One of the first big questions that newly engaged couples are faced with answering is ‘where are we going to get married?’ For some the answer is obvious, their local church or family home, space permitting. However for others the question is wide open. Many couples yearn to say ‘I do’ against the back drop of romantic sweeping scenery in the Scottish Glens or inside the ruins of an ancient castle. Both of these dreams are more than achievable no matter what your budget. With a little creative thinking and some clever searching the perfect wedding venue can be yours.
If you are getting married in England, Wales or Northern Ireland then start off by looking at the venues available for weddings in the National Trust portfolio. Whether you’re looking for a home with provenance, like that of a former Prime Minister, or a location that has appeared in a costume drama then you’ll find them here. Highlights include Batemans in Sussex, a glorious rambling 17th century house once home to Rudyard Kipling and of course Basildon Park where Pride and Prejudice was filmed.
If you are considering Scotland for your wedding then the National Trust for Scotland has a long list of unusual and romantic wedding venues available for hire. One advantage of a Scottish wedding is that you are free to hold your ceremony almost anywhere as it is the priest or celebrant that carries the licence rather than the venue.
There is the usual selection of hunting lodges and stately homes to choose from, each with their own unique character and style. But why not choose to hold your ceremony in a woodland glade or with a thundering waterfall as a backdrop? Highlights include The Hermitage in Perthshire where vows can be exchanged on the historic bridge spanning the River Braan, or amongst some of the tallest and most majestic trees in Scotland. Drum Castle is another contender for couples looking for a period setting with a stunning Mediaeval chapel.
For those of you looking to go that extra mile then why not go choose the 24 guest tree house at The Lodge followed by a feast in the Victorian dining room? Or film buffs will love the idea of getting hitched at Pinewood Studios home to many of the James Bond films â€“ this is a wedding venue crying out for a glamorous theme. Again following on the film theme Jurassic Park fans will love the chance to throw their wedding party in the Great North Museum right in front of the museum’s T-Rex!
There are so many different venues that you are bound to be able to hire an amazing location that suits your needs perfectly, it may be out in nature or inside one of the amazing historic sites that have seen weddings for generations. Either way your venue will make your special day one of the most memorable days of your life.