A wedding is the one of the most important events in a person’s life. Some are happy to have a low-key celebration while others incline to extravagance and drama. Here are some suggestions for unforgettable wedding venues, places so beautiful or elegant that they cry out to be chosen as the preferred destination.
Claridge’s in Mayfair, London
As a venue for a wedding, Claridge’s is hard to beat. The epitome of elegant civilisation Claridge’s provides wedding co-ordinators to ensure a bride’s dream wedding is brought to perfect reality. Whether the ceremony will be an intimate gathering of near and dear friends and family, or a lavish extravaganza with hundreds of guests Claridge’s has something for every wedding party. Provision is available for either a wedding or a civil partnership, whichever service is preferred and Claridge’s offers an amazing 9 different venues for the service and reception. From The Ballroom’s 1930’s marble and mirrors – a favourite for society weddings – to the rococo French Salon, one of the many stunning venues is sure to please. A particular favourite is the breath-taking Drawing Room, traditional grace in a finely proportioned room that will provide the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable day.
The catering ranges from a full wedding banquet to a chic cocktail party, all presided over by Claridge’s award-winning chef. Champagne and wines can be chosen from an extensive list, so the happy couple can be toasted in superb style. Claridge’s in-house team, ‘McQueen’s at Claridge’s’ will take care of all the floral arrangements including the bouquets, while the co-ordinators will work tirelessly to ensure the special day goes smoothly and the happy couple get the best possible start to their married life.
Cathedral Peak, Drakensburg, South Africa
The stark prominences of the Drakensburg Mountains make a stunning backdrop to weddings performed in the stone and thatch chapel. The enormous window behind the pulpit makes it appear that the Earth itself is approving the ceremony, and provides an outstanding background against which to exchange vows. The extraordinarily beautiful views can be captured in unique photo opportunities afforded by the hotel’s resident helicopter. Two full-time co-ordinators will work with the couple to ensure their ceremony is smooth and trouble-free. Two reception venues are available and can cater for up to 90 guests.
Dalhousie Castle, Scotland
A thirteenth century fortress, bordered by wooded parkland and nestled by the banks of the Esk Dalhousie Castle offers a romantic setting in which to marry. With a chef recently crowned ‘Scottish Hotel Chef of the Year’, the food is sure to impress. With facilities such as its own Chapel for the service – wedding or civil – and a modern spa Dalhousie has much to offer. Guests numbering from 2 to 100 can be catered for with Scottish hospitality and warmth. Dalhousie also offers extras such as an MC for the wedding, a regal greeting and a personal piper, not to mention a recent innovation that is proving enormously popular; the opportunity to have the wedding bands delivered by an owl at the appropriate part of the ceremony, a boon for a scatter-brained best man! Celebrities have chosen to wed at castles and looking at Dalhousie, it is not hard to see why, world-class catering and accommodation and an unforgettable ceremony combine into a fantastic experience.
Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Blue skies, white tipped wavelets and gently waving palm fronds, followed by red-streaked sunsets and warm evenings, Hawaii is a perfect holiday destination without the addition of the best and most important event in one’s lifetime calendar! Turtle Bay offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, from Kuilima Point to the superb Chapel Pavilion – more romantically called ‘The Glass Chapel’ or the unique option of a completely private magical beach wedding, with only the wedding party in attendance, on the feted North Shore of Oahu. Choose from two wedding packages, or personally select every detail with the help of conference service managers who will ensure that the event runs smoothly and is memorable for only the right reasons.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
A luxury spa resort, laid out in the fashion of a grand courtyard, reminiscent of the magnificent palaces of the past, all set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens Oberoi Udaivilas offers the chance to have a truly unique, unusual wedding, celebrated in grand lavish style. Hand-painted murals, exotic arches and tinkling fountains will all conspire with the intricate inlays and marble architecture to conjure the golden age of Udaipur. The immaculate service including a 24-hour butler service will ensure a complete pampering experience. The wedding photos will display an old-world charm and richness long forgotten and the glorious setting will ensure the newly-weds and the whole wedding party remember the special event for many years to come.
So there they are, five beautiful and unique destinations for a wedding, each crying out to be selected as the place for a couple to begin the rest of their lives, providing inspiration and ideas for unforgettable weddings around the world.
Sources: squidoo.com, wedding.about.com, cathedralpeak.co.za, claridges.co.uk, dalhousiecastle.co.uk, exoticindianweddings.com, turtlebayresort.com
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This article was written on behalf of Claridge’s hotel – a luxury venue with a variety of luxury wedding venues in Mayfair, London.