After reading previous reviews I have to say I was somewhat freaking out about going to a friend's reception here. Not to mention it was on Christmas eve. While there was ample parking, in the rain there are not many covered spots to duck to in case you've gone and got your hair did. Let's face it - it's called the castle for a reason. It's spectacular in every way aesthetically, but little did we realise the inside of the given reception hall was modern and contemporary. This was a slight disappointment. Why go to all that trouble to have a vintage wedding at a vintage venue but dine in contemporary style? I dunno. I found it confusing. However, Curzon does have other rooms and I think this allows them to cater to each brides' taste. Anyway, the food was catered out-of-house but the waiters were in house so we were expecting pleasant service. The entrees came out at 7.30pm (the night started at 6.30) and at 8 we had hardly touched our food. The waiter whisked our plates away and when suggesting we keep it until the others had arrived we were rudely told dinner would be served soon (piggy - no he didn't say it with his words, but did with his eyes ;)). That was a minor issue I suppose, but a bit of a dampener as dinner was not served closer to 9.30pm.
In terms of technology, this place has it down packed - 3 projector screens so guests don't have to crane their necks. Ambience was not really there, but I suppose neither were most of the guests so it really depends on the whole package.
While Curzon Hall is not for me, and I don't know what the administration side of things are like, it is definitely a beautiful venue to hold a special day.