Will I be able to get married in 2020? When will wedding venues open? When will lockdown be over? All very difficult questions to answer right now, but with the government trying to work through a plan to get back to some kind of normality since the outbreak of Covid-19, it is has been said that small weddings may happen from June. Just before lockdown, ceremonies were allowed for 5 people (registrar, the couple and 2 witnesses), if this is the case again, or if we are allowed small weddings, venues who offer elopement packages may just be the answer!
So...what is an elopement? An elopement is described as a marriage being conducted in a sudden and secretive fashion, just the two of you, for the purpose of being married.
In 2020, an elopement doesn't have to be this way, it is entirely up to you if you tell your friends and family that you are off to get married, or you could keep it on the low and plan a big unveiling! Either way, if the government allows registrars to work and weddings for a small party, this idea may work for you - you could even live stream so your friends and family can watch!
We have put together a list of 5 venues who already offer these style of packages so are ready to go once reopened! You could even get in touch to show your interest until venues are allowed open their doors and registrars are working again for you to get married!
The Green – Cornwall
A beautiful, quirky, outdoor style venue who offer the perfect elopement package for just the two of you. There are a couple of options for you of where you can get married – in your cottage, in the venues wooden beamed barn or at the wedding arbor by the lakeside. Having these options means you can say your vows in a location which feels right you as a couple. The Green offer an elopement package which includes accommodation and even the witnesses. Their package is available midweek and you can even add extras such as a photographer, flowers or a hot tub experience, which saves you having to look external suppliers or think of what to do after your ceremony.
Cost – package with two night stay, area for ceremony, 3 course meal, a hamper breakfast and witnesses: £1095.
You will need to take into account the registrar fees. You will need to arrange the registrar yourselves directly with the local registry office.
Berwick Lodge – Bristol
A luxury boutique lodge in perfect surroundings for an elopement with beautiful grounds and views. Your Wedding ceremony will be held in the original Victorian summerhouse, and overnight stay, which is included in their elopement package available Monday-Thursday, in one of their luxury suites. There is a 2AA rosette restaurant onsite where you can then dine together to celebrate your marriage. With in-house treatment rooms and spa therapists onsite, there is even a massage included for both of you!
Cost – the package has everything you could need for your perfect elopement (excluding registrar) including a 6 Course Tasting Menu with accompanying wine flight for the cost of £1599 for two nights.
Godwick Hall – Norfolk
The beautiful venue of Godwick offers both the hall and barn and even have on site shepherd’s huts for your overnight accommodation! The luxury house is set on 100 acres of land and is just 11 miles from the coastline, perfect for exploring once you have said your ‘I-dos’. For their elopement package, your ceremony and post ceremony drinks will be held within the stunning hall in their drawing room. The venue is happy to provide witnesses if required and you can even add a BBQ and a star gazing package to your stay if you want to make the most of the venue instead of venturing out.
There are also extras you can add to your shepherds hut for your perfect ‘Shlamping’ stay which is the venues registered trademark name for luxury glamping in a crafted shepherd’s hut – definitely something different for your Wedding night!
Cost – Available Mon-Thurs and off peak, £695 for two nights (registrar to be arranged directly)
Lakeside – Lake District
This stunning venue is situated on Lake Windermere and is perfect if you ae a fan of the outdoors, hikinh or water adventures. You can combine your Wedding celebrations with exploring a new town, hiking a mountain or kayaking on the lake. The venue offers various packages for just the two of you or for intimate Weddings, if you wanted and were able to have, more guests. These packages are available year-round and even on weekends at a supplement charge. Your ceremony will be held on a lodge suite with a private garden overlooking the lake. A ticket for the both of you to take a trip across to Bowness is even included! There is a spa onsite which you can take advantage of on their ultimate package.
Cost – packages from vary from £895 to £2470 depending on the time of year, day of the week and how much you would like to include.
Lords of the Manor – Cotswolds
This stunning 17th century hotel is based between Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold – both beautiful towns to explore with plenty to do during your visit. The venue offers intimate Weddings, you can either just have the two of you, or a few more guests if you are able to. The cost is a per head price which doesn’t include the ceremony, so if you were happy to just go to the registry office and complete the paperwork for the minimum fee so you are legally married, you could then make this visit all about the celebrations. You can upgrade your package for champagne and a luxury menu.
For the two of you, your celebrations will be held in the Pantry which holds up to 9 people and has a room hire cost of £50 on top of the package cost. You would then add on your ceremony and accommodation costs separately, which gives you the flexibility to have exactly what you want and create a more bespoke package.
Cost – varies dependant on what you would like to add and for how many guests, packages start from £75 per person.
If you think an elopement or 'just us two' wedding could work for you, let's get a consultation booked together, so we can start to plan your day ready for when we get the go ahead! You can book a complimentary video calling consultation here.