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Feel like royalty with a wedding at Blenheim Palace

Introducing the beautiful Blenheim Palace

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a princess with your very own Royal-esque wedding, look no further than the exquisite Blenheim Palace. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is a regal-looking residence set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside in the market town of Woodstock, which is on the edge of the majestic Cotswolds in England.

Exterior of Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

This unique Palace is a stunning architectural masterpiece that is surrounded by exquisite gardens and parkland, exuding natural beauty in every season. It’s no wonder that Blenheim Palace has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and continues attracting visitors worldwide.

Exterior of the back of Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire with water fountains

The Palace is also a prime location for weddings, events, and other special occasions. With a combination of elegant interiors, spectacular gardens, and delicious cuisine, preparing for your perfect wedding at Blenheim Palace promises to be an experience you will never forget!

Exterior of Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

In this article, I will cover:

  • Introducing the beautiful Blenheim Palace
  • The history of Blenheim Palace
  • Discover why this magnificent venue is fit for royalty – and perfect for any wedding, event, and special occasion
  • Getting married at Blenheim Palace
  • Accommodation for wedding guests
  • Getting to Blenheim Palace – Travelling to Oxfordshire

Read on to discover more about this stunning wedding venue.

The history of Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace has a rich history dating back to the 12th century when Henry I was said to have kept lions in a hunting lodge on the estate. The Palace was built in the early 18th century for the first Duke of Marlborough as a gift from Queen Anne following his triumph against the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It was designed by renowned architect Sir John Vanbrugh and is a true masterpiece of Baroque architecture that showcases the ultimate grandeur of the era.

Status of Queen Royal inside Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

Many significant events have taken place over the years, but perhaps none as notable as the birth of Sir Winston Churchill. Britain’s iconic future Prime Minister was born in one of the grand bedrooms in 1874. And he clearly held the residence in high regard because, in 1908, Winston Churchill proposed to his beloved future wife Clementine Hozier at the Temple of Diana, which is set within the beautiful grounds of the Blenheim Estate.

Archway through to the stables at Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

During World War I, its use was changed entirely for a short time when the Palace was converted into a hospital, treating over 1,600 soldiers injured during battle.
Today, Blenheim Palace is open to the public as a historical and cultural landmark, offering visitors a unique glimpse into England’s rich heritage. The Palace is also a much sought-after wedding and events venue – with the best views in all of England, at least according to Lord Randolph Churchill. When he and his wife drove through the Woodstock Gate in 1874, he is rumored to have declared the home as having the “finest view in England!”.

Discover why this magnificent venue is fit for royalty – and perfect for any wedding, event, and special occasion

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Royal bride? Royal weddings are the epitome of luxury, grandeur, and elegance. We have all watched in awe the beautiful Royal weddings of William & Kate and Harry & Meghan and wondered what it must be like to be them. And Blenheim Palace feels like a venue fit for royalty. After all, it is the only non-royal property to be granted the use of ‘Palace’ in its title.

Inside one of the state rooms at Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace boasts expansive grounds and decadent decor that will leave any bride and groom feeling like they have stepped into a Royal fairy tale. The Palace’s luxurious ballrooms, exquisite dining rooms, and beautifully manicured gardens provide the perfect backdrop for couples looking to celebrate their big day in style. From the moment guests arrive, they will be transported to a world of elegance and refinement, where every detail is carefully considered to ensure an unforgettable experience. Blenheim Palace is the perfect choice for those seeking the ultimate in luxury weddings.

The gold detailing and panelled walls inside a state room at Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

Getting married at Blenheim Palace

Weddings at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace offers a plethora of impressive ceremony locations to choose from for your wedding day. Whether you’re dreaming of an outdoor ceremony enveloped by lush greenery, a grand ballroom reception, or a combination of the two, Blenheim Palace can offer a range of options to suit all requirements.

Bride and groom kissing posing in front of the water statues on the terrace at Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

Palace rooms for hire

While the Palace is well-suited to large, grand weddings, it also offers intimate reception rooms catering to smaller to medium wedding parties.
There are a variety of Palace & state rooms available for civil ceremonies, blessings, and for use for a drinks reception, dining/wedding breakfast, and dancing. For medium to larger weddings, there is the Great Hall, Saloon, Long Library, and stunning Orangery – with additional space offered around the gardens and terraces for guests to enjoy a cocktail reception outdoors.
The Marlborough room is ideally suited for smaller weddings, and for large weddings with over 250 guests, there is the option of having a marquee on the grounds of the estate.

Wedding breakfast dining at Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

How much does it cost to get married at Blenheim Palace?

The starting price to hire one or more of the state rooms at the Palace will cost anywhere from £24,300 to £43,800, depending on the day of week and time of year. Contact the professional Blenheim Palace staff team for more information here.

Blenheim Palace Wedding Photography

As an experienced wedding photographer, I know that finding the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos is important. Blenheim Palace offers an array of spectacular settings for wedding photography, from its stunning water terraces, grand great lake, pretty covered archways, and wonderful gardens. So you can be confident that you will come away with incredible memories to enjoy forever.

Bride and groom walking arm in arm up the driveway outside towards Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

Accommodation for wedding guests

There are plenty of luxurious accommodation options available in the idyllic countryside of Oxfordshire for you & your wedding guests. For those seeking an on-site experience, the Blenheim Palace lodges offer an unforgettable stay amidst landscaped gardens and stunning parkland.
Alternatively, there is a good selection of historic hotels and B&Bs in the local town of Woodstock, including The Macdonald Bear Hotel, The Marlborough Arms, and the King’s Arms. All of which provide a traditional English atmosphere, perfect for immersing your guests in Oxfordshire’s rich historical heritage.
Those looking for a more secluded setting in the Oxfordshire countryside will love Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, A Belmond Hotel, a luxurious country house offering 5-star amenities within picturesque surroundings.
For guests wanting lots to see & do, the city of Oxford is only a 40-minute drive away and has everything to offer, with an abundance of historic settings, museums, the River Thames, and the world-famous Oxford University. Like most cities, Oxford has a wide variety of accommodations available for visitors, including the 5-star Old Parsonage Hotel and Old Bank Hotel.

Bridge of Sighs in Oxford, England

Getting to Blenheim Palace – Travelling to Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is an English residence situated between London and the centrally located city of Birmingham in the county of Oxfordshire. The Palace is nestled within the lush countryside of Woodstock, which is a historic market town on the edge of the Cotswolds – a region of outstanding natural beauty.

Travelling through England

For those arriving by air, Blenheim Palace is served by a number of airports, including Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, and Heathrow Airport. The closest train station is Oxford, which is approximately 8 miles away and a 25-minute journey by taxi.
If you plan on driving to Blenheim Palace, it is definitely worth exploring the picturesque countryside, villages, and towns of the Cotswolds on your way.

In Summary

Blenheim Palace is indeed a very grand and impressive wedding & reception venue. It has a unique history, as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, with incredible 18th-century baroque architecture, and is the only non-royal residence to hold the title of Palace. Your wedding guests will love its luxurious interiors, opulent décor, incredible lake, and acres of picturesque parkland. It is the perfect place to host a wedding or special event and would be an ideal fit for even the most discerning members of the Royal family!

Front facade of Blenheim Palace wedding venue in Oxfordshire

If you are looking for a photographer with experience of working at Blenheim palace, I’d be delighted to help you capture every moment of your special day – see below for more information.

Are you looking for a Blenheim Palace wedding photographer?

I’m Victoria Amrose, a luxury wedding photographer based in the UK, and I offer a variety of wedding photography packages to suit your needs. I have been a photographer for over a decade with experience capturing weddings at Blenheim Palace – so you can have complete confidence with your photography booking.

Headshot of destination wedding photographer Victoria Amrose

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! I look forward to working with you.
Victoria Amrose x

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