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Putting the Wow Factor into your wedding

We host some magnificent weddings at The Greenbank and often we find what makes the most special day are the unique ‘wow’ moments. Here are some of our favourites…


We love the glamorous Champagne towers where fizz gets poured from the top and cascades down. It is so stunning visually and a real talking point!


The bride’s dress is the show-stopping moment of any wedding but we love to see an outfit change. Seeing the bride walk down our staircase sporting a stylish shrug or a short sexy number for the evening party ensures she absolutely has the wow factor.


Quite often, brides like to have lots of cakes brought in for their “cake table” rather than just one. Whether you get them made professionally or have your closest friends make them as a gift, even perhaps having a cupcake tower with each guest’s name individually iced on the cake (so guests have to find their personal cake), it’s the perfect personal touch!


There is nothing more glamorous than a cocktail hour. Arrange with our bar team to shake and stir you a special creation for your wedding party to keep them entertained between the meal and the evening celebration. You could even name it “The Mrs & Mrs …” especially created for your wedding.


A unique one to us! Make the most of The Greenbank’s private pontoons and historic quay. Arrive by boat to your big day, or celebrate with your guests on a river cruise drinks reception. Even better, step from your honeymoon suite the next morning onto a waiting vessel, and sail away together as husband and wife.


To surprise your guests, how about a choreographed dance routine? Whether you choose to emulate Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, opt for a ballroom waltz, or perhaps something personal to you – it is always a crowd pleaser!


For something with a bit of shock factor, we recommend the singing waiters! These guys mingle with our guys, serving you dinner and blending with the professional waiting team. They then spontaneously burst into song.


Fancy an evening station dedicated to dessert wine and cheese? We can arrange for someone to pour dessert wine for your guests and give them a selection of the finest Cornish cheeses. It’s certainly a sophisticated buffet option!


There’s no better way to finish a wedding than to send everyone off with a comforting hot drink and a slice of wedding cake. Rather than cutting the cake with the evening buffet, we can leave it on display all evening and then as the very last part of the wedding, serve it with hot chocolate to see in the next morning.


Even better than having waiters bursting into song at your wedding is having guests do it. We once attended a wedding where the groom was part of a choir and seeing them all burst into song spontaneously was seriously spine-tingling. If your guests fancy doing something like that, this flashmob effect is always guaranteed to please.


Finally, you can’t go wrong with a fantastic firework display! Start with your initials lit up on the pier and then have your guests out on the quarterdeck or the balcony of the Riverbank Suite to watch a stunning display light up the sky. The perfect backdrop to a show-stopping wedding.


Looking for more ideas? Check out The Wedding Secret for suppliers, photography, entertainment and more.

To implement some of your own personal suggestions and make your wedding day as special and individual as you are, get in touch with our wedding co-ordinator Jane today.

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