Being among the Bedfordshire’s most-respected photo booth providers, we’ve got an excellent grasp of the county’s enviable range of wedding venues. In this, the penultimate entry into our series of venue roundups, we’ll examine six of the area’s best.
To get us started, let’s pay a visit to the county town, where we find a 13th century thithe barn. This sort of building was used in the Middle Ages to store produce owed to the Church – and the centuries have been kind to it! There’s a bar, several acres of immaculately-landscaped gardens, and spectacular views over the nearby river Ouse.
Venture a little further from the city centre, and you’ll find this gorgeous manor house. Easily accessible from the M1, this hotel provides a great balance between seclusion and convenience, and makes a great choice for those with lots of London-based guests to accommodate. As you might have gathered from its name, it’s sited in the middle of a stretch of picturesque woodland. What better place to get hitched?
This one is probably the most spectacular on our list. It’s a sprawling mansion set in the middle of a 3,000 acre deer park, and thus provides wedding parties with all the privacy they need. The hub of most weddings hosted here is the Sculpture Gallery, where up to 250 guests can enjoy a civil ceremony and a reception.
In Bedfordshire, the name ‘Shuttleworth’ is best associated with an enormous aeronautical museum, founded in 1928 by Richard Shuttleworth. Just down the road, however, is the Shuttleworth house, where wedding parties can enjoy a ceremony in the middle of five thousand acres of lush parkland, Swiss Gardens and croquet lawns. With a variety of licensed rooms in the house itself, as well as another summer house, this venue offers something for parties of every size.
This enormous manor house is a little more recently-built than the others on our list, and is modelled after the Prime Minister’s residence, Chequers. There’s enough room for up to 120 guests for the sit-down wedding breakfast, and another 40 in the evening.
The final entry on our list was built in 1714, the same year that George I assumed the throne. The exterior offers a sizeable dollop of classic Georgian grandeur, while the interior is comprised of an array of brightly-lit rooms arranged around a central staircase. There’s enough room for around eighty guests inside – though larger parties might venture outside and enjoy the day beneath a marquee, from where excellent views of the gardens, lake and clock tower can be had.
We’ll be back next time for the final part of our roundup. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a photo booth for your wedding, then why not get in touch?