‘It’s almost that time of year when we’re getting to grips with final preparations for summer weddings and hoping that ladies have found matching shoes, dresses, hats and fascinators, and the men have suits, ties and cummerbunds…’
For the wedding party, venue is key and everyone’s attention is on you and it. You spend so much time discussing details with venue staff and hope that they’re as invested in your big day as you are. In addition, you spend an inordinate amount of time praying that everything goes *just* right on your big day for you AND all of your guests. So, instead of just giving guests details of the service and reception venue, why not also let them know what they can see and do in the area while they’re with you? This is a great way to encourage your nearest and dearest to take a mini-vacation with your wedding as the central highlight!
If you’re looking at wedding venues in Hampshire, for example, the local area’s tourist agency, Visit Hampshire, provides an extensive list of things to do and see, as well as accommodation options for your wedding party, things to do with children, and all the attractions they have to offer. You may even find yourself choosing one of their historic venues to hold your reception, such as the incredible Farnham Castle or Somerley Estate. Who wouldn’t want to look back at wedding photos set there?
From a Hampshire base, guests can then roam the New Forest, South Downs National Park or, spend some time with a tour of the nearby Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. They might even bring you a bottle or two back, so don’t forget to get it included on your gift registry!
If Berkshire wedding venues are closer to home, encourage your guests to stay longer and enjoy the rural surroundings of the Royal family approved county. As well as getting hitched in a venue good enough for Harry and Meghan, guests will have access to the beautiful English countryside the region has to offer.
Kids will scream at the chance to explore the wonders of Lego Land Windsor and adults can get a unique glimpse into Royal life with visits to Windsor Castle, Frogmore House or Basildon Park.
If you want to escape the grind of the city, but don’t want to travel too far from London, Surrey wedding venues might be the perfect way to be close to home but avoid all the noise. You’ll be far enough away for it to feel like a getaway for you and your wedding party, but close enough for guests who don’t live nearby to get a flavour of the city and rural life in one short trip.
This Home County is famous for attractions, with family favourite, Thorpe Park in the area, and Hampton Court Palace and Guildford Castle providing some historic balance. On top of all that, Surrey offers some stunning wedding venues throughout its many pretty towns and villages.
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