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It’s All About The Reception

When you’ve said your vows and you’re officially married… it’s time to party! Think of your wedding reception as a magnificent celebration, an opportunity to share your joy with your closest friends and family. If you’re in the midst of planning your day, we hope this list of key considerations for your reception at Swynford Manor will offer some inspiration.

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Your Venue and Space

Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding reception is perhaps the most important decision of all. As well as suiting your budget and accommodating the number of guests you would like to invite, it’s vital that you feel inspired by the potential setting. And, of course, you should be impressed by the team managing the venue as you’ll be working with them to plan your special day.

At Swynford Manor, we hope you’ll love the stylish Garden Room with its black and white décor and beautiful windows, while the stunning gardens, The Study and The Drawing Room offer endless options for welcome drinks and entertainment.

Food and Drinks

Of course, your chosen menu is a key element of your wedding reception, from welcome drinks and canapés to the wedding breakfast and evening dining. A successful menu should suit your budget, the season and the style of your day.

Our talented chefs will work with you to create the perfect menu, whether you’re dreaming of delicious canapés on the lawn, a fine dining experience for your wedding breakfast, an evening barbecue or a pizza party!

Style and Décor

Every couple wants to reflect their personalities through their wedding style and colour scheme. At Swynford Manor, our calming, neutral décor enables you to add your own additional colours, or work alongside the existing shades.

When it comes to your wedding reception, chat to us about the room layout and think about where you might add floral arrangements. Table centrepieces are the obvious choice, but you might also choose to have flowers at the entrance or around Byron Bar in The Drawing Room. While flowers add colour, you can also consider your table linen, chair decorations, china and glassware. Why not add some personalised touches with signage and, of course, give your wedding cake prime position as another element of your wedding style?


Fabulous entertainment creates a memorable party. Music is key for your evening celebration, whether you like the idea of a live band or DJ to fill the dance floor.

Put some thought in to how you plan to entertain your guests earlier in the day. You might, for example, have some garden games on the lawn, a close-up magician during welcome drinks or a fun casino in the evening.

Whatever you choose, consider the time of year and always plan something you think your guests will enjoy. If you have a number of children attending your wedding, it’s lovely to plan some entertainment for them, even if just a few games at the table or a treasure hunt in the garden.

If you have yet to visit Swynford Manor, we would love to show you all we have to offer. Simply call our friendly team on 01638 592609 or contact us online.