Despite ‘wedding season’ unofficially sitting within the summer months, winter weddings have a special draw all of their own. To begin with, getting married in winter means sky rocketing peak season rates are long gone (unless you happen to book a Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve celebration) so venues that may have been out of your budget could now be within reach. There’s also a feel of romanticism around winter weddings, the shorter days mean that you can take advantage of the dark evenings with glowing fairy lights, candle-lit hurricane lanterns, and even roaring fires if your venue is home to a fireplace.
Once you have discovered your perfect winter wedding venue then you can start to look at all the little details that will make your big day even more magical. A winter wedding allows you to play around with your menus more, think Christmas-style canapes paired with mulled wine and cider or an evening menu of cheese fondue, a hog roast and other cosy classics. If your chosen venue has outdoor spaces then don’t let the drop in temperature deter you from using these areas. Fluffy blankets piled into wooden crates, roaring fire pits and glowing heaters can ensure you make the most of the space available to you while enjoying the ambience created by a wedding in the winter months.
When you add all these things together, a winter wedding could be just as attractive as a summer one, and there are plenty of places to get married in winter across the country. Discover the best winter wedding venues the UK has to offer, from romantic barns to impressive stately homes, discover the perfect venue for your big day.
The Pear Tree, Wiltshire
What: The Pear Tree manages to wrap you in beautiful Wiltshire countryside, despite being just ten minutes from nearby Swindon. If it’s too cold to be outside, fear not - The Pear Tree interiors are beautiful, particularly the Atrium staircase and Blossom ceremony room, with its endless flowers, flickering candles and canopy of drapes and chandeliers.
Where: Church End, Purton, SN5 4ED
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What: Syrencot’s majestic Georgian manor house and walled garden is just as beautiful in winter as it is in summer, and this countryside estate really feels secluded and sheltered from the outside world. Take a snowy stroll around the walled garden after you tie the knot, then remember to light up the fireplace in the Farmshed before you dance the night away.
Where: Figheldean, Salisbury, SP4 8LB
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Gaynes Park, Essex
What: Set within a thousand acres of stunning Essex countryside, Gaynes Park really knows how to set the scene for a memorable wedding. The Orangery is the ideal ceremony location for the winter months - floor-to-ceiling windows let you feel as though you’re outside, whilst still protecting from the elements. There’s also The Mill Barn - a smart, all-in-one reception venue for up to 150 guests.
Where: Banks Lane, Epping, CM16 7RJ
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Curradine Barns, Worcestershire
What: This 19th century barn venue is available for exclusive hire, and stands out thanks to a tasteful renovation and transformation in 2022, which added a lovely glass extension to the Barley Barn. Anything that lets us feel as though we’re outside without the cold is a huge plus in winter, and Curradine Barns certainly does that. Brave the cold for a little winter walk through the secret garden too - it’s worth it.
Where: Church Lane, Kidderminster, WR6 6TS
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Brookfield Barn, West Sussex
What: Gorgeous Brookfield Barn is understandably popular in the summer, but the barn itself also makes a fantastic spot for a winter wedding too. The excitement of saying your vows under the snowy pergola should keep you warm for long enough to brave the outside, and if not, you can always say your vows under the oak beams of the barn itself.
Where: Winterpit Lane, Horsham, RH13 6LY
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Silvermere Inn On The Lake, Surrey
What: Right on the edge of a lake in leafy Cobham, Silvermere is a great choice for couples who want to be at one with nature when they tie the knot. There’s no need to worry about the weather here - the Lake Suite has huge windows that overlook the lake, and the neutral, contemporary decor makes it incredibly flexible to decorate as you wish.
Where: Redhill Road, Cobham, KT11 1EF
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Lainston House, Hampshire
What: This stunning Hampshire manor house is ideal for anyone with an appreciation of history - Lainston House dates back almost a thousand years to the 10th century, and boasts a range of impressive indoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions. We particularly like the Dawley Barn - a versatile, elegant converted barn that hosts ceremonies, receptions and dinners.
Where: Woodman Lane, Sparsholt Winchester, SO21 2LT
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Pennyhill Park, Surrey
What: Pennyhill Park’s Pavilion and Lily Pond Terrace are gorgeous summer spaces, but this wonderful Surrey venue has plenty to offer for a winter wedding too. The Library is a stunning wood-panelled ceremony room, with beautiful views and feature fireplace, and there’s the pale green Water Lily Suite too - perfect for a winter drinks reception.
Where: London Road, Bagshot, GU19 5EU
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South Lodge, West Sussex
What: It’s no wonder South Lodge is so popular all year round - this 19th century Victorian country house is blessed with an array of wonderful ceremony and reception venues, suitable for all times of year. The Wordsworth Suite is the location of choice for winter ceremonies, and don’t forget there’s an award-winning spa on-site too.
Where: Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, RH13 6PS
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Pelham House, East Sussex
What: Pelham House is a magnificent townhouse right in the heart of Lewes in East Sussex, dating all the way back to the 16th century. Pelham House’s immaculate lawns are ideal for an al fresco wedding if the weather is bearable, but otherwise you’ll be just as charmed by the grand interiors, with its wood-panelled walls, floor-to-ceiling pillars and hand-painted murals.
Where: St Andrews Lane, Lewes, BN7 1UW
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Crondon Park, Essex
What: Found within the peaceful Essex countryside, Crondon Park is a family-owned wedding venue in Chelmsford. Nestled within the valley of Crondon, this award-winning wedding venue in the countryside would make a gorgeous choice for your winter wedding. The venue’s Baronial Hall is a charming barn-style space for your reception and can be made beautifully seasonal with the addition of fairy lights wrapped around the wooden beams, plus a winter menu filled with cosy comfort food. Sitting within a half acre of grounds, sprawling countryside views add to the charm of this winter wedding venue in Essex
Where: Stock, Chelmsford, CM4 9DP
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Botleys Mansion, Surrey
What: Picture-perfect Botleys Mansion is a stunning Palladian mansion set amongst 56 acres of Surrey parkland and is just 30 minutes outside of London. The venue only ever hosts weddings on an exclusive hire basis, ensuring complete privacy on your special day. Sprawling views mean that this venue is perfect for a crisp winter’s day, while the luxe decor and glowing chandeliers add a cosy feel to the interiors. The in-house brigade of banqueting chefs will also be on hand to help you plan your perfect winter wedding menu.
Where: Stonehill Road, Chertsey, KT16 0AP
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Pan Pacific, London
What: If you have been searching for a chic city wedding venue then Pan Pacific could have exactly what you have been looking for. Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station, this impressive hotel perfectly pairs the old with the new. Enjoy the historical architecture of the 144-year old Devonshire House - along with the hotel’s modern 43-story bronze tower, all beautifully connected by a landscaped public plaza. This grand hotel could be a dreamy location for your winter wedding. Transform the venue’s Pacific Ballroom into your very own winter palace, complete with hanging Swarovski crystal chandeliers and twinkling fairy lights.
Where: 80 Houndsditch, Liverpool Street, EC3A 7AB
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Cain Manor, Hampshire
What: For a wedding venue that looks like something straight out of a storybook, Cain Manor is a picturesque barn-style wedding venue found in the Hampshire countryside. This country house wedding venue can be hired on an exclusive basis and simply oozes charm and character that lends itself beautifully to a winter wedding. The venue’s Music Room is a perfect space for your wedding reception with its warm and cosy lighting and historic wooden beams that are just waiting to be wrapped in fairy lights. The in-house team of chefs will also be able to work with you to create the perfect wintery menu for your celebrations.
Where: Churt Road, Headley Down, GU35 8SR
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The Goodwood Estate, West Sussex
What: This 12,000 acre West Sussex estate is actually home to three separate wedding venues - giving you a choice of spaces for your wedding celebrations. For a winter wedding filled with luxe decor and rich surroundings, Goodwood House would be an ideal setting. The Kennels is perfect for those wanting historic architecture on a smaller scale, while the Goodwood Hotel can add some modern luxury. This countryside estate can be beautifully decorated for Christmas weddings and lends itself beautifully to celebrations in the colder months.
Where: Kennel Hill, Chichester, PO18 0PX
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Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
What: Create your very own fairytale by saying ‘I do’ at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire. This gorgeous location is just brimming with whimsy and romance and makes the perfect backdrop for a wintery celebration. Found within the enchanting Forest of Dean, Clearwell Castle makes such a visual impact, whether it’s the impressive castle facade, the sweeping stone staircase or the 75ft long aisle where you can hold your civil ceremony without losing any of the grandeur you would get with a traditional church ceremony. Open fireplaces and glowing chandeliers give warmth to this impressive wedding venue and make it a romantic choice for your winter wedding.
Where: Church Road, Clearwell, Forest Of Dean, GL16 8LG
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Hever Castle & Gardens, Kent
What: The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, this venue is filled with all the Tudor details you would expect and has three different options for hosting your special day. Take in the views of Hever Castle by hosting your guests in the Astor Wing - directly opposite the castle, its oak panelled walls create the perfect cosy atmosphere. Alternatively, choose the grandeur of the castle itself for a larger scale wedding filled with luxury. The castle is also home to 18 luxurious bedrooms so your closest friends and family can enjoy the party and stay for the night.
Where: Hever, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG
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Le Gothique, London
What: One of South London’s most iconic wedding venues, Le Gothique - with its turrets and spires - feels like a little piece of history tucked away in leafy wandsworth. This Grade II listed venue is also home to a secret garden that can be covered and heated - meaning you don’t need to miss out on this secret space when holding our wedding during the colder months. The menu options also lend themselves well to winter celebrations, with dishes like fillet steak and creamy risotto available, along with decadent desserts of tiramisu and chocolate mousse.
Where: John Archer Way, Wandsworth, SW18 3SX
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Leez Priory, Essex
What: For a wedding venue filled with impressive architecture, Leez Priory in Chelmsford is ideal for a grand winter wedding day. This Tudor-style venue has seven ceremony spaces for couples to choose from, including The Tower which is perfect for those wanting a church-feel. Or for something more rustic, the Great Hall with its vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and open fireplace is a cosier option.
Where: Hartford End, Chelmsford, CM3 1JP
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What: With its warm wood panelled walls and squishy dark red leather chairs, Hawksmoor Edinburgh feels like it was just made for winter weddings. Formerly the National Bank of Scotland Banking Hall, the restaurant's largest private dining space - The Teller’s Room - can seat 46 guests, with its high ceilings and arched windows making it a grand-feeling space for your special day.
Where: 23 West Register Street, EH2 2AA
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