Weddings at Valentina’s Lost Orangery

The Lost Orangery, Wiltshire

Hidden away in gorgeous rolling hills in the countryside between Bath and Corsham, Valentina’s Lost Orangery offers a truly sublime, one-in-1000 romantic backdrop for the discerning bride and groom.

Valentina’s Lost Orangery

Today we’re taking an in-depth look Valentina’s Lost Orangery, a magical luxury self-catering accommodation property that also offers wedding couples and up to 250 of their guests an exclusive-use space on this stunning estate. From amazing Georgian-style architecture to water-features, evergreen palm trees, the remains of a castle, carefully pruned topiary, rose gardens, lawns, cloisters, archways and even a thatched boat house, this hidden gem has a seemingly never ending supply of surprises and delights!

The Location

The Orangery is found just a stone’s throw away from Colerne, Pickwick and Castle Combe, and conveniently close for exploring the historic city of Bath.

About and History

Situated within Euridge Manor Farm, and found next to the famous explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh’s manor house itself, The Lost Orangery and its gardens are the culmination of master garden designers and builders, Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who transformed the Wiltshire country estate, and its crumbling castle, into something quite special indeed.

Today the estate is owned by successful businessman John Robinson, founder of the fashion chain, Jigsaw.

Ceremonies at Valentina’s Lost Orangery

With plenty of spaces around the estate licensed for civil ceremonies, imagine tying the knot in the Cloister, portico or archway for the perfect boho outdoor wedding. The venue’s pièce de résistance is often considered the stunning, bright Orangery itself, with its twinkling lights, chandeliers, Mediterranean plants – imagine your guests watching your ceremony with the doors thrown open, with a gentle summer’s breeze rolling through.

Receptions at Valentina’s Lost Orangery

The terrace, at the rear of the house, overlooks the manor’s centrepiece, a grand pool flanked by grand stone staircases. Here your guests can drink to your health as they gaze out across the manicured gardens and countryside beyond – a picture-perfect environment for the idyllic drinks reception

For the main event, your wedding breakfast, take advantage of the lawn space and have a marquee which can seat up to 250 guests. If you are looking to have a more intimate reception, then the Orangery would be ideal for 40 guests.

Catering

You are welcome to invite your own catering in for your big day at The Lost Orangery. Feel free to get in touch with the venue and they will provide you with a list of locally-based professionals that they can recommend.

Wedding Ideas at The Lost Orangery

From string quartets to classical ensembles and folk bands – make use of the lawns and terraces for drinks receptions and have music wafting out across the summer’s air – this makes a perfect opportunity to have your photos taken elsewhere in the lovely grounds.

Staying Overnight

As a self-catering option for accommodation, The Lost Orangery can sleep up to a select 4 guests, ideal for the bride and groom who need that space or important family members if you want to stay elsewhere. These are not just any rooms – four poster suites with roll-top bath tubs – one with a monsoon shower and the other an overhead shower.

Add to this other facilities such as a gas-fired BBQ, tennis courts, boat house, bio-mass underfloor heating, a gourmet rustic country hamper including local bacon, eggs, milk and crusty bread and so much more.

As you hire the property for your big day, a minimum three night’s stay is required – so you really can make a holiday out of it!

So, if your interest is piqued, and you do like the sounds of getting married and/or celebrating your newly-formed marriage in a one-of-a-kind estate with Orangery, gardens, castles and more, then go through and find out more about weddings at Valentina’s Lost Orangery.

Some of the images above were provided by the fantastic Sacha Miller Photography – make sure to check them out!

Wedding Venue Licensing : How does a wedding venue become licensed?

Licence to marry

Many of you, especially those looking to ‘DIY-ify’ your wedding, may be wondering whether you can legally host a civil ceremony in any building of your choice. Alas, in England, Ireland and Wales, it’s not as simple as that of course. The venue or building must be approved and hold an appropriate licence.

However, in Scotland couples may be married by a registrar in any location whatsoever! Obviously the registrar does have to feel happy and comfortable that the location in question is appropriate and safe – you don’t want to take any risks with your wedding day!

how does a wedding venue become licensed

 

If you’re dreaming of a wonderfully bespoke setting for your wedding – we’re thinking atop a cliff, in a forest, in your very own back garden and everywhere in between – Scotland may be your answer.

Below, we explore what requirements your wedding venue may need to gain a marriage license in England, Ireland and Wales.

What are the requirements for an approved wedding venue?

In order for a venue to qualify as a building suitable for conducting wedding ceremonies and issuing marriage certificates, it must meet a number of requirements, moderated by the local council.

The building itself must be safe, fit and in good repair for use by members of the public. This includes contemporary fire regulations etc.

The premises must be regularly available to the public for the purpose of conducting marriage ceremonies. This means that a licence won’t be granted to your home, for example!

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No religious connotations

Civil ceremonies must be free of all religious connotations. As such, the building (unless de-consecrated) should not have been used, or cannot currently be used, for any religious purposes. So lesser church buildings, such as chapels, vicarages etc will not meet the criteria for licensing.

The particular room in which the ceremony will take place must be physically within the building that is to be licensed. A shed ‘out back’ won’t do!

In order to licence an outdoor space for civil ceremonies, it must contain a fix and permanent structure for the bride and groom to say their vows under. This includes things like wooden gazebos.

For the registrar

Some councils demand that you provide fresh drinking water and adequate parking for the registrar (the official who will perform the marriage ceremony).

Can I get a temporary licence for a building?

In a word: no. As stated above, an approved venue must be intended for regular ceremonial use by marrying couples. So, legally, you can’t simply buy a one-off licence for your wedding in England, Ireland and Wales.

What sorts of building are suitable?

Only permanent roofed buildings that are immovable are deemed suitable for licensing; boats that are permanently moored are an exception. This means that temporary marquees and other non-fixed structures cannot be granted a licence.

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The responsible person

Law in England, Ireland and Wales decrees that, once approval is met and the licence duly granted, there must be one ‘responsible person’, or at least a representative of the venue, present during all marriage ceremonies.

This person must be on hand at least an hour before the ceremony starts, and must attend the entire ceremony itself.

How much does it cost?

Of course, this varies from council to council. For the purposes of this article, we’ve consulted Somerset County Council’s site. The cost naturally tends to increase when additional ceremonial rooms are added for inclusion within the licence. The prices range from £1750 for two rooms to £2500 for five and above. These marriage ceremony licences are validated for three years.

For more information on how to apply officially for a wedding venue license, visit here.

There we are, that’s just about it! Now you know the implications and ins and outs of any individual building or venue becoming eligible and obtaining the necessary licence to host and conduct civil marriage ceremonies. So, if you are wanting to encourage your intended wedding reception venue to also invest in a ceremony licence, as an expert you will hopefully be in command of the situation!

Can I get married in my garden?

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Can I get married in my garden?

 

Unfortunately, you are unable to legally marry in your garden in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

Weddings must take place in a venue that has been given a full and legal marriage licence by the local authority. These usually include churches, stately homes or registry offices.

Can I get married in my garden

 

A number of venues have beautiful gazebos, historic monuments and even wooden structures in a countryside field for a whimsical outdoor ceremony.

It’s just unfortunate that you are unlikely to obtain a licence to cover your own garden for a one-off occasion. Even trying to request a licence will be a very costly and time consuming process. A process which probably isn’t worth the hassle.

 

 

Even if you find an outdoor venue with a marriage licence, due to ancient laws you will always have to sign the register under a stable roof.

What about a blessing instead?

 

A garden blessing is a great option. Perfect if you’re not too fussed on authenticity, if you’re trying to keep costs down, or you simply want a really personal occasion.

You could always carry out a small ceremony at your local registry office. Then continue the proceedings in your garden with a marriage blessing.

Although not legally recognised, a wedding blessing allows you to express your personalised wedding vows to each other in front of your loved ones. It is also a lot more flexible than a traditional wedding ceremony.

Can I get married in my garden

 

Most couples that choose to hold a wedding blessing tend to regard this ceremony as what makes them husband and wife. Rather than the legal formalities carried out at the registry office.

You can choose anyone you like to perform the blessing. This allows room for things to be even more personal.

However we recommended you arrange for a fully trained professional from the Humanist Association to officiate the ceremony. They will be able to offer advice on the structure of your ceremony and can help you prepare words, readings, and music.

The wedding breakfast and reception…

 

Although you can’t officially tie the knot in your garden, there’s nothing stopping you from hosting the rest of your celebrations there. After your ceremony you can host a beautiful wedding breakfast and reception at your home.

Festival style weddings have become increasingly popular. So, if your garden is big enough, put on the wellies and string up some lanterns for a truly magical setting. If the neighbours aren’t too fussy, you can even arrange for a live band to provide fantastic music into the early hours.

Alternatively a vintage tea party style celebration is a quintessentially English option for your reception.

Can I get married in my garden

 

Get thrifty and source some vintage crockery. String up some bunting and get the caterers in for some quaint finger sandwiches and yummy cakes.

This option is excellent for the ultimate bespoke celebration. If you have the space, you can even allow loved ones to pitch up tents and stay the night. Why not go the extra mile and arrange for fire pits and outdoor heaters?

In a nutshell, you are unable to legally hold a wedding ceremony in your back garden. However, you could consider quickly carrying out the formalities in your local registry office, and then proceeding back to your garden with your guests to hold a blessing ceremony.

We hope that this has helped to answer your question with regards to getting married in your garden. Fingers crossed our alternative options have triggered your imagination to get creating your fairy tale garden wedding celebration.