The perfect wedding venue can complete the day of your dreams. It’ll be the backdrop to your beautiful wedding photos and an amazing way to showcase your theme.
Here at Hitched, we love helping you find the right venue and we’re always interested to see which of our stunning choices have captured your hearts.
We delved into the data to find the 10 most popular venues of 2018 among our couples – these are the barns, farms and country houses that you enquired the most about in the last 12 months.
Image: Hazel Gap Barn
With rustic chic one of the top trends of 2018, it’s unsurprising that barns proved to be the most popular type of venue. Perfect for a DIY wedding or to transform for your theme, barn venues look fantastic all-year round and can be made completely personal to you.
On top of that, almost all of them have no corkage charge so you can generously cover your guests’ drinks while saving yourself a little cash!
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If you’re looking for a little venue inspiration or want to see if your venue made the list, here are the 10 most popular wedding venues of 2018.
None of these close to you? Scroll down to the end to find out the most popular venue in your region.
10. Hazel Gap Barn, Nottinghamshire
The two traditional red brick buildings of Hazel Gap Barn – the barn and farmhouse – are an impressive spot to host a wedding, full of character and charm. During the day, your guests can enjoy drinks in the courtyard, which transforms at night into a magical space of fairylights, fire pits and lanterns.
If you enjoy a bit of drama with your romance, the old farmhouse is equipped with a massive rotisserie so guest can enjoy a stunning banquet feast. That’ll give you plenty of energy to burn off on the dancefloor.
9. Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
The first of three Cheshire venues to make our list, Sandhole Oak Barn’s idyllic oak barn and tranquil lake are a beautiful, rural setting for any big day.
Set in 400 acres of rolling countryside, this rustic barn feels like a true escape from it all, where you can dine with views of the lake and tie the knot under their Oak Clock Tower. Throw open the French doors in the summer or festoon the room with fairy lights in winter.
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8. The Oak Tree of Peover, Cheshire
This oak-beamed contemporary barn is bright and airy, flooded with light during the day, and cosy in the evenings. With breathtaking views over the Cheshire countryside, it’s a romantic, fresh space for a wedding whatever the season.
The versatile nature of The Oak Tree of Peover means it easily transforms to every theme; whether vintage, glamorous or shabby chic, you can make this barn truly your own. Plus you can even arrange to arrive by helicopter – talk about a memorable day!
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7. Pembroke Lodge, Surrey
Set in the heart of Richmond park, where deer roam free and there are stunning views across London as far as the eye can see, is Pembroke Lodge. The only wedding venue within a royal park, you’ll feel like a princess for the day saying ‘I do’ in this elegant Georgian mansion.
In summer evenings, you can have drinks on the terrace and among their 11 acres of landscaped grounds, while in winter evenings, you can dance in their beautiful reception rooms under a starlit ceiling.
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6. Great Fosters, Surrey
This award-winning hotel claims to be the most romantic in Surrey and we can certainly see why. The gardens – with a Japanese bridge, lake, fountain and Saxon moat – are a magical spot for photographs, and the Orangery and Tudor Tithe Barn are bursting with atmosphere.
Equally as comfortable with intimate weddings as larger celebrations, Great Fosters has up to 43 bedrooms available to guests – but it’s that four-poster in the bridal suite we have our eye on!
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5. The Ashes Barns and Country House, Staffordshire
Which will you choose: the magnificent country house or the picture-perfect stone barns? Either way, you’ll have exclusive use of this unforgettable venue with 50 acres of countryside and gardens, a lake and pond, and more panoramic views than you can shake a stick at.
Once your guests have had their fill of the dance floor, there’s plenty of on-site accommodation at The Ashes to rest their heads, from a quirky shepherd’s hut to the romantic coach house.
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4. Stock Farm Wedding and Events Barn, Cheshire
Set in farmland on the edge of Cheshire’s Tatton Park, Stock Farm is perfectly located for guests from Manchester and the surrounding area.
This charming rustic barn can hold up to 220 guests for the wedding breakfast, where everything from fine dining to an incredible slow-roasted BBQ is on offer. The experienced team can even help organise a fireworks display to cap off your spectacular day!
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3. Thornton Manor, Merseyside
You’ll have your pick of places to say ‘I do’ at Thornton Manor, with four gorgeous venues across this quintessentially English country estate. Choose from the manor house – with 36 luxury bedrooms – lakeside marquee or waterside pavilion.
They’re masters of cultural weddings, like Asian and Jewish weddings, and their Walled Garden Marquee can hold up to 1,000 guests seated. Because the manor is also a family home, every wedding is treated as if their own so you’re guaranteed exceptional attention-to-detail.
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2. The Mill Barns – Shropshire
Sitting on the banks of a tributary of the River Severn, this waterfront venue is one of the most beautiful barns in the UK. With three magnificent oak-beamed barns linked by a stunning outdoor terrace, eight acres of landscaped grounds and glittering water features, you’ll be spoilt for choice with backdrops for your wedding photos. You can even have an outdoor ceremony at The Mill Barns, ideal for the summer months.
You’re in safe hands with the team here and they know what makes a good day: there’s exclusive use, no corkage fee and hundreds of wedding menu ideas.
1. Dodford Manor Barn, Northamptonshire
And the most popular wedding venue of 2018 is… Dodford Manor, a country house barn nestled in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside! These lovingly-restored collection of buildings are all available to use for your big day: from the Mortain barn where you’ll say ‘I do’ to the stunning glass-walled Oak Barn where you’ll dance the night away.
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The neutral decor can be transformed with your decorations for a day completely unique to you (although it looks pretty amazing as is!). With years of experience in making your day perfect and bags of rustic charm, it’s easy to see why so many couples want to get married at Dodford Manor.
The Most Popular Wedding Venues by Region
Image: Tunnels Beaches
Curious which venue is the most sought-after in your area? These are the most popular wedding venues in each region of the UK.
|Region of the UK||Most Popular Wedding Venue|
|South East||Great Fosters, Surrey|
|London||Kew Gardens, West London|
|North West||Thornton Manor, Cheshire|
|East of England||Boreham Hall, Essex|
|West Midlands||The Mill Barns, Shropshire|
|South West||Tunnels Beaches, Devon|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire|
|East Midlands||Dodford Manor. Northamptonshire|
|North East||Healey Barn, Northumberland|
|Scotland||The Shore – Loch Lomond, Argyll & Bute|
|Wales||The St David’s Hotel, Cardiff|
|Northern Ireland||Hillsborough Castle, County Down|