If your heart is set on a countryside wedding, you’re probably already daydreaming about how the event might look.
There’ll be the rolling fields of Pride And Prejudice (or, if you prefer, Downton Abbey). There’ll be white linen tablecloths, endless blue skies, ancient honey-coloured stone buildings and bridesmaids kicking off their shoes to dance on the grass.
Weddings like this don’t just happen in the movies, literature and the pages of celebrity magazines. You can bring your vision of a country wedding to life in the Cotswolds – an 800-square-mile region covering five counties of Southern England, where some of the nation’s most stunning natural settings and wedding venues await you.
If you’re looking for a luxury wedding planner in the Cotswolds, Henry Bonas has the experience and contacts to bring your big day to life. Before you get in touch, here’s our guide to the best wedding locations across the region.
With its sprinkle of thatched cottages and a 14th-century high street that’s almost untouched by the modern world, this picture-perfect Gloucestershire market town is straight off the postcard rack. There are some stunning country houses in town for the wedding ceremony, while in the rolling countryside beyond, you’ll find a selection of venues from renovated stone barns to rustic farms. Nestled on a hill, overlooking this iconic Cotswold village is Lapstone Barn, a highly popular wedding venue known for its beautiful interior and stunning surroundings.
Don’t be put off by the name. Nestled on the River Eye, Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, and boast several luxury manor houses, many offering their own chapels and in-house chefs. All you need to make it the perfect day is your very own Mr Darcy.
Life moves pretty slowly in this stunning Oxfordshire market town, helping to calm pre-wedding jitters and offer headspace before the big day. Book early and you’ll have your pick of fabulous Cotswolds wedding venues, ranging from restored barns set in acres of countryside to luxurious historic houses.
From its roots as a medieval wool town, Cirencester has grown into the unofficial ‘capital of the Cotswolds’ – without losing that irresistibly quaint atmosphere. It’s also a hotspot for the best wedding venues, whether you’d prefer a Grade II listed stately home in the heart of the town – or an 18th century stone barn with the light from the roaring open fires reflected in the medieval chandeliers.
This stunning Regency spa town is a fabulous choice when you want to combine town and country vibes. As you’d expect from a larger location, Cheltenham spoils you for wedding venues, whether you prefer to exchange rings in an elegant Regency-inspired central house or to spill out of the historic Pump Room into one of the prettiest parks in Gloucestershire.
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Spend a weekend exploring the Cotswolds and you’ll come across a hundred other towns and villages that could make a perfect backdrop to your big day. Stow-On-The-Wold, Kingham, Minster Lovell, Nailsworth, Kingscote, Moreton-In-Marsh, Bourton-On-The-Water, Stroud, Burford, Painswick, Tetbury… part of the fun is finding the perfect spot.
Need a little more help in finding your dream venue? Henry Bonas’s experience as a luxury wedding planner in the Cotswolds – and beyond – means we can find you the perfect fit. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.