THE shortlist: TEN PLACES TO GET MARRIED

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Burgh Island, Bigbury on Sea, South Devon (01548) 810514. Spectacular art deco hotel favoured by Edward and Mrs Simpson, cut off from rest of world by high tide. Intimate wedding for two, pounds 150; pounds 7,160 for 36 lingering the whole weekend.

Tan Hill Inn, Keld, Nr Richmond, North Yorkshire (01833) 628246. Britain's highest pub, 1,372 feet above sea level and the only haven in miles of moorland. Dining room hire pounds 75, buffet pounds 3.95- pounds 6.50 per head.

Coventry City Football Club, Highfield Road Stadium (01203) 22353. Get hitched with a view of the pitch in the stadium home of the Sky Blues. Photographs in the goal mouth can be arranged. From pounds 25 a head, increasing to pounds 70 on a match day.

Ripley Castle, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (01423) 770152. Vows can be made in the majestic library or the walled garden, and celebrated afterwards in the sixteenth century Knight's Chamber with original panelling and priest hole. pounds 500-pounds 25,000.

Pinewood Studios, Iver, Buckinghamshire (01753) 656953. Become Mr and Mrs under spotlights on a stage or in the opulent twenties set of The Great Gatsby, in the film studios that gave the world James Bond. Follow up with anything from a Wild West party to a Fifties event complete with pink cadillacs. pounds 38.50-pounds 65 a head.

Wandsworth Register Office, Wandsworth Town Hall (0181) 871 6120/1. Have a customised wedding in elegant surroundings which have been filmed as Hitler's headquarters and the White House. There are three wedding rooms; one has an aisle for a mock church ceremony, and another has an art deco glass dome ceiling.

Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent (01580) 211702. Museum of historical keyboard instruments, with old oak panelled hall. Receptions for up to 100 can be held in the whitewashed cellar, for up to 200 in a marquee on the lawn. Wedding room hire costs pounds 300, catering pounds 10 -pounds 20 a head.

Rhondda Heritage Park Hotel, Trehafod, Mid Glamorgan (01443) 687057. The Rhondda Valley Heritage Park, where visitors rediscover what life was like for miners in the 1950s by going to the pit bottom in a cage, is next door. Honeymoon suite pounds 55, catering pounds 8-pounds 25 per head.

Margam Park Orangery, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan (01639) 881635. Boasts Britain's largest orangery, plus ornamental fountains and gardens Main hall accommodates 500, and there are 800 acres of parkland in which to avoid them should a crisis arise. Orangery hire from pounds 250. Catering pounds 4.25- pounds 20 per head.

HMS Warrior 1860, Victory Gate, Portsmouth (01705) 291379. Weddings are held in the white and gold Captain's Cabin on board this renovated Victorian warship. Available for the reception: the ships officers' dining room, the officers' half deck or the gun deck. Captain's Cabin hire pounds 500; reception rooms from pounds 600. Catering pounds 25-pounds 30 a head.

COMPILED BY COLETTE HARRIS Dream Weddings by Liz Bestic and Jim Bewsher, published by Signet, 1 February 1996, pounds 5.99.

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