12 ways to make your Gloucestershire wedding unique
From tranquil canal cruises and moated fortresses, to magical ballrooms and helicopter landings, SoGlosWeddings has found 12 touches to make your Gloucestershire wedding unique.
While every couple’s wedding day is sure to be memorable however they choose to celebrate, couples hoping to add an extra special touch can find inspiration with SoGlosWeddings.
Spanning everything from grand entrances and venues fit for a king, to waltzing the night away in a splendid ballroom, discover 12 ways to make your Gloucestershire wedding unique.
1. Canal cruise
Stunning 17th century manor house, Stonehouse Court Hotel not only boasts beautiful gardens and rolling countryside views, but also offers a number of canal boat experiences, which ensure a truly memorable celebration.
The canal boat rides promise romance, style and excitement, with packages spanning pre-wedding drinks and canapés; a grand wedding arrival; a Champagne reception photography cruise; a farewell cruise; and wedding guest entertainment.
2. Flying high
There’s no better way to wow your guests and make a grand entrance, not to mention endless photo opportunities, than with a helicopter arrival. Whether you’re hoping for a celeb-style celebration or want to add even more excitement to your big day, SoGlosWeddings’ pick of 15 Gloucestershire venues which allow helicopter arrivals, is sure to take your wedding to giddy heights.
3. Fit for a king – and queen
If you want to feel like royalty on your wedding day – and who wouldn’t – Gloucestershire is home to impressive castles and stately homes which not only boast a rich history, but also have connections to royalty.
The beautiful Berkeley Castle has numerous links with the monarchy including Henry VII, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, not to mention a much darker history involving murdered King Edward II. Meanwhile, Sudeley Castle has a queen buried in its grounds, as well as having a Queens’ Garden where royalty enjoyed leisure time in years gone by.
4. Belle of the ball
Perfect for adding a touch of magic to your fairy tale wedding, brides and grooms can say those special vows, or enjoy a first dance to remember, within the spectacular setting of a ballroom.
The magnificent Clearwell Castle is home to an impressive ballroom complete with stunning period features, arch windows, a grand fireplace and glittering gold chandeliers; while Cotswold venue Cornwell Manor offers an elegant ballroom with an adjoining private walled garden.
5. Moated fortress
For history, beauty, and the wow factor, a medieval moated manor house such as Birtsmorton Court in Malvern, is sure to deliver on all points, offering regal period features, grand interiors, and a unique atmosphere.
What’s more, with only a handful of double-moated sites left in Britain, Birtsmorton Court is not only beautiful, but offers a rare and fascinating glimpse of history.
6. Take things outside
With the county boasting beautiful countryside landscapes and views, Gloucestershire offers a great setting for outdoor weddings, with an impressive range of venues licensed for alfresco ceremonies.
While couples opting for an open-air wedding have to rely on the Great British weather behaving, it’s undoubtedly a romantic and memorable option for your celebrations. And, for glorious inspiration, SoGlosWeddings has rounded up 15 stunning outdoor wedding locations.
7. Glamp it up
Offering the chance to celebrate with your loved ones for longer, and promising a night to remember, the choice for camping or glamping is an added bonus for some of Gloucestershire’s wedding venue.
Charming Cotswold country house Cornwell Manor can arrange everything from traditional pole tents and tipis, to Bedouin tents, and even set up a luxury camping village of bell tents and yurts in its exquisite grounds. Meanwhile, historic stately home Elmore Court is able to organise posh glamping for overnight wedding guests.
8. Your very own island
Idyllic Georgian mansion Ardington House is home to its own Temple Island where couples can conduct their ceremony for up to 200 guests. Even more exciting, the bride and groom can travel to and from the island on a quaint vintage craft boat, which is beautifully adorned with bunting.
9. Make a night of it
Stunning 14th-century moated manor house, Brinsop Court not only offers ancient woodlands, breathtaking views and a magnificent banqueting hall, but newlyweds can spend their first night together in its idyllic Ivy Cottage. Complete with woodburner, private hot tub and heaps of character, it’s the perfect romantic retreat.
10. A taste of the exotic
Couples looking for something a little different can add a touch of exotic excitement to their wedding, while tying the knot on Gloucestershire soil.
An exclusive venue which hosts around six weddings a year, Sezincote House is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, nestled within temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals, and promising a wedding which is out of this world. Meanwhile, the Japanese-inspired gardens and features at Matara create a delightfully exotic setting.
11. Just like a movie
Whether you want to get married in Hogwarts at Gloucester Cathedral, recreate a scene from Wolf Hall at Berkeley Castle, or walk in the footsteps of Bridget Jones at Snowshill’s church, Gloucestershire is home to a handful of filming locations, some of which are wedding venues too.
For the ultimate star treatment stunning Cotswold venue Cornwell Manor comes complete with lakes, tranquil gardens and its own church. Not to mention its filming résumé, including Hollywood blockbuster The Holiday starring Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz.
12. Be alternative
From museums and animal attractions, to railways and Cheltenham's famous racecourse, couples dreaming of a totally alternative venue have their pick of venues in and around Gloucestershire.
Check out SoGlosWeddings’ alternative wedding venues directory to find the perfect place to say your vows.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Thursday 05 July 2018
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