When it comes to organising your wedding the choice of where to get married and where to hold the reception can make or break the big day. It is well worth considering self-catering venues for wedding receptions where guests can stay at the end of the night.
There are plenty of spacious properties available with large kitchens where food can be prepared for sizeable gatherings as well as extensive grounds where guests can congregate.
If you are marrying in South Wales and you have lots of guests to accommodate then Plas Glansevin might be ideal, as a luxury mansion with 32 bedrooms. The property has a swimming pool, sauna and putting green to keep guests amused and it can be hired for short breaks.
For a smaller gathering in the south-west of England a Beaconside country house is available in Bideford, Devon, with accommodation for up to 18 people and the potential to have pets stay too. Beaconside has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as a hot tub to ensure guests have a comfortable relaxing stay.
If your wedding reception is planned for the Lake District then take a look at Silverholme Manor at Windermere which is ideal for the job. Silverholme Manor has nine bedrooms, a games room and extensive gardens for guests to explore when they need to stretch their legs.
You can also go one step further and hire one of the civil ceremony wedding venues which are rented out to prospective newlyweds. It is possible to enjoy the big day in a castle or large country house to make the occasion that much more memorable.
One of the best examples of a country house wedding venue is Skendleby Hall in Lincolnshire with accommodation for up to 26 people. A romantic four-poster bed is available and luxury fittings are in evidence throughout the property.
There are 100 acres of parklands for guests to explore when Maunsel House a stunning country manor house is booked for a wedding service. This glorious 13th century property in the West Country has 13 bedrooms but with other cottages on site the venue has accommodation for up to 48 guests. And it even has its own chapel.
By Nick Rennie