While for most people, a wedding is going to be one of the most expensive things they ever buy, the amount spent on the average wedding is dwarfed by some of the most luxurious and unique venues and destinations in the UK. When bank balances are robust enough to take the strain, it’s possible to rack up thousands and thousands of pounds in costs, putting the most expensive weddings onto a rare level of spending. With this in mind, some of the most expensive weddings to be had in the UK include:
The London Eye
If you’ve ever fancied having your big day overlooking London, then the London Eye is probably the best venue you can find (unless the Shard has vacancies in the future). Renting out capsules for you and your guests costs around £2,800 for a basic package during weekdays, and £3,000 on Saturdays and Sundays – and that’s before you add in other costs.
The Dorchester Hotel
To hold a wedding at this famous London hotel, you’ll have to shell out about £1,000 per room, with the option of adding in multiple private dining rooms and other services, putting a comprehensive wedding at the Dorchester into the premium category of venues.
Natural History Museum
Another unique wedding location, the Natural History Museum is rentable for £15,000 as a basic package – for this you get the whole Museum to yourself, as well as extra services, so if you want to get married next to dinosaur bones and other wonders, this is the place to do it.
For a Royal themed wedding, you can opt for Hampton Court Palace – different rooms and marquees are available within the grounds and the buildings of the Palace in Surrey – average prices for rental will set you back about £30,000 (plus VAT).
This converted Regency mansion in County Lanois, Ireland, costs £11,500 per night to rent as a wedding venue – you also have to book at a two night minimum, putting the total charge at £23,000 – meals and drinks for receptions cost about £165 per person.
A castle in the Lake District, Augill can accommodate around 28 adults and 10 children, and will cost you about £12,600 over two nights. Key rooms within the Castle that are handed over to weddings include the Great Hall.
Famously used by Madonna for her wedding to Guy Ritchie, to rent this Scottish castle for a wedding you’ll need to be a member of its surrounding country club, an exclusive feat in and of itself. Madonna spent about $1.5 million on her entire wedding, although if you can become a member, Skibo wedding prices for venue rental are around £34,000 per night.
Located in Hertfordshire, this stately home puts offers you the chance to rent out venues catering for 300 guests – multiple add on services are also available at Sopwell, which will set you back more than a few thousand.
A Scottish Regency castle featuring 26 rooms, Blairquhan costs £2,600 per night to rent, for which you get exclusive use of public rooms – accommodation is also available within the Castle.
This grand English house is rentable at about £14,000 for a basic package, which includes hosting wedding ceremonies in the traditional church on the ground, and hosting a large reception in Stapleford’s Grand Hall.
Danielle Ferguson is fascinated by the lengths to which some people will go to for their weddings. She’s recently enjoyed visiting premium wedding venue Kinnettles Castle, one of the best boutique hotels in Scotland. Danielle can be found blogging about different wedding venues around the UK.