If you’re looking for the perfect Berkshire wedding venue then you’re in good company – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose the Berkshire town of Windsor for their regal nuptials in 2018. But you don’t need to have Royal connections to have a bit of grandeur at your wedding as the County offers plenty of options to suit all tastes. From stunning country houses to rustic bars and riverside marquees there’s something for everyone. We’ve had the pleasure of photographing weddings at some of Berkshire’s best wedding venues so we’ve put together this list as a guide for your own wedding planning.
Berkshire Wedding Venues Barns
Wasing Park is a beautiful Berkshire wedding barn venue set on the Wasing Estate near Reading. The Estate features lovingly restored farm buildings, and a 15th century Parish Church and is steeped in rustic charm. Wasing offers the choice of three ceremony spaces including indoor and outdoor options. When it comes to overnight accommodation Wasing really hits the jackpot, with a whole host of individually designed rooms in renovated farm buildings. Many feature stunning copper baths and dreamy King Size beds.
Lillibrooke Manor and Barns
Lillibrooke Manor in Maidenhead is a stunning Berkshire wedding barn venue. The wedding barn itself is a grade II listed building set on a picturesque country estate, surrounded by lush English countryside views to make the perfect backdrop for your wedding – and photography of course!
If you’re planning a large wedding then Lillibrooke is certainly worth considering as it boasts one of the largest grade II listed barns in the South of England and is able to host 170-220 people. But don’t worry, if you’re planning something a bit smaller there are 3 other equally stunning ceremony venues within the estate, the Engine House, the Small Barn and the Cloister Garden.
Stokes Farm Barn
If you’re looking for a touch of rustic charm then Stokes Farm Barn has all that and more. The Barn itself dates back to the Victorian era and has been renovated in recent years to transform it into a magical wedding venue. With high beams and floor to ceiling windows flooding the space with light, the venue has a lovely paved terrace for summer outdoor drinks receptions, lawns for garden games and offers 3 wedding packages to suit different budgets.
Ufton Court is an historic Tithe Barn and Grade 1 listed Manor House. Just a short drive from Reading, Ufton is set within 16 acres of beautiful grounds in the Berkshire countryside and conveniently close to the M3 and M4 (handy if you have guests travelling from further afield). Ufton offers a choice of 3 locations for your wedding, the Tithe Barn, Archer’s Hall, (perfect for smaller ceremonies of up to 80 people) and the Tudor Manor House (perfect for intimate ceremonies of up to 50 people).
Wedding Venues Berkshire
Recently seen gracing the pages of Vogue, Hedsor House is an award-winning wedding venue on the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire border. This luxury Georgian country house offers you exclusive use of the venue for your wedding. Hedsor ticks the boxes for everything you could want from a luxury wedding venue including manicured grounds, magnificent halls and it also boasts one of the largest and most luxurious bridal suites in Europe, complete with a private balcony terrace overlooking the grounds. Hedsor really does offer the height of luxury!
If you’re looking for maximum impact for your wedding then you can’t get much more impressive than Highclere Castle with its manicured lawns, sweeping driveway and 1,000 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown. Downtown Abbey fans will recognise Highclere as the ancestral home of the Crawley family.
On your wedding day you can make a real entrance as you descend the sweeping oak staircase and enter the breathtaking Saloon for your wedding ceremony. When it comes to entertaining your guests, perhaps you’ll opt for a champagne reception and traditional afternoon tea, or maybe a touch of fine-dining with a wedding banquet. The grounds of Highclere offer plenty of opportunities for your wedding photos, with follies and parkland set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside.
Wedding Venues Reading
The Old Rectory
This former rectory has been renovated to create an elegant space to host weddings of up to 140 guests. The venue is fully licenced for civil weddings, with seating for up to 78 guests. The venue’s setting is delightfully modern with a purpose-built Orangery set against the backdrop of the historic Rectory building. The private grounds offer the perfect setting for wedding photos, canapes and garden games. There’s also a selection of overnight accommodation options for you and your closest family and friends so you won’t have to wander far from the dancefloor to reach your bed.
If you’re looking for something a bit different from a rustic barn or country manor house for your wedding then perhaps a swanky boutique might take your fancy? The Elephant is a wedding venue with a difference and offers couples a more modern twist for their wedding nuptials, with quirky interiors, cosy lounges and a well-stocked bar with a huge selection of gins. Located in the riverside village of Pangbourne and just minutes from Reading. The Elephant can cater to weddings of up to 140 guests and offers both indoor and outdoor options, with a lovely garden ceremony space in a shade of the beautiful church of St James the Less.
We hope this guide has given you some ideas on the very best Berkshire Wedding Venues. If you’re planning your own Berkshire wedding and are looking for a photographer – do get in touch.