There are so many amazing venues in Yorkshire, its been a hard task to narrow it down to just 10. The wedding venues stated in this article are my opinions as a wedding photographer and I've based it on a range of factors like History, Location and Photographic opportunities.
At the end of the day, what makes the perfect wedding venue will be your personal taste and what you're looking for as a (soon to be) bride and groom.
Below is a collection of amazing Yorkshire wedding venues. They all supply a range of different options for your wedding day and all have their own characteristics. Hopefully this list gives you an idea of the wedding venues, Yorkshire has to offer.
The photos and opinions in this article are by Robert Carter Photography and my work can be seen here
KINGS CROFT HOTEL, PONTEFRACT
The Kings Croft Hotel, Pontefract, is a beautiful, family run property, set in 8 acres of beautifully landscaped garden and grounds. The main building is Grade 2 Listed and maintains many of the original features. They have been hosting weddings for the past 15 years and have many stunning locations to have your intimate wedding photographs.
They have a unique wedding pavilion surrounded by pond and water feature. It is the ideal place to hold your wedding ceremony, seats 80 guests and has stunning views across the countryside.
Along with the stunning Wedding Pavilion there are 4 function rooms to host your wedding reception, whether this is a small intimate meal for 10 to a party for up to 300 people with a disco and band.
The Kings Croft has plenty of locations for your wedding photos, including a stunning gate and field beyond. In the height of the season you will find many photographers taking this opportunity to get some beautiful photographs in the golden field.
As well as this, there is an amazing garden with its centre piece weeping willow at its core. You wont struggle for photography locations at the hotel. Even if you get rained off, the interior décor and photo hot spots are plenty.
All in all this wedding venue is every photographers dream and you should consider it as a main contender for your special day.
You can read more about Kings Croft Hotel via their website here
WATERTON PARK HOTEL, WAKEFIELD
Its a photographers dream to photograph weddings at Waterton Park hotel. Such a stunning backdrop for all your wedding photos, this venue has got the X Factor. In the heart of Yorkshire, in a scenic valley of rolling parkland with its very own lake, sits the Waterton Park Hotel & Spa and Walton Hall.
Walton Hall is a gracious Georgian mansion on an island surrounded by its own lake. Its location is stunning and because of this, you'll not struggle to find spots to have your intimate wedding photographs.
It's regularly voted one of the top ten Yorkshire wedding venues due to its grand location and its endless options when it comes to your wedding photographs.
It's one of the more popular venues in Yorkshire and because of this, I have shot many weddings here. I have developed a great relationship with its staff as well as knowing all the best locations for your wedding photos.
If you're struggling to keep the weather on your side, you've still got a great selection of locations to grab your wedding photographs. The main door is under cover and can provide a stunning backdrop for a back lit night time shot. You've also got a beautiful staircase inside the Hall, as well as georgian rooms and fantastic fireplace.
Im sure this should give you a few ideas for your wedding, but if you want some more inspiration then please visit Waterton Parks main website here
ROGERTHORPE MANOR, BADSWORTH
Built over 400 years ago, the award winning Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel has charm and character. It is the perfect venue for your wedding day. Situated in the quaint village of Badsworth, this is one of the top wedding venues in Yorkshire. Its regularly voted one of the top 10 wedding venues due to its picturesque location and the endless options for your photographs.
You can be assured of some great photo opportunities within the garden and grounds. Or even an outdoor ceremony, underneath its amazing pavilion on the side lawn. Weather not going your way? Rogerthorpe has some amazing interior décor, which is a fantastic backdrop for some of your images.
Bridal preparations start in one of the venues beautiful honeymoon suites which overlook the lawn and stunning gardens. These well lit rooms offer some great opportunities for photos before the official ceremony begins.
With a rustic feel, one of Rogerthorpes bars is a great spot to catch a few shots of the groomsmen during their preparation.
Whatever happens, you're sure to have a memorable wedding day within the Rogerthorpe Manor estate.
Whitley Hall has to be one of my favourite wedding venues in Yorkshire. Set away from the hustle and bustle of Sheffield City centre, it is nestled in the rolling countryside of South Yorkshire. The hall is a 16th century ivy-clad mansion with stunning gardens and lake views.
Whether you choose to hold your civil ceremony with them or host your wedding breakfast after exchanging your vows I am sure you can create your perfect day in one of their stunning dedicated hospitality suites.
You wont be left struggling for photo opportunites here. Its beautiful garden has an abundance of secret spots to get some amazing wedding photographs during your day.
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, head inside and you'll find a fantastic spot for photos on the staircase or balcony.
Im sure you'll be impressed with Whitley Hall as much as I am, and if you'd like to find out more then please follow the link here
WORTLEY HALL, SHEFFIELD
Wortley Hall is the perfect backdrop for your special day, a truly grand stately home nestled in Sheffield's surrounding countryside. Exchange your vows in a beautiful historic venue, and let your guests enjoy the immaculate stately grounds at their leisure, before dining in our spectacular dining room.
From all-inclusive wedding packages to bespoke weddings, and with their strict policy of hosting no more than one wedding per day at the Hall.
Wortley Hall was originally the ancestral home of the Earl of Wharncliffe, and boasts a number of individually designed ceremony and dining rooms, all with original features in keeping with the history and heritage of the building. The Stately Home of Wortley Hall is situated within 26 acres of beautiful formal gardens and woodlands, which makes for a very picturesque wedding venue and provides the most breath-taking backdrop for your wedding photography.
Find out how Wortley Hall can make your wedding dreams a reality here
MILLENNIUM GALLERY, SHEFFIELD
The Millennium Gallery in Sheffield is a personal favourite of mine. The white walls of the Arundel Room provide a blank canvas for the happy couple to create the wedding of their dreams.
There are no limits to the colours, themes and styles that can be added to this modern, versatile space. The amount of light that this room creates is extraordinary, and allows stunning photographs to be taken.
From vintage memorabilia to flora and fauna or garlands of paper lanterns, couples can add their own personal motifs and designs to transform this grand, light-filled room into the setting for the perfect wedding.
Millennium Gallery is adjacent to the Winter Garden and the Peace Gardens, which provide an oasis of green in an inner-city landscape and a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs. Alternatively, the terrace offers a panoramic view of the urban cityscape.
If you'd like to see more of what they have to offer, please click here
SMALLSHAW FARM, PENISTONE, BARNSLEY
Situated on the beautiful hills outside of Penistone, Barnsley, Smallshaw Farm is as stunning as you are gonna get. Design your own bespoke countryside dream day - for a wedding that is as unique as you. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your photography, it has an abundance of locations ideal for your wedding photographs.
With a landscape as dramatic and romantic as this, our unique setting really will inspire you to create a wedding as beautiful as the rolling hills and together with luxurious accommodation as part of the package, there is no need to look any further, you have just found your perfect wedding venue.
Choose your own marquee, caterers, bar, photographer, band to create the perfect day designed exactly to your hopes and dreams for the best day of your life.
Their wedding package includes a 3 night stay in a luxurious accommodation, their cottages sleep up to 19 people. A unique opportunity to enjoy the weekend together with all your favourite family/ friends. Choosing to have your wedding reception here, the hardest part is deciding who will stay in the cottages!
This venue will feature highly on anyones list and if you'd like to see more please click here
WOODHALL HOTEL, WETHERBY
Weddings at Wood Hall in West Yorkshire feel like a dream. Get married in a spectacular outdoor setting with views stretching as far as the eye can see or within this charming country house filled with character.
You can even take all 44 of our luxurious bedrooms so that you and your guests can kick off your dancing shoes and fall into bed at the end of the night. If you’re looking to hold an unforgettable wedding in the countryside – this is it.
Imagine how it would feel to say your vows in the open air with sweeping views out over the Yorkshire countryside. Take a wander through pretty arched trellises in the gardens and discover the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Perched high on a hill amidst 100 acres of West Yorkshire’s finest landscape, the views alone are incredible.
Woodhall Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding photography. Whether its indoor or out, your photographer wont have trouble filling his memory card with your memories.
If you have any questions about Woodhall please click here
CARLTON TOWERS, GOOLE
A spectacular backdrop, wonderful accommodation, the finest food and drink and your own dedicated wedding team. Carlton Towers will stage the dream day you deserve. A dream for any wedding photographer, Carlton Towers ranks in the top 10, not just in Yorkshire but the whole UK.
You and your guests will be enchanted by the elegance and beauty of this 17th century hidden gem. Set in 250 acres of parkland, Carlton Towers is an historic treasure – and it is all yours for the most special day of your life.
With exclusive use of the house and gardens, you and your guests will love exploring. From the epic grandeur of the staterooms to the informality of the bar tucked under the Minstrels’ Gallery, it is filled with secrets to discover.
A spectacular backdrop for your wedding photography, Carlton Towers will stage the day of your dreams.
If you'd like to know more about this stunning venue, please click here
HAZLEWOOD CASTLE, LEEDS
Imagine this…. Nestled in the 77 acres of wonderful woodlands Hazlewood Castle is home to, it's the perfect woodland wedding venue, where you can rely on the season to showcase some stunning natural views.
Weddings at Hazlewood Castle are a truly magical experience, one that will last a lifetime.
This beautiful, romantic and historic Castle is set in an enchanted woodland, with hidden fairies, manicured gardens, cherry orchard avenue, wedding pagoda, Chapel, ponds and fountains offers a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography.
The Castle itself boasts stunning views over Towton Moor and the surrounding countryside, with horses galloping along in training for the races in the mysterious morning mists. Inside, luxury is the order of the day with the stunning chequerboard floor of the Flemish Hall leading off to several awe inspiring Civil Ceremony licenced rooms.
As a wedding photographer, this is one of my all time favourite venues. If you'd like to find out why please click here
That brings an end to my top 10 wedding venues in Yorkshire.
I have shot at well over 100 venues over my 14 years of being a wedding photographer. I still struggle to call an overall favourite, but im sure this article can give you a few ideas of what's out there.
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