I must be doing something right because the good people of Wasing Park in Berkshire invited me to their recent press event. What with Covid shenanigans it had to be postponed but it finally happened last weekend… and what a treat it was.
Wasing Park is an estate steeped in family history, that dates back to 1759.
The fact you pass through grazing cattle and vast land between entering the grounds and arriving in the car park, gives you an idea of the size of the estate!
On arrival we were greeted on the terrace with drinks and a light, informal BBQ-style lunch (delicious venison kebabs). It was lovely to relax in such peaceful surroundings while chatting to fellow wedding industry folk. The day-to-day stresses seemed to melt away somehow.
Next up was a tour around the ceremony/reception spaces, and the accommodation.
Castle Barn can accommodate up to 140 guests for seated dining and up to 250 for evening receptions. The brick interior of the barn exudes warmth and the beautiful oak beams give it real character. Complete the space with your choice of tableware/floral arrangements and decide on which lighting will best create the atmosphere you desire.
The Victorian Summer House provides an idyllic backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. I definitely see lots of beaming, barefooted brides walking down the aisle here.
The Garden Room is the indoor ceremony area. It’s your choice whether to have your ceremony outside or inside, and you don’t need to decide until the last minute. So, in case of inclement weather, you’re covered. Literally.
St Nicolas Church is the onsite picturesque parish church. It’s a 15th century chapel with stained-glass windows and white timber-clad turret. Couples are invited to a marriage preparation day; a relaxed day with other couples and clergy, to explore the meaning of a church wedding.
In terms of accommodation, The Stables Lodge boutique hotel provides 26 unique bedrooms in the heart of the venue. Each room has been thoughtfully restored and decorated to create something truly special. The honeymoon suite is vast and I’ve never seen such a huge bed! There is even a ‘groom’s room’ and a bar/lounge. All for you and your wedding party to take over.
After our tour we had a couple of hours free to relax and prepare for dinner. My room was a two-storey suite within The Coach House. After making a video of the room and sending it to all my friends and family on Whatsapp, I snoozed on the bed for a bit before submerging myself in the grand roll-top bath and getting dressed for dinner.
Dinner was an incredible five course menu with wine pairings. I haven’t had a drink so far this year so, like an angel, I merely sniffed each wine and passed it to the guy on my right!
If you’re looking for an incredibly special wedding venue (heck your own private estate) in Berkshire make sure you check out Wasing Park.