Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

cool character: the bowdon rooms, cheshire

September 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (6)

If you’re currently on the hunt for a venue with individual features, charm and class, plus that’s totally private and a space you can truly make your own – then you’re in luck! For today we are catching up with our fabulous Sponsor venue, the stunning Bowdon Rooms.

Located in the leafy idyll of Bowdon, near Altrincham, Cheshire, this really is a rare gem of a venue, complete with high ceilings, sparkling drapes and ornate fireplaces and features. Furthermore, (for you party lovers out there) it boasts a sprung dancefloor and stage large enough for an 18-piece swing band, so dancing shoes are a must!

Impressed? Us too! And that’s why we regularly visit The Bowdon Rooms to stage one of our Luxury Wedding Fairs, inviting couples to come and see this beauty for themselves. Our next event at the venue – a Mini Pop-Up Wedding Festival – will take place on Sunday 5th November, 11am to 3pm, and its FREE ENTRY, so there really is no excuse to miss out! We’ll be joined there by the areas crème de la crème of wedding suppliers to help bring all your big day plans together.

To whet your appetite in the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to director of The Bowdon Rooms Neil Hughes, to tell us more about this spectacular space.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (2)

Can you tell us about the style and history of The Bowdon Rooms?

neil says: Our luxury wedding venue in Cheshire is a charming building that offers an abundance of authentic character and beautiful features. More than 110 years old, the property’s Edwardian decadence will offer you and your guests a superior environment.

Amid subtle yet exquisite details of art nouveau charm, you can relax and dine in our glorious ballroom, with its stunning chandeliers suspended from a 40-foot domed ceiling, against a backdrop of romantically-lit voiles.

What types of couples does the venue appeal too?

The Bowdon Rooms is definitely suited to couples who would like an authentic vintage venue, that is what we are. We have over 100 years of unspoilt architecture and features. And because we also host live music, we attract couples who wish to party, with fantastic live bands playing on our stage at most functions. We have a full sound and light system, in house engineers and event managers you can trust. Plus, a late licence until 1am.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (4)

Can you tell us about its reception rooms?

The ballroom – Our beautiful spacious ballroom seats up to 230 guests and offers a stage large enough for an 18-piece swing band. With a fully-integrated lighting system and an experienced team to help create your ideal theme, we have everything to inspire and deliver – all under one roof. It is a period ballroom with chandeliers and has a fully-sprung maple dance floor to really get the party in full swing.

The lounge – Our other reception room is located on the first floor and offers a more intimate environment. An air-conditioned jazz lounge at the top of the building. It accommodates up to 90 guests and is perfect for wedding reception drinks or civil ceremonies. It can either be set as a 1940’s speakeasy, or a modern voile lit lounge.

What would you say are the unique and special features of The Bowdon Rooms?

We were built in 1905, so we do really have an abundance of period features; from sprung dance floor to fireplaces, to those hard to describe nooks and crannies – but they all ooze charm. We have two huge chandeliers that tower above the ballroom adding a touch of elegance.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (3)

How can couples really make the space their own?

We love having couples help design their own special day, so just ask about anything at all. Couples can choose their own colour scheme as we can completely dress the room in their fabric of choice, and they can also work on table decorations, favours, table layouts – in fact nearly every aspect of the wedding. We also have plenty of couples who provide their own band.

Tell us about the food and drink options available at the venue…

We do all of the catering with our team of award-winning chefs. They have worked around the world and provide every type of food; from an informal Mediterranean risotto to a formal four-course meal. If couples want to go away from standard menus and personalise their choices, that’s fine, they can come in, meet with chefs and have a menu tasting.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (5)

How do the venue’s staff assist couples in planning their big day?

Every bride and groom are assigned their own wedding event manager. Karen has worked here for more than ten years, and Suzanne for more than six, so couples can rest assured that our team has a huge amount of experience.

What is the feedback like from couples who have married at The Bowdon Rooms?

Most couples love our flexibility; we are not a hotel with fixed packages. So, clients can really get involved, helping with table design, centre pieces and venue set-up. Quite often we have a team of ushers and bridesmaids in helping out, it makes for a very relaxing wedding party.

A Vintage Wedding at The Bowdon Rooms (c) Eclection Photography (7)

What makes Bowdon Rooms weddings special and sets the venue apart from others?

The major wow factor is the period ballroom – there just aren’t many left – the ceiling is 40 feet high, complete with grand chandeliers. The venue is ideal for brides who love vintage, festival or sophisticated settings, and we can dress the room so elegantly. We also make sure wedding planners are here on the day, so the continuity is assured.

Do you have any wedding fairs coming up?

Yes, on Sunday 5th November, Brides Up North will be hosting a wedding fair here at The Bowdon Rooms, which will be a fantastic opportunity to view the venue and meet our team. We hope to see you there!

Any other news to share?

Our lounge, which is where we hold our smaller weddings, is just being completely refurbished and curtained. So, we have another beautiful space to hold civil ceremonies in.

Images by Eclection Photography.

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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