Village Hall Weddings
Village Hall weddings are definitely one of my favourite types of weddings to photograph. I’m pretty sure that if I was to do it all over again (can we please hubby?!) that I would choose a village hall venue for my reception. I’m a bit envious of all the couples getting married today who have that option when I didn’t 10 years ago. I would have DIY’d the heck out of my wedding day! (Badly)
As a wedding photographer based in the North West it’s been my lucky privilege to photograph many a beautiful wedding in some of our local village halls – and we have loads of them! Literally spoiled for choice. Before we get into the nitty gritty of which individual village halls are my favourite let me give you a little run down of why I love them so much!
The cost of hiring a village hall does vary from place to place. But there’s no arguing that the cost of them is massively cheaper than heading to a hotel for your wedding day with some halls being available for a whole weekend for just a few hundred pounds.
Choose your own entertainment, choose your own food, choose to have a BBQ instead of a sit down meal, choose your own decor. Hiring an empty space like a village hall gives you so much more flexibility than many established wedding venues will allow.
The crafting possibilities:
If you’ve read my about page you know I’m a bit of a (rubbish) crafter. The possibilities of decorating a village hall, usually blank white spaces, are endless. My brain essentially turns into Pinterest at the mere thought of it! Let you imaginations run wild and create your fantasy wedding.
Of course, there are downsides to village hall weddings and they might not be right for you. If you’re seriously considering a village hall wedding reception check out my other posts about how to plan yours well.
My Favourite Village Halls
Barley is a picturesque village over the hills in Pendle, Lancashire. About 20 minutes drive from the nearest large town of Burnley. Barley village hall was home to my first ever village hall wedding and still one of my favourite weddings to date. (You can check it out here). The reason I loved this village hall so much for a wedding venue was the size. There are two big rooms you can use which means, depending on your numbers you can have your meal and evening reception is both rooms without worrying about turning the room around. In the village there’s a fab little cafe who also offer outdoor catering and they can be on hand to arrange your wedding breakfast. Barley itself is a gorgeous little Lancashire village with endless possibilities for pictures. There’s also a couple of good pubs nearby for guests to stay over.
The Ribble Valley is one of my favourite places in the whole world – FACT. It’s so beautiful. And Slaidburn is one of the nicest little villages you’ll ever see. The village hall is set on the green, giving access to outside space (great for pictures!) The hall itself has all the features you need – a good kitchen, parking, nearby accommodation for guests and beautiful surroundings.
Mellor Village Hall nr Stockport
This village hall is actually an old primary school. Drive up a winding lane and you find yourself on top of a hill with stunning views across the valley. From a practicality point of view this village hall ticks lots of boxes – there’s a big room (the old school hall) to use for the wedding breakfast and an old classroom that makes a great space for drinks reception. There’s a big kitchen for the caterers and beautiful surroundings for pictures. There’s even a picture perfect church up the hill for your ceremony! Victoria and Jonathan had the loveliest village hall wedding here in 2017. See their wedding here.
This village hall is BIG. So perfect if you’ve got a lot of guests to fit in. There’s a huge main hall space, a large bar area and a separate snug sitting area which are all available for your use. The decor is a bit more dated than other village halls but it’s size and flexibility definitely makes up for it. John and Lauren hosted the perfect afternoon wedding at Rainford Village Hall in 2015. You can see their wedding right here.
A modern village hall in Cheshire – one of my favourite village hall wedding venues for lots of different reasons. It’s full of light and air, thanks to the floor to ceiling windows and doors which can be flung open if the weather is kind. There’s a huge lawned area at the front, enclosed and safe which makes it a very child friendly venue. The team at the Hall at Marthall are wonderful and will be able to recommend good caterers to use on site. The clean space is perfect for letting your DIY and crafting run wild. Andrew and Clare turned The Hall at Marthall into their dream wedding venue with the help of their friends and family – see their full day here.
This is a lovely big village hall situation in the village of Kelbrook, not far from Colne. I loved this village hall because of the space available – there’s a huge main room, perfect for your reception, a second large room – good for serving buffet or setting up a photobooth and a large kitchen which is perfect if you’re arranging your own catering. Outside there’s a private paved courtyard for your guests to use.
Ok, not technically a village hall but it shares many of the attributes of one so for that reason it’s on the list. Avenham Park is home to a gorgeous, glass fronted building that can be hired out to host wedding venues. Being smack bang in the middle of a beautiful park means it’s an absolute treat for wedding photographers. The space is modern and light and perfect if you’re looking to add your own stamp to your venue. There’s the added bonus of being able to hold your wedding ceremony in the venue or outdoors in the park itself. Phil and Ashlie chose Avenham Park for their wedding day and you can see that here.
If you’re planning a village hall wedding and would like some more advise on how to get the best out of it, or recommendations for suppliers – please visit my contact page and get in touch.