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Gorcott Hall,
Mappleborough Green,
Warwickshire,
B98 9EU

Phone
01789 224450

Email
weddings@gorcotthall.co.uk

Tying the knot during a global pandemic

Planning a wedding at any time is a rollercoaster ride of excitement. A few nervous turns and all the mega highs you can dream of, but planning a wedding during a global pandemic has certainly added a few unexpected bumps along the way. But, fear not, weddings post Covid, are no less wonderful, they just take a little extra planning and consideration and we are going to share some tips to help create your wedding, your way…safely!

For the thousands of couples that have had to postpone their weddings, we are all excited to finally be allowed to celebrate with family and friends. As we continue along this less than smooth ride out of lockdown, we remain cautiously optimistic that things are going to return to normal, albeit a slightly modified norm.

WEDDING SAFETY (DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME – THE POLICE)

We all know this virus isn’t going to just magically disappear, but with a few jabs, some comical face masks and a test or two we are learning to live with it. As a responsible venue, we want to do everything we can to ensure the wellbeing of our guests and have put a number of measures in place. We like to call it ‘subtle safety’, no massive signs and luminous sanitising stations, just tasteful bits dotted around so you know we are taking care of you.

OUTDOOR WEDDINGS (DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – TOPLOADER)

The great outdoors is becoming a popular 2021 wedding theme. As some guests still feel slightly nervous about attending larger gatherings, outdoor space offer peace of mind in the fresh air. Did you know we have built a rather spectacular pergola for this very reason, and of course, who doesn’t love getting married under an arch of fabulous flowers? 

Outdoor Wedding

POST-COVID WEDDING RECEPTIONS (WEDDING SONG – BOB DYLAN)

So, the limit on numbers has finally been lifted and you can invite everyone to your wedding (well not everyone, but you know what we mean), but social distancing is still important. A big part of your special day is what happens after you say ‘I do!’ The strictest rules have now been dropped, but there have never been rules about speeches, so all the embarrassing stories about what you got up to at uni are still bound to be spilled – brace yourself ????

A BIG PARTY! (DANCING QUEEN – ABBA)

After all the restrictions we have been living with, I’m pretty sure everyone is ready for a big party! Sadly, dancing on the dance floor and super loud singing is still officially on the no-no list. But nobody wants to have to do a seated shuffle to the music, so you can still have a jolly good razzle with just a few adjustments and still stay within the rules. And with any luck, in a couple of weeks traditional parties with all the singing and all the dancing will be back in full swing.

ZOOM GUESTS (VIRTUAL INSANITY – JAMIROQUAI)

With the current travel restrictions and uncertainty, there are still going to be some of your guests who are unable to attend your special day in person. Here is where Zoom comes into its own…Why not send your guest a ‘wish you were here’ package with some fizz and cake so they can toast you along with everyone else? Just make sure you get someone who is vaguely tech savvy to set up the Zoom party, we all know how that one goes when it’s left in the wrong hands.

As you can see, you can still have the most sensational celebration on your wedding day, you just need to be prepared for some tiny tweaks with safety in mind. We will help you plan your day so it’s everything you dreamed of and more, we have got you from ‘I do’ to ‘adieu!’


Looking for a wedding venue in a fantastic rustic setting? You can have the perfect day at Gorcott Hall. Enquire online today to book your personalised viewing.

Gorcott Gets a Makeover

Welcome back weddings! Oh, how we have missed you! It’s certainly been a challenging year, but while the world has been on pause, the Gorcott Hall team has been hard at work, making many changes and upgrades to our gorgeous venue to make it picture perfect for your special day!

So… as you know, our pretty country pile is antique to say the least, and while vintage is absolutely ‘en vogue’, a building which has already celebrated a quincentenary (that’s 500 years in case you were wondering) needs a little special attention from time to time.

With nothing but time on our hands waiting for the dreaded Covid to ‘shove off’ and Bojo to make a few important decisions on when we can all gather again to celebrate the union of two people in love, we rolled up our sleeves, and got cracking on some home improvements which we think are pretty epic.

The Red Earth No.64 Farrow & Ball made an appearance and floors were sanded and varnished ready for the razzle to return. We pulled out all the stops on some outstanding new outdoor furniture for balmy summer evenings, and the car park was expanded to cater for our larger celebrations. Everything has been spruced up to perfection – it takes more than a little spit and polish to make this kind of magic.

Our gardens, which have always been spectacular, got some extra special attention with the planting of eight cherry trees and the addition of 400 willows around the pond. And just in case Ted gets lonely during his daily dip, we added a huge hippo to the lake. He’s a friendly fellow by all accounts and can be seen bobbing around just above the surface enjoying the views and waiting for our guests to spot him.

Now all we need is for all you loved up folk to press play on the festivities and help bring our fabulous venue back to life.

November 30, 2020 by Mark Wasley 0 Comments

Introducing…our Bridal Gown Suite

Our stunning new Bridal Gown Suite is now complete – just add your bridal party!

Gorcott Hall Bridal Suite

Nestled in a charming and rustic granary barn dating back to 1803, yet full of everything the modern bride could need, this beautiful dedicated preparation area provides the perfect location to start your wedding day. Over 300 square feet of luxurious airy space is at your disposal. We’ll open the doors at 9:00AM on your most special of days to give you the most relaxing start possible. 

You’ll need to see it first hand to fully appreciate what’s on offer here – we’ve worked really hard to make sure everything you and your bridal party might possibly need is available, with even the smallest touches sprinkled with a generous helping of Gorcott Hall magic.

What’s Included

  • Beautifully decorated – a wonderfully spacious and social area
  • Huge comfy sofas for relaxing
  • Multiple styling stations for styling your hair and makeup
  • Bathroom area incorporating two spacious showers, dual sink vanity unit, underfloor heating, private loo.
  • Raised, beautifully lit dais  with space for you to hang your dress – the perfect platform for a photo opportunity once you’re ready to say ‘I do’!
  • Reserved parking adjacent to the suite for you and your suppliers.
  • Complimentary superfast WiFi
  • Integrated sound system
  • Your own kitchen area – we’ll stock the fridge with Prosecco and snacks
  • Patio area
  • Discrete exit for the big arrival for outdoor ceremonies
  • Convenient access to the courtyard for your wedding cars to whisk you off to a church ceremony

Get in Touch

This really has been a ‘labour of love’ for the entire team here. We’re proud of it and we can’t wait for you to see it up close and personal. Get in touch with us today for further information and details around our wedding venue in Worcestershire.

Allie & Mark

November 11, 2020 by Mark Wasley 0 Comments

How to choose the best Best Man

This is the easy part, right? Your best man is just your best mate, or perhaps your brother? Maybe, but it’s not always that straightforward. Your best man needs to be more than just some guy who is capable of not losing a ring and stringing a few words together after your wedding breakfast.

Choosing Your Best Man

First up, being Best Man is an honour. And that in itself puts you, as the groom, in a huge position of power. Use this power wisely! Tempting as it might be, don’t just automatically go with the guy who offers to take you to Vegas on your stag do. While he might be the ultimate party animal and organiser of legendary lads’ trips abroad, what will he be like on the big day itself? Is he going to be capable of responding to a last-minute crisis, helping your day run as smoothly as it possibly can, or is he more likely to hilariously filling your Calvins with Deep Heat while you’re taking your last shower as a single man?

Often overlooked in the best man selection process is what I like to call ‘Bride to be Blessing’. Her opinion counts lads, it’s her big day too and she won’t want it wrecked by Smiffy from Thursday night 5-a-side being so wasted he can’t manage a single word of his speech. The other side of this coin though is that she’ll most likely be in favour of you choosing that lad from Uni she likes. he’s teetotal, and thinks a wild night involves staying up until Midnight watching Simpsons repeats. Avoid.

So, if you’ve got a mate/relative that’s fun, has got your back, but most importantly is totally reliable, sign him up. Now. But might be still worth checking your Calvins on the big day?

Get in Touch with Gorcott Hall

For further advice, get in touch with Gorcott Hall today. We are here to help you with anything you need, whether you want to find out more about our amazing barn wedding venue in Worcestershire and our facilities, or just want some advice on what outfit you should go for. We are here.

If music be the food of love…

We love a bit of music in this house. Well, most of us do, Allie listens to James Blunt.

Swiftly moving on… music is a really important part of your big day, and we can help. It’s not just about the song you walk down the aisle to, or your first dance, or having Sex on Fire blasting out at a quarter to midnight; music can be around you for the whole day.

Choosing Your Wedding Music

Let’s say you’re marrying in a civil ceremony at 2:00 PM, we’ll be serving your welcome drinks at 2:30 PM. Chances are there’ll have been guests arriving since 1:30 PM. Your ceremony takes 30 minutes or so, and we’ll generally be calling you over for your wedding breakfast sometime around 4:45/5:00 PM. So, there’ll be around three or four hours for you to meet and greet your guests, while they enjoy their canapes and drinks and the photographer does their thing.

Now, if you love live music (and who doesn’t), you might be thinking about hiring a professional outfit to provide some lovely background music for the afternoon. Great! I used to be a bit of a musician myself and always loved playing at weddings. We’ve had all sorts of wedding musicians here over the years – choirs, harpists, acoustic duos, sax players… but they do, of course, come at a cost. And, there’s the question of where they set up for maximum impact.

So, what’s the alternative? Well, if you’ve ever visited Gorcott Hall wedding venue in Worcestershire, you’ll have probably noticed we always have music playing in the house. We’ve got a fabulous networked sound system here, with music being piped throughout the downstairs of the hall, and also into the gardens. So why not make (free) use of this, and curate your own, personalised wedding playlist? You’ll have a load of fun (and maybe a few fights!) putting it together, and all you need to do is send us a link to your playlist (Spotify or Apple Music) a few days before your big day. We’ll download it onto our system (we don’t stream it, just in case we happen to lose the broadband on the day), and look after everything else for you. You’ll need up to four hours of music (around 60/70 songs).

So, what will you choose? Make it personal, make it special to you two, and make it memorable. Want a few ideas for wedding music?

Wedding Music Ideas

  • What was the song you first danced together to?
  • What was number one when you were both born (https://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthday-no1)
  • What song makes you both go a bit gooey because it reminds you of a special time, a special place, or a lost loved one? (or just each other)
  • When you’re apart, and you’re missing one another, what song makes you think of the other?

Here’s ours:

  • Cruel Summer by Bananarama (ask your parents)
  • Mark – Hey Jude by The Beatles, Allie – Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys (also, ask your parents)
  • How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
  • Anything by Bear’s Den reminds Allie of Mark, Breakeven by The Script reminds Mark of Allie (don’t read too much into the lyrics here though!)

Get in Touch with Gorcott Hall

So, come on, it’s never too early to start. You can start messing around with this now. If you get bored of a tune later on you can always change it. Oh, and I won’t judge. All music is art.

Unless, of course, it’s by James Blunt.

Get in touch with Gorcott Hall today to find out more about our wonderful barn wedding venue in Worcestershire and what we can offer you.

A home fit for a Queen

Did you know that Elizabeth I once visited Gorcott Hall, sometime in the early 1560s? There’s plenty of archive information to back this up, and she even donated a fabulous stained glass window as a thank you.

History of Gorcott Hall Wedding Venue

So, what was she doing here? Let’s have a quick history lesson first. Well, Elizabeth, the ‘Virgin Queen’ was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Dad got a bit bored with Anne (his second wife), so he had her head removed when our Liz was still a toddler. She’d only just reached her teenage years in 1537 when lovely old Henry also popped his considerable clogs. Gorcott Hall was a new build then, construction has started on the current main Hall just two years earlier. Things got a bit messy for the Tudors around this time: Kings and Queens came and went while the Tudors decided whether they were Catholic or Protestant, and, in 1554, young Liz did a stretch in the Tower of London for supposedly supporting an anti-royal rebellion.

But, by 1558, Elizabeth inherited the throne when her half-sister “Bloody Mary” died. She went on to rule the country over some key events in history – the Spanish Armada, and the colonisation of America. She was a hugely popular queen, but she never married. Which brings the story to Gorcott….sort of.

Now, there was a dashing young man called Robert Dudley who Liz had known since childhood. We’ll call him Bobby D. He was the Earl of Leicester and his home was Kenilworth Castle, not too far away from us. He was, by all accounts, fairly unhappily married to a poor lass called Amy. In 1560, aged just 28, Amy “fell” down a flight of stairs at home, breaking her neck and bringing an untimely end to her time as Mrs D. Her death caused a huge scandal at the time, with many people suspecting Bobby D of giving her a nudge downstairs. This meant that any form of relationship between Liz and Bobby would have been hugely unpopular. So, it appears they conducted their romance in secret.

It seems likely that it was during one of these secret liaisons that Liz came to Gorcott. We’re not quite sure who invited the Queen here, but it’s probable that it was arranged by one of the Throckmorton family, good mates with the Queen and owners of a fairly spectacular pad up the road in Coughton. We’ll assume that the Yardley family, who owned Gorcott at the time, made Liz very welcome, given that she had the stained glass window made at the not inconsiderable expense. Or maybe that was the price for their silence! If word ever got out that Liz and Bobby were dating, the fallout would’ve been huge.

Liz never married Mr Dudley or anybody else for that matter. She had plenty of offers, but died a spinster in 1602, having ruled over one of the most exciting periods in our history.

Fit for a Queen

Is Gorcott Hall a home fit for a queen? History says yes, and who are we to argue? Shame we weren’t running weddings here back then, we’d have loved to have seen Liz and Bobby rocking out on the dance floor.

Author’s disclaimer: I am by no means a Tudor historian, but I do have a GCSE in History as well as access to Wikipedia.

Get in Touch with Gorcott Hall

To find out more about our wonderful wedding venue in Redditch, get in touch with us today. Whether you want a quote or just want to find out more about our amazing facilities such as our barn wedding venue, we are here to help.