It’s well past time I told you what my top ten UK wedding venues are. As you can imagine, having shot weddings since 2010, I’ve seen a lot of wedding venues. They aren’t all created equal, let’s just say that, ha ha. So, here’s a quick post revealing which ones I would photograph at again in a New York minute. (In no particular order.)
First up, Syon Park in London. I mean, just look at it. Light, airy and spacious. A photographer’s… I mean, a COUPLE’S dream venue.
Second on the list, the amazing Preston Court in Kent. This is a pretty perfect venue, the main barn is stunning to have the wedding breakfast in, then you can drag your guests outside onto the carousel, so they can feel slightly sick as they whizz around. As an aside, the staff always treat us suppliers like Kings and Queens. So that’s nice.
Want a huge airy studio style space in West London? Sunbeam Studios is the one for you. It was a car factory at one point, and is now run as a photographic studio and wedding venue. It can seat hundreds of people. (I might be exaggerating, but it’s a lot).
You MUST have heard of The Old Marylebone Town Hall? No? It must be one of the most popular town hall venues in London. I know I shoot at least three weddings a year there and am always tripping over other couples. Don’t let me put you off, it IS lovely, just mega busy.
This is ACTUALLY my favourite (non London) wedding venue. Don’t tell the others. It’s Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. Just look at this amazing room to host the wedding breakfast. What’s not to love?
Don’t get this one confused with the other Tythe Barn in Oxfordshire. That would be bad, and stressful, on the day. This one is the one I photographed at, so I don’t have an opinion on the other one, ha ha. It has lovely grounds and lovely staff, and you can’t go wrong with it.
This is the second busiest town hall in London, but let’s be honest, they’re all busy. This one is Islington Town Hall and it has a splendid round ceremony room, which somehow makes it more special than a square room.
Ok, so this is my absolute favourite London venue, and I’m fairly sure I don’t need to tell you why. It’s Asylum Chapel in East London, and it’s LUSH.
The sweetest venue in Hampstead, North London – this is Burgh House. It hosts around 70 guests, so it’s only for those ‘intimate’ micro type weddings. Plus, it’s a mere two minute stroll down to the heath for portraits. Oh, and it’s only fifteen mins from my house, so it’s a winner for me.
And finally, and not last at all really, is the lush Dewsall Court in Herefordshire. It also has one of those barn extensions for the wedding breakfast, but the main building is a gorgeous big manor house. Alice and Max were supposed to get married in Seville in 2020, but for all those reasons we won’t name, we ended up here in 2021. It was definitely not a step down. We had glorious summer sun and it actually felt like Spain, just a bit cheaper, and less flying.
So that’s it. Which one would you get married in?
What am I doing asking a question?! No one reads to the end of a blog post these days, let alone leaves a comment. (Prove me wrong, I dare you…).