Forget having an aisle - it's all about making a big entrance at your ceremony on the grand staircase to the Downton-esque main hall (the best bit - your guests will be wide-eyed as you do).

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There's plenty more to impress at this castellated stately, from the made-for-photos rose garden to the Italian-marble-and-gold-leaf-dripping Lady Marian Alford Room. Plus, you can even say 'I do' alfresco on the South Terrace or in the Victorian Fernery.

Ceremony capacity: 120; Package per head: £165;  www.ashridgeweddings.org.uk