Every bride wants to feel like royalty on her wedding day and what better way to make dreams come true and stay on trend than to follow in the footsteps of history’s Kings and Queens with a classic Winter Wonderland wedding in the magnificent Tudor Manor House, Fawsley Hall.
Interestingly, Summer has not always been a popular time to marry. In the 18th century the colder months were the most fashionable. The famously romantic marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert began with a wintery February wedding in 1840. This tradition has been followed by many royals including Queen Elizabeth II who wed Prince Philip in November 1947. Recent research by wedding website Confetti shows a return to this trend with a 200% rise in winter weddings since 2007. Celebrities such as Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum have taken note and opted to exchange vows in January earlier this year.
Nowhere could be more perfect to host your winter nuptials than the luxurious Fawsley Hall in Northamptonshire. Not only is the charming Tudor Manor House as picturesque as a Christmas card but it is also no stranger to catering to royals. Queen Elizabeth I stayed in the sumptuous rooms for the last time in 1575 and the House is steeped in history giving your snow-sparkled ceremony an elegantly regal air.
Surrounded by formal gardens and 2,000 acres of parkland (landscaped by Capability Brown in the 1760s), Fawsley Hall provides an enchanting festive atmosphere. With toasty and inviting interiors, exquisite private dining rooms, superb award-winning cuisine, elegant bedrooms and a stunning honeymoon suite you will feel as though you have been transported into a glorious winter palace.
With Fawsley Hall you can customise your unique experience to create an intimate affair or a grander celebration. The Main House is licensed for wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships which take place in either the Salvin Suite overlooking the Tudor knot garden or the Great Hall (where Queen Elizabeth was entertained). Arrangements can also be made to use the parish church which is a short walk away providing stunning views across the estate and lake.
The exclusive use of the chic Georgian Knightley Court which sits adjacent to the House is available on its own or in addition to the Main House. Knightley Court can accommodate up to 120 guests and houses a private Stable Bar, eight bedrooms, outdoor seating and a private cinema which are available to guests throughout the day.
When choosing Fawsley Hall you receive more than a just a magical setting. A complimentary wedding planning service is offered to act as your fairy godmother by co-ordinating the day, providing support and inspiration and ensuring that all the important details are dealt with professionally. You and your guests will feel pampered and privileged as you indulge in some pre or post-wedding treatments including hair and make-up at the award-winning Grayshott Studio Spa.