Follies flourished during the 18th century when it became a fashion among the wealthy to add them to the gardens and parklands of their country houses. Today they make splendid, bohemian wedding venues. Not all follies are licensed for the ceremony or could even hold one but they are still superb places for some moody wedding photographs in the grounds of historic buildings. Occasionally, the house itself is long gone but the flight of fancy that is the folly remains.
A folly wedding venue is a fantastic place to get married, surrounded by spring blossoms or the rich colours of autumn. Few venues can match the romance of follies. Many are tucked away in the countryside, making them real hidden gems. Other follies are to be found in cities, including London, so believe it or not they can be urban wedding venues too.
These wedding venues could be gothic towers or diminutive castles. Other folly wedding locations could be mock ruins or classical temples or even a Bedouin tent in the unlikely location of Surrey! That of course is the old point. When looking at folly venues, expect the unexpected! The range of unusual wedding venues is as large as the imagination of the rich of the romantic era. Brides and groom could get hitched in a belvedere near Exeter or an island temple in the Thames near Henley. In North Lincolnshire, the wedding locations include a romantic church ruin, while Barnstaple in North Devon has another temple, as a woodland wedding place.
The wedding party could create their own fantasy. The bride and groom could marry in period costume and the meal at the reception could draw upon recipes of the age. These outdoor venues make a brilliant choice for couples seeking an alternative or secluded, dreamy wedding with endless possibilities of making the day their own.