Discovering Alternative Wedding Venues in Yorkshire

We’re full swing into wedding season at the moment. I have four this summer (two down, two to go at this point) and loving the fantastic wedding venues we’re getting the opportunity to visit.

It seems that there are more and more options open to brides these days, which is brilliant for couples who want to pick somewhere that suits the kind of wedding they want; whether it be small and intimate, artsy, beach-y, rustic, classic, prison-chic – whatever floats your boat.

The fun thing about exploring wedding venues in Yorkshire when we were planning our wedding was that it uncovered places on our doorstep that we didn’t even know existed.  York maze was one of them, and here are some other favourites in the region:

Tiled hall cafe

1. Leeds Art Gallery & Tiled Hall Cafe – this beautiful room is part of Leeds Art Gallery, and has a stuning mosaic tiled ceiling and tiled walls, with huge windows that look out over millenium square. It’s the perfect spot for a reception for those getting hitched at Leeds Civic Hall (like these guys – check out their reception photos) or any of the churches in the centre of the city.  You can book it in conjunction with the art gallery, so your guests can meander round and feel cultured.


Marquee in a field Porch of a wooden cabin

2. Bivouac, Masham, North Yorkshire  – I know it sounds like a futuristic corporation, but this is actually a rather awesome spot in the Yorkshire Dales that lets you hold weddings in it’s woodland glade area.  If you’re a secret hippy or festival goer it should be right up your street – there’s a community fire pit, cheap wooden cabin lodgings for guests, hot tub, and you can even hold get married in the (semi) outdoors.  It makes for some stunning wedding pics too.

Interior of barn set up for wedding

3. The Cheerful Chilli, Otley, West Yorkshire – calling all veggies!  The Cheerful Chilli is a local gem – it serves inspired veggie food (beloved even by carnivores) and delicious homemade cakes.  Luckily for brides/grooms to be, it recently got a wedding license and opened up the barn adjacent to the cafe for weddings – rejoice!   The barn has a lot of charm, and the cafe is set across from Otley Chevin so your guests will be able to have a meander round the forest and perhaps even spot a resident deer or two.  The star of the show will no doubt be the food though – have a look at their banquet menu to give you a flavour of what you can expect.

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he stage at the Georgian Theatre Royal

4. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire – Built in 1788, this Georgian playhouse has been lovingly restored and looks rather resplendant.  It’s defintely a memorable (and unusual) wedding venue.  If you’re of a theatrical bent you can actually get married on stage, and even enhance your ceremony with a Steinway, nineteenth century scenery and a personalised sound and lighting plot (?!).  While guests sip champagne in the theatre bars, you can nip over to the very pretty Friary gardens for a wander around and some photos.


Conservatory set up for wedding ceremony

5. Crab & Lobster, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire – Classically elegant on the outside, mad as a box of hatters on the inside, this hotel and restaurant has 17 rooms each themed with a different exotic global travel destination (from the Taj Mahal Palace to Lake Coma via a Scandinavian pine cabin).  Sounds bizarre but actually very tastefully done and wrapped up in a beautiful 18th century Georgian manor.  Both the restaurant and hotel get rave Trip Advisor reviews, and the venue is licensed so you can get married in the gorgeous conservatory which has exposed brick walls and a vine strewn ceiling (plus the gardens are pretty amazing too).

Exterior of Woodthorpe Hall

6. Woodthorpe Hall, Dronfield (nr Sheffield) – I missed this venue when I was planning our wedding, but it might have been a close contender give that you can get married in the cider press!  This 17th century country house is set in 2.5 acres of beautiful gardens, and close to both Sheffield and the beautiful peak district, but for a cider lover the obvous USP is that if you choose to get married here, the ceremony takes place in the 19th Century cider press (which is apparently still in use – so it would be rude not to involve a cider tasting…).  There’s is also free space for camping and space for camper vans / caravans for guests which makes for handy (and cheap) accommodation .


Merchant Adventurers Hall

7. Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York – check out that roof!  This spectacular medieval guildhall is smack bang in the middle of York and is licensed for weddings and can cater for big or small groups.  It also has walled gardens which you can use in warmer months, or I quite like the idea of it for a winter wedding when they light a fire in the reception, and you can maybe serve up some mead to get in the medieval spirit…


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