If you and your h2b are lovers of the Great Outdoors, then you've probably considered an outdoor wedding venue. Getting married in beautiful natural surroundings can be one of the most romantic ways to tie the knot – as long as you choose a venue that takes all your wedding needs into account (and has a backup plan in case of inclement weather!). Here are some of our top picks for the UK's best outdoor wedding venues...
Manor By The Lake, Gloucestershire
Manor By The Lake is an incredible Victorian manor house in the heart of Cheltenham and has some jaw-dropping grounds to go with it. As well as in the manor's many opulent ceremony rooms, couples can choose to tie by knot by the venue's titular lake before enjoying a marquee reception on the well-manicured lawns. The unusual hedge wall makes for a fantastic outdoor aisle for the bride to walk down, while the Italian walled garden and rustic wooden footbridge are excellent backdrops for photographs.
The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Dorset
The Italian Villa is a wedding venue like no other. This Grade II listed, multi-award-winning villa is inspired by classic Roman architecture and boasts 10 acres of amazing gardens, including The Italian Garden originally built in 1924. The Garden is filled with beautiful picture opportunities and features, from the ornamental lake with its stone fountains, koi carp and water lilies to the domed temple featuring a marble statue of Bacchus. A truly grand garden for couples who love a touch of luxury.
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Adlington Hall and Gardens, Cheshire
This beautiful Cheshire country house estate offers not one but two exquisite outdoor wedding locations when you marry between April and October; the Courtyard and the Rose Garden. The walled Courtyard at Adlington Hall and Gardens is right in the middle of this picturesque venue, giving you fabulous 360 degree views of the historic architecture and great acoustics for any live music you wish to have accompanying you down the aisle. For more of a boho feel to your ceremony, you can marry in the Rose Garden, with its laburnum arch and rose-lined aisle.
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River Cottage, Dorset
Yes, you read right – you can officially get married at the HQ of everyone's favourite TV chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. One for brides who want a rustic, farmyard feel to their day, River Cottage holds civil ceremonies in their organic vegetable garden, where you and your h2b can say your vows under a hazel archway strewn with flowers. There's even a Mongolian yurt complete with fairy lights, sheepskin rugs and a stone fire pit for your guests to enjoy during the reception.