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Planning your wedding is exciting, daunting, adventurous and overwhelming… a bit of a rollercoaster at times, full of thrills and dramas – and a little help can go a long way! Get sensibly inspired – it’s a thing! – today with these simple, down-to-earth and super useful tips from our friends at Launcells Barton in Cornwall.

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{All images by lovely Travers & Brown}

1. Create a day to suit you both, and make it personal

Forget anything you’ve read or heard about the ‘ideal’ wedding, and start from scratch with your own ideas. Ultimately, this is going to be the Best Day Ever for both of you, so having a wedding that reflects your style and tastes is the most important thing.

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2. Watch as your wedding venue changes with the seasons

It’s a really good idea to re-visit your wedding venue at the same time of year as you’ll be getting married.

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It’s surprising how often I see a wedding or styled shoot in a venue that doesn’t quite ‘fit’. I know it sounds odd… but how many blank canvas venues have you seen? There aren’t that many around. Luckily this means most venues have tons of style and character which you can use to make your wedding truly unique and personal.

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All images in this feature are by Camilla Rosa Photography, from Rachel and Alex’s fabulous wedding at Elmore Court, which was featured on the English Wedding Blog in October. You can see the full wedding by clicking here.

I love most English wedding venues. I’ve visited some amazing venues and seen their gorgeous features – from stately homes to country pubs, they all have their own unique charm. I love urban spaces, alternative venues and even woodland settings. The only venues I’m not so keen on would be corporate, faceless hotel chains… but thankfully they’re fading in popularity and we’re learning to appreciate glorious old buildings and creative spaces again.

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Expert advice is invaluable when you’re planning a wedding. I had an email a few weeks ago from a bride who’d booked her venue and then realised it wasn’t big enough for all of her guests for both the ceremony and reception – she was desperately looking for a ceremony venue at the last minute, and I did my best to help. So I’m hugely grateful to lovely Gabrielle of Blue Bouquet Bride, who works at a luxury wedding venue, for writing today’s feature. Searching for a wedding venue – and getting everything right – isn’t easy. Gabrielle knows all the questions to ask, and shares her advice with us here today. Her list of 15 essential questions could be invaluable for you if you’re deciding on your wedding venue.
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Sperry tent weddings by PapaKata – Image credit Dominic Wright Photography

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Wedding photography in Bristol by Joseph Hall (click to see Kristy and Jamie’s Clevedon Hall wedding on the blog)

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A unique wedding venue in Hertfordshire: Ware Priory

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Hello lovely you! It’s time to set feet firmly on the ground once again with our ‘Focus On’ series about the moments that make a wedding. This time we’re looking at wedding venues… and odd choice perhaps, but venues play a huge part in creating the atmosphere of your wedding day. From rustic and cosy to chic city locations, English wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes. These are some favourites!

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English wedding venues – full of character, history and unique charm | credit Vickerstaff Photography

I asked for photographers to share their best images of English wedding venues for this feature and they certainly didn’t disappoint! The images on this blog post are my picks from all of those submitted, and I’m only sorry I couldn’t share them all. So – is your venue on the list? Which is your favourite photograph? Thank you to all the photographers who shared images for this feature – and enjoy. Claire xxx

 

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Capesthorne Hall wedding venue | Photography credit Martin Hambleton

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A guest blog post this morning to make you smile. Fancy stepping in the hallowed footsteps of the floppy-haired secret-crush inducing naughtier-than-he-looks Hugh Grant? Here’s how…

Even if you don’t live in the same parish as the famous UK wedding venues mentioned in this list you could pull a few strings to try and stage your wedding at one of them. It might be a bit tricky to arrange a wedding at number five in the list though!

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Luton Hoo Hotel wedding venue by Calotype46 on Flickr

Luton Hoo Hotel as seen in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Photo by Calotype46 on flickr

1. Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire

This beautiful place, located just 30 miles from London, was a stately home when it featured as the hotel staging the second wedding reception in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Do you fancy yourself as the next Hugh Grant? You do? Then this is the wedding venue for you!