Five tips for making the most of your historic venue

21 Feb 2017

How to get the most out of a historic wedding venue and enjoy your exclusive setting even more

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With their expansive gardens, fairytale towers and sweeping staircases, it is not surprising that so many couples choose to get married at a historic house. From medieval castles to elegant country residences, these places are steeped in tradition and create a sense of romance and grandeur, ideally suited to the big occasion. So how do you make sure your stunning venue shines both on the day and in those all-important photos? Charlotte Davies, from Heritage Estates, shares her ideas.

1. Swept away, not carried away

It is easy to lose yourself in the beauty and story of your surroundings, but remember you are the star of the show. Bring your own ideas, whether modern or vintage-themed, with you and speak to your wedding co-ordinator about the best way to weave these in. While you may be inspired by the Georgian or Victorian details of the venue, you do not need to stick to the theme too rigidly, or your wedding could resemble a period drama.  

2. Garden delight

There are few things more glorious than getting married in the spring or summer, and for many stately homes, the gardens are a defining feature. Manicured lawns framed by beautiful blooms make for a perfect backdrop, especially if the sun is shining. Some couples choose to hold their ceremony outdoors, and match the colours of the garden with the flowers in their bouquet and buttonholes. When you visit the venue, look around the grounds and see how you can make best use of the features. Your co-ordinator will also be able to tell you whether there are any hidden-away spots for your pictures.

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3. Seal the deal

It may not be quite so romantic, but chances are you will have a budget in mind for your big day. Venues get booked up in the summer, and are often more expensive at this time of year, so you might opt for a winter wedding instead – and avoiding peak periods will mean you have more left in the honeymoon pot.

Heritage venues look beautiful all year round, and look particularly evocative on a misty winter’s day when set alongside a warm colour scheme of burgundy, gold or green.

4. Eye for detail

Guests always remember the finer details, such as hand-made table decorations, thoughtful favours and family pictures and heirlooms. Heritage venues are brimming with vintage treasures, and you might be able to incorporate these into the occasion. It is worth checking whether the venue can supply the cake knife, stand or easel.

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5. Timing is everything

Ensuring the day runs smoothly can be stressful, so once you have a plan in mind, let your co-ordinator know. Think about how long you’d like your guests to mingle over champagne before booking the registrar, and factor in the time it will take for photographs. Ultimately, you have chosen a stunning, historic venue for a reason – and you want to spend time enjoying it rather than dashing about.

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