Yorkshire Weddings

AND HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR VENUE

FROM YORKSHIRE DALES TO YORKSHIRE COAST

AND CASTLES TO TIPIS

Yorkshire wedding venues

As a Yorkshire wedding photographer for 17 years, I’ve photographed at the best wedding venues and locations that Yorkshire has to offer. Rolling dales, dramatic moors, romantic castles, impressive country houses and delightful country gardens, urban chic, boutique hotels and seaside – Yorkshire has it all.

I’ve collected my top tips on Yorkshire wedding venues below and provided links for you to see real wedding stories and images from all these different kinds of venues.

If you haven’t yet chosen where to marry and celebrate I have accumulated many useful wedding venue suggestions that can help you from the start of your wedding planning adventure.

Plus I have some great location hints to help you choose your ideal wedding venue, whether that’s in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cornwall or anywhere else…

So, are you more in favour of a romantic castle full of history, a delighful country garden or an impressive country manor? Are you more urban chic than boutique chic or is the seaside more your thang? Read on to see what you should consider.

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BOUTIQUE RETREATS & UNIQUE DESIGNER GEMS

Unique & chic

Would a boutique chic Yorkshire Wedding Venue suit your wedding day vibe? Do you fancy stylish or contemporary or something rather quirky or arty?

If you’re all about unique, you must go and look at Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby. It’s an exclusive use wedding venue in country garden grounds where you can mix classic, art-deco and unique! Each space feels amazing with art-deco styling and its Drivers Club. Ask to see the Blackburn Wing too – it’s a contemporary treehouse! Your wedding photography in each area will look completely different from the others. There isn’t a Yorkshire wedding venue quite like it.

The Crab & Lobster/Crab Manor in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, is one of the quirkiest wedding venues in Yorkshire, combining gardens and relaxed elegance at the same time. With something interesting to look at around every corner, themed rooms and excellent food, it’s sure to cover plenty of wedding day wishes as well as having plenty of backdrop choices for your wedding photographs.

Super ecclectic, eccentric, arty and oh so stylish The Chapel, Harrogate. It’s the newly restored Grade 2 listed Wesleyan Chapel near Harrogate centre. With its baroque Italianate facade, and outside courtyard, its history and beauty strikes you before you have even walked inside. It’s listed as The Chapel, Harrogate. You need to give your guests at least half an hour to look around before your ceremony or they’ll be gazing at the art work before they have eyes for you.


Fancy urban chic? Well, we have that too.

For urban chic city lovers there’s the super-stylish MalmaisonLeeds Club or Aspire in the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Can you see yourself sipping wedding cocktails in a sequined dress and Jimmy Choos at the fashionable Angelica or Crafthouse on the 6th Floor of Trinity? With outstanding Leeds city views from the panoramic terrace, it’s so en vogue!

For art and history, there’s Leeds Art Gallery – hire the Victorian Tiled Hall or head out to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for its culture, its art, its grounds… and then of course, Yorkshire has the contemporary art space that The Hepworth Wakefield.

Only 15 minutes from the centre of Leeds you have places like the contemporary Woodlands Hotel or The Mansion in the famous Roundhay Park.

Heading west from Leeds centre to Halifax, you’ll find The Arches, an industrial wedding venue full of twinkling lights that was previously a Victorian mill. It retains its history with red brick vaulted ceiling, dark grey iron pillars and Yorkshire stone flooring. Its neutral palette so when decorated to your own taste, it will always look like your unique wedding.

Did you know that you can now marry in the Victorian glasshouse known as the Central Dome of the Pavillions and celebrate in a tipi or marquee at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens? Marrying in a glasshouse is definitely unique!

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HISTORIC CASTLES ABBEYS AND ROLLING MOORS

Dramatic and romantic

Should history, romance and grandeur be more your fancy, there are plenty of castles and historic properties in which you can marry as well as monasteries and abbeys.

In North Yorkshire you will find Allerton Castle, Newburgh Priory, Castle Howard, Carlton Towers, and Ripley Castle which are very much still intact, and venues with dramatic ruins such as Jervaulx Abbey, Fountains Abbey and Danby Castle in the North York Moors.


Hazlewood Castle between Leeds and Tadcaster, once a monastery but now a chic hotel, is gorgeous too and has been a popular wedding venue for many years.

As a full-time Yorkshire wedding photographer for 12 years, I regularly photograph weddings in Harrogate, voted the happiest place to live in the UK, and historic York.

You could mix it up and marry in York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, then celebrate in a boutique hotel in York like Hotel Du VinThe Churchill Hotel or the luxurious Middlethorpe Hall & Spa. You can even hire a part of the York Train Station!

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YORKSHIRE DALES MOORS AND COAST

Countryside and seaside

If you are a couple who love nature, and the outdoors, it makes sense to start somewhere with great views and the option to spend a good part of your day outside. Now decide if planning your wedding day bliss in the Yorkshire Dales is for you or if beachy wedding fun on the fabulous, but often windy, Yorkshire Coast is more your thang?

With boundless stretches of unspoilt countryside, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors are especially green and scenic. It’s no wonder that that the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014.

From weddings in the pretty grounds of country houses like Taitlands in Settle, the Georgian splendour of Middleton Lodge or Newburgh Priory, to the charming ruins and new barn at Danby Castle on the North York Moors, to remarkably British marquee garden parties, and village halls… to grand Yorkshire castles, and barns by lakes… wedding days are a joy to photograph!

If you’re all about the country views and serenity you can choose a relaxed, contemporary wedding venue like the Devonshire Fell in Burnsall with views over the Yorkshire Dales, and a two minute car drive for a walk along the River Wharfe for scenic pictures, and ice cream.

For a little luxury, visit the sublime Yorebridge House in Wensleydale, which provides a boutique chic hotel experience in real Dales countryside, or the very elegant Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey.

Yorkshire – the largest county in the United Kingdom, often nicknamed God’s Own Country with boundless stretches of unspoilt countryside, The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are especially green and beautiful.

Try Helmsley Walled Gardens if you fancy a tipi wedding in glorious gardens with a castle view, and the Star Inn in Harome which is renowned for its tasty food for a smaller celebration.

Near open fields and woods, Priory Barn and Cottages wedding venue near Wetherby can cater for the smaller wedding in the contemporary, light filled barn. For weddings over 60 guests, there’s the marquee. It’s a family run business and the barn and the cottages can be hired exclusively for the weekend.

Head over to the coast to see Raithwaite Hall at Sandsend. After your ceremony, we can go to the sandy beach for some of your wedding photography.

If a Yorkshire beach is just too far, but you’re a water baby through-and through and simply feel more serene by a stream or near water, visit somewhere with its own lake, like Ripley Castle near Ripon or the light-filled contemporary Yorkshire Wedding Barn in Richmond.

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YORKSHIRE GRAND HOUSES

Grand designs

Prefer a wedding venue with a wow factor? Try Wood Hall in Linton with it’s sweeping driveway or the Georgian House (and Fig House) at Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Yorkshire has numerous Grade 1 listed buildings, country estates like the romantic Scampston Hall near Malton, with a lake and a Palladian Bridge, Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate and other manor houses, like Newby Hall near Ripon, Falcon Manor or Taitlands in Settle.

On the East side of Yorkshire, the gothic grandeur of Carlton Towers will amaze you!

There’s also the multi-award winning hotel, Rudding Park that is both modern and classic and can cater for initimate and large weddings.

Many couples find Oulton Hall a good mix of modern and chic, whilst some prefer Walton Hall at Waterton Park surrounded by water and a nature reserve.

The Blackburn Wing at Bowcliffe Hall also has to come in this section as a grand design, as has the ecclectic, The Chapel in Harrogate, although is also a very arty boutique chic B&B.

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GLASS HOUSES BARNS & TIPIS

All your creative style

Thinking of tying the knot with a creative village wedding or living it up in a tipi/teepee? Experts like Papa Kata can pop up your tipi for your Yorkshire countryside wedding on most lawns.

Let your creativity shine through with a tipi wedding where every styling decision can be your own. Pick a village field, your gran’s lovely garden or choose the country grounds of a grand country house like Tailtlands, in Settle, in the world famous Yorkshire Dales.

Then we have barns – of course we have barns… rustic ones, historic ones like the Airedale Barn at East Riddlesden Hall, and the stunning one, The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey, to whimsical and contemporary luxury ones, like Wharfedale Grange on the way to Harrogate or The Yorkshire Barn Wedding venue in Richmond, North Yorkshire. It’s light, has a contemporary feel, and countryside views. A winner all round.

As you might imagine, there are plenty of charming village halls like the Victory Hall and the Parish Centre in the village of Thorner, the hall at East Kettlesing, as well as farm land on the Braisty Estate and woodlands at Camp Katur.

Just this year, we saw the completion of The Fig House at Middleton Lodge. A recently restored Orangery overlooking kitchen gardens, it’s a great blend of a modern blank canvas space and elegance.

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