Buckinghamshire is one of the home counties, so called because they border London, and Buckinghamshire’s border lies to the south-east of the capital. With pretty market towns and picturesque, chocolate box villages, Buckinghamshire is popular as a commuter county but, like many of the home counties, is also a sought-after destination to get wed.
The concept of working in London and living in Buckinghamshire is not new and so this particular home county has always benefited from wealth and prosperity seeping out of the capital which might explain why its historic towns and villages are so well preserved. Even the Prime Minister does it - Buckinghamshire is home to the country seat of Chequers, the current Prime Minister’s residence outside London but still within easy reach of government business in Westminster.
The south of the county could be described as the commuter belt but there are still areas which are lightly populated such as the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a large part of which is in the south of Buckinghamshire with its iconic red brick and flint buildings. The north of the county features beautiful rolling countryside in the Vale of Aylesbury and around the river, the Great Ouse, with plenty of stylish country properties for a swish rural wedding. Choose from ancient manor houses, timbered barns, grand Georgian villas and stately homes and all with great travel links and within easy reach of London. Hedsor House has been voted Vogue and Tatler’s dream wedding venue but there are so many gorgeous properties and locations to choose from, you really will be spoiled for choice.
One of the prettiest villages in Buckinghamshire is Hambledon with rows of attractive brick and flint cottages nestling in the backdrop of the Chiltern Hills. Hambledon is so picturesque it has been the scene of many different programmes and films including the iconic ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.
Buckinghamshire is home to a number of attractive and historic towns including Old Amersham, Beaconsfield with its old town/village feel and property prices which have been compared to those in Mayfair in London and Marlow, an ancient town recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. However, Buckinghamshire isn’t just about the old and traditional, Marlow has a real trendy vibe and there are also plenty of other contemporary venues for those couples looking for a more 21st century style occasion.
Like all of the home counties located around London, Buckinghamshire has some excellent travel links both by road and rail, benefiting from the regular commuter services which leave the capital and the London Orbital motorway, the M25, which links Buckinghamshire to London and to other major road routes in the south-east and beyond. London Heathrow is under forty miles away and London Luton a similar distance.