Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 105)

VENUE HENLEY – THE GREENLANDS HOTEL The grand white building that forms this impressive hotel stands majestically within the 30-acre estate of Henley Business School in the Oxfordshire countryside, providing a beautiful location for a wedding. This venue offers plenty of character and beauty with its rolling lawns, neatly manicured hedges and picturesque sunken garden. Along with the collection of specimen trees which have been gifted to the estate over many years, it’s a venue with a view. Stepping through the entrance, guests will find a traditional, elegant interior throughout which is warm and welcoming. Formal rooms with decorative pillars enjoy views through the windows overlooking the grounds and the river bank. Intimate ceremonies take place in the Blue Room for up to 60 guests which is situated just off the main reception area. Larger ceremonies of up to 116 loved ones can use the Garden Common Room with its beautiful hand-painted murals and double bay windows showcasing views of the River Thames. Alternatively, the River House Atrium accommodates up to 120 guests providing a modern and versatile space that’s a blank canvas allowing any wedding theme to be enjoyed here. The stunning Heyworth Suite provides a flexible, bright and airy space for a wedding reception boasting large glass windows with views of the Thames. Alternatively, couples can hire the grounds for a marquee wedding. This would be a dry hire so couples would organise the marquee company, catering and other suppliers with the benefit of plenty of on-site parking. The hotel on the estate provides accommodation with special bed and breakfast rates for guests and the happy couple will enjoy a complimentary stay on the night of the wedding. Those looking to make a grand entrance can take advantage of the stunning riverside location and arrive at the venue by boat by making use of the private jetty. Hobbs of Henley is located a short trip downstream and offers a range of options to hire. The venue is offering 20% off the price of their high season rates on any remaining wedding dates in 2024. MISSENDEN ABBEY, GREAT MISSENDEN The main house of this historic wedding venue boasts exquisite architectural details including unique stained-glass windows and a decorative staircase. Outside, the beautifully maintained gardens set in 10 acres of picturesque grounds in the heart of the Chilterns are home to a summerhouse, a fish pond and a water feature, plus a 500-year-old Cedar tree and the entire house and grounds are available exclusively for weddings. Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Abbey daily from noon, with fresh sandwiches, petit fours, freshly baked scones and tea and coffee all served using homegrown or locally sourced produce ensuring the freshest ingredients are used and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Turn to page 13 to read more about Missenden Abbey as a wedding venue and to take advantage of the Special Wedding Offer. 33 LOCAL VENUES