The Woburn Estate gives couples the opportunity to have their perfect wedding day


From a small intimate gathering of close friends and family to a lavish reception for up to 250 guests, The Woburn Estate gives couples the opportunity to have their perfect wedding day.

The Sculpture Gallery is set in the beautiful grounds of Woburn Abbey and was constructed by Henry Holland during the 18th Century for the fifth Duke of Bedford. It is one of the most majestic and elegant settings for any ceremony or reception, and with its own private gardens overlooking the Camellia Lake, it guarantees exclusivity. 

Photography is quickly becoming one of the overriding factors when couples choose a venue. The Sculpture Gallery offers a range of stunning backdrops suitable for both beautiful sunshine and unfavourable weather. This includes the famously picturesque Rose Garden, the historic Camellia House which naturally blurs the lines between outdoors and indoors and the grand Temple Steps.

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The Woburn Hotel is located in the Georgian village of Woburn, at the gateway to The Woburn Estate. The hotel has been awarded four AA stars, offers a sympathetic modern twist on a classic country house, and is ideal for pre-wedding dinners and post-wedding breakfasts. Having recently undergone a refurbishment to reflect Woburn’s unique heritage, it boasts 55 rooms, ranging from; The Woburn Classic, which is simple, chic and comfortable – giving guests everything they need from a hotel room, to the five cottage suites, and two executive cottages, which have each been uniquely designed to reflect their connection to The Woburn Estate. 

The Sculpture Gallery - Woburn Abbey exterior

This impressive collection of rooms offers great options for the bridal party and guests of any wedding held on The Woburn Estate to spend the night. The Woburn Hotel provides an idyllic setting for romantic, intimate weddings, where wedding parties range from eight to 80 guests. 


The Woburn Estate is only a short drive or 40 minute train journey from central London, and this rural retreat provides fantastic local food, amazing wildlife and picturesque tranquillity. 

Emma Little, who heads up the events team at The Sculpture Gallery, has five years’ experience in her role as wedding planner, and 12 years’ experience working in various roles at The Woburn Estate, therefore she knows the Estate inside out. With this extensive knowledge, Emma and her team areexperts in ensuring that a couple’s wedding day is suited to their individual vision, and that they are hosted in the venue that fits with this.

Emma Little, wedding planner, says: “Each couple comes in with a clear view of how they would like their wedding day to look and feel. At The Woburn Estate we are so lucky to have distinctive and unique venues that are suited to all kinds of weddings. 

Sculpture Gallery wedding ceremony chairs

“Having worked at The Woburn Hotel and now The Sculpture Gallery, both are completely different with regards to capacity and feel. The Woburn Hotel is the classic intimate setting for a ceremony and it is great for hosting a pre-wedding dinner. Additionally, The Sculpture Gallery is a very elegant and exclusive venue which can host the entire day. Due to the team’s combined wealth ofexperience, we are able to ensure that each wedding couple are given the best advice possible to have the wedding day of their dreams and with its secluded private rose garden it is becoming increasingly popular with couples looking for this style of wedding.

“Wedding trends are constantly changing, but the shift towards family-focused celebration is an interesting one and the demand for this type of wedding has dramatically increased. We are finding that couples are increasingly asking for family input on all aspects of the wedding, from the flowers to the cake. Being aware of this allows us to cater to a couple's preference for planning a celebration with the guidance of the people they're really close with, so we always make sure the overall wedding atmosphere is sympathetic to that.”

 Top wedding tips for brides by Emma Little

• Keep it simple – don’t try and add too much into the day

• Take your time and enjoy the planning stages

• Focus on one thing at a time – make a list and work down it 

• Remember to enjoy the day as it goes so quickly and let us do any worrying for you; we are there to liaise with suppliers and ensure the day goes as planned

• Make a plan for the morning to ensure that you will be on time for the ceremony as this will affect timings further into the day 

• Use recommended suppliers either by friends or the venue – they know each other well and will work together 

• Lastly, take 10 minutes in the evening for yourselves to take in the day and spend some time together, you’d be surprised how often couples say they wish they had done this!

For further details on The Woburn Estate, please contact, Charlie Pelter or Kirstin Armsden:

e: t: 01908 787630

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