It’s the stuff childhood wedding fantasies are made of - a sweeping driveway, a backdrop of old stone and ancient architecture, manicured lawns and glittering ballrooms. Stately homes are incredible wedding venues for those couples looking for something truly unique, grand and elegant.This week I’m looking at some of my favourite stately homes and at why they might just be perfect for your wedding.
Boughton House, Northamptonshire
Known to many as ‘the English Versailles’, this stunner of a venue was one of the backdrops to none other than Oscar-winning ‘Les Miserables’ - how’s that for a way to wow your guests?
Boughton House is one of the UK’s grandest homes, boasting perfect 18th-century landscaped gardens and collections of the world’s finest artwork. Lakes, woodland and statues galore - you’ll have to let your photographer know your couples photos are going to be about three hours long…
A rare bonus for houses of this size, you are able to hold your summer ceremony outside under the colonnade to take in the beauty of your surroundings as you say ‘I Do’. For an grander setting tie the knot in Boughton’s Great Hall under Louis Cheron’s 300-year-old ‘Marriage of Hercules and Hebe’ ceiling.
Seat up to 100 guests in the Hall for your reception or out on the lawn under a marquee. After dinner, usher your guests outside for a stunning fireworks display - another rarity for venues like these.
It’s a truly magnificent venue with a ready-made glamour you will fall in love with.
Elton Hall, Cambridgeshire
Though this stunning, Gothic house has been a family home since 1660, Elton Hall has only been open to the public for wedding since last year, which makes it a brand new contender to be the backdrop of your big day.
The house is licensed for civil ceremonies in two of its rooms - for 20 and 70 people - making it perfect for intimate weddings. Nearby All Saints Church is ideal for religious ceremonies.
The gorgeous lawn is available for a marquee wedding, with the picturesque house behind you. Surrounded by 200 acres of unspoilt parkland, you and your wedding party can roam and wander through its landscaped gardens after cocktails on the lawn.
A house of such calibre is so rarely available for weddings, at for exclusive use at that, so it’s absolutely worth exploring whether this is the right venue for you!
Irnham Hall, Lincolnshire
The oldest of our venue trio, Irnham Hall dates back to 1380 and has been the private home of the Benton Jones family for five generations. Virtually unchanged since the 1500s, the house boasts a summer house and walled garden all at your exclusive disposal for you big day.
A recently refurbished bridal cottage is the perfect place for you to get pampered and get ready for the big day, and spend your first night together. The welcoming local village provides accommodation for up to 20 of your friends and family for the weekend.
On the grounds of the estate you’ll find St Andrew’s Church, the perfect spot for your religious ceremony (the resident organist even played at William and Kate’s wedding!), and the Orangery can host up to 100 for a civil ceremony on site.
The airy Summer House is an incredibly versatile space - whether it’s for 50 or 150, the space feels just right. The whole estate is awe-inspiring venue, perfect for leaving a lasting impression on you and your guests!
If you've fallen for any of these venues, get in touch with me today for more details and we can arrange a site visit and a chat!