Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has always held a special place in my heart – not only is it one of the grandest stately homes that England has to offer, but the history of the family who live there is fascinating. It also happens to be down the road from where my grandmother grew up!
There’s nothing quite like driving through the Estate and seeing the golden decoration glimmering in the sunshine. You somehow just get the feeling you’ve been given a ticket to something very special.
Back in February 2020, before Covid, I was lucky enough to be booked to play for Alex & Rosy’s wedding at Chatsworth. When I met them at a wedding fair the year before, I actually offered them a discount because I just wanted to play there so much – there’s a first and last time for everything!
The day itself was simply magical, and not just because they’re a wonderful couple. The staff at Chatsworth were amazing; I had an entourage as I wheeled my harp from the ceremony to the Drinks Reception and they even moved a display in the gift shop for easier access – this is not the kind of treatment you get everywhere!
I always think you can judge a venue on how the staff treat your suppliers, and here I felt like I was the one who was getting married!
There’s something so special and exclusive about getting married in the surroundings of one of Britain’s most iconic stately homes, and while your ceremony can take place in the House, you can also choose a wedding in the 18th Century stableyard for a more relaxed feeling. But you still have all the Estate to use as backdrops for those all important photos!
Weddings at Chatsworth House have that really unique feeling – you’re somewhere historic and famous, but it feels just like yours for the day.
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