Ever since Mr Darcy waded through the lake at ‘Pemberley’ (aka Chatsworth House), we’ve fallen back in love with the romance of the stately home. Now Mapperton in Dorset is the subject of our wedding dreams, having featured in the 2015 film Far From The Madding Crowd.
Just what is it that makes a period venue the perfect place for a wedding?
1. The Location
Magnificent houses are always situated in equally magnificent locations and, if you’re planning a country wedding, you want your own slice of stunning British countryside. Mapperton is set in 15 acres of glorious Dorset countryside which include award-winning grounds and a medieval church. Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire is another perfect example. In the Forest of Dean, it’s less than an hour from major cities yet set within picturesque castle grounds with its own croquet lawn and lake.
2. The First Impression
There’s nothing better than arriving in style down a long driveway in front of a splendid façade. You’ll love it, and so will your guests. It’s a rather wonderful way to start the day! Brympton House is a perfect example with its extensive driveway and forecourt. For true romance, keep the historical element alive by arriving in a horse drawn carriage..
3. The Rooms
If you’re celebrating with over 100 guests, you want grand rooms that are going to take your breath away. Period houses generally boast ballrooms, state rooms and other elegant spaces in which to say ‘I do’, dine and dance the night away. With high ceilings, open fireplaces and other wonderful features, they are perfectly suited for entertaining. As well as looking fabulous, these spaces give you a real choice, enabling you to decide how you’d like your day to flow.
4. The History
Without a doubt, the historical element of a stately home adds a great deal to its romantic status. We can imagine beautiful ladies in gorgeous gowns sweeping down staircases, and handsome chaps arriving on horseback. Even if it’s not strictly true, imagination is a wonderful thing and, by tying the knot in your chosen dream venue, you’re adding to the history yourself. Morden Hall and Brympton House are two of our venues which are steeped in history.
5. The Exclusivity
Most period houses offer themselves on an ‘exclusive-use’ basis meaning that the venue is yours, and yours alone, for the duration of your stay. This is as close as most of us are ever going to get to feeling like a princess for the day, and it’s a magical feeling. Let’s admit it ladies, we all want that romantic ‘Disney’ moment.
6. The Overnight Stay
Due to the size of most period houses, they often offer overnight accommodation, if not for all your guests then for you and your bridal party. So, not only can you celebrate your wedding day in this marvellous setting, when the day draws to a close the dream continues as you spend the night in a wonderful bedroom. Don’t miss Gosfield Hall in Essex with its 21 luxury bedrooms including bridal suite with four-poster bed and spa bath. You simply won’t want to go on your honeymoon!.