Stately homes, fairytale castles and rock-chick boltholes loved by Kate Moss, the Cotswolds has everything you could dream of for a whimsical wedding. Its backdrop of verdant hills and creamy coloured stone make it a wedding photographer’s delight. It’s got rustic farmhouse dining, decadent Michelin-starred restaurants and an incredible address book of wedding suppliers all on hand to turn your big day into a beautiful event. Need more convincing? Here are our top reasons why the Cotswolds is such a popular wedding destination.

  1. Preposterously pretty wedding venues

Bathed in glorious colours of gold and green, the Cotswolds has a wealth of dreamy wedding venues. Fancy going plush? The indulgent Soho Farmhouse has its home in Chipping Norton and offers all the countryside glam and roaring fire pits you need for an exclusive wedding celebration. Prefer a medieval fortress? Berkley Castle has you covered with majestical terraces, enchanting lily ponds and stained glass windows. Want something bohemian and beautiful? You’ll find an abundance of atmospheric barn-style wedding venues and luxury yurts in wildflower meadows.

  1. Lavish flowers and live music

For a bespoke wedding, it’s hard to beat the Cotswolds. You’ll find many local suppliers, whether you need a luxury dessert table or lavish seasonal flowers. Because weddings in the Cotswolds are so popular, suppliers are experts when it comes to providing smooth and beautiful results. Booking incredible live wedding bands is easy, whether you want to add soul and Motown to the party or slow it down with folk flair for an intimate first wedding dance. It’s just as easy to hire delectable caterers specialising in everything from mouthwatering Gloucestershire cheeses to guest-wowing candy coloured treats.

  1. A place to wow your wedding guests

It’s the rolling hills and chocolate box villages laced in creamy Oolitic limestone where wedding guests will see England at its most enchanting. Settle them down in quintessentially English luxury hotels and cool country boltholes in the region’s prettiest villages, which include Bourton-on-the-Water, Castle Combe and Stow-on-the-Wold. You can also arrange extra entertainment at celebrity-favourite haunts. Try The Swan at Southrop, The Village Pub in Barnsley or, for something cool and quirky post-wedding, stop by Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm to pick up local jams, chutneys and fudge for your guest to take home.

  1. Easy access for everyone

Covering nearly 800 square miles and five counties, the Cotswolds offers a wide selection of beautiful wedding venues. It’s also lauded for its easy access. Guests coming from all parts of the UK can travel along the M5, M40 or M4 to get in. Expecting international guests? Travel is just as quick and simple, with both Birmingham and Bristol airports close by.

We recommend the Cotswolds for breathtaking views, cool countryside vibes and a wealth of excellent local suppliers that will make planning your big day a breeze. From large scale soirées to intimate celebrations, make a wedding date with the Cotswolds and dance the night away in the heart of the English countryside.