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There are so many options for wedding venues in England, starting from hotels, country houses, extravagant manor houses, barns, festival-themed weddings under a marquee and many more - each of them with its special ambience.

About the author:

Hi, my name is Liga, I moved to the UK in August 2013 to study Hospitality Management with Tourism at the University of Portsmouth. After four years of university, I graduated with first-class honours and started my journey in the wedding and events industry. I have years of experience coordinating weddings at a historic hotel at the Buckler’s Hard overlooking the Beaulieu River. Alongside my job at the hotel, my husband Nathan and I have been running a photography and videography business.

Barn wedding venues

Barn wedding venues are perfect for a more rustic, boho wedding. You are surrounded by rolling fields and incredible countryside whilst also being home to warm, inviting atmospheres. Barns offer a lot of space and even more character. With rustic beams, original features, great places for lighting and photos and special touches, barns are a fan favourite for a reason. If you want a unique, charming setting for your wedding that offers picturesque locations, incredible photos, lots of space for you and your guests and creativity to craft your dream day, then a barn venue is a great option. In South East England, you have at least 38 stunning barns to choose from.

Venue: Alcumlow Barn

Country house wedding venues

Country house wedding venues are gorgeous, down-to-earth, and glamorous; they offer a great sense of seclusion and privacy. They are great for accommodating both intimate weddings and larger celebrations perfectly. Offering glamour and style, country houses allow one to embrace the beauty of its interiors and exteriors, as well as the thoroughly romantic atmosphere. There are so many stunning country houses here on the south coast alone.

Venue: Pennard House / Ryan Goold Photography

Venue: Port Eliot / Orangery

Castle wedding venues

Choosing a castle wedding venue is the way to go if you are looking to feel like royalty on your wedding day. Castles are perfect if you want a lot of guests because space is abundant on offer. Not only that, they are staggeringly beautiful, steeped in history, are often exclusive-use, and guarantee some truly incredible wedding photos. Fulfilling your childhood dream is made a lot easier when having a castle venue wedding.

Venue: Wadhurst Castle / East Sussex

Hotel wedding venues

When you choose to have your wedding at a hotel, you don’t only get a truly stunning place to celebrate with your loved ones, but most of them include amenities and services, like food, drinks, tables, staff, linens, guest accommodations, in-house planners, and more. They often have licensed space for your ceremony, and they’re also usually very experienced in hosting events. Through my experience running weddings at the hotel, couples prefer to be able to relax and let the venue take care of everything. Some venues require external catering; therefore, hotels are a perfect option if you want everything provided internally.

Venue: Aynhoe Park Hotel

Marquee wedding venues

Marquee wedding venues allow you and your guests to revel in the beauty of the great outdoors whilst also having some protection from any kind of weather. Marquees are also a perfect blank canvas type of venue – you can decorate them entirely how you want, meaning that your personalities, interests, and themes can shine through. Marquees can accommodate larger numbers of guests, too. There are a lot of couples that like festival weddings here in England, so this option is also very popular, especially if you know someone with land and can save costs on hiring a venue.

Venue: Lakeside Venue

Lakeside Venue / The Secret Garden Kent

English pub weddings

If you and your partner have been dreaming of tying the knot in a relaxed setting with great, traditional food and a smaller number of your loved ones, an old English pub is a perfect backdrop for more laidback couples. They also offer cheaper hire prices and very edgy, cool photo opportunities. Personal, comfortable, alternative, warm and friendly – these are just a few ways one would describe a pub wedding venue. Due to Covid-19, Nathan and I ended up having a small ceremony held in the beautiful historic town hall, followed by a reception at a unique 18th-century pub with a private garden.

Venue: The Bull & Gate / North West London

Venue: The Bell Inn / Ticehurst East Sussex

Town hall wedding venues

Town hall wedding venues are not only super functional for your big day, but they also offer a beautiful, chic and elegant backdrop. Whether it’s a historical gem or city splendour, town halls often have a wonderful history and can be found in so many different places across the UK. These licensed spaces offer stripped-back elegance for you to tie the knot. Whether you go for a central city Town Hall in London or a more tucked-away Town Hall in your hometown, your venue will look glorious.

Venue: Oxford Town Hall

Woodland wedding venues

Woodland wedding venues are perfect for lovers of the outdoors. Woodland wedding venues create a beyond-enchanting and beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding. Tying the knot surrounded by woodland trees is a magical way to celebrate your union. Not only do these venues offer a sense of seclusion and privacy, but they also allow you to decorate how you want. Perfect for boho weddings and for people who want to feel closer to nature on their big day, woodland venues are straight out of a fairytale.

Woodland Venue: The Manor Gardens Birling Estate

Author: Liga Newman 

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