Everyone dreams that their wedding day will be the start of their own personal happy ever after, so why not make sure things get off to a magical start by hiring a wedding venue that’s straight out of a fairytale? Whether it’s a romantic castle or an enchanting woodland glade, the UK is packed full of venues that wouldn’t look out of place in a book by Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm.
Here is our pick of some of the best:
Kensington Palace, London
What could be more romantic than saying your vows in a real palace? Whether you choose to celebrate in the stunning light-filled Orangery or enjoy drinks and canapes in the beautiful Sunken Garden, Kensington Palace is the perfect place to celebrate with your real-life Prince Charming.
Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
With its ramparts and castellated towers, Belvoir looks every inch the fairytale castle. There’s a family chapel on the grounds for religious ceremonies and licensed rooms within the castle itself, plus plenty of space for a grand banquet and after dinner drinks in the Old Kitchen.
Wasing Woodland Weddings, Berkshire
This flexible outdoor space gives couples the opportunity to get married in a magical ancient woodland glade. Exchange vows by the pond, celebrate with guests by the fire late into the night, then retire to your quaint honeymoon cottage set within a secret walled garden.
Wadhurst Castle, Sussex
For a fairytale wedding on a more intimate scale, Wadhurt Castle looks like a shrunken version of a classic castle and offers a cosy and unique venue for small weddings. Choose from ceremonies and receptions for up to 30 people in the main building arrange marquee hire for the picturesque gardens.
Eilean Donan, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
Used in films and TV series for decades, the towering walls of ancient Eilean Donan will be instantly recognised by your guests. Set against a romantic backdrop of glassy waters and towering mountains, this is justifiably one of Scotland’s top wedding locations.
Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset
One of the finest stately homes in Somerset, Brympton D’Evercy is available as an exclusive hire for your wedding day. Host your own fairytale ball for up to 228 guests in the magnificent ballroom, or take over the house for the whole weekend for the ultimate slumber party.
Enchanted Manor, Isle of Wight
The name tells you everything you need to know. Set in its own ancient woodland close to the sea, the Enchanted Manor specialises in offering memorable weddings for groups of up to 40 guests in its specially decorated pagoda or indoor garden room.
Treehouse Weddings, New Forest
What could be more magical than enjoying your wedding ceremony in a dedicated treehouse venue nestled in the canopies of the New Forest? This treehouse belongs to the Countryside Education Trust – so your hire fee will contribute to important conservation work – and can cater for up to 120 guests.
Pencoed House, nr. Cardiff
For an idyllic wedding venue close to the transport links of Cardiff, Pencoed House is the perfect choice. The enchanting main house is set within acres of landscaped grounds – all exclusively yours throughout your big day. The old banqueting hall with its stone walls and roaring log fire is a great place to say “I do.
Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth
For the ultimate in modern fairytale chic, why not celebrate in your very own fort, cut off from the rest of the world by the sea? You and your guests will enjoy a private boat ride out to your own island for the day and enjoy a ceremony and reception overlooking the sea. There are even 9 luxury bedrooms for those that want to stay the night.