Ask the experts: Country House Weddings’ Laura Styles on hiring an exclusive-use venue

Ask the experts: Country House Weddings' Laura Styles on hiring an exclusive-use venue
Country House Weddings property Clearwell Castle sits in the beautiful Forest of Dean

Absolutely Weddings’ experts answer your planning questions. Here, Country House Weddings Sales Director Laura Styles explains more about hiring an exclusive-use property for your party

Q: What are the benefits of choosing an exclusive-use wedding venue and what should we be looking for

One of the key benefits is that the space is yours alone and you don’t have to share your day with people you don’t know. Taking over this space – making it your home for the duration – has many benefits, including knowing that younger wedding guests are safe and have the freedom to make a noise.

Look carefully at the spaces at an exclusive-use venue. Grounds are vitally important, but so are internal layouts, as you want the celebration to flow. All our properties lend themselves to different styles of celebration and with spaces designed to work beautifully for different stages, from ceremony to dinner to party. You want great backdrops for photography – inside and out – bearing in mind the British weather. Beautiful period features and light-filled rooms also create an instant sense of occasion, perfect for couples who are looking for a stress-free setting requiring minimal dressing. Of course, with an exclusive-use property, you are free to go to town on venue dressing.

Holmewood Hall in Cambridgeshire, which joined Country House Weddings’ portfolio in 2020, has beautiful period reception spaces and a sumptuous bridal suite

Do ask for examples of other weddings held at the venue and find out how recommended suppliers are chosen. At Country House Weddings we have over 30 years’ experience of hosting weddings across our team. Our personal wedding managers know each venue inside out and we only recommend suppliers if we have firm evidence from couples and our own experience that they are reliable and excellent at what they do.

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Country House Weddings has a collection of six elegant and historic exclusive-use properties where you can host your wedding. To find out more about the properties, visit


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