Love is clearly in the air at Belvoir Castle, which has seen a 50 per cent increase in weddings in the past 12 months.
The prestigious Leicestershire events venue and home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, has seen a spike in bookings over the last year.
This is in part thanks to the unveiling of the Lakeside Marquee, which has tripled capacity for couples looking to invite a longer guest list.
“We have seen a demand for bigger, more elaborate weddings, and knew we had to offer something alongside the spectacular castle setting,” explained Tanith Wesson, events business development manager.
The castle itself, which can cater for 120 guests, benefits from being situated atop a hill overlooking surrounding countryside.
The Lakeside Marquee, which is big enough to host up to 500 people, is set in a landscape of trees and grassland.
Belvoir Castle cites the increased demand for winter weddings as another reason for the rise in bookings.
These include one groom-to-be set to marry this Valentine’s weekend, who actually booked the venue before proposing to his fiancé a fewweeks earlier on New Year’s Eve.
“Short engagements aren’t unusual,” continues Tanith. “Couples visit the grounds and fall in love with the location immediately, so a six-month engagement can be fairly common.
“Despite being a very popular venue, every wedding at Belvoir Castle is completely personalised to the couple. Our events team are great, and are always on hand to turn the most unusual ideas into a reality.”
The castle has seen a host of unique weddings in 2014, with themes including Halloween, a funfair complete with dodgems, and fantasy-inspired with a carriage pulled by unicorns.
* For more information, visit www.belvoircastle.com/weddings