Go On Spoil Yourselves, It's Allowed - It's Wedding Research

Are you saving up for your big day and giving the Med a miss this year? Why not treat you and your ‘Mr or Mrs to be’ to a luxury pre-wedding ‘Mini-honeymoon’ to check out the best wedding venues to say ‘I do?’

We have teamed up with the Boutique and Luxury Hotel Specialists Mr and Mrs Smith, and have selected our favourite 5 luxury ‘Venues with a View.’ All of these stunning wedding venues are licensed for civil ceremonies and offer that all important wow factor!

 

Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, Oxford

Style: Sumptuous country retreat with Raymond Blanc’s mouth-watering Michelin Star cuisine

Le Manoir is licensed to hold your Civil Wedding Ceremony, enabling you and your guests to enjoy both the formalities and reception in comfort and style. The venue caters for intimate weddings in our suites for up to eight guests, parties up to fifty guests in La Belle Époque or exclusive use for 120 diners and have thirty-two bedrooms available. The secluded garden is the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Chef Pâtissier, Benoit Blin, will be only too happy to add a touch of France to your celebration with a dramatic Croque en Bouche “Pièce Montée” wedding cake.

In the summer, guests can sup drinks on the patio or try their skills at croquet on the lush lawn. When the weather turns, there's always an open fire indoors to warm your collective cockles.

 

Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

Style: Unadulterated luxury boutique hotel and spa meets award winning Michelin star French cuisine.

Whatley Manor is a stunning setting and wedding vows can be exchanged in the enchanting loggia garden.

Whatley Manor has hosted some incredibly stylish weddings, including grandly luxurious and private two-day events. A recent wedding featured sumptuous Moroccan tents pitched in the grounds and courtyard.

Exclusive use is required for wedding parties of more than 60 people. 90 people can be accommodated at the hotel without the use of marquees. Whatley Manor can also organise all catering, flowers and entertainment, including pianists, harpists or string quartets. The bride and groom also receive a six-month gift membership to the Aquarius spa.

 

Seaham Hall & Serenity Spa, Durham

Style: Dramatic cliff top vista meets state of the art luxury

The poet Lord Byron married Annabella Milbank at Seaham Hall in 1815, in what is now the Byron room. The Byron room is licensed for civil ceremonies, and is just as romantic today as it was two centuries ago.

The south-facing terrace makes a particularly lovely spot for wedding photos in spring and summer, but Seaham Hall has an abundance of attractive indoor backdrops for the rest of the year. Seaham staff organise and host many bespoke weddings each year, but never more than one on the same day. The hotel is also becoming popular for civil-partnership ceremonies.

 

Lower Slaughter Manor, Cotswolds

Style: Cotswolds Stately manor meets luxe boutique

This stately country manor in the Cotswolds knocks the traditional formula for rural retreats on its head with all of its luxe boutique trimmings. At Lower Slaughter Manor you're surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, a tiny village and, beyond that, rolling fields.

Weddings here are showstoppers. It's all in the mix: an idyllic setting and a tailormade approach. If you want to arrive in a Rolls Royce, be accompanied by a flock of white geese or leave in a helicopter, you only have to say the word. A dedicated events team is on hand to organise every aspect of your big day, and the hotel recently underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment.

If you take the hotel on an exclusive basis you are given a complimentary menu tasting.

For your wedding night you are guaranteed an enormous, Princess and the Pea dimensioned bed – can’t be missed!

 

Fowey Hall, Cornwall

Style: Cornish Riviera meets easy living luxury

With spectacular views of the Fowey Estuary, a croquet lawn and a gorgeous walled garden, there can be few places better positioned to host an intimate wedding with your extended family and friends. This small, charming and unpretentious luxury hotel was the original inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows.

At certain times of the year, Fowey (pronounced Foy!) can be booked on an exclusive-use basis, offering privacy and total flexibility on how you and your guests want to celebrate. Have reception drinks on the terrace in summer to capitalise on those amazing views; Fowey can tailor-make a package for you to ensure you have a wonderful wedding day.

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