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Guide to the Best Weddings Venues in the North East

The Best Wedding Venues in the North East of England: Discover the Perfect Setting for Your Special Day

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and finding the perfect venue to say “I do” is essential to creating a memorable day. The North East of England has many magical wedding venues, from enchanting historic halls to charming country houses and unique treehouses.

This is my guide to some of the best wedding venues in the North East of England. I’ve photographed numerous weddings at these venues and find they all offer the perfect setting for your special day.

What You Need To Know

  • Discover the perfect setting for your special day in Northumberland, Newcastle and County Durham.
  • Choose from various venues with unique features to create an unforgettable wedding experience.
  • Consider capacity, location, budget and other factors when selecting the ideal venue that reflects you as a couple.

Northumberland Wedding Venues

The beautiful Northumberland countryside has enchanting wedding venues perfect for your big day. With historic castles, charming country houses, and unique treehouses, you’ll be spoiled for choice when finding the ideal location to celebrate your love.

Here are some of the top wedding venues in Northumberland for your consideration.

bride and groom at alnwick treehouse

Alnwick Treehouse provides a magical setting in the forest where you can exchange vows amongst the treetops in an ancient woodland. This makes it an ideal location for intimate weddings, giving them an enchanting touch of nature.

With a capacity for 85 guests for dining and 110 guests for a reception, the venue is perfect for those looking to create a truly memorable experience. With photo opprtunities both in the treetops and nearby Alnwick Garden this is a picturesque backdrop for your wedding.

Blagdon Parlour

bride and groom kissing in front of blagdon parlour

Blagdon Parlour is a charming and intimate venue in the picturesque Northumberland countryside. Blagdon Parlour offers the perfect setting for those who want a rustic feel for their special day, with a unique wedding in the grade 2 listed smithy or a stunning outdoor ceremony in the beautiful landscape gardens.

Having photographed several weddings at this quirky venue I highly recommend taking advantage of the unique buildings for your wedding photographs.

Brinkburn Priory

couple in coridoor

Step back in time and celebrate your love at Brinkburn Priory, a stunning medieval monastery transformed into a beautiful wedding venue. Surrounded by lush grounds and featuring a Manor House, Priory, and Tipis, this historic venue offers a truly unique setting for your special day. The Priory offers a stunning backdrop to your photos while I always find the Manor House an amazing opportunity to capture some intimate portraits of you both.

The fabulous accommodation options for wedding guests include The Stables and Priory Cottage, which can accommodate up to 10 guests in style, with additional luxurious onsite accommodation for up to 28 guests across the Estate.

Doxford Hall

couple laughing at doxford hall

The grandeur of Doxford Hall, a Georgian mansion, will take your breath away. Boasting elegant lounges, award-winning dining, and beautifully landscaped gardens, this venue provides a luxurious setting for your wedding.

With a capacity of 150 people, Doxford Hall can cater to intimate and larger celebrations. I’ve photographed many weddings in the stunning gardens and find the front of the building to be a particularly beautiful spot.

Ellingham Hall

couple in window

The 17th-century country house of Ellingham Hall offers a luxurious wedding experience with elegant rooms and beautiful grounds. This charming venue provides an all-encompassing two-night wedding experience, ensuring you and your guests have plenty of time to celebrate and make lasting memories.

With seventeen beautiful bedrooms and spacious stone cottages, Ellingham Hall is perfect for a truly unforgettable stay. The majestic window offers a unique photo opportunity, while the grounds are perfect for group photos and portraits.

Healey Barn

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Healey Barn is a rustic and charming converted barn offering a scenic and romantic setting for a countryside wedding. With stunning views and grounds, this venue is perfect for couples looking to create a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere for their special day.

The barn boasts a private bar, an 8-spit rotisserie, pizza ovens, and fire pits, all set within beautiful surroundings, making it a fantastic choice for an unforgettable wedding celebration. The local woods offer some fantastic spots for romantic photos while the grounds within Healey Barn are great for portraits and group photos. Accommodation is available at the nearby Healy Hall.

Le Petit Chateau

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Experience a touch of French elegance at Le Petit Chateau, a luxury wedding venue inspired by the romance of the French countryside. This unique venue offers an exclusive and unforgettable experience, with beautifully designed ceremony and reception spaces that cater to your every need.

With a stunning bridal suite and beautiful bedrooms for your guests, Le Petit Chateau is the perfect venue for a fairytale wedding.

To finish your wedding what better way than to spend a few minutes in the meadow capturing stunning portraits of you both sat unset. I have to say that Le Petit Chateau is one of my favourite venues for those sunset, dreamy photographs.

Marshall Meadows

bride and groom walking at marshall meadows

Marshall Meadows, a beautiful country house hotel set on stunning grounds, offers a romantic and elegant setting for your wedding. The venue provides exclusive use of the hotel and grounds for your wedding day, with an impressive capacity of 120 daytime and 200 evening guests.

I love the lawns in front of Marshall Meadows which provides a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.

Matfen Hall

bride and groom outside of the stately home of matfen hall

Celebrate your love at the majestic 19th-century mansion of Matfen Hall, set in 300 acres of picturesque countryside. This grand venue offers a range of ceremony and reception options, with the capacity to host up to 120 guests for drinks and dancing in the Hall.

With stunning grounds and various beautiful spaces, Matfen Hall is the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. The staircase in the Grand Hall is something which needs to be seen to be believed and provides some amazing photo opportunities.

Shorflatt Tower

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The historic estate of Shorflatt Tower offers a fairytale setting for your wedding day. With its 13th-century fortalice tower, lavish luxury, and beautiful gardens, this venue is perfect for couples seeking a magical experience.

Shorflatt Tower provides exclusive wedding receptions, allowing couples to tailor every aspect of their special day. With stunning grounds and gardens theres no end to the photo opportunities at this fabulous venue.

Woodhill Hall

couple at woodhill hall

Woodhill Hall is a unique and exclusive wedding venue, offering a 2-night, 3-day experience with stunning grounds and on-site accommodation. This beautiful venue is perfect for couples looking to create a truly memorable wedding, with a capacity for up to 120 guests for both the ceremony and reception.

A fantastic chapel, Tee Pees and gorgeous Orangery create a unique venue in the heart of Northumberland. The long driveway into Woodhill Hall is the perfect spot for some portraits of you both while the stunning surrounding scenary offers even more photo spots.

Northside Farm

Northside Farm, a unique and flexible wedding venue with unlimited outdoor space and on-site accommodation, is perfect for couples looking to create a laid-back celebration. With stunning views and grounds, this venue is ideal for couples looking to create a relaxed and rustic atmosphere for their special day.

The farm boasts a private bar, an 8-spit rotisserie, pizza ovens, and fire pits, all set within beautiful surroundings, making it a fantastic choice for an unforgettable wedding celebration.

Newton Hall

bride and groom at newton hall

For a truly unique wedding experience, consider Newton Hall, a dog-friendly outdoor wedding venue with on-site accommodation and a nearby 5-star inn and pub. This beautiful venue offers a range of ceremony and reception options, catering to your every need and ensuring a truly memorable day for you and your guests.

With stunning views and beautiful spaces, Newton Hall is the perfect venue for your special day. In addition it is 2 minutes away from the beach at Newton By The Sea which offers some unique opportunities for portraits.

Horton Grange

Experience a luxurious wedding at Horton Grange, a Grade-II listed country house offering an intimate and elegant wedding experience.

With beautiful surroundings and amenities, Horton Grange, set on private grounds. With stunning gardens there are numerous spots that make for perfect wedding photos.

Newcastle Wedding Venues

There are plenty of options for couples seeking a stylish and contemporary wedding venue in the vibrant city of Newcastle. From boutique hotels to unique and trendy event spaces, the city offers a range of venues to suit all tastes and budgets.

Here are some of the best wedding venues in Newcastle for your consideration.

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene House, a boutique hotel with a countryside feel, is surrounded by a valley with waterfalls and bridges, providing a truly stunning setting for your wedding. With a maximum capacity of 120 guests for ceremonies, this venue offers a variety of beautiful spaces for your special day, including:

  • The Great Hall, a grand and elegant space with high ceilings and chandeliers
  • The Garden Room, a light-filled room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens
  • The Drawing Room, a cosy and intimate space with a fireplace and comfortable seating

The luxurious on-site accommodation, including 40 bedrooms, apartments, and suites, ensures your guests can relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Wylam Brewery

Bride & Groom in Wylam Brewery

Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a unique and trendy wedding venue. Known for hosting the best beer, music, and food festivals, this vibrant brewery and events venue offers a truly unforgettable experience for your special day.

With a capacity for up to 144 seated guests for civil marriage ceremonies and up to 200 guests for evening events, Wylam Brewery provides a fantastic setting for couples looking to celebrate in style.

County Durham Wedding Venues

The picturesque County Durham has various dream wedding venues, ranging from historic halls and charming country estates to rustic barns. Whether you’re looking for a grand and luxurious celebration or a more intimate and relaxed affair, County Durham has something to offer for every couple.

Here are some of the best wedding venues in this beautiful region for you to consider.

Beamish Hall

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Beamish Hall, a family-owned hotel with beautiful grounds and a range of ceremony and reception options, is perfect for a grand wedding. This historic venue offers:

  • Exclusive use of the entire hotel and grounds for your wedding day
  • Accommodation for up to 110 guests for a seated meal
  • Accommodation for up to 150 guests for an evening function

With a stunning backdrop of the 120-acre estate and award-winning food, Beamish Hall is an ideal location for your special day.

Black Horse Beamish

couple under rainbow at black horse beamish

Black Horse Beamish is a stunning country house set in the Beamish Valley, offering a scenic and romantic setting for your special day. With beautiful flower and herb gardens, a wild meadow, and a lake, this venue provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.

The venue offers a range of ceremony and reception options, making it a versatile and flexible choice for your wedding. With stunning views over the Beamish Valley the meadow and field offer the perfect backdrop for photos.

Bowburn Hall

bride and groom kissing in doorway

Bowburn Hall Hotel, a renovated hotel with a range of wedding packages and exclusive use of the entire hotel and grounds for your wedding day, provides an intimate and elegant setting for your special day. Set in the beautiful County Durham countryside, this venue offers a variety of ceremony and reception options to suit all budgets.

With stunning grounds and a range of beautiful spaces, Bowburn Hall is a fantastic venue. I love to use the gardens for photos and on a night the gorgeous garden lights offer a magical photo opportunity.

Dalton Pump House

For a truly unique and memorable wedding experience, consider Dalton Pump House, a newly opened Victorian Pump House turned wedding venue. This awe-inspiring venue features the original water pumps as the focal point of its ceremony room, offering a historical touch to your special day.

With a capacity for up to 120 guests for your ceremony and 120 guests for your reception, Dalton Pump House provides a distinctive setting for your wedding celebration. The grand steps leading upto the entrace are a perfect spot for group photos and couple portraits.

Derwent Manor

derwent manor wedding photography

Derwent Manor, a grand hotel with various ceremony and reception options, is set in the beautiful County Durham countryside. This elegant venue offers a luxurious setting for your special day, with stunning grounds and various beautiful spaces to suit your needs.

With a capacity for up to 110 guests for a seated meal and 150 guests for an evening function, Derwent Manor is a perfect wedding venue. The hotel is situated with amazing views and I love to photograph a sunset with the ornate Stags that are in the grounds.

Middleton Lodge

couple walking at middleton lodge

Middleton Lodge, a beautiful and award-winning wedding venue set in the stunning County Durham countryside, offers three individual venues for exclusive hire. With options for both religious and civil ceremonies and reception rooms, all in one venue, Middleton Lodge provides a truly unforgettable experience for your special day.

This venue offers something for everyone, from the Georgian Country Mansion to the charming Coach House and picturesque Walled Garden. I love the sweeping staircase at Middleton Lodge and should the weather take a turn for the worst this is a perfect spot for photos.

Redworth Hall

couple at redworth hall

Redworth Hall, an elegant wedding venue with stunning grounds and a range of ceremony and reception options, is perfect for couples looking to create a truly memorable wedding experience. With a capacity for up to 110 guests for a seated meal and 150 guests for an evening function, Redworth Hall offers a variety of beautiful spaces to suit your needs.

With its stunning backdrop and award-winning food, Redworth Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding. I often take photos in front of the grand entrance however Redworth Hall also provides some stunning gardens for your wedding photography.

Runa Farm

bride and groom kissing at alter

Runa Farm is the perfect venue if you’re looking for a laid-back celebration with a natural rural beauty and relaxed Balearic vibe. It’s rustic and unique, making it the ideal setting for a relaxed and fun wedding. With beautiful flower and herb gardens, and a wild meadow, this venue provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.

I love the ceremony room at Runa Farm which has a unique character…it’s also a fantastic back drop from group photos should the weather take a turn for the worst.

South Causey Inn

bride crying at altar

South Causey Inn, a scenic wedding venue in the Beamish Valley, offers beautiful gardens, a wild meadow, and dramtic views over Beamish Valley. With various ceremony and reception options, South Causey Inn caters to all tastes and budgets, ensuring a truly memorable experience for you and your guests.

With stunning grounds and beautiful spaces, South Causey Inn is the perfect for couples looking to have your dream wedding.

Willows at the Woodsmen’s

couple walking in sunset

Willows at the Woodsmen’s, a new bohemian wedding venue offering rustic charm and stunning views of the Tyne Valley, is perfect for a laid-back celebration. The lane behind The Willows offers a perfect backdrop for sunset photos, while the views towards Tyneside offer a great photo opportunity.

The venue offers a range of civil ceremony and reception options, including an intimate ceremony, making it a versatile and flexible choice for your dream wedding.

Wynyard Hall

Celebrate your love at the grand and luxurious Wynyard Hall, a wedding venue with a range of ceremony options, set on the outskirts of Durham. With its stunning grounds and various beautiful spaces, Wynyard Hall is the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. I love the view looking from the lake upwards towards the Hall and this is a perfect setting for a walk to capture natural photos of you both.

The venue offers:

  • Exclusive use of the entire hotel and grounds for your wedding day
  • Accommodation for up to 110 guests for a seated meal
  • Accommodation for up to 150 guests for an evening function

With a stunning backdrop and award-winning food, Wynyard Hall is the perfect venue for your dream wedding.

Tips on how to choose the best wedding venue

Choosing the perfect wedding venue forms a significant part of your wedding planning. To locate the ideal venue, think of things such as:

  • Capacity
  • Location
  • Budget
  • Theme
  • Catering options
  • Availability
  • Accommodations

Prioritising your preferences and visiting potential venues will provide a hands-on experience of the atmosphere, aiding you in making a sound decision. This process will help you find a venue that aligns with your vision for the day.

Remember that your wedding venue should reflect your personal preferences and style as a couple. Whether you want a grand and luxurious celebration or a more intimate and relaxed affair, the North East of England offers a wealth of stunning North East wedding venues for your special day. You can find the perfect setting for your North East Wedding by considering these factors and doing thorough research.

Summary

In conclusion, the North East of England offers diverse wedding venues to suit every couple’s taste and style. From enchanting historic halls and charming country houses to unique treehouses and trendy urban venues, you will indeed find the perfect setting for your special day. By considering factors such as location, budget, guest capacity, and personal preferences, you can create a memorable wedding experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an English wedding cost?

The average cost of an English wedding in 2022 was £18,400, according to Hitched’s survey of 2,457 U.K. individuals. It increased to £23,885 (including engagement ring and honeymoon) according to Bridebook’s survey of nearly 4,000 couples. Couples can still have a wonderful day without breaking the bank, even with slightly higher spending.

What is the most expensive part of a wedding in the UK?

Catering and venue hire are the two most expensive aspects of a wedding in the UK, as the former requires providing for guests, and the latter can vary widely in cost. On average, a venue could cost around £8,400, making it the most expensive part of your big day. You could also check with venues to see if they ahve any cheaper rates or offers available.

How do I choose the best wedding venue for my special day?

Choosing the right wedding venue can be a daunting task. Still, with careful consideration of factors such as capacity, location, budget, theme, catering options, availability, and accommodations, you can find the perfect venue to make your special day unforgettable. Explore different venues to ensure they align with your vision for the day.

Are there any historic wedding venues in the North East of England?

Yes, the North East of England is home to a variety of beautiful and historic wedding venues, like Brinkburn Priory, Matfen Hall, and Shorflatt Tower.

How do I book a North East Wedding Photographer?

Contact me today to check my availability or to have a chat about your plans. I can advise on many venues aswell as recommend other suppliers should you need help.

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