I went to see a great wedding venue at the weekend: St Michael's Manor in St Albans (my best friend got engaged on Christmas Eve and is wasting no time!). It's a pretty 30-room hotel with bags of character and a lovely vibe. The individually styled rooms have classic elements, quirky feature walls and contemporary furnishings, and the beautiful gardens and lake provide a gorgeous backdrop for photos. Ceremonies and wedding breakfasts take place in the orangery, currently undergoing a facelift and due for completion at the end of March. It can accommodate 90 guests for the ceremony, 120 for a sit-down meal and 200 for an evening reception. Exclusive hire of the venue - including all 30 rooms and breakfast - is from £12,000 on Saturdays (food and drink are on top, with menus from around £27 per person), but if you're looking to make a savvy saving, bookings from Sunday to Friday start at £10,000. For more information, contact Clare Grant on 01727 818963; or see www.stmichaelsmanor.com for more information.