February - the Month of Love and a time to make the most of
quality time with the one you love the most. At QHotels we love to
help our guests fulfil those romantic gestures that make February
so special. From Valentine's Day weddings, to extravagant
proposals, we've seen a fair bit of swooning in our time…however in
the famous words of Shakespeare 'The course of true love never did
run smooth', calling for our very own hotel teams to
step in and save the day (we like to call them our army of
'QPids'). Take a look at our favourite romantic blooper stories as
told by our hotels.
Saving The Day
We'll always help out a guest in trouble. So when one guest
arrived for a romantic break and realised that he had left his
wife's luggage at home, including evening wear, we arranged for her
to visit a local boutique and had her favourite flowers and chilled
Champagne waiting when she got back. It was the least we…sorry, he
- Mottram Hall
Best Foot Forward
When a very flustered Best Man realised at the last minute that
he'd left his wedding shoes at home 75 miles away, there was only
one thing to do. One of our team instantly whipped off his own
black brogues and handed them over, thus creating a story that the
Bride and Groom still tell to this day.
Last Minute Proposal
At 5:30pm one evening, a flustered future Groom called Hellidon
Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel to inform the team that he was on his
way, and he would be proposing to his girlfriend at the hotel that
night. When he asked if there was anything the hotel could do to
make it that extra bit more special, the team frantically rang the
local florists requesting that they stay open a little later so
that they could pick up some roses for the lady. Luckily the
florist agreed and they arrived just in the nick of time to ensure
everything was perfect for the proposal - talk about last
- Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel
A Bride and Groom wanted their beloved dog to be a special part
of their day, so promoting him to ring bearer was the obvious
choice. On the day, suddenly realising that the dog would obviously
not be able to carry the rings down the aisle, the Best Man was
frantically trying to find some way of tying the rings to the dog's
collar. Oulton Hall to the rescue, providing a variety of ribbons
with colours to match their colour scheme!
- Oulton Hall
A Bride staying with us the night before the wedding realised
that she hadn't thought about buying a guest book so that her
wedding guests could leave messages on their big day. With the
Bride upset that she wouldn't have any memories from her guests of
her wedding, the Events Manager promptly went to the local gift
shop. She returned with a simple but elegant guest book to gift to
the Bride on the morning of the wedding - her 'something new' - and
the bride was delighted.
Here Comes The Bride, All Dressed In White
It's a Bride's prerogative to be late, but one of the most
dreaded things that could happen to a Bride...getting make up on
her wedding dress two minutes before she was due to walk down the
aisle. As the Events Manager went to get the Blushing Bride to
escort her to the ceremony, she found her in a distraught state,
trying to hide the stain. Calling down the corridor for
housekeeping to come quickly with some soap, a towel and a hair
dryer, the stain was out within a matter of minutes. The Bride
walked down the aisle with her head held high and no-one was any
Going To The Chapel…
When a nervous Groom-To-Be wanted to propose to his girlfriend
on Bonfire Night, he asked the team at Crewe Hall to create the
perfect romantic setting. Up to the challenge, the Porter and
Restaurant team rallied around to set up the Chapel for the perfect
proposal, complete with a candlelight setting and a cushion for the
Groom to go down on one knee. Our Porter even took photographs so
that the happy couple could remember the special moment
- Crewe Hall
Get Me To The Church On Time
When a stretched hummer arrived at Bridgewood Manor to take to
the Bride and Bridesmaids to the church, there seemed to be a
problem…there was a flat tyre on the hummer! With the Bride
starting to panic, the hotel staff all rallied around to get the
tyre changed so the Bride could get to her ceremony on time.
- Bridgewood Manor
Forget Me Not
When a nervous Groom forgot his cravat and shoes for the big
day, the Concierge promptly ran out and bought him some new ones,
even matching them to the colour scheme and theme of the wedding!
The Groom breathed a sigh of relief and the Bride had no idea that
her future husband nearly exchanged vows in his socks!
Room For One More?
When a bridal party arrived at Bridgewood Manor, the Bride
started to panic when an extra family turned up. No problem for the
Bridgewood team who arranged another table, meal and drinks package
for the family and even typed up another table plan. It turns out
that the bride had sent them the wrong invite, inviting them to the
daytime as well as the evening reception instead of just the
evening - the guests never knew that they were not meant to be
invited and that they were nearly not catered for!
(PS. They all live Happily Ever After…)
Do you have any romantic bloopers? Post your comments
below and tell us about them!
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