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UK’s Top 5 Glamorous Wedding Venues

HerstmonceuxCastlePicking the best place to hold your wedding ceremony is one of the most crucial parts in the wedding planning process. Of course, every wedding couple wants their wedding to be very special as it is one of the most special moments of their life.
And if you are planning to hold your wedding in an elegant style, here is five of UK’s best wedding venues according to Jonathan of Anglotopia.

5 of the UK’s most glamorous wedding venues
Herstmonceux CastleIf you’re looking for a venue steeped in historical charm, turn your attention to Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. The moated fortress was built in Tudor times and added to over the years, so it boasts a combination of medieval and Renaissance features.

St James Club
For modern glamour and sophistication, you can’t go wrong by looking into St James Club in London as your wedding venue. The prestigious setting has been an integral part of London society for decades and combines traditional elegance with contemporary chic.

Gaynes Park
If you want to hold your wedding in a semi-outdoors setting, the glamorous Gaynes Park in Essex might be the perfect choice. A barn wedding venue, the property is located in the grounds of a country estate, amid rolling parkland.

Highclere Castle
The breathtaking Highclere Castle in Hampshire is famous for its period elegance; the venue is the location where hit TV series Downton Abbey is filmed. The Grade I-listed stately home is built in an awe-inspiringly detailed Jacobethan style and set in acres of sprawling parkland.

Wokefield Park
For a glamorous wedding that ticks all the boxes, take a look at Wokefield Park in Berkshire. The Palladian-style manor was built in the 1700s and boasts a simple, elegant design. The property is surrounded by vast manicured grounds and overlooks a tranquil lake, making it an ideal setting for some memorable wedding photos.

 
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5 Things to Consider When Booking Wedding Venues

Photo Credits: Bruce Russell
Photo Credits: Bruce Russell

Wedding Venues are another important detail in a wedding couples list. The venue is usually tied up to the theme of the wedding the couple want to have.

Here are some tips from Jen Barton before booking that Wedding Venue of your dream.

Wedding venues: 5 things to consider before booking yours

Scheduling considerations

This will certainly have an impact on your own big day – timings for the ceremony and other logistics from setting-up flowers (or indeed whether you’ll have to share flowers), coordinating when one set of wedding guests will be leaving and the next arriving, transport etc.

If you are using a large venue with multiple rooms, you should check out their procedure for how they handle multiple weddings over the course of one day – you don’t want to feel part of a ‘production chain’; it should feel special for both you and your arriving guests.

Personalisation vs. venue restrictions

2) Recently I’ve detected a new trend among couples who are moving away from ‘the standard’ suppliers in a bid to create a sense of ‘home’ for their guests on the big day.

This is something I wholeheartedly encourage – the wedding day should be a reflection of the bride and groom. However, this degree of personalisation does require an element of flexibility when it comes to suppliers, set-up and the look and feel of the venue.

Often, couples want to choose their own table settings, rather than hiring ‘the usual’ from the venue, or to work with their favourite restaurant to create a really exquisite private dining experience. The art of beautiful ‘tablescaping’ takes time but looks stunning.

Timings

3) It’s important to confirm timings with the venue, particularly with regards to access – both before and after. How much time will you have to set-up? Is this sufficient for your florist, band or production team? Do check this, as it can cause problems down the line. Don’t just think about the set-up: the de-rig can also be time-consuming and, if it hasn’t been discussed and confirmed, you could end up with a hefty final bill.

Other costs

4) Be aware of hidden extra costs. It’s surprising how many couples don’t read the fine print of their contracts; please do, it’s vital! Best to ask all the questions in the early stages – is service charge included or discretionary? If you’re hiring security, must it be the venue’s own team? Again, timings come into this, too.

Think of ways to save

5) Finally, if you’re working to a slightly tighter budget, one of the first elements to establish is whether the venue allows corkage, or whether ‘dry hire’ is an option and you have the free reign to bring in your own suppliers. This is an area in which couples can make the biggest saving.

How did you consider your wedding venues? We would love to here your input.

 
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Best Hotels In The UK For Wedding Venues

Photo Credit: Telegraph UK
Photo Credit: Telegraph UK

Aside from having the perfect wedding gown, another thing wedding couples need to take time to think and pick is their wedding venue. Usually, the wedding theme depends on the venue they select.

So if you are planning your wedding in a hotel, here are some of the best hotel choices you have in the UK according to the Telegraph UK.

The best hotels for wedding venues in the UK

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire

A wedding breakfast by Raymond Blanc? Oui. This 15th-century manor house, complete with a two Michelin-starred restaurant is a gourmet lovers’ dream place in which to tie the knot. For intimate ceremonies, choose one of the suites which can cater for up to 14 guests; alternatively do it outside at the pretty tea house pavilion. Reception parties take place in La Belle Epoque conservatory restaurant, which opens onto a walled garden. For larger parties there’s an exclusive-use option for up to 170 guests, which includes use of all 32 individually designed suites, champagne bar, personalised stationery and use of the 27-acre grounds. Tip: commission Chef Patissier Benoit Blin to create a French croque-en-bouche instead of a traditional cake and book the dazzlingly white Blanc de Blanc suite for the wedding night.

Foxhill Manor, near Broadway, Cotswolds

This fabulously stylish boutique retreat is in a world of its own in the green-and-glorious Farncombe Estate. Wedding parties take over the entire eight-bedroom Arts & Crafts mansion, complete with glamorous sitting room, impressive views and butler service. You choose your ideal spot for the ceremony – perhaps ballroom, terrace or garden – and subsequent celebrations. Oak suite, with a stone fireplace and his and hers slipper baths, is a spectacularly romantic wedding-night room. Their guests can choose to stay at Foxhill or Farncombe’s other hotels nearby, mid-priced Dormy House (which also offer exclusive use; say ‘I do’ in either the Garden Room or Garden Pagoda) and, less costly, The Fish.

Claridge’s, London

The capital’s best Art Deco hotel in Mayfair is the location for a high-end city wedding. The fairytale ballroom, which can hold up to 400 guests. It is ideal for larger celebrations, but there are six other rooms for ceremonies and receptions, including the intimate French Salon. A wedding coordinator is available to take the pressure off and organise extras such as lighting, stationery, transport, entertainment and the cake. And don’t worry about flowers, Claridge’s has in-house florist McQueens. With a wine list of 250 champagnes and wines and menus designed by award-winning chef Martyn Nail, the wedding breakfast is a treat, as are the enormous Art Deco suites for the wedding night.

Hintlesham Hall, Hintlesham, Suffolk

Four rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies and weddings at this elegant, orangey-pink hued Elizabethan manor set in 175 acres near Ipswich. Largest is the Georgian-style Salon (accommodating 100 guests), while the Justice Room (for up to 20) is the most intimate, overlooking the formal gardens. Of the 33 rooms available, the spacious Cherry Orchard suite with galleried bedroom, or the stunning Braganza suite with lounge area, are best for pre-wedding preparation, and there’s dedicated team, including in-house toastmaster, to assist with all arrangements.

For full list of the best hotels in the UK, please go here.

 
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The Westhoughton Wedding Show 2016

Photo Credits: Hello Magazie
Photo Credits: Hello Magazine

If what you received for Christmas last year is a sparkling engagement ring from your partner, we are so happy for you. Aside from congratulations which are in order, we would like to also send our help in your upcoming wedding planning.

As have been for the years, we will list the fairs and shows that can help you plan your dream wedding. And to start it off The Westhoughton Wedding Show 2016 is one of the best place to start with your planning.

The venue: Pretty Brookfield Hall is already a popular choice for wedding receptions, so you might find your perfect venue just by turning up to this.

The event: Lots of supplier, a venue available to explore, and a catwalk show at 1pm.

Dates/times: January 31, 11am-3pm, £1 entry (all money goes to Bolton Hospice).

For more details, please go here.

 
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UK Stunning Manors and Country Clubs For Weddings

Photo Credits: Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Photo Credits: Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Weddings are one of the most important events in our life. We would only want the best on that day, should the budget permits us. And would it not be more wonderful if we get married in a stunning Manor or Country club dressed up for a wedding like a royalty.

Here are some of UK’s stunning manors and country clubs you may want to consider for your wedding day.

Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Kent

A land of castles, canals and cobblestone streets, Kent is known as the Garden of England for its blooming orchards and gardens.

The Tudor Park Marriott, located just 30 miles from London in the heart of Kent, welcomes visitors to Maidstone with a luxurious manor ideal for a country respite, or country wedding.

The Marriott’s facilities can accommodate up to 180 guests, and comes staffed with event planners that can help tailor-make your civil partnership or marriage completely yours.

For before or after the ceremony and celebrations, take advantage of the 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course and the athletic facilities.

Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Warwickshire

From an intimate ceremony to welcoming 300 guests to the fabulously decorated Marquee, the four-star Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club is an elegant country hotel ideal for an outdoor dream wedding.

Located just four miles from Birmingham airport for easy guest arrivals and departures, the Marriott’s lush natural landscape and grandiose entrance set the tone for the luxurious accommodations throughout.
The hotel is also one of the top UK golfing destinations with two golf courses and a golf academy, perfect for treating the wedding party to some down-time before indulging in some proper R&R in the Cedarwood Spa.

Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh

The Dalmahoy is a baronial manor turned luxury Edinburgh hotel.

Set among 1000 acres of land with great views of Scottish countryside, the Marriott is only seven miles from Edinburgh city center.

Designed in the traditional grandeur of a manor house and updated with the modern amenities, the hotel features a grandiose indoor pool and an 18-hole golf course.

This Marriott can accommodate up to 280 guests for a wedding or commitment ceremony, all of which will be wowed by the unique and wonderful outdoor setting of Scotland.

For more of these stunning locations, you may want to click here.

 
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Unusual Wedding Venues

Once upon a time if you weren’t religious the only other place you could get married was in a registry office. These were dull town centre offices often housed in hideous seventies buildings. Luckily times change and now there is hardly a place that doesn’t have a wedding licence! Prospective brides and grooms can choose from hotels, historical buildings or even beaches. However for some adventurous couples this just isn’t enough and there is now a growing trend to choose the most unusual place to get hitched. We’ll look at some of the most bizarre and unusual wedding venues!

1. Underwater Weddings

Wedding couple underwaterThere is more to getting married underwater than just taking a dip in your local swimming pool! Many dive centres and even aquariums are now offering special wedding ceremonies, so you could find yourself taking your vows with sharks, turtles and stingrays as witnesses! Make sure you take your underwater cameras though!

2. Saying “I Do” On The London Eye

A civil marriage ceremony on board the London EyeSince one of London’s top tourist attractions successfully applied for a marriage licence it has proved more than popular with wedding parties. Vows are exchanged at the top of the wheel overlooking the rest of the capital in truly spectacular style. Guests can watch from their own capsules below as you sip champagne in your private, flower decked capsule.

3. Marrying On Ice

Church made of iceA truly unique twist to a winter wedding is a sub zero wedding! Yes you can choose to get married in a church made of ice, such as the Ice Hotel in Sweden or for something a little closer to home why not choose the Absolut Ice Bar in London? You’d be hard pushed to find a cooler wedding venue!

4. Hot Air Balloon Weddings

Hot air balloonIt’s such a romantic notion to drift slowly towards the sunset, champagne in hand, toasting your new spouse and now it’s possible with many hot air balloon companies offering weddings on the ground and a champagne wedding breakfast to follow.

5. Roller Coaster Weddings

Double Loop Roller CoasterThey say that marriage has its ups and downs, so why can’t the wedding day? Literally! Most theme parks will accept the idea of a wedding on one of their rides (why wouldn’t they, it’s free publicity after all!) and all you have to do is find a registrar to go along with the idea and who has a head for heights! Why not try the top of Blackpool’s Pepsi Max or Oblivion at Alton Towers? One thing’s for sure, you probably won’t forget your first kiss as husband and wife!

6. Getting Married at the Zoo

A wedding ceremony at Bristol zooWhat about a little animal magic to get your marriage off to a good start? Most UK zoos will offer wedding packages if you ask them and what better witnesses to your wedding than rhinos, elephants and the odd chimpanzee – no not your family, the animals! It will be a zoo-tastic wedding!

7. Hitched in the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of ParliamentThe Houses of Parliament have long held a marriage licence but strict rules meant that only members and other officials could get married in the Houses of Parliament. That rule has now been lifted to allow ordinary members of the public to get married in this historical London building overlooking the River Thames.

8. Football Weddings

A wedding at the Emirates Stadium - the home of Arsenal football clubNever mind all the jokes about shooting and scoring, football grounds are also popular wedding venues for die-hard footie fans. For many, to get married on the hallowed turf where their team play is a dream come true – and if you get enough guests perhaps you’ll even get a Mexican wave!

9. Get Married in a Cave

A wedding inside a caveIf you are brave enough to face the witch then you might want to consider getting married in the Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset. These caves are a direct link to our ancestral past and make a most romantic setting for your wedding. The famous Wookey Witch may even offer to be chief bridesmaid!

10. Adrenalin Weddings

A wedding couple taking the plunge with a bungee jumpFor those adrenalin junkies who probably met whilst skydiving somewhere off the Pyrenees; they wouldn’t accept anything less than an adrenalin fuelled wedding. So choose from bungee jumping, wing walking and parachuting – good luck finding a willing registrar though!
So why not start your married life with a bang and make yours the wedding that is remembered by all for years to come! Unusual weddings take some beating and the memories that you are left with, along with the photos, will be priceless!

 
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Choosing the Wedding Venue

Where to Get Married and what Kind of  Ceremony to Opt For?

The choice of wedding venue has never been so great…. but which type of venue will you go for? Most couples have romanticised about what type of wedding they would like to have, and nearly every ‘bride to be’ will have fantasised about her big day.

Where to get Married?

The wedding venue decision may have already been pre-empted depending on religious beliefs, in which case it makes things a lot easier. However, for those couples who have not made a decision, here are a few factors to take into consideration before deciding.

If you have an idea of what time of year you’d like to get married this may help your decision on venue. For example, if you want guaranteed sunshine you’d probably opt for a wedding abroad. Also, the amount of guests you would like to invite could determine where you hold your service.

There are mainly four types of venue to consider when planning your wedding ceremony: church, hotel, register office or overseas.

Church Weddings

A church wedding is still considered to be the most traditional, but it can also be the most expensive. Normally the chosen church is in the parish of the bride’s parents, but if couples have been co-habiting in a different parish they can approach the church there. Discussions with the vicar will have to take place regarding the ceremony, and you will probably be required to attend at least three Sunday services when the wedding banns will be read out prior to your wedding day. Rehearsals are held near to the big day which can help put minds at rest too.

This type of wedding may seem to be one of the most straightforward, but there are still various options to be considered such as bell ringers, an organist, a choir and flowers. All these unfortunately come with a cost, as well as the cost for the use of the church. There are two versions of the service on offer, the traditional service or the shortened version which lasts around 45 minutes, and tends to be the most popular. This service consists of two hymns, a reading, the wedding vows and the signing of the marriage register.

Flowers could be a problem if you are planning on getting married during the religious term of Lent, as they are generally not allowed in church. However, some parishes do allow flowers, but they have to be taken out before the next Sunday service. This might seem like a hassle but it could work to your advantage, as if the florist is willing, they could remove the flowers from the church after the service whilst photos are being taken and they could be used at the reception, for example the pew end flowers could be used on the backs of chairs or even as table centres.

A church setting does provide a good backdrop for photographs before and after the service, and these tend to be taken quickly as there are no distractions such as a bar for guests!

Hotels and Licensed Venues

Hotels or other licensed venues are another option for your wedding venue. These types of places are becoming more and more popular for prospective brides and grooms. They tend to be less formal than a church as the atmosphere is more relaxed. Most hotels that offer wedding packages have a wedding co-ordinator on site who helps you plan your big day such as the meal, the wedding cake, entertainment and guest rooms if required.

Transport does not become a headache if you hold your wedding at a hotel, and weather also does not become such a worry as everything is indoors. However, hotels that have extensive grounds will let you hold your drinks reception and have your photos taken in the gardens if you prefer.

It’s generally considered that hotel weddings are cheaper than church weddings due to the packages a lot of venues offer now, for example a free room for the bride and groom, and discounted room prices for wedding guests. But they do tend to charge a room hire charge of £250 upwards, plus registrar fees of around £280, so bear this in mind if you have a budget to adhere to.

Register Office Marriages

A register office is probably the simplest type of wedding to have and also the cheapest option, costing around £30 per person, and then a cost of around £180 to £200 for the registrar’s fees. This type of wedding and venue is simple to arrange, and can often be done at the last minute as it is much less formal, and by law you only need two witnesses to attend if you do not want any guests.

The down side of a register office wedding is that the venue itself can be very plain and drab compared to a church or hotel, and there is not the opportunity to dress up the room with flowers. They can also be restrictions on the amount of guests you would like to attend. However, register offices are much less intimidating than larger venues, so nerves can be calmed more easily.

Weddings Abroad

Surprisingly enough, weddings abroad, or destination weddings, tend to work out the cheapest. It is similar to a hotel wedding in this country, as many tour companies now offer wedding packages. They will arrange everything for you from the hotel, flowers, service, meals, wedding cake, and rooms, to even the transportation of your wedding dress making sure it arrives undamaged. There are some beautiful settings around the world where you can now get married, whether it is on the beach or in a quaint rustic chapel. Most hotels also include your honeymoon in the package so you can relax after all the guests have left.

However, do check with whichever venue you choose about their terms for weddings, such as will yours be the only wedding to be held that day, and will you be able to have a private ceremony. Unfortunately you will not have as much control over your day as you would if it were to be in the United Kingdom.

With a lot of weddings which take place overseas, it means that some of the wedding party’s friends and families are not able to attend due to various reasons, but a lot of couples hold a second reception party when they return home for those who couldn’t make it, and it’s also a good chance to show off your tan! The most important thing is that you and your prospective husband have the wedding you want and are comfortable with, as half the fun is in the planning!