Having trouble searching for wedding venues? Look no further than these absolute gems…
St Audries Park
We adore this tranquil setting in the heart of Somerset, surrounded by 100 acres of deer park. St Audries Park is one of the most popular wedding venues in the UK, with exclusivity for the whole weekend! countryhouseweddings.co.uk.
The Italian Villa
Featuring three floors of unrivalled elegance, set within 10 acres of sensationally themed gardens, the multi-award winning Italian Villa is an absolute must see. You and your guests will be simply wowed by the setting and exquisite cuisine prepared by the Michelin-trained chefs from Beales Gourmet. the-italian-villa.co.uk.
Essex’s Gosfield Hall is a fine example of a venue that’s beautiful both inside, and out. This stunning Georgian manor house is ideal for a quintessentially English wedding. Formerly a royal residence, the Queen Charlotte’s oak panelled gallery with a 120ft long aisle is perfect for wedding ceremonies and the carriageway is a gorgeous location for outdoor celebrations. countryhouseweddings.co.uk.
Want a grand setting for your big day? Consider this amazing grand Palladian country mansion wedding venue for your exclusive use – the beautiful Botleys Mansion. Set in 56 acres of rolling Surrey parkland with chic reception rooms and a stunning glass atrium, it’s the perfect location to host your special day. bijouweddingvenues.co.uk.
Hold your wedding in this breathtaking castle venue and enjoy the idyllic views of Cheshire. Peckforton Castle can host civil ceremonies in any one of their five licensed rooms for up to 170 guests. peckfortoncastle.co.uk.
Mamhead House hit the headlines when Peter Andre got married there in 2015, but the venue has great history, too. Comprised of a house and castle, Italian-style terrace, orangery and panoramic views of the East Devon coast, it’s a must see. mamheadhouseandcastle.co.uk.
This beautiful Tudor mansion in Essex certainly has the wow factor! Set in 40 acres of parkland with lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway, Leez Priory is a stunning setting for your big day. Civil ceremonies can be performed in any of the six licensed settings including the Great Tower. countryhouseweddings.co.uk.
This exclusive-use country house wedding venue in Surrey offers rustic, barn-style charm, and is licensed for civil ceremonies both indoors and out. As well as 14 bedroom suites, the house also boasts a tennis court, swimming pool and landscaped grounds. bijouweddingvenues.co.uk.
Nestled in the heart of the stunning Staffordshire countryside, Weston Hall is the ideal setting for a beautiful wedding celebration. The majestic grade II listed building and the surrounding 20 acres of spectacular scenery provide an enchanting backdrop for your big day. weston-hall.co.uk.
This baroque masterpiece in Oxfordshire is a great option for a grand day. With such a variety of options available, Blenheim Palace offers personal wedding planning to help tailor your dream celebration. blenheimpalace.com.
With its own art gallery, incredible decor and museum, this clifftop venue with breathtaking ocean views is guaranteed to wow your guests. With so many beautiful rooms to celebrate in, it’s a must for the wish list. russellcotes.com.
Maunsel House, a magnificent 13th Century Manor, is one of the most charismatic wedding venues in England. From the moment you arrive at Maunsel House you will be encouraged to treat it like home, with friendly staff whose sole aim is to make you and your guests’ experience truly wonderful. maunselhouse.co.uk.
Clearwell Castle is set within the Forest of Dean and provides the perfect fairytale setting for your wedding day. The spectacular Ballroom is licensed for civil ceremonies and boasts a 75ft aisle. There are 15 beautiful bedrooms to accommodate your guests, too. countryhouseweddings.co.uk.
Located on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, this former home of Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh has a long list of historical figures who’ve visited, including Henry VIII and Marilyn Monroe! bijouweddingvenues.co.uk.
Berkeley Castle is a magnificent exclusive-use castle in Gloucestershire, home to the Berkeley family for centuries. Here you can enjoy everything from the stunning Great Hall to the cosy Drawing Rooms and exquisite grounds. Licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 150 guests and wedding breakfasts for up to 130. berkeley-castle.com.
The Great Long Barn
This beautifully refurbished Grade II listed barn in Somerset is perfect for small wedding receptions for up to 80 people, with acres of grounds for a large evening party. thegreatlongbarn.com.
HOW TO WITH BIJOU
Finding the perfect wedding venue can be a challenge, but to make the start of your search a little less daunting, Bijou Wedding Venues have come up with 5 essential questions that they recommend you ask when visiting various venues…
Is the venue available on our chosen date?
If you’ve got a specific wedding date in mind then it’s worth asking this question before you book your visit. If you’re flexible, then compare the cost of a wedding depending on the day of the week and the season.
Is the venue available on an exclusive basis?
If you’re worried about bumping into another bride on your wedding day then you must find out whether or not the venue is available on an exclusive-use basis.
Does the venue provide its own catering team?
If you’re looking for a stress and hassle free wedding experience when it comes to catering, ask whether or not the venue provides their own catering team. If they don’t then this could increase your budget drastically.
Does the venue have on-site accommodation?
Even if you aren’t phased about overnight accommodation, your family and wedding guests may find it beneficial. If the venue doesn’t have on-site accommodation, ask if they can recommend anywhere nearby.
How much will my wedding cost?
The venue hire alone will probably end up costing you between 50-60% of your overall wedding budget. So that you don’t get a shock several months down the line, it is essential that you ask for an exact quote based on your date, guest numbers and specific requirements before booking.
Bijou Wedding Venues have a wealth of experience when it comes to throwing amazing weddings at their exclusive use venues, all located within 30-90 minutes of London. Visit bijouweddingvenues.co.uk or call 0345 130 9966 to book your perfect day with Bijou!