Shuttleworth – A Magnificent Romantic Wedding Venue in Bedfordshire

by Michelle

Are you looking to combine your wedding celebrations with a love of aviation? Fabulous, then we would like to introduce you to Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth is situated in Old Warden, Bedfordshire and is unique in being able to offer three complimentary settings – a grand house with period rooms, a romantic Regency picturesque Swiss Garden, and an adaptable aircraft hangar with a backdrop of vintage aircraft. Gosh, it’s not often an aircraft hangar is on offer as a wedding venue, so you must check this one out closely.

Both civil ceremonies and receptions can be held year round and a number of packages are available to ensure your big day is a truly enjoyable and memorable one.

As you can see from the delightful set of images below, Shuttleworth will not disappoint in terms of stunning photo opportunities both indoors and in the fabulous gardens and parkland.

We’ll hand you over to the team at Shuttleworth now for more details of their fabulous and unique venues.

Tell us about your venue

Shuttleworth is a five thousand acre country estate in the heart of Bedfordshire. We offer a wide range of wedding options all of which are perfect to celebrate your special day.

The House – built in 1872, offers unrivalled views over the parkland and provides a magnificent setting for weddings.

The Parkland – 425 acres of historic parkland, majestic trees and sweeping views of the countryside.

The Swiss Garden – late Regency in style and completely unique in the UK, set across nine acres.

The Collection – for true aviation enthusiasts – set your wedding around masterpieces of aviation and automotive history.

Image Source: Darren Harbar Photography

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?


Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

No – this depends on your wedding / booking agreement

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

Ceremony – 110

Wedding Breakfast – 150

Evening Reception – 200

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

We offer wedding packages starting from £130.00 per person, dry hire only packages and bespoke packages. Our packages are not set in stone and we would be more than happy to negotiate with you, based on your requirements and budget.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

In-house catering preferred however you’re more than welcome to provide your own caterers.

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

There is a corkage charge

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?

They are free to have whomever they wish.

Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?

The House has 15 en-suite bedrooms that are located in a separate wing adjacent to the main house.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?


How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?

The day before.

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

Yes – but depends what area you have booked and what is happening across site.

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

Budget, Budget and Budget.

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

Having the groom fly in on a helicopter and then watching a mini air display piloted by three of the guests.

Image Source: Darren Harbar Photography

Images courtesy of Shuttleworth

All Images except for the 2 aircraft hangar images: Sharron Gibson Pjotography

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