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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Is this an outdated concept?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.



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.




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.



As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal wedding rapidly approaches, we thought what better time to look at the Royal weddings spanning the last century and see what made them special!


George VI’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family george vi and elizabeth WHEN : 26 April 1923 (before George VI was crowned King)

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : George VI married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

HONEYMOON : Scotland and Surrey.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : Royal weddings were traditionally held within a royal chapel, however, in order to raise spirits after World War I, it was decided George VI and Elizabeth’s wedding would be a public affair at Westminster Abbey.



Elizabeth II’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family elizabeth ii and phillipWHEN : 20 November 1947 (before Elizabeth II was crowned Queen)

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO: Elizabeth II married Phillip Mountbatten.

HONEYMOON : Broadlands, Hampshire and Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL:  The wedding was broadcast on the radio to 200,000 million listeners worldwide.



Princess Margaret’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family princess margarent and anthony armstrong-jonesWHEN : 06 May 1960

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

HONEYMOON : Caribbean.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : It was the first wedding to ever be televised, with 20 million viewers tuning in.



Princess Anne’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family princess anne and mark phillipsWHEN : 14 November 1973

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips.

HONEYMOON : Aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : It was only the 2nd time in over 200 years that a Royal had married a commoner.



Prince Charles’ Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family charles and dianaWHEN : 29 July 1981

WHERE : St Paul’s Cathedral

WHO : Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

HONEYMOON : Cruise upon the Royal Yacht Britannia to Egypt followed by a stay at Balmoral.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : Viewed by a television audience of an estimated 750 million, it is the most popular programme ever broadcast.



Prince Andrew’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family andrew and sarahWHEN : 23 July 1986

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson.


WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : 2000 guests attended the ceremony, two note worthy names being British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the US First Lady Nancy Reagan.



Prince Edward’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family edward and sophieWHEN : 19 June 1999

WHERE : St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

WHO : Prince Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones.

HONEYMOON : Balmoral.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : The wedding did not follow the format of previous Royal weddings, and was primarily for friends and family – at the couple’s request.



Prince Charles’ 2nd Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family charles and camillaWHEN : 09 April 2005

WHERE : Windsor’s Guildhall.

WHO : Prince Charles married Camilla Shand.

HONEYMOON : Scotland

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : The couple had a small, private civil wedding at the Guildhall and then a service of blessing at Windsor Castle.



Prince William’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family william and kateWHEN : 29 April 2011

WHERE : Westminster Abbey

WHO : Prince William married Kate Middleton.

HONEYMOON : Seychelles.

WHAT MADE THE WEDDING SPECIAL : Some half a million people gathered outside the gates of Buckingham Palace to watch the famous balcony kiss.



Prince Harry’s Wedding

royal weddings century history british royal family harry and meghanWHEN : 19 May 2018

WHERE : St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

WHO : Prince Harry is due to marry Meghan Markle.

WHAT MAKES THIS WEDDING SPECIAL : The wedding is a testament to the positive changes made within British society and the House of Windsor since the last time an America divorcee married into the Royal family.


If you’ve recently got engaged and are looking for a gorgeous country wedding venue then find out more about us here or book a visit here.

Want to watch the Royal wedding with friends?

The wedding will be streamed:





Saturday 6th January 2018 saw us open up our grounds and showcase everything that this stunning venue has to offer for your bespoke event.

It was a day full of bubbly, flowers, newly engaged couples and even some intermittent blue sky!

Our historic Saxon church was beautifully decorated by the talented Shirley from S&A Floral Design, alight with the soft glow of candles and outside stood two brilliant 1960s Wedding Cars available for hire from KR Classic Cars.

In the grounds stood one of Wild at Heart’s fabulous tipis, beautifully rustic and even equipped with a stone pizza oven!

Inside the barn an indoor marquee had been constructed, which housed all the amazing suppliers showing off their various products and services. Tables and chairs were laid out with lovely covers from Got it Covered Lincolnshire and centre pieces from S&A Floral Design.

At 1pm the Bridal Lounge Highgate put on a stunning bridal catwalk, with the models beautifully done up by Feroza Hair & Make Up.

Visitors to the open day gained free entry into a luxury prize draw, the prize being a gorgeous hamper containing gifts from the range of suppliers on show. We are pleased to announce the lucky winner of this hamper is Danielle Williams!

howell manor open day hamper prize winner luxury draw


Thank you to everyone, suppliers and visitors alike, who came along and made our open day extra special. We hope you are as enchanted with Howell Manor as we are!

Thank you to 166 Photography for the fabulous photos taken of the event throughout the day.

Please see below all the suppliers who were present on the day:

Lindsey James Ladieswear, Sally Faulkner Photography, Beth’s Boards, Got it Covered Lincolnshire, 166 Photography, Party Palace, Cakes by Wendy Woo, Hoppers Jewellers Ltd, S&A Floral Design, The Marvellous Marquee Company, Feroza Artistry, Partyline Entertainment, The Bridal Lounge Highgate, Coronation Bars, Rustic Elegance Events, Wild at Heart Tipis & KR Classic Cars.

Please contact Elaine at elaine@sardesons.com or on 01529 460267 with any enquiries.

Alternatively you can book a visit to Howell Manor here.