Got your heart set on a quintessential English wedding? Introducing four of the finest venues the UK has to offer ensure everything goes perfectly to plan. There are a handful of all-inclusive packages to choose from depending on your budget, and fear not, you’ll have plenty of time to get a handle on any wedding jitters: your rooms can be reserved for the night of the wedding and for the nigl too…
The only question remains, which British beauties will you choose?
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Gosfield Hall, Essex
Whitewashed splendour and unsurpassed romance is what you get at Gosfield Hall – which was formerly a Royal residence. Sweeping lawns with perfectly mown stripes, silk-draped four-poster beds (there are 23 gorgeous bedrooms) and original Georgian features at every turn. Ceremonies take place in the Grand Salon (cue ornate ceilings and a pretty courtyard for champers afterwards) and the glorious ballroom seats up to.
“You are granted exclusive use of the property and its grounds for the day, and assigned a wedding planner”
Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
A shoe-in for any bride seeking the whole princess experience, this grand turreted castle within the Forest of Dean (Robin Hood eat your heart out) is sure to take your guests’ breath away. The magnificent window-lined ballroom is licensed for civil ceremonies and can seat up to 150 for a lavish wedding breakfast, and within the castle itself there are 15 bedrooms – with a further 24 just a short stroll away. clearwell-castle.co.uk
Conveniently close to Bristol and surrounded by 100 acres of deer park, this fairy-tale ivy-clad venue comes with 38 bedrooms (reserved entirely for you) as well as a pretty cottage tucked away in the grounds for you and your bridesmaids to enjoy some fizz-fuelled pampering the night before. Brides recommends the light-filled Victorian orangery for your wedding ceremony, and afterwards there’s space for 130 in the banqueting hall.
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Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is nestled on a 400-acre paradise with its very own 64-acre nature reserve. Enjoy the white sandy beach and its tranquil surroundings, golf course, spa and outdoor activities including water sports, plus a wide range of cuisines to satisfy the soul.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Call 01256 764881
Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens is a magical, romantic wedding venue in an awe-inspiring 66-acre estate. Surrounded by lakes, historic manicured lawns and a rose garden, guests never fail to be impressed as they arrive from the long tree-lined drive looking out to the rolling Hampshire countryside.
Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens
Ladera St. Lucia Dramatically beautiful, Ladera clings to an emerald green hillside facing the awe-inspiring Piton Mountains, rainforest and sea. Where better for an unforgettable wedding overlooking this soaring World Heritage Site with the lush, hilly rainforest before you and glittering turquoise Caribbean Sea more than a thousand feet below?
Call +1844 78 58242 condenastjohansens.com/ ladera
Matthiol Boutique Hotel Zermatt
A traditional mountain chalet with a modern sensibility, Matthiol Boutique Hotel is a magical and unique Alpine backdrop for a dream wedding and honeymoon. Celebrate the most important day of your life surrounded by nature at the foot of the famous Matterhorn.
Call +41 27 968 17 17 condenastjohansens.com/ matthiol
The Grand Hotel East Sussex, UK Known as the ‘white palace’, Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel is one of England’s best five-star seafront hotels. With its beautiful setting, elegant lounges and reception rooms, soaring pillars, marble fireplaces and the glittering chandeliers of the Great Hall, this is a magnificent space for truly memorable weddings.
Call 01323 412345 condenastjohansens.com/ grandeastbourne
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Lutonhoo Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf &
Set amidst manicured lawns and rolling parkland, steeped in romance and glamour, Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is one of the most imposing wedding venues in the south of England. The Grade I-listed Mansion House (pictured) is its centrepiece.
Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
Hold your wedding or renew your vows in one of the most enchanting, romantic settings in the world; barefoot on a sugary soft beach with swaying palms. This resort will go the extra mile to make your day a heavenly memory to cherish forever.
Call +960 650 15 15
Call +66 3261 6039
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club East Sussex, UK Nestled in the heart of Ashdown Forest, Ashdown Park Hotel is a breathtaking* location. Set at the end of a sweeping drive, the glorious mansion, with restored chapel, is surrounded by lakes, manicured lawns and woodland. All of which creates an idyllic backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Call 01342 824988 condenastjohansens.com/ ashdownpark
ANANTARA KIHAVAH MALDIVES Picture this: the horizon turns rosy-pink, orange melts into mauve over a calm sea, a warm breeze flutters your dress and powdery sand cools the soles of your feet. You’re about to get married in the middle of the Indian Ocean, followed by a five-course dinner under the endless, twinkling sky. Next up? Head back to your villa to enjoy signature ‘slumber’ treatments, with essential oil massages and a scented, candle-lit bath to finish. Then, in the morning, wake up to a Champagne breakfast in the comfort of your luxurious bed. This really is the stuff dreams are made of…
Sandals South Coast Jamaica, Caribbean
This new resort delivers all the luxury you’d want for your big day, with the chilled vibes of the Caribbean. Jamaica is one of the easiest islands to marry on – a licence costs around just £72 and couples are allowed to tie the knot within 24 hours of landing. More importantly, this adults-only resort is designed to remind you that you’re in paradise at every opportunity – from the fresher-than-fresh lobster dinners, to the stunning ocean villas. Our favourite detail? The over-water pagoda where you can hold your ceremony has a wooden jetty and glass aisle, so you can admire the beautiful marine life. Then spend the next week relaxing on the resort’s two-mile stretch of pristine beach.
ROOMS FROM £150; KARMAGROUP.COM
HOTEL BEL-AIR LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
In the 1940s, Hotel Bel-Air was a private estate; now it’s one of the most spectacular hotels in LA. Set in 12 acres of glorious gardens, it has enchanting grottos, a jewel-like lake with resident swans and a majestic, 100-year-old sycamore tree. In one word? Fairytale. There’s also mouth-watering food, elegant interiors and a five-star For₺es-Award-winning spa. Enjoy the Bachelorette Bliss package before your big day (think massages, manis, Champagne and Valmont skincare gift bags). Then book a Grand Canyon Suite for the after-party.
Palazzo Victoria Verona, Italy
For the ultimate blend of romance, history and food, head to Palazzo Victoria. Aside from the fact that you’re a stone’s throw from the balcony immortalised by Shakespeare in Romeo And Juliet, this 16th-century villa exudes grandeur. Feel like royalty as you host an intimate reception on the piazzetta, surrounded by hydrangeas. The adjoining restaurant, Borsari 36, will serve up delicious local cuisine, such as Veronese risotto, tiramisu and Valpolicella wines, before you fall into the Affresco Suite’s vast bed. Plus, you’re just a hop away from the lush countryside (we’d hire a vintage convertible to explore). It’s an Italian love story.
KARMA ST. MARTIN’S ISLE OF SCILLY, UK
Thanks to a subtropical climate, flowers are grown here all year round. But the whole place comes alive with lilies and agapanthus in spring – so book your big day during this season. Karma St. Martin’s offers a reasonable £95 flower package, which includes your bouquet, buttonholes and table arrangements. And with exclusive hire at just £139pp, this British beauty could make for the perfect affordable wedding¬moon with friends. Tip: ask your guests to bring wellies and pets to this dog-friendly hotel, to enjoy walks along the beaches.