Country House Wedding Venues

It isn't surprising that the idea of a country house wedding appeals to many couples about to tie the knot. This choice of venue offers luxurious accommodation, a memorable and attractive setting, attentive service and often fine dining, along with an excellent wine cellar. Many venues will host your actual wedding ceremony and have the facilities for a memorable reception. If tying the knot in the country appeals to you, there are several factors to consider when planning your wedding and browsing the many country house wedding venues available.

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Finding country house wedding venues, and comparing amenities and prices is easy with the Internet. Several sites allow you to search for the perfect venue based on criteria such as number of guests, price and location. Venues range considerably in style and size, and include large castles and stately homes capable of accommodating hundreds of guests, such as Appleby Castle in Cumbria, and Clearwell House in Gloucestershire. However, if you are planning a smaller gathering, there are plenty of more modest homes available. Some country house venues cater to and welcome gay couples, and some venues are more modern than you might think, and are perhaps not your idea of a country house.

Consider the style of wedding you are planning, when browsing country house wedding venues. Whereas many country houses are exactly how you picture a country house - ivy clad walls, towers and turrets, and formal gardens, the overall décor and furnishings can differ widely. if you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, make sure the venue offers the space that suits your style and the size of your party. Many venues pride themselves on their gardens and can be the perfect place for an outdoor wedding, such as Delbury Hall in Shropshire, which boasts lakes, ponds and fountains for the ideal backdrop. Some venues offer extras intended to make your special day as memorable as possible, such as chauffeur driven car service, or a full spa on the grounds.

Location is important when choosing the right country house wedding venue. Country houses hosting weddings can be found all over the UK, from the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall. Some are quite isolated, such as Plas Dinam in mid-Wales and Hodsock Priory in Yorkshire. You may want to consider where your guests are travelling from, and choose a venue that is convenient for the majority, and with good road and rail links to the rest of the country. Many country house wedding venues can be found in and around the Home Counties, offering easy access to London, and the Cotswolds region also has its fair share of venues. The size of the venue is also an important consideration, and you don't want to pay for a 300 or 400 capacity venue if there will only be 100 or so guests. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in the pricing, and whether the money paid is refundable, or the dates can be changed if necessary.