Top tips on planning your wedding in an exclusive use, country house wedding venue outside of the city, with expert advice from the team behind Bijou Wedding Venues

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Your every day life may revolve around a busy city; from your work schedule to your social life and the place you call home. However, if you’re in the throes of planning a wedding and are looking to get married away from the hustle and bustle that a city can bring, why not consider hiring a wedding venue in the British countryside? This month, the team behind Bijou Wedding Venues, share their advice on how booking a wedding venue in the countryside could be a perfect option.

If you’re planning a wedding in the countryside, you’ll more than likely want to book a venue that offers exclusivity, privacy, accommodation, excellent service and a setting that you won’t find in a city. And here’s why…

Wedding Venue Exclusivity

Hiring a country house wedding venue on an exclusive use basis means that you are the only couple, family and guest list with access to the grounds and staff for the duration of your wedding experience. You’re guaranteed not to bump into any other wedding party and you’ll have access to the entire house and grounds for the duration of your wedding day and night, which means that you won’t have to rush off to another hotel, venue or home once your celebration has come to an end. At an exclusive use wedding venue, the time is yours to relax and enjoy your experience both pre and post wedding, with only the friends and family that you want near you at that time along with the staff at the venue taking care of your every wedding requirement.

Your Home for the Day

Bijou Botley_7June2016-1063Privacy, and the feel of hiring a country home for your wedding celebration, comes hand in hand with hiring a wedding venue exclusively. As no one else will be on site, other than the staff at the venue and the suppliers you bring in, you should be able to host a private wedding without the worry of anyone gate crashing or showing up unannounced. You will be able to celebrate your wedding exactly how you want, in the peaceful, countryside setting that your venue offers. In terms of decoration – as you’ll more than likely be hiring a blank canvas, you’ll be able to decorate the venue to your own taste, theme and style.

Accommodation and Facilities

Most country house wedding venues should have some form of accommodation to offer you; whether it is a selection of bedrooms contained within the house, or a group of cottages on site. Hiring a venue with accommodation will allow you to prepare for your wedding in a calm and tranquil environment, without the worry of having to travel (in your pristine wedding attire) to your church or ceremony at the venue. Similarly, at the end of your wedding, you won’t have to worry about hiring transport to take you home or on to another venue as all you’ll need to do is drift up to bed as a married couple after bidding your guests farewell.  If your chosen country house wedding venue doesn’t have enough accommodation on site to house all of your guests, they may be able to recommend local hotels or B&Bs for your guests to stay at. You may also find that your wedding venue can offer more than just a wonderful house and grounds. Some country house wedding venues may provide the luxury of a swimming pool, tennis courts, and stunning grounds to explore throughout the duration of your day and night.

Excellent Service

At Bijou, we want newlywed couples to depart our venues with the incredible wedding memories. Therefore, we do our utmost to ensure that wedding planning couples receive the very best when it comes to the service they receive from the moment they request a brochure with us, until we wave them goodbye the morning after their celebration. We pride ourselves on excellent service across every element of a wedding planning journey; from the initial tour around the venue (with a glass of fizz in hand) to the menu tasting session, the service on the day and the care and attention to detail given every time we communicate with one of our couples. We understand that couples may be travelling out of their comfort zones to host their weddings in the country, and therefore, we want them to feel as comfortable and ‘at home’ as they possibly can be.


Choosing to host your wedding outside of the location you’re familiar with may not be an easy decision, and, there is a lot to consider when it comes to the location of your chosen wedding venue. The setting and surroundings of your wedding venue could have a huge impact when it comes to your wedding photography and, in terms of ‘getting to and from’ your chosen venue, you’ll more than likely want to book somewhere within easy transport links so that guests coming via car, train or even plane won’t have too much of a trek. Your chosen country side wedding venue may even have the option to offer you an outdoor wedding. If you like the idea of holding your nuptials in a wonderful garden, be sure to search for a venue with an outdoor licence.

Who are Bijou Wedding Venues?

A collection of luxurious, exclusive use, wedding venues in country settings located in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, North Norfolk and Provence. Bijou Wedding Venues offer a home-from-home wedding experience with 5-star service and style throughout!

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