In decades past, brides and grooms had somewhat limited options when it came to choosing the venue for their special day. Typically, there was a ceremony in a local church or registry office, followed by a wedding breakfast in a local hotel. Today, couples are spoiled for choice with hundreds of thousands of venues offering dedicated wedding packages all across the country. From grand exclusive use venues to magical woodland glades and back-to-basics DIY spaces, everyone can find the perfect place to say “I do – here is our pick of some of the best.
Bovey Castle, Dartmoor, Devon
The ultimate wedding venue for those who want a rural wedding without sacrificing on any luxuries, Bovey Castle is an award-winning wedding venue featuring grand architecture and landscaped gardens in a spectacular setting deep in the beautiful Devon countryside.
Weddings In the Wood, New Forest
What could be more romantic than an intimate wedding beneath the green canopies of the New Forest? This venue has a wood-clad barn and a marquee – so you can stay cosy in bad weather – and can cater for up to 225 guests.
Aikwood Tower, Selkirk, Scotland
Always dreamed of a fairytale wedding? You can be king and queen of your own Scottish castle with a wedding in Aikwood Tower. Perfect for intimate weddings of up to 80 guests, this sixteenth century castle boasts luxurious accommodation on one of Scotland’s finest estates.
The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth
Want to enjoy an eco-friendly wedding but nervous about going back to basics? The Green House Hotel offers the best of both worlds. An award-winning boutique venue in the heart of Bournemouth, the Green House prides itself on its green credentials and dedication to sustainability.
Stockbridge Farm Barn, Sherbourne, Dorset
One of the finest medieval barns in England, Stockbridge Farm Barn is a great choice for couples who want something a little different. With its striking appearance, huge vaulted space seating up to 180 people and beautiful location in the Dorset countryside, the barn offers the perfect backdrop for a day to remember.
Natural History Museum, London
Another great choice for those seeking somewhere quirky and unusual to celebrate their special day, London’s Natural History Museum can accommodate up to 650 guests in its grand Central Hall. The jaw-dropping centrepiece? The Museum’s famous diplodocus skeleton looming over your guests.
Pennyhill Park, surrey
While your wedding day will obviously be the main event, many couples today are choosing venues that offer a little something extra for guests to enjoy in their downtime. At Pennyhill Park there are Championship golf courses and a state-of-the-art spa available for guests attending weddings at the luxurious country house hotel.
The Cary Arms, Devon
Want an authentic English Inn wedding that doesn’t compromise on quality? The Cary Arms offers a comfortable and luxurious private saloon and a sci-fi inspired glass ‘pod’ for brides and grooms looking to celebrate their special day – all in a stunning location on the dramatic South Devon coast.
Eltham Palace, London
A historic venue with a twist, Eltham Palace was once home to Henry VIII before being kitted out with a striking Art Deco interior. With a special package offering weddings for just £1000, it’s ideal for couples who want a memorable location in Central London that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Cleeve Abbey, Somerset
For a really romantic backdrop to your wedding, what better choice than the ancient Cleeve Abbey in the idyllic Somerset countryside? Combining a choice of cosy indoor rooms, dramatic ruins and outdoor spaces, the abbey is a great venue that your guests are sure to remember for years to come.