If you think you need to jet away to an exotic destination to feel the sand between your toes on your wedding day, then you’re mistaken.
The UK has plenty of fabulous seaside wedding venues that provide everything you need for a romantic wedding by the sea, from venues in Cornwall to venues in Dorset – and the best part is that you and your guests won’t have to trek for miles across the globe!
We’ve rounded up 19 of the best venues that we think are worth staying put in the UK for. Whether you’re after a picture perfect location where you can wear your dream beach wedding dress or a cliff top setting that offers front row seats for the most gorgeous sunsets, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with all these amazing venues.
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel – Brighton, East Sussex
With fantastic views out to sea, the majestic Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is a classic British seaside wedding venue based in one of the country’s trendiest towns. Take advantage of the magnificent ballroom, the luxurious bridal suite and your very own personal wedding consultant who has years of planning experience. Celebrate your marriage with a romantic stroll along Brighton’s famous promenade and soak up the incredible views. In the spirit of this exciting seaside town, fill your day with lots of beach wedding ideas such as canapes served in buckets with spades for spoons or give you guests sticks of rock as wedding favours!
Don’t miss: If you fancy some pre wedding shopping, venture into The Lanes where you’ll find quirky, independent shops galore.
L’Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa – St. Brelade, Jersey
A luxury spa and ocean view rooms are just two of the alluring features of this stunning four star hotel that overlooks Jersey’s most beautiful bay. Okay so you will need to hop on a plane for this one, however it only takes a short flight from the UK (or take the three and a half hour Fastcat journey from Weymouth) to get to this stunning seaside wedding venue. L’Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa is moments away from St. Brelade’s - the picturesque and sheltered beach where the author of Les Misérables, Victor Hugo, used to walk each day.
Highlight: Not only does the hotel’s prime beach front location allow for stunning photo opportunities, you can also opt to have an outdoor wedding ceremony on the beach!
The Royal Hotel – Ventnor, The Isle of Wight
Built in 1832, The Royal Hotel is an enchanting Isle of Wight wedding venue that is bursting with charm and character. The hotel boasts a guest list of royal visitors who have stayed here over the years and now you too can follow in their footsteps. Elegance oozes from every part of the classic décor and you can even hire the venue exclusively for the big day, adding that extra special touch.
Don’t miss: The 14 strong team of award winning chefs will prepare you anything you want for your wedding breakfast, however we recommend the lobster or crab which is locally sourced from Ventnor Bay, which is right on the hotel’s doorstep!
Karma St Martins – Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
Want a venue where you can escape from the mainland without leaving the country completely? Karma St Martin’s is located on the Isles of Scilly off of the coast of Cornwall and is the island’s only hotel. It offers incredible panoramic coastal views and is just moments from the beach, which provides dreamy powder white sand and crystal clear seas where you can get some perfect wedding photos. The hotel is decked out with modern, elegant décor, plus some of the bedrooms have amazing sea views.
Don’t miss: The hotel’s landscaped gardens feature a variety of subtropical plants and is the ideal place for a stylish outdoor drinks reception.
Turner Contemporary – Margate, Kent
If you’re looking for a seaside wedding venue with a difference, then consider the Turner Contemporary in Margate. The art gallery setting will seriously impress your guests and the state of the art facilities will bring your wedding into the 21st Century. The venue is licensed for civil and same sex wedding ceremonies, which means that you can hold you entire day under one roof for a stress free experience. Oh, and did we mention that the Turner Contemporary has unbelievable panoramic sea views?
Don’t miss: The balcony and terrace overlook the North Sea and offer views of the ‘Turner skies’ – your wedding will truly be a work of art!
The Gallivant – Rye, East Sussex
The Gallivant is the kind of seaside wedding venue that you usually only conjure up in your dreams. Styled to feel like a New England beach house, The Gallivant take full advantage of its coastal location and tailors its packages to suit this. Mingle with your guests amongst the sand dunes whilst you enjoy drinks and canapés, then take your seat in the gorgeously decorated Beach Hut Marquee for a culinary feast with ingredients that are sourced from within a 20 mile radius.
We love: The décor of the hotel is a treat for the eyes and is really suited to the coastal surroundings – from the comfortable and clean bedrooms to the driftwood tables and beach bunting in the marquee.
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel – St. Helier, Jersey
If stunning views are an important factor in your search for the ideal venue then the stylish Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Jersey has this well and truly covered. The hotel has views across the Elizabeth Marina and St. Aubin’s Bay, which can also be viewed from most of the 195 luxuriously decorated bedrooms. Fashion forward brides may also take notice of the fact that each bedroom is decorated with one of the hotel’s three themes – Chic, Fashion or At Home. Intimate weddings can be held on the top floor of the hotel for a really special experience.
Highlight: The hotel has loads of top notch facilities for some pampering before or after the wedding, including a health club, a spa and an on-site beauty salon.
Spitbank Fort – Portsmouth, Hampshire
Want the next best thing to your own private island on your wedding day? Spitbank Fort is a world-famous sea fort that has been completely transformed into a spectacular hotel in the middle of the Solent. As far as quirky British wedding venues go, the unorthodox location is contrasted with all the modern and luxurious facilities you’d expect from a traditional hotel – including a sauna, hot tub, games room and three well equipped bars. The fort will be all yours for your wedding day, so after you and your guests are whisked here by boat you can enjoy this floating paradise all to yourselves.
Highlight: For your first night as a married couple, you and your partner will get to stay in the fort’s incredible bridal suite which offers first class luxury all the way.
The Atlantic Hotel – Newquay, Cornwall
If your idea of perfection is marrying your true love in a breath taking coastal setting, then put The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on your shortlist. This impressive Victorian hotel offers sea views from every one of its luxurious bedrooms, plus it has an outdoor swimming pool where you can have some pre wedding me time. Cornwall’s famous Fistral Beach is just five minutes away from the hotel, providing the perfect chance for some romantic photo opportunities – you and your partner could even grab some surfboards and ride the waves for some post wedding fun.
Highlight: Enjoy a delicious BBQ or hog roast outdoors on the Sea View Terrace, which can accommodate up to 200 guests for a reception.
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club – Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
The best way to arrive in style to your wedding at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club is to travel in by boat with all your guests waiting to greet you on the balcony. The interesting architecture of the yacht club gives it character, which is coupled with splendid rooms and facilities inside the venue. Every important detail will be covered by the expert team here, from a romantic ceremony to say your ‘I dos’ to a wonderfully presented wedding breakfast created just for you by the talented chef.
Highlight: The south facing balcony has views over the Burnham river which leads out to sea – the ideal spot to grab your photographer for some memorable wedding photos.
Woolacombe Bay Hotel – Woolacombe, Devon
This beautiful Devon wedding venue is situated in an enviable location at the tip of the North Devon coast, along with six acres of landscaped grounds plus access to three glorious miles of beach. As if all that wasn’t enough to convince you, the Woolacombe Bay Hotel offers couples a choice of amazing sea view suites for the wedding night with 64 bedrooms available in total for you and your guests. This hotel is certainly a slice of paradise and is one of the few venues in the UK where you can tie the knot against the backdrop of the deep blue Atlantic.
Highlight: If you’re searching for ways to entertain your guests during the days surrounding the wedding, there are plenty of gardens, historic houses and countryside walks in the local area.
The Midland – Morecambe, Lancashire
Although it has a rich history, you would be fooled into thinking that The Midland is a 21st Century creation judging by its modern exteriors. Located along the UK’s North West coast, The Midland is an internationally renowned Art-Deco hotel that has had a beautiful makeover to bring it up to date. Grand staircases, marble features, amazing suites and breath taking views across Morecambe Bay are what await you at The Midland, providing a wonderful backdrop both inside and outside.
Highlight: The happy couple will get to stay in a luxury suite with their own private balcony and outdoor hot tub on the night of the wedding.
Newton Hall – Alnwick, Northumberland
No matter what kind of day you are after, whether it’s a classy and elegant affair or an off-the-wall and wacky reception, the folks at Newton Hall will ensure that it happens! The sophisticated Georgian exterior of this boutique hotel is nestled in as setting that is one part country garden wedding, one part coastal haven. Although it is beautiful inside and out, it seems like Newton Hall was made for outdoor weddings as it boasts five star facilities and a large Garden Suite and Wedding Terrace.
Don’t miss: Try something new and experience some of the varied activities that Newton hall offer. They have everything from racing car simulators to fairground attractions and donkey rides on the beach. This is a venue that definitely has something for all ages if you have any little ones attending your day.
Polhawn Fort – Torpoint, Cornwall
Tucked away on the Cornish coast, Polhawn Fort seems totally secluded and miles from anywhere, yet it’s only four hours away from London! The venue is situated on the Rame Peninsula, an area renowned for its natural beauty and wonderful landscape consisting of countryside and coastline. Polhawn Fort is hired on an exclusive basis for weddings over a two, three or four night stay, which makes it the perfect retreat for a cool, laidback wedding away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Highlight: The fort even has its very own beach! Follow the path from the fort garden down to Polhawn Cove and enjoy some stolen moments with your partner or grab your guests for uninterrupted photo opportunities.
Ackergill Tower – Caithness, Scotland
If you’re looking for the perfect Scottish wedding venue by the sea then call off the search as Ackergill Tower on the North East coast of Scotland might just be ‘the one’ for you. Not only is this 15th Century building in an enviable location on the coast, from the outside it looks like a gorgeous, fairy tale castle. Celebrate your wedding in the splendid Great Hall or enjoy a more laidback affair in the picturesque Tree House. Ackergill Tower is surrounded by 3,000 acres of land so your wedding will feel completely tranquil and secluded - oh, and did we mention that the venue has seven miles of private beach!
Highlight: If you celebrate your wedding here in the autumn or winter months then you may even get the chance to witness the incredible Northern Lights.
HMS Warrior – Portsmouth, Hampshire
If none of the seaside wedding venues on land tickle your fancy, why not search for a setting that’s actually on the water instead! Venture to the iconic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and you’ll find the HMS Warrior docked here, a beautiful and impressive ship with a long, rich history that is now available to the public as a visitor attraction and a one of a kind wedding venue. Wedding parties will have exclusive use of the entire ship and are free to roam anywhere they want on the ship’s many decks. Space certainly wouldn’t be an issue either as the ship can hold up to 600 guests for a buffet reception.
Highlight: Be a part of the ship’s illustrious history and have your wedding ceremony here, which can either be held in the Captain’s Cabin or on the Officer’s Half Desk.
Itchenor Sailing Club – Itchenor, West Sussex
Based on the South coast of England near the lovely city of Chichester, the Itchenor Sailing Club is a warm and welcoming waterside venue with stunning views over the harbour. The great thing about the club is that it is ideal for weddings at any time of year, so if you don’t think that a venue by the sea would be suitable for your winter wedding then think again! In the colder months the club can host a winter celebrations complete with a roaring log fire, and in the summer they’ll lay out a BBQ on the lawn against the backdrop of the harbour.
Highlight: The cordon-blue trained chef will whip you up a menu that will delight your taste buds, including mouth-watering canapés that can be enjoyed out on the waterfront-facing lawn.
The Quay Hotel & Spa – Conwy, Wales
The Quay Hotel and Spa in Conwy is the epitome of sophistication and is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful Welsh wedding venues. The modern exterior of the hotel and its cool lighting makes it look enchanting when the sun sets, which you can witness for yourself from one of the hotel’s many stylish rooms. The whole area surrounding the hotel is made up of castles, coastline and mountains, providing the most incredible backdrop to your special day.
We love: Expect the best night’s sleep at The Quay Hotel - the hotel’s 74 bedrooms are super luxurious and are made of up suites and penthouses, all of which have lovely views.
Tunnels Beaches – Ilfracombe, Devon
Tunnels Beaches is made up of a network of hand carved tunnels which are built round a beautifully curved building and lead to sheltered and secluded beaches and coves. This hidden gem of a venue is nestled amongst the cliffs in Devon and gives wedding parties access to these private beaches, as well as totally unspoilt costal views. The venue offers a range of options for couples, including a wedding in the thatched gazebo that overlooks the sea or even in the tunnels themselves. There are plenty of spots to soak up the gorgeous sea views too, such as the garden and terrace or the balcony and roof terrace in the main building.
We love: The indoor and outdoor lighting of the venue combined with the stylish interior design means that not much additional décor is required here, which also means a stress free build up for you!
If you’re set on having your wedding on the beach itself, don’t forget to follow our 10 top tips for getting married outside.