With hundreds of stunning wedding venues available all over Gloucestershire, it can be easy to get carried away and lose track of that all-important budget.
But thanks to a number of wedding packages available at some of the county’s top venues, you can achieve the day of your dreams, without breaking the bank.
SGGLA Wedding Venue of the Year, Cheltenham’s five-star hotel, Ellenborough Park promises the finest luxury in town, boasting a spa, fitness suite, on site pubs and bars, a fine dining restaurant and simply stunning bedrooms.
Built in the 15th century, this decadent country house estate offers the perfect traditional backdrop for the all-important wedding photos, while modern features and styling ensure that your guests will feel truly indulgent as they explore the memorable space.
As well as exclusive use options, Ellenborough Park offers flexible packages to suit both smaller and larger wedding parties.
Couples can exchange their vows in the elegant Old Chapel within Ellenborough Park’s expansive grounds, or for outdoor weddings, under the stone Gazebo on the venue’s South Lawn. During the summer, guests can take advantage of the sweeping Cotswold views with drinks and canapes on the Mews Lawn. Entertain your party with an outdoor bar, garden games, or instead take over the Horse Box bar, as a wet weather alternative.
Catering options can be created to suit most budgets, with a selection of menus crafted by Ellenborough Park’s executive chef using locally sourced ingredients. And if you love a party, the venue’s spacious function suites can be transformed into an unforgettable destination, perfect for dancing the night away.
Ellenborough Park benefits from 61 elegant and stylish bedrooms and suites, to add a touch of luxury to the end of your big day. The bride and groom can benefit from a bottle of champagne on the evening of their wedding, and a complimentary stay in a luxurious room within the five-star hotel. What’s more, guests can benefit from preferential rates to stay the night, too.
For couples looking to get married in 2022, venue hire costs from £1,000 for winter weddings taking place in January, February, March and November, up to £3,500 for summer weddings taking place from June to September.
Venue hire includes use of The Old Chapel for the ceremony, the Old Chapel Pavilion and Mews Lawn for the drinks reception and De La Bere Court for the wedding breakfast, as well as a silver cake stand and knife, dedicated banqueting manager and a suite for the newlyweds to spend the night. There is a minimum food and beverage spend of £120 per person required and a minimum of 70 guests.
For 2023/4 weddings, venue hire costs from £1,500 to £4,000 with a minimum food and beverage spend of £125 per person.
Call (01242) 545454 or visit ellenboroughpark.com/weddings.
Part of the Relais & Châteaux collection of gourmet restaurants and boutique hotels, Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire certainly has what it takes to deliver an exceptional experience on your big day.
In fact, it’s the only Tudor castle operating as a hotel, and it’s fit for royalty too, having welcomed King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who spent several days there some 500 years ago.
From the Tudor Hall to the Chancellor’s Lounge and the Baron’s Sitting Room, the beautifully refurbished castle – complete with luxurious bedrooms and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant – is imbued with regal grandeur, inside and out.
Set in 15 acres of land with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, its manicured lawns are complemented by a scented rose garden and a winding labyrinth.
Couples planning weddings of up to 20 guests can secure a private ceremony room and enjoy exclusive use of the Baron’s Sitting Room and adjoining Chancellors Lounge, plus a one night stay in their very own Superior Deluxe bedchamber.
Larger parties of up to 75 day guests and 120 evening guests can opt for partial hire of the castle, including the Tudor Hall, Private Bar and seven bedchambers, or exclusive use of the whole castle, including all 27 bedchambers and grounds.
As well as canapés and fizz, guests will be treated to a sit-down meal from one of several menus put forward by Thornbury’s executive chef, Carl Cleghorn, with wine pairings and an evening buffet.
Tempted to elope? You needn’t go as far as Gretna Green, with the elopement package from Thornbury Castle from £3,340, including two witnesses provided by the castle.
The venue was also awarded ‘Romantic Hotel of the Year’ in the 100 top British hotels for 2021 in The Times’ Best Places to Stay list.
Exclusive use of the castle with the Jane Seymour package costs from £28,000, while partial hire starts at £16,000 as part of the Anne Boleyn package. For weddings on the smaller side, the Catherine of Aragon package comes in at £2,915 to £4,000.
Call (01454) 281182 or visit www.thornburycastle.co.uk.
Steeped in rich history and passed down through generations of the same family, the 16th and 17th century buildings at Blackwell Grange make for a spectacularly elegant wedding venue.
Set in the beautiful Cotswolds and located within close proximity of Cheltenham, Oxford, and nearby towns such as Chipping Campden and Broadway, couples set to be wed can create memories full of love and laughter in Blackwell Grange’s diverse barns and contemporary spaces – plus the wedding party can opt to spend the night at its new luxurious accommodation, 1604.
Blackwell Grange can accommodate up to 150 people for the wedding ceremony itself and sit-down dinner, and up to 200 guests for the evening party – with 43 parking spaces too.
Like many of the spaces at Blackwell Grange, The Potting Shed dates back hundreds of years and has been transformed into a warm and inviting space for bridesmaids to prepare for the day ahead.
The 16th century Thatch Barn has been lovingly restored for civil ceremonies, while still retaining its historic character; and reserved solely for the wedding breakfast and evening celebration, the gorgeous Orchard Barn provides a great space for dancing and dining. Plus, there’s acres of countryside and exquisite gardens, providing the perfect backdrop for wedding snaps.
When the big day arrives, couples can focus on enjoying themselves without the stress of organising food and drink for the wedding, with the help of Blackwell Grange’s on-site catering team. From decorating tables to liaising with suppliers, it will all be expertly handled.
What’s more, brides and grooms to be will have the chance to attend a tasting event to create a special personalised menu for their big day, with the chefs using the very best ingredients that the season has to offer.
Venue hire starts from £2,250 excluding accommodation and catering; food prices start from £69 per person; and an exclusive overnight stay in 1604 costs £1,700.
Call Blackwell Grange on (01608) 698798, or visit blackwellgrange.co.uk.
From the sweeping drive leading up to the 18th century country manor, to the deer that inhabit the 200-acre estate, Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire is a magical wedding venue at any time of year – and easily accessible from Bristol, south Wales and the Midlands.
Inside, it offers three private hire areas to accommodate weddings of different shapes and sizes, including the Eastwood Terrace for up to 180 guests; the Drawing Room for up to 100 guests; and the Study for smaller parties – with plenty of original features between them.
Couples can choose from Eastwood Park’s inclusive wedding packages, covering the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, plus their wedding night in the bridal suite, or have their wedding co-ordinator tailor the day to their unique specifications.
They will also benefit from their own dedicated host to ensure their wedding day runs smoothly, so the bridal party can relax in the bridal dressing room and enjoy prosecco and pastries while getting ready.
Everything is taken care of, from welcome drinks and canapés to the three-course sit-down wedding breakfast complete with starched white linen, not to mention wine, bubbly for the toast, cake stand and knife, tea and coffee, after dinner disco and evening food too.
Full-length windows flood the drawing room with light, while the neutral décor makes it easy for couples to put their own stamp on the space.
Optional extras allow you to upgrade the evening meal with delicious alternatives prepared, with fresh local ingredients by Eastwood Park’s in-house chefs.
The venue offers no end of fabulous photo opportunities too, with views across Berkeley Vale, a staircase with a stained glass window, a clock tower courtyard, terrace and gardens.
Eastwood Park has availability in late 2022, with rates from £9,950 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests, or 80 day guests and 120 evening guests costing £14,660. While weddings planned for 2023 cost £10,945 for the smaller package or £16,060 for the larger one.
Call (01454) 260207 or visit eastwoodpark.co.uk.
Painswick Rococo Garden is a magical wedding venue in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. Offering couples a choice of spaces for their marriage, Rococo Garden has its Red House where up to 100 guests can watch the ceremony, or for smaller ceremonies, the Eagle House or The Bothy are beautiful choices – and with such glorious gardens, it’s a perfect choice for wedding photos.
With a choice of spaces to get married in the garden, Rococo Garden offers each of its venues from £1,350. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy a glass of prosecco or Pimm’s and canapés, or couples can hire the Orangery if they’d like to host a meal using outside caterers. Those looking for that extra special experience can hire the entire garden for an unforgettable ceremony and celebration.
Painswick Rococo Garden offers enchanting spaces and cosy corners for beautiful wedding photos, with the venue looking beautiful all year round. There’s even a maze for lovers to get lost in!
Venue hire at Rococo Garden starts from £1,350 excluding VAT. Canapé and drink receptions cost from £18.75 per person and exclusive hire of Rococo Garden prices can be arranged on application.
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