Tom & Elisabeth onby
We had the day of our lives on our wedding day at the Westcliff. The setting is wonderful for a sunny summer’s day.
We started venue-hunting 18 months beforehand; the Westcliff had higher capacity and better prices than the other venues we saw. We also decided we wanted guests to be able to crash nearby, and blocked every room for us, which was great. Emily knew all the answers and even gave us the name of the hotel’s florist so we could arrange for them to use our colour scheme in the lobby at no extra cost.
Cake, room decorations, seating plan etc. are set up ahead of the day, and the staff did a wonderful job of making the room look as we pictured it. The florist was also able to come in on the morning and finish off the tables and cake.
Upon arrival from our ceremony we were whisked off for photos in the cliff gardens. This is very reliant on weather, but the Westcliff is blessed by lush public gardens and Victorian viewing areas overlooking the estuary.
Our invitations offered guests three choices for each course, plus three options for the kids, and this ran like clockwork. Each waiter knew exactly where they were going, rather than asking who wanted what, as we have seen elsewhere. The food itself was fantastic.
After speeches we vacated the suite for the change-over. The lounge bar had space for everyone, though most people took the opportunity to head outside again. The Westcliff does also have its own terrace and small garden at the front of the premises, where we saw some of our evening guests for the first time after another batch of photos.
The Westcliff does offer a DJ as part of their wedding package, but the band we hired brought their own. No sound issues.
For the rest of the night people spread throughout the ground floor. It really was lovely that every person there was one of our well-wishers, and our more elderly relatives slunk upstairs during the course of the evening.
So in conclusion – we highly recommend the place!