Venues & Receptions

The 2016 Winter Wedding Guide:

Best Value Destinations 

Brides and grooms looking to escape the typical British weather on their big day could bag a bargain by choosing a wedding venue abroad, new research has revealed.  With the rising cost of weddings in the UK and no guarantee of sunshine on the big day, it is no surprise that more brides are choosing to tie the knot overseas. 

The research, carried out by The Money Shop, looked into a range of wedding packages, flights and the cost of a honeymoon at locations across the world, including Australia, Canada, Mexico and Fiji. 

Pennsylvania Castle – How to Keep Children Entertained.

Pensylvania Castle outside

Pennsylvania Castle on the Isle of Portland is one of Dorset’s top wedding venues. Perched on a cliff top with stunning sea views and idyllic gardens, the fairy tale castle is perfect for intimate and bespoke indoor or outdoor weddings. 

With more children attending their parents’ weddings than ever before, it is only right that the children should be treated like royalty too. Getting the right balance of inclusion but without disruption is a balancing act that Penn Castle have perfected over many years. Pennsylvania Castle is very fortunate to have a great relationship with a wonderful nanny service, who are experts at keeping all small people occupied throughout their time at The Penn.

Wedding advice from Bobby Gardner

outside venue

Bobby Gardner is the wedding coordinator at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, a luxury boutique spa hotel, in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Located on the edge of the North York Moors, and having hosted weddings for many years, the hotel has just launched its first ever exclusive use wedding package, which focuses on the venue’s unique qualities and attributes that make it the perfect location for a personal, individualised wedding.

The Engine Shed a truly unique venue

Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is based in the heart of picturesque Wetherby and began its life as a goods shed on the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line. Now a Grade II listed building, The Engine Shed has been superbly renovated to create a truly unique venue. The Engine Shed Wetherby is a family-run business and is renowned for its friendly service. Your wedding day is only limited by your own creativity and imagination, so let us be a part of the wedding of your dreams.

The Engine Shed is licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies, offering a unique alternative to the Registry Office. The two main areas include:

The Mezzanine

Newton Hall named North East's wedding venue of the year

Newton Hall named North East's wedding venue of the year

Newton Hall, near Alnwick, has scooped the winning title of North East’s Wedding Venue of the Year.

The venue received the award at the North of England Wedding Awards, held at York Racecourse, in association with Wedding Guide UK.

The awards are the North East and Yorkshire’s most prestigious awards for client service excellence. They recognise the businesses which go the extra mile for their customers and provide outstanding service.

Entrants are judged on professional standards and customer reviews such as service excellence, product quality, value for money and outstanding commitment. 

Build your own Wedding

Rob A Smith, Build your own wedding


Choosing a wedding venue is arguably, one of the biggest choices a couple can make when it comes to planning their big day, and the chance of finding one which meets every expectation is a tall order.

Karen James-Watkins of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, shares with us her observations over the last couple of years, reflecting on the notable rise in couples wanting the ability to “build their own” wedding, ensuring their day is unique and personal to them.  

Historic venue offers perfect pairing for luxury wedding events

Hindu Ceremony at Historic London Venue

An historic London venue is throwing open its doors to wedding planners and Brides and Grooms to be this Autumn in an event which showcases the full potential of its expansive site.

The Royal Horticultural Halls Lindley Hall, which regularly hosts events for London Fashion Week, international car launches and even played host to President Obama’s Town Hall speech, is a popular venue for luxury events. With its expansive and prestigious backdrop, the space allows for beautiful grand scale weddings.

The wedding showcase event, planned for Saturday 1st October will feature demonstrations of lighting, draping, furniture and floral displays, enabling visitors to experience the full potential of the Georgian-featured, glass vaulted ceilinged space.

You will never guess where this is?

Le Petit Chateau wedding venue in Otterburn


Palm Trees, check. Lavender, check. Cascading red geraniums off wrought iron balconies, check. Spectacular fountains with fire balls on water, check. The sound of crickets, check. Is this a faraway exotic location? No, this is the recently opened Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn, quite simply the newest, coolest, and most original hotel and wedding venue in the UK.

The multi-million pound transformation of a derelict hotel into Le Petit Chateau, a French country manor, surrounded by a breath taking, palm tree filled, Mediterranean garden is the brainchild of North East entrepreneur Duncan Fisher and his award-winning leisure company, which own many popular North East venues including Newton Hall, As You Like It, and The Joiners Arms.

Natural History Museum offers North Hall as exclusive wedding space for summer 2017

Natural History Museum offers North Hall as exclusive wedding space for summer 2017

From January until August 2017 the Natural History Museum will offer couples the exclusive opportunity to host their wedding reception in the majestic North Hall as Hintze Hall temporarily closes its doors to make way for a new installation.

To begin the celebrations, couples can host a relaxing drinks and canapé reception in the museum’s tranquil Darwin Centre courtyard. The strikingly contemporary space is easily adapted to suit specific themes and offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

En route to North Hall, guests will be taken on a spectacular journey through the world class exhibits that the musem has to offer.

Pennsylvania Castle

Pennsylvania Castle

Situated along the beautiful Jurassic coast, on the Isle of Portland is one of Dorset’s top wedding venues Pennsylvania Castle. Catering for both indoor and outdoor weddings, with idyllic gardens, stunning sea views and a fairy tale castle, the Penn provides the most wonderful setting just perfect for an intimate bespoke wedding.

Estate Manager Jo Peters talks through the growing trend of mid-week weddings, something The Penn has recently introduced. “Traditionally weekends have always been the most in demand for us at The Penn, however more and more we were receiving enquiries regarding midweek weddings and we knew this was something special that we could offer.”

Could this former monastery be your perfect wedding venue?

historic Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcestershire grade II listed Pugin Abbey

Brides, grooms and their wedding parties are being invited to take a tour of the historic Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcestershire later this month at the venue’s upcoming wedding fayre. Once home to a closed order of Benedictine nuns, the stunning grade II listed Pugin Abbey will be opening its doors on Sunday, May 29th to future husbands and wives so they can explore the venue and its extensive grounds at their leisure. 

During the day the hotel’s wedding coordinators will be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice and top tips to the brides-to-be.

Weddings at Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower wedding venue Lancashire

Imagine travelling up the long enchanting driveway on your special day and arriving to celebrate at the breathe-taking manor house, Hoghton Tower. Visited by the likes of King James I, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, it offers a perfect balance between Romance and Lancastrian Heritage. Making the picturesque elegance of 16th century Hoghton Tower, the ideal venue for you to take your first steps into marriage as well as history.

Being the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, it allows you exclusive hire of the impressive manor house and remarkable grounds and a chance to experience your big day in a relaxed, romantic atmosphere.

Weddings at Weston Hall

Weston Hall, wedding venue in the heart of Staffordshire Countryside

Located in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, Weston Hall is a magnificent grade II* listed building surrounded by 20 acres of breathtaking scenery. The Hall retains many of its Elizabethan features including open stone fireplaces and oak beams in many of the rooms. These charming original features combined with custom-designed, elegant decor result in a truly magical setting for your wedding day celebrations.

Your wedding represents a single day in complete contrast from everyday life, a celebration that creates the precious memories you will hold forever. It takes more than luck to create such a memorable day, at Weston Hall we pride ourselves on providing you with people you can trust.

Port Sunlight Village Trust - Wedding Venue Hire

Port Sunlight Village Trust The Dell Bridge

Built in 1894 the Old School Room at the Lyceum was originally the main Village School and Church in the historic 19th century garden village of Port Sunlight. When school numbers increased to over 1,200 pupils, the Lyceum building became stretched to capacity and so new larger buildings werebuilt by village founder William Hesketh Lever for his villagers.

The Lyceum with distinctive red brick façade, high mullion windows, vaulted arched ceiling and parquet flooring is the perfect venue for a handcrafted wedding! Adjacent to the building stands a picturesque sandstone bridge which once spanned a creek and now highlights a pretty sunken garden providing a picture perfect location for your wedding album.

Beautifully restored Garthmyl Hall opened its doors to 100s of brides and grooms-to-be at the official launch weekend.

Garthmyl Hall, Powys, Wales, beautifully restored exclusive wedding venue

An extensive restoration project lasting six months has transformed a fading Georgian country family home in Powys into Wales' newest, exclusive wedding venue. 

In excess of 500 people visited the official launch weekend, which proved a great success for all involved. The beautiful sunshine and live music added to the magical atmosphere for visitors to soak up as they wandered through the grounds. Visitors could see firsthand the work done to-date and the exciting future plans for the walled garden.