Love at first sight, the ideal location or a perfect place for their own personal touches? We asked our lovely real brides exactly why their wedding venue rocked!

Spectacular views

“The Maes Manor is situated in the heart of the Welsh Valleys, elevated high on Maesrudded Hill, with spectacular views over the countryside. Its surroundings are beautiful and the manor house itself is a gorgeous building. It won us over before we even got through the door. Inside the manor was just as captivating as its grounds – even Matthew found himself ‘oohing’ at the twinkling fairy-lit ceiling in the main room!” Kylee and Matt

Keeping it central

“We picked Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire for our wedding. I’m from Yorkshire, Dave is from Cornwall and we had friends and family coming from all over the UK, Europe and the world, so we decided somewhere central was best! Stoke Park has it all – it’s even where they shot Bridget Jones’ Diary!” Sophie and Dave

Love at first sight

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“As soon as I saw our venue, Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset, I knew it was the one. I wanted a real country feel to it with little nooks and crannies everywhere; working farm with lots of animals and somewhere that was a little bit different to the ordinary. It was beautiful.” Becky and Tom

Something a little different

“Our venue was Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa in Thornton Hough, Wirral. It is set in a beautiful chocolate box village surrounded by stunning countryside and wildlife. The gardens at the venue were gorgeous, really well manicured and luscious green! It looks amazing on the photographs. We selected this venue for all of these reasons, but also because they are so knowledgeable when it comes to co-ordinating weddings. The venue was the perfect combination of unique character and modern facilities.” Cheryl and Ray

Whatever the weather

“The beautiful house at Newick Park in East Sussex was perfect for us whatever the weather. It was warm and comfortable with light airy rooms leading on to beautiful grounds. It has such a relaxed atmosphere but is so beautifully kept. It is a place we are looking forward to returning to year after year in the future.” Emily and Hassan

Rural simplicity

“Unlike some barn venues we looked around, The Manor Barn in Hampshire wasn’t too ‘weddingy’ or business minded, which suited us. We hated the idea of being just another wedding passing through the door. Tim and Janet who organise weddings couldn’t have been more welcoming.” Rachel and Joe

Beautiful on the inside and the outside

“Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey was exactly what we were looking for in a wedding venue – stunning from the outside, beautiful grounds and some lovely contemporary decor inside, plus the staff were super friendly and really open to suggestion as how we could do things.” Charlotte and Steve


Breathtaking views

“The reception was held at Grandhotel Giessbach. John and I fell in love with it when we saw it. It is perched on the edge of the Lake, high up on the hillside. It has a waterfall running straight down the side of it and the view across the lake is just breathtaking. My friend said it looked like a ‘castle in the sky’.” Liz and John

Space and surprise rooms

“The ceremony and reception were both held at The In and Out Club, London. This was very important for us because lots of people had travelled from all over the world to be there. We wanted people to relax once they were with us, so we hired the venue exclusively. The venue is ideal for this, because there’s plenty of space and different rooms to use, which kept the guests guessing and meant we could reveal things as the day went on.” Holly and Richard

A dream come true

“Eastnor Castle in Ledbury is close to my parents’ home. I worked there as a waitress for seven years, too. I probably served at over 100 weddings for other people and I’d always and I’d always dreamed of getting married there but never thought I would! It was a dream come true. Chris booked the venue three months before he proposed to me!” Jessica and Chris

The princess experience

“We had our reception at Hengrace Hall, just outside Bury St. Edmunds. I have always dreamed of having a wedding in a princess castle, and Hengrace Hall really lived up to it. With its impressive history and fantastic architecture and grounds, I loved it from the minute we visited. Although initially I didn’t think I would be allowed it!” Emma and Stuart

We love how happy these gorgeous venues have made our real brides! But it doesn’t have to be all about location or building, you can make a place your own by decorating it to suit your style and theme. And remember we’ve got lots of dreamy details for every budget in the Wedding Ideas Shop.