Planning a wedding can be a difficult and time consuming process.
You’ve got to choose who you want to invite, what food or drink you want to offer guests, what day of the week you want to get married and much more.
Although some decisions can be made separately, a lot rides on one thing – the venue.
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In Hampshire there are a range of stunning wedding venues you can hire for the ceremony or reception, and the county has been known to host a few famous faces down the years.
In August, Ant McPartlin, one half of famous TV double act Ant and Dec, tied the knot at St Michael’s Church in Heckfield in front of a host of famous faces including Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, David Walliams and Frank Lampard.
Lots of celebrities have also married at Highclere Castle, the house used for Downton Abbey filming.
This Morning chef Clodagh McKenna tied the knot to The Queen’s godson Harry Herbert at the venue last year and back in Katie Price and Peter Andre married at the venue back in 2008.
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Unfortunately due to coronavirus the site is not holding weddings in 2022 or 2023 and are currently unable to take bookings for 2024.
If you’re still looking for a wedding venue that could work for you this year, then perhaps somewhere a bit more ‘unique’ could be what you’re looking for.
Wedding directory For Better For Worse recently listed the sites it believes to be the most ‘unusual and unique’ wedding venues in the UK.
In the list, three Hampshire venues featured, including one near Southampton and one near Andover.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
How would you and your partner like to stand at the end of the aisle as an owl flies down toward you both with your rings?
Well, if you choose to have your ceremony at The Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover that’s exactly what could happen.
A range of packages are on offer at the venue and you and your guests will be offered full access to the Trust’s grounds for the whole day.
A number of fully-licensed rooms can be picked from with food options ranging from a buffet to a full-on three-course wedding breakfast.
The site can hold up to 150 guests.
The guys at For Better For Worse said this about the venue: “Now, this is what we’d deem as an unusual wedding venue, if you’re a fan of nature and wildlife, you’ll fall in love with the Hawk Conservancy Trust in the heart of Hampshire!
“Plus, they have a fantastic team on-site at all times to make sure your big day is as magical as can be. Sounds like a hoot (pardon the pun)!”
Three Choirs Vineyard
Set in acres of vineyards, this country house near Southampton is set within rolling hills and offers incredible views.
What really makes this venue unique however is it’s incredible outside ceremony space.
You could walk down the aisle as your family and friends sit either side on wooden benches set looking out toward an incredibly vast vineyard.
If you hire the venue, which has an entertainment license and an alcohol license, you will have exclusive use.
There are buffet meal facilities if that’s what you want for food and space for a live band.
The guys at For Better For Worse said this about the venue: “Located amongst 40 acres of gorgeous vineyards is a gorgeous country house, with stunning countryside views, perfect for wedding photography. Set in a beautiful barn setting, with romantic, rustic fixtures, we can’t think of a better place to spend your big day. To top it all off, it’s all set in a vineyard, cheers to that!”
If you’re a history buff this could be the place for you.
Highfield Park was built over 300 years ago and has been the home of a number of well-known people including the Duke of Wellington and former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
Set in 35 acres in Hook, the hotel and grounds are vast with room for 120 people inside your wedding space.
You will get exclusive use of the site which has an alcohol license and an entertainment license.
There is also onsite catering and DJ facilities.
The venue has been family owned since 2016.
The guys at For Better For Worse said this about the venue: “Home to many of the rich and famous through history, to say Highfield Park is steeped in history would be an understatement! As you roll down the drive, you’ll spot a magnificent Queen Anne mansion rising out of 35 acres of parkland and stunning Hampshire countryside in the distance. Built-in the 1700s, the house sets the perfect romantic tone for your wedding!”
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