Few things in the wedding planning world need to tick as many boxes as the venue. Not only does it need to hold the right amount of guests, be in the right location, and be available at the time you need it, but it also needs to look good for your day, accommodate all the fun party stuff you’re planning, and have a lovely team too who want to support said plans too. To minimise the legwork for you, we’ve compiled our top English wedding venues for laidback, alternative weddings, so without further ado for you I do…
We’re kicking it off with Low Hall The Lakes, a secluded, intimate, highly romantic barn nestled in luscious woodland in the Lake District. It’s got a gorgeous outdoors ceremony space next to a babbling brook, and the 17th Century barn is the perfect place for a laidback, loved-up reception. Don’t be fooled by the idyllic (and ideal!) surroundings – this is the place to have the party of the century. Plus, it has a cottage and B&B on site, if you’re looking to continue the party for the whole weekend!
The Secret Barn is exactly that: a barn, that’s hidden away in deep, dark Sussex, the perfect venue for a wild and wonderful wedding. Its beams and original flooring detail mean its full of rural charm, but also serves as a great blank canvas for you to inject your own personality too. It’s also complete with a paddock for camping, an orchard for your ceremony (or a second barn if the weather thwarts your plans), a lawn for cocktail hour and a firepit for toasting marshmallows. A quintessential English wedding venue, with all the fittings of a modern wedding: ticks. Every. Box.
We’re not actually sure there’s a word that describes the love we have for the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch. They brought their sleek, slick design aesthetic to the beating heart of East London, in their rooms, their restaurant and, of course, their events spaces! The 100 Room has (almost) floor-to-ceiling windows, with a breathtaking view of London beyond; it spills through to a gorgeous industrial bar and terrace space too. Minimal aesthetic, maximum impact for cool, clean design – what can be better?
Dewsall Court is taking barn weddings to the next level. As well as a lovingly restored, modern barn conversion, it also has a casual 12 acres of grounds and an ANCIENT CHURCH on the estate, all ready and waiting for you to make it your own for your wedding. It’s your own slice of relaxing paradise.
Queen’s House, Greenwich is a magnificent, magical place. If the deliciously tiled floor didn’t beguile you enough, the ceiling of the same room is decorated with LITERAL 24k gold, designed by the Turner Prize winning LS Lowry. Originally conceived as a ‘House of Delight’ for James I’s Queen, it’s now a Wedding Venue of Delight for sure, full of history that you can add to.
The Gallivant Hotel looks onto Camber Sands, a beach in the chic coastal town of Rye. This means you can enjoy your reception in their gorgeous light and airy venue, with a ceremony beforehand on a beaut British beach! Alternative UK wedding venues have just levelled UP. And the relaxed feel doesn’t stop at the aesthetics – the entire team and setup at the Gallivant are on board to make your day as loved-up and laidback as possible.
Clapton Country Club is full of charm and character, whilst simultaneously oozing effortless cool. An old tram shed, the owners took it over for their own wedding, meaning that every single square inch is thought out with weddings in mind. Despite humble industrial beginnings, the ambience is warm and welcoming; the interiors and furniture are also built from recycled and reclaimed materials, and they serve food with an ethical focus. The alternative UK wedding venue of dreams!
Boconnoc Estate has a proper fairytale atmosphere. On the grouds is Boconnoc House, a stunning stately home with a familial feel; the Stable Yard, designed by John Soane; and the 800-year old Boconnoc Church, as well as a lake, parkland, and gardens. It’s a dreamy day out, and the perfect place to have your nearest and dearest to celebrate your love story.
Aswarby Rectory is a breathtaking country house based in rural Lincolnshire. Recently renovated, its statement Georgian features have been enhanced by a clean, minimal aesthetic, ensuring it can offer the perfect combination of blank canvas and historic charm. It’s nestled in the middle of the village of Aswarby, surrounded by woodland and Grade 1 listed buildings, including St Deny’s Church – it even has a private woodland walkway connecting the two!
Burgh House is a Queen Anne-era house in Hampstead, and it’s as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. The wood-panneled Music Room, Library and and Peggy Jay Gallery make for stunning ceremony and reception venues, and the outside is a wisteria-covered paradise. They’re a self-funding charity, too, so your hire fee will go towards preserving the venue for future visitors to experience its glory too!
Fforest Farm is 200 acres of pure, unspoilt natural beauty in the gorgeous greenery of West Wales, nestled between a nature reserve and a gorge. And gorge it is too! It has just about everything you could ever think or dream of; of course, it has stunning open grass and land, but it also has a secret woodland sauna, geodomes, a large communal firepit, pizza oven and its very own private tiny stone pub. Basically, we not only want to get married there, but want to move there pronto, tonto.
Looking for Scottish wedding venues? Head to our round up here!