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Planning a wedding? Do it in style at Mount Stewart

With Valentine’s Day just past, there’s got to be a few newly minted proposals in the air out there, right? Or maybe the love in the air just gave some people the push to get planning? Either way, if you’re looking for a wedding venue with a difference then you could do worse than checking out Mount Stewart. Situated on the east shore of the Strangford Loch, the ancestral home of the Marquess of Londonderry offers wedding parties the Downton Abbey wedding experience. There’s a grand house, stunning interiors, and gorgeous scenery – although you’ll need to provide your own drama if that’s your thing.

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Couples can get married in the 18th Century mansion itself, wowing their wedding guests with the elegant drive, grand portico, and the sumptuous black and white interior of the Central Hall. With a stunning imperial chandelier illuminating the ceremony, and an audience of marble sculptures to bear witness, it’s an unusual and unforgettable setting for that special day. Plus, you’ll get to join the ranks of the historical elite who were welcomed to the mansion in its heyday.

 

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Another option is for wedding parties to rent a marquee on the North Lawn of the mansion. This gives the couple a bit more flexibility with guest numbers – so no offending the satellite family members by skipping an invite – and allows everyone to enjoy the stunning gardens that Mount Stewart boasts. With elegant formal gardens and a waterfowl studded lake walk, it’s a wonderfully evocative setting to say your vows in. The estate also offers the option of giving the guests a tour of the house itself after the service, keeping them all out of shot while the couple get some breath-taking photos to remember the day by.

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Look at that, and imagine you and your partner posing there in all your wedding finery? (Might be an idea to think ahead and bring some tidbits to lure the swans in for some background colour – but check that out with Mount Stewart’s wedding organiser.)

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Of course, some couples prefer to keep their ceremony small and intimate. If that’s the case then you want to head up to the Temple of the Winds, the neo-classical banqueting hall that the 1st Lord Londonderry built in 1785. Situated on top of a hill overlooking Strangford Loch, the Temple of the Winds is an elegant, dramatic setting for a wedding – from the stunning views to the precipitous spiral staircase that runs from the basement to the top floor. It can only host around 40-60 people, and there would have to be some thought given to getting everyone up that hill, but it’s worth it just for that overlook.

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Oh, and your wedding will be the only one happening that day. So you can expect to feel pretty special.

It costs £3350 to have your wedding in the Central Hall and £1550 to have it at the Temple of the Winds, however there are also other pricing structures available that you can discuss with Mount Stewart. If you interested in getting married at Mount Stewart then you can contact them at:

+44 (0) 28 4278 7814
email: mountstewart@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mountstewart


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