There are so many incredible wedding venues out there and so many beautiful places to get married. But where do you even start when it comes to picking the right place to suit you? We take a closer look at the different types of wedding venues so you can begin narrowing down your search, and find the perfect setting for your big day!
Barns are probably the most popular type of venue at the moment, and they're the perfect setting for those delightfully rustic celebrations. Ranging from the traditional to contemporary and chic, there's a wide range to choose from. More often than not though, you'll find they have a relaxed atmosphere and will likely have a wonderful garden space and surroundings for you to enjoy.
Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, rural setting
Cons: Don't suit a formal style wedding as well
Perfect style: Rustic or Boho.
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Planning a fairy tale wedding? Then look no further than a castle wedding venue! Providing rich history and grandeur that would be fit for royalty, tying the knot in a castle is certain to make your wedding day truly unforgettable. Such a historic venue normally suits a traditional and formal-styled wedding, which for some couples is the only way to hold a wedding!
Pros: Grand and imposing
Cons: Doesn't work as well with a relaxed, contemporary style
Perfect style: Fairy-tale, romantic.
Check out: Appleby Castle in Cumbria.
A palace venue is for only the most sophisticated and formal celebrations and will provide brides and grooms with an awe-inspiring setting on their special day. Palaces aren't your run-of-the-mill wedding venue so you might have to travel to find the perfect one, it'll definitely be worth the journey! A grand palace wedding day will be a truly spectacular affair that your guests will remember for a very long time.
Pros: Romantic and unforgettable
Cons: May require a lot of travel
Perfect style: Fairy-tale, Great Gatsby.
Check out: Château Rhianfa in North Wales, Addington Palace in Surrey.
Country houses make up some of the most popular wedding venues in the UK and normally mean a grand setting with a history and stunning surroundings. Some will maintain their traditional features and décor while others offer a contemporary style, so there's a country house or mansion out there to suit everyone. Enjoy a day of luxury and country charm in these characterful settings!
Pros: Characterful and luxurious
Cons: Maybe inflexible on decorations
Perfect style: country-chic, traditional.
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Marquee wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes and vary from place to place. Some are permanent, which can be more like purpose-built conservatories, while others are temporary options that can be changed to suit your specific wedding needs. Marquee venues can vary greatly and can accommodate large numbers, so they're perfect for those grand weddings. They are often white or neutral coloured, making them ideal for any kind of decoration!
Pros: Can accommodate large parties, creative freedom
Cons: Not ideal for an intimate wedding
Perfect style: Garden.
Check out: Slaugham Place in West Sussex, Sedgeford Hall in Norfolk.
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Tie the knot outdoors and celebrate all that the British summer has to offer! A lot of venues provide both indoor and outdoor settings and some of them are truly idyllic. Imagine saying ‘I do' in an English country garden, on the banks of a lake, or under a picturesque pagoda, while you and your guests enjoy the sun and each other's company. There are so many venues around the country that now offer a stunning outdoor option, so you're sure to be able to find your ideal venue in your favourite part of the UK.
Pros: Enjoy beautiful gardens and views
Perfect style: Garden, Rustic.
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These venues literally have it all! Boasting a ceremony space, reception rooms, and accommodation for you and your guests to unwind in, this type of venue really is a one-stop-shop. It means that you won't have to spend time travelling from place to place and everything you need is just a few steps away.
Pros: Everything in one place
Cons: We can't think of one!
Perfect Style: Depends on the venue.
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