DEWSALL COURT WEDDING VENUE:
If you are looking for wedding venues in Herefordshire, then hello and congratulations! I’m a local wedding photographer and I have shot many lovely weddings at Dewsall Court in Herefordshire, so I hope that you will find this little guide helpful if you are looking at this venue as being a possible choice for you! If you are thinking of getting married at Dewsall Court, please do get in touch, as I love shooting weddings here and I am highly recommended by the venue. You can find more information on my website – please do take a look when you’ve read my guide to Dewsall Court!
Dewsall Court is located in the middle of the Herefordshire countryside at Callow, near Hereford. It is an absolute gem – the first time I ever went here, many years ago now, I was blown away by how beautiful it was (and almost changed my own wedding plans!). The sun was shining, the daffodils were in full bloom, and rabbits were hopping lazily about the grounds, with picturesque views of the countryside all around – really quite idyllic and a gorgeous location to get married! Samantha the owner gave me a warm welcome and showed me all the lovely rooms inside the grade II listed country house and barns, all of which is available for your exclusive use for your wedding. Each of the bedrooms is unique and spacious, beautifully decorated, all with feature bathrooms (huge baths!) and stunning views. The fabulous conservatory, kitchen, lounge and other rooms are all yours for your wedding weekend. Samantha showed me the photographs of how the house looked before the family completely renovated it – practically derelict – and the transformation to luxury is just amazing – everything has been perfectly crafted to restore the place to it’s original grandeur. Dewsall has also very recently undergone another huge transformation with the re-development and improvement of The Wainhouse. It now has fully opening glass sides, a purpose made dance floor area, a bar and all the facilities you could need. Outside, the grounds all around Dewsall are equally well looked-after, and I always love to explore the gardens and wander down to the church and the lake. The church can be used for wedding ceremonies too if wished. Dewsall pride themselves on being a totally unique wedding venue, and their flexible approach is exciting, refreshing, and different from anywhere else I have ever been. They only take a small number of weddings each year, and tailor-make every package to the couple’s requirements. Their wedding packages include a two-night stay for you and your guests, and full exclusive use of the house and grounds – a wonderful wedding house party! Dewsall also host a number of dinner parties, retreats and courses based on country lifestyle and wellbeing, as well as paying particular attention to interesting and stylish food created from the highest-quality Herefordshire produce. Dewsall is definitely a place I love revisiting for weddings time and time again – I am head-over-heels in love with it! If you are interested in holding your wedding at Dewsall, there is lots of useful information on their website, and you should get in touch with them there to find out more.
Here is my guide to how your wedding day could look at this venue…
Dewsall has plenty of lovely rooms for all of your bridal party to stay over and get ready on the morning of the wedding. The groomsmen can also get ready in the barn rooms on site, and can even have a game of snooker in the main house. Enjoy a fun morning of being pampered by Dewsall’s recommended hair and makeup professionals, as you get ready with your bridesmaids and your family in luxury surroundings. Your Dewsall wedding planner will be on hand to make sure everything is running smoothly, and to bring you champagne if wished!
When it is ceremony time, the bride can descend the Dewsall staircase and go to wherever the ceremony is taking place.
Dewsall has a number of options available for the location of your wedding ceremony. You can choose to get married at a church elsewhere if you wish, returning to Dewsall for your reception. Or you can take your pick from one of these lovely options available on site:
Ceremony in The Wainhouse Barn:
The newly renovated Wainhouse Barn is a great place to hold your wedding ceremony. It now has a polished concrete floor with plenty of space for your ceremony seating, and a full wall of glass which can be opened up if it’s hot in the summer, or kept closed and cosy for winter weddings. There is also the option to have festoon/fairy lighting, and flora & fauna decorating the beams. The building is licenced for marriage ceremonies, so it is a legally binding wedding ceremony with no need to go and sign the register elsewhere before/afterwards. The walk to the Wainhouse from the main house is very short with a path, so access for the bride and guests is very easy, and adds to the build up of excitement and anticipation!
Ceremony on The Lawn:
If you are having your wedding in the warmer months, it is possible to have your marriage ceremony out on the lawn at Dewsall. Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and Dewsall is a lovely location for this, with views from the lawns out over the Herefordshire countryside beyond to the Black Mountains. You are surrounded by carefully looked-after flower borders packed with colour. Leaving the house and making your grand entrance up the aisle is a wonderful feeling for brides, and for the grooms who are eagerly awaiting your emergence! Dewsall can offer the wonderful option of a canopy if you would like to provide your guests with cover outside, whether it be from the hot sunshine or from untimely rain showers. The canopy makes a striking scene and is very rustic in appearance, made of natural wood and canvas, in keeping with the feel of the venue. You could even have it decorated with flowers if you wished. If you are not worried about the weather though, you can also have your wedding ceremony open to the skies with no canopy, enjoying the full feeling of getting married out in the open air. Outdoor ceremonies are not legally binding and therefore you would need to go inside to sign the register afterwards, or have already done this previously, to make your marriage legal, but having the ceremony outside in these beautiful surroundings makes it well worth it.
With the Canopy:
Without the Canopy:
Ceremony in The Church:
Dewsall Court is very lucky to have Dewsall Church in it’s grounds. Dewsall Church is a very pretty little church with a wooden porch (perfect for a flower arch). Inside the church can seat about 80, although I have done larger weddings where people have stood at the back as well. The church wedding can either be a legally binding ceremony, or it can be a blessing (with the legal part done back up at the house or before/after the big day). For more information about having your wedding ceremony at Dewsall Church, have a chat with your Dewsall wedding planner.
Signing in The Study:
If you haven’t had a legally binding location for your wedding ceremony, you can skip along to the study where you can quickly do the legal bit with the registrars to make your marriage formal! This is a nice private moment for the two of you to enjoy becoming husband and wife. During this time, your guests can be gathered together for your confetti moment outside.
Confetti is pretty much compulsory at weddings I think! Luckily Dewsall allows you to throw it where-ever you like outside (biodegradable, of course), so there are lots of opportunities for your confetti moment. You might like to exit the main Dewsall front doors and have your guests waiting in two lines ready to throw it there, or you might like to exit the side or back door onto the lawns, ready for your reception there. You might even want to have it thrown along the length of the path from/to the Wainhouse, depending on the logistics of your day. Or if you have had your wedding ceremony in the church, have your guests throw confetti by the pretty wooden porch there, or along the lane on the walk back up to the main house. The choice is yours!
Dewsall Court is very happy to accommodate all your wishes for your wedding day, and has lots of flexible options for your wedding reception. You have the use of the inside of the house, which is particularly useful in the autumn or winter months, or if you have a rainy wedding day. There is plenty of room in the lounge, conservatory and kitchen for your guests to mingle, and if it is cold the roaring log fires can be lit to make it extra cosy with a homely atmosphere. Outside there are the lovely grounds, lawns and gardens, with plenty of beautiful places for your guests to discover if they should wish to go exploring. In the warmer months your guests can spill out from the front of the house or from the back conservatory, and enjoy being outside in the spectacular surroundings, as drinks and canapes do the rounds. You could even have a croquet set or other garden games put out for entertainment, or have some live music playing too. Make the most of your wedding reception time – this is the best opportunity for lots of natural photos of you and your guests chatting and laughing, as well as for any more formal photographs you may require.
Dewsall Court provides a stunning backdrop for your photographs. There are lots of stone buildings, rustic barn doors, beautiful informal gardens, trees, fields and pretty views. For your couple photographs, I love to spend as much or as little time as the two of you would like, and I know all the best photo spots to take you to – the romantic hidden secret garden, the lake with willow trees and a jetty, the swing, the ivy-covered ruins, the rustic outbuildings, the spring blossom or the autumn colours, the summer meadows of long grasses, the view to the Black Mountains as the sun sets… it’s all yours to enjoy together on your wedding day.
Wedding Breakfast in The Wainhouse Barn:
Your wedding day is flying by like a dream, and it’s time for your wedding breakfast in The Wainhouse Barn, which, as mentioned, has been newly-restored so it is now a luxury space for your celebrations, with a purpose-built dance floor area and bar as well as high-spec facilities. You can decorate the Wainhouse however you like, and as it already has a very rustic look of it’s own, you can really add to this with your own flower arrangements and greenery, bunting, festoon or fairy lighting, candles, lanterns, favours, furs, crockery and other touches. There are a number of ways you can arrange the tables too – with circular tables or long tables to choose from. Don’t forget that wall of glass too, which in the warmer weather can be fully opened up, so you can enjoy letting the summer in as your guests mingle inside and outside. The Wainhouse can accommodate up to 120-170 guests seated for wedding breakfast, and more for the evening. Catering is provided by Dewsall’s own catering team, and is always of the highest standard (and absolutely delicious!).
Dancing and Evening Fun:
The Wainhouse now has it’s own dancefloor with a beautiful painted motif, and area for the band or DJ to set up without disturbing your meal. When it’s time for your first dance, the dancefloor is revealed as a surprise for your guests, as your music begins and the barn doors open to the view of you two dancing! Then all your guests can pile onto the dancefloor with you to dance the night away. With the bar close by, it’s ideal for plenty of crazy moves! There is also a firepit and seating area amongst the trees and lightbulbs outside, where guests can toast marshmallows, play with sparklers, and enjoy the incredible spectacle of your wedding day as it draws to a close.
So there we have it – I hope you have found this guide and pictures of Dewsall Court helpful in your Herefordshire wedding venue search!
You can view some full Dewsall wedding blog posts here:
Alison & Rich’s Dewsall Court Wedding - ceremony in the church
Katherine & Ian’s Dewsall Court Wedding – ceremony in canopy on the lawn.
There are also more pictures on my Dewsall Court Pinterest Board. Lots of inspiration for your Herefordshire wedding day!
Gemma Williams is a recommended wedding photographer for Dewsall Court in Herefordshire. If you are planning your wedding at Dewsall Court, I would love to hear from you! Please take a look at my website and get in touch. If there is anything else I can help with, please do let me know! x