Our Favourite UK Wedding Destinations
At Queensmith we love a good destination wedding, but with beautiful settings like these on our doorstep, why go to the hassle of organising a million and one things to be done abroad, battle with language barriers and risk waylaid luggage? Sit back, flick through some stunning images and soak it all in while you browse our top picks for the best of UK staycation wedding venues.
1. Cley Windmill, Norfolk
A whimsical setting for more a quirky wedding, this venue is great for small, intimate parties. With a capacity of 22 people, a ceremony here will be truly bijou in the round Sitting Room followed by drinks and canapes in the Windmill Dining Room. With a balcony overlooking miles of scenic fields and grassland, this is an idyllic alternative to the hustle and bustle of a city wedding. Make a weekend of it and book the B&B rooms for you and your guests to make the most of your time in the quaint village of Cley-Next-the-Sea. Spend the day after your ceremony strolling along the Norfolk Coast, famed for its natural beauty, and cosying-up in one of the many local pubs.
2. The Barbican Conservatory, London
Popular among trend setters, creatives and stars such as Jessie Ware, the Barbican is famed for all things contemporary: film, art, music and design. The iconic brutalist building may not be to everyone’s taste, but the beauty of the conservatory, filled with lush green, exotic plants, cannot be denied. A capacity of 250 means you can show off your great style choices to a plethora of guests, boasting floor to ceiling windows and unbeatable views of the city. Atmospheric and romantic, the canopy of trees create the perfect enclave to pose for photos with special secluded couples area for the idyllic shots. We think this is the perfect spot for any cool couple wanting to show their friends a shindig to remember.
3. Preston Court, Kent
For those with a vintage inspired wedding in mind, look no further than Preston Court. The farm is filled with gardens, a barn, heritage buildings and a small church. If this wasn’t idyllic enough, the collection of curiosities, including antique steam engines, Victorian fairground rides and musical organs will make any ceremony memorable. Nostalgia and romance is aplenty at Preston Court, where you can get hitched in the old wooden Kentish barn, the fairy-tale-like Juliana’s island or the pre-Saxon church surrounded by open farmland. The romantically-lit Victorian carousel ride is the perfect show-stopping background for wedding portraits, while guests can cosy around the wood-burning stove or stroll to Juliana’s Island across the white iron bridge. Think of the Instagram opportunities…
4. Stirling Castle, Scotland
If you’ve always dreamt of tying the knot in a scenic castle, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Scotland, where there is thought to have been over 2,000 castles historically. The epitome of a Scottish castle is Stirling Castle, located on the outskirts of the market city of the same name. The majesty of the building itself is undeniable, with imposing architecture and a history of royalty, Stirling is an iconic setting to wed. During the wedding, the castle will be exclusively yours, so make the most of it and arrange guided tours for guests whilst you newly weds roam the grounds between the Chapel Royal, Great Hall and Queen Anne Garden to find those perfect portrait opportunities. On a summer's evening, set up drinks on the main lawn before moving into the restored 16th century Great Hall for an unforgettable banquet experience.
5. Portmeirion, North Wales
Covered in bright colourful buildings, Italianate architecture and sub-tropical gardens, it’s hard to believe the village of Portmeirion is in the UK. When you show your wedding pictures to people in years to come, you wouldn't be surprised if they thought you were in married in the Mediterranean. With natural beauty imposing from all angles, the Meirionnydd mounts, sandy Portmeirion beach and the River Dwyryd estuary provide a charming backdrop for the event. With a range of stunning locations to choose from, take a browse through the village brochure to map out your perfect day.