9 reasons to get married in the Cotswolds
From the stunning views and rolling countryside to the gorgeous venues, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to tie the knot… and if you need convincing, here are nine reasons why…
Whether you’re local or from afar, the Cotswolds can provide a glorious backdrop for a truly memorable celebration, with guests sure to enjoy the opportunity to bask in the area’s beauty.
From the picturesque photo opportunities and stunning settings to its amazing array of talented wedding suppliers, here are nine reasons to get married in the Cotswolds.
1. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
It might be stating the obvious, but as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds is undoubtedly one of the country’s most picturesque areas where you can tie the knot – not to mention one of the most romantic – complete with gorgeous views, unspoilt villages and glorious countryside.
Promising a beautiful backdrop for a couple’s special day, the Cotswolds is brimming with inspiring locations that are just perfect for weddings, whether you’re dreaming of tying the knot within a riverside setting, overlooking panoramic views or surrounded by rolling countryside.
2. Picture-perfect venues
Budding brides and grooms are spoilt for choice when searching for their dream wedding venue, because the Cotswolds has it all!
Grand castles, rustic barns, historic stately homes, luxury hotels, quintessential inns, gorgeous gardens … the list goes on. With a venue to complement every wedding theme, the inspiring options are endless, and are perfect whether you’re planning a lavish bash or intimate do.
3. Soak up some Cotswold charm
The Cotswolds is the ideal destination for guests travelling for the occasion, who can take the chance to be a tourist and explore the area, maybe even extending their stay so that there’s ample time to visit various villages, towns and attractions.
What’s more if the happy couple aren’t from the area – or even if they are – a Cotswold wedding provides the perfect excuse for extending the celebrations with a heavenly mini-moon… ideal for some R&R following the big day.
4. Iconic attractions
From filming locations to royal connections, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of iconic attractions where couples can tie the knot – or alternatively, wedding guests can visit while they’re in the area!
What’s more if you’re looking to offer some alternative entertainment, why not time your wedding with one of the Cotswolds’ best (or wackiest) annual events such as Giffords Circus, Cheese Rolling, and Tetbury Wacky Races…
5. A rural escape
With the time leading up to your big day no doubt a busy and perhaps stressful period, the Cotswolds’ rural setting is sure to come as a welcome change for the happy couple and their wedding party.
Brimming with quintessential charm and a lovely sense of quiet, there are plenty of ways to relax either before or after the wedding. Go for a walk in the countryside, settle down in a cosy tea room, explore a quaint village, or simply enjoy some peace and quiet without any hustle and bustle of everyday life.
6. A helping hand
If you need a helping hand when planning your nuptials or looking for a specific service for your big day, the Cotswolds’ impressive directory of wedding suppliers boasts plenty of choice!
From award-winning photographers, incredible florists and talented stylists, to amazing cake makers, brilliant musicians and unique transport, couples can browse for their very favourite – with the only difficult decision being who to choose!
7. Blow off the cobwebs
Ideal for a post-wedding hangover or stress-relieving walk, the rolling Cotswold countryside is the perfect place to enjoy a gentle stroll – or exertive hike if you’d prefer!
With plenty of access points to the Cotswold Way, endless pretty footpaths, hills with beautiful views and lovely riverside strolls too, the wedding party and their guests are sure to love the chance to get outside, get some fresh air and soak up their surroundings.
8. Accommodation goals
As well as plenty of choice for the actual wedding venue, visitors to the Cotswolds are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect accommodation.
From luxury hotels and cosy B&Bs, to countryside cottages and even glamping, take your pick and settle down for a comfortable night’s stay. And even if you’re local, why not treat yourself to a stay-cation?
9. The perfect theme
With a wealth of venues, backdrops and local stylists, couples can be assured that whatever their wedding theme, they can bring their creative vision to life in the Cotswolds.
Whether you’re dreaming of the perfect countryside celebration, a festival-themed do, or want to inject some fairy-tale magic into your big day, there’s no doubt a perfect setting to complement your theme.
By Kathryn Purvis
Thursday 22 March 2018
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