Wednesday, 14 July 2010


It is hardly surprising that the region rumored to spend the most money on champagne per year – Cheshire – responds to a recession by having more weddings!

The recession appears to have had an unexpected affect on local couples with a suggested upturn in the number of couples tying the knot.

Local wedding venue Doubletree by Hilton Chester says the number of weddings are on the increase in Cheshire and its bulging wedding diary is proof of that.

A staggering 41 weddings have already taken place at Doubletree by Hilton Chester since January, 34 more than for the same period last year.

A spokesman from the Cheshire West and Cheshire registry office said: “Comparative statistics show that there is a 5% increase in the number of weddings at approved premises and registry offices within West Cheshire and Chester in the first quarter of this financial year, compared with the same quarter last year.
"Although the results do not take into account religious weddings and are tentative until a full comparison can be made at the end of this financial year, an increase in weddings would be beneficial to local businesses and tourism.”

Attracted by the beautiful Cheshire countryside and benefits of marrying in a historical city, couples from outside of the area also come to Cheshire for their nuptials.

Doubletree by Hilton Chester Wedding Coordinator Jemma Green says: “The last couple of years have seen a total overhaul of the former Hoole Hall, transforming it into one of the areas leading wedding venues.

“Following the changes we were expecting to see an increase in the number of weddings but our expectations have been far surpassed and we are delighted!
We are almost fully booked to the end of this year and are taking bookings as far in advance as 2014.
The upturn is great for Cheshire businesses and the local hospitality industry.”

The average cost of a wedding in the UK this year is estimated at £21,901, according to Condé Nast Brides Magazine. And according to a recent survey by Direct Line, guests spend an average of £215 each to attend a wedding and stay for the weekend. You can certainly see why the wedding industry has a great affect on tourism and the local economy.

Doubletree by Hilton Chester will be holding a wedding open day on Sunday July 18, 12pm to 4pm, to give couples the chance to look around. The Abbey Suite will be set up for a civil ceremony and the Ballroom for a wedding breakfast, allowing couples to see the wedding venue at its best.

Couples who book there wedding at Doubletree by Hilton Chester within a week of the event will receive a complimentary luxury couple’s spa day.

For further information about getting married in West Cheshire and Cheshire contact the West Cheshire and Chester registry office www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk  chesterregisteroffice@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk Tel: 0300 123 7037.

For further information on the Doubletree by Hilton Chester wedding open day, contact Jemma Green or Mel Horton on 01244 408814.

Doubletree by Hilton Chester is located on Warrington Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3PD.
For further information contact Doubletree by Hilton Chester on 01244 408800 or visit www.doubletree.hilton.co.uk/chester



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