If you love the idea of an outdoor wedding ceremony then take a look at our pick of some the of UK's best outdoor wedding venues, complete with gorgeous gardens where you can say your wedding vows. We also talk to the team at Froyle Park in Hampshire as they share their views on the rise of outdoor wedding ceremonies:
“Couples are looking to do something different, to create incredible memories and wow their guests,” says Victoria Rose, brand and PR manager for Harbour Hotels. “At Froyle Park civil ceremonies can take place in our beautiful outdoor dome covered altar, with guests seated amongst our manicured gardens and under the mature cherry tree. Other non-legal ceremonies can be held anywhere in the grounds.”
Victoria says that at a venue like Froyle Park, a country estate in Hampshire with a stunning panoramic vista, it is very important to offer an outdoor ceremony option to couples. “Our striking outdoor dome and beautiful decked seating area provide the perfect setting to create memories that last a lifetime,” she says. “Couples have been using their imagination to enhance the beauty of the area, using hurricane lanterns, fairy lights and other personal touches. One of our outdoor weddings is taking place at sunset, with additional lighting to create a truly magical scene.
“In case of bad weather, we have another three licensed rooms where your ceremony can be held, but during the warmer months, our lovely cherry tree provides shade and you could consider fans or parasols too.
“With such an outstanding backdrop, I cannot think of a more magical place than Froyle Park to say ‘I do’.”
If you’d love to say your vows outside, here are 10 more UK outdoor wedding venues to consider:
Ta Mill, Cornwall
There’s a choice of outdoor options at Ta Mill, on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, including lawns that can accommodate up to 100 guests with a wildlife pond in the background. If the weather changes, a canopy can be used on the lawn, or up to 60 guests can be accommodated in the indoor venue. To continue the outdoor theme you can enjoy a bespoke wedding breakfast in a personalised marquee in the gardens.
Heaton House Farm, Cheshire
As well as offering a choice of two barns, Heaton House Farm also has a beautiful oak pagoda available for outdoor weddings. Licensed for civil ceremonies, and with its own patio area, the pagoda has panoramic views across the Cheshire plains. Guests can be seated on the patio area with additional seating extending onto the grass if required.
There are two outdoor options for couples at Hestercombe. The Orangery is a beautiful Ham stone building within Hestercombe’s Edwardian formal garden, with space for up to 112 guests. Alternatively, the 18th century Temple Arbour enjoys beautiful views across the Blackdown Hills and can hold up to 14 people for an intimate ceremony.
Laughern Hill Estate, Worcestershire
Laughern Hill Estate can provide a “complete al fresco outdoor wedding experience”. It has a selection of ceremony locations, including beside a wishing well. You could have a quintessentially British marquee wedding or a boho festival style tipi. You could dine under a vinery of real leaves and sumptuous grapes or devour a mouth-watering hog roast within the walls of a secret garden. You could even dance the night away under the stars…with your own silent disco.
Careys Manor Hotel and Spa, New Forest
Careys Manor Hotel is the only venue in the tranquil New Forest that holds an outdoor wedding licence. The hotel’s elegant, custom-built wedding pavilion harnesses the traditional romance of a walled garden with its serene design and sweet floral aromas. Up to 100 guests can be accommodated here - and they will also be able to use the award winning spa facilities.
In a peaceful country setting, Nymans is a National Trust property with a loggia that is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. A beautiful gothic building, with soaring arches and ivy clad walls, the loggia is set within a sunken garden that has striking floral displays. Intimate ceremonies for 30 guests can take place inside the loggia or, for a larger congregation, an unlimited number of additional guests can be seated on the lawns.
Photographed by Jonathan Stock, this bride and groom made the most of the outdoor facilities at Brinkburn. Offering an unusual historic, tranquil and quirky experience, the estate is set in a secluded wooded ravine on the banks of the river Coquet in Northumberland, with a beautiful 12th century church and stables in the grounds. Outdoor ceremonies can be held here with the sound of the birds singing and the river running as a gorgeous soundtrack to your day.
If you’re looking for an outdoor venue with a stunning view, picturesque Polpier on the Cornish coast has a spacious front lawn that looks down on Mevagissey fishing village and harbour. With a feature gazebo that can be dressed with flowers and decorations, up to 100 guests can be accommodated at an outdoor ceremony in the self-contained gardens.
Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire
An old Cotswold stone barn, photographed here by Lisa Carpenter, Cripps Barn has flag stone floors, an open fire place, a large south facing terrace with fire pits and a bonfire in the garden. Couples can get married either in the barn or outside in the woodland glade which is equipped with a microphone and speakers in the trees so guests can hear music and the couples’ vows. After the wedding, the barn is a perfect place to party – and there is free camping available in the field next door for any outdoor-loving guests.
Jollydays Glamping, Yorkshire
Although Jollydays isn’t licensed for a legal ceremony, it’s a great choice if you are a glamping fan: couples usually have a legal ceremony at the nearby village church, or at the registry office in York, and then have a humanist ceremony in the Jollydays woodland, photographed here by John Hope. There are three wedding packages to choose from; you could have a festival vibe, a posh vintage tea party or a romantic boho extravaganza.
If you are still searching for your perfect wedding venue then you can find even more outdoor wedding venues listed in our directory.