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3 Scene-Stealing Wedding Venues With Spectacular Backdrops

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. So it’s only fitting that you choose a setting that complements such a momentous occasion. Your venue is a vital element in creating an ambience that reflects your personal style and chosen theme. A wow factor location will not only impress your guests, it will provide a unique and breathtaking backdrop for those all-important wedding photos.

Here are our top three scene-stealing wedding venues with spectacular backdrops in the UK. From pretty as a picture waterside locations, to iconic landmarks and Gothic architecture, these are pretty special!

The Dairy, Waddesdon Manor

Nestling in a tranquil waterside setting amidst glorious National Trust maintained gardens, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect waterside wedding.

Originally created for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 19th Century and for over 100 years the country retreat of the family, this is an enchanting private venue with a rich history of first-class entertaining, where absolute exclusivity is guaranteed. The Waddesdon Wedding Team work with each couple to create a bespoke wedding day in this incredibly versatile space. Explore the stunning Lakeside Pavilions, the immaculate Inner Courtyard framed with vines, the impressive vaulted West Hall with open fires, the classical glass Winter Garden, or the magical Secret Garden.

You and your guests can enjoy a taste of that privileged lifestyle: superlative food, excellent wines and professional service. A wedding at the Dairy also offers the truly exclusive opportunity to have photographs taken outside Waddesdon Manor, the perfect memento of your special day.

New for 2018: the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor has increased its capacity! The team are excited to announce that between May and September 2018, they will now be able to offer dining and dancing for larger weddings of up to 200 guests in a luxury bespoke marquee over the central courtyard. Facility fee £10,000, based on a minimum of 180 guests. Dates are subject to availability May to September 2018.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel

You’ve accepted the proposal. You’ve told your families and you’ve made the announcement. Now, all you need the perfect venue for your special day and the professionals to help you plan it! The four-star Apex Grassmarket Hotel is situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic old town, commanding prime views of Edinburgh Castle. Whether it be just the two of you with some witnesses or a big party with lavish touches, Apex Grassmarket Hotel is the perfect venue for a scene-stealing wedding.
It is the unrivalled Edinburgh Castle views that mark Heights at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel as the ultimate wedding venue. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows allow you and your guests to soak up the iconic Edinburgh backdrop, and getting married in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town adds a never-to-be-forgotten romantic charm to the day. Whilst your guests soak up the famous Apex Hotels ‘warmer welcome’ with post ceremony drinks and canapés, your photographer can capture your photos on the balcony at Heights, with the panoramic skyline in the background.
Enjoy your Wedding Breakfast high above the bustling streets of Edinburgh’s cobbled streets. Tucked away above the Grassmarket, Heights creates a hidden venue full of surprises. Both the cuisine and views are something to savour. The hotel’s team of Chefs will work with you to create an incredible feast. Whether it’s looking out to blue skies in the summer, or the twinkling lights of Edinburgh Castle throughout the winter months, there is no better place to celebrate your first meal with friends and family as newlyweds.

You’ll have it all; the setting, the views, the food and drink, and stunning photographs to treasure forever. Contact the hotel’s Wedding Planner to find out about their flexible package options and to arrange a show round of this very special venue. Call now on 0800 049 8301 or email

Chichester Cathedral

If you are looking for a setting with elegance, character and ambience, set within a unique location – then Chichester Cathedral have a choice of venues for you to consider. From small, intimate wedding breakfasts to receptions for up to 120 people, Chichester Cathedral have the perfect location to match your requirements. The Vicars’ Hall is a medieval banqueting hall that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast. Its historic ambience, medieval architecture and wow factor location make this venue one your guests will never forget! Four Canon Lane is a stunning property available for exclusive hire on the most important day of your lives, this breathtaking space boasts a secluded walled garden and is situated in the Cathedral precincts. The house can accommodate up to 40 for a wedding breakfast or 130 for an evening reception – it also features eight luxurious bedrooms.

Menus are designed for every occasion from delicious canapés to three-course wedding breakfasts, or if you prefer, menus can be tailor-made to suit both your preferences and budget. Chichester Cathedral fully understands the need for careful coordination and attention to detail. You can be confident that every aspect of your reception will be taken care of by their professional team, leaving you free to enjoy every precious moment of your wedding. If you are looking for a venue with a difference, then please contact Chichester Cathedral on 01243 813586 or email


Ciara Moore is the Blog Editor & Social Media Manager at WeddingDates HQ. Anything you want to know about weddings and what is on trend - she's your woman!

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