Romance is in the air as Halifax Hall hosts winter wedding open day

Picturesque scenes of snowfall coupled with festive frolics seem to have brought out the romantics in South Yorkshire’s lovebirds as Halifax Hall hotel expects its busiest ever wedding open day this month.

The hotel has been snowed under with wedding enquiries since Christmas and sales and events manager, April Thompson, has been working hard with her team to ensure the event’s success.

“It seems the whole of the County’s singles must have decided to get engaged over the festive period, so we’re expecting the Wedding Open Day to be a busy event.” she said.   

The Winter Wedding Fair will be held on Sunday 22 February and placement students Amy Skidmore and Gemma White have been put in charge of organising this special day. 

Amy, 21, from Lincoln is working at the hotel on a one year Hospitality Business Management course.  She said: “Being a placement student my aim was to get as much experience out of this year as possible and I already feel that in just six months I have achieved more than I ever thought I could.

“I began my placement in an events role but I have also been trained on food and beverage, housekeeping and reception. I’m really excited to be involved in organising the Open Day. 

“So far, Gemma and I have secured some really interesting suppliers and spent a lot of time advertising the event which has made us appreciate the time and effort it takes to run a successful venue.”

Gemma, 21, from Cambridge, is also on a year’s placement.  She said: “When I was applying for a placement, my first priority was to gain experience in all fields of hotel work.  I’ve been here six months and I feel I have exceeded all the expectations I set for myself as well as my managers.

“The staff here put all their time and effort into the business and working with them has given me the same drive.  I have had the opportunity to shadow duty managers which, although is challenging at times, helps my confidence in putting ideas across to other people. 

“Being given the responsibility to run and plan the Open Day from the very beginning has fuelled my ambition to work in events in the future as it has allowed me to network with different people and provide a service for people who appreciate the time and effort put into it, which has been very rewarding.”

Halifax Hall, located in the picturesque University of Sheffield Endcliffe Village, is only one of only a handful of boutique hotels close to the city with a wedding licence. 

“The historic hotel will open its doors to couples who are tying the knot to come along for a free tour of the rooms, speak to expert wedding planners and enjoy complimentary champagne and canapés as part of this special day.

Couples will also be able to explore the options of holding their weddings at the University’s other three licenced venues: Inox Dine, Firth Court and The Edge, all offering their own unique features from contemporary chic to traditional luxury.

A number of local experts will be exhibiting throughout the day to offer additional services including styling, floral bouquets and displays, and entertainment. The venue will also be dressed for the big day and a team of experts will be on hand to discuss how to create a completely bespoke wedding package.

April said: “We’re quite expecting enquires to rise further after Valentine’s Day – another traditional date to pop the question. Who knows, maybe those enjoying our Valentine’s evening, weekend or afternoon tea packages might fall under the hotel’s romantic spell.”

Halifax Hall is the perfect venue for intimate ceremonies catering for between 10 and 100 guests and with stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, it provides a stunning backdrop for wedding photography too.

The hotel offers 38 en-suite bedrooms including a luxurious bridal suite with spectacular views across the city. 

The hotel, originally a Victorian mansion and University of Sheffield Hall of Residence, is managed by UNICUS, a subsidiary of The University of Sheffield.

Doors will be open between noon and 4pm.  Entry is free and no appointments are necessary.

Gemma (L) & Amy (R)
Amy Skidmore and Gemma White

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