Easily accessible from London (1.5hrs drive/1 hr by train to Andover)
Taxis from Andover 15 mins, ~£14
Direct access to the church of St Peter and the Holy Cross (accomodates 200) through the garden gate and then a pergola – not entirely flat, but no steps and easily manageable for a wheelchair.
Parking available in the field near the churchyard.
Please be aware that there is a stream that runs underneath the house and close to where the marquees are pitched.
Apollo have a very helpful wedding timeline, top ten tips, and list of themes on their site. They run stylish and unusual events, phone 0845 883 3403.
Alresford Marquees, 01420 587444.
Stunning Tents, are literally just that – amazing, original tents which look spectacular both inside and out. Phone 01256 882114 for more information.
Ten by Fifteen supply a gorgeous range of tents and marquees. +44 (0)20 7998 1596
Micheldever Mini Marquees have erected several very succesful marquees here over the years, 01962 774777.
John M Carter, based in Basingstoke, is a very long established reliable firm with a large selection of different size marquees, 01256 324434.
Pole to Pole are highly recommended by one of our couples, they are very local to us in Micheldever, 01962 774920.
Delightfully Lavish, in Berkshire, 01635 201308 have some wonderful, colourful, and very reasonable marquees.
For a good list of marquees in Hampshire go to www.marquees.net
Marquee decorations and utilities
Marquee Art, offer canvas panels which are rather striking. They are based up north but cover the whole country. 01653 695115.
Decorate your marquee with Pom Poms from Mad Dogs and Englishmen…eyecatching, dramatic and different.
Or go to The Venue Dresser, based in Andover. 07501705609
Ipower cordless lighting is a new concept for elegant table lamps which is very effective.
Inspired Occasions supply gorgeous satin-wrapped chairs and original table decorations. Go to their website for more information.
Luxury Mobile Loos in Basingstoke offer, well, luxury mobile loos! 01256 325011.
Aundi Mason, 01264 889088, has been providing outstanding catering for parties of all kinds at Wherwell Priory for the past fifteen years.
Taste Emma Way and her team take immense care to ensure the highest standard of food and service, with efficient organisation and attention to detail. 01264 860 649
John Robinson, Butchers, 01264 312876, suppliers of meat to Wherwell Priory for over twenty years, can provide a magnificent hog roast.
McCrimmon & Reid is a new company provide local food with a creative edge. Proprietor and chef, Alan Haughie, was head chef at the Greyhound in Stockbridge where he achieved Michelin pub of the year in 2014.
Boycey’s Wood Fired Pizza is a newly established business. They offer something quite fun and unique that is completely different as far as catering is concerned. Based in Southampton, Boycey’s use a mobile wood fired pizza oven. The oven burns around 700 degrees which enables multiple pizzas to be cooked in around two inutes The oven is fired with Applewood which gives the pizzas their unique flavour. All base sauces are homemade, using the highest grade of flour imported from Italy and all fresh ingredients are bought from local farms.
Taste and Flavour Catering are a local company specialising in fresh local produce.
Joanne Gough, at Sweet Basil in Basingstoke is highly recommended. 01256 811560.
Vanilla is a well-established and highly professional catering company based in Southampton.
Creative Catering do wonderful food, are very local (Winchester), and also can provide marquees.
Heather McKaig and The Essential Party Ingredient provide an absolutely superb and very professional service. Highly recommended.Top Hat Kitchen is Wiltshire’s newest catering company. Top Hat Catering was founded in London in 2002 and offers catering for corporate and private clients including Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Ernst & Young, Aspect Capital, BMW, David Cameron and Alexander Lebvedev. With such huge success in London, Top Hat Catering has expanded to Wiltshire and has launched its very own London kitchen in Wiltshire – Top Hat Kitchen.
Voted one of the UK’s Best Caterers in the Tatler Party Guide 2011 and 2012, Top Hat Kitchen plans to use the experience gained in London to partner with the fantastic venues in Wiltshire and Hampshire, as well as with local suppliers in the area.
You can hire wonderful china from Hampshire-based London Vintage. 07899 238042, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile ice cream: Ice cream on a tricycle, from Ice Cream Trike Bike, 07587 147105.
Vintage ice cream van, from Vintage Scoops, 0796 8987930.
If you want a chocolate wedding cake go to specialists, Parkers Cakesbased in Weyhill, Andover.
otherwise try Bridal Cakes in Whitchurch.
…or for cup cakes, go to Genii, in Romsey.
Cottonworth Champagne is made from grapes grown locally at Wherwell. The Cottonworth Estate provides some of the finest wines in the rapidly expanding UK market. This distinctive blend of Fruhburgunder, Regent, and Rondo grapes fuse to produce a sparkling wine brimming with aromas of cranberry juice and pear, perfect for a summer wedding. For more information contact Cottonworth Estate.
Stone, Vine and Sun are very local (Twyford) and used to working with caterers (they love working with Aundi and Creative – see contact details for both above). They stock a very wide range of wine – including some excellent solutions for those with tighter budgets than they would like!
Bowes Wine offers a bespoke service, including organising tastings and liaising with caterers. They have helped countless couples with this part of the wedding celebration. Contact them on o1380 827291 or go to Bowes Wine.
Mix and Muddle provide a mobile bar from which they serve marvellous creative cocktails. Tel: 07815601758
What happens if one of your suppliers goes out of business? For one of the best specialist wedding insurers go to De Faqto.
Sleek and Stylish Wedding Flowers, Amesbury, is a specialist wedding florist designing bespoke bouquets, and much more, telephone Madalayne on 07984 544861
The Garden Inn, Stockbridge, 01264 811661, friendly, expert approach to planning the flowers for your big day. Specialising in all areas of floristry from country style bouquets and table decorations to unusual contemporary hand tieds and arrangements.
The Clothes Shop in Newbury supplies clothes for both mothers, and also sells and hires amazing hats.
The Vintage Wedding Dress company supplies some really original and different dresses.
Carol Darby, in Winchester,produces the most amazing hats, handmade to suit the wearer and match the outfit perfectly.
Pippa Mackenzie is a husband and wife photography team producing truly original and high-quality work, and based in Farnham. Go to their website to see examples, or telephone them on 01798 865483.
Sarah-Jane Bullock, Amesbury, 07833 727629
Stuart and Anna Cooper run a very professional Hampshire photography company, Cooper Photography.
Victoria Hadden is very local, and had her own reception at Wherwell Priory so she knows the site well! Her website gives examples of a wide range of photography.
Helen Lambert takes a creative and original approach to wedding photography. Go to her website to see some examples.
William Stewart Hair Design Wherwell, attracts customers from all over the county, and has particular expertise with tiaras. 01264 860400.
Carina Simonds, Winchester, 01962 882733, mobile 077762 00043, does bridal make up, and make up for the bridal party.
Katy Richards is also highly recommended, 07868 731286
For exquisite, individually made and designed invitations and place cards contact Mandy Harrison, 01264 369589.
For stunning wedding bands, engagement rings and much more, all individually designed with the stones sourced and searched for to order visit Astratelli.
For vintage pieces go to Magpie Vintage.
Music and entertainment
Local band, Torn Off Strips, are hugely popular with a wide repertoire. Their latest delighted customer comments, “Without seeming to sound too gushing the performance you gave was outstanding! There are lots of bands around but none of them can be as good as Torn Off Strips! I will certainly be looking out for any local gigs you are playing.” For more information go to their website.
Another very versatile group which has played at Wherwell is Candy Apple Blue… go to www.candyappleblue.com for more information.
“At the wedding itself Emma and the band were fantastic, playing two sets and then a DJ set afterwards. The dance floor was full the entire time and lots of people came up to me to praise the band. Of particular note was that they appealed to a wide range of people, not just our friends but right the way from the older generation to my wife’s young nieces. They were also very professional in how they conducted themselves in setting up and clearing away.”
The Tenth Avenue Band are amazing and unusual – based in Newcastle, but there is a rumour they are coming south next summer. For more information go to their website.
The Rogue Harpist has played frequently in Wherwell church and plays jazz and rock as well as hauntingly beautiful traditional pieces. For more information go to Rogue Harpist, 07818 530301.
“On the last night of their stay Domini played her harp and all of those present were delighted with her prowess, beauty, confidence and skill. It was just the absolutely perfect accompaniment for the visitors to have a quintessentially English harpist….Domini has also played at our church at a number of weddings… as the incombent I know when Domini is performing, I can relax in the sure knowledge that all will go well.”
Reverend Errol Williams
We are in the middle of a village, so we ask our guests to switch off the music at 12.15 – after that a silent disco is the answer. Go to Silent Disco to see an example of what one company offers.
Fireworks and DJs:
Firebird Fireworks are based in Aldershot, Hampshire and have orchestrated magnificent displays across the country. They also have a DJ service. Ring them on 01252 311068.
Andy Marshall is an experienced wedding DJ. For more information go to Glitter Events or ring 0844 678 0176.