The Best Wedding Venues in Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Liverpool and the Lake District
We are so lucky in the North West to have some flipping awesome wedding venues. From mountain vistas in the Lake District to bespoke little venues, to chic city centre locations. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph over 150 weddings in some of the best wedding venues we have to offer.
The Wellbeing Farm, Lancashire
I’m completely smitten with this wedding venue – it’s perfect for couples who want something relaxed, fun and just that little bit quirky. The wedding barn is a great blank canvas for DIY brides to be and animal lovers will get excited by the fact there are donkeys and llamas on site. Llama’s in bow-ties non the less! Another big tick in the box is the absolutely delicious food on offer from the venue – if you’re a foodie, then this is great venue to consider. Check out Bekah and Luke’s colourful Wellbeing Farm wedding here.
The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester
A hidden gem in Manchester City Centre – this quirky arty venue is perfect for people looking for a city centre wedding and something that little bit different. I love the light, the photo opportunities and the beautiful gardens. There is the most amazing raised glass restaurant with views across the park, as well as beautiful interiors too. The venue doesn’t hold a lot of weddings but when it does – it does it well. The food is amazing and the space is perfect for partying (although they do move some of the big sculptures just in case!) Check out Angus and Veronica’s awesome Whitworth Art Gallery wedding here.
Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire.
Close to my heart and also close to my home (like literally 3 minutes walk away) I love this venue for lots of reasons. The building dates from the early 1900s and contains lots of gorgeous gothic detailing. Ceremonies are held in the wooden panelled music room with natural light streaming in from the mullioned window. After the ceremony you are literally spoiled for choice for photographs with the beautiful grounds surrounding the building and the good news is, that even if the weather is less lovely that you would like there’s also lots of interior spots to use. The Haworth is now home to the Gallery Kitchen which means you can choose to have your wedding breakfast here to. Altogether perfect for smaller weddings or brides to be looking for something a little more intimate. See one of my all time favourite weddings at the Haworth Art Gallery here.
A firm wedding favourite in the glorious surroundings of the Ribble Valley. My reasons for loving Mitton Hall so much? The light. Yes, sorry, boring and technical. But photographer is all about the light so us photographers take it very seriously. The bridal suite has the most lovely bay windows overlooking the garden, the decor is gorgeous and the room big enough for the bride and all her entourage to get ready. The ceremony room has been fairly recently renovated and it’s light and bright and modern and beautiful and in keeping with the whole building at the same time. Big massive bonus for the Mitton is the staff who are always lovely, accomodating and know what they are doing! Sarah and Iain chose Mitton Hall for their big day. Check out their images here.
Another of James’ Places beautiful venues, Eaves Hall is a favourite amongst wedding photographers in the North West. The wedding team is on the ball – these guys know exactly how to run a wedding day. The food is delicious. The grounds and building are absolutely beautiful and there’s enough choice to mean you can shoot there every week and do something different! It’s a big favourite of mine for winter weddings – the large, bright rooms, beautiful windows and lovely light mean that portraits and group shots can take place even when there’s a blizzard outside! See one of my favourite Eaves Hall Weddings here.
The Outbarn at Clough Bottom
Bit of a new kid on the block this one but I confidently expect it to be a firm favourite for Lancashire brides as soon as it gets a little better known. A converted barn with an amazing glass fronted extension overlooking Pendle Hill. The only downside to this venue is the country lane you have to drive along to reach it – guests may need signposts so they can find you – but that only means that there’s no neighbours to disturb when the party kicks off. This place looks amazing at night. More good news is that the venue can now host the ceremony too! Choose from a range of caterers to provide your food – all of whom are amazing! (excuse me for a moment whilst I relive that shephards pie). There’s a sweet little cottage in the grounds for the bride and groom to stay in and more accomdation being renovated at the moment too. There’s also the option for your guests to camp in the field next to the venue – festival themed wedding anyone?
Reputedly haunted – although I’m yet to catch photographic evidence of this. I’ve chosen Samlesbury Hall as one of my favourites simply because it’s such a beautiful old building. Book your wedding here and you’ll have exclusive use of the hall and it’s grounds. It’s big enough for big weddings and yet feels cosy and intimate at the same time. The food is delish and the interior lends itself to all year round weddings. On site there is a little lodge which is perfect for bride prep in the morning of the wedding as well as a romantic retreat for the bride and groom at the end of the big day. And there’s also a couple of eco-pods for guests to stay in too! Helen and Sean’s winter wedding at Samlesbury Hall can be seen on the blog.
The Inn at Whitewell, Ribble Valley
I love a pub wedding. They are fun, relaxed, intimate and cosy. The Inn at Whitewell has got to be one of my favourite pub wedding venues in the North West. It’s got that cosy, homely feel in buckets and at the same time there’s a large marquee area, meaning you can have a good number of guests at the venue too. Outside there’s a private patio area for wedding guests and a few little hidden spots for portraits. The staff at the Inn are superb and really look after their guests. And not forgetting the food! It’s one of the nicest places to go for lunch in the Ribble Valley – so not surprising the wedding food is pretty delish too! Check out Lorna and Lawrence’s very beautiful and stylish wedding day here.
For something a little out of the ordinary you could always consider this hidden gem in Preston. Smack bang in the city centre, a 10 minute walk from the train station and yet in the middle of a glorious park, this wedding venue is perfect for relaxed couples looking to do something a little different. Your wedding ceremony can take place inside the venue, a lovely modern, glass fronted building, or if the weather is kind, at the Bellevedere, an open aired terrace. You’ve then got the whole of the park as your playground for pictures before returning to the venue for the reception.
Cote How, The Lake District
Up to the Lake Distrcit for the next of my favourite wedding venues. Cote How is a little hidden bit of Lake District loveliness. A small and intimate wedding venue, it combines an elegant house with rooms for bridal prep and ceremony with a party barn – perfect for decorating with your own touches. Space is quite limited so this is one for those smaller wedding groups. Outside, you’re a short walk away from a stunning Lake which makes the perfect backdrop for portraits and group pictures if you’ve got an adventurous wedding party. See Kate and Matt’s beautiful Cote How wedding here.
Iscoyd Park, Shropshire
Technically just over the border in Shropshire, Iscoyd Park is a stunning manor house stood in the most beautiful garden. You can get married on site in the chapel and have your wedding breakfast in the onsite marquee or check out the new coach house which has just been opened. There’s accommodation on site for some of your guests and the staff are utterly fantastic. I’ve really loved shooting weddings here and can’t wait to go back. Check out Rachel and Steve’s summer wedding there.
Abbeywood Estate, Cheshire
Man alive this is a stunning venue. A little bit alternative and very relaxed! The huge glass greenhouse style conservatory will be the setting for your wedding breakfast. It’s light, bright and perfect for putting your own stamp on the decor. You’re literally spoilt for choice as to where to do your pictures. In fact you’d be hard pressed to use all the locations in one day! You can see Grace and Oscar’s wedding at Abbeywood Estate over on the blog.