If you're looking to hold your wedding in the city centre or around the Manchester area, you'll struggle to find a better venue than this. The hotel has a great atmosphere, it's welcoming and vibrant with amazing architecture. Having looked at the boring, standard conference rooms used for weddings at most hotels we were so happy when we visited the The Place and saw the function rooms full of character with their exposed bricks and original beams, we booked immediately!
Planning the wedding was a great experience. We had a dedicated wedding coordinator, Jade, who was fantastic. She is so enthusiastic, full of good advice and ideas and helps you to think of every last detail, we can't thank her enough.
We found that all the other staff we dealt with were really helpful and as soon as we'd mention we were getting married there, they were happy to show you around rooms, discuss ideas etc. We once spent ages trying out ideas for the top table and Alfie very kindly kept bringing different sizes of table, setting places etc. Very patient and helpful!
The wedding day itself was perfect. We got married in December so the hotel was decorated for christmas and looked amazing. I stayed in the penthouse the night before and had breakfast delivered so getting ready was a nice, chilled experience. Jade arrived at the door bright and early and was so calm and controlled, it's very reassuring on your wedding morning! All my suppliers (photographer, make up artist etc) commented on how welcoming the hotel is and loved the penthouse for wedding preparations, all of them were keen to work with the hotel again, having not been before.
The ceremony was held in the Pennine Suite, drinks reception in The Atrium (which is so individual, a big selling point for us) and the wedding breakfast and evening reception in The Bistro. We were blown away with how amazing The Bistro looked when we first walked in. Jade had decorated the tables exactly how I'd imagined, we couldn't have been more pleased. With the fairy lights on the beams, up lighters on the brickwork and a twinkling dance floor (which we hired ourselves), it looked amazing. We could not have achieved it in the boring conference rooms of other hotels.
The food and drink was fantastic all day. We served canapés, a three course breakfast and an evening buffet of bacon, sausage and fish finger butties with fat chips. I can't tell you how many compliments we had on the food and guests said the drinks kept coming! The service was also fantastic. We had around 75 for the meal and nobody was left waiting for their meals and glasses were never empty. A big thank you to Alfie and the team who looked after us.
We really think our wedding was amazing value for money, we kept wondering if there was something we'd missed! The day was organised perfectly and staff seemed genuinely enthusiastic. I think it was the personal touch and the attention to detail that really makes it stand out as a wedding venue. Although packages are available, they are not 'sold' to you - you really can tailor the day how you would like it. So many hotels are inflexible on their wedding packages, The Place lets you have the wedding you want.
Another big selling point that I have to mention is the accommodation for guests. Families were able to stay in the apartments (some even sleep 6), split the cost and have the convenience of a kitchen etc. Much appreciated by our guests.
Our guestbook was full of comments like 'best wedding we've been to' and one guest, a hotel manager, said he was taking notes back for his staff.
I've missed a million things out that were fab about our wedding - if you're thinking of booking, just do it! Thank you to everyone involved in our wedding!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Place Aparthotel is a stunning, grade 2 listed Manchester apartment hotel, offering luxury 4 star hotel apartments in Manchester city centre. 100 metres from Manchester Piccadilly Station, close to shops, restaurants, northern quarter and Chinatown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Place Apartment Manchester
- Hotel Place Apartment