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Our 7 Favorite 2016 Wedding Venues

Our 7 Favorite 2016 Wedding Venues


As all the sentimental Christmas adverts are over and we are firing into the New Year with gusto, our weekends are done spent indoors watching British period dramas, frock-off’s and sequins galore….

Look and see this year promises to be just as inspirational…


1.   Wasing Woodland Park

A picturesque drive through 18th century parkland brings you to the Wasing Estate, home to Wasing Park – a wedding venue for couples looking for a contemporary or traditional wedding. Choose to marry in the Parish Church, the Victorian Summerhouse, or the elegant Garden Room, with your wedding breakfast held in the Castle Barn. Next to the venue is the Estate’s boutique guest accommodation, the Stables Lodge featuring an incredible Honeymoon Suite and 25 bedrooms. Set in beautiful countryside, this idyllic venue is easily accessible from the M3 and M4 and close to Surrey, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.


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2.  Bivouac


We hope that a wedding, or civil partnership at Bivouac will give you time to really relax and enjoy celebrating with your friends and family.

More than that, we want your guests to feel the wow factor as they get back to grass roots and simplicity, with the touches of creativity and care which will be remembered for years to come.

Bivouac is available to hire for the weekend or mid week. You get to experience the woodland, with the Druid’s plantation, the 40 mile views over stunning Yorkshire countryside, the rustic yet comfortable accommodation (sleeping up to 94 in high season), community fire pits, hot tub, amazing event tents, a rustic and gorgeous café and bar, and more….

Whether you are looking for a truly chilled venue for a laid back wedding or civil partnership, or a wedding with a difference, Bivouac allows you to really make the day your own.

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Summer is without doubt the most popular time of year to marry with close to half of couples choosing the months of June, July and August for their celebrations!

So if you fancy your own summer festivities then you probably need to be thinking ahead…

Start with securing the right venue. Take your time and do your research, but if everything falls into place for you and your beau then feel confident in making the booking to secure your chosen date.

It’s important to send out your Save the Dates early on to ensure your guests know to include your wedding day in their summer holiday plans!

Consider your key suppliers early in the planning process too… Caterers, florists and photographers should be booked pronto! Ask your wedding venue for recommendations, some venues may even have a preferred suppliers list to help with your planning. Enjoy your research, look through portfolios, meet in person and then, go with your gut and save the date with your fave folks!

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4.  Almonry Barn


One of the biggest factors to consider for your summer wedding is the indoor / outdoor element of your wedding venue.

Even the most glorious of summer days can see a spot of stormy rain but what about the other indoor necessity – shade! Keep your guests cool with a space to relax away from the suns rays, or offer parasols as a little bit of relief if they don’t want to leave the garden celebrations.

Serve delicious coolers, beer bottles in icy bathtubs and champagne in troughs – the perfect rustic touch. Also think about non-alcoholic options to keep guests hydrated. I love classics such as Ginger Lemonade, Cucumber Water and Iced Tea.

If you’re planning on being a little bit late to your ceremony (yes it’s a Brides prerogative!) then I would ask one of your Maids to liaise with Best Man on timings, ensuring your guests are in the right place at the right time.

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5.  Askham Hall

Askham Hall is the perfect place for a wedding, there are plenty of options to suit your requirements. There are two stunning churches within half a mile, furthermore we are an approved venue for civil ceremonies. We can provide a really special setting, luxurious accommodation, exquisite food and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Askham Hall is a ideally suited to your party taking all the accommodation in the house for a wedding party using the Bank Barn, as then you can use the reception rooms and lawns for your drinks reception. We generally only allow one or at the most two weddings per week, so that you have time to decorate Bank Barn exactly as you wish and turn it into your dream party venue. Furthermore we welcome same sex and LGBT weddings. For some inspiration, take a peek at this video of a recent wedding at Askham Hall…


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6.  Walcot Hall


This is such a treat… Walcot Hall is a truly unique wedding venue steeped in history, featuring an abundance of period features and charming interiors. This beautiful Georgian Manor House was formerly residence to Lord Clive of India and overlooks a lake and rolling parkland with beautiful gardens to the rear. The drive to the Hall takes you over a bridge crossing the lakes, up a tree-lined avenue and to a carriage sweep in front of the main house.

Walcot Hall is considered as one of the top wedding venues in Shropshire. With its turquoise freestanding ballroom, characterful accommodation and eclectic furnishings, it really is a feast for the eyes and perfect for unique wedding ideas. The 30 acres of grounds, including one of the finest arboretums in Britain, offer a wide variety of panoramas, floral displays and garden features including the extensive lake, walled courtyard, unusual statues and fountain. Whether you wanted an outdoor wedding or to hire one of our holiday cottages for a weekend away, vast estate makes for one of the most impressive wedding venues and memorable holiday destination within the Shropshire Hills.

Set in splendour, this grand country estate was formerly residence to Lord Clive of India and overlooks parkland, an extensive lake and rolling Shropshire countryside with beautiful private gardens to the rear. The Parish family have been at Walcot since 1957 and they have always shared their family home with the outside world – it would be a shame not to with all it has to offer…


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And our Total favorite……

7. Chalkney Water Meadows


Set in the heart of the Colne Valley and nestled amongst ancient woodland, a meandering river and an idyllic tree lined lake, Chalkney Water Meadow’s is a truly unique setting to celebrate your special occasion with your nearest and dearest.

Forget your commercial conveyer belt corporate wedding venues, booted out by midnight in preparation for the next couple in the doors the following day. Instead, allow yourself to imagine a celebration created entirely by yourselves. No stuffy three course meals but succulent hog and ox roasts with endless choice of buffet salads. No eye watering drinks prices or tiresome corkage fees but delicious local ales and bespoke drinks menus tailored to you.   At Chalkney Water Meadow’s, bookings are made with exclusive use over a weekend. This gives you the freedom to truly create your dream wedding, and more importantly the time to celebrate and catch up with close family and friends in this beautiful setting.


Keep things clean and simple as you can will help on the day or if you are totally out of your depth, then hire a planner to take the stress away from your magical day.  Happy searching……


Katie x


Thank you for photography * Yvonne Lishman / Touch Photography / Naomi Kenton