Ten historic houses to give your wedding Downton Abbey style
by Liz Coggins (September 2013)
With Downton Abbey commanding a world-wide following its influence has been seen in just about everything from fashion and furniture to food! And now with talk of a remake of Brideshead Revisited the stately home theme is set to eclipse everything including the wedding market and you don’t need to have been born “with a silver spoon in your mouth” to follow in the nuptial steps of the aristocracy. So follow your dream and say “I do” in some of the majestic and beautiful historic houses from grand palaces, to intimate Georgian mansions and give your wedding real Downton Style!
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Imagine holding your wedding in the Victorian castle known to millions around the world as Downton Abbey. Make your grand entrance as your music begins by walking round the gallery before descending the sweeping staircase into the Salon for your ceremony followed by the ultimate Downton reception in a choice of eight magnificent staterooms. The folly, lawns and statements make unforgettable backdrops for your pictures.
The Stables, Althorp, Northampton
This historically romantic venue has five palatial and beautiful staterooms for ceremonies and weddings. They include the Picture Gallery with magnificent décor and views over the park, and The State Dining Room with opulent silk wall covering, lavish furnishing and sparkling chandeliers, the perfect place to dance the night away. And for pure indulgence around 50 of your guests can be accommodated in Althorp’s stylish bedrooms.
Saying I do at Yorkshire’s number one stately home is the stuff dreams are made of. Hold your ceremony in the Great Hall under the painted dome whilst musicians serenade from the gallery above or for more intimate weddings in the blissfully romantic Temple of Four Winds approached along a tree-lined lakeside terrace. Receptions take place in The Long Gallery or Grecian Hall overlooking the magnificent landscaped grounds and fountains.
This baroque masterpiece provides the crème de la crème fairytale wedding. Inside the palace The Great Hall, Salon and Long Library radiate an out of this world atmosphere for ceremonies and receptions. In contrast the Marlborough Room, overlooking the Italian Gardens, with its light and airy décor is the ultimate in chic and sophisticated style. Water terraces, fountains and the Capability Brown Gardens make ideal backdrops for your photographs.
Set in 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped gardens Longleat provides weddings of pure luxury. Ceremonies and receptions take place in three locations – the historic Elizabeth oak panelled Great Hall , the romantic Orangery overlooking the rose filled Love Labyrinth and Secret Garden and for smaller, intimate ceremonies there is the unusual Green Library. Weddings, that are too large to be accommodated in the house, can be held in the grounds or gardens.
This awe inspiring 16th century house set in beautiful gardens makes a stunning wedding venue. Tie the knot and hold your reception in the Great Hall or Orangery. Reception drinks are served surrounded by roses and lavender in the Rose Garden or in the Old Kitchen amongst copper, whilst to solve the problem of what to do with your guests while the pictures are being taken a guided tour of the state rooms can be arranged…
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