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Although a traditional church wedding remains one of the truest ways to exchange your vows, the popularity in civil ceremonies held at fairytale venues has become increasingly popular.

5 Star Wedding Directory provides discerning couples with a collection of unique and beautiful venues all licensed to hold civil ceremonies as well as host a stunning reception afterwards.

The magical and historic setting of a castle wedding has been the choice of aristocracy and celebrities for years. Dundas Castle in Scotland sits in its own 1000 acre estate in secluded countryside, yet only 8 miles from Edinburgh city centre. This luxurious castle, now the stately home of Sir Jack and Lady Stewart-Clark, also offers a romantic boathouse on Dundas Loch for honeymoon couples to make a quick escape.  For those wanting an enchanting backdrop of castle turrets and walled gardens, Guthrie Castle in Angus, Scotland, can accommodate a variety of ceremonies from Celtic Handfasting, Hindu ceremonies and Church of Scotland weddings.

Dundas Castle and Estate

Dundas Castle and Estate

Guthrie Castle (by Angus Forbes)

Guthrie Castle

If getting married by the sea has been the lifelong dream, then  Drakes of Brighton provide breathtaking design and exquisite service in its 4 star townhouse perfectly located right on the seafront. 20 bespoke bedrooms make this luxury boutique hotel a perfect venue to book exclusively; where your guests are the only guests.   

Likewise couples getting married at The George on Rye will not only adore the beautiful hand painted silk wallpaper in the ballroom but will love the fact they are only a short ride away from the amazing Camber Sands – sand dunes rolling along the East Sussex coast. 

If being near the water is simply not enough, then couples can say their ‘I dos’ onboard in the Isle of Skye on Duisdale House’s private luxury yacht Solus Na Mara, the yacht accommodates a small wedding party of six including the bride and groom.


 Drakes of Brighton

The George In Rye

The George In Rye

Modern couples wanting a more urban setting can choose the elegant and original ‘grand hotel’ The Langham in London.  The hotel makes for enchanting surroundings with its opulent Grand Ballroom and packages which can include a moonlit champagne tour of London and Rolls Royce transfers on the wedding day.

The Langham - London

The Langham – London

For something cooler, the Absolut Icebar, London, is the only venue in the UK to allow marriages in temperatures of minus 5 degrees.

Absolut Ice Bar

Absolut Ice Bar

Couples can celebrate their day in the ethereal surroundings of Absolut Icebar with guests adorned in capes, whilst surrounded by crystal clear ice. Toast the marriage with a Champagne cocktail in an ice glass before enjoying canapés or dinner in the contrasting warmth of belowzero.

These are just some of the many easy to find luxury suppliers provided by the little black book that is



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