As ‘Freedom Day’ saw the lifting of restrictions on weddings, newlyweds can now have an unlimited number of mask-free loved ones around them as they tie the knot on their special day.
But for thousands of engaged couples, Covid-19 has caused a significant amount of stress with the rearrangement of stag and hen dos, engagement parties and weddings themselves. With many venues booked ahead, newly engaged couples may find it difficult to secure a date or know where to start looking on their wedding journey.
We’ve rounded up the best destinations all leading up to the big day – from adventurous lads stag dos and luxurious spa hen dos, as well as picturesque lake side weddings, here are the top UK venues to cater:
Ultimate UK Wedding Destinations – Pre-Wedding Stag and Hen Dos
For an Adrenaline – Junkie Groom
Situated in the picturesque Cheshire countryside, Carden Park Hotel offers an idyllic location for those looking to inject a sense of adventure into their stag do.
The newly built aerial adventure course, Vertigo, offers guests two terrifying levels of white-knuckle adventure for all abilities. Both courses take guests on a two-hour experience, with the promise of 18 mid-air obstacles to conquer. For those looking to complete the course with a bang, there is an option to return to ground level via an exhilarating duel 210m zip line.
Post-thrill, stags can unwind in The Spa at Carden which offers one of the UK’s largest spa gardens with sensory experience includes thermal pods, fire pits and warming hot tubs. Prices for Vertigo from £40pp. Overnight hotel stay (including B&B) from £149
For a Spa-Seeking Bride
Situated in the picturesque town of Newmarket, the luxurious five-bubble rated The Spa at Bedford Lodge offers groups of six to enjoy a private spa experience – perfect for a relaxing and intimate hen do with your closest girlfriends!
Guests will have private use of self-contained Mews for one night, which can accommodate up to six guests, along with private dining and exclusive access to the five-bubble rated spa. Enjoying three and a half hours of ultimate bliss, guests can relish in the heat and hydrotherapy experiences, invigorate the senses in the experiential shower and discuss all things wedding in the roof hot tub whilst enjoying a refreshing glass of champagne. After their spa experience, each guest will leave with a complimentary ESPA gift bag to continue the spa journey at home. Price per night for a group of six, £1,650
For Surf Loving ‘Sten dos’
With a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, Adventure Parc Snowdonia is perfect for adventure packed stag and hen dos. If scaling Snowdonia and absorbing the beautiful North Welsh countryside isn’t enough, guests can try indoor activities including high ropes, rock climbing and ninja assault courses. Guests can also try their hand at surfing, paddle boarding or wild swimming in the in-land lagoon.
When all the action is over, the group can retreat to the hotels brand new Wave Garden Spa, for a spot of pampering and relaxation. Look out onto the wonderful views and surf lagoon from the outside spa garden and enjoy an invigorating Hot Wave Massage if muscles are feeling sore after all the action.
Prices start from £100 per person and includes one night in the onsite glamping pods, a beginner surf lesson, ninja assault and extreme slides. Stag and Hen brochure can be found here
Ultimate UK Wedding Destinations – Wonderful Wedding Venues
For a Picturesque Lakeside Wedding
Offering a luxurious lakeside romance in the Northern Lake District, Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa is set in over 400 acres of deer park with breathtaking views overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake and the Skiddaw Mountains.
With four approved rooms for civil ceremonies, each wedding is individual in design and offers flexibility in numbers. From the Estate Office Room, offering an intimate ceremony for up to 20 guests, to the Lime Tree Suite & Broadwater Suites, able to accommodate up to 150 people and boast a contemporary feel, there is plenty of flexibility.
Newly-weds can also choose the Woodland Gazebo, accommodating up to 100 guests, with the stunning setting capturing the essence of a true Lakeland wedding. The team at Armathwaite Hall also offer a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, bridal makeup and full access to a directory of local vendors, including music and entertainment, photography, florists etc. Prices vary depending on wedding package chosen – View wedding brochure here
Ultimate UK Wedding Destinations – For an Intimate Countryside Wedding
As one of the most popular wedding venues in Staffordshire, Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat offers a stunning lakeside setting set within 72 acres of private woodland – the perfect place to say ‘I Do’. From blossoming spring nuptials, summer lakeside ceremonies and magical winter weddings – no matter what the season or the theme, Moddershall Oaks can assist.
Licensed for both indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies, Moddershall Oaks can accommodate 130-day guests and up to 175 evening guests. For those looking to have a stunning backdrop to say their vows, the gorgeous oak gazebo sits on the tranquil water’s edge and is equipped with a Bose sound system, Astro-turfed seating and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Alternatively, the indoor wedding space lends itself perfectly for a warm and welcoming space. With state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, hand-made Italian glass chandeliers and moveable walls, couples can be as creative and imaginative as they want. Prices vary depending on wedding package chosen – View wedding brochure here
Ultimate UK Wedding Destinations – Honeymoon Hot Spots
For a Green Escape
Titanic Spa was the UK’s first eco spa and is set in the Linthwaite Valley, the heart of Yorkshire. Its rural location is the perfect escape for a romantic retreat, and the award-winning destination spa offers a luxurious experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
The apartment style accommodation offers newlyweds a home away from home feel to recoup and relax in their own sanctuary. With couples treatments such as the Rasul done in the Mud chamber, Heat and Ice experiences and a salt regulated swimming pool, as well as the choice of a 25 minute NEOM treatment, this planet friendly spa is sure to settle couples into married life. Time to Sparkle spa break starts from: £175
For a Remote Retreat
Runaway to the Scottish isles and stay at Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa. The hotel has just added the new Driftwood Spa, with panoramic coastal views over Craignure Bay out to the Sound of Mull. It has been designed to reflect and complement the beauty of the island’s nature and wildlife, providing an intimate and secluded wellbeing retreat for the hotel’s guests. The perfect place to come to away from the cares and pressures of everyday life, and spot wildlife from the pool.
To complement the new spa, the 75-bedroom hotel has introduced a collection of Spa Retreat Suites, all with sea views. These rooms come complete with their own sea terrace and private outdoor hot tub, a secluded sanctuary for newlywed couples. Prices start at £182 per night
Ultimate UK Wedding Destinations – For a City Escape
Some newlyweds might want a taste of the city and to explore new places they have never been before as a couple. Situated in the very heart of Manchester, accessed from Mount Street, rises the City’s award-winning urban spa – Rena Spa at The Midland – a private city hideaway steeped in luxury where the ‘Art of Relaxation’ is taken seriously and stress immediately melts away. Enjoy day trips and indulgence from the central location, and enjoy everything the bustling city of Manchester has to offer. Prices start at £237 per night