There are several important decisions to make on the way to planning the perfect wedding day. Booking your dream venue should be one of the first items on your to-do list. It will be central to creating atmosphere and will be key to defining the rest of the theme. Many brides and grooms choose to build their theme around their selected venues.
From grandiose stately homes to sumptuous and exotic marquees, here are five venue ideas to inspire you when planning your special day:
The Classic Wedding
The timeless elegance of Grace Kelly is something many brides channel on their wedding day. A classic theme with plenty of intricate detail is one of understated beauty. Simple, sophisticated and stunning, classic weddings will never go out of style.
Classic wedding venues should provide a romantic backdrop for the ceremony. Historic houses and candlelit castles that emit an air of opulence are two excellent examples.
Overlooking the Trent valley amidst 400 acres of rolling parkland, Grade II listed building Sandon Hall is a beautiful country house wedding venue. Its elegant interiors and extensive grounds make it a dream location for a sophisticated soiree. The Hall is available on an exclusive basis, meaning that you can marry and celebrate free of any distractions.
The Rustic Wedding
One of the most popular wedding themes is a rustic style that embraces the Great British countryside. Whether set in the golden hues of autumn or in the spring when flowers are coming into full bloom, many couples are choosing to invite Mother Nature to their big day.
A natural setting filled with elements of the great outdoors is key to a beautiful rustic wedding. Think handpicked flowers, wooden signs, hanging lanterns and haybales. A classic barn or secret garden are perfect venues for an outdoor wedding.
The Lodge on Loch Goil in Scotland offers the most spectacular venue for small and intimate weddings. It’s delightful treehouse with sweeping mountain and lake views has enough room for 24 people and makes for one of the most uniquely romantic venues in the country.
The Beach Wedding
For some there’s nothing more romantic than getting married with the sand between your toes, the blissful sound of the surf and the ocean breeze flowing through your hair. Beach ceremonies are fast becoming one of the most popular wedding trends. While jetting off to the idyllic white sand beaches of the Caribbean is appealing, some of the best beach wedding venues are closer to home.
Located on a quiet stretch of the North Kent coastline close to the fishing port of Whitstable, Artists’ Beach House is a stunning seaside home perfect for beach weddings. Opening onto Tankerton Beach, the detached clapper board cottage is a licensed venue and can host up to 60 daytime guests and 80 evening guests. With a distinctive veranda, wildflower meadows on one side and untouched beach on the other, there are plenty of photo spots for capturing special moments.
The Bohemian Wedding
Many couples are choosing a distinctly bohemian vibe for their weddings. Boho ceremonies infuse an eclectic mix of hippie and nomadic culture with vintage marriage traditions. The free spirited nature of bohemian weddings encourage the couple to incorporate their personality and interests into the day.
Boho brides tend to gravitate towards non-traditional outdoor venues such as farms, backyard settings or forest clearings. Another wildly popular trend is for couples to incorporate elements and flavours from their travels into their day.
The Arabian Tent Company specialises in unique marquees that add a touch of the exotic to weddings. There are several interiors to choose from including the Bombay Boudoir, the Viva La Fiesta Mexican marquee and a tent that evokes the warmth of the Arabian desert. Each is suitable for non-legal blessings and ceremonies.
The Adrenaline Wedding
An elegant white dress is not for every bride. Some prefer to get rid of the glamour, turn away from tradition and do something completely outrageous that will live long in the memory of everybody who attends. Marriage is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, so tieing the knot with the same sense of adventure seems apt.
It isn’t the most sophisticated of locations, but Alton Towers theme park has the perfect setup for the happy adrenaline junkie couple. Couples can get married on-site at one of the resort’s function rooms before taking their wedding photos on the rollercoasters within the park. Wedding guests can then head over to the Sharkbait Reef where they are treated to champagne and fine cuisine beneath an aquarium of fascinating marine creatures.