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Weddings, Venues

Review: Wellness Weddings at Wasing


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Despite quite a stressful morning at work ahead of my recent visit to Wasing Park in Aldermaston, when stepping onto the grounds, time truly slows down and relaxation takes hold. From the moment we arrived, greeted by the warm welcome of the estate's historic charm, to the tranquil morning swim – our stay at Wasing was indulgent and peaceful, and served as the perfect reset we all need from our often-hectic day-to-day lives. Wasing would be an idyllic and dreamy wedding destination, and if bringing my boyfriend along to their 2024 Couples’ Tasting Event wasn’t a big enough hint, I don’t know what is.

Upon arrival, guests were invited to immerse themselves in the luxury of Wasing Park's 26 ensuite bedrooms, with a tour of all accommodation, each a haven of comfort and style. Our stay in the Smithy was a testament to this, with its spacious layout and elegant bathroom, setting the tone for a restful retreat. Formerly the blacksmiths forge, The Smithy has an airy and luxurious feel, with stylish décor centred around its original fireplace. This stunning space has been transformed into a homey hideaway. Alongside the biggest bed I’ve seen (emperor sized, they must’ve seen all 5’4”of me coming), the beautiful rolltop bath was the star of the show. I had to seriously ask myself what a reasonable number of baths was for a one-night stay, and decided the answer was probably one, so I had two.

The heart of our stay at Wasing lay in the wedding tasting evening, during which we were treated to a delightful array of culinary delights. We began with the chance to enjoy some of Wasing’s most popular cocktails and canapés in the Garden Room, before being led into the Castle Barn to sit down and enjoy a beautiful four course meal from the 2024 menu.

To start, we had spiced sweet potato croquette with masala puy lentils and grape jam (Vegan option), and fillet of beef carpaccio, capers, parmesan, and quail eggs. After a palette cleanser of lime sorbet with tequila lime syrup and a lime crisp, which provided a refreshing interlude, we moved onto our mains. I was served portobello mushroom garlic and parsley Kiev, roasted chicory and mushroom ketchup, and Miles had a rack of lamb, lamb pithiver, garlic and rosemary fondant potato, savoy cabbage, pea, and mint fricassee with lamb jus. For dessert, there was vanilla ice cream in a brandysnap with chocolate soil, popcorn, and salted caramel, a cappuccino crème brûlée, or a dark chocolate mocha tart. From the tantalizing canapes to the gorgeous meal, every bite was a symphony of flavour, giving us a taste of the delights that await couples on their special day. Every culinary creation at Wasing Park was an absolute delight, leaving us utterly impressed.

Alongside all these dishes, the bar manager at Wasing chose some delicious wines to pair with our meal, enhancing every dish, elevating the dining experience to new heights. The whole evening served as the perfect opportunity for prospective couples to soak in the atmosphere of the venue and get a feeling of the quality and variety of dishes that the team produce, while enjoying a wonderful evening.

Wasing Park offers more than just culinary indulgence though, it's a sanctuary nestled amidst nature. The ancient woodland surrounding the estate whispers tales of centuries past, while the stunning 13th-century church stands as a testament to enduring love and timeless beauty.

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For those seeking to fully reconnect with nature, the option to try wild swimming in the lake and indulge in the lakeside sauna provides a refreshing escape. Whether it's a leisurely morning dip or an invigorating start to the day, the serenity of the surroundings lends itself to moments of pure bliss. The wild swim and the lakeside sauna is Wasing’s latest offering to couples getting married at the Park, the perfect way to relax and unwind with friends and family surrounded by the stunning ancient woodland. Couples can book the evening before the wedding, socialising, and relaxing with friends and family and a light firepit supper or even an invigorating early morning dip with their wedding party.

As we immersed ourselves in the pristine waters of the lake, surrounded by ancient woodlands, we felt a profound sense of connection with nature, and the stresses of life wash away. The experience was both exhilarating and refreshing, offering a unique way to unwind and rejuvenate, before heading into the sauna to get toasty warm and ready for the day. It’s definitely an experience I’d recommend, even if you don’t think it sounds like your kind of thing, and Wasing is a beautiful and supportive environment to give it a go.

Beyond the tranquil setting, Wasing Park offers couples a dedicated team of event managers who ensure every detail is meticulously planned. It's evident that this dedication extends beyond professional duty; it's a commitment born from a genuine love for the venue, demonstrated in a few of the staff members themselves choosing Wasing Park for their own weddings.

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In addition to weddings, Wasing Park hosts a variety of events designed to cater to different interests and preferences, if I weren’t away this summer, I’d be adding Medicine Festival and Solstice On The Mount to my calendar.

Wasing Park isn't just a venue; it's a sanctuary where love, nature, and tranquillity converge to create memories that last a lifetime. Our stay was almost enough for me to pop the question myself, after all, it was Leap Day. The sweat dripping down Mile’s brow when asked if we were married told me probably best not, give us a few years… Whether you're planning your own special day or seeking a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Wasing Park offers an experience that rejuvenates the soul and leaves a long-lasting impression.


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