Perfect wedding day!
It was only by chance that we spotted a poster at the ELR when we were looking for wedding venues, and it immediately felt like the right decision for both of us, as we had a personal connection to the railway. We got in contact with Lorna, the events manager at ELR, who was simply amazing. There is always a worry of the venue seeing pound signs when you book them for a wedding and trying to get as much money out of you as possible, but we never felt like that once with Lorna or the ELR, it genuinely felt like she just wanted to make the day as stress free and memorable as possible. She was willing to work with us every step of the way and even gave us really helpful suggestions to keep costs under control. She was always free for a meeting or phone call, and she always answered emails very quickly. There was one meeting where we went in feeling completely overwhelmed by planning a wedding and by the time Lorna had gone through everything with us she had helped us to realise that everything was actually progressing really well. Lorna really understood how we were approaching the wedding and the vibe we wanted and on the day it was exactly how we envisioned it, casual, fun, and friendly! We decided to have the ceremony on Ramsbottom platform, then have a private train take the observation saloon (a private carriage with windows at both ends) up and down the line for a few hours. On the day everything was perfect, the platform was set out beautifully, and Lorna was there to keep everything on schedule, running everything behind the scenes. Our 5 year old nephew was there, and Lorna had even provided a train set and a few other things to entertain him whilst he was on the train, which definitely came in handy! The volunteers were absolutely lovely and really helpful, and kept us entertained with stories about the history of the railway and the surrounding area, as well as keeping our drinks full and the train running. We decided to have afternoon tea on the train and it was very tasty, and was more than enough food for everyone involved. The groom and groom's father even got to ride on the train's footplate, where the two drivers told them all about the train itself which was a memorable experience. Everyone involved left the station happy at the end, and we have had many of the guests tell us what a unique and lovely day it was. In summary, we can only say that the ELR is an amazing venue for a wedding, and that every wedding would benefit from a Lorna! Thank you to everyone involved for making our special day perfect!