Located just off the Southern coast of England, the Isle of Wight is a beautiful island with picturesque beaches and coastline, making it a hotspot for engaged couples on the hunt for a wedding venue. In fact, this island paradise is also loved by celebrities with the likes of Johnny Depp frequenting the area and Benedict Cumberbatch getting hitched there.
While there are amazing Isle of Wight wedding venues on or by the beach, it's not all sand, sea and beach huts - this spectacular location is also home to historic manor houses, rustic farms and tropical gardens. Plus, with up to 200 ferry crossings a day operating from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, getting there is easy for you and your guests.
So, whether you want to say 'I do' with the sand between your toes, or you'd rather the grand setting of a banqueting hall, the Isle of Wight has it all. Read on to see for yourself...
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1. The Ventnor Botanic Garden - Ventnor
How does getting hitched in a sub-tropical garden sound? The Ventnor Botanic Garden will transport you and your partner to a beautiful oasis as you celebrate your special day surrounded by over 33,000 rare and exotic plants.
If you're planning a summer wedding on the Isle of Wight you'll be hard pressed to find a more spectacular setting, from exchanging your vows amongs the lush greenery of the New Zealand Garden to enjoying an evening meal with your loved ones in the Palm Garden.
Alternatively, you can have an indoor ceremony in the Echium Room. With floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Mediterranean Pond surrounded by 16-ft-tall Echium flowers you'll feel like you're outside, plus they make for a seriously impressive photo opportunity.
2. Weston Manor House - Yarmouth
Built in 1861, Weston Manor House is a stunning wedding venue with plenty of space and options available for your big day.
The Banqueting Hall is a beautiful and grand room to host your ceremony in with up to 60 loved ones, or if you're planning a catholic ceremony you can head to the on-site catholic chapel.
After the wedding there are six rooms to stay overnight. Stylish, homely and each complete with a luxury en-suite, they're the perfect place to rest after a day of celebrations.
For even more relaxation, you can book a tranquil treatment at the venue such as a facial or a massage.
3. Landguard Manor - Shanklin
The perfect combination of rustic romance and grand elegance, Landguard Manor is a gorgeous 18th century manor house located just minutes from the coast.
Set within four and a half acres of landscaped gardens and manicured lawns, we reckon a quintessentially English garden wedding is simply made for this venue. Think hay bales, bunting and fun garden games.
Their outside lawn marquee can host up to 350 guests, which is ideal if you don't want to cut your guest list down, plus it'll be a lovely space to set up your entertainment or a drinks and food table.
4. East Afton Farmhouse - Freshwater Bay
We adore the idea of hosting your wedding in a rustic farm setting, and they don't come much more rustic than East Acton Farmhouse.
Boasting an Events Barn overlooking a private courtyard, a Farmhouse, Country Annex, landscaped gardens and the fields of the neighbourhood farm, there's enough room for 170 day and 200 evening guests here.
The Annex sleeps up to 17 people, complete with a sunny BBQ patio, a cinema room and a vegetable patch that you're welcome to pick from. In the summer months, bell tents can be set up to accommodate for 22 extra guests.
This wedding venue has four-day weekend and three-day mid-week options available, so you can really take your time to celebrate with your loved ones.
5. Osborne House - East Cowes
Once the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Osborne House is a spectacular place to host your special day, whether you're having an extravagant event or an intimate celebration.
Built in Italianate style architecture and featuring a number of artefacts from the Royal Collection, you'll feel like royalty if you choose to marry at Osborne House.
Our favourite space is The Orangery. Ideal for a sophisticated post-wedding dinner, it features arched windows leading out to a garden terrace, a marble bar and large elegant mirrors.
Alternatively, The Durbar Room boasts Indian-inspired ceilings and a grand banqueting table for 24 of your family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal.
6. The Royal Hotel - Ventnor
Make the most of the Isle of Wight's breathtaking scenery by marrying at The Royal Hotel, which boasts impressive sea views.
One of the oldest hotels on the island, this wedding venue is steeped in history and has been an enchanting property for over 180 years, even hosting the likes of royals.
If delicious dining is high on your priority list while wedding planning, The Royal Hotel has an award-winning 12 chef team, cooking up fresh seafood such as lobster and crab locally sourced from Ventnor Bay.
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