To say you shared your wedding venue with an important member of history is pretty special and can add some more magic to your wedding day! We uncover the history behind three historical venues in the UK – Seaham Hall, Blenheim Palace and Hever Castle.
Seaham Hall – Seaham, County Durham
Seaham Hall was the beautiful setting for famous poet Lord Byron’s marriage to heiress Annabella Milbanke in 1815 in a private ceremony. Byron is considered one of the most influential romantic poets in British history.
These days, you can enjoy exclusivity with with one of Seaham Hall’s three wedding deals. Take a look at the names: The Countess of Lovelace, Lady Annabella and Truly Yours.
The meaning behind them?
Truly Yours – Lord Byron used to sign off his journals/letters with variations of ‘yours truly’ such as ‘truly yours’
The Countess of Lovelace – Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron and Annabella
Lady Annabella – named after Lord Byron’s wife Annabelle Milbanke, Baroness Byron
Blenheim Palace – Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Built in the early 18th century as a gift to the First Duke of Marlborough after the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace has a rich history- especially surrounding the several Dukes that have lived at the palace. The most significant and famous – Sir Winston Churchill, who was born in Blenheim Palace.
Those who choose to have their wedding at Blenheim can enjoy a choice of venues within the Palace – The Orangery or The Great Hall. Both buildings retain the authentic history with a fantastic intimate atmosphere.
Hever Castle – Hever, Kent
Hever Castle is most famous for being the home to Anne Boleyn – mother of Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII’s wife. Apparently Anne’s ghost has been spotted circulating the grounds. Spooky.
Today, Hever Castle is used as a wedding venue due to its grandeur and wonderful lakeside location. You never know, Anne Boleyn may choose to attend your wedding…
For more information on historic wedding venues: http://www.guidesforbrides.co.uk/wedding-ideas/types-of-reception-venue