Lancashire. I’m lucky enough to call it home and I absolutely love being a Lancashire Wedding Photography. So I completely understand why you’ve chosen this area for your wedding day. I live in the heart of Lancashire so I get to photograph a large number of weddings here each year from cool city centre venues in Preston to historic buildings in Lancaster. Old Industrial mills, barns, farm, beautiful hotels and quirky alternative venues. We’ve got some of the most beautiful and varied landscape and some absolutely cracking wedding venues on offer too.
The great news is, if you’re planning to head to Lancashire for your wedding day, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venues. Barns, farms, hotels, country pubs – we have them in abundance. I’ve put together this page with some of my favourite pictures I’ve captured over the years at Lancashire weddings, a few of my favourite Lancashire wedding venues and some tips for planning your big day in the Lancashire.
Your Lancashire Wedding Venue
If you’ve chosen to get married in Lancashire then your first task is choosing which venue is going to host your flipping awesome wedding. I’m sorry to tell you that this won’t be an easy job – there are just so many cracking venues to choose from! Lancashire is packed with incredible wedding venues. There’s literally something for everyone. However big or small, traditional or alternative, relaxed or super glam your big day will be, you’ll find the perfect wedding venue somewhere in the county.
Hotel Wedding Venues in Lancashire
A hotel can be a really good call for your wedding up here in Lancashire. It’s such a rural county that you’ll find gorgeous scenery wherever you go. We’ve also got tonne of lovely accomodation. If you’re having a large wedding there are plenty of big hotels that can easily accommodate everyone – Eaves Hall, Holmes Mill and Mitton Hall are three of my favourite large hotels in Lancashire. If you’ve got a smaller wedding party and fancy something a bit more intimate then you’re still spoilt for choice. What about Browsholme Hall near Clitheroe or for something a little different, The Inn at Whitewell which more country pub than hotel – perfect for a relaxed wedding in Lancashire.
Quirky, intimate or unusual wedding venues in the Lake District
If a more traditional hotel doesn’t do it for you then the good news is there are tonnes of quirky, unusual or alternative wedding venues in Lancashire too. You can choose from beautiful village halls, to rustic barn or stunning manor houses. The Outbarn is one of my very favourite Lancashire wedding venues and combines the benefits of a quirky venue with on site accommodation ! Or what about Wyresdale near Lancaster where your guests can glamp the night away after your wedding party. If you’re after the non-traditional, alternative wedding venues then we definitely have a few to choose from in Lancashire.
My Favourite Lancashire Wedding Venues
Ok let’s get to the nitty gritty – the lowdown on some of the best wedding venues that Lancashire has to offer. I’ve been a wedding photographer in Lancashire for over 7 years so I’ve been lucky enough to shoot at some of the best wedding venues in Lancashire. Here are my favourites.
I’ve got to kick off with Sparth House in Accrington. Firstly because it’s my closest wedding venue but mostly because it’s the venue I chose for my own wedding day back in 2005. When I walked through the doors as a prospective bride I feel in love with the relaxed grandeur of the place. I’m a big fan of georgian architecture and this venue has so much historic charm without ever feeling too imposing or grand. Since my own wedding day Sparth House has been taken over by a new family who have worked tirelessly to bring the venue back to life and bang up to date. It’s improved so much since my own wedding day – I didn’t really think I could love this venue more but I do!
There’s plenty of space inside and out for your guests and beautiful gardens front and back. The bedrooms are stunning and being close to a town centre means there’s plenty of transport and accommodation options for your guests. Most of the all the team at Sparth House really do bend over backwards to look after you and make sure you can have the day you want.
Browsholme Hall has been in the same family for over 500 years so it’s steeped in history. The main house is absolutely stunning and you can choose to hold your ceremony here if you’re having smaller numbers. Or you can head over to the Tithe Barn which has been loving restored as a wedding venue. As was as the rustic and impressive barn interior, you and your guests will have access to your own private courtyard area which is perfect for after-ceremony drinks or sitting out during a summer’s evening and enjoying the sunset. Sneak away with your photographer to the lake in the grounds for some amazing wedding portraits.
Wyresdale Park – a quirky and alternative barn wedding venue near Lancaster
I absolutely adore Wyresdale Park wedding venue – it’s so unique and has a great chilled out vibe. Tucked away off a little lane in a village just outside of Lancaster, the venue is large enough for a big number of guests. You can get ready on site in the main house and guests have the choice of staying over in the glamping tents. Your wedding ceremony takes place in a lovely light and bright room and your wedding breakfast in the main space in the barn. There’s so many quirky spots for pictures including an undercover area with a tractor – not just for the kids to enjoy! One of the newer Lancashire wedding venues but already firmly in my list of of favourites. You can see Adam and Emma’s Wyresdale wedding on the blog here.
The Outbarn – a quirky barn wedding near Clitheroe
Another example of an underused rural barn being turned into an incredible wedding venue and local business. The Outbarn sits on the outskirts of Waddington – a beautiful little village in the Ribble Valley. The main barn has been lovingly restored and with the addition of the amazing glass wedding space, now makes an incredible, unusual wedding venue. The Outbarn benefits from one of the best views in Lancashire – over Pendle Hill. From a practicality point of view – there’s accommodation on site for you and some of your guests and plenty of nearby B&Bs and self catering cottages to choose from. Vicky and Dan had the most perfect summer wedding at the Outbarn – check out their blog here to see more images from this great barn wedding venue in Lancashire.
Eaves Hall – a grand wedding venue in Lancashire
Eaves hall is certainly a show stopper of a venue. If you’re looking for a venue in Lancashire that’s jaw dropping, large enough for lots of guests and offers complete exclusivity then you should pop my Eaves Hall to take a look. I love the fact you can choose to get ready in the huge bridal suite or the 3 bed lodge in the grounds. You can have your ceremony in two different rooms or even outdoors if you wish. You can make use of the huge grounds – make sure to set time aside to explore and if it’s a rainy day you can still get incredible pictures because there’s so much space inside too.
Mitton Hall – a manor house wedding venue in Lancashire
Mitton is a long-established wedding venue in Lancashire and another venue in the James’ Place family. The team at Mitton are old hands at weddings which means you’ll be well looked after and your wedding day will run like clockwork. If you’re looking for a venue where all your guests can stay over then Mitton should be on your list. The orangery which was built a few years ago is perfect for weddings – flooded with natural light and big enough for lots of guests. If you’re lucky with the weather there’s a beautiful patio outside for guests to enjoy your drinks reception whilst you sneak away with your photographer to get some shots in the grounds at Mitton Hall.
Holmes Mill – a quirky industrial venue in Clitheroe
Holmes mill is one of Lancashire’s newest wedding venues and it’s a must see. Over the past few years the venues owners have transformed a derelict cotton mill in the centre of Clitheroe into this amazing leisure space. The wedding space on the first floor of the mill is incredible! With hugh windows to one side it’s flooded with natural light and there’s plenty of period features left over to give this place an incredible industrial chic vibe. This is the kind of venue that you’d expect to find in a city centre, not on the edge of beautiful countryside. There’s really nothing else like it in Lancashire. Even better, the mill has recently opened it’s new hotel area meaning that there’s now plenty of space for your guests to stay over too. If you’re looking for a really alternative wedding venue in Lancashire then please check out more pictures of Holmes Mill from Emily and Matt’s wedding day here.
One thing we do really well in Lancashire – cracking barn wedding venues and Bashall Barn is up there amongst my faves. Again, another family run venue that’s been massively improved over the past few years. The team are wonderful and will help you plan your dream wedding with all the personal touches you need – they even have a store of wedding decor that you’re free to use. I love the new ceremony room and outdoor terrace which you can see in the picture above. Imagine that view behind you as you tie the knot! Excitingly the team have been working on a new outdoor wedding area which you could choose for your wedding ceremony (weather permitting!). Please go and have a nosy at Amber and Matt’s Bashall Barn wedding over on the blog here.
The Inn at Whitewell
If you’re planning a really relaxed day then a country pub wedding would be ideal! The Inn at Whitewell tops my list of favourite pub wedding venues in Lancashire. It’s a proper pub – with low ceilings and roaring fires. But it also makes an incredible wedding venue thanks to the addition of the wedding marquee at the side of the building which makes for a great private space for your event. The marquee even has it’s own private outdoor space for guests to enjoy – with some incredible views! And the FOOD! A bonus of choosing one of the best gastro pubs in the area is that you will be very well fed. There’s even plenty of accommodation on site if you have guests wanted to stay over too. Did I mention it was also dog friendly!
Tips for Planning Your Lake District Wedding
You might be a Lancashire resident and therefore don’t need much help with wedding planning in the area. But many of my couples no longer live locally and are returning to the area to get married. Long distance wedding planning can have it’s own complications. So here’s a few tips to help things go a little more smoothly.
Ask your venue and other suppliers for their recommendations. As a wedding photographer I work with a huge array of local suppliers at each wedding. I see them behind the scenes and hear the rave reviews from my couples. I have a recommended supplier list that I send out to all of my couples once they book in with me.
Schedule the time on your wedding day for some amazing pictures. You’ve travelled to this incredible place, surrounded by some of the best landscapes you could possibly wish for – let’s get out there and make some beautiful images! I normally ask my couples to make sure we can have at least 20 minutes uninterrupted for portraits but some couples choose to head off somewhere spectacular to get some portraits in their full wedding attire. If this is something you’d like to do then yes yes yes! Just make sure you schedule enough time in your wedding timeline to accommodate it.
Why Choose me as your Lancashire Wedding Photographer?
No matter where you’re getting married it’s super important to choose the perfect photographer for your wedding day. There are so many wonderful wedding photographers in Lancashire itself and many more who are happy to travel there for a wedding day. So take your time to pick the best one for you.
My style of wedding photography is very relaxed. I’m very lucky to work with couples who trust me to be a part of their wedding day. I aim to be a member of your wedding tribe, not just a wedding photographer! I’ll be there in the morning for prep, helping with dresses and buttonholes and calming those pre-wedding nerves – alongside taking some cracking pictures of course!
For most of a wedding day I aim to blend into the day. I shoot in documentary style which basically means capturing all the lovely goings on without interfering. I do however LOVE capturing some cracking portraits of my newlyweds. I know, I know – being in front of the camera is completely weird. Don’t fret – I’m a dab hand at this bit. We’ll head off somewhere gorgeous (not hard in the Lake District!) and have a fun 15 minutes away from the rest of your guests. You’ll be surprised just how many pictures of you looking like hotties I’ll capture in such a short amount of time! My wedding packages are up to 10 hours long which means I’ll be with you for some dance floor fun!
If you’re on the hunt for your Lancashire Wedding Photographer and you think I might be a good fit for your big day then hit the big button below and get in touch! I’d love to hear from you…