In Ideas

Your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life and you want everything to be perfect. Where you have your reception is one of the biggest decisions that you’ll have to make for your special day and we’ve come up with some ideas that’ll suit all tastes and budgets to make sure that you’ll have an Isle of Wight wedding day to remember.

Classic Island Venues

There is no shortage of beautiful heritage places on the Island to tie the knot and Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday destination Osborne House is one of the most iconic. Whether you’re hosting 30 guests or 2500, you can choose from the Durbar Room and lawn, the beach, the walled garden and several other beautifully decorated rooms within the house for your ceremony and reception and feel like a queen for the day.

Dating back to 1799, Northwood House can offer ceremonies from 10 to 120 people in the dining room, ballroom and even the fabulously decorated rotunda and you can combine rooms if you’re planning on a bigger event. Also, in the grounds of Northwood House is the converted stable block which is  also licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies and with a large separate kitchen is ideal for a self-catered event.

Barton Manor has a wonderful two storey barn which is perfect for a ceremony, reception and evening entertainment. As part of the old Osborne estate, the barn and the accommodation in the farmhouse and Lake Cottage mean that you can hire your own mini estate for the weekend making your wedding a private delight. You can even arrive at the estate by helicopter or RiB…

Hotels

If you feel that a hotel would be more to your liking – somewhere to hold the day and stay as well then there are excellent wedding credentials to be had on the Island.

The Royal Hotel has impeccable service, creative cuisine and can put together a bespoke wedding package just for you. From intimate ceremonies to grand parties, the hotel’s timeless elegance will be the perfect backdrop to a traditional wedding day. Perched above Ventnor, The Hambrough offers three intimate rooms for weddings and civil ceremonies as well as seven boutique bedrooms and self- catering properties nearby. And with the sea just a stone’s throw away, there are no end of brilliant beach photo opportunities.

Secluded, private, and set against a backdrop of the Osborne House estate, the Albert Cottage Hotel is a wonderful venue for that special day and can offer tailor made wedding packages both inside the hotel and in marquees on the patios and lawn. Lakeside Park Hotel and Spa is exactly as it says, on the lakeside, which provides the perfect setting for both your ceremony and reception. You can have a pre wedding pamper in the spa and enjoy fine dining in the a la carte restaurant with your guests. Right on the sea front in Ryde, the seventy bedroomed Royal Esplanade Hotel is a listed building perfectly situated on the Esplanade. Licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies it offers stylish and elegant surroundings to make your memories in.

A Different Sort of Venue

Not everyone wants a traditional wedding venue and so here are some places where you’ll have a wonderful day.

For sailing fans there’s the Sir Max Aitken Museum in Cowes. This 18th century building houses an extraordinary personal collection of painting and yachting memorabilia as well as stunning views across the Solent from the balcony. Or there is also Cowes Yacht Haven which can hold from 120 to 400 guests if you’re planning a big bash. It has a covered terrace for drinks, experienced caterers and a wide selection of wine and champagne.

If you have a yearning for a countryside wedding, then you should consider the Garlic Farm or the Apple Farm in Freshwater. For garlic lovers you can have  exclusive use of the Allium Cafe and Restaurant, bespoke catering, full drinks package and even a tractor and trailer to transport guests. You can also use the Garlic Farm’s catering in other venues. The Apple Farm in the midst of the orchards is a romantic and unique venue where your ceremony can take place under the grape vine overlooking Tennyson Down. There’s a dining room or you can dine al fresco under the veranda…

East Afton Farmhouse has the Event Barns which overlook a private courtyard landscaped gardens, and the arable fields of the neighbouring farm. Benefitting from practical amenities like its own bar and catering preparation areas and heating and lighting option to take you from day to night. There is also further accommodation at Tapnell Farm in safari tents, wood cabins, eco pods and Modulogs.

Ventnor Botanic Garden is the perfect setting for the green fingered and organisers will go out of their way to give you the day of your dreams. Want to arrive in a helicopter and leave in speed boat? You can. Fancy a swanky marquee in an exclusive garden lawn or New Zealand Garden or the finest dining with a menu you've created? You can have it. You just have to ask. There is also Appuldurcombe House with its astonishing Great Hall which is a wonderfully Baroque setting for your wedding and which can be dressed for the most elegant of celebrations.

For amazing views and sunsets there are a few popular Island spots where you can have your celebration. The Little Gloster is available for exclusive hire or can accommodate a smaller wedding party and has award winning food. The Winter Gardens also boasts amazing views over the sea from the iconic Art Deco building built in 1936 and can host large or smaller wedding breakfasts and finger buffets.

Some Other Considerations

Many Isle of Wight restaurants will also privately cater for weddings and we suggest that if you have a favourite that you approach them. Gastronomy in Cowes, The Smoking Lobster in Ventnor and Thompsons in Newport all provide bespoke catering if you are hiring a hall, barn or outside space.

For traditionalists, a church service is essential and you should contact St Mildred’s in Whippingham, Queen Victoria’s church, or Newport Minster if you need advice about a religious ceremony.

If you are planning to be a guest at an Isle of Wight wedding then there is plenty of accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, self- catering and even on campsites so you’ll be sure to find somewhere to suit your budget and taste.

Getting Here

However you’re travelling to a wedding, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service.

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