The weather is getting warmer and what better way to make the most of the often short-lived British summer than by holding your wedding outdoors! We've put together a list of our 20 favourite wedding venues that make it possible for you to tie the knot al fresco, creating a truly unforgettable day for all your guests.
1. West Tower, Lancashire
A beautiful destination wedding venue in the heart of the North West, West Tower is an incredible country house with glorious gardens and stunning views. The grounds are home to a delightful white wooden pagoda which is the perfect location for an outside wedding. Guests can take their seats on the manicured lawn and enjoy the British summertime while you say ‘I do' al fresco.
2. Delbury Hall, Shropshire
Easily one of Shropshire's finest wedding venues, this stunning manor house provides an incredible setting for both indoor and outdoor weddings. The Garden Pagoda, set on the edge of the hall's very own lake, is a beautiful oak structure where you can tie the knot while embracing the sunshine. Flanked by traditional walls and verdant foliage, the Pagoda at Delbury Hall offers a spectacular location for your rustic and relaxed ceremony.
3. Mythe Barn, Leicestershire
Boasting a charming summery garden and wonderful views of the rolling countryside, this barn wedding venue is the perfect choice for indoor or outdoor weddings. The garden gazebo at Mythe Barn provides an ideal, secluded spot to say your vows while your guests soak up the sun on the lawn. After the ceremony, the sheltered courtyard is a beautiful setting to celebrate with your friends and family while enjoying the weather.
4. Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
This idyllic barn wedding venue has really raised the bar when it comes to an outside wedding location. Couples can exchange vows at The Clock Tower, located on the shores of the lake with views of the stunning Cheshire countryside as your backdrop. With plenty of space for seating and for guests to enjoy the sun afterwards, Sandhole Oak Barn really is the perfect choice for a romantic, waterside wedding.
5. Slaugham Place, West Sussex
The breath-taking ruins of a Grade II Listed Elizabethan house provide a truly unique and unforgettable setting for your big day. Slaugham Place boasts an array of stunning locations where you can tie the knot and capture some great photographs of your big day. The bridge over the river that runs through the 12-acre grounds is the perfect spot for those more intimate and relaxed shots.
6. South Farm, Hertfordshire
South Farm's Summer Garden creates one of the most picturesque outdoor wedding venues that we know of. Couples will exchange vows at The Summerhouse, which hovers above the delightful lily pond, while their guests will look on from the lawn on the opposite bank. The Garden in full bloom provides an exquisite backdrop for your special day and arriving on South Farm's very own Tuk-Tuk is sure to make your wedding day stand out!
7. Tofte Manor, Bedfordshire
A remarkable manor house wedding venue set in the Bedfordshire countryside, Tofte Manor offers something incredibly unique when it comes to outdoor wedding options. Their gardens are home to a magical labyrinth, providing a peaceful and enjoyable location for your guests to enjoy. The labyrinth can also be used as the setting for a blessing ceremony and is a perfect representation of intertwining lives and the unity of marriage.
8. Mapperton, Dorset
The unspoilt landscape and remarkable gardens set Mapperton apart when it comes to wedding venues in Dorset. The Garden Pavilion provides the perfect spot for an outdoor wedding too, with the happy couple tying the knot in the heart of the exquisite grounds. Enjoy your drinks reception in the sun and take advantage of all the magical spots for photographs.
9. Manor By The Lake, Gloucestershire
This beautiful venue's name says it all. Couples can choose to say their vows under the Victorian Pavilion on the edge of the delightful lake. Guests will love making the most of the sunshine with champagne and games on the lawn with the incredible backdrop of the Manor by the Lake and its grounds.
10. Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
This Grade II Listed venue is perfect for a country wedding and is home to fabulous grounds that make summer weddings truly special. Outdoor ceremonies at Oxnead Hall can be held in the gardens on the edge of the River Bure and guests are free to while away the sunny afternoon enjoying all that the Tudor garden has to offer.
11. Wasing Park, Berkshire
Romantic and charming, the Victorian Summerhouse at Wasing Park is the perfect summer setting for an outdoor wedding. The manicured green lawns that surround it offer breath-taking views of the grounds for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the day and night and provide a stunning and memorable location for you to tie the knot.
12. Upton Barn and Walled Garden, Devon
Relaxed and romantic, the luxurious Walled Garden at Upton Barn is a wonderfully peaceful and idyllic setting for an outside wedding. The lavender and bay tree lined path leads to a hand-crafted, oak arbour where the happy couple can exchange vows. The venue comes to life in the evening with romantic outside lighting, while fire pits provide a cosy focal point under the stars.
13. River Cottage, Dorset
Famous due to the ever popular Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's television show, River Cottage also provides a rustic and quirky venue for your special day. Ceremonies can be held outside in the organic vegetable garden to create a truly different and memorable wedding day. Exchange vows under a hazel archway before heading to the amazing Mongolian yurt for your drinks reception.
14. Gaynes Park, Essex
Gaynes Park proudly offers The Gather Barn for outdoor weddings. An attractive open-sided listed building surrounded by elegant planters and foliage, it is a perfect way to enjoy the English summertime, and with sweeping views of the London skyline and delightful countryside, farmland and woodland, it's easy to see why it is such a popular choice.
15. Bignor Park, West Sussex
Nestled in the unspoilt South Downs, an impressive half-mile long sweeping driveway leads to this stunning stately home. Bignor Park is home to a wealth of wonderful outdoor locations with the cobbled courtyard and walled Quadrangle providing some excellent opportunities for you and your guests to enjoy the sun. The Greek Loggia provides a beautiful spot for exchanging vows while guests can enjoy the show from the lawn.
16. Chiddingstone Castle, Kent
This castle venue's amazing grounds cover 35 acres and include sweeping lawns, a lake with a footbridge to the nearby village, a fragrant rose garden and extensive woodland. Catering for outdoor weddings too, you can tie the knot with these exquisite surroundings as your backdrop and take full advantage of the numerous idyllic settings for photographs at Chiddingstone Castle.
17. Hyde Barn, Gloucestershire
The delightful arbour, decorated with intertwining bunting and wisteria, creates a wonderfully rustic setting for you to tie the knot. Hyde Barn is surrounded by natural parkland with spectacular views over the Cotswolds countryside and is an incredible location for enjoying the best of the British summer. Canapés and drinks al fresco are a must!
18. High House Weddings, Essex
The stunning landscaped gardens and meadowland provide an idyllic backdrop for both indoor and outdoor weddings at this Grade II Listed barn venue. The ceremony can be held under the beautiful, thatched gazebo with views over the lake and barn, as well as the picture-perfect, Monet-inspired bridge and pond. High House Weddings truly is a wonderful place for a wedding.
19. Cooling Castle Barn, Kent
Complete with idyllic walled gardens, picturesque views and peaceful surroundings, this barn venue in Kent is one of the most popular in the area. The outdoor Pavilion at Cooling Castle Barn is the perfect spot to say ‘I do' and bask in the summer sun, or to celebrate with drinks and canapés with your nearest and dearest.
20. Millbridge Court, Surrey
With idyllic scenery forming a stunning backdrop, Millbridge Court is a spectacular country venue. A pretty stone pathway leads to the arbour; a sensational setting to exchange vows and a popular choice for couples looking for something different on their wedding day. There are also plenty of photography opportunities, including a gorgeous meadow, a lovely little river and the relaxing wildflower meadow.
So with such a wide choice of outstanding outdoor wedding venues on offer, all you have to do is pick your favourite and enjoy your special day in the sun!