Surrey weddings: the big decisions

PUBLISHED: 18:02 20 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 20 February 2013

Surrey weddings: the big decisions

Surrey weddings: the big decisions

Spoilt for choice, as we are, for the perfect wedding day in Surrey, Laura Manning eases your path down the aisle with ideas for both before and after your vows

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2010

Spoilt for choice, as we are, for the perfect wedding day in Surrey, Laura Manning eases your path down the aisle with ideas for both before and after your vows

Five of the most memorable places to get married

  • So, Henry VIII didnt have much luck in the marriage stakes, but that doesnt mean that Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey isnt the perfect place to tie the knot. With plenty of room choices available, and the option to hold your reception there, too, you can create your own little piece of history.
    Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU: 020 3166 6507

  • Deep in the heart of nature, with peacocks roaming the sweeping landscape and doves soaring above the lovely walled gardens, the Grade II listed Northbrook Park estate provides an idyllic setting. Within the 120 acres, the Vine Room and Orangery can cater for between 120 and 200 guests.
    Northbrook Park, near Bentley, Farnham GU10 5EU: 01420 525084

  • Celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, the 17th century Ham House is magnificent. Steeped in history, The Great Hall is available for ceremonies for up to 60 guests, while receptions can take place in The Orangery, which can accommodate from 90 to 400 guests.
    Ham House, Ham, Richmond TW10 7RS: 0208 9401950

  • Set in 70 acres of Surrey parkland, Horsley Towers provides the perfect wedding venue. The fairytale Victorian house accommodates both ceremonies and receptions, with a total capacity of 150 guests, while
    also providing a unique backdrop to the photos.
    Horsley Towers, Horsley Park, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6DU: 01483 284211

  • With far-reaching views over Surreys luscious green countryside and a huge oak beam ceiling, The Barn is a magical setting for your big day. Up to 180 guests may be seated for dinner in the vast space, which can be divided to accommodate both the ceremony and reception.
    The Barn at Bury Court, near Bentley, Farnham GU10 5LY: 01420 550499

Three things to try on your stag night

  • For those adrenaline junkies out there, what about a day speeding through the trees with high-wires and stomach churning drops? Go Ape! at Alice Holt will provide adventure and fun for a stag do to remember.
    Go Ape! at Alice Holt, Bucks Horn Oak, near Farnham GU10 4LS:
    0845 643 9215

  • Be spoilt for choice by indulging in a day of quad biking, paintballing or 4x4 off-road driving. Whichever takes your fancy, Surrey-based Priory Events will provide tailor-made stag do packages also throwing in a choice of refreshments, too.
    Priory Events, Sandy Lane, South Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ: 01737 822484

  • Why not enjoy a round or two of golf during your action-packed weekend? Designed by Justin Taylor, five times winner of the British Open, Selsdon Park Hotel offers an impressive course set on almost 6,500 yards of sweeping parkland.
    Selsdon Park Hotel, Addington Road, Sanderstead: 0118 9714700

Three great ways to get the party going on the day

  • Astonish family and friends with a psychological mindreader. Original, mind-boggling entertainment from Woking resident Mark Cairns (01491 651259) that fuels plenty of laughs.

  • To make things go with a bang, how about a personal firework display? Winners of two firework championships, Guildford-based Flashpoint Fireworks (01483 426017) will take your breath away with their professional pyrotechnic displays.

  • Based in Dorking, top conjuror Sav The Deceptionist (07931 706369) claims to have performed his mind-boggling magic for everyone from award-winning rock band Kings of Leon to Keira Knightley and Sir Terence Conran.

Three things to try on your hen night

  • For oodles of intrigue and heaps of laughs, why not test your cunning on a murder mystery weekend at
    Wotton House? Documented in the Domesday Book and known for ghostly apparitions, this haunting estate will offer a unique hen night.
    Wotton House, Guildford Road, Dorking RH5 6HS: 01306 730000

  • If a lavish, indulgent break is what you desire before the big day, then why not take advantage of the Girlie Weekend Package at Frimley Hall, promising to provide the ultimate pampering experience?
    Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel, Camberley GU15 2BG: 0844 879 9110

  • How about taking a stroll through the luscious vines of Denbies Wine Estate, which offers a variety of packages suited to any hen. Whether its tasting award-winning wines or learning the art of the chocolatier, the 250 acres of Surrey countryside will not disappoint.
    Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA: 01306 876616

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