It's no secret that weddings can be a costly affair and so we don't blame you for seeking out all the wedding budget saving options. One money-saving hack we're well and truly on-board for is choosing a no-corkage wedding venue.
A no-corkage wedding venue allows you to bring in your own booze without being charged for opening it and drinking it on-site. Most no-corkage venues are dry-hire and so you'll be expected to bring in your own catering too (although there are some exceptions below!), but most are happy to help you source the right caterers and ensure that food and drink flow smoothly throughout the day - ideal!
To help you track down the right no-corkage wedding venue for you, we've compiled a list of our faves. Happy browsing!
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1. Huntsham Court - Devon
This exclusive use, dry-hire wedding venue is nestled in the stunning Devonshire countryside and allows you to choose every element of your special day – without compromise or corkage fees. If you’d love to design your day from the ground up but have no idea where to get started, the team can put you in touch with their network of amazing suppliers, housekeepers and butlers during the five-hour planning session you get with their event manager when booking.
Huntsham Court can sleep up to 92 guests and host up to 120 for an event. It’s also totally flexible, so you can move furniture and host different parts of the day in any room you fancy!
2. Brinsop Manor House and Barn - Herefordshire
Set within 800 acres of breathtaking Herefordshire countryside is Brinsop Manor House and Barn – a truly remarkable country wedding venue. This 12th century, moated manor house stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons and, thanks to its characterful and cosy interior, has an unbeatable ambience.
You can host up to 180 day guests here and 250 for the evening. Guests can enjoy the vaulted Great Hall, Elizabethan Library and courtyard garden – all with a corkage-free drink in hand!
3. Sulgrave Manor - Oxfordshire
This 16th century Oxfordshire manor house is a great choice for history loving couples. From the panelled hall to the rustic barn, every inch of Sulgrave Manor is dripping in character. To help you truly make the most of the day and soak up the Sulgrave atmosphere, the team offer post-ceremony drinks on a corkage-free basis.
You can invite up to 100 guests for a wedding breakfast here and up to 150 for an evening do. If you fancy something a little larger, you can always pitch a marquee or tipi on the stunning paddock too.
4. Bridal Barn - Shropshire
Offered as a self-catering and corkage-free wedding venue, Bridal Barn in Shropshire allows you to create the day of your dreams entirely from scratch. Secluded within the Shropshire countryside, this wedding venue is perfect for boho and festival-themed nuptials with a relaxed vibe.
You can host up to 150 here and with a separate tipi and 80 acres of private land to explore, there’s plenty of space for street food stalls, gin bars and garden games!
5. The Glasshouse at ANRÁN – Devon
Imagine saying ‘I do’ at the edge of a lake as your loved ones look on, before heading into a glasshouse filled with botanical plants and your fave tipple – totally corkage free! Well, at The Glasshouse at ANRÁN, you can totally do just that.
This unique and beautiful wedding venue can host up to 200 in its stunning glasshouse or 400 in a marquee by the lake. Plus, there’s a range of beautifully rustic barn and holiday cottage accommodation options on-site for you and your guests.
6. Sheepdrove - Berkshire
If you’re dreaming of a wedding day that’s kind on the environment as well as your guests, Sheepdrove could be the venue for you. Every part of the venue has been designed to be as ethically and environmentally responsible as possible, using recycled, renewable and local materials wherever the team can.
You’re welcome to bring in your own food and drink (with no corkage fees of course!) and the team will be happy to recommend a handpicked selection of companies that source local produce.
7. The Mill Barns - Shropshire
The Mill Barns is a new and exciting Shropshire wedding venue designed especially for weddings and events. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and invites couples to enjoy celebratory drinks at their wedding reception without the worry of corkage fees.
You can host up to 170 guests in the magnificent vaulted ceremony barn, complete with floor to ceiling windows, before celebrating late into the night in the breathtaking wedding breakfast barn.
8. The Pilgrims Rest - East Sussex
This gorgeously characterful and ambient wedding venue is available for exclusive-use hire and with no corkage fees. The building is filled with charming original features including beams, exposed brick, inglenook fireplaces and lattice windows that make for an enviable wedding photo backdrop.
You can invite up to 100 guests to stoke the fires and enjoy a tipple within the cosy exterior with you on your big day. Having played host to thousands over the years since the venue was built in 1420, The Pilgrims Rest has a proven track record when it comes to giving guests a warm and welcoming reception.
9. Thief Hall - North Yorkshire
If you dream of finding a blank canvas that you can put your own stamp on, then take a look at Thief Hall. This stunning barn wedding venue features neutral décor with wooden floors and beams galore – ideal for any wedding theme.
The venue boasts an outdoor license, allowing you to really make the most of the beautiful surrounding Yorkshire countryside, as well as a corkage-free wedding reception offering. Plus, six bedrooms are available on-site for 28 lucky guests after that final nightcap!
10. Dodford Manor Barn Wedding Venue – Northamptonshire
Nestled within the rolling Northamptonshire countryside - and boasting floor to ceiling windows to show it off! – is Dodford Manor Barn Wedding Venue. This exclusive-use, no-corkage wedding venue is made up of lovingly restored 17th century stone and oak barns that are simply perfect for ceremonies and wedding receptions alike.
The team here pride themselves on their personal approach, and their catering style is no different. You can choose anything from a BBQ outdoors in the summer to a candlelit, formal meal in the winter – all while enjoying drinks of your choice with absolutely no corkage charges!
11. Ladywood Estate - Leicestershire
Situated on the Leicestershire and Rutland border is this charming and totally versatile wedding venue. Couples are welcome to make use of the house and tranquil grounds for up to three days, making it ideal for celebrations that you wish to stretch out that bit longer!
Ladywood's wedding pavilion, originally a rustic barn, is the ideal choice for small and large parties alike and opens out onto the beautiful formal parklands. The Orangery is ideal for large ceremonies as well as Asian weddings.
12. The Ashes Barns and Country House - Staffordshire
You’ll feel a million miles from anyone else as you exchange vows at this enchanting countryside wedding venue. With 50 acres of land including gardens, a lake and a pond, there’s bags of photo opportunities and plenty of spaces to enjoy a drink totally corkage-free!
The Ashes Barns and Country House also boasts some of the most luxurious accommodation in the area with The Country House for 16 people, and The Coach House and adorable Shepherds Hut for six!
13. Shoreditch Wedding Venues - London
Licensed by Hackney Council for civil ceremonies, both Shoreditch Studios and Kachette welcome you to spend your entire wedding day with them. These unforgettable urban settings can host anywhere from 20 to 170 and, thanks to their no-corkage, dry-hire option, you can bring in your own food and drink without any added cost or restrictions
The white walls, high ceilings and industrial vibe of Shoreditch Studios make for the perfect blank canvas, while the exposed brick of Kachette gives the venue an unforgettable rustic and atmospheric feel.
14. Homme House - Herefordshire
Become Lord or Lady of the manor for the day as you enjoy exclusive use of Homme House. This family-run venue will certainly feel like your own home for the day as you enjoy all five acres of beautiful gardens as well as all of the reception rooms and accommodation.
Home House can accommodate up to 90 guests indoors for a wedding breakfast and up to 140 in a marquee on the lawn. You may exchange vows in the house or within the walled gardens or marry in the idyllic church at the edge of the estate.
15. Plas Dinam Country House - Wales
Set within the spectacular scenery of mid Wales, Plas Dinam is an impressive country house and stables. We love that this venue combines the traditional grandeur of a beautiful country house with the rustic charm of a barn wedding venue.
You can marry outside with the magnificent frontage as your backdrop or say ‘I do’ within the stunning house itself. Finally, you can enjoy a no-corkage celebration in the unique stone barns.
16. Temple of Minerva & Botanical Gardens - Somerset
We love this enchanting garden wedding venue for an intimate ceremony of up to 35. The beautiful temple features large windows that bring the stunning outdoors in and in the summer, you’re welcome to throw open the doors and seat extra guests on the terrace.
Temple of Minerva & Botanical Gardens offer total flexibility when it comes to your celebrations. You’re welcome to pitch a marquee on the lawn and serve up a three-course meal or simply enjoy an outdoor picnic with a corkage-free selection of drinks.
17. Glyngynwydd Wedding Barn and Cottages – Wales
If laidback and rustic are keywords in your wedding venue search – as well as no-corkage of course! – then Glyngynwydd Wedding Barn and Cottages might just be the wedding venue for you. This stunning collection of wood and stone barns lend themselves perfectly to country and festival wedding themes.
This venue is available on a dry-hire basis, meaning you’ll need to bring in your own catering, but don’t panic if you’re feeling daunted by the task! The team are more than happy to help with recommendations and ideas.
18. The Reading Rooms - Norfolk
A dramatic vaulted ceiling, tiered chandelier, exposed brick and large arched windows make The Reading Rooms stand out from the crowd. This incredible 17th century building, located in the breathtaking Norfolk countryside, really is the rural wedding venue of dreams!
Located next door to the beautiful Church of St Ethelberts, The Reading Rooms is ideal for those wishing for a religious ceremony without the hassle of transporting guests between two venues. Alternatively, you’re welcome to say ‘I do’ within the venue’s own licensed space before enjoying your favourite tipple with no corkage fees!
19. Barley Wood - Somerset
The team at Barley Wood understand that each wedding is totally individual, which is why they don’t offer packages and are proud to be a no-corkage wedding venue. This policy allows couples to choose Barley Wood safe in the knowledge that they can bring in the food, drink, décor and entertainment that they’ve always dreamt of.
Barley Wood is certainly worth choosing thanks to its incredible outdoor ceremony space overlooking a pond and its magnificent vaulted reception room. The indoor space can seat up to 100 guests but couples are given the option to pitch a marquee on the lawn for weddings of up to 200.
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