As Manchester based wedding photographers we get to see some amazing venues throughout the country, Lancashire is absolutely no exception! In fact if you’re anywhere near Clitheroe you’ll be in some kind of golden triangle of amazing wedding venues! We’ve tried to organise the venues we’ve chosen into rough categories depending on the style of Lancashire wedding that you’re planning. With most of these venues, given that you’re in Lancashire’s amazing countryside, including the Ribble Valley, Trough of Bowland and the seaside too, you’ll be spoilt for choice with great landscapes as backdrops for your guests to be amazed by and fab scenery for photography too :) So long as that wet westerly wind isn’t too eager!!
Have a peruse through our Lancashire wedding photography gallery above for an idea of what we’ve got up to over the past few years at wedding around Lancashire. If you’re looking for city centre venues in Manchester then head over to our dedicated Manchester wedding venues page. For micro wedding ideas head over to our new micro weddings page.
Our pick of some of the best Lancashire wedding venues, including the most luxurious through to DIY venues. We’d love to see you there – Contact us here for your wedding photography in Lancashire :)
Lancashire Wedding Barns:
Rivington Hall Barn, old giant oak beams, gorgeous grounds, just a few miles north of Bolton. Clough Bottom – Out Barn, a unique elliptical barn, in the heart of the Ribble valley – a brilliant farm wedding venue with loads of great photo opportunites. The Well Being Farm§, between Darwen and Ramsbottom this farm offers a really great barn reception area and surrouding fields, not forgetting the llamas and donkeys, always up for a bit of photobombing! Bashall Barn, a venue with stunning views over the lush green valley as you take your vows in from too the huge windows. With lots of plans in the pipeline, this venue will just get better and better, and of course not forgetting the cows too! Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall, an old stone barn with oak beams yet a very contemporary feel set against the backdrop of the classic Browsholme Hall. Brockholes Nature reserve, a floating venue surrounded by acres of nature reserve with lakes and greenery all around – close to Preston, just off the M6 so your guests shouldn’t get lost! Meols Hall, close to Southport and the sea! Oak beams and plenty of rustic charm all set in a traditional cobbled courtyard, so great for all weathers too. For a choice of three real rustic barns how about Wyresdale Park, complete with amazing outdoor spaces too. This place looks just perfect to personalise for your day, just on the edge of the Forest of Bowland north of Preston.
For an alternative modern architectural barn in a stunning woodland setting why not try Greenacres weddings, Rainford site, based just outside St. Helens so very much south Lancashire (or Merseyside if you go off modern boundaries.) This place looks very different wth a contemporary feel amidst wildflower meadows and fabulous lush woodlands, nestled away to celebrate in your own private corner of Lancashire.
Looking for an outdoor Lancashire wedding venue – marquee, tipi, yurt venues and humanist outdoor ceremony options:
Marsh Farm Hall, self catering accommodation and a modern barn coupled with space for marquees or tipis, just north of Preston. Warren Farm – Formby§, an equestrian centre with lots of space and all the facilities you’d need for a DIY wedding and plenty of hotels and the seaside close by too. Stydd Gardens, has just popped up on our radar, another venue in the Ribble valley – think rustic outdoors wedding with loads of quirky details, vintage marquee, fresh English country flowers…just add the two of you and some sunshine! Why not pop in for a cake at Spring Gardens in Rivington, a great mix of woodlands and big open spaces (great for a marquee, stretch tent or tipi wedding reception) – a family run friendly Lancashire wedding reception venue that’s sure to get those DIY juices flowing..there’s even talk of deer in the woods too! If nothing tickles your fancy there’s lots of fields in Lancashire..so you could always try your luck with a local farmer ;)
Wyresdale Park is definitely worth a mention here too, with plenty of space at their venue for marquees/tipis for the full festival vibe to your day and lots of opportunity for guest camping (luxury style!) make a whole weekend of your wedding celebrations. For a classic marquee wedding weekend in the stunning Ribble Valley then you won’t go far wrong with this new venue at Gisburn Park Estate – along with the onsite luxury lodges you and your guests can take in this amazing setting all weekend long.
Hot of the press, The Tipi’s at Riley Green looks a great new addition to the line-up for Lancashire tipi wedding venues or that idyllic outdoor wedding ceremony. Sitting between Preston and Blackburn on the edge of the Leeds Liverpool canal perfect for that (not so) speedy get away for a chilled out canal boat honeymoon!! Another new one we’ve noticed is Simply Fields a stunning farm field site close to Burnley, with amazing views towards Pendle Hill. If you’re looking for that relaxed festival vibe for your wedding day then we’re pretty sure some of these options will tick your muddiest, welly wanging wedding dreams ;)
For a touch of history mixed with luxury a Lancashire Hall or stately home:
Browsholme Hall, the Ribble valley home of Mr & Mrs Parker, who open up part of their rather huge home for your wedding day, after your touch of history you can then party the night away in the tithe barn! Haworth Art Gallery, great for more intimate wedding ceremonies, near Accrington, ceremony & reception drinks only venue. Astley Hall, close to Chorley this Elizabethan Hall, has a number of option for weddings up to 70 guests, with space in the grounds for your evening reception too. Great Hall at Gawthorpe Hall, just north of Burnley another Elizabethan Hall, this time owned by the National Trust one of their many properties which are available for weddings. For a touch of tudor greatness in a cosy friendly venue there’s no better historic Lancashire wedding venue than Samlesbury Hall – we’ve shot two great autumn/winter weddings here and loved them both, perfect for dark and moody. Knowsley Hall close to Liverpool (within the oldy worldy historic county Lancashire) is a magnificent venue full of stately character with a grand entrance, plenty of historic rooms for your guests to explore and spill out into, take a nosey at our blog here :) Rossendales theatre and art gallery at The Whitaker, set amidst the greenery of the park this might be just what you’re looking for right on the doorstep of Rawtenstall.
A bit different, quirky, alternative Lancashire wedding venues:
Ellenroad Engine House§ (one of our fave places to visit) A really great volunteer run industrial heritage site, have your wedding breakfast admist the steam engines. Barlow Institute§, grab your bunting and DIY imagination to decorate this village hall style venue. Carnforth station§, step back in time into The Refreshment Rooms, as featured in the film a brief encounter or the equally historic heritage centre. East Lancs Railway§, a quirky venue for a railway themed wedding, eat on board one of their historic dining cars whilst being pulled by any number of engines. Ashton Memorial, a folly of epic proportions amidst the greenery of Williamson Park in the heart of Lancaster – take a sneak at our blog from Ashton Memorial and Leighton Hall. Wolfen Mill, great for smaller weddings with accommodation for everybody to enjoy a weekend with family and friends. The Platform – Morecambe§, a converted Edwardian train station with views over Morecambe bay, here you’ll get both the sea and a piece of history. An industrial mill, doesn’t get too much more Lancashire than that you may be able to hire this place Atlas Studios in Bolton, it’d require imagination and a lot of DIY but as a backdrop for your day this place would be a stunning reception space….How about a brewery in an old textile mill? If this tickles your fancy then check out Holmes Mill, think urban industrial…an old Victorian mill transformed and run by the James’ Places group, so they know a thing or two about weddings – we can’t wait to shoot here….
Hotel wedding venues in Lancashire:
Gibbon Bridge*, nestled in to the lush green landscape of the Forest of Bowland, escape to the country for your big day! The Villa Wrea Green, a cosy pub feel, oak beamed hall and modern marquee all combined in one location. Mitton Hall, one of Clitheroes many wedding gems, light bright wedding breakfast room coupled with dark rich moody historic central hall – gorgeous New Years Eve wedding here. Eaves Hall*, whatever the weather this is a fantastic wedding venue, again close to Clitheroe, great staff and a fantastic atmosphere. Bartle Hall Hotel*, close to Preston this Lancashire venue has a homely feel, with a modern evening reception area and a fab bath in the bridal suite! Stanley House, boutique styled hotel, with the added bonus of a spa too, just outside Blackburn. Ashfield House Hotel, newly refurbished Wigan hotel with a new lease of life, great décor and views out to the gardens. Midland Hotel – Morecambe art deco style – a seaside wedding, with more than a touch of art deco class and style :) Can’t decided between Lancashire and Yorkshire this country house hotel is right on the boundary Hipping Hall, is perfect for an intimate wedding (up to 40/80 daytime/evening guests) in a stunning countryside setting.
A relaxed Pub/restaurant wedding day:
The Inn at Whitewell, a little bit more than your average country pub, with stunning views and options for very size of wedding party from intimate gatherings to full on parties for everyone. Alma Inn, a Lancashire pub with real ales, rustic features alongside a great light filled garden room great for wedding ceremonies, close to Colne and Pendle.
A bit of kitsch Northern style:
Wedding chapel overlooking Blackpool Tower – almost Paris!!, make a statement in this modern iconic structure on Blackpool’s seafront. Blackpool Tower (you’ll need a head for heights!), glitz, glamour and pizazz the tower ballroom definitely has it all, it’ll be a party to remember. Blackpool Winter Gardens, halls of all proportions, theatre spaces to amaze – a click on this website will show you a myriad of Blackpools finest venues.
* outdoor ceremony option
§ no ceremony licence – reception venue only
Don’t forget there’s loads of village halls out there too, which with a bit of imagination and some DIY wedding magic can be transformed into your perfect venue :)
What would we look for in a wedding venue?
Primarily for it to fit the style of your wedding and the amount of DIY/personalisation that you have time to put into it, the more it gels with your day the better it will feel. Friendly helpful staff are always a god send too :) Photographically we like lots of space, this really helps if the weather is somewhat inclement – try and imagine your venue with all your guests inside, obviously most people hope for mingling outside and sunny days, but sometimes the sky just doesn’t deliver so its best if plan B is nearly as good as plan A :)
What else, well personally we like big landscapes, rich dark old buildings, sleek modern lines or grungy quirky industrial or loads of vintage shabby chic detail – so I guess we’re not too fussy really just a bit of drama :)
If you’re near the borders of Lancashire, you might also find our Cheshire Wedding Photography and Venues page useful, or looking for more of a city styled wedding try our Manchester Wedding photography page :) Further south towards the Midlands, we have our own journey to find a rustic outdoor wedding venue in Derbyshire and The Peak District. Can we mention Yorkshire too on a Lancashire page, please don’t start any wars though!!!
A few suppliers who may help your Lancashire wedding day go without a hitch :)
Kerry Baker MUA
L’Hairport by Duncan Fisher – Hair and Wedding Butler
Tom Harrington Films
Moviart Wedding Film
Fletcher and Foley Flowers
Teepee Tent Hire – we met Tom’s dad in their timber yard whilst he was making some of the most gorgeous rustic trestle tables :)
The Frostery Wedding cakes
Airy Fairy Cupcakes
Wedding Rings : Natalie Holt
The Versions – 5 piece covers band, with DJ option and classical pianist option too!
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