With their rich history, beautiful surroundings and stunning architecture the Treasure Houses of England are proving the perfect location for some of the world’s most extravagant wedding celebrations.
Last year Blenheim Palace, one of the 10 iconic palaces, castles and stately homes that make up the Treasure House consortium, played host to a lavish £5m ceremony as Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar tied the knot with Nigerian billionaire Folarin Alakija.
The happy couple, who were serenaded by pop star Robin Thicke, had a 12ft wedding cake and reportedly no fewer than a million roses were used throughout the celebrations.
However the UNESCO World Heritage site and its partners in the Treasure Houses of England, also cater for budgets of all sizes.
Stephen Munn, Chair of Treasure Houses Managers said: “Treasures Houses England are at the centre of the UK’s £10 billion wedding industry because these properties can provide true fairytale locations – the palaces, castles, gardens, lakes and heritage are all totally authentic.
“By choosing a Treasure Houses property, guests can immerse themselves in a magical and timeless location where the attention to detail and level of care is second to none,” he added.
For those with a slightly smaller budget than Blenheim’s latest celebrity couple, there are multiple options within Treasure Houses of England – comprising Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood House, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey.
Beaulieu – A paradise for car lovers, Beaulieu features both the National Motor Museum and World of Top Gear as quirky backdrops to the big day. Traditionalists are well-served by the idyllic surroundings of the New Forest and tranquil Beaulieu River, as well as Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey Domus with its barn-like features.
Blenheim Palace – A photographer’s delight, with over 90 acres of formal gardens providing a romantic and charming backdrop for your special occasion. In the event of wet weather, head to the Orangery, once used as the Marlborough family’s private theatre; the Marlborough Room with a beautiful double-vaulted ceiling, the Oudenarde or Malplaquet rooms or even the palace itself for humanist ceremonies.
Burghley – Highlight is the superb Tudor architecture, which provides a fairy-tale roofline overlooking stunning gardens. Burghley also offers splendid and elegant guest rooms, as well as three licensed rooms for late night partying in a beautiful setting.
Castle Howard – It is possible on occasion to hire Castle Howard for private events. Please contact the Chairman’s Office for details.
Chatsworth – makes an exceptional location for weddings, receptions and civil partnerships. Set in 1,000 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, Chatsworth is a venue that epitomises quality and elegance. Civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and receptions are held in beautiful rooms in the famous stables courtyard designed in 1758 by James Paine.
Chatsworth couples really do make an entrance with exclusive access to the stables via Lodge Hill in their chosen wedding car or carriage. The Hartington room, the largest ceremony space, is bright and welcoming and contains the original features from the stables.
The Racing room, originally the tack room, is perfect for smaller intimate weddings and is decorated with paintings from the Devonshire Collection. Drinks receptions take place on the Cavendish restaurant overlooking the courtyard, and the majestic Carriage House restaurant makes the most wonderful place to hold your wedding breakfast. Evening parties go on late into the night with the candlelit courtyard as a backdrop providing a fitting end to the perfect day.
With a wealth of experience and passion for creating the perfect wedding, our team would love to talk to you about your special day.
Castle Howard – One of Yorkshire’s most stately and stunning wedding venues.
Hatfield House, is set within the sprawling acres of Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire where Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood, Two dramatic and very different venues provide eye-catching wedding venues. The historic and grand Old Palace or the contemporary Riding School both provide a unique, timeless and magical backdrop for your wedding celebrations
Holkham –A panoramic landscape and deer park surrounds this magnificent Palladian–style stately home with its four luxurious state rooms all offering grandeur and style for your wedding. Outside, the 18th century secluded walled garden or the romantic Temple tucked away in the woodland of Holkham Park provide further spectacular backdrops. Adjacent to the hall The Lady Elizabeth Wing provides a spacious, contemporary venue also for ceremonies, receptions and parties. Head along to an open morning on selected dates throughout the year, or to the EDP Bride Wedding Show on Sunday 18th March with over 45 local exhibitors to help you plan your day.
Leeds Castle – The epitome of a fairy-tale wedding, guests can tie the knot in a real castle wedding. The landmark includes a Henry VIII banqueting hall with impressive views across the moat, a refurbished ceremony room, drawing rooms, heraldry rooms and luxurious period castle bedrooms. Take the opportunity to visit Leeds Castle on Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th March, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and view the Castle dressed for your wedding day. Plus be one of the first to view Battel Hall. A medieval manor house, in private hands since the 14th century, Battel Hall opens its doors for bookings for the first time in its history in 2018. This charming property is ideally suited to group gatherings with friends or family, intimate weddings and corporate retreats.
Woburn Abbey –Affirming The Sculpture Gallery’s status as one of the most celebrated places to be married at in the UK, Woburn are delighted to announce that they have once again been included in the prestigious Conde Nast Brides Magazine’s Best 100 Wedding Guide 2018.
Brides Magazine is the UK’s number one bridal magazine and comes from the same publishing house as Vogue, Tatler and Glamour, achieving a place in their 2018 guide is well earned, with many 5 star locations such as The Savoy, Claridge’s, Hampton Court Palace and Mandarin Oriental also included.
The dedicated team, work tirelessly to ensure that those getting married have a perfect day and to have made the list once again is a huge achievement of which they are very proud.