One of the key decisions you will make after your choice of partner and setting the date is how and where you will get married? Church, Register Office or Approved Venue? With thousands of new wedding venues, alongside the traditional options of a Register Office or Church, the choice is vast. Seven out of ten marriages are now civil ceremonies with many taking place in Approved Premises such as Highclere Castle, the location for ITV’s Downton Abbey, so it’s clear that this is the number one choice for couples tying the knot. You can check out a list of wedding venues approved for civil ceremonies and same sex weddings at www.direct.gov.uk
The popularity of civil ceremonies has grown mainly due to the availability of new and different venues many of which offer exclusive use to the bride and groom making everything easier and in one place. Nearly all couples have family and friends that have to travel from other parts of the country or abroad, so a venue offering plenty of overnight accommodation as well as the ceremony and reception becomes important.
The M5 motorway provides easy access to the south west where there are more than twenty eight thousand civil ceremonies and same sex weddings in Approved Venues every year. There’s a list of stunning places to get married in, from breath-taking coastal resorts, areas of outstanding natural beauty and also a new and unique wedding village in Dunster. It's a beautiful medieval street on Exmoor National Park with three approved venues such as www.luttrellarms.co.uk a castle on a hill www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle and a 16th century barn www.dunstertithebarn.org.uk. There are plenty of places to stay giving you the option to extend the Big Day into a long relaxing weekend break with friends and family.
Wedding Whispers is a South West publication and information guide for brides and a source of reference that makes it easier for brides to organise their wedding. The directory also features some excellent south west service providers. www.wedding-whispers.co.uk