The love in the lock had its pitfalls. No candlelit meals in restaurants; No romantic weekends in Paris or even a stay in a country inn.

But now the restrictions are lifted, it’s all gone. Wedding venues are reporting a surge in inquiries, but where can you say “I do” in the most perfect settings? Here are our suggestions.

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION

Fair Play: Take over the Dreamland Fair in Margate and your guests will have fun

Couples can rent Dreamland from £ 4,000 and enjoy attractions such as the ferris wheel, back-wheel disco and roller coaster

Tie the knot at Dreamland, a beach fair on Margate, Kent, before enjoying all the attractions – from ferris wheels to an eight-seater disco to roller coasters – and dancing in the Grade I listed ballroom. Unforgettable.

How much? Rent the venue from £ 4,000 with a minimum of £ 7,500 for catering and extras. It can also accommodate up to 800 guests (dreamland.co.uk).

Why is it special?: All the fun of the fair … and fantastic pictures.

BRIDES IN BUCKS

The 12th century Buckinghamshire Missenden Abbey pictured sits on 10 acres of grounds

The 12th century Buckinghamshire Missenden Abbey pictured sits on 10 acres of grounds

It's a lovely setting, with the main building updated over the centuries and now in the Regency Gothic style

It’s a lovely setting, with the main building updated over the centuries and now in the Regency Gothic style

What better place for a wedding than an abbey? The 12th century Missenden Abbey, in ten acres of beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside, was the home of Augustinian monks. It’s a lovely setting, with the main building updated over the centuries and now in the Gothic Regency style that was popular in the 19th century.

How much? From around £ 4,500 for up to 50 people (missendenabbey.co.uk).

Why it’s special: The sense of history – and the ghosts of the monks.

CASTLE ROMANICS

Pendennis Castle pictured sits on a headland overlooking the dramatic Falmouth Peninsula in Cornwall

Pendennis Castle pictured is on a headland overlooking Cornwall’s dramatic Falmouth Peninsula

Couples can exchange their vows in the 450-year-old circular fortress of Pendennis Castle (pictured) or in the castle's Royal Artillery Barracks

Couples can exchange their vows in the 450-year-old circular keep of Pendennis Castle (pictured) or in the castle’s Royal Artillery Barracks

WEDDING RULES

Currently limited to six participants in England, this will be expanded to 15 from April 12th.

Weddings of 30 people can take place from May 17th.

There is no limit if the ban is lifted on June 21st at the earliest. The restrictions in Wales and Scotland are different.

Say “I’ll do” in the 450 year old circular fortress of Pendennis Castle on a headland overlooking Cornwall’s dramatic Falmouth Peninsula. Alternatively, exchange your vows in the castle’s Royal Artillery Barracks. The champagne reception is in the grassy chemise next to the keep.

How much? From £ 2,450; up to 120 for a dinner (english-heritage.org.uk).

Why is it special?: Great views and guests can stay in the Custodian’s House or in the cottages by the castle.

YORKSHIRE ‘I DO’

The 17th century Carlton Towers pictured are set in 250 acres of parkland in North Yorkshire

The 17th century Carlton Towers pictured are set in 250 acres of parkland in North Yorkshire

Couples can book the country house for exclusive use and take advantage of the large cabins and informal bar

Couples can book the country house for exclusive use and take advantage of the large cabins and informal bar

Carlton Towers is a delightful 17th century country house set in 250 acres of North Yorkshire parkland. When you book the house and gardens exclusively, you can take advantage of everything from the large staterooms to the informal bar under the Minstrels’ Gallery.

How much? From £ 2,000 to £ 6,000 for up to 250 guests; from £ 70 per head for the wedding breakfast; Guest rooms from £ 225 with breakfast included (carltontowers.co.uk).

Why it’s special: Great views of the Yorkshire countryside.

Honeymoon ready

A wedding at the Grade II listed St. Pancras International Station in London (pictured) could be just the ticket

A wedding at the Grade II listed St. Pancras International Station in London (pictured) could be just the ticket

Wedding ceremonies at St. Pancras International can be held on the Grand Terrace.  The reception takes place in the champagne bar downstairs

Wedding ceremonies at St. Pancras International can be held on the Grand Terrace. The reception takes place in the champagne bar downstairs

Enjoy the romance of rail travel with a wedding at the Grade II listed St. Pancras International Station in London. After the ceremony on the Grand Terrace, the reception will take place in a champagne bar under the station arches. They dance until 3 a.m.

How much? From £ 73.50pp for up to 400 guests (stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk).

Why it’s special: Your honeymoon couldn’t be easier with the Eurostar a few steps away.

SPLENDOR PALACE

The Tudor Courtyard is a major attraction at Fulham Palace, a venue where the Bishops of London once lived

The Tudor Courtyard is a major attraction at Fulham Palace, a venue where the Bishops of London once lived

A marquee for a wedding at Fulham Palace.  Weddings here start at  u00A32,000 and go up to  u00A310,000

A marquee for a wedding at Fulham Palace. Weddings start here at £ 2,000 and go up to £ 10,000

Fulham Palace, with medieval roots, was once the home of the Bishops of London on the River Thames. Now it’s a great wedding venue with its atmospheric Victorian Chapel for blessings. The Tudor courtyard is a prime drink attraction in good weather.

How much? From £ 2,000 midweek and £ 10,000 Saturday in summer for up to 120 guests; Catering from £ 140pp (fulhampalace.org).

Why it’s special: It has a fantastic river landscape.

BAKE-OFF BLISS

The Down Hall in Essex pictured is in 110 acres of parkland and can accommodate up to 180 wedding guests

The Down Hall in Essex pictured is in 110 acres of parkland and can accommodate up to 180 wedding guests

In the room in the Down Hall where the wedding breakfast takes place.  Wedding packages start from  u00A3165pp

In the room in the Down Hall where the wedding breakfast takes place. Wedding packages start at £ 165pp

If you’ve seen The Great British Bake Off 2020, Down Hall and its marquee in Hatfield Heath, Essex will be familiar to you. Enjoy your “farewell” from single life at the Bake Off headquarters – make sure that you have ordered a cake decorated accordingly.

How much? It is licensed for up to 180 guests. Wedding packages from £ 165pp (downhall.co.uk).

Why is it special?: After the ceremony, drinks and cake, enjoy a walk in the 110 hectare beautiful parkland.

SCOTTISH LOVE BOAT

Couples can get in the water by getting married on the Northern Lighthouse Board's former Fingal ship, located in Leith Harbor in Edinburgh

Couples can get in the water by getting married on the Northern Lighthouse Board’s former Fingal ship, located in Leith Harbor in Edinburgh

The ship has a magnificent ballroom (see picture) and 23 cabins.  It can accommodate up to 100 guests

The ship has a magnificent ballroom (see picture) and 23 cabins. It can accommodate up to 100 guests

Enjoy a wedding on the water by taking over the Northern Lighthouse Board’s former ship Fingal, which moored near the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh’s historic port in Leith. There is a sumptuous ballroom as well as 23 guest staterooms and a stateroom suite for the bride and groom.

How much? Price on request; up to 100 guests (fingal.co.uk).

Why it’s special: Getting married on a boat – that shaky feeling after a few glasses of champagne is maybe just the ship bobbing on the water.

HIGH SOCIETY

For couples who really want to make money, they can book the entire Cliveden Country House Hotel in Berkshire pictured

For couples who really want to make money, they can book the entire Cliveden Country House Hotel in Berkshire pictured

The room where wedding ceremonies can take place.  The Cliveden estate terrace offers sweeping views over the Thames

The room where wedding ceremonies can take place. The Cliveden estate terrace offers sweeping views over the Thames

Cliveden can be rented from  A00A330,000 per night and up to 120 guests can be catered for for dinner

Cliveden can be rented from £ 30,000 a night and up to 120 guests can be catered for for dinner

Money not an object? If so, book the whole of Cliveden, a 376 acres country house hotel in Berkshire, set against the backdrop of the infamous Profumo affair of the 1960s.

Enjoy the stately rooms with their antiques, grand pianos and gilded portraits of the Astor family who lived here – as well as the wide view over the Thames from the terrace.

How much? From £ 30,000 per night using 48 bedrooms; Up to 120 guests for dinner (clivedenhouse.co.uk).

Why is it special?: The pure splendor of the house and its surroundings.

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