6 wedding destinations to get you dreaming…

The wedding industry has faced an incredibly tough year and if you, like Rivkie, is one of the many brides on tenterhooks about their big day still, believe us, we feel you! Planning a wedding right now is at best stressful and worst, chaotic. Having guests? Who knows! Delaying the big day? Maybe. But if you haven’t yet started planning and are still looking for some ultimate wedding venue inspo, Margaret Hussey has compiled a list of six utterly dreamy wedding venues to get your started. From big days to more intimate affairs and jetting abroad to keeping it here in the UK, there’s something for all weddings here.

Mama Shelter London 

For a quirky wedding Mama Shelter in Shoreditch offers alternatives to tie the knot in style. You can have civil ceremonies in the Atelier, followed by a reception for up to 50 people in the very stylish Garden Bar. It also has a private dining room for up to 12 guests. The ‘Mama Elopes’ package can be tailored to include late night Karaoke sessions to parties with retro gaming machines. And newlyweds will get a special Sexy Mama Box and bottle of bubbles in their room. mamashelter.com/london-shoreditch  

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Fancy exchanging your vows on board a traditional sailing boat or on your own private sandbank? Milaidhoo Island can do this and more. Then kick off your wedding flip flops in an overwater thatched-roof villa with views of the Indian Ocean. The private sundeck comes with loungers and a huge swimming pool with steps straight into the sea. The happy couple can expect Champagne on arrival, a dedicated chef to personalise meals and a butler. milaidhoo.com

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill

Giving a sense of heritage The Churchill, in London’s Marylebone, is a perfect wedding destination. The Library, with photographs from Sir Winston’s personal photograph albums, can hold 50 people in a formal banquet and up to 75 as a reception, while the Chartwell ballroom can cater for even larger groups. Food from The Montagu Kitchen is the best of British, based on the ‘Farmed, Caught and Harvested’ principle, while the newlyweds and guests can enjoy craft cocktails from the award-winning The Churchill Bar & Terrace. Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill 

Cobblers Cove, Barbados 

With sunny weather all year round and white sandy beaches, Cobblers Cove offers Caribbean charm in bucketloads. You can exchange vows barefoot in the sand, in the hotel’s gardens or at the sea-side church. A wedding stay also includes fast track service at the airport, a private one-hour boat cruise, his and hers dressing gowns, and a complimentary in suite massage for two. The honeymoon suites have four-poster beds, hand printed linens and private plunge pools with views over the ocean. cobblerscove.com  

Gilpin, Lake District

For a truly fairytale setting, the Gilpin in the Lake District ticks all the boxes. Its Lake House, set in 100 acres of private ground, can be used exclusively. It comes with a sweeping staircase, six luxurious suites, floor to ceiling windows overlooking the woodland as well as a log fire, twinkling lights, heated indoor pool and hot tubs. And with Michelin starred chefs and Relais & Chateaux trained staff, you can really push the boat out. thegilpin.co.uk

Borgo Bastia Creti, Italy

For an Italian idyll, Borgo Bastia Creti, in a secluded hamlet in Umbria offers 13 bedrooms and a maximum of 30 beds. It’s perfect for couples wanting to concentrate on the finer details with a smaller group of guests. It has a converted frescoed 12th century chapel, which can be used for a symbolic ceremony, while you can dance al fresco in the evening with views of the valley. bastiacreti.it