Wedding Styles

Intimate Rustic Exclusive Lake District Weddings

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Where to begin with Wedding Planning

Wedding planning is made easy here with Caroline to guide you through the options we offer. Together with you we develop all of our weddings on a bespoke basis, incorporating your own ideas and are as flexible as possible to ensure that your special day is indeed, unique. We aim to be very clear about the costs and limitations with regards to the venue. To guide our wedding couples with their initial choices, we have developed a range of package "ideas". These can all be used in their entirety, or developed further and expanded in order to customise your wedding. The benefit of using these wedding packages as a template, is that you can easily gain a good understanding of costs based on numbers and wedding styles involved, and therefore assess whether your expectation on budget aligns with what we offer here at Cote How.

Some example wedding package styles 

Ceremony Only Weddings - Available Wednesdays only

Designed for 2 to 24 people. We hold these smaller weddings on Wednesday afternoons and the wedding package includes your wedding ceremony in the bright and sunny Fairfield room in the house followed by an hour's photo opportunity on the lawn, grounds, and field with access to the River Rothay and Rydal Water.
You can expand this package by adding a glass of Fizz after your ceremony
Prices start from as little as £750.00

Afternoon Weddings - Available Wednesdays only

For couples wanting an intimate ceremony in an exclusive venue for up to 24 guests that is extended long enough to enjoy a few hours of celebrations with food and drinks included.
This is available on Wednesday afternoons as a 1:00pm ceremony with four hours of exclusive venue hire, and includes your wedding ceremony in the house plus a glass of fizz pre or post ceremony, plus a glass of wine and afternoon tea followed by a glass of fizz for your speeches for up to 24 guests. Alternative food available on request. 
Prices start from just £2250.00 

 

Secret Escape Weddings - Available Tuesdays only

We specialise in these types of weddings as Cote How is the perfect place to lock yourself away with complete privacy. Surrounded by nothing more than river, lake and fell.... Cote How is a picture perfect destination wedding for very intimate weddings of upto 6 people. 
With this style of wedding we offer two nights’ accommodation for 6 people, when we look after you from check in at 4pm the night before until check out the morning after your wedding. This is the perfect choice whether local to the area or travelling from afar, and would like a low key but very pampered wedding with individual service, full drinks package, canapes and our individually itemised fine dining menu so each guest chooses their individual courses and all of our food is freshly prepared for you by our in house chef Karen.

Described recently as "the Wedding Angel" Caroline will ensure that every last detail is carried out to perfection and will try to accommodate your special requests. Be it an intimate fire pit in the evening to watch the sun setting over Rydal Water, or simply playing your favourite song at that precise intimate moment. "It is the smaller detail that makes the day so special"
We guarantee privacy and subtle decorum at all times.
Prices start from: £5995.00

 

Small Intimate Day Weddings - Up to 24 people - Available Tuesdays only

For more traditional weddings held over the full day and including an evening reception (house only) with a full drinks and food package for up to 24 guests. The small day package includes access to the house and grounds from 12 noon for the immediate bridal party. Then greet your guests from 1:00pm with your wedding at 2:00pm. The package includes your ceremony in the house plus a glass of fizz either pre or post ceremony, plus a glass of wine with your two course wedding breakfast followed by a further glass of fizz for your speeches for up to 24 guests. The evening reception can be held over three reception rooms in the house and includes an informal finger buffet for up to 24 guests. Evening guest numbers can be expanded for up to 50 people at an extra charge. 
Prices start from £3950.00

If you need one night's accommodation for the immediate bridal party this can be arranged as above for an additional charge. Please ask for details, costs and availability.

Day Wedding - Up to 50 people - Available Tuesdays 

Designed more for those couples based closer to us who can hold their wedding here without the need for overnight accommodation. The day wedding allows check in from 12 noon when you can add you finishing touches before the day guests arrive at 1:00pm. 

The day wedding is limited to 50 guests in total and includes a glass of fizz on arrival amid the stunning views on the lawns, terrace, or in the house. You get married in the Fairfield room with it's oversized gilt mirror and crystal chandeliers then spill out of the double doors onto the garden terrace to enjoy a post ceremony glass of fizz and freshly prepared canapes on the garden terrace whilst celebrating with your friends and family. Here you might arrange some entertainment in the form of a caricaturist, magician or some simple acoustic live music whilst your photographs are being taken.
Your formal 3 course wedding breakfast, including a glass of wine, is served in the barn and is followed by a glass of fizz for your speeches. 
An evening reception in the barn follows from about 7pm to include an evening buffet made from your own wedding cheese cake (see photos) converted into a spectacular cheese platter with breads, oatcakes, crisps, relishes and garnishes. 
You can arrange your own evening entertainment own style, either a Ceilidh, band (max 3 piece) or disco while you and your guests dance the night away.
We can play from Spotify playlists if you wish for a lower key evening.
Prices start from £6950.00

If you wish to add one nights' bed and breakfast accommodation for the immediate bridal party for the night of the wedding, to accommodate upto 6 people (3 couples) then Prices start from £7,750.00 

 

2 Day Weekend Weddings (Fri - Sun inclusive)

Weekends are always the most popular wedding dates and as such, we have tried to show a few options on wedding structures to suit a variety of styles and budgets. We have also tried to pre-empt your needs and in designing these packages have attempted to include timings and offer services which would suit your own convenience and take some of the strain out of your travelling and setting up time.
All weekend weddings include a Friday afternoon arrival, allowing time to make any little additions to the barn decor, settle in with all of your wedding trinkets - be they favours, table plans, bunting and other decorations - two nights bed and breakfast for the immediate bridal party of up to 6 people (3 couples) and departing on Sunday morning after breakfast. Any of the above weddings can be offered at weekends. Please ask about details, costs and availability. 

50 - 60 Guests with formal dining (Fri - Sun inclusive)

Here the wedding is for a total of 50 - 60 guests including the bridal couple. We include a glass of something refreshing on arrival amid the stunning views on the lawns, terrace, or in the house. You can get married either in the Fairfield room with it's oversized gilt mirror and crystal chandeliers or in the historic and rustic barn, where you have the option of having your wedding indoors or out (weather dependant).
Enjoy a little time with your friends and family whilst enjoying a post ceremony glass of fizz and freshly prepared canapes on the garden terrace. Here you might arrange some acoustic live music whilst your photographs are being taken.
Your formal 3 course wedding breakfast, including a glass of wine, is served in the barn and is followed by a glass of fizz for your speeches. 
An evening reception in the barn follows from about 7pm to include an evening finger buffet with items chosen by yourselves from our menus. 
You can arrange your own evening entertainment own style, either a Ceilidh, band (max 3 piece) or disco while you and your guests dance the night away.
We can play from Spotify playlists if you wish for a more low key evening.
You can increase the numbers to 60 if you are happy to be married under the eaves of the barn. 
50 guests - Prices start from £9,500.00
60 Guests - Prices start from £10,500.00

80 guests for an informal Hog Roast and Barn Wedding (Fri - Sun inclusive)

Here we have taken our maximum capacity of 80 guests for the day and evening celebrations. Arrival drinks served on the lawn and terrace of Pimms for the ladies and bottled beers for the gents (or any combination of ciders, ales etc). The ceremony takes place in the historic and rustic C16th barn, where you have the option of having your wedding indoors or out (weather dependant). The whole wedding party now lead up to the house and lawns for canapes and a celebratory glass of fizz whilst photos are being taken.  
We will then serve your hog roast in the garden gazebo and guests are welcome to sit informally inside the barn or on the open barn terrace with stunning lakes views. No seating plan is usual for this hot buffet styled option. We also have options for vegetarian and vegan guests plus any special diets can be catered for. Our cash bar is open during the buffet for guests to purchase drinks or you may wish to provide a bar tab. Finish off the day's activities with your speeches when we will provide a Prosecco toast for all.
Have fun in our own garden gazebo photo booth while we change the layout in readiness for your evening party!

The evening reception begins with the cutting of your wedding cheese cake; which we will then cut and serve onto wooden platters as a full evening buffet later. 
You can arrange your own evening entertainment to suit your own style, either a live singer with disco combo, a barn dance type Ceilidh, a live band (max 3 piece) or disco / juke box while you and your guests dance the night away.
We can play from Spotify playlists if you wish for a more low key evening.
This includes two nights bed and breakfast for the immediate bridal party of upto 6 people (3 couples) 
(
see menus) - Pricing starts at £10,250

 Do remember that all of these packages are based on low season dates and are for guidance only. They can of course be tweaked to suit your own ideas and styles. Please email any queries on dates, styles and pricing to Caroline by completing our wedding enquiry form at the top right of this website.
Please note that children (ages 2-12) are limited to 10% of adult numbers and a maximum of 5 in number.

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Testimonials

Cote How added the WOW factor to our wedding - Such an amazing time. Love it here!  John and Jo Coppock 

Thank you Caroline for hosting our wedding! You and your team pulled out all the stops to make it absolutely perfect! Such a gorgeous location with you as a brilliant wedding planner who organised pretty much everything for us! Could not have wished for a better day! We would highly recommend!! Xxx   Kerry Gibbons

Lovely, peaceful place, fantastic host in Caroline!   Claire Chapman

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Rydal
Ambleside
Cumbria 
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