Pride and Prejudice
If you’re anything like us, then you’ll love a good period drama. Whether it’s vintage Colin Firth or hours of Downton, there’s nothing better than settling down to soak up those magnificent dresses, smouldering looks and breathtaking country houses.
So if you’ve ever dreamed of owning your very own romantic mansion for the day, don’t give up the hunt just yet: plenty of the locations on our Venue Finder have graced the small-screen as film sets for some of the most iconic period dramas.
Sounds like a match made in heaven? Read on to find out our favourite venues for getting hitched a la Elizabeth Bennet…
Brocket Hall: Pride and Prejudice 1995
Quite possibly the ultimate period drama, from young Mr Firth’s piercing eyes, to its very British sense of humour – not forgetting a total of four weddings – Pride & Prejudice is the box set we rely on for some serious venue inspiration.
Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire played host to the pivotal Netherfield Ball, which is where Elizbeth and Mr Darcy’s courtship first begins. If you’re on the hunt for a venue with bags of 18th century charm, endless lavish period features and an award-winning restaurant, this could be it.
Hall Place: Downton Abbey 2013
We don’t know what we did on a Sunday evening before the days of Downton Abbey. So if you fancy replicating a slice of 1930s drama on your big day, look no further than Hall Place, the Berkshire mansion which was chosen as Mrs Crawley’s house. From the double-fronted redbrick façade to the lavish interior and extensive grounds and gardens, Hall Place is a setting fit for a heroine.
Clandon Park: The Duchess 2008
Picture-perfect, Clandon Park in Surrey is everything a romantic wedding venue should be: a spectacular Palladian mansion set in stunning grounds. It was also the backdrop to the laced-with-drama location for sumptuous 2008 film The Duchess. So, if sweeping through spacious marble hallways and beneath dramatic ceilings sounds like your idea of wedding day heaven, then taking to the aisle in the breathtaking Tapestry Room will definitely make your heart skip a beat.
Horsted Place: for a Gothic romance of your own
Some venues are just too special to go unmentioned, and Horsted Place is one of them. Located in rural East Sussex, you and your dashing husband-to-be can create a costume drama of your very own amongst its Gothic architecture, where you can lose yourself for a day amid turrets, dreamy spires, hidden corridors, and a stunning Victorian Terrace.
Who needs period dramas when you can create your own?
On Venue Finder, you’ll find thousands of gorgeous wedding venues, each with their own unique story to tell. So start exploring today – you might just find the venue you’ve been waiting for!