Our Top 5 British Wedding Locations
We Brits love to live up to a stereotype; rainy days and the need for a brollie, our love of queuing (even in the rain), the Royals, our ability to be polite during a heated argument, and of course, black cabs, to name just a few. One area where we really do excel ourselves and even triumph over our European counterparts (leavers/remainers side depending) is with our Stately Homes. Luckily for us, many of them are available to hire as jaw-droppingly beautiful wedding venues.
We have curated a shortlist of the most dazzling wedding locations we could find to make even the most sceptical amongst you go “ahhhhhh!”
1. RSA House, London
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With its graceful Georgian architecture, stunning interiors, famous art and central location in the heart of St James’, RSA House is the perfect venue for a quintessential London wedding.
The House is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and receptions for up to 180 guests. If you choose to spend the day with them, they have a range of packages, including seated dining for up to 140 guests. The venue offers up Georgian grandeur, contemporary style and some surprising spaces all under one roof. We recommend the spectacular Great Room, where natural light from the domed glass ceiling illuminates the celebrated paintings, amongst which The Progress of Human Knowledge, by James Barry. Perhaps Barry’s masterpiece will rub off on the newly weds!
2. Claridges, London
If you want an iconic London venue that really throws some punches, then Claridges has got to be on the top of the list. Anyone who’s anyone has walked the corridors of the capital’s most famous hotel, and it is clear why. It is the ultimate location for lovers of Art Deco; their Ballroom is sublime and can cater for up to 500 guests. For a more intimate affair choose the Drawing Room, its 18th Century opulence will impress every guest. Even the moaners.
3. The Italian Villa, Dorset
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If you feel the need for some Mediterranean vibes but can’t face the complications of organising a wedding in the bel paese itself, then look no further than The Italian Villa, located in the heart of Dorset. Its magical gardens, designed by Thomas William Simpson in 1924 are simply stunning and there are many different suites to choose from. The Italian Villa has won many awards and the restaurants and catering is run by Beales Gourmet, so needless to say, you can continue the Italian theme by satisfying the guests’ bellies!
4. Eastnor Castle, Wales
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If out of the ordinary is what you are looking for, then Eastnor Castle is a Wedding Reception venue that will amaze you; from your very first sip of Champagne, right through to the spectacular fireworks at the close of the evening. Exclusive use of the castle will guarantee you of a fairytale wedding. They can cater for Wedding Receptions for just 10 guests, through to 150 guests. There is no need to be weather dependent, they have the space inside and out, to grant you the wish of a wonderful and simply unforgettable time. Enjoy a fairytale wedding at a castle all of your own.
5. Rushton Hall, Northampton
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Create your own period drama and ham it up, with a magnificent Grade I Listed Country House hotel in Kettering, Rushton Hall is nestled in 25 acres of immaculate grounds and splendid 16th Century surroundings. With three unique rooms to choose from The Orangery to The Ballroom, Rushton Hall is the ultimate country wedding.
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