As one of the UK’s leading event film-makers, we have an eye for a great venue. Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working at more venues than most people might see in a lifetime. So to help expectant brides and grooms find the ideal location for their special day, we’ve put together our own Ten Best Wedding Venues for 2013.
We’ve selected these places based on their superb facilities, great client service and the ability to charm when captured on film. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset
Described in Country Life as ‘the most beautiful house in England’, Brympton House on the exclusive Brympton d’Evercy country estate is known as the South West’s leading luxury venue. It is perfect for an intimate fairy-tale wedding with its wonderful stone architecture and lush grounds.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
Opulent Cliveden House has been host to sumptuous events for over 300 years. It is set in 376 acres of stunning National Trust Gardens within the gorgeous Berkshire countryside. The House boasts magnificent panoramic views over the River Thames and is one of the finest luxury hotels situated conveniently near London and Heathrow Airport.
Four Seasons, Hampshire
Set in 500 acres of idyllic countryside yet located not far from London, the Four Seasons in Hampshire is not only renowned as a beautiful venue – it also has a reputation for delicious cuisine and a luxurious spa (perfect for the bride to rejuvenate before the Big Day!).
Gravetye Manor, Sussex
Surrounded by superb gardens and situated just 30 miles from London, Gravetye Manor is considered to be one of Britain’s greatest and longest-lived country house hotels. Built in 1598, the outstanding 1,000-acre estate continues to delight guests with its unhurried calm and excellent service.
Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire
This luxurious rural retreat boasts 2 hotels brimming with features within its 440 acres of beautifully kept grounds – visitors have the choice of a charming 18th century manor or the chic, contemporary Crown Plaza. Set in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside, Heythrop Park Resort also offers easy access to both London and the Midlands.
Natural History Museum, London
Not many people are aware that the Natural History Museum is one of the most fabulous wedding venues in the UK. The iconic setting includes the grand steps of the Waterhouse Building, food served in the magical Central Hall and the legendary Earth Hall which houses a giant globe sculpture and vast celestial wall map.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Magnificent Kew Gardens is London’s only 300 acre UNESCO World Heritage Site – it is famous for its outstanding landscapes and glasshouses, as well as its fascinating history which spans 200 years. There are few venues in the UK that could boast such a legendary and lovely setting.
St. Pancras Hotel, London
This superb 5 Star establishment in the heart of central London features a fairy-tale exterior with magnificent entrance hall that leads down a grand staircase fit for Royalty. Visitors to St. Pancras Hotel then discover a blend of Victorian splendour and contemporary style, with the hotel also having a respected culinary reputation.
Syon House & Gardens, Middlesex
Landscaped in the mid-18th century, the gardens at Syon are famous for their glorious beauty – they are registered as Grade I landscape in the Gardens of Historic Importance in England. The luxurious Great Hall in Syon House is perfect for civil ceremonies as it can accommodate 120 seated guests, while post-ceremony drinks can be held in an enchanting inner courtyard or the gardens themselves.
The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath
Known as one of the most superb historic buildings in the country, this unique venue in pretty Bath is renowned for its charm and architecture, as well as being famous for the spa water that flows from a fountain overlooking a natural hot spring. The Roman Baths & Pump Room is also known worldwide as a sumptuous restaurant that can be privately hired for a wonderfully elegant event.
While there is a wealth of wedding venues in Britain to choose from, our experience has allowed us to narrow down the search with our current Top Ten picks of places we’ve filmed at. I hope our footage demonstrates that these locations truly have the ‘wow’ factor.