COUPLES looking to get married during the pandemic may able to get their happily ever after again all thanks to a hotel in Ascot.

Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa has seen a 25 per cent increase in enquiries after launching a series of flexible wedding packages created specially to help couples tie the knot following lockdown.

Following its re-opening in August, the four star venue had responded to significant pent-up demand and has re-shaped its offering to accommodate a range of wedding requests, creating a magical experience in a romantic and safe environment.

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Rachel Evans, wedding coordinator at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa said: “The last few months have created a lot of uncertainty within the wedding market but we are now seeing a marked rise in consumer confidence.

“This period of lockdown gave us all time to reflect on what is most important to us, and couples are still focused on showcasing their love and commitment to one in other in front of family and friends and are happy to adapt so their special day can still happen.”

Wedding ceremonies and sit-down receptions of up to 30 people can still take place at “Covid-secure” venues in England despite new rules banning groups of more than six in most circumstances.

As such, the venue in Ascot is offering the potential to hold this small ceremony now with a larger reception at a later date.

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These ‘Sequel weddings’ have been particularly popular with the venue, with wedding co-ordinators working closely with couples to plan not one, but two special days.

Demand is also growing for ‘shift weddings’ which mean couples do not have to compromise on guest numbers, hosting one group of family and friends for the ceremony and another for an extended wedding breakfast the following day.

Bookings for larger weddings in 2021/2022 are also on the rise, and the hotel is seeing increased bookings for up to 400 guests in its Windsor and Eton Suite.

Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa’s team of specialist wedding coordinators will take care of every part of the wedding journey, from venue hire, to catering and overnight accommodation for guests. At the onsite spa, couples will be able to pamper themselves before the big day, or relax and unwind in the knowledge that everything will be taken care of by the hotel’s team of wedding experts.

Rachel added: “As we navigate these unprecedented times, it is the ability to be flexible which will get us through. Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa is one of our most romantic wedding venues, with a range of function rooms available. Couples also have the option to tie the knot outside in our beautifully serene gardens. Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life and we give a promise to each of our couples that we will do everything we can to create the day they have always dreamed of.”

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