidance.
Stmartinshouse.com 0116 261 5200