Wakehurst Place is divine...
Wakehurst Place is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew. The varied landscape is a feast for the senses, featuring natural woodland, lakes, formal gardens and an Elizabethan house. It is ideal, in our opinion, for large or small stylish wedding ceremonies - and what's more if you're into seed conservation then you couldn't do better as it's the world's largest seed conservation project (who knew!). Wakehurst offers a variety of wedding packages, as you would expect from a National Trust venue, and a good range of different spaces to hold your ceremony, including different room in the Elizabethan mansion and different marquee packages. For more information on this lovely venue go to its listing on the site
The Ultimate Fantasy Wedding Venue
Blenheim Palace, in Oxford, has been hosting functions for many years, including concerts (Jamie Cullum no less!), an annual literary festival, film crews (both The Young Victoria and Hamlet were filmed there) and of course weddings - including many celebrity weddings. If you choose to get married there you can literally play Duke and Duchess for the day.
The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722 and is unique in its combined useage as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. Moreover, it is notable as the birth place and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Both the history and the building itself take your breath away!
Historic Hengrave Hall has this and more...
Available on an exclusive basis only, all weddings at Hengrave Hall are entirely bespoke affairs. We absolutely love this venue (Emily even attended a wedding there last year) as it's absolutely stunning, set within the breathtaking surroundings of the Suffolk countryside, and has its own charming church so you can do the whole thing under one roof! Worth knowing too that if religion is not your thing, they are also
On the banks of the River Thames...
Bisham Abbey, a beautiful 12th century abbey set on the banks of the River Thames, oozes with history! It was once home to Henry VIII, and also Elizabeth I! The Great Hall within the abbey itself has a magnificent 100-foot high vaulted ceiling and minstrels' gallery, and the Warwick room has dark oak panelling and a large stone fireplace - both catering for a variety of wedding styles.
If you are particularly into the history of your wedding venue there are lots of interesting facts to unearth; did you know that Henry VIII granted the manor house to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement?? (Although you might not want to mention that on your wedding day!).