Kate Moss did it, and so did George Clooney. But you don't need their bank balances to stretch out your wedding celebrations. Rather than cram everything into one day, why not take a more leisurely approach and we can't think of anywhere better to do this than The Green, Cornwall. Set in a beautiful private estate surrounded by orchards, meadows and a lake, it is the ultimate luxurious escape. There is a main house which can accommodate 12 and 6 further self catering cottages. They offer exclusive use of the whole of the Green for 3 nights weekend, or 2 night midweek and in their own words: 'Relaxed and original or traditional and formal: The Green can be whatever you want for your wedding. Our wedding planners can organise everything for you, or we’ll just provide the venue.'
There are several options for where you can hold the ceremony - either indoors; in the wedding barn or function room or outside under our beautiful arbour. Catering can be fine dining or a hog roast or pasties and Pimms. Then dance the night away under a veil of stars with a live band, disco or Cornish Ceilidh. How very lovely does this sound?? We think it would very probably suit a Wedstival type bride but without any of the discomfort!
The Green Cornwall cottages
5 Star luxury accommodation to 32 of your closest friends and family. But they will give you details of other local accommodation.
So what to do want from a venue in the Winter? You want rich, sumptuous colours, romantic lighting, luxury, warmth, and most definitely glamour! One Wnitehall Place situated on the Thames, is all of those things.
Outside of London we've chosen the absolutely gorgeous Elmore court in Gloucestershire - the rich jewel colours - rubies, sapphires and deep velvety greens, the roaring log fires, frost covered grounds….
We were so sad to miss the Festival’s Opening Weekend (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June} which was an in-depth look at the seven types of love with talks, debates, workshops, readings and performances. Highlights included writer and founding faculty member of The School of Life, Roman Krznaric, talking about the Different Varieties of Love; Dr Bettany Hughes and Professor Angie Hobbs discussing the nature and power of erotic love; and a Flirtology workshop with social social anthropologist Jean Smith.
Dr Bettany Hughes, said: “I’m fascinated by the millennia-long history of the power of love from the Bronze Age to the present day. We can learn a huge amount from the Ancient Greeks and in particular, Socrates. For him, Love has a purpose. It is the life force, the desire to do, to be, to think. It is the thing that makes us feel great about the world, and therefore makes us be great in it.”
The whole site has been transformed with love-themed exhibitions and installations including Sliding Gate, a series of play slides by Sean Griffiths of Modern Architect (previously of architecture firm FAT), which symbolise the ups and downs of family life and the strong bonds between families; Love Flags by Turner Prize nominee Mark Titchner using the seven colours of the rainbow, signifying the peace and gay pride movements, which fly from the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall roofs, and the Jubilee Gardens flagpole; the Tunnel of Love by disability arts organisation Heart n Soul, a multi-media and sensory installation with vibrating floors, mirrors, love-songs soundtrack, which pays homage to the cheeky, flirty Tunnels of Love of yesteryear; Siege Weapons Of Love by Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, giant bright pink inflatable cannons and a tank inviting visitors to make love not war, which is part of their Friendly Frontier Peace Campaign; and Pragma Tree: Growing Together, a playful installation by The Edible Bus Stop including a large tree, symbolising Pragma, a love that is enduring, patient and strong, and seating.