It may sound a little cliched but sometimes it is easy to miss the beauty which is presented before us.
Our countryside is some of the finest in the land and the jewel in our county’s crown, Rutland Water, provides a sparkling backdrop throughout the seasons. From picture perfect venues, sublime floristry and photography and not forgetting sensational wedding jewellery our county has so much to offer when it comes to your special day that we thought we would champion just a few of the best here.
The sanctity of marriage is defined by the wedding ceremony and while the whole day will be filled with happiness and beautiful things that moment where rings are exchanged is arguably the single most important element of your day.
All Saints Parish Church Oakham, situated right in the heart of the town, is the largest Church in our little county and a beautiful and traditional setting for your ceremony to unfold. The church is very active And has a full range of worship and community activities every day of the week. Oakham, Church has a very welcoming Christian community and as the only Anglican church in the town attracts people from all traditions. Children are welcomed and encouraged at all services.
When it comes to beautiful backdrops there is so much opportunity in Rutland, a few are described here but there are so many all so popular and consequently are often taking bookings at least a full year in advance.
Barnsdale Hall Hotel
Barnsdale provides a unique setting with views right out over Rutland Water and the county beyond and on a clear day it is breathtaking! The venue welcomes both small intimate gatherings and large celebrations, as bespoke as you require. The venue has a selection of rooms available to hold your wedding reception and has a range of facilities on site such as Barnsdale Hair and Beauty, they offer a pre-wedding package and assistance on the day for your hair and makeup for you and your family. There are 66 bedrooms many of which enjoy spectacular views over Rutland Water and surrounding countryside.
Barnsdale Lodge has a choice of private function rooms which can accommodate a wedding from 20 to 180. The hotel has several well-proportioned rooms that are licensed for civil ceremonies, as well as the stunning Fort Henry and Exton Park, just a couple of miles from the hotel. The hotel’s team of chefs can provide catering to suit, from an informal finger buffet to a five-course dinner and provide outside catering if required. The team are friendly and efficient and will work hard to ensure your day is memorable.
Stapleford Park Hotel
Stapleford Park is one of England’s most prestigious, picturesque venues and offers a dream country house wedding. The historic house and stunning grounds are a truly magical location for a Leicestershire wedding.
The 17th century house blends with the Tudor old wing. There is a small church on the estate, just a short walk from the main house all set within the tranquil landscape of Capability Brown. There are beautifully appointed private rooms for intimate weddings or the elegant Grand Hall or Orangery for larger wedding parties of up to 180. Stapleford’s designer inspired, original bedrooms for guests staying overnight also add wow factor.
Rutland Water Golf Course
With spectacular views of Europe’s largest manmade lake, Rutland Water Golf Course is a beautiful venue for a special Rutland Water Wedding day. Small and intimate weddings take place in the upstairs function room with balcony, or in the new marquee lined barn and courtyard for up to 180 guests. There is also a site overlooking the water where it is possible to site a tipi or marquee.
Bespoke wedding packages are available to suit a wide range of styles and themes.
Greetham Valley Golf Course
With stunning facilities, fabulous views and superb service, Greetham Valley is an ideal venue for celebrating a special occasion. Greetham Valley we do all they can to make your day incredibly special. With its unique and contemporary style, beautiful views and fine dining coupled with a bespoke and exemplary service, Greetham Valley is an ideal Rutland wedding venue.
Right in the heart of Rutland’s largest market town, Castle Cottage is nestled in a quiet corner of Oakham, right next to the Castle walls, where it’s vintage style garden and coffee rooms have been the venue for many a local magazine photo shoot. The venue increasingly caters for weddings following rave reviews. Described in a recent blog as having a ‘secret garden style vibe’ with ‘little details around every corner’ this venue can give a completely different feel to your day when combined with the relaxed rural feel of Oakham’s tranquil setting.
Pretty and perfumed
On a day where it is important that you get exactly what you want and not what you need, flowers are as important as any other element to truly define your theme. With colour, foliage and of course seasonal considerations it is so important to have the expert advice and experience of a top florist.
Pollen Floristry in Oakham
With an impressive wedding flower portfolio and the skill to listen to your own ideas Pollen Floristry have a team of florists who will help turn your dreams into reality.
Preserved for posterity
Memories are enhanced with photographs and in the pursuit of capturing the happiness of your day preserved in the faces of family and loved ones the quality and skill levels found in wedding photographers locally is stunning.
Dean Street Photography
Andy and Laura have been Oakham wedding and lifestyle photographers for many years, known for their creative wedding photography. Dean Street Photography have been nominated for both Wedding Photographer of the year and Small business of the year by their customers. Their aim is simple: to provide a fantastic customer experience like no other and to create truly magical memories.
Elli Dean Photography
Elli’s style is to document your day as it flows, with a little help and direction only when essential. She shoots reportage to capture the vibe, atmosphere, laughter and emotions but will get involved when shooting groups and your portraits as a married couple (always with a smile!). Paying attention to the smallest and biggest details of your day, including the ones you never noticed!
Timeless Jewellery as unique as you
Heidi creates stunning and bespoke wedding jewellery with an individuality to complement your love for each other. Pairing rare and unusual gemstones with white and yellow gold or platinum to create classic and elegant or contemporary chic engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings with added appeal. Heidi also has a wide selection of wedding jewellery and wedding day gifts such as gorgeous bracelets, bangles, necklaces and earrings for the bride and bridesmaids aswell as world class handcrafted cufflinks for the groom and ushers.
There are of course so many other splendid local wedding services available in Rutland, more than we can hope to mention here but hopefully this gives a flavour of what is available right on Rutland’s doorstep.