What made you book Middleton lodge estate for your wedding?
We loved the Fig House and it’s grounds. We felt it offered the perfect mix of old and new: beautiful but with a natural, rustic element that matched the relaxed celebration we were hoping for. Our first visit was actually in the middle of winter when the garden was covered in snow and the venue not even complete, but we could see from the plans that this was exactly what we wanted. Even the little things, like the car park in the wood were just so beautiful and special compared to other places we saw online. The garden proved the perfect space for our guests to relax and enjoy the afternoon and evening on our wedding day.
I also loved how there’s regular events at the Fig House (bonfire nights, jewellery making, flower workshops) meaning the venue is somewhere I/we could visit in the run up to the day, and can continue to visit after our wedding.
Where on the estate did you have different parts of your celebrations?
When our guests arrived, they met James and the groomsmen for drinks at the Coach House. We had our ceremony and reception at the Fig House.
Can you tell me about the weather on your big day?
We had a dry day in what was one of the wettest summer weeks. The morning was quite dull but brightened for our ceremony and the rest of the day.
How did that effect your day?
It was so lovely to spend time in the garden, and to watch our guests enjoying the space.
However, part of the reason we booked the venue was because the dining area overlooks the garden, so we felt that even on a wet day it wouldn’t feel like you were missing out on the garden completely.
Was there any members of staff on your big day that you felt made a real difference?
Anna Miller and the Emma Fowler our wedding coordinators were both fantastic. Many of our guests commented on how smoothly the day ran and how great Middleton Lodge staff were at being present when needed and disappearing in between those moments.
How did you find the planning at Middleton lodge?
Great. Middleton lodge staff put us at ease whenever we visited and explained very clearly what information we needed to provide and when. When we asked very detailed questions the staff were patient with us and able to answer these.
How many guests did you have?
Where did you have you wedding ceremony?
The Boiler Bar in the Fig House
Where did you get ready on the morning of your wedding?
James got ready at our home in York with some of his groomsmen. I got ready at Middleton Lodge with my sister and bridesmaids. My sister and I stayed at the Coach house the night before the wedding, and the bridesmaids joined us first thing to have our hair and make-up done. The suite was the perfect place to relax the night before the big day, and get ready the morning of the wedding. We moved over to the Fig House room ‘The Head Gardeners cottage’ around midday.
Tell me about your dress?
It was a silk dress from Luella’s bridal in London. My sister lives in London and we had a really special day together shopping for my dress and celebrating afterwards.
Did you have a wedding theme?
We didn’t really have a theme. Flower wise we wanted a relaxed, informal, somewhat unstructured look. The only themed element of our day were the table names, which were places we’d visited together on holiday.
Can you summarise your suppliers and suppliers?
- Flowers - Briar House
- Photography – Atken photography
- Music – The Cave
- Cake – Flamingo bakery
- Dress alterations – Once upon a dress
Any tips for any brides getting married at Middleton lodge estate?
Book the suite for the night before and the night of your wedding. This was a massive help and made me feel at ease knowing I was on the estate.
If there was one thing you would change about the big day what would it be?
A minor thing, but a lot of guests went to the Fig House before the ceremony rather than heading to The Coach House, so I wish I had a personal sign made to let people know to head there for a drink before hand.
Thank you Sally & James for sharing your special day with us. We wish you a long and happy marriage from all the team at Middleton Lodge Estate