It's that time of year again! The skies are blue, flowers are blooming, and venues across the country are dusting off their finest crystal. It must be wedding season!

With 73% of UK weddings taking place during the warmer and drier months, it's safe to say that summer venues are on the radar of any happy couple. No doubt you will be weighing up your options: buffet or catered? Indoors or outdoors? There are no wrong answers when planning a wedding - the right thing to do is the right thing for you! But there's no harm in doing some research to scope out what's on the market.

Whether you’re looking for your own dream venue or helping someone else find theirs, Hire Space's list of 9 Dreamy UK Wedding Venues means you’re sure to secure a picture-perfect spot.

{10-11} Carlton House Terrace

As one of the most fashionable postcodes in London, {10-11} Carlton House Terrace is a must-have on the list of anybody considering a London-based wedding.

{10-11} refers to Carlton House Terrace's twin townhouses which, as they are perfectly situated between the Mall and St James' Park, exude classy London vibes. The whole venue is on offer for exclusive hire, which is plenty of space for a large wedding party! If two whole townhouses is a bit too much space, {10-11} Carlton House Terrace has 10 rooms to cater to all aspects of any wedding.

If you're planning small but don't want to go the registry office route, the Wolfson Room is an idyllic suite perfect for an intimate gathering. Not only does this room seat up to 120, hiring the Wolfson Room also comes with the Gallery for a drinks reception. Alternatively, try the ever-popular Council Room. This beautiful classically decorated space is frequently used for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but can be used for wedding breakfasts too!

Capacity: Up to 200 guests

Location: St James'

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Wedding set up at Carlton House Terrace
Wolfson Room at {10-11} Carlton House Terrace

RSA House

If you're looking for a venue with versatility, RSA House has it in spades. Whether you are looking for a traditional or modern space, you'll find it here.

Fans of Georgian London's romantic charm will be bowled over by spaces such as The Great Room and The Benjamin Franklin Room. Both rooms boast traditional Georgian decoration and architecture, with muted palettes to suit any wedding's theme. The Great Room is especially awe-inspiring, as its original James Berry Mural is the perfect accompaniment to any formal wedding breakfast.

Couples with urban settings in mind will not want to skip The Vaults at RSA House. These restored river-front warehouses create a spectacular exposed-brick backdrop for ceremonies and intimate receptions. The Vaults look particularly stunning when lit up by RSA House's expert in-house AV technicians.

As RSA House has multiple awards to its name, including its status as a finalist for the UK Wedding Awards, you'll know that your wedding will be in safe hands.

Capacity: Up to 220 guests

Location: Charing Cross

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The Great Room dining set up
The Great Room at RSA House

St Mary's Venue

The Auditorium at St Mary's Venue is another Georgian wonder that will wow wedding guests. This grade 1 listed location is as beautiful as it is historical.

Following its £3.7m renovation, St Mary's Venue now offers over 780 square metres of open space, adding to its versatility. Its size makes it perfect for larger wedding parties, as it can host up to 700 guests! The spacious auditorium and access to the Lower Floor makes St Mary's Venue flexible enough to handle all aspects of your big day.

St Mary's Venue also has all the modern necessities a wedding needs for ultimate wow-factor: the site's very own commercial kitchen makes catering large weddings a breeze, and the venue is stunning when lit by its in-house AV system.

Not only is it gorgeous, but St Mary's Venue is also in Zone 1 - which means excellent transport links for your guests! What's not to love?

Capacity: Up to 700 guests

Location: Marylebone

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Walking up to St Mary's Venue
St Mary's Venue in Marylebone

Birch

Situated just an hour outside London, Birch is the picturesque countryside wedding venue of dreams.

Boasting several elegant spaces for a ceremony and reception, as well as endless stunning backdrops for those all-important photographs, this venue is an idyllic setting for a boho wedding. Picture a laid-back dinner in the Evelyn room, evening drinks on the terrace, and dancing in the stunning Lang hall.

Better yet, this beautiful, red-brick Georgian mansion is more than just a pretty face! Alongside housing grounds fit for a period romance, Birch also hosts a working farm which provides fresh ingredients for on-site meals. For the ultimate country charm, farmer Tom can even take your guests on a tour!

This is a venue with wedding weekends in mind, as it has 141 rooms available for guests to stay in. As Birch can host bespoke workshops, pottery classes, yoga sessions, and other activities for your guests, there’s plenty going on to keep everyone entertained over a magical weekend.

Capacity: Up to 160 guests

Location: Waltham Cross

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Front view of Evelyn at Birch
The front of Evelyn at Birch

Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace is another venue steeped in historic charm - ideal for a dreamy English wedding. Here you won't need to sacrifice transport links for a country aesthetic, as the Palace's Thames-side location is within easy reach.

This picturesque red-brick country house is perfectly suited to both large indoor and outdoor weddings. Couples hosting their vows indoors have the choice of four dedicated function rooms, all perfectly representing the site's over 1000 year-old history. Planning something more intimate, or a vow renewal? The palace's very own chapel is an idyllic setting for smaller events.

A large draw of Fulham Palace is its gorgeous garden. A major bonus of this outdoors space is its walled-in privacy, meaning that you don't need to worry about the prying eyes of nosy neighbours. The garden is a luxurious open space perfect for hosting an outdoors drinks reception, with the option of cozy seating under the garden's marquees. Not only will your guests adore the outdoor space - your photographer will love the floral photo-ops too!

Why not take advantage of Fulham Palace's bespoke wedding service and skip the typical package wedding? There's everything to gain!

Capacity: Up to 500 guests

Location: Fulham

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Fulham Palace garden set up
The Walled Garden at Fulham Palace

Somerset House

As a former royal abode, Somerset House is one of the most versatile venues around. This city central palace offers a dozen elegant event spaces to accommodate any size of wedding party.

From intimate celebrations with 10 people, to extravagant parties for 1500, you're sure to find the perfect spot for your special day here. If London's rich history has you inspired, try Lightwells and Deadhouse for an exposed-brick Victoriana vibe. Alternatively, check out The Embankment Gallery for a unique and atmospheric subterranean setting.

If something light and breezy is more your style, The Seaman’s Hall's large windows and classy style will wow your guests. Fancy some fresh air? The Hall has plenty of outside space to spill into. You'll have access to a sunny river terrace which can fit 500 guests - perfect for summer!

As the largest working arts space in the UK, this venue has creativity built into its foundations. Whatever your creative vision for the space is, the team at Somerset House will make your vision a reality.

Capacity: Up to 1500 guests

Location: The Strand

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Embankment Gallery dining set up
The Embankment Gallery at Somerset House

The Queen's House

If you're looking for something one step away from Buckingham Palace, this is it. As a former palace, the iconic Queen’s House fits the bill perfectly. It boasts not only a royal title, but beautifully ornate rooms and breath-taking vistas across Greenwich Royal Park.

Make your big day unforgettable with a ceremony and reception in the Great Hall, complete with its original marble floor, brilliant views towards the Thames, and high gilded ceilings - truly a backdrop fit for a queen! Intimate ceremonies won't miss out on this marvellous space, as the Orangery and South Parlours offer an elegant and intimate setting which opens on to house's pristine South Lawns for drinks and canapés.

Did we mention that this venue is home to the Tulip Staircase, the most photogenic stairway in existence? Or, that your ceremony will be surrounded by some of the most famous paintings of any British collection?

There’s a wealth of beautiful backdrops to discover at this sovereign-standard venue, and we’re confident that you and your guests will be royally delighted with it!

Capacity: Up to 120 guests

Location: Greenwich

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Wedding at The Queen's House
The Great Hall at The Queen's House

Searcys at The Gherkin

For couples looking for something a little bit different (but equally dreamy), Searcys at The Gherkin might just be the venue for you.

Pairing classy and modern aesthetics with high-end design, you'll wow your guests with an unusually contemporary wedding locale. Treat your guests to vintage wines paired with a gorgeous 360 panoramic view of London's iconic skyline. You'll adore Searcys' modern menu, which will be all the more special for dining in one of London's most famous landmarks.

However, Searcys at The Gherkin is more than a destination wedding venue for gourmet gurus and budding sommeliers. Exclusive hire of the Gherkin's Helix and Iris makes for a stunning and unique backdrop for the most memorable of weddings. What guest is going to forget a ceremony set to London's remarkable sunset skyline?

For dancing, dinner, and drinks with a view, Searcys at The Gherkin is the perfect spot. Oh, and it goes without saying that your guests will have no excuse for running late - the Gherkin is fabulously well connected.

Capacity: Up to 260 people

Location: Central London

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Dining set up at Searcys at The Gherkin
The top of Searcys at The Gherkin

Nonsuch Mansion

Wedded to the idea of an English manor-house wedding? Our final entry is perfect for you. Nonsuch Mansion is a country escape in idyllic Surrey - only a short train journey away from London!

Nonsuch Mansion's sprawling 300 acres of land will whisk your guests away into a luscious dreamland. The mansion's aptly named Orchid Room is the stuff dreams are made of. Wide bay windows open up onto the mansion's formal gardens, which is the perfect backdrop to any ceremony or wedding breakfast. This room is where most ceremonies are held, so rest assured that you'll be in Nonsuch Mansion's expert hands.

With a wealth of history and the charm of a country tea-room, your wedding breakfast's setting will be as excellent as the menu. The mansion is owned by Bovingdon's Catering, so your guests will be dining on meals crafted by Michelin-trained chefs.

If you are hunting for a country venue that's just as classy as you, Nonsuch Mansion is your perfect match.

Capacity: Up to 200 guests

Location: Cheam

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View of Nonsuch Mansion
Nonsuch Mansion, in Nonsuch Park

You've made the Pinterest boards and set the date, now it's time to book your perfect venue! We know that so many people dream of their perfect wedding day, and here at Hire Space we are determined to help you make that happen. If you've spotted a venue in this list that you'd like to know more about, or want some more inspiration, don't hesitate to contact our venue experts or submit an enquiry below.

 

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