From the bells that herald the arrival of the bride to walking down the aisle in a beautiful white gown, there’s something about exchanging vows at an altar and singing rousing hymns to the sounds of a church organ that make a wedding extra special.
However, finding a church and a stunning reception venue that are close to one another, and also available on your chosen date, can take some organising – and many brides and grooms end up compromising on their choice of venue or travelling some distance from the church to the reception.
If you’re looking for a picture perfect combination of traditional church service and stunning reception venue, let our top six inspire you, no compromises needed.
1. Brympton House in Somerset
Boasting an amazing location in the heart of scenic Somerset and set in 33 acres of delightful gardens and parkland, Brympton House is one of the UK’s best country house wedding venues. Elegant and inviting, it is stylish and sophisticated with a host of charming traditional and contemporary features. In addition to the historical house, there is superb boutique overnight accommodation and a party barn for the added fun factor. The perfect venue to stay at for a few days, Brympton House is located close to the Grade I listed Church of St Andrew, which dates back to the 13th Century and is a picture perfect venue for a traditional religious service.
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2. Wasing Park in Berkshire
Situated in Berkshire, Wasing Park is a beautiful barn wedding venue with a picturesque parish church located within its grounds. The estate and its parkland date back to the 18th Century and offer an enchanting setting for a traditional church wedding and magnificent reception. The venue has its own individual style, from the Castle Barn to the Victorian Summerhouse and Stables Lodge Hotel, it is a truly romantic setting for a magical day. The parish church of St Nicolas sits within the grounds at Wasing Park; a fabulous 15th Century chapel, it boasts an authentic exterior, stunning stained glass windows and a white timber-clad turret which is home to a historic cast iron bell that is still rung today.
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3. The Manor Barn in Hampshire
Located in the lovely Hampshire village of Buriton, The Manor Barn is a beautiful barn wedding venue that offers a wonderful combination of church wedding and country-style reception celebration. Nestled in one of the county’s prettiest villages, it is a fabulous example of a traditional tithe barn and boasts many period features including original wooden beams, exposed rafters, stone walls and floors and stunning iron chandeliers. It is one of only a few wedding venues in Hampshire with a church next door. Steeped in history, St Mary’s dates back to the 12th Century and offers a picturesque setting on the banks of Buriton pond.
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4. Upwaltham Barns in West Sussex
Boutique, intimate and beautiful, Upwaltham Barns is one of West Sussex’s best barn wedding venues. A rustic rural retreat, this luxury venue comprises a number of traditional barns, lovingly restored both internally and externally, that are located in the stunning landscape of South Downs National Park. For those looking for a religious ceremony, The Church of St Mary the Virgin is located just over the road. Known locally as ‘the church in the field’, this small but perfectly formed ancient parish church dates back to the 12th Century and is surrounded by pretty countryside and undulating views.
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5. Curradine Barns in Worcestershire
Curradine Barns is an idyllic barn wedding venue set in the picturesque village of Shrawley, Worcestershire. Surrounded by wonderful, undulating countryside, it offers a magical setting for a relaxed country wedding. With two magnificent barns, a central courtyard, elegant gardens and luxury overnight accommodation, the venue perfectly captures the essence and charm of a traditional yet sophisticated country wedding. Adding to its appeal is the opportunity to have a religious ceremony at St Mary’s Church. Located next to Curradine Barns, it is a charming and traditional church and only a short walk away.
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6. Leighton Hall in Shropshire
Leighton Hall is a private country residence with one of the largest period-style ballrooms in Shropshire. The Georgian hall occupies a commanding position above the River Severn between Shrewsbury and Ironbridge and offers panoramic views over parkland, the river and the Shropshire hills beyond. A grand and stately setting for a wedding, the venue boasts its own parish church. Located within the grounds, the Parish Church of St Mary’s is nestled within the estate’s parkland and features a set of gently descending steps that lead straight onto the lawn where the drinks reception can be served.