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Make like Madonna on your wedding day and spend your nuptials in serious style at this spellbinding country pile. Everything is on hand, so you can exchange vows in the impressive Edwardian Dining Room, where the Rockerfellers once partied. If you’re a member, you can expect exclusive wedding hire which incorporates free run of the stately home and 7,500 acres of private ground, staff, catering, your very own ceilidh band and the local minister on hand.
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Don’t be put off by the fact that England football captain John Terry married his wife Toni Poole here as it’s far from a WAG-style venue. Set in 2,100 acres of parkland, this breathtakingly beautiful palace will seriously wow your guests. Why not choose to say ‘I do’ in the elegant Orangery, which overlooks the Italian Garden? Take your guests to the splendid State Apartments for your evening reception and dance until dawn on the Water Terrace, while fireworks explode over the lake.
With a wonderful view of Edinburgh Castle, why not embrace traditional tartan kilts, hire a piper to play authentic Highland music at the reception and settle down with champagne in the gorgeous Bollinger Bar. Make the most of the romantic surroundings and book up to spend a romantic wedding night in a suite, laden with rose petals and a champagne breakfast to ease your fragile head.
There aren’t many who can lay claim to marrying in a castle, so turn fairy princess and book up at Leeds castle. Rising regally from a picturesque moat and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland, there really is no venue more traditional it was even Henry VIII’s favourite home. From the four-poster beds to the awe-inspiring views across the moat and beautifully designed 1920s Art Deco marbled bathrooms, the setting will blow you and your guests away.
There can be no doubt that London’s Dorchester Hotel epitomises the great British classic hotel. Just across from the vast greenland of Hyde Park, the Mayfair hotel has charm in spades. With 1,000 people capacity you can truly party in style and put on a bash to remember. There are 12 private dining rooms so if it’s a more intimate affair you’re after, don’t discount this hotel you can opt for as few or as many guests as you wish.
If many of your wedding party are London-based, you may want to consider staying in the city to celebrate your big day. If that’s the case, book up at Eltham Palace, a beautiful combination of 1930s mansion and medieval royal palace, set in tranquil moated gardens. Society millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld made their mark on the building in the 1930s with their Hollywood-style art deco glamour.
This is the biggest day of your life, so if you don’t mind stretching the budget then the Orchardleigh Estate will make the ideal venue for a day you will never forget. Ten miles south of Bath, why not make a weekend of it and invite your guests for a lavish weekend affair fit for a princess? With accommodation available for 140, an 18-hole golf course and fishing and horseriding on hand, this really is the life
First impressions count and there’s no denying that Brighton’s Royal PaviLion will have your guests gawping in amazement at this incredibly striking building. The famous seaside venue was built for George IV in the 19th century and weddings take place in the Red Drawing Room with eye-catching red dragon wallpaper and palm tree pillars. If the weather is fine, be sure to make use of the truly special Regency gardens.
If you’re aiming for a wedding heaped in history, then book up at one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe, Castle Rushen on the Isle of Man. The castle with its soaring limestone walls and beautiful grounds are ideal for wedding parties of varying sizes, plus the location is perfect for an impressive backdrop for all your wedding pics.
If you’re after the medieval manor house feel, then Bailiffscourt is an absolute must. Despite its historic appearance, the building only dates back to 1927, however with its oak beams, wood-panelling and four-poster beds, romance oozes from the place, making it a perfect reception location. There is a maximum of 75 for the wedding breakfast however, so do bear in mind the size of wedding you are aiming for.