We're so excited to welcome the Criterion to the site. The name alone conjures up visions of a glorious past, for this historic venue was where Sir Conan Doyle first imagined the meeting between Dr Watson and the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes. It was where the Suffragettes gathered to mount their revolution, and where Sir Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George thrashed out their views. If you want to be part of such illustrious history and get married in the opulence of the neo-Byzantine architecture - gold and marble shimmering alongside the mosiacs, mirrors and plaques, then the Criterion should be top of your list. They are fully licensed for civil marriages and partnerships and can seat up to a 150 for lunch or dinner, or up to 250 for a canape reception.
One of the biggest trends for 2014 is a return to luxury, so we're talking rich, deep jewel colours - rubies, sapphires and deep velvety greens. Elmore Court. near Gloucester, personifies this trend perfectly - they refer to it as 'stately vintage glamour'. You can see from these photographs they are not wrong - the bridal suite is sumptuous and sexy, and the deep red of the hallway would be the perfect backdrop for those who want to embrace this trend. Elmore Court itself is one of England's historical family homes and is a 750 year old Grade II* listed building, owned by the Guise family. There are four stunning reception areas in the house, the main being the Hall, plus there is the newly-built
Just following up from our last blog, we thought it was worth flagging up that luxury wedding venues can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes! Pennyhill Park is nestled in over 100 acres of beautiful woodland and parkland, and its 19th century mansion is surrounded by elegant garden terraces. Not only do they have an abundance of rooms to choose from but you can also hang out in their unrivalled 5 star spa facilities. We definitely like the sound of that!
For those of you who've got the budget, planning a wedding on a grand scale can be really exciting! These are two luxury venues on a very grand scale that we think are amazing, and both very different. The famous Langham 5-star hotel has enchanted royalty, dignitaries and celebrities since 1865 and offers impeccably luxurious surroundings on London's Regent Street. They have several different spaces so even if you want a small and intimate wedding you can still do it on a grand scale. They are full-licensed to host weddings for all religions and can accommodate dfferent food requests including Kosher and Halal! We've been to the Langham (only for drinks, sadly) and would really love to