The South of England boasts some of the most stunning wedding venues in the country. As I’ve been lucky enough to have shot weddings at a lot of them I thought I’d put together this little guide featuring my favourites. I hope it will be helpful for anyone looking for wedding venue inspiration!

Small DIY Venues

Smaller venues like village halls often offer more options for couples wanting full creative control over their day. Most will allow you to decorate as little or as much as you like and make the venue your own. Some will even allow you to bring in outside caterers and your own alcohol.

Copsale Hall in West Sussex

Copsale Hall near Horsham in West Sussex is a really sweet little countryside venue with great outside space.  Camping is also permitted. I shot there for the first time for the wedding of Leah and Adam and really recommend it if you’re a creative couple planning a small wedding:

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Duncton Village Hall in West Sussex

Another smaller venue in Sussex, Duncton is a small village hall with plenty of scope for DIY weddings. If you’re looking for some inspiration then check out Charlie and James’ stunning wedding held at Duncton to see how to transform this quaint venue:

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Pangdean Barns in Sussex

Pangdean Barns offers a countryside venue just outside Brighton. Perfect if you’re planning to get married in the city centre but want a reception venue with more of a countryside feel.

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You can see more images of this venue from the following weddings:

Jacqueline & David

Kate & Lincoln

Emma & Dan

Bury Court

Bury Court offers a lovely characterful barn-like indoor space as well as a generous courtyard area for a drinks reception, or even outdoor dining if the weather is fine.

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You can see more images of this venue from the following weddings:

Victoria & Jon

Louise & Craig

Jo & Tom

 

Notley Abbey

Notley Abbey is a stunning venue in Buckinghamshire, which is licensed for civil marriages and partnerships. One of the highlights of Notley are the beautiful gardens where outdoor ceremonies can be held.

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You can see more images of this venue from the following weddings:

Ariadna & Matt

Nic & Will

 

Grittenham Barn

Grittenham is a lovely cosy venue which is full of Sussex Barn charm – there’s plenty of parking for guests and they even have a couple of beautiful resident donkeys called Ringo and Polly in the outside area at the back of the barn. Camping is also permitted.

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You can see more images of this venue from Heather & Tim‘s wedding.

Laughton Barns

Although the hire fees are a little on the pricey side, Laughton is another lovely Sussex venue full of charm and character. There’s also plenty of outdoor space for summer wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions.

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Buxted Park

A wonderful light and airy venue in the Sussex countryside with a fantastic outdoor space for summer wedding ceremonies.

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You can see more images of this venue from Dani & Mark’s wedding.

Big Impact Venues

 

The South boasts some incredible stately homes, many of which are licensed for marriages and civil partnerships. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with big impact then these are sure to offer the ‘wow’ factor.

Goodwood House

One of my favorite big impact venues in the South, Goodwood House near Chichester certainly makes an impression. A sweeping driveway and incredibly meticulous staff.

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You can see more images of this venue from the following weddings:
Katherine & Dominic
Rosie & Alistair

Hampton Court House

A private school by day, Hampton Court House is transformed into a luscious wedding venue at weekends and during holiday periods:

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You can see more images of this venue from the following wedding:
Emma & Matt
Kate & Chris

 

Hampton Court Palace

What can I say about Hampton Court Palace! It’s just as beautiful and regal as you’d imagine, with a variety of rooms within the palace where wedding ceremonies can be held. And it goes without saying that the gardens are totally stunning too.

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Nonsuch House

I shot at Nonsuch for the first time in 2014 for Hannah and Toms wedding and I was seriously impressed. As well as being a beautiful venue, the staff at Nonsuch were incredibly friendly, welcoming and a total pleasure to work with.

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You can see more images of this venue Hannah & Thomas’ wedding.

Somewhere a bit different…

Nymans Garden

This venue has been really popular with my clients in the last few years and it’s easy to see why. Ceremonies take place in the ground of Nymans in a stunning Loggia and rain or shine I’ve always found it to be a beautiful venue:

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You can see more images of this venue from the following weddings:

Leah & Adam’s 

Ivan & Gary

Sussex University meeting house

Venue’s don’t come more different than the Meeting House at the University of Sussex. Situated on the University’s campus, the Meeting House is a round building intricately decorated with multicoloured stained glass windowpanes, which project beautiful colours into the main hall of the venue.

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You can see more images of this venue from Jacqueline & David’s wedding.

Brighton College

Despite being close to the city centre in Kemp Town, Brighton College is a wonderfully tranquil venue. A school by day, at weekends it can be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue, set in well-kept grounds – always a bonus for wedding photography! You can see more images of this venue from Charlotte & Robin’s wedding.

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The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End

Tucked away in London’s Mile End Park is the Ecology Pavilion. Surrounded by reed beds and long grasses, the Eco Pavilion offers tranquility, beauty and a large blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish. An added bonus is that you’re allowed to bring in your own caterers. You can see more images of this venue from Yasmin & Alex’s wedding.

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