If you are looking for a picturesque wedding venue then take a look at our hitched edit of gorgeous locations
It’s the classic wedding photograph you’ll put proudly on display after your nuptials: the newlywed bride and groom kissing in front of their stunning wedding venue.
To make yours even more special, we want to help you find the perfect location for a beautiful wedding photo. Here’s our pick of the best and most picturesque wedding venue backdrops in the UK, from historic buildings to modern chic.
- Leeds Castle, KentReflected in its moat, the view towards the turrets and towers of 900-year-old Leeds Castle is one of the loveliest in the country. And the 500 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland means there are endless spots to pose for pictures, with the ancient buildings and sparkling water behind you.
For more information visit: www.leeds-castle.com
- Dorney Court, BerkshirePerfect for tradition without the formality, Dorney Court’s Tudor manor house has been home to one family for nearly 500 years. Its decorative chimneys and classic leaded windows add a touch of character, while there are also ancient yew trees in the gardens, a Norman church next to the house and Windsor Castle in the distance.
For more information visit: www.dorneycourt.co.uk
- The William Cecil, LincolnshireWant a private and intimate setting for your reception, but an impressive backdrop for photos as well? The William Cecil’s position on the Burghley Estate, home to one of the 10 Treasure Houses of England (Burghley House), is the perfect combination as you can pose for photos in front of the estate’s imposing gatehouse before celebrating as newlyweds in The William Cecil’s historic buildings.
For more information visit: www.thewilliamcecil.co.uk
- Wortley Hall, South YorkshireThe only thing more elegant than the façade of Wortley Hall is the bride and groom being photographed in front of it. Built in the Palladian style, its honey-coloured stone glows in the sunshine with Italianate formal gardens along the path: all you need is blue sky or the setting sun for a truly unforgettable picture.
For more information visit: www.wortleyhall.org.uk
- Castle Howard, North YorkshireThe difficulty at Castle Howard is deciding which of the fabulous photo backdrops to pick. From the ornate fountain in front of the imposing 18th century mansion, with its elaborate baroque details and huge dome, to the stunning Temple of the Four Winds, looking out to the hills, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
For more information visit: www.castlehoward.co.uk
- Carlton Towers, North YorkshireFrom turrets and battlements to gargoyles and coats of arms, the Gothic exterior of Carlton Towers is like nowhere else. Elaborately decorated, a sweeping curved staircase leads up to the main door, overlooked by the dramatic clock tower. Or head to the gardens at the rear for a view looking up to the towers which give the building its name.
For more information visit: www.carltontowers.co.uk
- Searcys, The Gherkin, LondonWhy pick one building as your backdrop when you could have the whole of London? The incredible 360 degree views from the glass dome at the top of the capital’s “Gherkin” building look out across the city 180m below, as well as giving gorgeous shots of the sunset and night sky as you dance the night away.
For more information visit: www.searcys.co.uk
- Arley Hall, CheshireWith its decorative red and black brick, dragons and lions guarding the Tudor chimney pots on the roof and award-winning gardens, Arley Hall is full of wonderful details to make your photos stand out. Just choose a spot on the lawn, with the historic house behind for perfect, traditional results.
For more information visit: www.arleyhallandgardens.com
- Hinwick House, BedfordshireThis Grade I listed Queen Anne house mixes the elegant formal style of the building with a more relaxed feeling as a family house for hundreds of years. The pale stone shines in the sun, showing off the carving of the goddess Diana, as well as the 18th century clock tower nearby.
For more information visit: www.hinwickhouse.com
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham Wondering what to have as your something blue? Why not make it the venue itself… The glass exterior of the Radisson Blu Durham is a great eye-catching alternative to historic houses, especially for a spot of contemporary chic, with the waterfront of the River Wear nearby.
For more information visit: www.radissonblu.co.uk