From dramatic royal castles to gorgeous English gardens, pick one of these locations and you’ll be saying ‘I do’ in serious style. And, for added impact, each and every one of these fabulous venues allows fireworks.
- Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire
If you’d love a little A-list glitter sprinkled on your big day, Hedsor has played host to an impressive roll call of celebrities; Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Dustin Hoffman and Maggie Smith have all made films here. You’ll feel like a big screen star too as you walk down the grand staircase from the majestic bridal suite. Say your vows in the royal hall, or take a horse drawn carriage to Hedsor church, a short walk from the house and a popular spot with Queen Victoria. If you’re looking for a fabulous favour idea, give your guests a pot of Hedsor honey, as served in Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant.
- Stapleford Park, Leicestershire
Ever since Georgian times, this country estate has been famous for its fabulous parties. With delicious food, expert staff and more than 5,000-acres of landscaped grounds (created by famous gardener Capability Brown) it is an award-winning wedding venue. Choose from a blessing in the gothic, 18th century St Mary Magdalene church, or a civil ceremony in the light-filled orangery. Sip ice cold champagne on the lawns, eat your wedding breakfast in the chandeliered Grand Hall, and if you book exclusively, all 55 bedrooms are reserved for your guests so the entire wedding party can relax in royal style.
- Drumtochty Castle, Aberdeenshire
Full of history and drama, Drumtochty is a 19th century castle on the edge of the wild and romantic Drumtochty Forest. It offers total exclusivity and oodles of charm. Whether you start your special day with a short carriage ride to the nearby fairytale church, marry in one of the lavish reception rooms or wed outside by the loch, the ceremony options can be matched to the bride’s unique vision. To share your day, up to 120 friends and family can sip champagne on the lawns, eat and drink in the spectacular ballroom and sleep in a bedroom overlooking 300 rolling acres of woodland.
- Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire
This gorgeous, 18th century listed mansion house has a royal seal of approval - the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have celebrated their wedding anniversary here. You can marry in the intimate Churchill room or the spectacular Romanov suite, or say your vows in the ballroom (now a library) which was used in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Every corner is romantic here, from the sweeping staircase you’ll float down in your dress to the atmospheric alcoves and artworks.
- Wentworth Castle Gardens, Yorkshire
This impressive venue offers ‘castle drama’ with the intimate warmth of smaller reception spaces. Formerly home to the Earls of Strafford, and recently renovated, 100 guests can celebrate in the 18th century long barn which has a high ceiling, medieval roof timbers and wooden floors. Or, if you’d prefer a view of the castle, have a marquee here; at a spring wedding the 100,000 bulbs will have bloomed into a beautiful, colourful carpet.
- Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire
A 13th century country club hotel, Breadsall Priory rises up in 400-acres of countryside. A venue with warmth and history, there are rooms to suit every size of celebration. 40 guests can wish you well in the oak-panelled Breadsall room, while 80 can dine in the Haslam room, filled with period features and a minstrels’ gallery - ideal for aerial wedding shots. The Pavilion suite is great for larger parties of up to 110 to enjoy a banquet-style wedding breakfast. And after your nuptials, relax in the sensational Priory Retreat spa.
- Combermere Abbey, Cheshire/Shropshire borders
This magical, romantic venue is ideal for couples who love Mother Nature’s own wow factor. Set within a 12th century abbey estate, Combermere has acres of parkland, walled gardens with deep herbaceous borders and the world's only fruit tree maze, a labyrinth of apples, pears, redcurrants and blackcurrants – and post-ceremony cocktails are prepared with the freshly-pressed fruits. Marry in spring and 40-acres of native bluebells will provide a beautiful backdrop. A tree is also planted for every couple marrying here.
- Lynford Hall Hotel, Norfolk
Set among gardens, lakes and parkland, this is a truly tranquil wedding spot. You can have a special blessing in the local church or pick one of three ceremony spaces within the hotel. The Lyne Stephens suite has French doors opening onto the terrace and the Duvernay Restaurant has crystal chandeliers and views of the Italian gardens. Both are perfect places for the party afterwards.
- Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
If images of Kate and Wills are still soaring through your mind, Warwick Castle has a royal history - kings and queens have dined and danced here for centuries. A storybook setting, you can choose the state dining room for your civil ceremony, and after drinks in the peacock garden have your photos taken next to the fountain. Everything has a regal touch – from the costumed master of ceremonies in the majestic great hall to the sword you can cut your wedding cake with. Watching fireworks explode over the ancient towers is the perfect end to your day.
- Mansion House, Wokefield Park, Berkshire
Elegant but warm, stately but modern, Wokefield is justifiably one of the most popular venues in England. The size and scale of the 18th century house means the drive-up is dramatic; the lawns are large enough to accommodate any marquee; and the lake is a perfect backdrop for photos. Between 80 and 200 guests can dine in the Maple Suite, with views of the 250-acres through soaring picture windows. Drinks can be taken on the terrace overlooking the lake and with 384 bedrooms every guest can stay over after partying into the night.