As Cheshire wedding photographers we are somewhat blessed with all the amazing wedding venues that Cheshire has to offer.
We’re historically based in the county of Cheshire, although now in this modern age we’re classed as part of Greater Manchester. I guess we’re both Manchester and Cheshire wedding photographers (there’s Lancashire too but that’s another story involving a river!) So within Cheshire there’s so much choice and so many brilliant locations for your wedding day that it’s difficult to know where to start! Maybe we’ll have a go at roughly categorising them depending on your style of wedding. Although most wedding venues can be tailored to suit your needs with a little imagination!
Our list is by no way exhaustive, mostly these are venues where we’ve enjoyed shooting weddings, will be doing soon or look a bit different. We’d love to photograph your wedding wherever you decide to tie the knot in Cheshire! So search no more use our ultimate guide for some of the best Cheshire wedding venues. Do have a flick through our gallery above too, which shows a small selection of our photos from various weddings around Cheshire :)
Looking for a rustic barn style wedding in Cheshire:
Sandhole Oak Barn, a purpose built oak beamed barn, close to Congleton with B&B on-site accommodation too. Owen House Wedding Barn, a truly rustic countryside venue in Mobberley, with an authentic farm feel, now with the added bonus of quirky on site accommodation too. From the same owners as Owen house new on the scene is Lady Grey Farm, with the same quirky feel – think industrial farm building with a touch of white wash. Hyde Bank Farm, hidden away just minutes from Romiley, this barn and grounds has a great cosy rustic feel, with great options for photography within the grounds and around and about too. Styal Lodge, a very wooden almost Scandinavian feeling lodge in the grounds of Styal golf club, built with the ultimate weddings in mind. Oak Tree of Peover (formerly Peover Golf club), a light and airy modern barn in a great setting in Lower Peover. CHET in Crosby is a hidden gem of a 16th century barn surrounded by green fields, perfect for a rustic vibe to your day. Only a stone’s throw from those eerie Anthony Gormley statues on Crosby beach if you fancy a iron statue gate crashing your wedding pics ;) Just south of Congleton you’ll find a gem of a rustic farm barn wedding venue in Alcumlow Barn, outdoor and indoor ceremony options. Fairy lights and rustic charm oozes out of this place! For a rustic barn set in preened gardens and even the option of an outdoor ceremony for those Cheshire summer wedding days try The Holford Estate, a secret hidden world just outside Knutsford. Again just a stones through from Knutsford on the Tatton Estate no less is Stock Farm, another amazing barn space surrounded by that Cheshire landscape. Oozing more rustic shabby chic charm is Hilltop Barn, situated just outside Poynton – stunning location definitely a rustic styled barn complete with bar and cosy fireplace. With the added bonus of camping on site too perfect for a weekend shared with family and friends, we love the look of this place.
For a touch of luxury and opulence a stately home perhaps! Classic and timeless Cheshire wedding venues.
Arley Hall, imposing red brick towering stately home set in acres of gorgeous gardens, with outdoor wedding ceremony options also a possibility for those barmy summer days. Willington Hall, a slightly smaller red brick glory with long ranging views over Cheshire, from manicured terraced lawns – again make the most of Cheshire’s sunny days with an outdoor ceremony possible. Tatton Hall, Knutsford’s crowning glory this huge stately home and parkland would definitely give a very opulent feel to your wedding day. Capesthorne Hall, an impressive sweeping drive reveals this magnificent hall, with gardens to match – we really could spend all day here. An outdoor wedding ceremony at Capesthorne on the blog here or this classic wedding day with an Egyptian twist :) Adlington Hall and Shooting Lodge, oak panelled rich interiors of the Great Hall, gardens, courtyards, impressive tudor frontage this Cheshire venue ticks all the boxes for a historic wedding venue. This little beauty just popped up on our radar too, check out Dorfold Hall near Nantwich. A Jacobean privately owned stately home, secretly tucked away in Cheshire’s rolling countryside – the perfect luxury wedding hideaway.
Woodland wedding venues in Cheshire:
So you’re dreaming of a wedding ceremony surrounded by trees trees and more trees, well Cheshire has a few options hidden away in awesome woodlands just for you to create the best woodland wedding ever. Delamere Forest, part of the forestry commissions selection of great forest venues – trees trees trees love it! More trees – another option is Cheshire Woodland Weddings at Blakemere Village, close to Northwich – looks amazing. With a woodland chapel and open sided barn for that outdoors-in feel to your day perfect for an English summer wedding! Fancy a do near the iconic Alderney Edge in the heart of Cheshire, with your catering already done and dusted too, then this amazing woodland enclave with tip set up looks just the job – check out Thyme Outside. A mixture of outdoors festival party and surrounding woodlands for that cosy ethereal feel then Parkgate Farm could be the place for you, with permanent tipi’s erected then that’s half the hassle all done for you.
We couldn’t miss this micro-wedding venue off the list of woodland wedding venues. The Love Shack, in Knutsford is the place to tie the knot if you’re looking for an intimate celebration. Perfect for an elopement with just the two of you or with some very close friends, all set up for weddings of two-six, maybe squeeze a couple more in if you’re lucky. Bu the woods and self-catering lodges are to die for.
If you willing to step just over the border into what was once Lancashire then you can’t go far wrong with this amazing modern contemporary ‘barn’ set amongst established woods and wildflower meadows on the outskirts of St. Helens is Greenacres weddings at Rainford.
A piece of Cheshire’s rich history:
Bramall Hall, Stockport’s hidden Tudor gem, great for smaller more intimate weddings. Peckforton Castle, a fairytale wedding venue amidst a dense woodland, it doesn’t get more cliché – Pixies in the Cellar wedding photography at Peckforton Castle blogged here! Crewe Hall, plenty of history at this imposing hotel, with plenty of rooms for guests to stay and dressed for Christmas this place is perfect for a winter wedding. Gawsworth Hall, just south of Macclesfield this Cheshire mansion house with Shakespearian links is great for intimate weddings indoors and larger parties in the gardens. There’s also a really gorgeous very English church next door too! Quarry Bank Mill, celebrate Cheshire’s industrial heritage, with this cotton mill at Styal as a fantastic backdrop for any photos or even to add authenticity to a steampunk themed wedding. Colshaw Hall is a very popular venue in Cheshire’s rolling countryside now joined by an adjacent luxury venue at Merrydale Manor, these two venues are both worth a nosey if modern luxury with a touch of the old classic architecture is your ideal wedding venue.
Searching for that alternative outdoor Cheshire wedding venue? Space for a tipi or marquee:
Chester lakes, a huge campsite with BBQ pods too – great for a tipi reception – just south of Chester. Heaton House Farm, not officially Cheshire but just sneaking over the border into Staffordshire this is a farm with style! With accommodation on site and the potential for camping too – great for any size wedding. Peak District Farm Weddings, for summer (May- September) weddings with rustic style this is the go to place in Cheshire. Just a few miles from Macclesfield with on site accommodation and stunning views from their wedding field. Again for May to September outdoor weddings take a look at this fantastic space near Congleton, The Farm – Festival wedding and events. Your own wedding festival field, to either do as you please DIY style or make the most of their tailored packages, including overnight glamping options too :) Duddon Mill Farm, a new venue for 2019 set close to Tarporley in stunning countryside, complete with apple orchards, barns, ponds, streams – sounds just perfect for that festival styled wedding party. In the heart of Cheshire on the outskirts of Knutsford you’ll find the farmhouse cottage of Pear Tree Farm with it’s licensed summer house and massive fields for a festival clamping wedding to remember this place offers something for both a teeny tiny wedding or that all out party with all your friends and family
Ness Botanic Gardens, close to both Chester and Ellesmere port with 64 acres of gardens, outdoor ceremony options or a very light almost outside conservatory for the winter months. Abbeywood Estate, surrounded by Delamere Forest on one side and awe inspiring gardens on the other you wont be short of a green view here! Great friendly staff and an almost homely feel. Glasshouse at Combermere, boasting the worlds only fruit tree maze, if that’s your thing! A magnificent glasshouse venue set within walled gardens on the borders of Cheshire and Shropshire. For winter weddings (Jan 2016 onwards) there’s the rich and sumptuous library followed by partying in the glasshouse. If lush greenery is your thing you couldn’t go far wrong with a garden nursery wedding at Stonyford Cottage Gardens, teamed with a marquee of your choice this almost tropical paradise would befit any wedding celebration. Go have a nosey, based in Cuddington close to Northwich and they have a yummy tea room too, worth a trip out for a piece of cake! Just a few miles from Chester city centre is the rustic idyll of Kingsacre Cupcakes. Rustic bar, marquee and camping caravan facilities, make a weekend of it at this pretty perfect looking rustic Cheshire wedding venue. Or on the Wirral, then try Church Farm, with a special new ‘shed’ for your ceremony and so much space to do with as you will (well almost!)
If you’re closer to Manchester than the thick of Cheshire then perhaps hunt out Whitebottom Farm near Etherow Country Park, not afraid of hosting big festivals with the Blackthorn Festival held there very year, not sure of their contact details maybe take a wander down there. There’s a few blogs online of other weddings at Whitebottom Farm to give you a taster of it’s gorgeous surrounding and barn buildings – it does look the perfect mix of countryside, barn & DIY wedding greatness. Another one a stones throw from Manchester is the Roman Lakes, in Marple – space for a tipi, lake, rustic buildings, quirky tearooms ticks all the boxes and not too far from Pixie HQ either ;) A new venue for 2021 is Parkgate Farm an outdoor venue with tipi’s permanently set up for your reception and party, so no need to hire in extras. Also has a licensed ceremony area and purpose built rustic bar, just add guests, sunshine and the two of you. Looks worth a nosey and situated just outside Stockport, towards Hazel Grove/Higher Poynton. Also just spotted whilst my usual quest for quirky airbnb’s, take a look at Higher Kinderfields Farm just on the outskirts of Macclesfield, great travel links close by with sheep and green fields galore. Grab your friends, a few tents and you know the score a tipi or stretch tent for the partying and the rest as they say is history ;) Fancy a big field for your shindig a stones throw (if you’re a giant ;) ) from Knutsford, Holmes Chapel and Northwich then try this huge space at Penney Fields just add the necessary canvas and festoon lights.
Searching for a completely DIY wedding location in Cheshire?
Hilltop Farm Weddings, ‘The Wedding Meadow’ on a working family farm in Woodford, a true blank canvas for your DIY Cheshire wedding. Cherry Orchard Lakes, a lakeside venue close to Delamere. Buddileigh Farm Wedding, on the Staffordshire Cheshire border, a marquee venue with some self catering accommodation on site also. Church Farm, with views over North Wales and the River Dee, another blank canvas venue for your rustic wedding imagination to go wild! For inspiration of a city centre wedding and farm DIY wedding reception combo then check out this amazing wedding day on our blog from 2017. Another farm in the Congleton area worth a visit is the imaginatively named The Farm, with complete balnk canvas options or use their marquee or tipis or we do love the South African style stretch sailcloth tent. Greenheyes Farm near Middlewich is a working farm with rustic vibe a plenty, drop them a line to see what’s what, not too much info online….
Classic hotel Cheshire weddings:
Mottram Hall, set at the end of a long tree lined drive in the heart of Cheshire, ticking all the boxes for a classic Cheshire wedding. Shrigley Hall, perched above the village of Pott Shrigley this hotel has a multitude of different rooms to choose from to customise your perfect wedding day. Mere Court Hotel, a smaller hotel with a homely feel, combining a dark moody ceremony room with a great light bright reception room over looking a small lake. Rowton Hall Hotel, just outside Chester this hotel and spa has a cosy feel, with plenty of grounds to explore, including their kitchen garden. Hillbark Hotel, situated on the Wirral this hotel is quite a Tudor surprise as you approach down the lush green driveway, a great mix of the old alongside a modern marquee for your evening party.
Smaller hotel country house Cheshire wedding venues:
Mere Court Hotel, (also above) Alderley Edge Hotel, just minutes from Alderley Edge village, ideal for popping to The Edge for views over Cheshire or simply enjoy the hotels bijou gardens. Hilltop Country House, a Cheshire wedding idyll minutes from Prestbury, manicured yet natural feeling gardens and even a boogie room make this a very well thought out wedding venue especially for those long summer nights. Delamere Manor, with a choice of eight different indoor or outdoor spaces for your wedding ceremony, from rustic to classic, this Cheshire venue can really be tailored to any style of wedding. A venue for Take That or Gary Barlow fans as it was his former home!
Cheshire’s many boutique hotels and outstanding restaurants for an intimate wedding day:
Bells of Peover, a classic historic country pub feel perfectly placed for the church next door too and with plenty of garden space if you need to expand out into a tipi or marquee. The Plough Inn, perfect for an intimate Cheshire wedding admist oak beams galore! Oddfellows is Chester’s funkiest coolest boutique hotel style and bags of character in their playful colourful decor. A welcome new player to the Cheshire/Manchester scene is Oddfellows in the Park, a stunning building situated in the gorgeous Bruntwood Park in Cheadle. Sister to Chester’s established venue, this is set to be a popular venue for sure!
Clonter Opera Theatre, a theatre in the middle of green fields and countryside, not what you’d expect! So you get the best of both worlds quirky theatre environment but plenty of outdoor space and greenery too. For a more urban vibe try the classic Art Deco styled Stockport Plaza. With your name in lights at the theatre entrance and cinema ticket keepsakes for your guest, it’ll definitely be a wedding to remember.
Cheshire wedding venues with the animals:
Chester Zoo, a wedding to remember, includes access to the zoo or perhaps an evening safari. With Oakfield Manor providing a countryhouse setting too, best of both worlds! Chester Racecourse, (but I guess whilst you’re having your wedding there won’t be too many horses there!!) Start your day in the newly refurbished ceremony room and move on through the racecourse for a stylish reception amidst the racecourse grounds, with Champagne and Pimms of course!
And well once you’ve decided on your Cheshire wedding venue, you know where to look for great Cheshire Wedding Photographers!! Check our availability… :)
Photographically each of these Cheshire wedding venues offers something different and the character of the venue you choose will definitely come through in the essence of your photography. This is something to bear in mind when planning where to hold your wedding….city chic styling clean lines and tuxedos may not necessarily fit in with a woodland wedding!!! but maybe that’s the juxtaposition you’re looking for :)
Another point to consider when looking into venues is the options for photography both inside and out – we do have a lot of white umbrellas though! We’re more than happy outside, in most weathers (we may pass on a monsoon…but then again if you guys are out there then what amazing pics they’d be!) but if you’d like some family group shots, then perhaps everyone won’t be so keep on braving all weathers. The best spaces inside would be an adjoining separate room to your reception drinks or a corner of your reception room (if it’s very big, as the room will be full of all your guests if the weather isn’t great).
What do we specifically love about being Cheshire wedding photographers? Well for starters it’s quite close to home! No but really it’s the big landscapes, with gentle undulating hills a typical Cheshire scene – we can’t take landscape images anymore without a bride and groom in, they’re just not complete without you! Ha ha ha! Really there’s such a mix as you can see above from the old and stately to the new quirky and sometimes muddy :) Like it says on our home page – variety is the spice of life. As well as all that then there’s you and your wedding guests, as Cheshire is sandwiched between two huge cities of Manchester and Liverpool, there’s a lot of different characters with Cheshire as their playground along with all of you real Cheshire folk who live in the gorgeous countryside!
Looking further afield, not only are we Cheshire wedding photographers but cover the whole of the UK :) Try our Manchester Weddings page for city centre venues or perhaps you want bigger hills, have a nosey at our Lancashire Weddings page or maybe you fancy some rusticness in Derbyshire or over the hills to the sunnier side of Britain in Yorkshire :)
Just for completeness, here’s a quick link to a list of village halls for hire in Cheshire, which may just suit your wedding day perfectly with a bit of imagination and some quirky decoration! or try here for venue spaces by the The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
Other wedding suppliers in Cheshire that we have worked with and would recommend to complete your perfect Cheshire Wedding day :)
MUA: Clare Ardern MUA
Film: Tom at Tom Harrington Films, Josie & Ian at Big Bear Wedding Films
Floral greatness: Kelly Louise Floral Artistry, Joanne at Fletcher and Foley, Red Floral Architecture
Wedding Rings: Natalie Holt
Tipi hire: All About ME marquees & events
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