Looking for a classically beautiful wedding venue in Buckinghamshire? I might just have the one for you! I recently visited Chicheley Hall, a Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion which is the perfect setting for elegant, intimate weddings.
Chicheley Hall is just a 15 minute drive from Milton Keynes - making it super convenient for guests with easy access to the M1, fast rail links to London and plenty of available taxis (never underestimate the importance of these!). You would never guess that the venue is so conveniently located though, as the 80 acres of beautifully manicured grounds feel totally secluded and a world away from modern life. I even saw a peacock strolling around!
The house, which is a beautiful example of classic 18th century architecture, is licensed for civil ceremonies and has 48 bedrooms on site - so it's the perfect place to hold your entire wedding and really make a weekend of it.
The main hall is a beautifully bright, marble pillared space where you can hold your ceremony. The white walls and huge windows make this a lovely blank canvas that you can really personalise with fabulous flowers. One of my favourite things about this venue is the huge sweeping staircase leading into the main hall which acts as a super dramatic aisle. It's the perfect way to make a big entrance and would look incredible decorated with flowers and candles in hurricane jars.
After your ceremony, the main hall can be transformed into a beautiful dining space which can seat up to 80 guests. Catering is provided by the Chicheley Hall team and you can work with them to create your perfect menu. You don't have to have a formal meal if that's not your thing - they can also provide street food stalls or a barbecue in the gardens if you want something more casual.
Speaking of the gardens, they are perfect for balmy summer weddings. You can have an outdoor blessing in the elegant formal garden, or mingle on the lawn drinking fizz in the sunshine before moving back indoors for your meal. If you want to have a bigger wedding you can even have a marquee in the grounds for up to 300 guests.
There are various wedding packages available - if you want an intimate wedding for 80 guests you can just hire the main house, while larger weddings can make use of the more modern Wolfson suite or even hire the whole venue on an exclusive basis. All of the packages include food and accommodation and are really reasonably priced.
As well as the main hall, there are lots of lovely rooms which you can use during your wedding, from a cosy, traditional lounge which is perfect for guests to relax in when their feet get tired from dancing, to a huge room filled with natural light and dressing tables where you can get ready in the morning (make-up artists will LOVE it!). 14 of the bedrooms are in the main house, and are perfect for your family and wedding party. The huge bridal suite is also in the main house - although this cleverly has its own hidden staircase and is slightly separate from the others, making it feel wonderfully private, but close enough to the others so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
Chicheley Hall really is a beautiful classic venue, with loads of fabulous period details and gorgeous grounds. It's a lovely venue for elegant, intimate weddings and can really be personalised to suit your wedding style.