If you don’t know where to start when selecting a wedding venue, start by choosing a wedding venue style. Once you know what kind of style suits you as a couple, you can narrow your search down a little more. We’ve even separated all the venues on UKbride into these categories to make it even easier to find that dream destination…
Having your wedding in a converted barn means you have a really flexible and customisable space to make your own. You get a blank canvas with a barn wedding and usually an interesting history with converted century-old buildings. If it’s a brand new barn, even better; it has been designed specifically to host weddings and this style of venue is almost always exclusive.
Recommended Styling: Rustic
If you’re by the seaside, you will be able to choose from a vast range of beautiful coastal wedding venues that are dotted around the UK’s coastline. A coastal venue will give you stunning panoramic views of gorgeous beaches and some incredible wedding photos to look back on. Expect big windows in this style of venue to make the scenery a big part of the look of the day.
Recommended Styling: ‘Something Blue’ or a Beach theme
The UK’s rich history and heritage means there are hundreds of castles dotted all over the country. Marrying in a castle certainly has a princess feel to it and it’s a great style for couples who want a very grand ceremony in a place with an incredible story that castles inevitably have.
Recommended Styling: Traditional/Classic
City Centre Weddings
Many couples who live in the city, dislike the idea of getting married in the city and we can’t understand why! Yes, a beautiful countryside wedding will be gorgeous, but a city centre wedding with skyline city views, hundreds of suppliers to choose from and not to mention the convenience for everyone involved is well worth considering.
Recommended Styling: Chic Contemporary
Golf Course Weddings
Many golf courses cater for weddings too. It’s a great venue style as the grounds have already been manicured to perfection so you’re guaranteed some really beautiful wedding photos. They’re also generally more affordable than other venue styles. If you’re keen golfers, it ticks all the boxes!
Recommended Styling: Pastels
Your budget may not stretch to a 200-room castle so if you would still like a venue with an incredible story and beautiful ancient architecture, then you want to search through historic wedding venues. This can be anything from an old country pub to unique venues like railway stations and museums.
Recommended Styling: Flower Power or Botanical
Sporting Venue Weddings
From cricket grounds to football stadiums, sporting venues are really popular spots to marry in! If you’re marrying a football fan, this might be the dream location for him or her so it’s worth looking into. A lot of racecourses have wedding facilities too, a perfect spot for horse lovers.
Recommended Styling: Blush Pink & Gold
Stately Home Weddings
Stately homes provide the history of historic venues (most of the time) and the grandeur of a castle wedding but on a slightly smaller scale to suit a smaller wedding party. If you feel like you won’t fill a castle with the amount of guests you plan to invite, then look into stately home wedding venues.
Recommended Styling: Neutral Tones and Creams.
You’ve probably already decided on this venue style if you’re wanting an Asian wedding as they’re very unique wedding styles, but you may not have thought about choosing a wedding venue that caters for Asian ceremonies. Asian weddings feature many, many guests so you need to select a venue that will be able to cater for that. It’s also important to select a venue that has catered for Asian ceremonies in the past so they know exactly what they’re doing and there are no confusions or errors on the day.
Recommended Styling: Bollywood
Marquee & Tipi Weddings
Marquees offer couples a completely blank canvas to decorate with their creativity and personality. They also provide plenty of natural light to flood your reception and large spaces for plenty of guests (and small spaces for not so many – it’s such a flexible venue style!).
Recommended Styling: Botanical
Want the natural light of a marquee wedding without the worry of rainy days? An orangery wedding venue style may be for you. It’s a little more robust than a marquee or a tipi and it won’t matter too much if the British weather prevails…
Recommended Styling: Rose Gold
Same Sex Weddings
If you’re an LGBT couple, there are some venues that you would probably prefer over others for instance, a venue that has already hosted a same sex wedding. There are of course many other styles in this category but it’s simply good to know it’s there for you to look through.
Recommended Styling: All the colours of the rainbow!
This venue style is probably one of the most affordable on this list. Hotels offer more affordable rates since weddings are usually a small part of the business and they can’t usually guarantee exclusive use. You can have a really beautiful wedding in a hotel and you can book rooms for guests so it’s well worth considering.
Recommended Styling: Burgundy and Pink
Woodland & Festival Weddings
If you’re a really fun couple looking to have a great time with your friends and family, this kind of style of venue is the one for you! You may be risking it with rain, but you’re sure to have a good time anyway in our amazing selection of venues that offer a woodland or festival theme.
Recommended Styling: Rustic or Festival
Having a venue that offers you exclusive use just for your big day is really special. It may be a little pricier but you’ll feel like royals, you won’t have to deal with tourists taking photos of you and the wedding and there won’t be any interference for the staff so they can give you their full attention.
Recommended Styling: Bold Black & Gold