We are so spoiled to have such amazing wedding venues within our very own counties. The Manor Houses in Bedfordshire are no exception. With historical depth and classic romantic features that are timeless for any wedding, Manor Houses are always a great choice for your wedding day. So if top hats, royal sized wedding gowns, and candelabras are your style, you are in for a treat. Here are some of our favourites…
This 1,065 acre estate is beyond impressive and lives up to the “Glorious Splendour” that it claims. Its location on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire is perfect for commuting guests as its easily accessible by train, by air, and by car. They have 2 venues available to choose from, either the 5 star hotel with grand marble details or the wedding venue Warren Weir with its charming period home features. If “Grand” is what you are looking for, look no further.
This Georgian Manor offers three different suites available for civil ceremonies of up to 58 guests, as well as the option of a marquee erected on the grounds for larger weddings. It includes an experienced wedding planning team and an award winning kitchen. It has 19 beautiful historical rooms for your guests to stay in, including the perfect honeymoon suite for the married couple.
While technically The Sculpture Gallery itself is not a “Manor House”, it is just as worthy of mentioning. It’s beautiful architecture and private rose gardens overlooking the Camellia Lake provide a stunning location for your wedding day. It can accomodate up to 250 guests, host civil ceremonies in both the sculpture gallery and the adjoining rooms, and give you exclusive use of the venue. The purpose built dance floor will allow for the musical entertainment to keep your guests entertained all evening.
Set within the University of Bedfordshire, this 1911 neo-Elizabethan Manor House is a must see for all bedfordshire brides. It caters for 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 160 for the evening reception. It has a beautiful manicured garden with a reflecting pool for great outdoor photos. Putteridge Bury includes a skilled in house team to make sure your event runs smoothly while offering you competitive rates.
What we love about Shortmead, is the options it provides you for a ceremony and reception, particularly for outdoors. The Thatch is a beautiful thatched roof covering with rod iron chandeliers which is a great option for a less formal outdoor ceremony. There is also an option of having your reception in their marquee. Together these options allow you to have the romantic elegance of a manor house setting with the charm of an outdoor less formal venue. Equally, winter ceremonies can be held in the Stables or the Regency Room.
Shuttleworth is all about options. They have four available wedding areas, the House, the Parkland, the Swiss Gardens and the Collection. The House at Shuttleworth was built in 1872 with outstanding parkland views. The House itself has four licensed rooms available for your civil ceremony, as well as a Summer House with an adjacent croquet lawn. It accommodates larger and more intimate wedding parties. It has an in house team of chefs but also allows for ‘dry hire’ where you can provide your own catering. Options are always a plus.
At Moggerhanger Park, the small chapel with a balcony overlooking the gardens is perfect for a small affair while the Walled Garden is available to host a large celebration with the option of different types of marquees. This venue is timeless and classic and definitely worth looking at.
I hope these Manor Houses give you the inspiration you needed to make your wedding an elegant historical affair. Have you booked a local manor house for your wedding day? If so tell us which one and why in the comments below!