• We know that your wedding, is your special day and at Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port / Cheshire Oaks, we make every effort to give you the perfect day. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Cheshire, our beautiful setting close to the Boat Museum gives you a unique backdrop for your wedding.

Our Wedding Suites

Every wedding we host is not only unique but memorable; it’s our romantic waterfront location and spectacular interiors that make this hotel the perfect venue for any occasion. Our beautifully appointed Mercer Suite with its private bar and lounge area can seat up to 220 guests, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the picturesque canal it is an ideal choice for your wedding. For a more intimate celebration, why not choose our Manfred Suite. Overlooking stunning locks this suite can accommodate up to 80 guests.

Wedding packages

Budgeting for your wedding is one of the hardest things to do, so to help we have developed a variety of packages that will help to make life easier for you. This helps to give you a set price from which you can plan the rest of your day.

Civil Ceremonies

From intimate weddings to ceremonies for up to 200 guests, we have a number of function suites in which you can exchange your vows. We will be delighted to advise you of the most suitable room for your special day

Special Offers

Budgeting for your wedding is one of the hardest things to do, so to help we have developed a variety of packages that will help to make life easier for you.

Menus

Our chef has designed a wide selection of dishes to ensure the food on your special day is something to remember. We take great pride in the quality of food we offer as we understand how important it is to all of your guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a sit down Wedding Breakfast 150 for an Evening Reception 220.

No for an additional cost you can add additional guests onto all of our packages for both the Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception. All of our packages can be tailored to suit your requirements, we can also put together a bespoke package for you if you require.

Yes, the Bride & Groom do need to be included in the final number of guests.

Traditionally at the top table sits the Bride, Groom, Brides Parents, Grooms Parents, Best Man, Maid of Honour. However nowadays a lot of people do not follow tradition so you can have whoever you like sitting at the top table it’s your day.

The Mercer Suite with a top table can take a maximum of 14 round tables. The Manfred Suite with a top table can take a maximum of 6 round tables.

You can seat up to 10 people round a table but we do recommend 8 so that your guests have a bot of elbow space however, your friends and family will naturally group together so you may have some table with 7 guests, some tables with 8 guests etc..

Yes, we do have an easel at the hotel that you are welcome to use free of charge.

We ask you to bring down to the hotel the day prior to your Wedding anything that you have  to dress the room.  We ask you to show us how you would like your tables setting and where you would like everything to go and we can put everything out for you on the morning of your Wedding unless you have a venue dresser doing it for you.

We can offer a Children’s Menu or a smaller portion of the adults meal to guests age 12 and under.

Yes we do offer a complimentary Menu tasting for the Bride & Groom in our Restaurant prior to the Wedding. This need to be booked with the Wedding Coordinator.

Our wedding Breakfast is a set Menu. The Bride & Groom need to select a Starter, Main Course & Dessert for all guests. We can cater for Vegetarians, dietary requirements and Children separately.

Yes anyone not staying at the hotel can come to the hotel for Breakfast. Breakfast is charged at £13.95 per person.

All of our Wedding rates including the Bride & Groom Bedroom and Bridal Suite upgrade include Breakfast.

We offer all of our Bride & Grooms ten discounted bedrooms for the night of their Wedding for friends and family wishing to stay at the hotel. We do advise guests to check online prior to booking as we do also offer a few discounted pre paid rates online.

Yes, we do have an Bridal Suite at the hotel. The Bridal Suite is NOT included in our Wedding packages. To upgrade the complimentary bedroom included in the packages to the Bridal suite there is an additional cost of £125.00.

Yes, for an additional cost the Bride or Groom can stay at  the hotel the night prior to the Wedding in a standard bedroom. The rate for this bedroom will be the best available rate for that day at the time of booking.

If you are having your Ceremony at the hotel we require two CD’s or two playlists from you on an iPod the day prior,. The first playlist is half an hour’s worth or back ground music to play while the guest are waiting. The second play list is 5 songs. The first song is for the Brides entrance, the second, third and fourth songs are to play while you sign the marriage register and the fifth song to is for the Bride & Grooms exit once they are married.

We recommend asking your guests to arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start.

Yes for an additional cost of £300 you can have your Civil Ceremony at the hotel. Please be aware that this cost does not cover the cost of the registrar you will need to contact Chester registry office to book your registrar direct.

Yes we do allow external suppliers into the hotel as long as they are a reputable company with liability insurance.  One thing that we do not allow a the hotel is Slush machines (as these stain the carpet).

Yes, we do allow you to bring your own DJ / band. The hotel will require a copy of the DJ / bands Public Liability Insurance and proof that all equipment is PAT tested.

Traditionally, Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man in that order.

Traditionally the speeches are done after the Wedding Breakfast however nowadays (especially if Grooms are nervous) some people like to do the speeches before the Wedding Breakfast to get them over and done with so that they can enjoy their meal.

Unfortunately, we do not allow guests to bring their own alcohol onto the premises and we do not allow corkage.

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