Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable of your entire life. A chance to gather family and friends together while you confirm and pledge your undying love to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, a wedding is a special event which you naturally want to be perfect in every way. Although planning a wedding involves choosing and organising many different aspects, one of the most important choices you have to make is where to hold and celebrate the occasion. Finding a wedding venue which suits all your varying requirements – from the number of guests through the catering options to the facilities it offers – can often be a daunting task.
There are so many things to think about. Is your venue in the right place? In other words, will guests be able to get there easily enough? Does it offer rooms where people can stay – and are these available at a discount as part of the wedding package? Will the venue be able to provide the right catering for your needs, and is it of a high enough quality? All of these questions, and more, will need to be asked before you decide on your venue.
One of the most popular choices these days for weddings is a country or manor house – and it’s not hard to see why. Manor houses are large venues in their own grounds, usually located in the countryside, and very often with long and fascinating histories. You will probably find a surprisingly high number of manor houses within your chosen search area – most of Britain, and especially England, has a good number, many dating back hundreds of years. If you are thinking about hiring a manor house for weddings, there are plenty of factors to think about. These days plenty of manor houses are licensed wedding venues, so in many cases you will be able to get married and hold your reception in the same attractive venue. This has several advantages over getting married in a separate place – there’s no travelling to and from venues, for a start, making for a more relaxed vibe all round. The best way to choose a manor house – indeed, any venue – is through word of mouth. Having someone recommend the place to you is a good idea, although of course you probably won’t want to get married in the same venue as your best friend!
Once you have a few in mind, make a shortlist and go and visit them all. Only by seeing the venue for yourself can you get an idea of what it’d be like to get married there. Take a list of questions you want to ask so you don’t miss anything important, and make sure to be flexible on dates so you can have the most extensive choice.
Why a Manor House?
You may be wondering why a manor house is a good choice of wedding venue. Well, there are several reasons a country or manor house makes the ideal place in which to get married. One of the most obvious is that most manor houses are highly attractive buildings with impressive facades and extensive grounds. Aside from the pleasure you and your guests will derive from being in such a beautiful place, think of the potential for photography. Being able to create the right wedding photos is an important consideration to most happy couples – after all, photos and video recordings will be your only true reminder of the big day – and having an historic building with pretty well-kept gardens and maybe even sprawling countryside as a backdrop is a bonus not to be sniffed at.
And inside, too, a manor house is often perfect for those wedding photographs. Country houses usually have plenty of attractive period features, such as high ceilings, grand fireplaces and elegant sweeping staircases. There will be plenty of rooms where you and your new spouse can pose to your heart’s content, looking like the lord and lady of the manor. And as for facilities, most manor houses have been turned into efficient venues which can cater for your every need. Whether it’s rooms for your guests, a beautiful bridal suite, large dining rooms, a choice of catering options or even the whole wedding package, the venue will be able to provide it all.
In addition, most manor or country houses give you the choice of hiring the entire venue for the whole day – meaning you and your guests can be the only ones in the house, enabling you to be the centre of attention for an entire 24 hours, taking you back to an era of splendour and elegance where your every whim is attended to. Why would you choose anywhere else?