Elopement Weddings on the Rise

7 July 2023

Eloping at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Wedding Venues

While the grand wedding with plenty of family and friends in attendance can be the dream of many when it comes to tying the knot, an elopement wedding with just the two of you can be an equally joyous occasion that you'll look back on for years to come. 

Louise McMaster, wedding and special events planner at our stunning Linden Hall Hotel set in the scenic Northumberland countryside, has noticed a rise in enquiries to elope at the venue in recent months, with the idea of an intimate ceremony appealing for reasons including saving on costs and minimising any drama that may spoil the day.

Why Eloping is Becoming More Popular

Having worked at Linden Hall for a number of years, Louise is predicting that the trend of elopement will continue, especially with celebrity couples leading the way in terms of private ceremonies to start off married life.  

"Covid changed the way we think about weddings, and even though normality has resumed, people's eyes were opened to the romance of a small, intimate wedding, as well as the cost saving benefits', said Louise.

"We have seen many couples come to us for a holiday, and book their wedding for one of the evenings during their stay, just like they would book any other activity'.

While there will always be a those who want to make a big fuss of their day, our 'A Day For Your, Made By Us' sentiment applies to all those who want to get married in our unique settings, and make your dream vision become a reality - whatever it may be.

Mr & Mrs Muldoon Married at Linden Hall

How to Elope in Our Idyllic Destinations

Many of our existing weddings packages across all our wedding venues can be tailored to suite your desire to elope, meaning altered costings for food, drinks, accommodation and more.

Our 'Just Us' wedding package at Linden Hall is a perfect example. Including a wedding planner to help plan everything you wish to happen on the day and answer any questions, as well as two witnesses for your ceremony if you're keen for it to be just the two of you.

From a bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival to intimate dining setups with a dedicated waiter, plus Champagne Afternoon Tea and complimentary access to our leisure and spa facilities throughout your stay - simply get in touch today and we can run through everything you need to make your elopement extra special!

Bride, Houstoun House

Where to Elope in the UK

Whether looking to elope in Scotland at our historic Houstoun House in leafy West Lothian, saying your vows in the otherworldly surrounds of Ullswater at Leeming House in the Lake District or opting for a city centre setting just for two - there's bound to be an ideal destination that sums up everything about your romantic journey together.

With everything from rolling countryside to stunning coastal views and enchanting woodland to share your once in a lifetime moment within, our hotels and dedicated weddings and events staff combine to ensure your lovely memories will live with you forever - and on the no doubt beautiful pictures you'll have from the day!

Wedding table setup at Bath Spa