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Book your wedding in in Surrey

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With its rolling hills, sleepy river banks, and enchanting woodlands, it’s no wonder stunning Surrey is one of England’s most popular wedding destinations. You’ve got the best of the beautiful British countryside and a host of historic venues – all just an hour outside of London. What could be better?

Surrey’s wedding venues include grand country houses, rustic barns, majestic castles, spectacular gardens and even picturesque vineyards. There’s something for all tastes, budgets, and seasons.

Let’s kick things off with the best 10 wedding venues in Surrey:

Ten Great Wedding Venues In Surrey

1. Great Fosters

Great Fosters 16th century royal hunting lodge?

 

Fancy having your special day in a 16th century royal hunting lodge? Great Fosters, near Egham, is a venue fit for a queen with its historic red brick manor house, manicured garden,s and dramatic Saxon moat.

Choose between a number of atmospheric rooms for your ceremony and reception, as well as some beautiful outdoor options. Will it be the spacious Tithe Barn with its oak beams and private bar, the sophisticated Orangery with its lofty windows and garden views, or the intimate Garden room, accommodating 20-30 guests around its cosy fireplace? Sunny summer weddings can be held in the outdoor Archery Pavilion, with post-ceremony drinks served in the romantic gardens. And you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to photo opportunities – there’s everything from elegant fountains to dreamy lily ponds.

Add in a complimentary four-poster room for your wedding night and you couldn’t ask for much more!

2. Wotton House

Wotton House 17th century manor house

If you’re looking for a venue with serious wow factor, look no further than this amazing 17th century manor house. Long, sweeping driveways lead up to an elegant manor surrounded by no less than 13 acres of breath-taking gardens. Perfect for capturing stunning wedding photos, the gardens boast everything from a Romanesque temple and ornamental bridges to ancient trees and exotic blooms.

Wotton House offers a choice of ceremony venues, including the wood-panelled Old Library, the quintessentially English walled garden, the lively Orangery and the contemporary Evelyn Suite. You can easily accommodate up to 250 guests and they offer special room rates for guests.

Don’t miss a visit to the fairy grotto for a magical moment with your groom.

3. Gate Street Barn

Gate Street Barn working barn with licensed wedding venue

For something a little more rustic, you’ll love the relaxed vibe at Gate Street Barn near Guildford. Nestled among picturesque fields of organic cattle, this secluded working farm is home to a fully licensed barn that can hold up to 130 guests. It’s the ideal place for brides who want to bring their own unique style to their big day as you can enjoy free reign when it comes to decorating the barn. Think of it as a blank canvas and let your imagination run wild!

You’ll also find fantastic accommodation on site. Indulge in some luxury in the comfortable Farmhouse or give glamping a try in the unique Hayloft and Shepherd’s Hut.

4. Botleys Mansion

Botley Mansion magnificent Palladian mansion

Impress your guests by choosing this magnificent Palladian mansion as the setting for your wedding. With more than a hint of the Mr. Darcy about it, this grand venue can accommodate up to 380 guests within its 56 acres. From the opulent chandeliers to the impressive fountains, Botleys Mansion is all about elegance and luxury.

Choose from a selection of beautiful rooms. Dine under the stars in the Atrium with its gorgeous glass roof, dance up a storm in the Fountain Wing with its sparkling dance floor, or keep things intimate in the Green Room with its gleaming wooden floors and tall windows. Outside, you’ll find pampered lawns, romantic gardens, and parkland as far as the eye can see. When the sun goes down, round things off with a fireworks display to really make your day go with a bang!

5. Barnett Hill

Barnett Hill tranquil Surrey manor house

If you’re planning a small wedding where you can really treat your guests, Grade II-listed Barnett Hill could be the Surrey venue for you. Offering luxurious weddings for up to 80 guests, this tranquil manor house is set among 26 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. While not far from Guildford, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in your own little piece of English country heaven. The venue is renowned for its fine dining, making it a hit with foodie couples.

When the festivities are over, the manor has 59 luxurious rooms for your guests – as well as an indulgent bridal suite for you newlyweds!

6. Cain Manor

Cain Manor with Elizabethan charm

For a wedding venue with stunning views, look no further than historic Cain Manor. Packed with Elizabethan charm, it boasts jaw-dropping views out across the North Downs National Park. The manor perfectly blends period character, such as stained glass windows and oak beams, with contemporary interior design and those amazing woodland surroundings.

Choose between the tasteful Music Room, which can seat up to 120 guests, and the more intimate Library with its open log fires. If the sun shines, take your guests out to the Courtyard Garden to admire the views with their champagne. And for the icing on your (wedding) cake, the bridal suite is out of this world.

7. Farnham Castle

Farnham Castle fairy-tale castle that has hosted royals

Fulfill your childhood dreams with a wedding in a fairy-tale castle used to host many a royal party. Farnham Castle dates all the way back to the 12th century, bringing a captivating sense of history to your day.

Step back in time with a ceremony in one of the castle’s two serene chapels or the romantic Lantern Hall. Then celebrate your nuptials in the lavish Great Hall with its opulent décor and spacious dance floor. There’s plenty of contemporary style and comfort alongside your historic charm here.

8. Hartsfield Manor

Hartsfield Manor

Stately Hartsfield Manor provides a picture-perfect wedding backdrop. Think 19th-century Victorian grandeur, mature gardens, and 16 acres of gorgeous countryside surroundings. Crammed with period features from imposing fireplaces to elegant chandeliers, it brings an authentic historic touch to your special day.

Accommodating up to 120 guests in a choice of rooms, this glorious manor is known for laying on special extras. Expect red carpet entrances, bespoke menus and your own Master of Ceremonies.

9. Ramster Hall

Ramster Hall with English country garden

If you’re dreaming of an English country garden theme, idyllic Ramster Hall is home to some of Surrey’s most magical gardens. Manicured lawns and spectacular award-winning flowerbeds come together to create an unbeatable wedding setting. Inside, you can choose from a variety of 17th-century function rooms, from the Long Room with its wooden beams and spacious dining area, to the Drawing Room with its cozy seats and roaring fires.

Whatever the weather (this is the UK after all!), make sure you get plenty of photos in those unbelievable gardens.

10. Northbrook Park

Northbrook Park palatial ivy-clad 18th-century manor

Embrace your noble side with a wedding in this majestic manor house. Northbrook Park boasts a palatial ivy-clad 18th-century manor set amongst a whopping 120 acres of Surrey countryside. Peacocks wander the sublime gardens, while inside it’s all dazzling chandeliers and marble floors.

Choose between the stunning Vine Room, which seats up to 120 guests, or the enormous glass-roofed Orangery, which can happily accommodate 250 guests. Rooms open out onto shady terraces and those gorgeous gardens. You’ll also find ten upmarket self-catering cottages, the Mews, on-site to accommodate your guests.

Filled with inspiration for your Surrey wedding? Who’d have thought such glorious countryside was sitting pretty just outside of London!

Looking for creative ways to make your Surrey wedding a reality? Consider a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

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All other images courtesy of Murray Clarke

Bio: An award-winning wedding photographer, Murray Clarke shoots weddings across Surrey, the UK, and abroad. His goal is to combine artistic reportage with the natural and contemporary style of portraiture that captures the emotion of a beautiful wedding. He prides himself on telling a couple’s stories through the lens.

Recognized among the UK’s Top 50 Wedding Photographers for both 2016 and 2017, his work regularly appears in national magazines and numerous international wedding blogs across the web,

Please get in touch with Murray Clarke after viewing his website portfolio.

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Romance of a beach wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

There’s some very special emotion that the ocean’s views unleash in the heart and soul of just anybody and that’s how beach weddings are Oh, so romantic! On the other hand, it is exactly because of this that many couples might light-headily overlook one of the most important steps along the planning of their big day – choosing the right location for their perfect beach wedding. What’s to choose, after all? – they might think, when it’s all there – the mysterious blue ocean, the golden beach, the soft sand, the cool breeze…  romance streams out from everywhere. You just need to be on the spot to experience it. Right?

Wrong! Deciding on the wedding location is a serious business and it requires serious planning and preparation. Beach weddings are no exception!

So, here are a few tips on how to find the best beach wedding location, brought to you by Beach Wedding Tips.

Tips For Finding The Best Beach Wedding Location

Put your trust in the experts

Find a beach wedding expert

Right from the start you have two options:

One, choose a venue specialized in organizing such events or at least having a considerable experience in providing such services. There are hundreds of hotels, restaurants and even entire complexes conveniently located at beautiful seaside spots, which offer all the needed facilities and services for a beach wedding. And since they know their business, why not get in contact with them directly and discuss all the details?! This option is extremely convenient for destination weddings.

Two, you may have fallen in love with a particular seaside spot that you may have discovered during your recent holidays and have pictured it to be the perfect location for your beach wedding. Even so, before taking the final decision, it would be best to talk things over with your wedding planner and ask for his/her professional opinion. Based on his/her training and experience, your wedding planner will reasonably assess all the pros and cons of the location you loved so much and will tell you whether or not this spot, gorgeous and romantic as it may be, can serve as the right venue for your dream beach wedding.

Facilities & services at your disposal

Facilities and services

The overall experience you and your guests will have at your beach wedding is important. So, make sure to choose a wedding venue that is able to offer best possible facilities and services. After you have picked a few possible locations, take the time to visit each of them ‘incognito’. Forget about all the grandiose and attractive commercial presentations the venue may have in the mass media, and inspect everything carefully.

  • Is the service fast or slow?
  • Is the staff friendly or inattentive?
  • What are the bar options and the quality of the drinks?
  • How is the food at the restaurant?
  • How good are the accommodation facilities?
  • Is there enough parking area?
  • How easy is the access to the place and are there good and convenient roads leading there?
  • Is there public transport available?
  • If you’re lucky to witness a wedding, it will be your best chance to observe how well (or poor!) the event has been organized and held.

When you have gathered enough such information you will be able to take the right decision and choose the best location for your wedding.

If the location of your choice is a popular place/destination for wedding and other similar events, there is another important factor you should take into consideration. Try to find out how many weddings/large events are expected to take place there on the same day or weekend as yours. Discuss the information with your wedding planner to make sure that you’ll have enough time to enjoy your special day and not made to get married ‘in a hurry’ only because there is another wedding or event following yours. Besides, you wouldn’t like to ‘compete’ with another wedding held in close proximity, would you?!

Choosing a venue for your guests

Numbers and figures

Choosing the right beach wedding venue does not even start with choosing a location at all! There are a couple of other important factors to be taken into consideration way before choosing the particular location. Before choosing a venue, you’d better take the time to first consider some important numbers and figures and take decisions on:

Your wedding budget

A beach wedding may be a romantic and emotional event, but in our times romance does not come cheap. What you need is proper and detailed preliminary information, a calculator, and a cool head. Take the time to do extensive research, visit places, take pictures, talk to professionals, compare services and options offered by the specialized wedding event organizers and providers, as well as their costs and prices for the facilities and services they offer both on and off the list. Based on such detailed information you will be able to set up your wedding budget which will buy you the perfect wedding venue.

Our honest advice, though – best let your wedding planner take care of all this and make your dream beach wedding fairy tale come true. Instead of talking money, you shall then have the time for way more important things, like getting the perfect suntan, choosing the perfect wedding outfit for you and your bridesmaids/groom’s men, choosing the flowers and wedding decorations, organizing your perfect bachelorette or stag party …

Your guest list

The number of the wedding guests is essential for choosing the best beach wedding location, too. First off, a clear estimate of this number will avoid unpleasant situations, where some guests might not fit at the ceremony spot or even left without proper accommodation, parking lot, or a chair at the reception venue. Second, most wedding event facilities will ask for a deposit based on the number of people who are going to attend the event so, you need to come up with a guest list some two to three months in advance. And third, knowing the number of your wedding guests will help you (or your wedding planner) set up a proper wedding budget.

All-in-all, having the guest list (plus-minus some 10-15 “surprise” guests) will determine the choice of the wedding location that will be able to accommodate all and make everybody happy.

What will the weather hold for a beach wedding

The weather

Beach weddings are extremely dependent on the whims and caprices of the weather. It would be of course great to have your romantic beach wedding under clear skies and cool breeze, but Nature can surprise you with showers and strong winds instead. On the other hand, strong sun and high temperatures can be equally unpleasant. Since you cannot control natural forces, what you can do is at least be prepared for various weather conditions.

With the help of your wedding planner and the facility manager, make sure to have quick-to-install canopies and umbrellas to protect the ceremony and reception spots in case of unexpected bad weather, or hide as many people as possible from too much heat and burning sun.

Have a ‘Plan B’ for unpredicted weather conditions allowing the event to take place in an inside space or a tent.

In case of too hot weather, ensure enough number of fans for your guests, and if possible, even sunglasses, sun visor hats, etc. little items that will make everybody feel more comfortable and enjoy the beach location experience.

Don’t forget to mention in the wedding invitations that the wedding ceremony and reception will be held outdoors (or at a more open location). Then your guests will know how to dress properly and bring their own umbrellas, hats, or even light coats (in case of an evening wedding).

Looking for a creative way to fund your honeymoon or wedding expenses? Set up a Honeyfund honeymoon registry today.

BIO: I’m Lynn, a bride and a beach addict. I’d like to give you a warm welcome to my bridal diary/ beach wedding blog which aims to gather the best of everything related to getting married with toes buried in the sand and hair waving gently in the breeze. Here you’ll find inspiration for every aspect of your beach wedding, from planning tips, decorating ideas, bridal fashion, dessert and flower suggestions, right up to the last detail that will make your big day unforgettable!

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