Bristol Wedding Venue Guide
Over the last 17 years, I have photographed many weddings in the Bristol area and across the South West. This is my Bristol wedding venue guide. Over the next few months, I will be writing about a lot more wedding venues in the Bristol area. If the wedding venue you are interested in is not here, let me know via the contact me page. I can then update this guide with your wedding venue. Click here to go back to home page.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Rookery Manor
Another wonderful wedding venue in the Bristol area to consider is Rookery Manor. With its stunning gardens, helpful staff and great accommodation, you are sure to fall in love with this wedding venue. I have photographed there many times over the years and have always left wanting to go back for some more. The gardens do not have a blade of grass out of place and the large pond, as well as the manor house, makes for a spectacular backdrop for your wedding photographs. With lots of accommodation onsite, you and your guests can party on late into the night.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Thornbury Castle
I am often asked by couples who are yet to set the date of their wedding if I have a favourite Bristol venue. This is such a difficult question to answer. I could never narrow it down to just one Bristol wedding venue, but I will start a list of some of my favourites.
So let’s make a start with Thornbury Castle, which is just north of Bristol. It’s a venue with character that really lends itself to wedding photography. The grounds are beautiful all year round and make a magical backdrop. Internally it is just as dramatic with its twisting spiral staircases and Tudor windows. If you want history, this is the place for you with a connection with a number of our Royals, the most famous of which have to be Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn who stayed at the castle. In fact, you can even stay in the very same bedroom as the Royal couple! So if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Bristol area, take a look at Thornbury Castle.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – The Grange Hotel
The Mercure Bristol North the Grange Hotel, to give it its full name, is a wedding venue on the edge of north Bristol. A large hotel with lots of character makes it a great choice at which to hold your wedding. There’s lots of room, both inside and out, so no matter what time of year you decide to get married, you’ll be sure to have a great time.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Wick Farm
Wick Farm isn’t far from Bristol, just south of the Roman city of Bath. The main barn has been tastefully transformed into a wonderful place at which to hold your wedding. The venue also has some lovely outbuildings which are always great to use in my wedding photography. I love venues that give me, as a wedding photographer, options and variety in places to take my photographs. Wick Farm certainly delivers and is a joy to photograph at.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Tracey Park
Tracey Park dates back to the 16th century and is so much more than just a golf course. It’s a great building for a wedding with lots of lovely stone cottages within a few short yards of the main venue. Within easy reach of Bristol, if you decide to go with this wedding venue, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Tortworth Court
Tortworth Court is a very well-known wedding venue in the Bristol area. It has recently been taken over by the De Vere hotel group, a name that goes hand-in-hand with quality. Since taking over, they have spent some money adding some very nice touches to the hotel, both inside and around the grounds. There are a number of rooms in which you can get married, including a wonderful orangery that makes a spectacular setting for any wedding. This can be seen in this montage in the photograph in the middle at the bottom.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Stonehouse Court Hotel
Yet another great venue for you to consider just a little way north of Bristol is Stonehouse Court Hotel. As you can see, it’s a great venue at which to have your wedding. The main hotel, finished in Cotswold stone, is just delightful and the grounds are a joy to take photographs in. It also has some lovely areas inside if the weather is not so nice. As you can see in this montage, it also has a beautiful stone built gazebo if you fancy getting married outside.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – St-Pierre
St. Pierre is within sight of the Severn Bridge. This wonderful venue is part of the Marriott chain ensuring you get the quality you undoubtedly want from your wedding day. The front of the hotel is almost castle-like in appearance making for a fantastic backdrop for some of your wedding photographs. The hotel has a very big room for your reception as well as smaller ones for the more intimate wedding. As you can see, if you are lucky, there is the opportunity for great sunset photographs on the edge of the golf course.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – St Audries Park
This is another spectacular wedding venue that I have included despite it being outside of Bristol. It makes my list as most of the couples I photograph here come from Bristol. St Audries Park is a spectacular wedding venue south of Bristol in Somerset. As you can see from these photographs, the venue is made up of a manor house which over the years has had many uses, along with the beautiful orangery. The grounds are equally spectacular giving you the complete package for your wedding venue.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – The Roman Baths
Now this next venue is not in Bristol but next-door in Bath. I have included this in this Bristol wedding guide as so many couples that I photograph here come from Bristol. So, if you haven’t yet guessed it, this is the Roman Baths, a truly spectacular wedding venue as you can see from these wedding photographs. As well as the baths, they also have both large and small rooms for your reception. So, if you want to “wow” your guests, then this is one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – St Mary Redcliffe
If you want to get married in the tallest church in Bristol then this is it. St Mary Redcliffe is an amazing church more akin to a cathedral. Not only is it stunning on the inside, it also has lots of open spaces in which to have your wedding photographs. Once you are married, you can then head off to one of Bristol’s top wedding venues, many of which you will find in this guide.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Old Down Manor
If you are having a big wedding and are looking to have your wedding in Bristol then I would recommend looking at Old Down Manor. They can seat 150 for your meal meaning they can cater for most weddings. Don’t be put off if you are having a smaller wedding as they also have two smaller rooms with stunning views for you to use. I first went to this venue many years ago before it even held weddings. Wow, how it has changed beyond recognition since then. They have spent millions on transforming this wonderful old building into a top wedding venue for Bristol. A great wedding venue in the sun, wind or rain as it’s so lovely inside and out with plenty of room inside if the weather is not so kind. A simply stunning wedding venue.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Orchardleigh
Orchardleigh is a very large mansion house a few miles south of Bristol near to Frome. It’s a venue that has everything you could possibly need for your wedding. They even have their own church within the grounds for you to get married in. It’s one of those venues where it does not matter what the English weather throws at us because it’s just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I have spent many a cold winter’s day photographing weddings at this great venue with the open log fires to keep me warm. With it being just outside of Bristol, it may not be a venue that you have considered but it you are looking for a grand venue then I would suggest adding it to your list to look at.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Priston Mill, The Barn
One of Bristol’s best-known venues is Priston Mill. They have two wedding venues side-by-side for you to choose from. The first I am showing you is the Barn, a fantastic wedding venue that I have been working at for many, many years. It has changed a little from when I first started working there with more room being made available inside for you and your guests. As an added bonus, it also means there is a lot more room inside if it’s cold or the weather is not so nice outside. As a wedding photographer, I always look at wedding venues from a photographer’s viewpoint. Does the venue have nice grounds? What if it rains? Is there room inside for photographs? Well, it’s a yes, yes and yes for this wonderful barn. The montage I have decided to show you below is from a winter wedding where most of the photographs were taken inside, including the large group one. As you can see, this worked perfectly, taken from up high to ensure we can see all the wedding guests.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Priston Mill, The Mill
The second wedding venue to show you at Priston is the Mill itself. A wonderful wedding venue just south of Bristol that’s full of character and charm. The gardens are a wonderful place in which to celebrate your wedding and if you are lucky with the weather, you can even get married outside. The Mill is split over three different levels and is full to the brim with history of this wonderful old mill. The water wheel can still be seen working on the middle level and, along with the stonework and exposed beams, makes for a great place chat with your guests whilst enjoying your big day. The staff, as you would expect from one of Bristol’s top venues, are professional and friendly from the moment you arrive until you are partying long and hard into the night on the dance floor.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Kingscote Barn
If you are looking to hold you wedding at a barn conversion then Kingscote is one to look at. As well as the barn, they also have some wonderful accommodation for you to stay in. Situated just north of Bristol, the barn looks out on a stunning views of rolling Cotswold countryside. The main barn has lots of wonderful natural light streaming in through some large windows making taking photographs of your wedding nice and easy. So, if you like barn conversions and don’t mind travelling just a few miles from Bristol, I would highly recommend you take a look at Kingscote Barn.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Leigh Park Hotel
Leigh Park Hotel is just south of Bristol near to Bradford-Upon-Avon. A wonderful Grade II listed building, the Georgian Country House is now part of the Best Western Hotel chain. The staff are always wonderful when I visit this great venue making sure all the weddings guests are looked after during the day. The hotel has lots of rooms so all of your friends and family can party long into the night without worrying about how to get home. I love the staircase that you can see in this montage as it makes a wonderful backdrop for a wedding photograph. Yet another wedding venue to put on your list to look at.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Mansion House Bristol
One of Bristol’s best-kept secrets is the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol, set in the heart of Clifton. The Mansion House integrates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era with the luxury, style and service you would expect from one of Bristol’s most prestigious addresses. I have photographed a number of events at this great venue, both wedding and corporate. It’s a wonderful venue at which to hold your wedding with great rooms inside and immaculate gardens outside for you and yours guests to enjoy. This may not be a venue you have heard of but it sure should be one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Kendleshire Golf Club
On the northern edge of Bristol you will find the Kendleshire Golf Club. Now, a golf club may not be your first thought when looking for a wedding venue but, as you can see, the Kendleshire has some stunning grounds to enjoy your wedding day in. Often after the meal the golf club will provide a large golf buggy and a driver from the pro shop to take us around the grounds. The driver knows all the great spots and he will make sure we stay out of the way of the players still out on the course. The Kendleshire Golf Club is one to check out
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Hotel Du Vin
Right in the heart of Bristol, you will find the Hotel Du Vin, a wedding venue with no gardens or grounds but with so much to offer. The inside is a maze of rooms, many of which I can use for my wedding photography. As you can see from this montage, there is also a courtyard with beautiful lights to use day and night. So, if a stylish boutique-style hotel is top on your list and you want to marry in the centre of Bristol then the Hotel Du Vin is one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Hare and Hounds
The Hare and Hounds is another venue a couple miles north of Bristol. It’s a venue with some fond memories for me as I have photographed some amazing weddings at this great hotel. If you are looking for a Bristol wedding venue that has it all then you should consider the Hare and Hounds. As you can see, the hotel is beautiful with great character and grounds to match. The room you get married in is stunning, which is matched by another large room for your reception. As you would expect from a hotel, it has lots of rooms for your wedding guests both in the hotel and in some wonderful cottages within the grounds.