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Weddings don’t always have to be held in a church it seems, with fewer couples than ever tying the knot elsewhere. Here are some of the many wedding venue alternatives that have grown in popularity over the last few years.
Get Married in the Capital
If you’re looking for a combination of city style and glamour, look no further than the stunning St Pancras Renaissance Hotel which boasts some splendid Victorian interior design and beautifully modern comforts.
The hotel itself was inspired by the design specifications of Westminster and was opened in 1873. An extensive restoration project was undertaken before its reopening in 2011 and the hotel now has 245 rooms and can cater for weddings with as many as 450 guests.
A Wedding in Wales
If you’re hoping to catch some stunning wedding pictures with the help of a glorious backdrop, the Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel is right up there with the very best wedding venues.
The hotel overlooks the River Usk in Monmountshire and it was recently voted one of the best places to get married by the National Wedding Awards. The beautiful Victorian villa has 27-rooms and an imposing ballroom where most of the civil ceremonies take place.
A Passion for Good Food
The perfect wedding venue for Michelin Star-quality food lovers and voted one of the most romantic wedding venues in the world, the Samling in Cumbria offers wonderful views of Lake Windermere and is set within 67 acres of delightful countryside. T
The likes of Tom Cruise and the Beckhams have stayed at this stunning location, with accommodation suited to around 20-25 guests. The Samling restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star in 2014 so you’re guaranteed the very best in culinary skill and expertise.
When the wedding ceremony comes to an end, the couple and their guests can enjoy a picnic in the gardens or perhaps a game of croquet.
Married in a Barn
Northamptonshire is home to an award-winning grade II-listed barn that dates back as far as the 17th century. Part of the family-run Dodmoor House, the barn is accompanied by a beautifully maintained courtyard that’s a wonderfully romantic escape from the vibrant party atmosphere.
There’s room for up to 100 guests during the ceremony, while at night the barn has enough space for 180 guests and family members. The barn even has a room full of toys for the youngest generation to enjoy.
A Film Set Wedding
Blairquhan Castle is well known for being the location of the 2006 film The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. The stunning castle is available for hire if you also book the eight cottages alongside it.
Full exclusive use of the castle is highly recommended if you’re hoping to obtain a splendidly unique wedding experience. You can set up to 60 guests in the large dining room, while there are two drawing rooms for up to 80 guests.
Where there’s a castle, there are usually beautiful grounds as well and that’s exactly what Blairquhan has to offer. If you’re hoping to invite a larger number of gusts to your wedding, you can quite easily utilise the grounds and set up a marquee.
For something truly out there and completely unique, take full advantage of Polhawn Fort that sits atop the Rame peninsula in the Cornish cliffs.
The fort was built as a protector against the invasion attempts of Napoleon and incorporates all sorts of wonderfully quirky features, from spiral staircases and vaulted ceilings to a magnificent drawbridge.
The Napoleonic Hall is a grand spectacle and is capable of hosting up to 120 guests at a time. The hall and the Emperors Room, which has enough space for up to 30 guests, are both great places to tie the knot.
Let’s not forget that Cornwall experiences reasonably mild winters, meaning ceremonies could even take place outside the fort if you’d prefer.
Married by the Seaside
Kent offers some of the most attractive coastlines in the country and you won’t be disappointed with The Artist’s Beach House in Whitstable should you be looking for that beautifully relaxed coastal wedding location.
From the woodland gardens above the beach you’ll have stunning views of the coastline and that distinctive aroma of the beach. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of some seal pups enjoying the low tide. There’s room for 8 people at the house itself but with so many accommodation opportunities on the coast, you could quite easily make the entire town your own for the day.
The grounds provide the perfect venue for canapés, champagne and other wedding appetisers, while there’s also enough room outdoors for a meal for 25 guests in the summer.