A Quick Guide to Choosing a Country House Hotel as Your Wedding Venue

Gone are the days when all weddings took place in either a church or a registry office, with ceremonies taking places in some amazing (and often unusual!) locations.

Whether it’s a fancy restaurant, an old renovated barn or a classy hotel, there are loads of places to tie the knot, but one of the classics is a country house hotel.

Here are some top tips if you’ve chosen to have your big day in a beautiful country house.

Why Choose a Country House?

First things first, why exactly should you choose a country house? Well on a practical level, you get the whole place to yourself, meaning you and your guests get total privacy, because the last thing you want is strangers having a nosey at your big day!

It also means that you’ve got your own quiet space to get ready in before things get going, with a bit more of a homely feel, and you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Just as importantly though are the photos which you’re going to look back on and treasure for years to come, and with beautiful countryside surrounding you, you’re sure to get amazing photos which really capture the big day.

Location

The first thing to decide when booking a country house hotel is what kind of location you’re going to go for.

To make it as easy as possible for all of your guests to be able to attend, it’s best to try and choose somewhere within about an hour from home, unless your guests are going to be happy to travel.

While there’s likely to be country house hotels close to where you live, one of the most popular locations in the country for these types of weddings is the Lake District, where there are loads of country house hotels, like Broadoaks, on the shores of Lake Windermere.

If you have got people travelling from far and wide, then you’ll have to take into account sorting out transport and accommodation.

Exclusivity

While the majority of country houses will offer you exclusive use of the venue for the duration of your stay, this isn’t always the case, so it’s worth checking.

Not only does this afford you the privacy that you really need on your wedding day, but it ensures that all of the staff are focused on you and only you. While it may cost a little extra for the privilege, it’s certainly worth it. (This blog from Bijou has some more info on exclusive and non-exclusive venues).

Rooms

More conventional hotels will have lots of rooms for all your guests, but country houses may have a much more limited selection, so be sure to pick one that’s going to comfortably be able to house everyone that’s coming.

Décor

While there are lots of practical considerations to think about, it’s also important to note the look and décor of the country house before booking.

The UK is home to some truly beautiful country houses, so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice, but remember that you can always help to make them feel a bit more like your own with your choice of decorations.

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