IT’S THE ROMANCE OF IT ALL
A country house wedding venue combines English style and tradition with romance, elegance and stunning surroundings. So many of them are synonymous with classical love stories. Remember the classics – Pride and Prejudice – Wuthering Heights.
What bride doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day in the silhouette of a beautiful historical country home. There is romance and tradition in abundance together with a sense of continuity and permanence which is everything a wedding should represent. These beautiful homes, houses, castles, mansions come in all shapes and sizes so choose one that can accommodate the amount of guests you are hoping for. They bring lorry loads of natural character and personality to your wedding day.
PEACE, PRIVACY AND TRANQUILITY
These beautiful old homes are often up long sweeping drives with a suitably grand gate or entrance and will undoubtedly deliver on the wow factor. They have breathtaking, secluded grounds and the unique warmth of a country retreat. A haven of peace, privacy and tranquillity for you and your guests to enjoy and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Although you will feel you are miles from anywhere country house venues can be conveniently located with great transportation links. Providing the best of both worlds. You want your guests to be able to get to you easily after all.
TANTALISING CEREMONIAL SPACE
There are inexhaustible options for tying the knot. Licensed areas for civil ceremonies or even unlicensed. There may be somewhere completely magical that is not licensed. If you have chosen a celebrant to officiate this would be possible and undeniably unique. For a winter wedding be inspired by the elegant and spacious reception rooms with their stunning period features. And for a summer wedding there will undoubtedly be spaces within the beautiful gardens for amazing outdoor ceremonies . Walled, rose, or even sunken. Magical woodlands, a waterside location possibly or more simply just a spectacular countryside view. Not forgetting dreamy architectural backdrop of the building itself.
And finally, sometimes, just a stone’s throw away, a church for a religious ceremony. All and without exception providing spectacular settings for your wedding photographer who will be spoiled for choice when capturing every moment.
FEEL RELAXED IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS
They may be big and grand but that doesn’t mean they are stuffy – trust me, they’re anything but. Some are smarter than others so you can choose one to suit your style. Many are owned and loved by families whose home they are and who have poured their hearts and souls into them to make them warm, homely and inviting for their clients. For those who want to go grand but in a homely and inviting way, a country house venue really does tick all the boxes.
Some venues have packages for the whole weekend allowing friends and family to stay with allowing everyone to have time to relax and enjoy the whole experience. Having everyone under one roof is just so special and often a rarity in the busy lives that everyone leads. Despite the size; these houses really can feel like a real home from home.
OUTSTANDING RECEPTION FACILITIES
Country house venues have ample and versatile space for your wedding reception. Glorious areas for drinks and canapes possibly al fresco on a terrace with a glorious view. Ideal for a summer wedding. Followed by a sumptuous wedding breakfast or evening reception in an elegant reception room, perhaps a hall, orangery or restored barn. Couples can really go to town by adding their own decorations and flowers in their own personal style. Some venues have in house caterers, others allow you to choose your own supplier.
Tempted? Inspired? I bet you are. To whet your appetite these are two of my favourites here in Devon. Deer Park and Rockbeare Manor You’ll be blown away. Contact me for more information about my celebrant services