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A Wedding on the Wild Side

Weddings today are no longer the typical church ceremony with formal sit down receptions enjoyed 40 years ago. Nowadays more and more couples are looking for that one unique venue that comes with an added experience for guests. These perfect places are hard to come by which unfortunately leaves many prospective newlyweds settling for second best and no one should have to settle for just anything on their wedding day.

If a unique and extraordinary wedding day is what you are looking for, then Longleat is perfect place to have exactly that. You don’t have to be an animal lover to immerse yourself in nature or appreciate the truly unusual and beautiful surrounds of Longleat Safari Park.

The luscious landscapes of Wiltshire vastly surround the Longleat Estate, providing an idyllic backdrop for romantic pictures of your special day. It’s not only the appealing views that make Longleat unique but also the sounds of nature echoing around the estate as the yawning lions awake from their afternoon naps.

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With a selection of halls and grand rooms all displaying fine Elizabethan decor, there is plenty of choice when it comes to choosing your reception and ceremony venues. The Great Hall is just like stepping back in time and the room has retained all of the original 16th century features. Comfortably accommodating 120 guests, the Great Hall offers a dining experience fit for lords and ladies.

The Orangery is a great venue for enjoying beautiful views of the romantic Secret Garden and the Love Labyrinth. The Stunning glass room boasts large plants that tangle their way up to the ceiling, allowing the outside in. Nothing could be more romantic than the newly married couple taking to the dance floor with the moon shining down on them for the first dance. The Orangery easily accommodates 120 guests.

Longleat Estate offers more than just the perfect venue for the special day. With a variety of VIP packages, the wedding party can get up and close and personal with wild animals from across the world. The children and ‘big kids’ can get the chance to feed the giraffes and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the safari park is run.

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After a wonderful jam-packed day, what better place to get some rest than in the luxury of some of Longleat’s finest hotels offering fantastic accommodation for the wedding guests and newlyweds. Located only a short distance from Longleat, Homewood Park is a magnificent hotel set in 10 acres of mature parkland. The hotel combines a pleasant mix of classic Georgian architecture and modern stylish furnishings. Homewood Park will give the guests and wedding couple a superb start to the wedding day.

Just a stones throw from Longleat lies The Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa, a quaint award winning country hotel nestled in the charming Wiltshire countryside. Build in 1817; the hotel boasts charming traditional features all married with contemporary decor, pleasing everyone’s tastes. The tranquil and relaxing Bishopstrow Spa is the perfect place for the bride to pamper herself ready for the big day.

Longleat stands out as one of the most unique wedding venues in the whole of the UK by providing more than just an average experience for the bride and groom and their guests.

Penelope x x 

Photos courtesy of Tom Redman