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2020 sees the return of 29th February… will any ladies out there be making the most of the extra day?

Every 4 years we get the strange phenomena that is a leap year. At the end of February an extra day is added to our calendars, equating the year to 366 days. It is on this date that traditionally women have been encouraged to propose to men.



Where did this tradition originate?

It is thought to date back to the 5th Century when St. Brigid of Kildare, an Irish nun, complained to St Patrick that women were having to wait too long for their suitors to pop the question. The legend goes that St Patrick subsequently decreed that women could propose once every 4 years, on a leap year.



Is this an outdated concept?

Nowadays it is generally accepted that women or men can propose to their partner on any day they like, however, if you’re a traditionalist then you may welcome the idea of reserving this special day for getting down on one knee.



Have you been the giver or recipient of a leap day proposal?

We’d love to know if you’ve ever taken the initiative or been on the receiving end of a 29th Feb proposal? Let us know in the comments below!

In the mean time, view some famous female celebs who have taken matters into their own hands…

Kristen Bell

Kristen proposed to her partner via Twitter – very modern!






Pink was supporting her boyfriend at one of his motorcycle races when she popped the question!  She had written ‘Will you marry me’ on a board which she held up during his third lap. We love that!




Halle Berry

Halle Berry was convinced her partner was the one for her and proposed after 6 months.




Regardless of who proposes, your engagement should be an exciting and happy time in your life! See our blog for advice on what comes next; planning your wedding. 


If wedding planning is already on your agenda then choosing a venue is a vital early step. See how couples have made the most of our country estate so far here.

Interested to know what we offer? See our prices & packages.

Finally, if you have any questions or queries about weddings at Howell Manor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

James & Danielle’s farm inspired wedding on our working farm… a recipe for success!

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All photograph credits go to 166 Photography.

Top tips for pulling off the ultimate farmer wedding…

  1. Choose a farm as the venue
  2. Arrive by tractor
  3. Use bale decorations as a cake topper
  4. Use a vintage John Deere for styling purposes
  5. Use a tractor tyre for your seating plan


It’s fair to say James & Danielle ticked every box!


Big thank you to all the lovely suppliers who helped to cultivate this fabulous day!


Hair – Lox Hair Ruskington | Make Up – The Look

Flowers – Sue Young, Andrew Key & Rachel Busby | Marquee Dressing – Well Laid Table (table cloths) & Angelic Occasions (hessian chair dressing)

Wedding Dress – The Ivory Room | Catering – Rustic Elegance Events

Band – Soul Solution | Disco – Floor Fillers 


Stationary – Arianne Design | Bunting – Nelly Noodles 

The attention to detail was stunning and everyone present reaped the benefits.


Special thanks to 166 Photography for capturing all the heartwarming moments.


See more images from the day here!

Our venue offers a blank canvas for you to style how you see fit. On the border of our grounds sits St Oswalds church which can be booked for your wedding ceremony through the Parish Reverend, Chris Harrington. Alternatively you can be married elsewhere and travel to us for your reception.

If you’re interested in getting married in a rustic, rural setting then please book a visit, or call Elaine on 07761 406 914.



Thank you to everyone who came along to our open day on Monday 27th May.




S & A Floral Design (Flowers within the marquee & church) | Cake Wendy Woo | KR Classic Cars | Dreams to Reality (Wedding Stationary) | Lindsey James Ladieswear | Mary May Occasions (Marquee Dressing) | 166 Photography | Pink Photographics | The Wedding Room at the Old Bowling Green (The Bridal Catwalk) | Penny Mardon (Catering) | Rustic Elegance Events | De-Canter Alfresco Bar | The Hair Inn  | Matty Haynes Music | Nellie Taylor Holistics | Cook & Saucer | Beth’s Boards 

Huge thank you to all involved!


Our champagne raffle went down a storm with our couples, congratulations to our winner, Harley Bryant!








We thoroughly enjoyed showing you our home-turned-wedding-venue and we hope enjoyed it too!


Didn’t make it? You’re welcome to book a visit to come and see us anytime.
Interested in knowing how we get our estate ready for a wedding? See a behind the scenes video here.

This is how we pull off a wedding!

Watch the set up below:

Huge thanks to everyone involved in creating such a wonderful day for our lovely couple.

Wells & Son Marquees LtdLincs Loos | Got it Covered Lincolnshire | Jackie’s Cakes | Jennifer Kirkby – Florist | Dunmore’s CateringPizza di Bella | Fancy Frox | Love HAIR by Sonja & Co | Charlotte Moore Makeup Artist | Vicki Head Photography | Matty Haynes Music 

Carissa & Lewis were married in St Oswalds Church followed by a beautiful marquee reception in our grounds. The whole occasion was stunningly colourful with dreamy sunny weather. See more images of the big day below:



If you like the look of Howell Manor then we welcome you to visit our open day on 27th May 2019. Alternatively if you can’t make it but would like to have a look around then please book a visit. If you have any questions or queries please email elaine@sardesons.com or call 01529 460267.

We’re thrilled to share some gorgeous engagement pictures of our Easter couple!

Big thank you to Vicki Head Photography for sharing these with us.

 The week ahead…

The forecast looks great, particularly for the big day itself on Saturday!

The marquee will go up on Thursday so keep following us on Facebook for a glimpse of how that happens!

The dress, make-up & hair, and catering are all sorted courtesy of Fancy Frox in Spalding, Charlotte Moore MUA, Love Hair by Sonja & Co, Dunmore’s Catering and Pizza Di Bella.


We’ve all heard of the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ wedding day tradition, but do you know where it originates from and the meaning behind it? We did a little research ahead of our spring wedding!

‘Something old’

This represents the bride maintaining a connection with her past & family as she enters married life. Usually the bride will include some form of family heirloom in her wedding outfit.

‘Something new’

This represents optimism for the future and normally the wedding dress itself is the ‘new’ item worn.

‘Something borrowed’

This is meant to bring the newly wedded couple good luck. By borrowing something from a happily married friend or relative the couple hopes little bit of their good fortune will rub off on them. There is no reason why the groom can’t be involved in these traditions and borrowing cuff-links from a family member is a popular choice.

‘Something blue’

This represents the loyalty and faithfulness the couple will take into the marriage. It is traditionally symbolised by the bride wearing a blue garter beneath her dress but in contemporary weddings there are a large range of blue items incorporated.

We can’t wait to welcome Carissa & Lewis on Saturday and wish them all the best for their wedding and their future life together.

Would you like to see an example of a Howell Manor wedding? Click here.




We invite you to our new Open Day on 27th May 2019.



Bank Holiday Monday, the perfect day to discover the beauty of Howell Manor. Visit us between 11am-3pm to explore everything our idyllic, rustic venue has to offer.


Are you dreaming of an outdoor wedding reception in a picturesque country setting? Our open day is the perfect opportunity for you to visualise how that can come to life at Howell Manor.  Providing both the pretty and the practical, our grounds and farmyard are the quintessential ingredients required for creating a big day unique and special to you.



Date – Monday 27th May 2019


Time – 11am – 3pm


Venue – Howell Manor, Nr Sleaford, NG34 9PT


Enjoy canapes and fizz on arrival, enter our champagne raffle, be wowed at 1pm by the Bridal catwalk and meet a range of talented suppliers throughout the day.


Meet Suppliers

As in previous years you will have the opportunity to meet passionate suppliers from around the county. See the list below…


Keep following facebook for updates to the list.


Champagne Raffle

We will be hosting a champagne raffle for attending brides-to-be. Simply tell us the date of your big day and leave your contact details in return for the chance to win a gorgeous bottle of Moet!


Weddings at Howell

Set against an idyllic country backdrop, take your pick between a fully equipped tipi or marquee, or make use of our indoor barns. Our grounds are a lovely space for your guests to mingle and enjoy celebratory drinks, and our farmyard is ideal for important amenities and parking. Should you wish, St Oswalds Church is situated at the foot of our grounds and you can contact the Parish Reverend to organise your wedding ceremony, enabling a smooth transition between service and reception. See how one couple bought their vision to life here.


If this is ticking all your boxes then we’d be delighted to welcome you to our open day where you can find out more about us, speak with the owners, Mark and Elaine, and meet suppliers who share our passion for making your unique event come to life, your way.

Can’t make it but would still like to have a look around? Book a visit here!
Any questions? Call: 01529 460267 | Email: elaine@sardesons.com

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… particularly if your partner has popped THE question!

You’ve indulged in the moment, told all your friends & family, celebrated non stop and now you might be coming back down to earth and thinking, ok, what next?


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Wedding planning is a long process but there are certain things that are important to address sooner rather than later…



The date

Are you expecting a long engagement or are you wanting to get married within a year or so? A realistic time-frame is important when considering what steps to take next… and how quickly! The longer you have to plan the greater the number of choices available to you.


The type of wedding

Hopefully you and your partner are aligned on this one. Are you dreaming of a church wedding, a registry office, an outdoor event, a country house/hotel? Do you want your wedding and the reception to take place at the same location or are you willing to travel between the two? These are important questions to ask yourself early on as they will significantly impact the venue decision.

The budget

This is a hugely important one and will affect most decisions you subsequently make. Consider how much you are willing to spend and then how you might obtain the finance – you may already have it or you may need to think about saving/asking for help. It is also a good idea to consider what elements of the wedding are most important to you, and assign budget accordingly. Have you considered insurance?

The tone of the wedding

Are you aiming for a formal affair, a rustic vibe, a  themed wedding? This is where you think about how you want your wedding to feel. Consider thinking of the adjectives you’d want your guests to use when describing your wedding, then imagine how you can create that.

The guests

Think about how many people you might want to invite. This will affect many other elements of the wedding, i.e the venue, the catering, the stationary and subsequently the cost.


The venue

Venues can book up months, if not years in advance. Start thinking about where you might want to tie the knot geographically in the country/world, and more specifically, the exact building. Find out more about weddings at Howell Manor if you love the idea of a country estate wedding.


The organisation

This is something which you and your partner may wish to take on yourself, alternatively you may think about employing the help of a wedding planner, or getting friends and family involved.

Finally, a huge congratulations to any couples who have recently got engaged. Savour the moment and enjoy every bit of planning your big day.


If you’re looking for an idyllic country venue then please don’t hesitate to book a visit to Howell Manor. We will give you a full tour of our venue and answer any questions you may have.
Alternatively please feel free to get in touch on 01529 460267 or email  elaine@sardesons.com.



To be or not to be…

A seating plan is a potential element of your ‘on the day’ wedding stationary. It is usually styled in accordance with your wedding theme and can be a useful tool… but is it a necessity?

We decided to take a look at both sides of the debate.

5 reasons you should…


1. PREVENTS ANXIETY – Stops your guests from worrying about where they are going to sit.

2. TACTICS – You can tactfully decide where to seat your guests, ensuring family & couples aren’t split up & special guests are closer to the front.

3. SPEED – It speeds up the process of getting everyone seated on the day.

4. HELPS THE CATERERS – It is easier for catering staff to serve pre-booked meals if they know where guests are sitting in advance.

5. DECORATION – It can be a beautiful, decorative addition to your big day.


5 reasons you shouldn’t…


1. INTIMATE RECEPTION – If your reception is small (less than 50 guests) & everyone knows each other well, then assigned seats aren’t necessary.

2. NO SIT DOWN MEAL – If you’re not serving plated dinners then a seating chart isn’t really needed.

3. RESTRICTS MINGLING – Some guests may feel they have to stay in their assigned seat and not mingle as freely as they would with open seating.

4. KEEP IT CASUAL – If you’re aiming for a casual, informal wedding, then open seating may be more conducive.

5. SAVE YOURSELF STRESS – Planning where to seat everyone can be time-consuming and stressful. Letting your guests decide for themselves on the day means you don’t need to think about it in advance.


Have you had any good/bad experiences with table plans? Let us know in the comments below!

Are you planning a wedding for 2019? Why not book a visit to Howell Manor.

Table plans pictured from Beth’s Boards, LoveLi & White Rose Invitations.



We are so thrilled to have hosted #ourfirstwedding. It was a magical day from start to finish and one we will never forget.


Preparations for the big day started in 2017 when Amy & Josh came to visit us, and after seeing the estate and the facilities we could offer, decided to book.

Fast forward to July 2018, and after a lot of planning, plotting and preparing, everything came together.  Set up began early on Tuesday 24th July when our friends from Wells & Son Marquees Ltd arrived to construct the marquee, fit for 140 guests.



Throughout the remainder of the week the estate was transformed. The marquee interior was turned into a rustic palace:



St Oswalds church was beautifully decorated with summery flowers from ‘Flowers by Fiona’.


An outdoor bar area was created, complete with straw bales for seating, rustic tables and an awesome cocktail caravan from Coronation Bars.


The sheep field was converted into a tented village, courtesy of Wild at Heart Tipis, for the bride & groom and guests to stay the night.



Amazing rustic decorations, all made by Amy, were stationed around the estate to add to the romantic ambience, and she even made her own games to entertain the kids! Huge ‘LOVE’ letters by Mary May Occasions were added to the dancefloor inside the marquee for extra sparkle.


Just as important as all the beautiful details were parking and amenities. Our large farm yard provided the perfect space for guest parking, and high quality amenities were installed by Lincs Loos. Our yard and outbuildings also provided a rustic, quirky backdrop for photos!



On Saturday 28th July the big day arrived. After two months of hot dry weather, the threat of a storm was on the horizon.


Thankfully the weather didn’t manage spoil anything and the whole day was a fantastic celebration of love, happiness and romance.


Of course, no wedding would be complete without the help of lots of lovely suppliers. We’d therefore like to give a special thanks to everyone who was involved in pulling this fabulous wedding together.


The whole day was absolutely brilliant from start to finish and we wish Amy & Josh all the best in their married life together!


If you’re interested in getting married in a gorgeous rustic setting with a beautiful country backdrop please get in touch via elaine@howell-manor-events.co.uk or book a visit and see our estate for yourself.
Amy & Josh also had their engagement shoot on our estate, captured again by the talented Jo Greenfield – see the results here.

Bells will soon be ringing at Howell Manor

We are so excited to announce that we are hosting our first wedding this summer. The lovely couple had an engagement shoot within the Howell Manor Estate and we are thrilled to share the images with you below:

Our country estate makes for a beautiful backdrop, whether that’s for a photoshoot or your big day. Should you wish to explore we welcome you to book a visit here.


Besides a beautiful setting, we have plenty to offer to ensure you achieve your dream wedding:

  • Substantial grounds for celebratory drinks and outdoor mingling.
  • Various options for your reception including tipis, marquees or barns.
  • We can arrange any amenities required, and have ample space for parking.
  • If you wish to be married in St Oswalds church, a stone’s throw away from our grounds, this can be booked directly through Reverend Chris Harrington.


We can’t reveal any details about our upcoming wedding but preparations are well underway. We can’t wait for the big day in July!

If you’re engaged and looking for a rustic country venue in Lincolnshire find out more about us here, or book a visit here.