March 02, 2011 07:00 ET

Love and Marriage

More Couples in Hampshire Taking the Plunge This Year!

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Valentine's Day may have come and gone but considering it is the most popular day for getting engaged, and with a Royal Wedding only a matter of months away, romance and marriage are undoubtedly still in the air and nowhere more so than at Norton Park near Winchester. Statistics may show that the number of weddings taking place in the UK are the lowest since 1895 (source: Office for National Statistics) and the current economic climate might require some tightening of the belts but marriage is still very much on the cards for couples in Hampshire. 

In the first 7 weeks of this year alone Norton Park, part of the award-winning group QHotels, saw a staggering 52% increase in the number of wedding enquiries compared to the same time last year, however, in a change from the norm, around 40% of these enquires have been from couples looking to get married this year. "We are definitely seeing much shorter lead times for weddings and an increase in the number of people enquiring about availability and actually booking for this year." explains Special Events Manager Nicki McCarthy. "Usually people plan at least 12 to 18 months in advance however only last week we took a booking for a wedding for 200 people which will take place in less than 12 weeks time! Last year was a bit quieter on the wedding side, perhaps due to the recession, but that is certainly not the case so far this year. However couples are still looking for a good deal and in particular they are looking for added value and extras in their wedding packages."

To provide couples with that extra value and special attention, Norton Park has introduced three new wedding packages named after precious and semi-precious stones. The 'Sapphire', 'Amethyst' and 'Emerald' packages each provide the flexibility of menu and drinks that couples are looking for whilst at the same time including all the extras such as chair covers, floral decorations, table plans, place cards, room hire, red carpet, a master of ceremonies, cake stand and knife within the price. For that extra special touch every bride and groom will stay in a stunning bridal suite complete with robes, luxury toiletries, champagne, cheese platter, a selection of refreshing drinks and breakfast in bed the next morning plus, as a memento of the day, there is a thank you gift to take home. Prices start from £61.50 per guest. 

So if you're looking to take the plunge when is a good time to get hitched? "June and September remain the most popular months for weddings but we are seeing an increase in the number of autumn and winter weddings in October and November." Continues Nicki "And if you are on a budget it is always worth considering a Friday or a Sunday wedding as there are definitely some good deals to be had if you are happy to avoid a Saturday." 

Norton Park will be holding a Wedding Fair on Sunday 20th March from 11.00am to 3.30pm where prospective brides (and grooms!) can find out more about the new 'Gem Wedding Packages'.

For more information about weddings at Norton Park please go to QHotels Norton Park's website or call 01962 763000

The QHotels 21: The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort - Near GlasgowAldwark Manor Golf & Spa Hotel - YorkThe Queens - LeedsForest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort - North LincolnshireTankersley Manor – Tankersley, Nr SheffieldThe Midland - ManchesterThe Park Royal – Stretton, WarringtonCrewe Hall – Crewe, CheshireThe Nottingham Belfry - NottinghamTelford Hotel & Golf Resort – Telford, ShropshireStratford Manor - Stratford-upon-Avon… The Stratford - Stratford-upon-Avon… Chesford Grange – Kenilworth, WarwickshireHellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel – Hellidon, Northamptonshire… The Cheltenham Chase Hotel - Gloucestershire… The Cambridge Belfry – Cambourne, CambridgeThe Oxford Belfry –Thame, OxfordThe Hampshire Court Hotel - Basingstoke, Hampshire… Norton Park - Winchester, Hampshire… Bridgewood Manor – Chatham, KentAshford International Hotel – Ashford, Kent

A little bit about us: 

  • QHotels prides itself in its collection of 21 carefully nurtured, unique properties throughout the UK. Some hide away in the most beautiful countryside, some preside over bustling city centres, but each with its own little idiosyncrasies, ensures guest enjoy a truly unique experience - whether staying for pleasure or business.

  • Founded in 2003 by Managing Director - Michael Purtill, Sales Director - David Taylor, Finance Director – Ian Goulding and investment company Alchemy Partners;

  • The collection has grown from 2 to 21 properties over the last six years.

  • The collection, which boasts iconic properties including The Midland in Manchester, The Queens in Leeds and Crewe Hall in Cheshire, has been voted AA Hotel Group of the Year 2008/09 and is ranked 17th in The Times Buyout FastTrack register of the 100 fastest growing private equity backed businesses… one of the few companies to feature in the top 100 in two consecutive years. In addition to this… January 2009 alone saw QHotels shortlisted for the Business Hotel Brand of the Year Award at the Business Travel Awards and Winchester property Norton Park scoop two HRS Hotel Excellence Awards (Excellence in Meetings and Excellence in Business Management). Since then QHotels trophy cabinet is buckling under the weight of new awards, including 'Most Improved Brand' for the second year in a row in the 2009 BDRC UK Meetings Market Survey and the 'Excellence in Training Award' in Caterer & Hotelkeeper's Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2009.

  • Take a look at our website www.QHotels.co.uk.

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