Unless you’ve been on Mars, you’ll know that Kate and Prince William welcomed a little bundle of joy into the world this week. George was the bookies favourite and they were right! The proud parents have named their royal baby Prince George Alexander Louis. Like everyone else, we just couldn’t stop ourselves from getting in on the royal baby action (cue tenuous segue) so here are some wedding venues fit for HRH Prince of Cambridge:
Bassmead Manor Barns
For contemporary and stylish barn weddings look no further than Bassmead Manor Barns. You’ll drive down a long tree lined drive on your wedding day, crossing over a moat before arriving at your own private cottage where you can get ready with your bridesmaids. Your ceremony will take place in a traditional restored barn with oak beams followed by celebration drinks in the bar or courtyard before a fabulous wedding breakfast in the new timber framed barn. Later have a great evening party and dance the night away with your guests before retiring to your honeymoon cottage.
South Farm is a fun eco-friendly wedding venue in Cambridgeshire where you can arrive for your civil ceremony in a tuk tuk, get married outside in a summerhouse beside a lily pond and stay the night in a gypsy caravan (although there is more conventional accommodation in a bridal suite and rooms within the house). The Tudor Barn seats 140 guests for a wedding breakfast and the Old Dairy, with tall windows and an adjoining terrace, can be used as an indoor ceremony setting, drinks reception room or breakout area.
The Dower House
Marquees are the little black dresses of wedding venues; they go with everything. Whether you want a bells and whistles black tie occasion or an informal country fête-style gathering, a marquee wedding venue such as The Dower House complements every style. Its country setting on the banks of a lake is extremely photogenic and there is even overnight accommodation for nine guests and a bridal suite with an Emperor-size bed.
Another marvellous lakeside reception marquee setting is Chippenham Park. The venue’s gardens were designed in the 17th century and have canals, parkland and formal gardens. The Summer garden has around 500 roses and a ‘wilderness walk’ through the woods – very romantic. Get married outside beside the lake or in the 13th century church just a short walk away and then enjoy a drinks reception on the terrace or inside the mansion in the Old Ballroom or Tharp Hall.
If you would like more information on holding your wedding at any of these wedding venues, or to arrange a visit, please telephone 01244 571208 or email Isabel.