Rutland is the smallest county in England and often overshadowed by its neighbours but, its Latin motto, “Multum in Parvo” which means “much in little” makes this one wedding destination worth a second look, particularly if you are planning a country wedding and want a pretty backdrop.
Classic cottages built from limestone or local ironstone and roofed in Collyweston slate or thatch make for picture postcard villages, a picturesque setting for a classic country wedding - Rutland residents argue that it is one of the prettiest counties in England.
Rutland has the lot, historic castles, grand houses, luxury hotels and beautiful garden settings – it is one of the most romantic counties you can choose with a wide range of venues.
Rutland is of course famous for Rutland Water which is one of the largest artificial bodies of water in Europe and a huge draw for those wedding guests who might want to enjoy some leisure pursuits or just spend time outside walking and taking in the views. You can even get married on the water on a Rutland Water cruise – now there’s different. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land then opt for Normanton Church which is actually licensed for civil ceremonies and is waterside, saved from the reservoir when it was created as it sits below the water level. This makes for some stunning photographs with the beautiful, historic building set against the backdrop of Rutland Water.
For a town setting, pick either Oakham or Uppingham, quaint stone towns with independent boutique shops to cater for your every wedding need. Oakham is Rutland’s county town and has a rich history dating back centuries with stunning architecture to match. Oakham Castle is a fine example of Norman style and has recently been restored with the benefit of a grant worth over £2.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The castle is licensed for ceremonies and the town itself has plenty to offer with pretty medieval streets and lots of accommodation. Uppingham is also a stylish and attractive location with lots of traditional retailers and speciality shops, a sure fire hit for the bride looking for something unique and unusual for their special day.
Known as the ‘county of good taste’ and not just because of its beauty, Rutland’s rural landscape offers the perfect food hamper for a country wedding with plenty of local producers offering a range of fare to make your wedding banquet one to remember.
Rutland is perfectly located in the East Midlands with the benefit of excellent road and rail links from its surrounding neighbours Leicester, Nottingham and Peterborough but without the disruption of any major traffic or rail links to spoil the peace of this picturesque county. Just over one hundred miles from the capital, access from the major London airports is good and there are several regional airports in the East Midlands within easy reach offering domestic flights within the UK and some international services too.