Bedfordshire sits next to Cambridgeshire to the east, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the south-east. Bedfordshire is the fourteenth most densely populated county in the UK with over half of the resident population living in either Luton or Bedford.
For a unique location for a special wedding, The Chiltern Hills must be one of the finest rural areas in Bedfordshire. The Chilterns are shared between Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and are a chalk escarpment a large part of which was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as far back as 1965. This beautiful area of rolling green countryside is home to English agriculture and peppered with fine pubs, restaurants and inns plus a choice selection of stylish wedding venues.
The county town of Bedfordshire, Bedford, is an historic market town located on the River Great Ouse and offers a town setting for your wedding with virtually every type of venue you can think of. With a selection of grand public buildings, stately homes, hotels, converted mills on the river and even the ancient Bedford School, there are countless wedding venues both within Bedford and its immediate surroundings.
Bedford is not a large town and retains a ‘small town’ charm. There is a very large Italian community there so make sure you have ice-cream on your dessert menu at the reception! In the 1950s, the London Brick Company recruited large numbers of Italian men from the regions of Campania and Puglia so by 1960, there around 7,500 Italian men employed in Bedford and many chose to stay.
If you are on a mission to find a location that shouts classic Georgian architecture then the village of Woburn should be your first port of call. Named after and belonging to the historic Woburn Abbey, it is perhaps the patronage of the estate that has kept Woburn village so unspoilt and beautiful.
Leighton Buzzard is a smaller market town located on the Grand Union Canal which in the 1920s, ran from London to Birmingham. Some of Bedfordshire’s most beautiful countryside is located to the south of Leighton Buzzard. Smaller still but very pretty is Ampthill, a charming English town brimming with Georgian architecture and plenty of independent retailers, perfect for choosing the finishing touches for your wedding ceremony or reception.
Bedfordshire is easy to reach by road and rail from London St Pancras, affectionately known as the ‘Bedpan line’! Home to Luton airport, London Stansted airport is also only an hour and half away. With both the M1 and the A1 running through the county, access to Bedfordshire from both London and the North is quick and easy. Bedfordshire offers a huge range of approved venues and reception destinations whether you are looking for a country wedding, a splendid town backdrop or something a little out of the box.