The Matfen Masterclass at Matfen Hall Hotel in Northumberland

Wedding workshops to make your big day extra special

Fresh from being crowned the UK’s Best Stately Home Wedding Venue at the UK Wedding Awards 2020, Matfen Hall is holding its very own wedding masterclass in March.

Couples are being invited to forget the old and learn something new at the free event, which promises to bring some of the North East’s top wedding suppliers together under our grand roof for an afternoon of workshops and inspiration.

So, whether you want to brush up on your first dance moves; try your hand at calligraphy; indulge in a skincare regime class; or get advice about how to put any wedding anxiety on the back burner, there’ll be a workshop to sign up for.

Sales and Revenue Manager, Victoria Patton, who got married at Matfen Hall herself at the end of last year, said: “The Matfen Masterclass really is a one of a kind event in the North East – offering lots of chances for couples to pick up invaluable tips and advice which they can use when planning their big day.

“Offering a series of workshops means that couples will have time to learn and ask questions, rather than just picking up a leaflet and moving on.

“We really think they’ll find it useful and we’re delighted with the line-up of wedding suppliers, experts and real-life brides who will all be on hand to share their knowledge and experience.”

The Matfen Masterclass event takes place from 10am to 2pm on March 8, 2020. Although admission is free, booking is essential for the day.

To book your place, email weddings@matfenhall.com and make sure to include which workshops you’d like to attend. For full details of workshops, visit the Matfen Masterclass page . Meanwhile if you fancy a sweet treat afterwards, there will be a special Afternoon Tea offer available for attendees.

Here’s a little bit about the suppliers who will be running the workshops and Q&A sessions at the Matfen Masterclass:

The Crafthood will be leading a workshop at the Matfen Masterclass

The Crafthood will be showcasing and demonstrating how hand lettering can help create some bespoke finishing touches to your wedding stationery.

Founded by Sharon and Kay who had both worked in the probation service, The Crafthood focuses on the feelgood factor, which comes from modern crafting.

They said: “We are so excited to come along to this immersive event at Matfen Hall. We get a large number of couples on our workshops looking to upskill so that they can put their own touches to their wedding. We will be demonstrating some modern calligraphy and faux calligraphy– and of course we’ll be giving guests the chance to have a go too!

Sylvia from Hummingbird Hypnotherapy

Sylvia from Hummingbird Hypnotherapy will be offering guests the chance to experience a relaxing hypnotherapy session and find out how hypnotherapy can be used to boost happiness and confidence.

Sylvia said: “I truly believe that your wedding day and even the build up to the day, should be fully enjoyed and it made me sad to think about couples having their day affected by feeling anxious and under confident.

“Working with couples and seeing that stress melt away; hearing about dress fittings where they felt amazing; or incredible wedding day speeches filled with calm and enjoyment, makes my work all worthwhile.”

Jacqui from award winning Independent retailer of men’s clothing and accessories, Master Debonair will be talking about upcoming trends for grooms and wedding menswear; giving advice on how to stand out; and offering practical tips on how to tie and tie and fold a pocket square correctly.

She said: “We love working with our Grooms and wedding parties – we can help with one to one styling, colour choice and fitting service – and take great pride in making our grooms feel as amazing and as comfortable as possible.”

Meanwhile many grooms make use of the Master Debonair Private Showroom and Bar where their families and friends can join them as they put the finishing touches to their big day style.

Sync Dancing will be taking a whirl around the dancefloor

Sarah and Mark from Sync Dancing will be showing couples how they can help make their first dance even more special.

The couple, who got married in Matfen’s stunning Great Hall on a snowy day in 2015, danced to John Legend’s You and I on their wedding day.

Sarah said: “Being married ourselves, we know how special the day is but also how hectic it can be leading up to the big day. It is so rewarding, giving couples a chance to do something together which is fun and distracting from the crazy schedule.

“The dance moves we’re teaching will be easy but effective for creating something special for everyone.”

Danielle from award-winning Newcastle-based bridal boutique Y.A.P Bridal will be looking at how to style and accessorise your bridal gown to match with your theme and venue for your big day.

The Y.A.P. studio is filled with a wide range of luxury wedding dresses designed by some of the world’s most exclusive designers.

Danielle said: “We love working with our brides throughout their Y.A.P bridal journey in the lead up to their special day. Each bride and their love story is totally unique and it’s a total honour to help to find their dream dress that matches them to perfection.”

Skincare expert Helen and wellness specialist Freya from Matfen Hall’s Aqua Vitae Spa will be on hand help you feel at your best on your big day. While Helen will talk about perfecting your skincare regime and what Matfen’s spa facilities have to offer, Freya will be discussing all the ways you can de-stress, motivate and shine with confidence through Matfen’s fitness classes or personal training programmes.

Meet the Real Industry Brides who line up to answer any questions, including Matfen Hall’s very own Victoria Patton who got married to Callum at Matfen at the end of 2019 and has spent 11 years helping to plan perfect weddings at the venue. Hall. Also on the panel is the newly-engaged owner of Sprig & Thistle, Jess who will be sharing her planning and ideas around the style of her big day.