For the past few years, romance has been put on the back burner as the uncertainty of Covid-19 cast a shadow over the wedding industry. But with the arrival of warm weather and the lifting of restrictions, many couples will now have the confidence to start planning their big day.
Somerset has some of the most popular wedding venues in the country and historically ordinary lovers and celebrities have flocked here to get married. And it’s not just the usual list of brides and grooms who want to tie the knot at Glastonbury Festival.
From castles to carousels, there are a variety of excellent venues across the county that cater to anyone planning their dream wedding. We’ve selected 11 of the best sites across the county.
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Babington House, Frome
OK, you can’t get married here unless you’re rich and famous enough to become a member of Soho House’s exclusive private club, but you can dream. It’s Oscars weekend, so how can you not include Somerset’s most famous wedding venue where Belfast star Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner tied the knot in 2012.
Other famous faces who have stayed at Babington House as newlyweds include Amanda Holden, James Corden, Matt Smith, Natalie Imbruglia, David Walliams and Eddie Redmayne. Packages include the run to the 18th century Grade II listed mansion set in 18 acres of English countryside before the wedding and dinner in the Orangery and Library. If you want to become a member of Soho House, remember that this is a global membership club for creative people.
The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare
If you prefer the quirky, why not get married a quarter mile from the sea on the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare. Exclusive use of the theme park and game rooms is optional, but panoramic sea views are mandatory.
Don’t worry about your wishes being overshadowed by the sound of people screaming on the rides. Apparently there are some nice hidden pieces.
The Regency Suite with its own private balcony can accommodate up to 300 people. and the Tiffany Room holds 150. Can you imagine the picture?
Walton Castle, Clevedon
This grade II listed castle boasts of being on top of a hill with stunning views, but it also has another added benefit. According to its website, it doesn’t charge corkage, so if you want to bring your own wine, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to open it.
Licensed for wedding ceremonies in three different areas of the castle, it invites couples to plan their own bespoke wedding. Don’t worry about sleeping on the parapets, there are eight deluxe double bedrooms and amenities such as an indoor heated swimming pool.
How about getting away from it all while getting those Instagram-friendly bohemian wedding photos? The award winning Quantock Lakes has two licensed barns for getting married and if you want to say ‘yes’ outside there is also a pontoon on the lake.
Walk down a poplar-lined driveway to reach the hidden location which includes inclusive use of the farmhouse rooms. You can take a dip in the pool or relax in the sauna and hot tub before getting ready for the ceremony and then you can dine at Meadow Barn with your loved ones.
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Roman Baths and Pump Room, Bath
Who wouldn’t want to spend their big day surrounded by the impressive romantic architecture of Bath? Apparently Roman baths and pump room. are so unique “as a wedding venue, there is nothing like it in the world”. You can get married outdoors while staying undercover, and the bride and groom can stroll down an aisle made of 2,000-year-old Roman cobblestones.
Meeting rooms, bathtub
Bookworms who imagine themselves to be Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy may want to head to the big meeting rooms to get married. This historic spot not only has the amiable crystal chandeliers and large connecting rooms that evoke the romantic works of Jane Austen, it is even mentioned in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Charles Dickens also makes reference to this grand building and it was used as the backdrop for Bridgerton. If you have found your Catherine Morland or Henry Tilney this might be the place for you.
Cadbury North Court, Yeovil
You can start your married life from a rooftop golf tee if you book the Grade 1 listed North Cadbury Court for your wedding, but only if you’re getting married next year. According to its website, this popular mansion which was featured in the BBC 1 film Persuasion only has Easter and Christmas available in 2022.
This large and luxurious country house with 25 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms offers exclusive use for weekend weddings. You can sleep in the elegant bedrooms, dance in the majestic ballroom, pose on the majestic stairs, or simply get married in one of the wood-panelled bedrooms. There is a two night minimum stay for up to 80 people who can also enjoy a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and extensive grounds.
The Crossways Hotel, Shepton Mallet
For Glastonbury fans, this modest-looking hotel has a real bonus. Their most popular reception room, the Tor View Suite, offers stunning views of the Glastonbury Tor. Once you’ve stopped admiring the view, you and your guests can enjoy a buffet or a banquet, whichever you choose. The Crossways says it offers a range of wedding packages designed to suit all budgets and size weddings.
Huntstile Organic Farm, Goathurst
Farm weddings have become popular over the past decade, but that doesn’t mean you have to bring your boots and say your vows in a field. The folks at Huntstile say they will go out of their way to create your dream, bespoke wedding and their dining room and garden room are intimate places to say ‘I do’. Religious ceremonies can take place in a quaint church nearby, but if you’re not so inclined, there’s also a stone circle on the farm.
The Hive Bar and Restaurant, Bath
Maybe one for the foodies. This well-known restaurant in Bath is a popular spot for weddings due to the view from the terrace, but owner and head chef Andrew Dombrowski is a seasoned cook who has crafted a menu inspired by all manner of cultures and cuisines. You can work with them to create a custom menu that features your favorite foods.
Taunton School, Priorswood, Somerset
For most people, going back to school would fill them with horror, but in addition to classrooms, these 19th-century Gothic-style buildings contain wedding suites and an on-site chapel. For those who prefer a traditional setting, the old timber-paneled library is an ideal venue and the newly built Densham Suite caters for larger weddings. They don’t say if naughty guests get detention.