Your wedding morning should be as stress-free as possible. That’s why it matters where you get ready. Firstly, you need plenty of space – assuming you’re not getting ready alone, you’ll need to accommodate your bridal party, hair and make-up artists, and your photographer if you’re having bridal prep shots. If you can find somewhere with great lighting, that’s a real help when it comes to perfecting your make-up look. Whether you’re doing it yourself or having a make-up artist, you certainly don’t want to be attempting a flawless feline flick in dim lighting.
And what about your first night as newlyweds? Whether you fall straight to sleep or are planning to get busy (read our guide to the best first night sex ever if so!), you’ll want to be staying somewhere special. After all, you’ll be waking up the following morning to the first day of the rest of your lives together.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite bridal suites at wedding venues around the UK. Sweet dreams!
We start on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border, at Ashton Lodge Country House. This gem of a venue is available on an exclusive use basis. There’s much to admire here, with elegant period features aplenty, three acres of beautiful grounds and a civil ceremony licence. And, of course, there’s the stylish accommodation. Ashton Lodge sleeps up to 33 guests, so your loved ones don’t have to scramble for a taxi once the festivities are at a close. Don’t forget, of course, to book the most luxurious suite for yourself – it’s your wedding night, after all. Learn more about Ashton Lodge Country House.
North Norfolk is home to glorious Holkham Hall, an eighteenth-century country house surrounding by expertly kept grounds. We particularly love the fact that you can either go bespoke and design a unique day, or choose a stress-free, planned to perfection package for your wedding. And now you can spend your first night as newlyweds in the beautifully restored Triumphal Arch, one of the estate’s four parkland lodges. Learn more about Holkham Hall.
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Hedsor House is a picturesque, blank-canvas country-house venue – if you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll love the Grade II-listed gardens for your lawn games. Inside, there are period rooms and eleven bedrooms. These include the fabulous Powder Room, designed for bridal parties to pamper themselves to perfection in. The beautiful interiors, complete with a make-up station and cabaret wallpaper, and private balcony make it the ultimate place to prepare for your wedding. Image by John Nassari
The bridal suite at Buckinghamshire wedding venue Hedsor House
Gosfield Hall is a stunning Georgian manor house that used to be a Royal residence. For ceremonies, there’s the Queen Charlotte’s oak-panelled gallery with a 120 ft long aisle, or if you’d rather say “I do” outdoors, there’s a licensed carriageway. There are 23 suites, including the sumptuous bridal suite. Learn more about Gosfield Hall.
Luxurious accommodation at Essex venue Gosfield Hall
Situated near Inverness, Achnagairn Castle has an incredible vaulted ballroom that holds up to 200 people. After dancing the night away, you’ll be delighted to return to the gorgeous bridal suite, complete with four-poster bed and a Jacuzzi! Learn more about Achnagairn Castle
Stunning Scottish castle wedding venue Achnagairn Castle has a four-poster bridal suite
Carlton Tower, a Victorian Gothic-style country house, is surrounded by 250 acres of parkland. And it’s as as pretty inside as out, from the grand staterooms to the inviting bedrooms. And as it works on an exclusive use basis, the whole place will be yours! Learn more about Carlton Towers
Divine bedrooms at Yorkshire wedding venue Carlton Towers
The Soho Hotel has 96 individually designed bedrooms and suites, all of which have been beautifully designed. The wedding spaces are just as stylish, and should your guests want to carry on the party after the wedding, it’s surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, vibrant cafes and most exciting theatre and nightlife. Learn more about The Soho Hotel
London’s The Soho Hotel has contemporary-cool accommodation
This Grade II-listed Georgian mansion sits in the heart of Gloucestershire countryside. It may have a lot of history, but Elmore Court also has plenty of contemporary luxe touches to make it a dreamy venue. The accommodation showcases this blend of historic charm and modern comforts – we love the Master Suite (pictured), and there’s also a new Coach House. Learn more about Elmore Court
Everything about Gloucestershire wedding venue Elmore Court is enchanting
Head to Cheltenham to discover Gloucestershire wedding venue Manor By The Lake. The Victorian manor house has spaces full of style and charm, with details including stained glass and marble fireplaces, and 12 luscious bedrooms and suites. Learn more about Manor by the Lake
An exquisite bedroom at Manor by the Lake
Buxted Park Hotel is set in a Palladian country house in East Sussex that has a rich history – past guests include Winston Churchill and Marlon Brando! The seven Master Suites are ideal for a glamorous wedding morning (or first night!) experience. Learn more about Buxted Park Hotel
You’ll have sweet dreams at this East Sussex hotel
Millbridge Court has the perfect spot for newlyweds looking for some privacy on their wedding night. The Hideaway is a self-contained space with its own decked outdoor area. Luxe touches include a copper rolltop bath, a wood-burning stove and marble-topped bathroom. Learn more about Millbridge Court
Surrey barn Millbridge Court has self-contained accommodation for newlyweds
Surrey hotel Pennyhill Park is known for its glorious spa. It’s easy to while away an entire day blissing out in the many pools and heat rooms – and that’s before you’ve even had one of the divine treatments! The accommodation is also very special, and for newlyweds, it has to be The Granary Suite. This standalone suite is set over two storeys, and has a small-but-perfectly-formed private garden. Learn more about Pennyhill Park
The Granary Suite at Pennyhill Park is a newlyweds’ dream
Welsh castle-style hotel Chateau Rhianfa is like something out of a fairytale, with stunning views from the Isle of Anglesey. Originally built in 1849, it retains its period character but has been renovated to the highest contemporary standards. Learn more about Chateau Rhianfa