Perfect wedding venues
by Dinah Hatch (October 2014)
The summer may be a distant memory but we’re willing to bet the sun, sea and sangria has gone to the heads of a fair few of you out there and you’ve gone and popped the question. So now you need to find somewhere to hold the Big Bash. We’ve got hundreds of fabulous wedding locations at Britain’s Finest but here are ten that will make even the worst Bridezilla swoon with delight…
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The Stables, Althorp, Northampton
Well, if it’s good enough for Diana, Princess of Wales to live in, it’s good enough for us. This wonderful Northamptonshire estate where the late princess grew up throws its ancient and stunningly preserved rooms open exclusively to wedding parties who want to add a touch of class to proceedings. You can hold your civil ceremony in either the Picture Gallery, The State Dining Room, the Great Room, the Saloon or the Marlborough Room, each groaning with history and fabulous architecture. The bedrooms can house the wedding couple and 40 more guests, so you can awake the day after your marriage feeling like royalty (who have often stayed there through its 500 year history).
For those of a certain age, luxurious decadent Cliveden will forever be remembered as the venue at the heart of the sixties Profumo scandal which rocked the political establishment and saw sensible politicians losing their heads in the secluded lawns and pathways of the estate with young ladies half their age. These days, the historic mansion and National Trust grounds still exude a certain glamour and the weddings they host are spectacular. There’s a whole choice of fabulously grand rooms to choose from for the civil ceremony and wedding breakfast - and it’s tough to beat canapés and drinks on these exquisitely kept lawns on a fine summer’s day.
Basically, if a deeply romantic 13th century moated castle where Anne Boleyn grew up isn’t ringing your wedding bells, then frankly we’re questioning your conviction to wed. Hever Castle has oodles of magical wedding wonderstuff about it and for a select few months in winter (think low skies, gentle snowfall and carols perhaps?), you can swap vows in the castle’s Inner Hall. Ornate panelling and carved columns in Italian walnut surround you as well as antique furniture, centuries-old paintings and a roaring log fire. The Castle Great Hall, where Henry VIII dined when he visited Ms Boleyn, can be booked for your wedding breakfast.
Tucked away along the banks of the River Tweed, this 18th century John Adam mansion is one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in Scotland and makes a simply breathtaking setting for a stylish country house wedding. This Borders gem can seat up to 150 guests in its divine Picture Gallery for the ceremony and dinner afterwards but if the weather is fine, make sure you make use of the stunning grounds. Want something more intimate? Go for the library, a quiet, peaceful setting perfect for low key but chic brides and grooms.
Settled in the foothills of Snowdonia, Seiont Manor Hotel oozes romance. This might be due to the period décor or the creative dining, or just the totally inspiring landscape surrounding the venue. With the River Seiont meandering through the hotel’s 150 acres of grounds, this really is the perfect wedding venue. Plus, there is an expert team on hand to make sure everything goes to plan, so you can just sit back and relax (sort of…)!
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