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Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com is pleased to have as our guest Paul Chibeba Media Relations Executive VisitBritain. Paul is here today to discuss romantic venues and wedding destinations in Britain.

Good day Paul and thanks for participating in our interview.


Paul, please tell our readers how VisitBritain can help a couple prepare a wedding in Britain if the couple do not reside in Britain.


Hi Norm. Britain has so many great romantic places whether you're looking to plan a honeymoon, actually get married or just enjoy a romantic break. For those couples looking to get married in Britain, take a look at our informative website here they'll find everything they need to know about legal requirements.

VisitBritain can highlight some of the country's most romantic hotels, bed and breakfasts, pretty villages and our many romantic experiences on offer. We have experienced travel consultants who all know Britain especially well, who are happy to make suggestions just call toll-free on 1-800-462-2748 and check our website.


If you had to choose 8 of the most romantic wedding venues in Britain, Scotland and Wales, which ones would you choose and why?


Wow, so hard to choose - - here are a few of my favorites: Okay, we would have to start with my favorite stately home and, in fact, many of Britain's stately homes are registered to officially host civil ceremonies.

***Blenheim Palace is a magnificent English Baroque style home, where Sir Winston Churchill was born. A wedding ceremony in the Marlborough Rooms would be such a magnificent setting, and the surrounding gardens are incredibly beautiful.

***What about a wedding on the London Eye the couple and their guests board a private capsule decorated with flowers with amazing views across London. During the descent they serve champagne. www.londoneye.com

***In Wales, I just think the whole country is romantic beautiful National Parks with mountainous scenery. But in a country with more then 400 castles, what better romantic wedding venue than a fairytale castle & Castell Coch would be a fabulous wedding venue with civil ceremonies taking place in the magnificent Drawing Room.

***In Scotland, Gretna Green continues to offer a romantic wedding setting. Long known as the wedding destination for eloping young couples, Gretna Green is still a popular venue. www.anvilhall.com

**A super-luxurious wedding venue in Scotland is Skibo Castle. Follow in the footsteps of Madonna and Guy Ritchie who married here amidst the evocative Scottish Highlands scenery and get married in either Dornoch Cathedral or Skibo Castle itself. www.carnegieclub.co.uk


As a follow up, if you had to choose 8 of the most unique and romantic getaways in Britain, Scotland and Wales, which ones would you choose and why?


***The perfect romantic day in London might start with a romantic champagne capsule on the British Airways London Eye, offering fantastic views across the city, followed by a picnic in one of London's Royal Parks, many offering horse-riding, cycling or boating. For a romantic night, stay at The Baglioni hotel, London's hottest new five-star address with its seductive and sultry styling, combining Italian luxury and sophistication. www.baglionihotellondon.com

***In England, I love the Roman spa city of Bath. The Roman Baths and pump room, 15th century abbey and stunning Royal Crescent are not-to-be-missed. But the Thermae Bath Spa is a very recent addition offering fabulous spa treatments -a truly romantic treat.

***I used to live near Leeds Castle in south-east England and I have to agree that this is perhaps the loveliest castle in the world as described by a former resident! The perfect romantic day at Leeds Castle would culminate in a hot air balloon ride gliding over the pretty Kent countryside. www.leeds-castle.com

***I mentioned earlier that the scenery in Wales is incredibly romantic. I'd recommend staying in a self-catering cottage& what about Cefnmeurig cottage in Carmarthenshire& this is an 18th century stone cottage offering a touch of luxury with Egyptian cotton bed lines, Celtic herbal toiletries and a hamper of goodies! It's surrounded by Welsh landscapes of streams, oak woodlands and rolling hills. www.visitwestwales.com

***And Scotland is incredibly romantic too. For something a bit different, I would suggest heading out to the Isle of Skye stay at Kinloch Lodge, a very quiet hotel set on the waterside. Be sure to visit Eilean Donan Castle with stunning views, as it is set between three sea lochs.


How can a couple find out more about planning a wedding in Britain, Scotland and Wales and are there any particular regulations concerning foreigners marrying in these countries? Paul:

Yes there is now a requirement to apply for a Visa to get married in Britain. It's not a difficult process, and there are full details at www.britainusa.com. That website is put together by the British Consulate and includes a useful set of questions and answers about getting married.


Is it necessary to have a car to travel around Britain, Scotland and Wales? Paul:

No, not at all. In fact some of the train journeys offer beautiful views and add to a romantic vacation. One of my favorite train journeys is from Glasgow in Scotland up to Fort William in the heart of the Highlands the views along the entire journey are awesome, especially the section passing through Glencoe. Trains link up the whole of Britain, and one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of traveling for Americans is on a BritRail pass these allow unlimited travel on the trains and are priced in dollars check out the following SITE for more information and to buy passes online.


How to costs compare with other romantic destinations from the point of view of lodging, the wedding itself, food, etc? Paul:

I'm not sure on the costs of actually having a wedding, but I would imagine costs are very similar to America where you need to budget for many of the same things food, venue, flowers, cars and so on. Britain offers such a varied selection of lodging options and, for anyone on a budget, look into pretty bed and breakfasts and inns. Here's a tip for selecting accommodation search HERE and look out for those B&Bs with gold and silver awards there offer something unique or special that gives guests a particularly warm welcome.


Is there anything else you wish to add which we have not covered?


Just to add that Britain is very welcoming we particularly love to meet American visitors, especially in Britain's local village pubs! & come and meet locals over a pint of beer and sticky toffee pudding! Britain is great to visit at any time of year, but my favorite time is in the late fall when there are less tourists, the weather is still ideal for exploring, and the fall foliage is looking stunning.

Thanks once again.

Thank you.

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