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10 Perfect Venues for a Luxury Weekend Wedding

Updated: Apr 8, 2019



{Garthmyl Hall; Captured by Matt Willis Photography}

Your wedding day is an incredibly special time - not only do you get to celebrate your love with your partner, you get the rare and beautiful opportunity to surround yourself with friends and family from all walks of life, and have them all together under one roof. So, it makes perfect sense that more and more couples are choosing to extend their weddings into fabulous, weekend-long celebrations, to make the most of their special day, and cram as much fun and as many memories into their wedding as possible.

This is an attitude I wholeheartedly support, and planning a weekend wedding, while involving l-o-t-s more logistics, is guaranteed to get me grinning from ear to ear as we plot out three days worth of entertainment and out of the box creative touches to keep your guests feeling surprised, delighted and well-cared-for the whole time.

Finding A Home

Picking the right venue to host your fabulous weekend wedding is likely to be first on your planning list, and there are lots of stunning options out there to consider. To my mind, what makes a venue perfect for a weekend wedding is the following:

  • Flexibility - staffed by people who understand that you want your wedding to be unique, and won’t try to fit you into a cookie-cutter mould or impose a set list of suppliers on you.

  • Variety - a weekend wedding needs a range of different spaces and areas to style across the three days, for a host of different moods. You want there to be an ‘ebb and flow’ to the weekend, with something to suit all characters. (I’ll be writing more on this in a future post, so watch this space.)

  • Accommodation - This one’s an important one. While you might not be able to host every single guest, you want your chosen venue to be able to provide on-site accommodation for at least your immediate family and bridal party. Make this your home away from home for the weekend, and keep the party and the conversation going late into the night, without worrying about calling umpteen taxis.

Here are my top ten venues that tick the above boxes and then some. These stunning country houses are absolutely perfect for a weekend-long wedding celebration. Which is your favourite?

GARTHMYL HALL


{Captured by Jade Osborne Photography via Coco Wedding Venues}

This beautifully refurbished Georgian house in Wales offers a plethora of options for your wedding. Choose to have your ceremony in the lavish ballroom, light-filled orangery or gorgeous walled garden. Then move things into a marquee for dinner and dancing, or retire to the sumptuous living room or well-stocked cellar bar.


{Captured by Matt Willis Photography}

There are 10 wonderfully appointed bedrooms in the house (and just LOOK at the bridal en-suite - that mural! That tub!), and Julia and the team are currently hard at work converting the stables into a cottage, and building a boathouse on the lake. There is nothing about that last sentence that I don’t love! Once these additions are finished, this impressive country-house venue will be able to sleep more than 50 guests on site.




{Captured by Jade Osborne Photography via Coco Wedding Venues}

BARTON COURT


{Image via Barton Court}

Nestled in incredible grounds in Herefordshire with the most jaw-droppingly lovely views over the Malvern hills, Barton Court has been sensitively and painstakingly refurbished by owners Linda and James. The house and grounds have got me bubbling over with ideas for how to create magical, memorable weddings for couples who want an effortless, luxury celebration where every last detail has been carefully curated and styled.


{Captured by Through The Woods We Ran}

As well as the beautifully decorated rooms in the main house, Barton Court also boasts converted stables, a honeymoon suite in the clock tower, a gentleman’s club style groom-only space above the Loose Box, and summer time glamping opportunities with bell tents and more, sleeping more t than 50 of your guests.



{Captured by Through The Woods We Ran}

ELMORE COURT


{Captured by Phillip Volkiers}

Found in Gloucestershire, between Bristol and The Cotswolds, Elmore Court is a total gem of a venue. It’s been in the same family for 750 years, and its beautifully restored bedrooms and event spaces are steeped in stories.


{Captured by Jason Ingram}

In the grounds, prepare to be wowed by the Gillyflower, a rammed Earth and timber sustainable ‘marquee’ space, in a style perfectly summed up as ‘future-rustic’.


{Captured by Laura Power}

This house has it all - period features, flexible event areas and space in abundance. With room to put up 23 guests in enormous Caesar sized beds that make a super king look like a single, or hundred-year-old oaken four posters, these are rooms that pack serious opulent punch!


{Captured by Jason Ingram}

DEWSALL COURT


{Image by Dewsall Court via Coco Wedding Venues}

If walls could talk, then this gorgeous Herefordshire country house would have everyone spellbound with its stories! Built in 1644, this house has had a colourful history, and has been saved from dereliction a number of times. You and your wedding will be overjoyed that it was, as it's now a stunning exclusive use venue, with an array of lovely spaces available to use.




{Image supplied by Dewsall Court via Coco Wedding Venues}

Take a walk through the woodland to the ancient church on site for your marriage blessing, then dine in style in the Wainwright House. Add yurts or marquees on the sculptured lawns for a larger party, and stay in comfort in one of the ten luxurious bedrooms or indeed barns, which have been converted into utterly inviting apartments. Wonderful!


{Image supplied by Dewsall Court Via Coco Wedding Venus}

DEER PARK COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL


{Captured by Venetia Norrington

Goodness me, this Devon house is a stunner. Deer Park Country House Hotel prides itself on being a quintessentially English wedding venue, and its airy orangery and gorgeously gilded rooms just ooze romance.

For me, though, it’s the grounds that really set this place apart: A sprawling 80 acres of parkland, wildflower meadows, sun dappled woodland and a walled garden thriving with home-grown produce.



Liberty Pearl Photography | Venetia Norrington

And while your guests can enjoy the 4 star accommodation in the main house, you can spend your wedding night in the most amazing tree house bridal suite. Yep, that’s right. Tree house. How incredible is that?


{Captured by Venetia Norrington}

PYNES HOUSE


{Captured by Wookie Photography}

Said to be the inspiration behind Jane Austen’s Barton Park, this gorgeous Devon house can really take your breath away. Its decor and furnishings showcase understated luxe at its best, and the team here are known for their flexibility and warm welcome.


{Captured by Paul Ryan-Goff}

It’s got charm as well as opulence, and that’s a really special balance to be able to strike. Able to sleep 24 guests in 12 beautiful bedrooms, this is a venue you’ll find hard to leave after the weekend is over.


{Captured by Paul Ryan Goff}

VOEWOOD


{Image by Voewood via Coco Wedding Venues}

An Arts and Crafts masterpiece, Voewood is a stunner of a venue bursting at the seams with amazing art pieces and design collectables. Each room is uniquely decorated for an interiors experience like no other. Sleeping 41 guests in 17 bedrooms, the house and gardens has a wealth of options for ceremonies, chill out zones and party spaces.



{Captured by Sophie Mutevelian | Image by Voewood via Coco Wedding Venues}

An Arts and Crafts Home with a Rock n Roll Heart, this butterfly-shaped house really is something special. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, then I think you might have found it.



{Image by Voewood via Coco Wedding Venues}

WALCOT HALL


{Captured by Hannah Simon}

I love, love, LOVE Walcot Hall. It’s quirky and colourful and bohemian and luxurious and historical and elegant all rolled into one fabulous package. The freestanding ballroom boasts brilliant turquoise walls, 30ft ceilings and incredible chandliers, and for a ceremony in the main hall, there’s a sweeping staircase that guarantees you a film-star style entrance.



{Captured by Hannah Simon | Andrew Billington}

This amazing Shropshire venue can accommodate 100 guests on site, which is such an enormous selling point, and there’s an array of options available: from yurts, gypsy caravans and holiday apartments in a converted Victorian tin chapel!


{Captured by Walcott Hall via Coco Wedding Venues}

BOCONNOC


{Captured by Sarah Hannam}

Secluded and hidden from the rest of the world, this Cornish estate allows you total freedom to plan the event of your dreams. Surrounded by 2 miles of private roads, the estate and its cottages are exclusively yours.


{Captured by Amy Shore}

With four large reception spaces in the main house, and the opportunity to hold a civil ceremony in the stable yard, or one of the many gardens, there’s a huge amount of scope to get creative and put your own stamp on your wedding here. The luxury cottages on site mean you can host up to 40 guests at the estate itself.


{Captured by Boconnoc via Coco Wedding Venues

AXNOLLER


{Captured by Axnoller via Coco Wedding Venues}

Styled as the ultimate in luxury home-from-home accommodation, Dorset’s Axnoller is the perfect venue choice for a relaxing weekend wedding where you and your guests want to feel pampered.


{Captured by Axnoller via Coco Wedding Venues}

Axnoller is comprised of three private houses, each licensed for civil ceremonies. Beautifully appointed rooms allow 34 guests to stay onsite and be spoiled rotten. Hot tubs, private pools, steam rooms and saunas are all available (wow), and there’s a real range of options for your ceremony and reception space. Secluded and set in its own parkland with no neighbours, it’s the perfect place for a party!


{Captured by Ria Mishaal}

BRYMPTON HOUSE


{Captured by Brympton House via Coco Wedding Venues}

This lakeside Elizabethan Somerset venue is nothing short of spectacular. Able to cater for up to an incredible 1000 guests on the marquee lawn, and with the option of sleeping 60 in the stables and on-site B&B, with a bell tent village available for glamping, too, if you’re planning the party of the century, then this could well be the venue for you.



{Captured by Allister Freeman}

Brympton has been called ‘the most beautiful house in England’, and it’s a title that’s hard to disagree with. I’m not sure which of the spaces I like most - the glamorous Great Hall, the mahogany-panelled library bar, or the designated ‘Cake Room’.

If a weekend wedding is something that gets your pulse racing, why not get in touch for a consultation call? I’d love to hear all about you and your plans, and to find out how we might be able to work together to make your wedding dreams a reality.

With love,

Krysta x

email: krysta@fortheloveofweddings.me

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