For me choosing a wedding venue has been one of my favourite parts of wedding planning so far. It was also the very first thing we wanted to book, knowing that venues get booked up so far in advance these days, and that it would set the tone for the rest of the day. Luckily we both agreed that we didn’t want a church wedding as neither of us is particularly religious and that we wanted a venue that could accommodate both the civil ceremony and the reception afterwards.
Choosing the style of venue took a little longer for us to decide upon. As a little girl I had always envisaged myself getting married at a big stately home in the middle of the countryside but as I have gotten older my style has definitely changed and I wasn’t sure that was what I still wanted. We’d both been to weddings over the years at various locations, hotels, country houses, but one definitely stuck in my mind. It was a friend’s wedding we went to a couple of years ago that took place in the Tythe Barn at Priston Mill. It’s a beautiful rustic barn with cream stone walls and a high ceiling with original beams. It was the first time either of us had been to a wedding in a venue like this (and way before the trend for barn weddings began!) and we loved its uniqueness and quirky feel. We decided to start looking into this type of venue and were not disappointed with what we discovered. We live in the South West of England and found a plethora of venues to look at especially in and around Somerset and Gloucestershire. I’ve selected a few of our favourites we visited (including our own venue which I will leave as a secret for now ;-)) and included direct links to their websites below so you can find out more about them and maybe find a venue for your own special day!
The Watermill at Priston Mill, near Bath – http://www.pristonmill.co.uk/explore-the-watermill
Priston Mill also has a second wedding venue on the same site next to The Tythe Barn, called The Watermill. It’s slightly smaller than the barn but just as pretty and set over 3 floors. It also has a working water wheel (!) and an option to get married outside in a gorgeous garden if the weather is suitable.
Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, near Bristol – http://www.aldwickcourtfarm.co.uk/weddings/
Aldwick Court Farm is a 17th Century farm set in its very own vineyard. A perfect spot for some beautiful wedding photos! There are two stone barns which are connected via a main reception area and then the Cellar Bar which of course stocks their own wine. There is also an on-site cottage perfect for the night before the wedding and then the actual wedding night itself.
Wick Farm, Somerset – http://wickfarmbath.co.uk/wedding-venues-somerset/
Wick Farm started as medieval farm built for the monks at a nearby priory. It has beautiful views across the countryside and even has its own duck pond. There are two stunning barns, the Upper Barn is used for both the ceremony and reception whilst the Lower Barn holds the bar and a large but cosy seating area. There is also a separate hay barn with an old Massey Ferguson tractor inside, perfect for quirky photographs!
Almonry Barn, Somerset – http://almonrybarn.co.uk/
One of the most beautiful wedding venues I have ever seen. It is believed to be the oldest wedding barn in England at over 800 years old. It has been stylishly updated but still retains its unique historical character. There are stunning views across the Somerset levels orchard and nearby stream.
The Great Tythe Barn, Gloucestershire – http://www.gtb.co.uk/weddings/
Set in one of my favourite places in England, the Cotswolds, this impressive venue can cater for up to 200 guests. It has been sympathetically restored keeping all of its original features such as wooden floors, exposed stone walls and oak beams. There are 10 self-catering cottages on site as well as a B&B perfect for your guests.
Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire – https://kingscotebarn.co.uk/weddings
Another barn situated in the picturesque Cotswolds. It’s set in its own secluded valley with truly amazing views. There is also an option to have your ceremony outside in the romantic Oak Linhay. Again there is on-site accommodation and also a nearby glamping site.