Cambridgeshire has so many fantastic locations and venues for your wedding that if I was a couple planning a wedding or a Cambridgeshire wedding photographer I would feel completely spoilt for choice! From the splendour of the University colleges to rural barns and hotels there is something for everyone and every budget. In this article we will have a look at some of the many choices available.
Cambridge University is made up of lots of smaller colleges each with it’s unique charm and personality. Some date from several hundred years ago whilst others are much more modern being built in the 20th century. Architecturally they are also amazingly varied but all are generally set in beautiful grounds, have impressive inner buildings and are ideal for different types of wedding celebrations. A large number of the older colleges have grounds that back onto the river Cam and it’s possible that your wedding may have the classic Cambridge punting scene as it’s backdrop! Kings College is one of the most well known of the colleges and is very popular for weddings as are St John’s, Trinity and Clare. Of the smaller colleges Sidney Sussex has lovely grounds whilst Clare Hall has one of the most attractive small river side settings imaginable.
Farms and Barns
Cambridgeshire seems to have a plethora of barns and farms that are able to offer unique and varied settings for weddings. South Farm near Royston is one of the most popular and has a range of pigs, sheep and other animals in attendance as well as fantastic grounds. Recently it has become possible to get married in the garden at South Farm in a gazeebo on the lake! Wilbraham Farm is also lovely as well as Harlton Barn, Rectory Farm, Bassmead Manor and Pledgton Barn all of which offer something a little bit rustic and individual.
Halls and Hotels
Cambridgeshire also seems particularly well blessed in it’s abundance of stately home and hotel type venues. Longstowe Hall is always a particular favourite – it’s grounds are absolutely beautiful with a long sweeping lawns and flower beds leading down to a large lake. It also has a fantastic permanent marquee looking out through the mature trees down to the lake side. Other venues include Ansty Hall in Cambridge itself, Madingly Hall, Barrington hall and several local National Trust properties, for example Anglesey Abbey, which now do weddings as well. Several of the Cambridge hotels are very prominent on the local wedding scene including the Double Tree by Hilton and Hotel Du Vin. The Hotel Felix has had a very strong reputation locally for many years as being one of the regions best wedding venues and it offers a very stylish garden and venue for anyone planning a relatively small and intimate wedding celebration.
Planning a wedding should be great fun and one of the first and primary decisions to make has to be where the celebrations will take place. Cambridgeshire can cater for almost every taste and budget and couples should look carefully at all of the options before making their final decisions. Many of the venues have dedicated wedding planners who will be only too pleased to help. Many of them also have wedding open days where you can go and have a look round at your leisure to see if you think the venue is right for you. Whatever the decision it pays to get the venue booked as early as possible to avoid disappointment. All of the good venues become booked up very quickly, often a year to two years in advance and, if you are not to be disappointed, you need to make the decision on your venue as early as possible in the planning process.