Stretching from the meadows of the Thames to the Evesham Vale, the Cotswolds has represented one of the most coveted and historic parts of the UK for many centuries – particularly among brides and grooms seeking a wedding venue that transforms their vision into a reality.
From the beautiful towns of Cirencester and Stow-on-the-Wold to the botanical magic of Kiftsgate Court Gardens, or even the medieval charm of Caswell House in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds boasts a rich and diverse offering for any sort of wedding imaginable.
But, in case you need any more excuses to explore the area, here are five compelling reasons to choose the Cotswolds for your wedding.
1. The romance
The Cotswolds is steeped in history. Its quintessentially British villages are brimming with churches and manors, and readily give way to rolling countryside peppered with hotels that bring together centuries’ worth of history and an entirely modern breed of luxury.
There is something decidedly romantic about organising your wedding around an area so entangled within the past – particularly when it is as beautifully kept as the Cotswolds.
2. An area of outstanding natural beauty
Speaking of beauty, the Cotswolds is one of thirty-four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the UK. Why does this matter? Because what better guarantee do you have that the entire experience, from start to finish, will have you immersed in natural and historic beauty than an AONB?
3. Dreamy wedding photos
From wisteria-clad cottages to lavender fields as far as the eye can see – charmingly crooked little thatched guest-houses to cinematic vistas of sprawling estates – the Cotswolds has the power to fulfil your wildest dreams when it comes to photography and videography.
Whether you opt for the traditional wedding party line-up or make the most of the wide open spaces with drone photography, few places in the UK look better on screen.
4. Ideal transport links
Not only do the excellent transport links across the many towns and cities of the Cotswolds mean that your guests will have no trouble travelling a little future afield to reach you, but it also means a great burden is lifted from your shoulders as you finalise those last few details before the big day itself.
For instance, many couples are guilty of leaving that all-important pre-nuptial agreement to the last minute. Like many things this needs forward planning and shouldn’t be the last thing left on your to do list. The ease of movement you’ll find in the Cotswolds makes it easy to find a well-established firm in the area, like Willans, a top Gloucestershire Solicitors with plenty of experience in drafting pre-nuptial agreements.
5. Celebrity status
The Cotswolds sees countless weddings each and every year – and more than its fair share of celebrities.
From Lily Allen to Kate Moss, Jade Jagger, Claire Neate and Liz Hurley, plenty of VIP brides have homed in on the Cotswolds’ incredible blend of natural and historic allure. As such, more and more incredible and unique wedding venues are opening their doors to future brides, meaning that you will have your pick of the litter when it comes time to start booking things up.