Are you searching for the perfect wedding venue? We’ve rounded up over 100 amazing hotspots for you to browse, from across the country. Whether you’re looking for a charmingly rustic barn venue in the West Country or a sleek hotel in the city, you’re sure to find the right place that provides the perfect backdrop to your dream day (and is relatively easy for everyone to travel to!).
If you want to start looking at spaces, there are a few things to bear in mind. First things first, speak to your planner. They will have a better idea of what you would need from a space to host different types of wedding and what you’ll have to do to transform it (especially given the time of year you’re getting married).
An obvious one is to know how many guests you’re planning on inviting. It will then save you the hassle of visiting places only having to change your plans at the last minute. It’s normal for couples to underestimate how many people they want to invite (especially if their parents start having a say) so it’s good to get this number nailed down before you start.
Also what’s your theme? If you’re planning on a vintage-inspired affair, a country house might provide a better setting than somewhere more modern. Whereas if you’re not going for a ‘traditional’ aesthetic, then a slick city location would probably be your best bet.
So with that said, grab yourself a cuppa and your other half and settle down to pour over these gorgeous country houses, stately homes, castles and more in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
If you’re still on the hunt for a venue or you want to find out even more information, why not head over to our sister site hitched.co.uk and browse the wedding venues section there?
The Savoy, London – What could be more fabulous than a stylish, city-chic wedding at The Savoy? This iconic London hotel has been the go-to place for glittering soirees, glamorous events and lavish affairs since the day it opened, making it the dream setting for an unforgettable wedding. Choose from a range of elegant rooms to host your big day it – we absolutely adore the Royal Suite, which is the venue’s grandest offering. It spans half of the hotel’s entire fifth floor and provides breath-taking views across the capital, including iconic sights such as the River Thames and the London Eye. You can host your ceremony, cocktail reception and a private dinner here to mark the occasion, all against the most wonderful backdrop London has to offer.
Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel – This Grade II-listed beauty is surrounded by rolling Cotswolds countryside and has 72 stylish bedrooms, including an exquisite bridal suite, and a dedicated wedding team.
Dartmouth House, London – This beautiful 16th century building boasts a rare feature for a London wedding venue – an enclosed courtyard that provides the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies in the outdoors. If you’ve been dreaming of a Parisian themed wedding, this could be the ideal location as the beautiful fountain, baroque style architecture and elegant white wrought iron tables and chairs look like they’re straight from an affluent Paris street. Why not celebrate your marriage in this charming and secluded haven, right in the heart of Mayfair?
The HAC – This magnificent 18th century mansion building is just a stone’s throw from Moorgate and has a six-acre garden – ideal if you want greenery but without leaving the city. Exclusively hire the Georgian mansion for your big day and take advantage of the vast grounds for al fresco drinks and a firework display. The rich history and elegant rooms at the HAC make this the perfect historic wedding venue – you can marry in the Long Room, which has oak panels and a minstrel’s gallery, as well as original stone fireplaces and huge windows offering lovely views of the garden. The large capacity wedding venue can host up to 350 guests – ideal if you’ve got a lot of people on your guest list!
The LaLiT London – The LaLiT London is a stunning Grade II-listed luxury hotel, located on Tooley Street near Tower Bridge. There are 70 beautifully designed rooms, combining Indian culture with quintessential British charm. The hotel is also home to pan-Indian dining destination Baluchi, and Rejuve, the signature spa. www.thelalit.com
This luxury private members club Home House is a beautiful Georgian town house in Marylebone’s Portman Square.
Home House – Home House is everything a London Wedding Venue should be; intimate, glamorous and grown-up. This luxury private members club is a beautiful Georgian town house in Marylebone’s Portman Square and offers bespoke weddings with ceremony and reception in one gorgeous location www.homehouse.co.uk
The exclusive venue is fully kitted out for a gorgeous do.
Hedsor House – Set within 100 acres of historic parkland and Grade II listed gardens, Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire is the perfect venue for a fairytale wedding. The Georgian house has a rich history, and though it has been luxuriously refurbished, it retains plenty of period charm. The exclusive venue is fully kitted out for a gorgeous do. The Bridal Suite is one of the largest in Europe, and features a marble onyx bathroom complete with double shower, roll top bath and a private balcony. www.hedsor.com
Proud Country House, Brighton is an elegant, versatile Grade One-listed mansion
Proud Country House – Stir your senses at a newly-refurbished Stanmer. Proud Country House, Brighton is an elegant, versatile Grade One-listed mansion set in acres of stunning Sussex countryside. A venue for all seasons with options to suit all size and styles, allow them to make your special day magical and memorable. www.stanmerhouse.co.uk
The Tythe Barn team listens to each couple’s needs and is really passionate about getting it right
The Tythe Barn – The team at The Tythe Barn hosts many events, but weddings are their ‘thing’. The barn provides an incredible backdrop to your big day and benefits from professional chefs as its in-house caterers, so you know the food you serve your guests will be just as special as the surroundings they find themselves in. The Tythe Barn team listens to each couple’s needs and is really passionate about getting it right, so every wedding is different – but always right for you! www.thetythebarn.co.uk
This privately owned 500-acre estate near Bath boasts two exclusive-use wedding venues,
Orchardleigh – Orchardleigh is a truly magical place to say ‘I do’. This privately owned 500-acre estate near Bath boasts two exclusive-use wedding venues, a romantic island church, an 18-hole golf course and luxurious accommodation for up to 175 guests. www.orchardleigh.net
Brinsop exudes historic charm with magnificent interiors and stunning gardens
Brinsop Court – Brinsop Court, a Grade one listed 12th Century Manor House, encircled by a moat and nestled in the heart of Herefordshire countryside. A magical venue, one of a kind and a hidden gem. Brinsop exudes historic charm with magnificent interiors and stunning gardens. www.brinsopcourt.com
The Grade 1 listed castle in south Wales is surrounded by hundreds of acres of lush greenery
Hensol Castle – Hensol Castle is the perfect venue for a dreamy fairy tale wedding. The Grade 1 listed castle in south Wales is surrounded by hundreds of acres of lush greenery and is home to a glittering lake, making it the ideal location for striking wedding photography. It’s not just the gorgeous surroundings that make it so dreamy – the team of wedding experts is also at hand to make sure your big day is truly magical. Every last detail will be taken care off, from table plans and room décor to evening entertainment and toasts, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience. www.hensolcastle.com/weddings
Bordesley Park is a private family estate in Worcestershire.
Bordesley Park – Bordesley Park is a private family estate in Worcestershire. With a luxurious permanent marquee, converted barns and extensive grounds, it’s the perfect choice for a countryside wedding. As well as the enchanting setting, Bordesley Park offers a flexible and personal approach to wedding planning to ensure your big day is just how you want it to be. The Tudor Barn is fully licensed, allowing you to hold your civil ceremony onsite, and the marquee is a blank canvas for you to make your own. What’s more, Bordesley Park’s hilltop location gives panoramic countryside views for miles – so a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos is ready and waiting. bordesleypark.co.uk
An incredible stately home in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside
Elmore Court – Elmore Court is the unique wedding venue that you’ve been looking for; an incredible stately home in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside with stunning views across the Cotswolds. Ceremony and reception capacity – up to 200 16 beautiful refurbished bedrooms. www.elmorecourt.com
The Hythe Imperial are delighted to host your forthcoming wedding.
Hythe The Imperial Hotel – First of all, congratulations! The Hythe Imperial are delighted to hear the news of your forthcoming wedding and that you are considering Hythe Imperial as the venue for your special day. www.hytheimperial.co.uk/weddings-venue-kent
RSA House is the perfect venue for a quintessential London wedding
RSA House – With its graceful Georgian architecture, stunning interiors and central location, RSA House is the perfect venue for a quintessential London wedding. The House is licensed for civil ceremonies and has a variety of rooms for both intimate gatherings and celebrations for up to 140 guests. www.thersa.org/hire-rsa-house/event-types/weddings–civil-partnerships
Craig-y-Nos is the perfect setting for taking your marriage vows
Craig Y Nos – Craig-y-Nos Castle is the perfect location for your romantic and historic wedding in Wales. The castle houses a Grade One listed opera house theatre as well as newly refurbished Conservatory, making Craig-y-Nos the perfect setting for taking your marriage vows. www.craigynoscastleweddings.com
Aston Marina offers a unique waterside wedding venue
Aston Marina – Nestled within exclusive, beautifully-landscaped grounds and enjoying far-reaching views over the neighbouring Trent & Mersey Canal, The Boat House at Aston Marina offers a unique waterside wedding venue in the heart of landlocked Staffordshire. Located near the charming market town of Stone, The Boat House is within easy reach of J14 of the M6; making it easily accessible for guests travelling from around the country. www.astonmarina.co.uk
A masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture
Blenheim Palace – Blenheim Palace makes a unique and magnificent venue for weddings and celebrations for any size and style. A masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture set in more than 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped Parkland, with more than six spaces available for use. www.blenheimpalace.com/hospitality/weddings
The Bodleian Libraries is a historic venue steeped in romance and elegance
You will be charmed by the views that could be the perfect backdrop for your special day
Salomons Estate – From the moment you drive down our stunning driveway through our picturesque grounds, you will be charmed by the views that could be the perfect backdrop for your special day. With the opportunity to have both your wedding ceremony and reception here, we pride ourselves in offering a personalised service to the very highest of standards. All inclusive weddings start from as little as £3460*. Book your personal show round on 01892 515152 or visit our website. www.salomons-estate.com/weddings
This unique wedding venue has one and a half acres of The Roof Gardens.
The Roof Gardens, London – Go to dizzying heights by marrying at the Roof Gardens, perched high above the streets of Kensington. This unique wedding venue has one and a half acres of garden in the sky, as well as exotic wildlife – including flamingos that roam freely across the roof space. Your guests will love the chance to spend a day in such an unusual setting and you’ll be delighted by the flexibility of the wedding team; whether you’re imagining a laidback BBQ reception for 500 or a traditional sit-down dinner for 10, they’ll bring your vision to life.
Clissold House, London – If you’re looking for a wedding venue in North London, consider Clissold House, a Grade II listed building set in the tranquil surroundings of Clissold Park. We’ve fallen in love with the huge, ornate windows that flood the venue with natural daylight and offer exception views of the nearby lake and surrounding greenery. You can pose for wedding photographs on the gorgeous spiral staircases or next to the original marble fireplaces – ideal if you’re looking for a grand setting for your big day.
One Canada Square is an achingly cool art deco inspired wedding venue.
One Canada Square, London – Located in the heart of buzzing Canary Wharf, you’ll find One Canada Square, an achingly cool art deco inspired wedding venue with amazing features such as a double set of sweeping staircases, floor to ceiling windows, luxurious leather furniture, marble fittings and fixtures and even a baby grand piano. This decadent wedding venue is perfect for party-loving couples that are planning a Great Gatsby style 1920s themed wedding and want to dance the night away – there’s a license until 2am!
Kenwood House is a gorgeous venue located on leafy Hampstead Heath.
Kenwood House, London – This beautiful Georgian villa recently underwent a £5.95 million refurbishment, meaning you’re guaranteed beautiful surroundings on your big day. Kenwood House is also gorgeous outside too – the white building is located on leafy Hampstead Heath, giving you plenty of pretty outdoor spaces for your photographs. Art-lovers will adore this wedding venue – it boasts a world-class art collection, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Turner, as well as glittering chandeliers and views across the Heath. If you’ve got a large guest list, there’s the option of having a marquee in the Flower Garden too where you can enjoy dinner, drinks and dancing under the starry night sky.
Morden Hall is set in 125 acres of National Trust Parkland.
Morden Hall, London – You can have a beautiful wedding with a country feel in the city – just take a closer look at Morden Hall, which is set in 125 acres of National Trust Parkland. Have your wedding ceremony in one of the picturesque period rooms before enjoying drinks and canapés on the North Lawn by the River Wandle. The venue is exclusively used for weddings, so you know the most important day of your life is in expert hands, and it was beautifully restored in 2015 to create a tranquil and stunning atmosphere – one look at the immaculately decorated rooms and you’ll fall head over heels in love.
Tucked away in leafy Herefordshire, Dewsall Courts is surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular countryside.
Dewsall Courts – Dewsall is the perfect setting to share the wedding of your dreams with friends and family. Tucked away in leafy Herefordshire, it’s surrounded by beautiful gardens and spectacular countryside, and boasts every modern amenity. The whole 15 acres will be exclusively yours for your two-night stay, and includes a recently renovated party barn for up to 170 guests, a newly refurbished 10-bedroom house, a beautiful little church at the bottom of the gardens and an after-party den for late-night revelry. The Dewsall team all love the world of weddings, and they present high-quality food and a bespoke service to create a unique and magical celebration. www.dewsall.com
Strawberry Hill House is a gothic style castle complete with turrets.
Strawberry Hill House, London – Are you dreaming about a fabulous gothic wedding? Check out Strawberry Hill House, a gothic style castle complete with turrets, vaulted ceilings, golden canopy curtains and crimson damask walls. It’s a decadent and dramatic setting which will appeal to couples who really want to make a statement with their choice of wedding venue. It dates back to the 18th century and has been lovingly restored to its original glory, as it was when Horace Walpole designed it.
Langley Abbey is a pretty choice for those searching for a Norfolk wedding venue.
Langley Abbey, Norfolk –Langley Abbey is located just 10 miles from Norwich, making it a pretty and practical choice for those searching for a Norfolk wedding venue. Your wedding ceremony would take place in the Abbott’s Chamber, before hosting your reception on the mezzanine floor. They have over three decades of experience in planning weddings, so you know your big day will be in safe hands.
Ackergill Tower is surrounded by 3,000 acres of land and seven miles of private beach
Ackergill Tower, Wick – Have you been hunting for the perfect wedding venue in Scotland? If so, take a closer look at the beautiful Ackergill Tower, which is surrounded by 3,000 acres of land and seven miles of private beach on the North East Coast of the Scottish Highlands. You can stay in the most incredible bridal suite on your wedding night too – there’s a tree house complete with a 7ft bed. If you really love the venue and want to be there as much as possible, you can also host a luxury hen party or an active stag do there too!
Berkeley Castle couldn’t be more perfect.
Berkeley Castle –Berkeley Castle has almost 900 years of history, making it an ideal choice if you want a wedding venue with a few stories to tell. There’s a church right next door too so if you are considering booking a church wedding ceremony it couldn’t be more perfect. Pose for your wedding photos in the beautiful rose garden and next to the lily pond – you’ll end up with some really romantic shots.
Thornton Manor is an exclusive wedding venue in Cheshire.
Thornton Manor, Cheshire – If you want a lot of choice when it comes to your wedding, consider Thornton Manor, an exclusive wedding venue in Cheshire. The Grade II listed building includes the Manor House, Waterside Pavilion, the Lakeside Marquee and the Walled Garden Marquee as wedding venue options, each with varying capacity. There’s plenty of onsite accommodation too so your friends and family can really make the most of the occasion and stay in style.
Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire – You can choose between two hotels if you decide to host your wedding at Heythrop Park Resort. There is the elegant manor house, which provides the perfect setting for a traditional wedding, or the Crowne Plaza, which is ideal for contemporary couples. We love the Moroccan-inspired central courtyard, which provides the perfect setting for drinks receptions with a twist.
Kilver Court, Somerset – Are you thinking about having an outdoor wedding ceremony? At Kilver Court you can marry at the lakeside Dovecote whilst the sun shines down on you and your guests. After the ceremony you can enjoy full and exclusive use of the picturesque gardens – the lawn is the dreamiest setting for everyone to mingle with a few glasses of champagne and play garden games. Once the sun has gone down you can enjoy wedding fireworks over the viaduct – a spectacular way to end the best day of your life.
Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire – Do you want a wedding venue that will have your guests gasping in surprise? Consider the fabulously decadent Carlton Towers in Yorkshire. This glamorous wedding venue is set amongst 250 acres of parkland and boasts staterooms that across the full 150ft length of the house, making it a great choice for larger parties. You can work with the chef at the venue to design your own wedding menu and host your bridal party onsite, as there are 16 beautifully and individually designed bedrooms.
Healey Barn, Northumberland – Take rustic romance to the next level by celebrating your wedding at the whimsical and beautiful Healey Barn in Northumberland, which won Best New Venue in our 2016 UK Wedding Awards. The stone barn is illuminated with candles and fairylights, and has a dramatic double height ceiling adorned with wooden beams. After your ceremony everyone can enjoy drinks in the courtyard, which is festooned with fairylights before sitting down to a delicious wedding breakfast – their motto at Healey Barn is: ‘Buy the best, cook it simply, serve it generously’. We approve!
Doxford Barns, Northumberland – If you want a wedding weekend, consider Doxford Barns in Northumberland – they hire out their beautiful country estate over a three-day period so you can relax and really enjoy your time as a bride and groom. Pose for photos by the three-acre lake and on the Farmhouse lawns, before partying until 2am with your nearest and dearest. There’s plenty of onsite accommodation too, and capacity for 180 guests in the day, going up to 250 for the evening.
Linthwaite House Hotel, Cumbria – What could be more romantic than a wedding in the stunning Lake District? You could even stay on for a dreamy UK honeymoon. The enchanting Linthwaite House Hotel overlooks Lake Windermere and can host up to 85 guests – giving you an intimate and elegant country house party feel. Don’t miss the glamorous new loft bridal suite too, it’s the perfect place to retire away to with your other half after partying the night away with your loved ones.
Cragwood Country House Hotel, Cumbria – This rural country house wedding venue is a bit different from your average Lake District hotel. There are lots of quirky features and you have the option to follow your wedding ceremony with a champagne cruise on Lake Windermere from the private jetty. There are no set packages at Cragwood Country House Hotel – you can work with the wedding team to create a tailor-made day that suits you and your partner perfectly. Sounds like a dream to us!
Landguard Manor, Isle of Wight – If you’re thinking about having a festival style wedding, Languard Manor on the Isle of Wight could be ideal for you. The massive lawn is home to a marquee that can host up to 350 guests – just book in some bands and let wedfest commence! It’s just minutes from the beautiful coast too so you have plenty of photo opportunities, and you have the option of having an outdoor wedding ceremony surrounded by the gorgeous scenery.
Hedsor House – Buckinghamshire wedding venue Hedsor House is unique in that it can boast an accolade from actor Johnny Depp, who described the gorgeous country house as ‘the most amazing place’. It features a 2500sqft bridal suite, one of the largest in Europe, which is ideal if you have a huge bridal party that needs lots of space to get ready on the morning of the wedding. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and has a church on site. If you want an award-winning wedding venue, this is one to consider!
Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth – Host the event of a lifetime at Spitbank Fort – this unique fort in the middle of the sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. You and your guests will be whisked to the venue by private boat where you can enjoy the three bars, the games room, the fire pit and the luxury bedrooms. Refresh yourself the next day by using the roof top hot tub or kicking back in the sauna. You can party as late and as loud as you like – there are no neighbours to worry about making this the perfect choice of venue for party animals.
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland – Locations don’t get more atmospheric than the Northumberland coast, and Bamburgh Castle certainly lives up to the drama of its setting. Say your vows in the vaulted Keep Hall or the splendid King’s Hall, then celebrate with champagne on the Battery Terrace – the breathtaking views really have to be seen to be believed. Weather not playing ball? Have an indoor drinks and canapés reception in The Crewe Room, the former medieval kitchen. There are plenty of stunning backdrops for your photos – just make sure you perfect your posing in advance. Image | Nick McCann
Symondsbury Manor, Dorset – There’s much to admire at this bewitching manor close to Lyme Regis, but we’re particularly taken with the fact that there are no compulsory suppliers, so you can organise a perfectly personal celebration to your specifications. Even better: there’s no corkage, so you can provide your own alcohol without incurring an extra charge and set up a brilliant wedding bar. The hire price includes both the beautiful 18th-century ballroom and the lovely gardens, which are just made for a marquee reception. With accommodation for 22, Symondsbury Manor is particularly well suited to an intimate wedding weekend: think a welcome dinner on Friday, the main event on Saturday, then a chilled-out brunch on Sunday. Don’t forget to build in some time to enjoy the surrounding area – the iconic West Bay cliffs, which featured prominently in Broadchurch, are just two miles away.
Kew Gardens, Surrey – Whatever the season, Kew Gardens make for an idyllic W-day setting. There are several potential spaces for your ceremony and reception – all surrounded by those glorious gardens, of course – which you can hire in combination to get the day you want. Start with a ceremony in exquisite 19th-century glasshouse The Nash Conservatory, followed by drinks in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, then enjoy an evening reception in the light-filled Orangery, for example. Or take over a couple of rooms at Kew Palace, with a drinks reception in the Queen’s Garden. Should you choose to say “I do” in summer at Cambridge Cottage, you can exchange vows by the French doors in the drawing room while your guests watch on from the gardens. Looking for something with a more contemporary-cool feel? The modern interiors of the Sir Joseph Banks Building are sure to delight. Technically, Kew Gardens is in Surrey, but in reality, it’s a London wedding venue – so transport links are excellent, and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation options.
The Ritz, London – What could be more glamorous than getting married at The Ritz? Piccadilly’s most famous landmark since the beginning of the last century, this hotel is unashamedly elegant. Weddings are held in the equally opulent 18th century William Kent House adjoining the main building. There are wonderful views across Green Park, grand interiors and a range of wedding-perfect spaces. When it comes to the catering, you’ll be able to spoil guests with an opulent feast: menus feature the best of British in what the chef dubs ‘palace-style cooking’. You can expect immaculate service from start to finish – at the end of the night, the trusty doormen will make sure there’s no shortage of black cabs to see your guests home.
Bovey Castle, Devon – Putting aside the stunning views and gorgeous interiors for a moment, one of the joys of a Bovey Castle wedding is the amazing flexibility. From just-the-two-of-us “I dos” to taking over the whole castle, there’s an option for every style of celebration. Spring and summer couples should definitely consider having a marquee in the beautiful grounds for the quintessential English country garden experience, with an outdoor ceremony at the Summerhouse or the Portico. Getting wed in autumn or winter? The sumptuous indoor spaces are just right for stylish celebrations.
The Inn at Whitewell, Lancashire – Planning a reception at a pub or inn venue? This countryside inn has bags of British charm – think flickering fireplaces, hunting pictures and cricket balls attached to the room keys. The atmosphere is laid-back and welcoming, but still with a sense of style. There are three lovely reception spaces. The marquee has riverside views, its own private garden and a ceiling festooned with romantic fairy lights, and can fit 60-150. For something more intimate, there’s the Orangery or the main dining room. Accommodation is in 23 bedrooms, as well as the delightfully-named ‘Piggeries’, a three-bedroom holiday house within the grounds.
The Hundred House Hotel & Barn, Shropshire – Looking for a barn venue with plenty of personality? The Tithe Barn atThe Hundred House Hotel is a most appetising prospect. Built in the 17th century, the barn has a restored wooden minstrel’s gallery, plenty of bunting-friendly oak beams, and a stunning chandelier. The delights don’t stop there. Outside you’ll find bewitching gardens, filled with plenty of scents and unusual artefacts for your guests to explore. And the head chef at the coaching inn’s acclaimed restaurant oversees the wedding menus, so you can expect a feast to remember.
Holbeck Ghyll, Lake District – Gourmet menus and the stunning landscape of Lake Windermere are just two of the attractions at former hunting lodge Holbeck Ghyll. If you choose to take over the whole hotel on an exclusive use basis, you’ll have the run of 29 beautiful bedrooms, as well as the building and grounds – the latter are just made for romantic photo opportunities. There’s also a beautiful bridal suite – the Miss Potter – set away from the main hotel, which has a separate lounge, several private terraces and luxurious furnishings. If your guest list is more bijou, you can go for private dining (for a maximum of ten) or hire the Seagrave Suite (max. 40). Relax pre- or post-wedding at the spa, which offers a range of treatments, including dreamy ESPA treatments and facials, massages, and Jessica manicures, among others.
Elvey Farm, Kent – Break out the Hunter wellies: a wedding at Grade II-listed farmstead Elvey Farm is the classic countryside experience – with an extra dose of style. For your ceremony there’s the choice of an al fresco affair on the sun terrace outside the 15th century farmhouse or inside a 16th century barn. There’s a luxurious marquee in the paddock that’s perfect for fun-filled receptions. The accommodation is most inviting, particularly the honeymoon suite – a luxury double that comes with a private outdoor hot tub. We can’t think of a better way to toast married life than with a glass of fizz under the stars as the warming water bubbles around you. Just don’t forget your swimwear. Other delights include first-rate food, a traditional Kentish Oast House for getting ready on the wedding morning, and some truly breathtaking views.
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire – There aren’t many wedding venues with over a millennium of history, but Warwick Castle is one of the few. Whether you choose to host a lavish banquet in the splendid Great Hall, an intimate supper in the State Dining Room or a magnificent marquee celebration in the paddock field, you’ll feel like royalty for a day. Accommodation is suitably grand. The atmospheric Tower Suites feature vaulted ceilings and amazing four-poster beds, while the lodges in the Knight’s Village sleep up to seven – ideal for groups of wedding guests. And during the summer, there’s ‘medieval clamping’ in themed, luxurious tents. To make your day even more memorable, you can choose from a range of entertainment extras inspired by the castle’s history – think fighting knights or characters in costume to amuse your guests. Now you just have to find the perfect dress for a castle wedding…
Lucknam Park, Wiltshire – The sweeping tree-lined drive that leads to this divine Wiltshire 17th-century mansion makes you feel like the aristocratic heroes of a Sunday night period drama, and the inside certainly doesn’t disappoint. The interior style is classic country house but with a modern, opulent edge. Take over the whole place to create your very own luxe house party, or host a reception for up to 60 in Michelin-starred restaurant The Park. The grounds include walled, lavender and rose gardens that would make a heavenly backdrop to your first photos as newlyweds. Accommodation is in 42 luscious rooms and suites. In need of some pampering? The spa is seriously of-the-moment, with delicious aroma steam rooms and dreamy relaxation beds. As a seriously romantic finishing touch, you can have a tree planted in the arboretum with a plaque displaying your wedding date.
Dewsall Court, Herefordshire – Grade II-listed Dewsall Court is undeniably beautiful. There are several lovely spaces within the house to have a ceremony to remember, including the Chinoiserie dining room with elegant handpainted wallpaper, or there’s an atmospheric ancient church just a short stroll away. Located within the manicured grounds, the renovated Wainhouse Barn is a wonderful spot for the wedding breakfast. The barn features glass doors that run along the whole length of the barn, letting the light pour in but keeping you and your guests warm on chilly evenings. Hire of Dewsall includes a two-night stay for up to 20 guests and a dedicated wedding planner, among other perks. The venue’s philosophy is that they don’t do packages – instead, they create bespoke weddings to suit each couple’s individual needs.
Fazeley Studios, Birmingham – Located in Digbeth, the city’s creative quarter, this amazing 150-year-old venue has been lovingly restored to reflect not only the time it was built, but its modern surroundings, too. The light and airy space is perfect for style-conscious couples looking for an out-of-the-ordinary backdrop to their big day. There’s a variety of spaces at Fazeley Studios for both ceremony and reception, all of which are flexible. The Winter Garden, for example, can be used for both your “I do” and dancing into the night, while the Courtyard is ideal for a BBQ or outdoor drinks reception. You’ll have the venue on an exclusive basis, making your day really feel like your own.
Packington Moor, Staffordshire – Cute-as-a-button Packington Moormakes a brilliant backdrop to a rustic-elegant big day. The setting is wonderful: perfectly tranquil but within easy reach of transport routes. Inside and out the beautiful barns, the styling marries the best of country charm with contemporary simplicity – think oak beams and exposed brickwork along with plain white walls and cool lighting. After a romantic ceremony in the Oat Barn, head over to the Malt Barn, which comes complete with a star-lit dance floor, to really get the party started. In terms of outdoor space, there are magical gardens, as well as a sheltered courtyard. There’s also on-site accommodation, in the form of Walter’s Cottage (the honeymoon suite) and four double bedrooms in addition to that for your nearest and dearest. Packington Moor is also a treat for foodies. The focus here is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients that are free range.
Dorney Court, Buckinghamshire – A magical stately home on the one hand, a dazzling outdoor space on the other, Dorney Court is everything you could ever want from a wedding venue. What’s more, there are several different spaces you can use to build your ideal day. For larger guest lists, the historic Coach House Barn can accommodate up to 20 for seated dining and 250 for a standing party in the evening (more if you use a marquee). Planning something a little more bijou? The Great Hall is a glorious space for up to 60 guests. The flexible approach extends to how you say your vows. You can have a civil ceremony, or there’s also a bewitching 11th-century church next to the house. The picturesque grounds and Tudor manor house itself are a dreamy backdrop to your first photos as newlyweds. There’s also a delightful cottage with private courtyard that makes a delightful honeymoon suite.
Banqueting House, London – If London’s glamorous Banqueting House doesn’t make your jaw drop, we don’t quite know what will. With glittering chandeliers, a grand staircase, huge windows and a magnificent ceiling painted by Sir Paul Rubens, expect oohs and ahhs from your guests. The Main Hall can hold 450 guests for a civil ceremony and 300 for a reception with dancing. There’s also the vaulted Undercroft, which holds up to 150 for a civil ceremony and 120 for a wedding breakfast. Dating back to the 17th century, this venue is in London’s Whitehall, a brilliantly central location that allows easy transport access as well as being within a short hop of a range of hotels.
Swan at the Globe, London – Stylishly modern and part of the restored Shakespeare’s Globe site, British brasserie the Swan at the Globe is perfect for a chic city do. Set on London’s South Bank, there are wonderful views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. You can keep it smallish in the Balcony Room, which really makes the most of those stunning vistas with a private balcony and French windows. Alternatively, take larger numbers down a sweeping staircase to the stunning UnderGlobe. This may be a subterranean space, but the high ceilings ensure it feels wonderfully spacious. The UnderGlobe can hold up to 350, and there’s plenty of room for dancing. The chefs create seasonal dishes from the very best locally sourced suppliers, and if you’re getting married here, you can have a complimentary meal in the restaurant to sample the cuisine.
Belmount Hall, Cumbria – Once owned by Beatrix Potter, this Grade II-listed Georgian house is ideally located in the middle of the Lake District. Weddings at Belmount Hall are on an exclusive-use basis, so you can celebrate with your guests in privacy. There are some truly stunning spaces to choose from, including a beautiful indoor marquee. You could enjoy a drinks reception in the main house followed by a reception in an outdoor marquee in the enchanting grounds, or you could use the party-perfect West Barn Rooms for your celebration. In terms of accommodation there are six lovely double bedrooms, all featuring White Company linens, antique furnishings and Roberts radios – a dreamy blend of old and new. There’s also space in the grounds for bell tents, should the idea of clamping appeal.
Danesfield House Hotel & Spa, Buckinghamshire – A stunning stately-home-turned-hotel, this country gem has oodles of accommodation for your guests. Each of the stylish bedrooms has been individually designed, and all feature exquisite furnishings – even the most demanding mother-of-the bride will be impressed! You’ll also find glamorous private dining rooms and 65 acres of beautiful grounds that are great for marquees (if you do decide to go down this route, discover the best ways to decorate your wedding marquee). There are four lovely spaces to choose from for your ceremony. The spa at Danesfield House has won a flurry of awards – worth bearing in mind for some pre-big-day beautifying or unwinding the day after. And with good connections to the M4 and M25, guests won’t struggle to arrive on time for your big entrance to this Buckinghamshire wedding venue.
Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire – This fairytale medieval stronghold in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire comes complete with battlements and the original portcullis – like something straight from a child’s magical story book. There are stunning lawns for your reception drinks and gorgeous grounds to serve as the backdrop to your photos. The inside of Clearwell Castle has the same wow factor. You can hold a civil ceremony and sit-down reception in a ballroom that has a 70-foot aisle and impressive leaded windows to let the sunlight flood in. When evening comes, retire to the vaulted cellar bar to celebrate your newly-minted marriage. Fancy making a ‘wedkend’ of it? You can hire the castle on an exclusive basis for two days of festivities: start with welcome drinks and dinner, followed by a morning’s pampering ahead of the main event.
Augill Castle, Lake District – This award-winning venue manages the tricky balance of being both grand and glamorous yet warm and laidback. Hired on an exclusive use basis, Augill Castle is ideal for a wedding weekend to remember. Thirty guests can sleep over, and 46 can sit down to a banquet-style wedding breakfast (or 60 for a more informal dining experience, such as a barbecue or buffet). Augill is also available for just-for-the-day weddings for up to 14. The castle team works with couples to create special bespoke menus, based on everything from favourite foods to cherished family recipes, using local, organic produce. Enjoy cocktails and canapés on the terrace in summer, and a hearty afternoon tea with mulled wine in the winter. Now all you need is to start browsing wedding dresses for a castle wedding!
Pennyhill Park, Surrey – Set in 120 acres of Surrey parkland, this luxurious spa resort hotel has 123 individually styled rooms, so you can really go to town with a big guest list. You’ll not find many spas to rival Pennyhill Park Hotel‘smodern 45,000 sq. ft. one with its eight ozone treated pools, hot tubs, gym, outdoor pool bar, 22 treatment rooms, and heated tepidarium. It’s the ultimate all-day relaxation venue, so be sure to arrive early the day before your wedding with your girls and the mums for a decadent pamper session. Wentworth and Sunningdale golf courses are both just a couple of miles too if the boys (or you for that matter!) fancy a relaxing nine holes before you say “I do”. The exterior of the 19th century manor house is all creeper-coverers walls, which suggest old world luxury, but the décor inside is surprisingly contemporary. No wonder Justin Timberlake, Russell Crowe and Daniel Craig are a few of the former famous guests. Whatever the size of your party there’s a space to accommodate. Big events can take the Balmoral Suite, with its crystal chandeliers while more intimate affairs will find the Library to be the perfect size. We love the idea of pre-reception drinks out on the lawn in summer too.
Berrow Court, Birmingham, West Midlands – Built in the Arts and Crafts style, Berrow Court is a delightful grade II listed Victorian mansion with gorgeous light rooms that your photographer will love. Filled with photogenic period features, hold your ceremony in the unusual Gold Room, which overlooks the lawns. Then continue the celebrations by devouring a gourmet feast in the pretty Garden Room, which seats up to 75 with room for 200 standing, and is decorated in white tones so you can put your own stamp on it with decorations.
Natural History Museum, London – An iconic landmark in Kensington’s ‘museum mile’, this is the place to consider if you want to make your wedding stand out from the crowd. For a large wow-factor wedding, there’s the Hintze Hall, which has a splendid stone staircase for sweeping down in your gown as you make an entrance to your reception. For a more intimate affair there’s the North Hall with eye-catching Romanesque architecture and the option of using the contemporary Darwin Centre courtyard for reception drinks in summer. Then for something really quirky, choose the Earth Hall, which comes complete with a resident Stegosaurus. The location also means you’re just minutes away from London’s Hyde Park, for fabulous wedding pictures.
Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland – Ballyfin is widely regarded as Ireland’s most luxurious hotel and it’s not hard to see why. Once the ancestral home to the Duke of Wellington’s family, this Regency mansion has been lovingly restored over the past decade to such a high quality that it recently joined the prized Relais & Chateaux group. There are so many options to make your day as special as the surroundings. You can have a blessing in the house or in the grounds by the lake. And for your reception there’s an impressive ballroom for 130 and a regal State Dining Room with lake views that can seat 70. Make a weekend of it by using the other inviting rooms for a rehearsal dinner or by having a post-wedding afternoon tea on the terrace. After all the celebrating you can rest weary heads in the 20 sumptuous suites with draped four-posters and marble bathrooms.
The Old Quay House, Cornwall – If the sound of seagulls and the Cornishcoastline appeals, The Old Quay House is right on the quay front in Fowey and available for exclusive hire for small weddings of up to 70 people. Have an intimate ceremony in the Q restaurant with its terrace overlooking the harbour, or choose the hotel’s luxurious penthouse suite. With the chef on-hand to create an exclusive locally-sourced menu for you, this is an ideal option for foodies – plus you’ll benefit from the services of a dedicated wedding planner to help organise everything. There’s also eleven luxurious rooms, meaning up to 22 guests can stay over too. After the wedding, the idyllic Cornish coast is the ideal spot for relaxing – so why not stay on for your honeymoon?
Hartwell House & Spa, Buckinghamshire – The stately Hartwell House in Buckinghamshiredates back to the 18th century, and has everything you could wish for for a grand and glamorous wedding. The lavish grounds, statues, follies, and lake complete with a picture-perfect bridge call for top hats, cravats and champagne on the lawn! Steeped in history, the house has beautiful Georgian interiors – choose from one of the more intimate private dining rooms for a smaller wedding party, or opt for the spacious Hartwell Rooms for a longer guest list. Either way, make sure you take advantage of the opulent accommodation options and gorgeous spa (housed in an orangery, no less) – your guests won’t believe their luck.
The Daffodil Hotel, Cumbria – Tucked deep in Grasmere in the Lake District National Park, The Daffodil Hotel is about as remote as it gets. Set against some of the most stunning scenery in England, this to-die-for hotel cuts the perfect balance between contemporary and cosy – with its traditional exterior and modern, stylish bedrooms and function rooms. The Daffodil offers two different wedding packages, depending on the season you decide to hold your wedding in. Their lakeside terrace is ideal for spring or summer, while the cosy Prince of Wales room is often used for winter weddings. Whenever your planning the big day, Grasmere is certainly the perfect location – with its rolling green hills and connections to romantic poet William Wordsworth, it’s the ideal place to hold a fairytale wedding.
Trebah Gardens, Cornwall – Cancel that destination wedding – Trebah Garden in Cornwall is a sub-tropical paradise! This truly unique venue is perfect for anyone looking for something a little different – or for any green-fingered brides out there, as the gardens boast an incredible array of flowers in bloom throughout spring and summer. Even better, your function room will be decorated with foliage from the gardens by the in-house florist. After taking your vows in the house, explore the colourful gardens with bubbles in-hand and mingle on the private lawn and terrace. Your options are endless – you could even wander down to the private beach.
Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire – The owners of this magnificent 18th Century Grade I listed mansion house have invested £60 million in its refurbishment, so impeccable interiors are guaranteed. The exterior is pretty impressive too – Robert Adam’s opulent architecture stands proud in 1065 acres of sprawling parkland. The good news is that this wide-open space doesn’t come hand-in-hand with a winding drive to the back of beyond. Luton Hoo is 10 minutes from Luton and easily accessible by rail, road and air – perfect for any guests travelling from afar. The Queen spent part of her honeymoon here so it really does have the royal stamp of approval. She’s not the only VIP to have ascended the stone steps to this regal residence; Lord Mountbatten, Edward VII and Winston Churchill are among its notable visitors. You’ll feel like a movie star on your big day wherever you are but even more so in these famous surrounds – the hotel was a film location for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Enigma,Eyes Wide Shut and The World is Not Enough. As for spaces to hold your big day, Luton Hoo is overflowing with options. There’s the stunning converted Russian orthodox chapel, an exclusive-use lakeside hideaway in the grounds, the cosy Churchill Room, the decadent Fabergé Suite and the spectacular Romanov Suite with its stained glass windows.
Alrewas Hayes, Staffordshire – For a leisurely lakeside reception A divine Queen Anne house in the heart of rural Staffordshire, a wedding at Alrewas Hayes is like having your very own country mansion for the day.. From the gorgeous ceremony room complete with beamed ceilings to the spacious marquee available for larger evening receptions, you will be blown away by the options this venue offers – not to mention the beautiful boutique accommodation. You won’t want to leave the honeymoon suite, with its rustic beams and free-standing bathtub…
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire – There’s something hopelessly romantic about ancient ruins; none more so than the 11th century Ludlow Castle. These historic walls have housed many a grand occasion since their origins way back in 1086 – including royalty – so where better to hold an opulent fairytale wedding? For your ceremony, the beautiful ruins of the round Norman chapel are hard to beat. And after you’ve made it official, soak up the history to the max with a large lawn marquee, or hold your wedding breakfast in the light and airy Beacon Room with full French windows. Bliss!
Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire – With an enormous fire crackling in the grate of the Elizabethan hall, this quiet, stately house is made for winter weddings, as much as summer celebrations. You can hire the original building on an exclusive basis or take over the newly-built Knightley Court that has a cinema room for showing childhood movies, or even to keep the little ones amused with a Disney special. Flexibility is central to this beautiful venue – you can even hold your ceremony outside (weather permitting!) within the Georgian portico and great hall courtyard. If accommodation is a must-have for your venue, there’s up to 60 bedrooms, all with beautiful rustic decor.
The Garden Room at Syon Park, London – A celebrity favourite, The Garden Room at Syon Park oozes style. Traditional or modern, themed or classic, their uber-talented events team can plan it all. Plus, resident catering company Create will design an incredible seasonal menu that’s guaranteed to impress. While The Garden Room is ideal for receptions, it isn’t licensed for civil ceremonies – but the beautiful Syon House (at an extra charge) or the Great Conservatory will make ideal spaces for your union. At only ten miles from central London, it’s the ideal venue for a city couple looking for some scenery.
Etham Palace, London – History buffs will know this as the childhood home of Henry VIII (not the greatest advertisement for marriage, admittedly!) – but this impressive palace in south-east London is best known now for its striking Art Deco refurbishment. With its grand, sky-high ceilings, beautiful gardens (with London’s oldest working bridge, nonetheless) and vast choice of spaces for your celebrations, it’s ideal for both small and large weddings. Our favourite room? The circular panelled entrance hall – making your ceremony so atmospheric you’ll want to break out the cigarette holder and start behaving like an extra in an episode of Poirot…
Elmore Court, Gloucestershire – A true venue of two halves, Elmore Court is certainly packed with surprises. At 750 years old, it’s one of England’s oldest family homes. But, if you fancy a country house wedding with a twist you’ll love the eco event space in the garden – The Gillyflower, an chic alternative to the classic marquee that has to be seen to be believed. This incredible space is made from the estate’s own trees and rammed earth, with an actual meadow on the roof; cool, contemporary and perfectly designed for dinner and dancing. After partying the night away here you and your guests can retire to the grand main house for the night (the rooms are exquisite, think four posters and dark panelled walls).
Gravetye Manor, West Sussex – This manor house hotel has a history of romance: in 1598, Richard Infield had it built for his bride, and their initials are carved over the main entrance. Back in the present, you’ll find refined interiors – we love the oak-panelled dining room – 17 exquisite bedrooms and suites, and, if you fancy a English country garden-style drinks reception at a summer wedding, you’re in luck; these are some of the prettiest cottage gardens in Sussex.
Peckforton Castle, Cheshire – A maze of history, period features, and hidden rooms, Peckforton Castle is the ultimate princess wedding venue. Go big on drama with reception drinks in the candlelit wine cellar, or for a wizard-worthy touch, you can even have an owl as your ring bearer! As the only intact medieval castle in the country, Peckforton has a really special atmosphere about it. From the spectacular vaulted ceilings to the rolling castle grounds and roaring open fires, you’ll be spoiled for choice on places to explore (and photo opportunities)…
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London – Located in London’s famous hotel district, The Mandarin Oriental overlooks Hyde Park on one side and eternally stylish Knightsbridge on the other. Favoured by royals and celebrities alike, its opulent interiors are traditional old-time glamour at its very finest. The hotel’s beautiful ballroom, which is the actual space where HM Queen Elizabeth II learned to dance alongside Princess Margaret, would make the most special of locations for your own first dance as husband and wife – while the equally spectacular Loggia and Mandarin Terrace would be ideal for alfresco summer celebrations. A truly extraordinary city venue.
Wentworth Club, Surrey – It’s world-famous for golf championships but there’s more to Wentworth than par threes and pitching irons. The surrounding countryside is on the money when it comes to lavish backdrops for your photos and, indoors, you can invite 100+ guests to celebrate with you in the ballroom, or keep it intimate with smaller parties (minimum 20) in the Curtis or Ryder rooms. However you choose to use the extensive facilities, the 700 acres of beautiful Surrey parkland surrounding the venue are sure to make for a luxurious setting – golf fanatic or not!
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall – There’s no denying Watergate Bay Hotel is perfectly located. Right on the Cornish seafront just north of Newquay, we’d forgive you for thinking you’d been transported to an exotic island. They don’t do off-the-peg packages, so prepare to get your DIY hat on – but their gorgeous, two mile-long sandy beach backdrop will be enough to get your imagination flowing! Ideal for those who want a bit of flexibility when it comes to wedding planning, you can choose to be intimate and casual with your celebrations, or go all-out and hire the hotel exclusively. And with such stunning coastal scenery on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to stay on for a mini-moon…
Jephson’s Brasserie, Wawickshire – Modern, different and filled with luscious greenery, Jephson’s is a one of a kind venue, situated in the heart of Leamington Spa. The venue offers unparalleled views over the parkland and River Leam – the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography. It’s also fully licensed to perform civil ceremonies and civil partnerships, so is an ideal venue for couples wanting to host their whole day in one location. Receptions can take place either in the beautiful temperate house or on the terrace – perfect for al fresco wedding breakfasts, whether you decided to have a buffet or a sit-down reception.
Soulton Hall, Shropshire – Set in the rolling Shropshire hills, Soulton Hall dates back as far as Viking King Cnut, and the venue is certainly fit for a King and Queen. The ancient manor can host both your ceremony and reception, with many different sized rooms to cater for different sized guest lists. The elizabethan walled garden is licensed for weddings too, should you wish to say your ‘I do’s’ amongst the flowers. With no need to walk far, you can splash out on a pair of high heeled super sparkly party shoes to wear, without the fear of blisters!
Speke Hall, Merseyside – National Trust property Speke Hall has the wow-factor from the minute you set foot in the grounds, entering the estate along a majestic tree-lined avenue. The venue is set within stunning Victorian gardens and grounds; you even enter the hall itself via a moat bridge – perfect for a few cheeky photo opportunities! There are plenty of glorious backdrops for you to set your wedding photos against throughout the grounds, including landscaped gardens and cobbled areas. Opt for a pair of flat wedding shoes to make sure you don’t get heels stuck in the cobbles! A short walk from the main hall is the purpose-built pavilion, able to accommodate up to 200 guests for your reception.
Victoria Gallery and Museum, Merseyside – Liverpool University’s iconic red brick Victoria Gallery and Museum is a beautiful venue to host your wedding. The Leggate Theatre can accommodate over 100 guests, while up to 130 friends and family can join you for your wedding breakfast in the majestic Grand Entrance Hall. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, and is right in Liverpool’s bustling city centre, so great for transport links, and since you’re in the hallowed halls of the university, why not indulge your inner intellectual with a wedding reading from classic literature?
The Lowry, Greater Manchester – The Lowry is a super-modern venue overlooking the Salford Quays, with floor to ceiling windows offering unrivalled panoramic views of the area. The circular Compass Room can accommodate up to 200 standing guests or 150 seated, while the Hexagon Room offers a more intimate affair, for up to 80 to dine. The floor to ceiling windows in the Compass Room can be fitted with blackout blinds for an atmospheric, candlelit ceremony. Such a modern venue would suit an edgy wedding dress, with an ensemble from the Houghton Bride Fall 2017 Collection being the perfect choice.
Eleven Didsbury Park, Greater Manchester – Tucked away in Didsbury Park, Eleven Didsbury Park is a charming Victorian villa, perfect for intimate wedding celebrations of up to 80 guests. Upon hiring the venue, you and your wedding party will have exclusive use of the property, including its 20 bedrooms and suites. The venue also boasts a Victorian walled garden, delightful for your wedding photos.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland – Harry Potter fans are likely to recognise Alnwick Castle, as it was used as Hogwarts in the first two films. The Downton Abbey cast also descended on the venue to film the 2015 Christmas special. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held at the venue in the atmospheric Guest Hall, housing up to 180 guests. You can even enjoy drinks and photographs on the picturesque terrace, overlooking the sprawling grounds. If you’re planning a Harry Potter themed wedding, this is certainly a venue you will want to check out!
The Garden Station, Northumberland – Looking for something a little more alternative? We reckon you’ll fall head over heels for this converted Victorian railway station surrounded by overgrown woodland and gardens. Step inside and the magic continues at The Garden Station, with vintage décor and mis-matched pastel tones. The venue offers humanist ceremonies and pagan hand fasting ceremonies too. The venue would be ideal for couples hosting a wedding with a rustic woodland theme.
Royal Pavilion, Brighton – This Eastern-influenced palatial landmark is a truly unique wedding venue, set in the heart of Brighton. Ceremonies at the Royal Pavilion take place in the red drawing room, entered through the grand Regency Gardens and can hold 44 people (including the bride and groom). Larger parties can tie the knot in the dazzling Music Room, which hosts 90 people. You can hold your reception at the Royal Pavilion too, although dancing is not permitted due to the historic nature of the building.
Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland – Head deep into the depths of Northumberland and you’ll find Brinkburn Priory. Bringing together woodland, ancient buildings and even a river, the venue offers weddings for couples looking for a historic, tranquil and unusual experience. There are a variety of different spaces within the venue in which to hold your wedding, starting at 70 and going up to 120, depending on your number of guests. For a truly unique experience, you and your guests can dine in a gorgeously quirky tipi!
The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland – There’s no denying The Alnwick Garden is a horticultural delight, but what really sets it apart from the rest is the tree house; you can enjoy your wedding breakfast at tree-canopy level and the backdrop makes for a stunning setting for your wedding photography. Weddings can be hosted in the treehouse in the evening for up to 85 guests, while the pavilion is great for larger affairs with room for 200 guests at the ceremony and 500 at the party. Our ideas for outdoor and woodland weddings are a great source of inspiration if you book this venue.
Greywalls, Scotland – Holding a license so you can host both your ceremony and celebration in the same place, Greywalls is a truly stunning setting for your big day. The elegant house is complemented by enchanting gardens, both of which you will have use of should you host your wedding day at the venue. The main dining room hosts up to 50 guests, while the Original Dining Room is ideal for intimate wedding, able to seat up to 30 people. Larger events can be accommodated in a charming marquee. A lace wedding dress would look stunning in these picturesque grounds.
The Biscuit Factory, Tyne and Wear – Contemporary, unusual, and a whole lot of fun to announce on your invitations, The Biscuit Factory definitely stands out. Housed within a former warehouse in the heart of Newcastle, The Biscuit Factory’s double-height ceilings and exposed brickwork will transform your wedding into an urban-chic celebration. The venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships with up to 120 guests, while up to 250 people can join for the wedding breakfast. Being such a design-led venue, we think The Biscuit Factory would make the perfect location for a child-free wedding; if you’re hosting a shindig where little ones aren’t welcome, check out our advice for writing no children wedding invitations.
Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire – If ornate carved ceilings and large decorative fireplaces get your heart racing, it won’t take long to fall in love with Arley Hall & Gardens. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, and is particularly popular with couples who want outdoor weddings, thanks to the 18 acres of manicured lawns and topiary – the ideal backdrop for the all-important wedding photos.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Tyne & Wear – A landmark in the city of Newcastle, the Baltic Gallery is a deliciously different wedding venue. As well as the ever-changing exhibitions, your guests will be treated to some jaw-dropping views of the River Tyne and Millennium Bridge. There a several different spaces within the building, with the River Terrace being our personal favourite thanks to the full-length picture windows, flooding the room with natural light. The River Terrace is licensed to host civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 160 guests for a ceremony and up to 250 for an evening reception. If you pick the venue due to your love of art, you may also be interested in the top honeymoon hotels for art lovers.
Durham School, County Durham – One of the most historic cities in England, and certainly one of the most beautiful, Durham definitely offers the wow-factor. Make the most of this iconic setting at Durham School; elevated on a hill, you’ll be in prime position to enjoy in the breath-taking castle and cathedral. The only catch with this breath-taking venue is that you can only hold a wedding ceremony in the chapel if you are a former student of the school, a service of blessing is available whether you’re a former student or not. With a ceremony held in an education institution, why not include a wedding reading from classic literature or books?
Rockliffe Hall, County Durham – Bit of a foodie? Rockliffe Hall in County Durham has not one but three bespoke restaurants to choose from. It also boasts a luxurious spa and a golf course – there truly is something for everyone! There are several different areas you can hold your celebrations, from a small wedding of 30 guests, to up to 170.
All Saints Chapel, East Sussex – As atmospheric as they come, All Saints Chapel ticks all the boxes when it comes to dramatic wedding venues. This Grade II* listed Gothic chapel has more period features than you can shake a stick at, including some seriously stunning stained glass windows – just imagine that with some twinkly candlelight. This striking venue is just calling out for you to wear an ethereal wedding dress with sleeves.
Aviator by TAG Hotel, Hampshire – Head to the traditional Hampshire town of Farnborough, and we bet you won’t expect to find one of the most beautifully designed wedding venues in the UK. Aviator by TAG is an architectural marvel to say the very least – we defy you not to be seduced by those gorgeous white curves. The stylish fourth floor will be yours for the day, and don’t forget to pose for photos on the incredible central staircase – be sure to add it to the list of pictures to ask your photographer to take! The venue is licensed for ceremonies of up to 90 guests.
Couples who want something a bit different for their big day should check out our edit of the best unusual wedding venues – you’ll love how quirky they are!