It’s summer in the UK and we’ve all begun our yearly routine of scoffing lots of strawberries and cream, and avidly watching the top tennis players battle it out on the Wimbledon courts, straining our eyes for glimpses of celebrities or royalty in the audience. We’ve all gone Wimbledon mad!
Wimbledon is always pretty inspiring, isn’t it? Perhaps you’ve been inspired to take up tennis lessons yourself, or maybe you’re a total tennis nut, who wants to pick up a racquet during their wedding weekend?! We love a Wimbledon inspired wedding, and we think you will too, so have a peek at these gorgeous venues that have tennis courts and we’ve popped in a couple of ideas for a themed wedding too!
Whatever your situation, we’ve put together our favourite venues – that include use of their tennis courts in their hire – especially for your perusal.
Surrounded by rolling Dorset hills, this five star country house hotel epitomises the ultimate in traditional style, genuine warm service and innovative and delicious menus to rival the best in the world. Set within the enchanting village of Hardy’s Evershot and boasting a relaxing spa, indoor pool, private tennis court (for those Wimbledon re-enactments!), not to mention acres of beautiful countryside to explore; this is the quintessential luxurious escape.
The Grade II Listed Relais and Chateaux property set within 4 acres of manicured walled gardens, with a water feature, vegetable garden, green lawns to play croquet, and little nooks for quiet contemplation. Summer Lodge Country House is a gorgeous family venue, where you can even bring your dog to enjoy the celebrations! Don’t miss out on your free brochure.
Picture your guests enjoying this gorgeous venue, sipping on delicious Pimms cocktails! We love the traditional recipe, but their new Blackcurrant and Elderflower Pimms is scrummdiddlyumptious. The perfect beverage to compliment a Wimbledon themed wedding.
This magical venue also features an indoor pool, croquet lawn, spa and mini-gym along with an immaculate outdoor tennis court, waiting for your competitive guests to pick up racquets and duel! This stunning Grade II Victorian country house dates back to the 17th century, and is surrounded by beautiful parkland grounds which are home to Thomas Hartley’s famous Silchester Clock.
Silchester House is perfect for a small wedding any time of the year. The Music Room is ideal for banquets from 40-80 guests but has four elegant reception rooms and 14 beautifully appointed bedroom suites. Totally exclusive hire of Silchester House includes their resident chef, wedding planner and team. The perfect party house – warm, comfortable, luxurious – whatever the weather! Get your free brochure.
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The perfect accompaniment to any Wimbledon themed wedding has got to be strawberries and cream. No tennis fan nuptials would be complete without a serving of this British summer favourite! Enjoy in cute mismatched vintage tea cups, or as part of your wedding cake. We love the idea of picking our own strawberries too as a lovely family bonding activity in the week before the wedding (one for the punnet…one for me…!).
Take your naked cake to a whole new fruity level, adorning it with your freshly picked strawberries and slathering each layer in organic extra thick whipped cream and homemade strawberry jam! This one that we found on The Natural Wedding Company is sure to win your guests over: game, set and match!
Photo: Dasha Caffrey Photography
If you’re getting married in the summer, and you love a bit of traditional tennis, then Hever Castle is an absolute gem of a venue. You get exclusive use of The Astor Wing, a fabulous tennis court with heaps of heritage, and an immaculate croquet lawn. You can make use of the 21 luxurious bedroom suites – ideal for your guest accomodation, and exquisite outdoor heated swimming pool.
Founded in 1270, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and restored by William Astor in 1903, Hever Castle holds the winning combination of grandeur and comfort. The venue has plenty of space to explore, with 38 acres of stunning gardens and a beautiful lake that you and your guests can enjoy during the celebrations. Get a free brochure for this venue here.
Featured Image: Kelsie Low Photography via Guides for Brides