Your Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 44)

DE VERE COTSWOLD WATER PARK, SOUTH CERNEY Part of the De Vere collection of historic mansion house estates and distinctive contemporary hotels and event destinations, De Vere Cotswold Water Park is set among the honey-coloured stone buildings and rolling hills of the quintessential Cotswolds. It’s a hotel as spectacular as its natural surroundings, perched among the 152 lakes of the Cotswold Water Park. Cotswold stone, glass and wood are seamlessly integrated throughout the hotel’s design. The lakeside apartments benefit from outside decking which wraps around the entire hotel overlooking the lake. The Cotswold Water Park is a nature reserve in itself, so guests are surrounded by nature while staying at the hotel. Once inside this waterside property, visitors will experience light, airy spaces furnished in keeping with the natural surroundings. Located within the main hotel building are the most popular suites for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including The Whimbrel Marquee, The Kingfisher Suite, The Mallard Suite and The Drake Suite. Both The Whimbrel Marquee and The Kingfisher Suite have recently been refurbished in neutral tones with Cotswold stone and offer direct access outside with a private area while the Mallard Suite has a private balcony overlooking the late. The hotel can host large wedding ceremonies of up to 400 guests and receptions with up to 500 loved ones in the Whimbrel Marquee. The Brasserie Restaurant has recently enjoyed a renovation with beautiful new décor and furniture in blue tones perfectly matching the lake views wonderfully complimented with gold accents. A menu tasting session is included in the wedding package along with accommodation for the couple and a discounted rate for guests. De Vere Cotswold Water Park was revealed as the fourth most popular spa hotel in the Cotswolds. Inside the hotel is Spa 6 which is home to a gym, a hydro swimming pool, an aroma steam room and a dry flotation room. The popular Rasul Therapy experience is ideal for a pre-wedding pamper and sits perfectly alongside a host of other luxury spa therapies and beauty treatments. FIREFLOWER TIPIS, STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE (NATIONWIDE HIRE) These magical tipis offer a rustic charm and blank canvas for year-round weddings. Summer celebrations can make the most of the great outdoors with garden games, al fresco drinks, hay bales and firepits. During the colder months, the interior of the tipis looks cosy dressed with fairylights, sheepskin rugs and blankets. Menu choices to complement a tipi wedding can be anything from fine dining to a grazing table set-up. Outdoor barbecues, wood-fired pizza ovens and street food vans are other great alternatives, as are mobile horsebox bars. On a warm evening, guests can gather around the firepit to toast marshmallows while enjoying a fireworks display. A selection of tipis and sizes are available for hire with two giant hat tipis recently added to the offering. A single structure seats up to 60 guests and multiple tipis can be linked together to create more space. There’s the option of adding a snug, catering tent and a separate smaller tipi as a children’s play area. The experienced team also has a large range of furniture for hire including bars, atmospheric lighting and other fun ideas. 23 LOCAL VENUES