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Keep up to date on news and events at New Craven Hall.

Wedding Advice from Jane & Ben – Top 5 Tips

If you are aware of New Craven Hall's story, you will know it is a unique one. At the heart of this venue are owners Jane and Ben Corkhill, who married on 12th May 2018 at (you guessed it) New Craven Hall.With many years of combined wedding and events experience, they thought they knew it all: the ups and downs of events and everything in between, but after planning their very own wedding, even they learned a few things which they can now pass onto brides- and grooms-to-be.Jane's top tips for bridesI have always said I am glad I worked in the wedding industry before actually being a bride myself, I feel it has allowed me to see it from all angles and keep an open mind. I hope my top 5 tips will help future brides with their wedding planning!The dress - Having worked in bridal before opening the
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Wedding Advice from Jane & Ben – Top 5 Tips

Real Wedding – Ann & Andrew

We are throwing it back to February to take a look at Andrew and Ann's intimate wedding at New Craven Hall.  Joined by their closest family and friends, the couple married at Leeds town hall. Once they had said their I do's Andrew and Ann, along with their guests traveled by bus to New Craven Hall, not before stopping in the city to capture some amazing wedding shots.  The couple really put their own stamp on the venue, organising alternative rustic furniture from Yorkshire yurts, decorated with hessian runners, greenery and simple floral arrangements centred on books. Their vibrant colour scheme of orange and blue really complimented the venue and furniture. Once the wedding party had arrived at the venue, they were seated to enjoy some delicious sharing platters by Smokin Blues BBQ, all served from their lovely street food van outside. The couple had specially selected wines to compliment their meal from
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Real Wedding – Ann & Andrew

Real Wedding – Michelle and Michael

Michelle and Michael said their wedding vows in the beautiful Cancun earlier this year. As they knew that not all their friends and family could join them they wanted to throw a huge party on their return to the UK as Mr and Mrs! They celebrated with us here at New Craven Hall on the 3rd March. With guests arriving on the red carpet to a glass of Prosecco, they were welcomed in from the icy cold weather to a Mexican inspired evening.  They wanted to bring in elements of Cancun for their special evening. They had made to order Cancun light up letters by Cupid's Cart's & Letter Hire, which looked fantastic in the venue. They added a little Mexican spice with mouthwatering food by El Kantina. Table decorations by Wish Upon A Venue Dresser, black and white chair covers by Making It Perfect and the whole evening was captured
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Real Wedding – Michelle and Michael

Real Wedding – Emily & Fraser

On 24th March 2018 Emily and Fraser held their wedding reception at New Craven Hall. The happy couple married at St Luke's Chapel at Leeds General Infirmary; both being radiographers and meeting at the LGI, it was the perfect place for them to say “I do”! The wedding party then travelled by vintage bus to New Craven Hall to celebrate the rest of their big day.  One arrival, guests were served some specially selected craft beers chosen by the couple, before taking their seats for a delicious wedding breakfast by The Hog and Apple. Family and friends had a wedding bake off, with plenty of home make cakes to enjoy.  Emily and Fraser went all out with their venue decorations, theming everything to a particular board game. Their table plan in the theme of battle ships was a great feature on the day. Gin bottles were used as centre pieces filled with
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Real Wedding – Emily & Fraser

Why you should choose an industrial wedding venue…

The industrial wedding trend has been around for a few years now, but is still up and coming, with demand rising for a venue with this unique look. Converted warehouses and industrial buildings are at the forefront of most Pinterest boards, but can you really imagine yourself getting married in one? Here at New Craven Hall, much like the trend itself, we are still coming to full fruition. In the short time we've been around we have held a whole host of weddings, private and corporate events, for those with an eye to create something their guests have never seen before. Our venue has gone from strength to strength and we are confident that the trend is here to stay.What to expect from a industrial wedding venue... With its blank canvas events space, exposed brick walls, tall ceilings and large beams, our venue is one of a kind, unique in its
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Why you should choose an industrial wedding venue…

NCH Showcase Day

At New Craven Hall we absolutely LOVE to show off our beautiful venue! On 25th February we held our second showcase day, following on from the success of our first back in May 2017. These days are a great chance for couples to see the venue set up and ready for a wedding, and also a way to get inspired and meet some amazing suppliers.With a full guest list, we welcomed some familiar faces who have already chosen New Craven Hall for their big day, and some who are still on the hunt for their dream venue. On arrival, guests were greeted with a cocktail to enjoy as they browsed the layout of the room.With the room divided by our grand curtain, we were able to create different scenes to really show the diversity of the venue. Using a mock ceremony setup, one side showed off our more classic style,
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NCH Showcase Day

Real Weddings – Mark & Aishah

On Saturday 27th May 2017, Aishah & Mark held their Wedding Celebration at New Craven Hall. Marrying in Santorini, the couple wanted to hold an evening celebration on their return for all their friends and family that couldn't attend their wedding abroad. The couple went all out with their decorations, using light up letters to create atmosphere in the venue. The Petal Studio created beautiful blooms for the centre pieces and sweet table as well.Guests arrived greeted by a welcome drink before enjoying a delicious hand made Pizza from I Knead Pizza.Once everyone had eaten the couple, along with their guests danced the night away to a Live DJ and Saxophone Player by Jonny Ross Music. The best moments were captured by Amy Lou Photography. Aishah and Mark fell in love with the venue because of its uniqueness and industrial
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Real Weddings – Mark & Aishah

Real Weddings – Fran & Phil

On 15th July 2017 Fran & Phil celebrated their wedding at New Craven Hall. It was a fantastic day, with the bride and groom, along with their guests thoroughly enjoying such a special day.When Fran and phil booked their wedding with us, we weren't yet licensed to hold civil ceremonies within the venue, so they decided to hold a blessing for all their friends and family to watch. It really made the day all the more special! Once the ceremony was over the wedding party enjoyed a drinks reception in our yard area, whilst their photographer, Sugar Bird Photography captured some family shots.The wedding party were then seated for a delicious meal by Gimbals who catered for the entire day. As the night drew in its was time to party, Four Authors were on hand to get everyone up and dancing!   The whole day was photographed by the amazing Sugar Bird Photography who really captured every aspect of the
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Real Weddings – Fran & Phil

NCH Christmas Fiesta – 15th & 16th December

New Craven Hall are pleased to announce the launch of our Christmas Fiesta ticketed Christmas parties, on 15th & 16th December. We are working with some of the best events suppliers in the city and we want to give you a sneak peak into what to expect from our Christmas parties with a twist! On arrival you will be welcomed with a winter cocktail to get you in the fiesta spirit! Be wowed by the aesthetics of the venue with our alternative Christmas decor, creating an intimate and magical experience. You will then be seated for a Christmas Tapas banquet tailored for us by James Brown at Nomad Catering. The specially selected menu has been created with the Leeds foodie in mind. Every aspect of the menu is what you would traditionally find on your plate on Christmas day, each with its own modern twist.There is exciting entertainment in store from Bare
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NCH Christmas Fiesta – 15th & 16th December

Real Weddings – Amy & Richard

On 17th June 2017 Amy and Richard celebrated their wedding day at New Craven Hall, and we were lucky enough to help them in creating their dream day. The couple put their own personal stamp on the venue, decorating with simple vintage centrepieces of roses and candles surrounded by romantic rose petals. Amy and Richard married at St Margaret's Church, before getting on a vintage bus to New Craven Hall along with their guests. On arrival, guests were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and canapés by Food for Though by Claire and John, who catered for the entire day! Guests then took their seats for a three course sit down meal before the wedding party's touching speeches. Guests then enjoyed the sun in our yard area, with it being one of the hottest days of the year! As the evening set in, DJ Tom of Hi-Life set the mood with the couple's first dance, before really
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Real Weddings – Amy & Richard

Macmillan Masquerade Ball

On Saturday 3rd June we were lucky enough to host a Macmillan Masquerade Ball at New Craven Hall, organised by Harriet King. Harriet approached us in 2016 with her ideas for the Masquerade ball, having previously used hotel venues she wanted a change, something that would surprise her guests, New Craven Hall was just that.The preparation was huge with both us and Harriet working closely to create the perfect event. Many bottles were collected by us for Harriets mum to spray gold and use as unique centre pieces for the big event. Decorating the venue together with Macmillan bunting strung from every beam, the splash of green reminding everyone why they were there.On the evening guests were greeted with a glass of Prosecco, before take their seats for a delicious three course meal by Food for Though by Claire and John. Hi-Life were on hand creating the perfect atmosphere with back ground music and
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Macmillan Masquerade Ball

Real Wedding’s – Caroline & Christian

On 18th February 2017 we were so lucky have this fabulous couple as our first wedding. From the off Caroline and Christian were an absolute pleasure to work with, enjoying every part of the coordination process with them, especially our one to one coordination meeting and wine tasting. You've got to let your hair down a little, even when you're planning the biggest day of your life!For a February wedding the weather certainly held out, and on this lovely afternoon Caroline and Christian married at Aspire in the centre of Leeds before hopping on a vintage bus to the venue. On arrival, guests were greeted before taking their seats for a feast created by Hog and Apple - we were later told by numerous guests that it was the best wedding food they'd ever had! Take a look at their smoking dessert boxes. For the speeches what better way to toast
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Real Wedding’s – Caroline & Christian

Ambassadors Dinner at The Mansion

Dine are an innovative events and catering company born out of a Michelin-Starred restaurant. They provide bespoke and unique catering from concept to completion. Hosting hundreds of events, and in late 2016 we partnered up with this amazing company.Based at The Mansion at Roundhay Park, Ben and I were lucky enough to be invited to their Ambassadors Dinner. This was a real insight into what Dine are all about; from the moment we walked through the beautiful foyer of The Mansion we were treated with a cocktail and a selection of beautiful canapés presented in unique, modern displays.Once we had been seated in the cosy dining room, we enjoyed a crab ravioli starter which was to die for, followed by a mouth watering fillet of steak with potatoes and leeks, each course accompanied by a selected wine to match. The dessert, a trio of pistachio flavours with a shot
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Ambassadors Dinner at The Mansion