Whether he’s just popped the question or you’re preparing to drop some mighty subtle hints, we’ve rounded up some of the most covetable wedding venues in Yorkshire.
Your wedding day is likely to be one of the most important days of your life, so it’s important that you find the right venue. Luckily, there are a lot of incredible locations to choose from in Yorkshire, many of which boast stunning scenery that will look just gorgeous in the wedding photos. So if you’re planning a wedding and you want to keep it local, let us introduce you to some of the best wedding venues in Yorkshire.
You’ll find a host of churches, ranging from big city options to quaint village affairs in Yorkshire, so if you want to go down the traditional route, there’s nothing stopping you. We have three particular favourites, on either side of the spectrum, for you to consider.
As wedding venues in Yorkshire go, this one makes quite an impression. Leeds Minister has rich history that began over twelve hundred years ago, when it was an ancient holy site. Now, the beautiful structure sits beside the river, creating a lovely setting for your big day.
Leeds Minster is perfect for those of you who are looking for a big church wedding – and with prices starting at £550, you might be able to make your budget stretch that little bit further. There are, as you would expect, certain rules that couples getting married in the Yorkshire venue have to follow – for example, one or both of you have to live in the Parish, have been christened at the Minster or you worship there regularly for at least 6 months before the wedding.
Adel Parish Church of St John the Baptist
On the other end of the scale, there’s Adel Parish Church of St John the Baptist. It’s small but extremely pretty, quaint if you like, and ideal for smaller weddings. If you’re getting married in Yorkshire, you can do it in the church and hold your reception in The Old Stables, which are available for party bookings.
The church itself is a Grade I listed building and was built in 1130 AD, by the very same order of monks that built our very own Kirkstall Abbey – so this is one of the wedding venues in Yorkshire that, despite being a little further away, owns a very special place in our hearts.
St James Church
Built in the nineteenth century and consecrated in 1842 by Dr C T Longley, the Bishop of Ripon, St James in Wetherby is a lovely little church with plenty of character. Their stained glass windows are particularly beautiful, and for those you planning a morning wedding, are sure to add romance to the day.
The church sits at the heart of Wetherby, giving you a variety of options for your reception, whether in the centre or a little further out. So if you’re thinking of getting married in Yorkshire and you want a church wedding, it’s definitely worth consideration.
Civil Ceremonies & Receptions
For those who don’t want a church wedding, there are plenty of other venues in Yorkshire to choose from – and they can be just as romantic as walking down the aisle.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations in Yorkshire, Fountains Abbey is ideal for weddings. Over 900 years of history await here, with the ruins of the abbey, alongside a lovely Georgian water garden that will make your wedding photos even more special.
You can choose to have your civil partnership here, with a choice of rooms at your disposal, so whether you want a small, intimate ceremony in The Oak Room or a much bigger affair in The Great Chamber, you can create your dream day at Fountains Abbey.
Getting married in an actual castle is a real possibility at this Yorkshire wedding venue. Bolton Castle hails from the 14th century, it’s grade one listed and sits in North Leyburn, an area surrounded by stunning countryside, so you can expect your wedding photos to be memorable indeed.
Within the castle, you have a number of options. You can hold your civil ceremony here, and your reception too, with a choice of rooms, depending on the size of your party. You could have anywhere between 30 and 120 guests, and in an interesting twist, you could have your wedding rings delivered by a trained owl. All this helped Bolton Castle to bag 17th place on the Independent on Sunday’s list of ‘The 50 best wedding venues.’
Leeds Civic Hall
Surprisingly, this is one of the lesser known wedding venues in Yorkshire, but it’s well worth hunting out. Centrally positioned on Millennium Square, Leeds Civic Hall is a Grade II listed building that’s beautiful to behold.
Holding your ceremony here means you have your pick of city central locations, with a host of hotels, restaurants and bars literally on your door step. So it easy for your wedding party to get from a to b, and for your guests to find somewhere to stay locally. It’s also great for your wedding photos, which will have a modern, urban feel, with a few standout points, like the wrought iron doors of Leeds Civic Hall.
Woodlands at Gildersome
This is one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets. The boutique hotel, which has a country house feel, offers bespoke wedding packages that are designed for the individual couple. They can cater for anything between 30 and 200 guests – and have a strict rule that only one wedding at a time policy, so you’ll have the run of the place on your big day.
Woodlands is in Gildersome, which is just 3 miles outside of Leeds city centre, but despite this, it boasts lovely views and attractive grounds that will give your wedding pictures a countryside feel. So if you’re getting married in Yorkshire and don’t want to be too far from the hustle and bustle of the city, this could be the perfect venue for you.
Aagrah Midpoint Suite
A surprising addition to our list of Yorkshire wedding venues is Aagrah Midpoint Suite. It is indeed the well-known Indian restaurant brand, and has become a popular choice for traditional Indian weddings, as well as a new and unconventional take on the usual ‘British’ weddings.
The usual venue can host up to 450 guests, offering, as you’d expect, an Indian banquet with all your favourite dishes from the restaurant chain’s menu. And don’t worry, you’ll still get all the hygiene factors of a traditional wedding – flowers, wedding cakes, even a champagne fountain – just in a different setting.
One of North Yorkshire’s finest country retreats, Rudding Park is the perfect choice for an ‘all in one place’ wedding. They have a 19th century chapel on the grounds, and it’s everything you could imagine – stone carvings and stained glass windows, all surrounded by greenery.
The hotel itself can cater for parties of 10 to 200, so whether you’re having a small, intimate affair or a big bash, you can plan your perfect wedding day in this Yorkshire treasure. As well as holding your wedding here, you can enjoy the facilities – with a spa on location, it’s ideal for ‘night before’ pampering, and the guys can play golf too.
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