For glamorous brides who want to feel like something out of a fairytale, you can't go wrong with an elegant mansion house wedding venue.
Country houses and stately homes have stunning spaces for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. If you've always dreamed of tying the knot in a picture gallery or orangery before retiring to the grounds for cocktails and an evening reception in the ballroom, then a country house may be the ideal wedding venue for you.
As mansions and country manors are houses first and foremost, they can feel like an elegant home-from-home. Some venues will have accommodation on site (usually with beautiful decor such as roll-top baths and four-poster beds!), while others may have smaller hotels or B&Bs in the grounds. This means that you’ll have the bonus of a stunning bridal suite and accommodation for immediately family or the bridal party on site.
The setting of mansion houses also makes them gorgeous options for your wedding photography. Many mansions have rolling grounds and manicured gardens, which may feature everything from fountains and lakes to rose gardens and mazes. There are plenty of opportunities for beautiful wedding photos both inside and out - your wedding photographer will be spoiled for choice! Make sure to take in the gardens on your venue viewing, even if you’re marrying in the winter.
Being out in the countryside not only means that you’ll have stunning wedding photos, but also privacy for your wedding day. The serene surroundings and countryside views make your wedding a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Mansion house wedding venues are perfect for you if:
You've always wanted a fairytale wedding day
You want an outdoor element to your reception
Light and airy spaces appeal to you
You want a variety of locations for your photos
You need a small amount of luxury accommodation
Mansion House Wedding Venues FAQ
How much does it cost to get married in a mansion house?
As with all wedding venues, costs for stately home and country house weddings vary, but you may be surprised at how affordable some of the options can be! You don’t always need to have an A-list budget to get your own mansion for your wedding. If you’re looking to cut costs, then consider a midweek wedding or marrying in the low season, such as early spring or late autumn. Winter weddings work perfectly for mansion houses too, as they often have large fireplaces and cozy wood-panelled rooms.
Can I hire a mansion house for the weekend?
Many mansion house wedding venues will offer you venue hire on an exclusive use basis. This means that the venue is yours alone for the duration of your wedding. Sometimes this will be for your wedding day alone, and in other cases, you can hire your wedding venue for an entire weekend for you and your guests. This may incur an extra charge, but if you want a truly luxury getaway for guests with catering staff on hand, then this could be the perfect wedding weekend for you.
What wedding dress should I wear for a mansion house wedding?
Mansion houses come with plenty of original features, such as sparkling chandeliers, sweeping staircases and romantic statues. Play up the drama of your surroundings with an equally glamorous wedding dress! Long trains, cathedral-length veils and ballgown skirts look right at home in the ballrooms and art galleries of a manor. Vintage details and classic fabrics like lace are perfect too, as they're reminiscent of English socialites.