Knowsley Hall Weddings

As soon as you drive through the main gates into the private walled estate, you will be truly mesmerised by the size and beauty of the grounds. You will be welcomed by our dedicated team as you walk up the stairs into the entrance. The Hall is exclusively yours for the day to enjoy all the rooms in the house as well as the terrace which offers stunning views across the manicured gardens and lake.

You can exchange your vows in the majestic splendour of our Stucco Ballroom. This room exudes romance with its gold encrusted leaf craftsmanship and original fireplace.

Your guests can enjoy reception drinks and canapés on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds. The vast outdoor space allows you to capture many different and dramatic backdrops for your wedding photographs. If the weather is not good then celebrate in the fine grandeur of the Walnut Drawing Room surrounded by family photographs, original oak panelling and fireplace, giving that feel of a lived in country house. The room with its warm lighting and cosy seating and views across the manicured gardens give your guests that relaxed feeling of being in their own home for the day.

Once you are ready to sit down for your wedding breakfast, you will be welcomed into the magnificent State Dining Room through the huge solid oak doors as Mr & Mrs. Your wedding party will dine on a sumptuous menu and tasted and approved by The Earl and Countess of Derby themselves – planned by you in collaboration with our team of expert chefs and created with ingredients sourced fresh where possible from the Knowsley Estate.

There are 15 bedrooms in the Hall which have all been individually designed by The Countess of Derby herself and are immaculately maintained to a high standard by our team of housekeepers. Knowsley Hall is the only stately home in the country to be awarded 5* gold standard by Visit Britain so you can rest assure that your stay will be one to truly remember.

Luxury authentic Stately house, home to The Earl and Countess of Derby. Enjoy exclusive hire of the Hall giving you the opportunity to feel like the house is yours for the day.

The Hall is set in over 2,500 of landscape gardens offering you numerous places to have your wedding photographs taken. Your guests can enjoy the views of the gardens on our terrace whilst enjoy drinks and canapés

In-house chef – you will be invited to a complimentary wedding breakfast tasting when you get to try our delicious dishes made by our in-house chef. All our food is locally sourced where possible.

Fully licensed for marriages and civil partnerships, enjoy your wedding ceremony in the beautiful surroundings of our Stucco Ballroom.

All our 15 bedrooms have been awarded 5* by Visit Britain. Lady Derby has individually designed all the rooms herself making that overnight stay very special.

Our dedicated wedding team and house staff work together to make sure the house is always immaculate and well maintained – we even close the Hall for 2 weeks every year to give it a full spring clean.

 

Knowsley Hall Website
Address: Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AG
Telephone Number: 0151 489 4827
Email Address: weddings@knowsley.com

Planning on Writing Your Own Vows? Here are our Top Tips

For some people, creative writing comes easily, so writing vows should be easy right? Actually, even for the people who are good at writing, your own vows can be a difficult task.

For everyone else writing anything can be pretty scary! Plus you’ve got to read it out in public. Not easy. Maybe you’re the one who suggested writing your own vows, or maybe it’s something your partner wanted and fills you with dread.

Not to worry, we’re here to give you all the advice you need before you sit down and write the perfect heartfelt vows for your wedding ceremony.

Why write your own wedding vows?

This is a very personal decision for many couples. You might decide you want to keep it simple and stick to the traditional vows. However, it’s also nice for both partners to really personalise the wedding ceremony.

Your own vows are a way to celebrate the reasons you love your partner, whilst allowing you to incorporate what’s important to you. There’s definitely a balance to be found, romantic but not fake. As long as your vows come from the heart they won’t be trite. You want people to get an insight into why you love your partner, at the same time as letting your partner know why you want to marry them. 

10 Top tips to writing your own vows

Well here you are, our best tips for writing your own wedding vows. Remember, don’t panic! Calmly read through this guide and use it as a step-by-step plan to writing your own wedding vows. 

 

1. Get started early

This one should be a no-brainer, but we’re putting it in at the start just in case! Don’t, we repeat, don’t leave your vows until the last minute. If you want to feel stressed and write something clearly rushed then that’s the way to go about it. Yes, you might be better at improv than reading from a sheet, but your vows will be more polished if you have plenty of time to practice what you’re going to say.

2. Have a discussion with your partner first

You’re not writing vows in isolation. Your partner is also in the same boat. If you don’t discuss the scope of your vows, you may find one of you has written half a novel and the other something shorter than the weekly shopping list.

Agree on the approximate length and the tone you’re going for. You might both want to go for funny vows or make them really sentimental. Whatever you decide you definitely should talk to your partner first. 

3. Come back to your drafts

There’s a writing process you can follow. First, start with a rough list of what you want to include. Then come back to the list and turn it into paragraphs. Then leave your first draft for a few days. When you come back to it you’ll have fresh eyes and you’ll be more critical. Don’t be afraid to have multiple drafts or versions to pick between.

4. Get real

You need to be heartfelt, or what’s the point in writing your own vows? Think about why you want to marry your partner, what you love about them. Sitting with the lads or your bridesmaids and spit-balling ideas is great, but make sure you take time to sit alone with your thoughts before you write your vows.

5. Make realistic promises

One of the key elements of your vows is promising things. You can take this however you want, you could promise to always be faithful but you can also promise not to hog the covers! Ideally, you want a mixture of genuine promises and maybe some more frivolous ones. You’re both going to be looking back on this for a long time, so make sure all your promises are realistic and ones you can keep.

6. Reassure your partner

Everyone get’s pre-wedding jitters, it’s normal. One of the best things after experiencing those moments is when you’re up at the alter and your partner says everything you needed to hear. Reassure them that you’re going to be there for them through anything.

7. Think about your timing

Ok, so we don’t want a six-volume novel series, do we? Think about your guests a little at this point. You should be able to get everything you need to across without taking hours. The best way to do this is by keeping any anecdotes short and prioritising what you want to say.

Most vows only take around one minute of time to say. Of course, this is something to discuss with your partner. If you’re desperate for longer vows at least make sure they’re going to do the same!

8. Don’t be afraid to use humour

Weddings are an incredibly emotional experience. They can also come with a lot of nervous energy. So a great thing to include in your vows is a little bit of humour. You need to be careful though, don’t tell inappropriate stories about your partner in the middle of your wedding! Aim for gentle humour to make your partner and your guests laugh.

9. Be specific with your anecdotes

Specific anecdotes and compliments are always nice to receive. Your partner may not know the exact moment you fell for them, or that cute noise they make when they sleep that makes you love them more. Think about something small you love about them and use this time to shine a light on it to make them feel special.

10. Read them to a friend

The final step once you’ve written your vows is getting some feedback. We suggest picking one friend you trust and reading your vows to them. They can give you feedback and it’s also a chance for you to practice reading in front of someone. Plus if you just choose one friend everyone else gets to hear them for the first time on the day.

That’s it! We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips for writing your vows and let us know how you get on! Get in touch with us on our social media links below so we can hear about your own wedding vow experiences.

8 Things Brides Wish They’d Known Before the Wedding

 

 

Getting married can prove to be an absolute whirlwind of emotions. From the stresses of planning to the sheer joy and love you feel when walking down that aisle, it truly is one of the most memorable days of your life. 

So, before your big day comes around, it’s always useful to get some hints and tips from those who have been there and done it. To help you, here’s 8 things brides wish they’d known before the wedding…

 

That last minute facial isn’t always a good idea

What’s more relaxing before your big day than a soothing facial, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Treatments don’t always bode well with skin, leaving some brides with unfortunate rashes and pimples. So, take it from them and steer clear of trying any new beauty regimes too close to your big day. 

8 Things Brides Wish They’d Known Before the Wedding

Taking on too many DIY projects isn’t always easy

Ok, so you might have a Pinterest board just brimming with DIY wedding decor that you can’t wait to get started on. However, taking too much on beforehand is something many brides have lived to regret. Things may seem simple and cost-effective at the start, but if you take too much on you could risk burning out and having to pay for alternatives in the end anyway. Just be wary of this and plan your time effectively if you’re set on doing lots of things yourself.

 

Remember to spend time with your loved ones

Your actual wedding day can fly by in a flash. It’s one of the most special days of your life yet often the quickest. When looking back on their big days, many brides regret taking the time out to spend quality time with their guests. 

So, make sure you take the time to really be in the moment. If something goes wrong, don’t spend precious minutes or even hours chasing a solution or stressing. Things happen and you’ll regret wasted time so be in the moment and lap up every minute with those important to you. 

8 Things Brides Wish They’d Known Before the Wedding

It won’t be 100% perfect

Well what is? There’s always going to be something, whether that’s uncle Roy getting a bit too merry during the toasts or timings having to be adjusted. Don’t get stressed, think about the real reason you’re all there. You’re marrying the love of your life – so what if the centrepieces aren’t quite the shade of blue you chose in the shop.

 

DON’T check the weather!

As UK residents, we know that rain is a possibility no matter what time of year it is. Your phone’s weather app is not your friend in the days leading up to your wedding so don’t touch it. Remember that come rain or shine, you will have a ball once the day comes around. 

Yes, nobody wants to get rained on but the emotions you will feel on that day will make you see past the weather – good or bad. So, there’s no point in getting in a pickle two days before when you see that sideways rain is forecast…

 

Spare a thought for your guests 

It’s easy to get swept into the fine details like the shade of pink you’re choosing for the favour bags or whether you should opt for curls instead of an up-do. This is understandable as this is meant to be one of the most special days of your life so it’s ok to get stuck into the fine details. 

However, when planning, it’s easy to forget about the people that are going to share your day with you. Remember, when it comes to guests, little touches go a long way. Think about ways you can make their day more memorable or enjoyable. Midnight snacks for those still partying, flip-flops for the ladies so they can continue to dance or blankets if it’s going to get a little nippy at night. These touches won’t go unnoticed. 

 

Book a honeymoon

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful so booking in a honeymoon can make for the most timely break you’ll ever have. Not only is it a special time for you and your partner, but it also helps you both to unwind and come down from the euphoria of your big day. It’s therefore well worth keeping some money aside in your wedding budget to ensure you can afford that all important break. 

 

Get onto those thank you notes 

Brides that leave this for months seriously regret it. It’s one of those things that will just hang over you, so get it sorted swiftly. If you sit down and do this straight after your honeymoon, you’ll still be in wedding mode and brimming full of wedding memories. It’s also when you’ll open your presents to it will be far easier to thank guests for the special gifts they chose for you. 

 

To sum up 

The main thing that rings true when all brides look back on their big day is just remembering to be in the moment and have fun. Whether it rains or shines, your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life so just remember to enjoy every single minute.