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Famous wedding venues – be part of history

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

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Six Stately Homes for your wedding

Getting married in a Stately Home would provide the perfect mixture of history, culture and photographic opportunities for your wedding. Here are six Stately Homes you might consider for your perfect day:

1. Eynsham Hall – Oxfordshire

Eynsham Hall

Set in a beautiful location just outside of Oxford, with 3000 acres of surrounding parkland is Eynsham Hall. With over 300 years of history, Eynsham Hall stands as one of Oxfordshire’s finest country houses – a perfect venue for your wedding.  Eynsham Hall offers three rooms for you to use on your wedding day, The Green Room, The Library and The Red Room – depending on your party size and needs.  Fantastic photo opportunities given the beautiful landscaped gardens and stunning scenery.

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Wed Amongst Wildlife

Do you love wildlife and the great outdoors?
For those of you who dream of getting married alongside nature, there are now some fantastic locations available like RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve.

RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve

RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve

It is now possible for couples to tie the knot at the most spectacular bird-rich reedbed in north-west England, a beautiful haven of wildlife in Lancashire that is home to numerous species of rare and special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers and a zillion butterflies and herds of red deer. Read More

Unusual wedding venues

Are you looking for somewhere really unusual to get married? Well how about the world famous Spitbank Fort, in the middle of the Solent, offering a luxury private island and very exclusive use! Not only does Spitbank Fort have 8 luxurious bedroom suites, private transfers, but you have use of the lighthouse, providing a stunning setting for your wedding photos.

Spitbank Fort

Spitbank Fort

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Town Hall wedding revival

In a lot of  town’s around the country we have some beautiful Town Hall’s that are all licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnerships.  Town Council’s are now aware that  their Town Halls  can be used for a multitude of events, and are keen to promote themselves to brides and grooms.

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Flying the flag for the Cotswolds

bay tree

The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford

It was great to see Cotswolds Inns & Hotels at the National Wedding Show at Olympia last weekend, flying the flag for weddings in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds is a hugely popular area for tourists, so why would weddings be any different?Read More

Interview with Dodmoor House – TWIA winner of ‘Best Wedding Website’


  • Tell us a bit about you and your company please?

Dodmoor House is a courtyard of Grade II listed barns near Weedon in Northamptonshire, lovingly renovated and opened in 2006 by owners Mark and Louise Bradley. It now hosts around 120 weddings a year.

  • Winning an award must feel good! What does winning ‘The Wedding Industry Awards Best Wedding website’ mean to you and your business?

It feels fantastic! We had an amazing time this year with the Wedding Industry Awards, winning two categories – best wedding venue in England and the best overall wedding website.

We had re-launched our website a year ago so to be chosen as the website winners by Brides for Guides was a tremendous honour. Our website partners, 1PCS, were also delighted as you can imagine!Read More

Blank canvas venues

silver pear weddings

  Guest post

    by Jeffrey Cleaver

    Director of Silver Pear Weddings, Oxfordshire


Swapping a London-based career in Interior Design for a move to the country and the decision to host weddings, more than ten years ago now, we thought the two or three we might host each year would be a pleasure and a way to regenerate the house and grounds.

Because we didn’t have the experience or the contacts or the budget for anything much of our own we offered the grounds and barn at Friars Court as a ‘blank canvas’. More by accident than design that approach carved a unique niche for us; since then we’ve discovered the significant demand from couples eager to have something ‘different’, something that’s personal to them.

For a bride, a ‘blank canvas’ allows her a greater degree of autonomy and freedom but that freedom is no “free lunch”: it means liaising with each and every supplier rather than purely with the clip-board-wielding event manager of an in-house team. So coordinating several suppliers equals work, time but, hopefully, not too much added stress. We’ve built up a really lovely group of suppliers over the years, most of them have now all worked together on the same weddings (some have even had their own weddings here) so there is more of a ‘team spirit’ which should help the wedding almost, as one bride put it, plan itself.Read More

Forest ‘For better or For worse’

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Beach Weddings in England

Bournemouth beach hut

For the first time in the UK, couples will be able to get married on the beach.

Of course it is going to rain tomorrow. ITV’s Daybreak have been running a competition to win a beach wedding on Friday 27th April 2012 live on air –  the first wedding on the beach in the UK.

Television coverage will start at 6am, with the actual wedding ceremony taking place at 8am – so make sure you set your alarms and be sure to watch history in the making. Lets hope the bride has packed her wellies!

You can get married in any permanent structure licensed for civil ceremonies, and this is the first time that a beach hut has been a licensed. Although this weekend is set to be a bit of a damp start, we can see Bournemoutth beach being a popular destination for beach weddings in the UK.

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