We had a fantastic day at Cain Manor and would highly recommend it to other couples.
My husband and I searched high and low for the perfect wedding venue and we almost gave
up hope before we came across Botleys Mansion. Everything about the venue and Bijou was perfect, and our wedding day was a dream come true thanks to their amazing staff.
Our wedding at Cain Manor was over and above anything we had ever dreamed of. The setting, the staff, the food and the ambience was first class. Having exclusivity of the Manor with everything happening in the same building – ceremony, reception, party and overnight rooms – made it cosy without losing any of the elegance.
The online planning process was easy with help at every stage and the “wedding Wednesday” – when you can sample your chosen food and wine – was a really nice touch. It is difficult to find any fault and many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever attended. The only piece of advice we can offer is to book your registrar early so that you can have the ceremony early afternoon, ensuring the whole day flows without those unnecessary breaks where guests are at a loose end.
We had an amazing day at Bijou venues, it was so nice that family and close friends who were staying in the house could be around as we were getting ready. It was just like being in our own home, with everyone so comfortable. Unfortunately, it was raining in the morning on our day and we had planned to get married outside but the staff were so helpful and understanding when getting me to make the decision about moving the ceremony inside. It’s a beautiful house with beautiful rooms. Our wedding breakfast was amazing, the staff were so good with us, and put up with the rowdy friends and family as well as the older generation! We booked an entertainment company called Spacebar productions for our reception and again the staff were very accommodating of everything they needed to put on their 'show'. My tips would be don't worry about friends and family (excluding the husband to be!) seeing you getting ready and in your dress! It was so nice to have everyone pop in and out of the bridal suite and to have some friends with me to keep me calm. Definitely have the hog roast for the reception buffet and ask your photographer to take some shots at the back of the garden in the long grass!
With regard to advice and stories for future Bijou brides, I would have to say that I am a real perfectionist and regardless of people saying to me "It won't be perfect, that can't happen... you have to be realistic" it really was as near as it could be. I think we managed that because I ran through the day several times in real detail: what I would need to get ready in the morning, what we would eat and drink, how guests would rest and move from place to place, and what was needed at each point of the day. I would also say that we made two key investments: firstly, the venue, which we fell in love with the first time we came, and that really made the perfect backdrop for the day, but then secondly, our photographer, who has provided us with beautiful images to relive it. And lastly, be yourselves and know that it is your day, and it should reflect you as a couple and individually.
Also, Natalie, I have not had chance to say before, but on behalf of Rinat and myself and our family and friends, thank you for providing such a magical setting for our day. You provided everything we wanted and more and really took care of us, particularly with my food allergies. It was such a relief to enjoy the day and not be worried about what I could or couldn't eat, and that was down to your staff and keen organisation. I'm so glad we came to see Cain Manor originally - I knew from the moment we arrived it would be where we got married :o) The day was amazing and your staff made us feel taken care of and at home whilst being meticulously organised... we really just relaxed and had an amazing time.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for a fantastic venue for our wedding. The staff were amazing, really friendly and couldn't do enough for Marc and I and our guests. The food was fantastic, a point our guests even talk about today! The whole planning process went so smoothly, and your online planning tool really helped to manage the costs and also ensure nothing was missed.
We couldn't have asked for a better venue or day, so thank you for making it so special.
We can't thank all of your team at Notley enough for the amazing day we had! It was made totally stress free and perfect for us; the day was a total dream!
I’m an American and Dan is English. We knew that as we were looking for venues and planning our big day we wanted a great blend of American and English tradition, plus to incorporate our own ideas as a non-traditional couple. When we visited Notley Abbey for the first time and glimpsed the grounds, I couldn’t hold back tears! Notley feels like everything you’d want as a foreigner coming to an English wedding-a beautiful country manor with a perfect blend of elegance, comfortability, and charm without being too stately or imposing.
We wanted our ceremony to be personal, quirky, and with just enough weight so we signed our legal paperwork at the Registrar’s office the day before, and had our good friend reside as the celebrant the day of. It also helped prolong the festivities for overseas guests. I walked down the aisle to “In My Life” by The Beatles, and as diehard Liverpool FC fans the recessional music was “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Our table names were designed by our friend which represented landmarks near places each of us had lived.
My advice to brides: take a step back, watch all of your friends and family in one place enjoying themselves, and take it all in: It all goes by so fast and everything, no matter what happens, will be perfect!
Botleys Mansion is simply exquisite. It oozes elegance, which is exactly what my husband and I were looking for in a wedding venue. We fell in love with this gorgeous venue straight away! And it wasn’t just the beauty of Botleys Mansion that impressed us; it was also the kind and caring staff, who looked after us so well, not just on our wedding day but also leading up to our big day. It’s stressful planning a wedding (Every bride knows that!), and our lovely Bijou wedding administrator took away a lot of that stress!
The interior of Botleys Mansion is just as breath taking as the exterior. Our friends and family who travelled from afar really admired the English charm (they said they felt like they were in an episode of Downton Abbey!). It was fun getting ready in the lovely Bridal Suite with the Mums and bridesmaids. The rest of the bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated too. The Atrium has the wow factor and made such a stunning setting for our wedding breakfast. You really make an entrance as a married couple walking down the red carpeted staircase!
The food was divine and so well presented. There were so many options to choose from, and my husband and I really enjoyed the food tasting a few months before our wedding. Some of our favourites included the mini shepherd pies and breaded sole and chips for the canapés and the braised sticky beef for the main. It was all amazing, and our guests loved everything!
Thanks to the professional Bijou staff, our day was perfect and everything ran so smoothly (except me arriving late at the church!). It truly was the most incredible day of our lives, and even to this day, all of our friends and family are still talking about it.
To all future brides, if you’re reading this right now and still trying to decide on a venue, then please look no further. You will love Botleys Mansion, and trust me; Bijou will make your dreams come true!
We are so glad we chose to have our wedding at Notley Abbey. From the minute we walked in, we absolutely knew it was the venue for us. From the landscaped gardens, to the brick barn, to the professionalism of the staff, everything was just perfect. We had looked at 10 other venues and every time compared them to Notley. We booked our wedding the following day!
The planning process with Notley was so easy everything was online for us to change and tweak as we needed and we could also keep an eye on our budget, because any changes we made updated everything instantly. We could select different menus, change our drinks choices and have our day exactly as we wanted. If we did encounter any problems, Bijou staff were at the other end of the phone or quick to answer emails to put our minds at ease.
We were given an opportunity to go and sample our menu choices at Notley and to discuss our day on our "Planning Wednesday". This was fantastic as we could see (and taste!) exactly what we would be serving our guests and how it would be presented. Oh the food! It was to die for. Even better than we had expected.
We sent out our "tea towel" invites and were able to create a guest list on our online planner, which again was so easy to use. We then created a table plan (the best part) and could see interactively who sat where. It was great fun playing around with tables and all the combinations.
On the day itself the staff at Notley were amazing. We couldn’t have asked for more. They made us feel completely at ease, and were constantly updating us on what would happen next and our timings of the day. We didn't have to worry about a thing because we completely trusted them in running the day smoothly. Our videographer and photographer were fed, our entertainment were briefed, and our guests were welcomed with a friendly smile.
We had our ceremony in the garden sanctuary, which, on the hottest day of the year, was the best decision we made. It was so memorable and scorching hot!
We absolutely LOVED our wedding day at Notley and know that if it had been anywhere else, it wouldn’t have been the same. The building itself is steeped in history, the staff are amazing and our day was one we will never forget.
I would recommend to anybody to book their wedding at a Bijou wedding, if our day on the 1st August is anything to go by, then you will not be disappointed. All of our guests said the venue was amazing, with many of them saying it’s the best venue they have ever been to.
Our family and friends loved the bedrooms too and it was lovely to be with everyone in the morning for a well-earned full English breakfast!
Thank you Notley and all the staff at Bijou; you really are a cut above the rest, and we are so happy we booked with you
Bijou made planning our wedding easy and stress-free, which is very impressive, as we booked and planned the whole wedding in less than two months and got married three months after booking our date! We really enjoyed the planning process and Bijou worked with us on every little detail to make sure we had exactly the wedding we wanted. On the day, I didn't once worry about the arrangements; the staff took care of everything and there were always plenty of people at hand to help guests or do anything that needed doing. Afterwards, our friends had nothing but praise for the venue, and we had so many wonderful comments on the food. The chocolate pudding is still the tastiest dessert I've ever had!
If I had to give another bride advice on how to plan their day, I'd simply recommend using a Bijou venue, and that will take so much of the work and the worry out of it!
If I had to give another bride advice on how to plan their day, I'd simply recommend using a Bijou venue, and that will take so much of the work and the worry out of it!
"Planning a wedding seems, for many, such a daunting task full of check lists, to do lists and the unknown. As soon as we first met with the team at Bijou, it became very clear that we were not just hiring a wedding venue for the day but also the help and expertise of a whole team of people who genuinely want to help you make your day the best it can be. The online planning service is just brilliant - it completely eliminates the need for all kinds of paperwork and means that everything you need is at your fingertips whenever you want to access it. It's also frequently and carefully checked by the team at Bijou, meaning that you feel secure in the fact that an expert pair of eyes are reviewing your plans and making helpful suggestions, when needed"
"Our wedding day at Cain Manor in July 2013 was absolutely perfect and seamless and this is largely down to the hard work and preparation of the Bijou team and their preferred suppliers. Many of our guests commented on the friendliness and professionalism of the team, it was a real joy to have them there as part of our day! If you are considering having your wedding day at Cain Manor, we would not hesitate in recommending it. It's a beautiful venue in lovely surroundings with a really warm, personal and homey feel. The service you get from Bijou is exceptional and worth every penny - just do it!"
As for the wedding itself, if I had £10 from everybody who has told me that it is the best wedding they have ever been to, I would be a wealthy man!
Everybody on the Bijou team was thoroughly professional and good humoured, and whilst it would seem unfair of me to single anybody out, Tim and John, were, to use a football analogy, like the “midfield generals,” always busy making sure that everything was just so. Everybody was in their places and on their game but did so in a very discreet and unobtrusive manner. I get frustrated at the lack of service we often have to endure in this country, and I don’t blame the staff for that I blame the managers, so when it was obvious that things were going so well, I took a particular interest in observing who was quietly pulling the strings in the background.
The staff during service were frankly, as good as I have seen anywhere in the World, and I travel the World on business; this was confirmed by any number of our guests who remarked at how unobtrusive yet thoroughly attentive and effective the service staff were, which is a difficult balance to maintain - terrific job!
Those of us who stayed at Cain Manor all remarked on the excellent presentation of the rooms, and to cap it all off, all of our guests really enjoyed the food and the fact that it reached them whilst still hot– so the staff in the kitchen also did a terrific job.
All in all, the whole experience of using Cain Manor, from the outset, was excellent, with Nathalie in the back office doing a great job as our “point” person, and of course the presentation via the website also made the whole thing far easier to understand and manage.
I would definitely recommend Cain Manor to anybody as a venue to hold a wedding.
Many thanks to all of the Cain Manor staff for ensuring that our daughter’s wedding was such a memorable day!
Well, what can I say? ... Botley’s allowed us to have the most wonderful and magical day we could have ever dreamed of. It truly was the best day of our lives... The day felt like a dream; we were welcomed so warmly by Barbara and her team, nothing was too much trouble and they all seemed as excited as we were about the day! They were always there in the background, so on hand for anything that we needed
When I first started planning, it was very overwhelming; there was so much to think about (you’re probably feeling exactly the same!!). The first job is to find the venue. I did lots of research; however, when we visited Botleys, everything just fell into place. It had old school glamour mixed with a modern twist, which was exactly what we wanted. Botleys were so welcoming when we first met. They have lots of experience in what they do and that comes across when you speak to them. They instil you with that confidence that everything will run smoothly on your day.
The whole planning process is made so much easier with the use of their online system that you can use. You can make lots of changes before it shuts; they are always available on the phone. One Saturday evening, I needed help with the seating plan; they called me straight back and we were on the phone til 7pm making sure I felt really comfortable with using the system. Every person we spoke to was up to speed with your specific day and nothing was missed. They had helpful suggestions and offered ideas that I hadn’t thought about. Everyone will say the day goes really quickly – it does! Do make sure that you get time with your new husband. We planned in snippets of time together just us two, to take a breather– definitely worth it.
Most of all, enjoy it! It’s the most wonderful day ever. Do lots of planning and your day will run smoothly, and then, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy it.
I never had a chance to say thank you to all the staff at the mansion and my wedding co-ordinator on the day of our wedding. Our day went smoothly and according to plan thanks to your helpful and very professional staff. It really was the wedding of my dreams. All our friends and relatives were all very impressed with our wedding, and I never get tired of talking about our wedding and showing lots of pictures of our day.
I just wanted to take this opportunity as well to thank yourself & the whole team at Bijou again for our wonderful wedding day. We had a great experience from start to finish and the day itself was perfect. We would be very happy to write a glowing testimonial for you :)
From the moment we chose Notley Abbey as our wedding venue, we knew it would be a special day. However, we could not have imagined how truly spectacular it would end up being. Notley Abbey manages to be the perfect blend of elegance and comfort. The staff are superb and ensured that every aspect of the planning was taken care of. I was so happy and relaxed on the day; I didn’t have a care in the world – I knew it would be brilliant. Our guests loved every minute of the reception, and it was the best wedding food we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the Notley Abbey team enough for making this the best day of our lives. We wish we could do it all over again – we wouldn’t change a thing.
Lara & Pete
We don't really have any specific advice or stories but can certainly say that our day was perfect for us. You wouldn't believe how many of our guests told us it was the best wedding they had been to. I think they must be telling the truth, as in every single picture taken on the day, everyone is smiling and laughing. As you know we chose Bijou because we had been to my cousins wedding at Botelys Mansion and felt we wanted something in the same vein for our venue. We only viewed one venue and I only tried on one wedding dress; as they were both perfect the first time, we saved a lot of hunting around! With all the plans made using the planner in advance, we were both totally relaxed all day and were delighted that everything went really smoothly. There weren't any hidden costs or other problems. We used the recommended florist, harpist and band from the planner and weren't disappointed. To stay on budget, we did organise a few suppliers ourselves and were very pleased with them all as well. The colour scheme was ivory and there was focus on calla lilies, birdcages and tandem bicycles in the decorations and stationary.
Our wedding day! We don't even have the words to describe how beautiful Botleys Mansion looked! The day was so perfect, breathtaking, beautiful and everything we had ever imagined and more! It was an amazing day, filled with love, laughter, great friends and family, and the most delicious food. From start to finish we truly felt the team at Botleys had everything in hand and were there whenever we need them, they were truly first class! It was truly an unforgettable and perfect day.
Our wedding day was truly the most amazing day of my life. It is clear from the photos that Botleys Mansion is a stunning venue, but what the photos do not show is the personal touch that Bijou are able to offer. They organise hundreds of weddings a year at the venue, but you would never know it - they made me feel like my wedding was the most important day to both me and them and were always available for my questions, however trivial! The exclusive hire allowed us to take over the venue for 24 hours, which made our wedding celebrations even more special, as our close friends and family could spend the duration with us! Our perfect day ran so smoothly and we have received so many compliments on our chosen venue and the helpfulness of the Bijou staff! I just wish we could do it all again - honestly the best day ever! x
I married my dream man on the 15th July 2013. It was a beautiful summer wedding and everything went perfect as planned. I have been dreaming of my wedding since I was a little girl. I knew that I wanted a venue that would make a statement but would also be elegant and timeless.
We had friends and family that came from far away and they were all astonished by the venue’s food and service.
Our wedding day ran so smoothly, and we didn't once worry about anything - everything was exactly how we wanted it to be, just perfect.
Thank you Bijou team for making my dreams come true and for making me feel like a true princess on the happiest day of my life!
Planning our Wedding was one of the most special moments of our lives, and it was off to a brilliant start, thanks to Bijou and the staff at Cain Manor. They were absolutely fantastic from the first time we visited the venue, and they always made us feel extremely welcome. Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble, no matter how inane or picky our questions and requests were...like having a hammock out on the patio on our Wedding day! I knew from the minute I arrived on the actual day that I had nothing to worry about and that everything was going to be just perfect and just like we wanted it. I was very well looked after and very much enjoyed every single second of it. I particularly appreciated the fact that there was always someone there to reassure me and guide me whenever I had a question about how the timeline of our day was going to be or had any last minute arrangements. After all the excitement of our Wedding day and the wonderful time we had, we couldn't have been in better hands, and both Bijou and Cain Manor made the most perfect and unforgettable day even more special than we could have ever dreamed of!
We got married on 16th April 2014 at the beautiful Notley Abbey and it was the best day of our lives!! The venue was all we dreamed of and more and we were so lucky with the weather as the sun shone all day for us.
In planning our big day the Bijou team were fantastic and so helpful. On the day itself the whole team exceeded our expectations and we cannot thank you all enough for making our day run so smoothly! All of our friends and family have said how fantastic the day was and the staff were more than accommodating to their needs too!
We thank all the Bijou staff from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did for us and a special thanks to Phillipa for being so wonderful and keeping everyone in check and the Bride and Groom so calm.
Although the wedding lasted a day, we will have the wonderful memories forever.
Being an event planner myself I was dreading getting married as I know some of the horror stories that can happen. As soon as I stepped into Cain Manor to visit the venue the service immediately made me realise that this was the venue for us, not only a perfect venue but also perfect, professional and personal service which is a rare combination.
The planning was seamless and easy (I loved having my own planner!) you always knew how much it was going to cost and you could add things according to your budget at your own leisure which is ideal.
I was nervous on the day for many reasons but when I turned up the team made me feel completely relaxed and kept me informed the whole morning with regards to developments and the fact Sam had arrived!
The four point service was seamless and almost invisible, the food was amazing, I am gutted I missed the evening buffet as my guests are raving about the mini burgers and bacon butties.
Thank you for making our dream day come true and our guests so welcome.
As a Bride and Groom arranging your wedding, it is understandably the most important day of your life. There is so much to consider, and so many details that you want to incorporate. The Bijou wedding team and staff at Botleys Mansion made sure that they delivered on all the hard work and months of planning that we had undertaken.
Every little detail was addressed, timings were advised on, and our families and friends had a wonderful time. The catering was wonderful, and the location was stunning. I couldn’t recommend Botleys Mansion, and the Bijou team enough.
We couldn't fault the immaculate service that Bijou provided on our wedding day, the team played such a huge part in creating our perfect day.
Every thoughtful detail was taken care of, from laying out the tables to organising midnight feast, they far surpassed all of our expectations and we can't thank them enough.
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