Venues & Receptions

Solent Hotel and Spa wins Best Venue award at the Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards

Solent Hotel and Spa LOVE decor

The Solent Hotel and Spa is delighted to announce it has won ‘Best Wedding Venue’ at the Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2018. 

The awards recognise those companies throughout Hampshire that have led from the front when it comes to categories such as customer service, product or service offering and generally going over and above as standard for weddings. 

The hotel, located between Portsmouth and Southampton, has hosted many happy couples on their big day over the past 30 years and is constantly evolving its wedding packages to ensure it exceeds the expectations of every bride and groom.

Celebrating in style at Crabwall Manor

Crabwall Manor

Vows & Venues' managing editor Emma Hatherall took a trip to historic Chester for a relaxing spa weekend in a romantic setting…

Crabwall Manor is located a short taxi ride from the historic city of Chester and has a lot to offer whether you're looking for a wedding venue, a hen do or even just a chilled out spa weekend. Set in Mollington, it’s a stone's throw from all that Chester has to offer – the shopping, the horse racing, the history – Crabwall Manor still has that lovely country house feel to it. I took my Mum for an overnight spa break and we loved it

Winter Weddings

Winter Weddings at Museum Of London

After a long hot summer in the capital, the big freeze is finally upon us. While some may complain about the start of the cold season, we see it as a fantastic reason to celebrate the season and create a wedding winter wonderland! 

Winter weddings should channel all the best parts of the season; from log fires and crisp white snow, to cosy colours and comfort food. To help couples make the most of the winter months, we’ve put together a list of a few things to consider including in your big day celebrations.

Colours that compliment and contrast

When it comes to winter, silvers and golds work really well and can add a subtle touch of elegance. Compliment this with a few dashes of greenery to really bring the sparkle to life.

Luxury County Durham hotel showcases quirky wedding ideas for 2019

Couple on tractor outside of County Durham hotel

A luxury 17th-century country house and spa is highlighting new ways for newlyweds to celebrate their special day in 2019. Nestled in the heart of the Durham Dales, the 4-star Headlam Hall offers the perfect and most romantic destination for engaged couples to tie the knot.

However, in addition to offering rural and magical weddings amidst the picturesque backdrop of Teesdale, the hotel also prides itself on being different to other wedding venues in the North East.

Couples are being encouraged to try something a little different on their big day by making the most of the amazing countryside setting. 

Why not hold a quintessential afternoon tea at your vegan wedding?

Afternoon tea at a vegan wedding

During World Vegan Month, we take a look at vegan wedding trends with Whirlowbrook Hall, a premier wedding venue in South Yourkshire…

What’s not to love about the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea? Combine that with a vegan wedding and you’ve got the wedding breakfast of dreams.  As more and more couples are looking for something a little bit different for their wedding catering an afternoon tea inspired menu fits the bill perfectly. Add to that a choice of vegan only sandwiches and cakes then you’ve really got a beautiful wedding that suits all tastes and food preferences.

Penshurst Place scoops top wedding venue award – for the third time!

 Penshurst Place - The Italian Garden © Nick Parker

Penshurst Place and Gardens has been named Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 by the Kent Wedding Awards, scooping the prestigious award for the third time.

Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place is a stunning 14th-century country house, surrounded by 11 acres of historic gardens. Judges described it as a quintessentially English venue, brimming with romance, elegance and style. They were particularly impressed with the splendid choice of banqueting rooms, each offering its own unique perspective.

The winners were announced at the Kent Wedding Awards ceremony on Thursday 15th November.

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

A hotel and golf club which offers choice and flexibility against a stunning countryside backdrop – what more could you want in a venue? Our editor Victoria Galligan stayed the night to experience the relaxing vibe at Wychwood Park…

Imagine getting married in lush green surroundings, with the rolling countryside peering up above the sprawling golf course in front of you and your guests as you gather in the sun on a beautiful veranda. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Florida at one of Tiger Woods’s old haunts – but this is the reality of a wedding at Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, right here in the north west of England.  

The White Impact Wedding Atelier 2019

Always dreamed of having a destination wedding in Portugal but haven’t got a clue where to start?  The leading Portuguese event management group is presenting a unique and highly exclusive bridal showcase event The White Impact Wedding Atelier. 

The happy couples from around the UK looking to marry in Portugal are invited to come and experience first-hand the renowned Portuguese hospitality, warmth and exceptional service in London and Manchester, in one on one appointments with the very finest Portuguese wedding planners and artisans suppliers.

Landed Weddings: top country house venues in the UK

Landed Weddings - Springkell

Landed Weddings offer an impressively luxurious portfolio of country house venues. You will find country house venues to suit all budgets, from large moated manor houses to country cottages.

Also, many properties offer flexibility and allow couple to host their wedding indoors or in a marquee. 

So all you'll have to do after you've chosen your venue is polish your tiara and tell the butler to pop the Champagne on ice!

We take a look at a selection of venues from across the UK  – prices start from the below and are based on bookings for an entire weekend.


Say ‘I do’ to Restoration Yard

Natalie & Tim's wedding at the Restoration Yard

Dreams of a totally unique fairy-tale wedding are now a reality at Restoration Yard. The events team at Restoration Yard within Dalkeith Country Park is offering couples a completely bespoke wedding day.

The team at the restored 18th century stableyard, which is set in 1,000 acres of sprawling parkland in which Dalkeith Palace sits, is shirking standard packages in favour of creating the perfect, tailor-made experience for brides and grooms preparing to tie the knot.

From outdoor ceremonies with string quartets under the cover of the historic Orangerie, to sumptuous wedding breakfasts overlooking the picturesque River Esk through the panoramic windows of Restoration Café, every need can and will be catered for.

Primrose Hill Farm - Rural Wedding Venue Launches For 2019

Primrose Hill Farm

Nestled in rural Oxfordshire, within just 60 minutes of London, Primrose Hill Farm seamlessly combines a contemporary barn conversion and Grade II listed farmhouse, overlooked by only the Great British Countryside and grazing farmyard animals. Couples and their guests enjoy exclusive run of the house and barn for the entire weekend, allowing time to cherish every moment of their special day.

Cheshire’s Wedding Venue of the Year

Cheshire’s Wedding Venue of the Year

Leading Cheshire country estate Carden Park has been voted Wedding Venue of the Year at the Marketing Cheshire awards beating off stiff competition from the region.

The winning formula was based on the quality of work, testimonials and an ability to cater for unique and often time-sensitive requests. Carden Park focuses on high-quality customer service as well as taking full advantage of expansive facilities and on-site catering. Carden Park offers menus designed by award-winning chef Graham Tinsley.

Contributing towards the award win was Carden Park’s effort to continually prove that they provide the best wedding journey for couples and ensure a personalised experience from start to finish. All done with a spectacular backdrop of the Cheshire countryside.

Wedding Open Day - 21st October - 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

Wedding Open Day - 21st October - 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

Brides-to-be can explore the romance of the 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spar the historic venue’s wedding open day on Sunday, 21st October between 11am and 3pm.

With its picture perfect façade, oak beamed interiors, open fires and medieval courtyard gardens, the stunning hotel is a magical venue for weddings large and small all year around. It’s also licensed for civil ceremonies throughout the building so you can plan your entire celebration from start to finish at one romantic venue.

Go along on 21st October and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling prosecco with some delicious canapés, while you view the banqueting rooms, dressed for a wedding breakfast and have an informal but personal chat with the wedding planners.