An interview with Regan Bush, a wedding manager at Pentillie Castle & Estate, one of the most beautiful wedding venues in South West.
What makes the perfect wedding venue in your opinion?
There are many amazing and wonderful wedding venues out there that offer a huge range of choice in terms of style, setting, capacity, catering etc. What is perfect for one couple may not be perfect for another. If you have a vision in your head, have a list of what is important to you and you then find somewhere that you can picture yourself getting married then that is ‘perfect’ for you.
A perfect wedding venue offers the setting, style and approach that suits that specific client. If you are looking for magical exclusive country house venue that offers a completely bespoke and personal approach to each wedding then Pentillie would be perfect for you.
A perfect venue will ensure couples feel completely in control of their wedding, ensure they feel that their day matters to the venue as much as it matters to them and they will trust that everything they ever dreamed their wedding celebration to be will actually happen.
How long Pentillie Castle has been a wedding venue?
Pentillie has been an exclusive hire wedding venue for 11 years now. Following an extensive renovation in 2009 the Castle is now a multi award winning 5 star private events venue.
How many can Pentillie Castle cater for?
As Pentillie is only available on an exclusive hire basis you have the space and flexibility to create the wedding you want. Pentillie offers both space for an intimate gathering or a large marquee celebration. The Castle itself offers seating for up to 60 in the elegant dining room with room for an additional 40 in the evening. Larger parties require a marquee on the Castle Loggia or Old Tennis Lawn.
The Castle accommodates 22 in 11 individually styled bedrooms all offering spectacular views.
What do couples need to know before booking a wedding venue?
It all depends what sort of couple you are…some know exactly what they are after so its fairly easy to draw up a simple short (or long) list of venues. Some have no idea and love the idea of spending hours trawling the internet for ideas and inspiration, for some this fills them with dread.
My advice would be to visit for few venues no matter how much you think you know what you want. Venues today vary so much in terms of offering, service level and how flexible they are to accommodate your requirements. You may find you end up falling in love with something completely opposite to your initial plan.
What would your dream wedding at Pentillie Castle involve?
Pentillie Castle exudes exclusivity and flexibility allowing you to create your own totally bespoke wedding that allows your personalities to shine through. We offer you the space and freedom to enjoy your celebrations in complete privacy away from anyone else.
Whether a large marquee celebration, intimate castle gathering or elopement, Pentillie offers a spectacular setting overlooking the River Tamar.
You can choose to marry by the riverside in our Victorian Bathing Hut or an outdoor ceremony under the wisteria clad pavilion or loggia.
Arrive by helicopter or boat, play croquet or giant jenga, dine formally with a Michelin star chef or snack on wood-fired pizzas ~ there is no prescribed formula to weddings here allowing you the flexibility and freedom to plan the wedding of your dreams.
We work with some of the wedding industry’s leading professionals we are not short on recommendations but we also understand that you may have your sights firmly set on suppliers that you are familiar with.
Our wedding Coordinator Chrissie is here to support you every step of the way, offering guidance when needed and advice if required. She will be here from before your first suppliers arrive and throughout your entire day in the background ensuring that your bespoke plans are orchestrated to perfection. That understanding, trust and confidence alleviates any stresses so you can really relax and enjoy every second of your wedding.
Weddings at Pentillie are based on exclusive hire of the castle for a minimum of two nights (you can even hire it for the whole week!), allowing you the time and freedom to feel completely at home. The actual day will undoubtedly go too fast which is why spreading your celebrations over an entire weekend or more gives you time to relish in the occasion and create incredibly special memories.
What are your Top-Tips for a couple looking to book a wedding venue?
The biggest tip – at the beginning close your eyes and imagine yourself on your wedding day. Don’t ever forget this image in your mind as it’s so easy to forget what the most important things are to you when you’re on the planning journey. There’s so much choice!
If you aren’t investing in a videographer ask a friend to video your ceremony… I didn’t remember a thing about mine as I was so ‘in the moment’. To be able to watch it afterwards allows you to relive it over and over again and appreciate the reason you choose your venue in the very first place ????