North East Wedding Photographer
The North East of England is a large and varied region. From the beautiful coastline of Northumberland to historic County Durham the North East is a fantastic backdrop for photography. There are many stunning wedding venues ranging from castles (few better than Durham Castle) through to converted barns (like Healey Barn).
As a North East Photographer, I am fortunate to have worked at many locations across the region. I specialise in on location work which includes weddings, portraits and events. That means a lot of variety in my day to day job as a professional photographer. There are always new places to work in of course and it’s great to be asked to cover a wedding or event at a new location. I always like to check out each venue beforehand as I find it’s a good way to get a feel for the best spots for photo opportunities – and also to plan out what happens if it rains (which it often does in the North East!).
If you are looking for a North East Wedding Photographer then please get in touch.
As You Like It
“Cool, quirky, and one of a kind.” As You Like It offers weddings of all sizes and tastes. Their private function room, Frangipani, is a separate space for you and your guests on your big day. It has its own secret garden, a private bar, bathroom, and waiting staff to look after you come day or night. Frangipani accommodates up to 200 guests if you opt for a buffet, or 120 guests at a more formal, seated event. Should the weather be kind, guests can also make use of The Terrace. As You Like It does not have accommodation on site but there is plenty nearby. They also have a license to serve alcohol until 2am so your party can go on until the early hours of the morning, should you wish.
The Grand Hotel
Once built for the Duchess of Northumberland in 1872, the Grand Hotel offers idyllic seaside views over the award-winning Longsands Beach. There are plenty of photographic opportunities nearby too as The Grand Hotel is close to Tynemouth Priory and St Mary’s Lighthouse. Perfect for those iconic shots of Northumberland’s beautiful coastline. The local registrar can perform your dreamy civil ceremony in one of two rooms: The Pearl Room (suited for up to 100 guests at the ceremony and up to 60 for a wedding breakfast) or The Orchid Suite (suited for up to 150 guests). Brides can also choose from three elegant bridal suites, complete with jacuzzi baths and steeped in history. Other guests can stay in one of the 46 bedrooms on offer on-site.
National Glass Centre
With a unique glass roof and contemporary art galleries, the National Glass Centre, located on the banks of the River Wear near to Sunderland, offers a number of unique photo opportunities. The Centre is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 120 guests in its Riverside Room. Alternatively, for a more intimate affair, The Pod overlooks both the Glass Yard and the River Wear, accommodating up to 50 guests for the ceremony and up to 30 for your wedding breakfast. Finally, the Glass Centre’s Glass Yard offers a wider panoramic view of the riverfront and, equipped with a built-in bar, is the perfect space for an evening reception to dance the night away with up to 150 of your nearest and dearest family and friends.
Newcastle United Football Club Ltd
Are you or your partner the biggest Newcastle United fans to ever walk the earth? Why not show your commitment to your team by holding your big day at St James’ Park! You can even add a tour of the grounds as a special treat for your guests. The stadium caters for both intimate gatherings (in the Joe Harvey suite) and some of the largest in the whole of North East. The Bamburg Suite, for example, seats up to 1,000 people for dinner! No more bickering over who can fit if you choose to hold your wedding here.
The Biscuit Factory
The Biscuit Factory, located in Newcastle’s cultural quarter is the ideal wedding venue for couples seeking a unique, creative, and stylish backdrop for their big day. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft, and design gallery. Within the building, couples can choose to exchange their vows in either the gallery or their function suite (The Biscuit Room). This venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies with up to 120 guests but can cater for up to 250 guests at a wedding breakfast or evening reception.
Dating back to 1080, Newcastle Castle is a medieval fortification that steered the course of history for centuries to come. The venue consists of two main structures – the Castle Keep, a fortified stone tower, and Black Gate, a fortified gatehouse. In the Castle Keep, you will find the intimate Garrison Room, ideal for drinks receptions, and the Great Hall, suitable for up to 70 guests for a drink’s reception or buffet. Meanwhile, in the Black Gate, you can find the Harbottle Suite, with a maximum capacity of 60 guests. Please note, the maximum capacity in attendance for a civil ceremony is capped at 60 guests.
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene House is a luxury hotel situated fifteen minutes from the centre of Newcastle. It has 5 different venues to choose from within its grounds. Most striking of all is The Great Hall. Embellished with lavish detail, including gothic windows, oak panelling, and a carved fireplace, it is a venue designed to impress all of your guests. For both the wedding ceremony and drinks reception, you can invite a maximum of 120 guests. For a seated meal, however, this figure drops to 100 guests. Above the Hall, there are six bedrooms for guests to book. Alternatively, you can book The Secret Garden (100 guests maximum for the ceremony and drinks reception), The John Dobson Terrace (40 guests at the ceremony, 34 seated for a meal, and 45 for a drinks reception), The Norman Shaw room (26 guests at the ceremony, 24 seated for a meal, and 30 for a drinks reception) or The Frank Rich Room (21 guests at the ceremony, 16 seated for a meal, and 25 for a drinks reception).
Newcastle Marriott Hotel Metro Centre
Located in Gateshead, The Marriott Hotel is perfectly located within Newcastle. Further, with a 250-guest capacity in The European Suite, the Marriot is the ideal venue for those extravagant weddings. It can also hold smaller more intimate wedding as The European Suite can be sub-divided into three sections. Alternatively, you may choose to book the London Suite, suitable for up to 30 guests. To end the night, your guests can book one of several bedrooms and make the most of the fully-equipped gym and indoor swimming pool as well as a spa/ beauty treatment the next day.
Holiday Inn Washington
The Holiday Inn, Washington, located in the North East of England provides convenient road links to surrounding areas and a perfect setting for your big day. The on-site wedding coordinator has years of experience hosting wedding with up to 500 guests in attendance. When it comes to venues within the Holiday Inn, the versatile Beamish Suite accommodates up to 100 guests for your civil ceremony and evening reception, and up to 80 guests for your wedding breakfast. Alternatively, Trader Restaurant accommodates up to 120 guests for your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast, and up to 150 guests for the evening reception, along with direct access to a peaceful Patio. The Holiday Inn also provides a special discount on their already affordable bedrooms for your wedding guests to spend the night, from £55 for a double room.
As the international home for music in the North East, and one of the Independent’s top 50 wedding venues in the world, Sage Gateshead is an amazing and unique venue. Whether you want something lavish and grand, or small and intimate, several spaces are available for you. The Northern Rock Foundation Hall, for example, accommodates up to 220 for a civil partnership or ceremony, 150 for a seated banquet, and up to 200 for an evening reception. The Barbour Room meanwhile, accommodates up to 250 for a civil partnership and ceremony, 180 seated, and up to 220 for an evening reception. Finally, Sage One accommodates up to 1,700 guests (!!) while Sage Two accommodates up to 400 guests.
Ten minutes from both Newcastle and Sunderland’s City Centre, The Clarion is an easily-accessible, modern, and luxurious wedding venue for your big day. Whether you are seeking a creative and quirky wedding or a more traditional big day, the wedding planners at The Clarion will assist you every step of the way. For the ceremony, you can choose from either an outside pavilion and courtyard area or a private suite within the hotel. The biggest package on offer allows you to have 60 catered afternoon guests and 120 evening guests. The hotel also offers a free dinner on your first wedding anniversary so you can return to enjoy the venue in which you said: “I do”!
The Royal Station Hotel
Tie the knot in this magnificent Newcastle city centre venue. With sweeping grand staircases and ornate chandeliers, this venue is picture perfect. The Victoria Suite caters for up to 130 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 200 people for a wedding reception with a private bar. Alternatively, The Collingwood Suite, with its original features and high ceilings, holds up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 160 guests for evening entertainment. For more intimate ceremonies, you can choose to hold your civil ceremony in the Balmoral, Dobson or Grainger Rooms. To end the night, The Royal Station Hotel has 144 en-suite bedrooms and two bridal suites. There is also a leisure club available with a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and steam room to relax and unwind.
The Mansion House
The Mansion House is a spectacular and grand Victorian manor house. Built in 1887, located within the grounds of its own beautifully designed landscaped gardens – perfect for those photo opportunities. Having held weddings at the venue for over 60 years, the team based at the house offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to make your special day one to remember. The Mansion House comfortably accommodates up to 82 guests for the wedding breakfast and ceremony, extending to 130 in the evening. Holding your wedding here guarantees exclusive hire of the mansion. To end your night, you can also book one of its five bedrooms, each with their own unique features, to relax and enjoy the rest of your day.
Grand Hotel Sunderland
The Grand Hotel Sunderland is positioned in a superb location, overlooking the beautiful Seaburn beaches. Previously a Marriott Hotel, The Grand Hotel Sunderland is sure to make your day an intimate and memorable affair. With the Hotel a couple miles away from the city centre, an array of local attractions is within reach. However, the Hotel has a lot to offer itself, with access to a modern leisure club and indoor swimming pool. On-site there is a fantastic restaurant as well as 82 bedrooms available for guests. Castle Suite, the largest space, accommodates up to 190 for a wedding breakfast, and 250 for an evening reception. The Lowry Suite, alternatively, overlooking the coast, accommodates up to 60 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 80 for a civil ceremony. Lastly, The Boardroom accommodates up to 40 guests for a small civil ceremony. Wedding packages can be customised to your own taste and, importantly, budget.
Tyne & Wear Wedding Venues
The Antler is truly one of Tyne & Wears most unique weddings venues. Inspired by the peaceful and warming ski lodges of Austria and Switzerland, the Antler sits at the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and boasts impressive views of the city. Your photographer can capture your special day just as you step outside onto decking in front of the river. The Antler can host up to an impressive 645 guests while maintaining the perfect ambience for your big day. The restaurant also has an outstanding menu of Bavarian-themed food as well as a delicious cocktail bar allowing you to celebrate late into the night. The Antler’s perfect location, cosy feel, and dedicated team of wedding planners will ensure any wedding you have there will surely be one to remember.
The Spanish City is an extravagant and beautiful venue located along the Northumbrian coast, in the seaside town of Whitley Bay. Originally built in 1910, the venue has recently undergone a vast refurbishment and re-opened in 2018 with more grandeur and elegance than ever before. The St Mary’s Lighthouse Suite is the largest available and can comfortably hold 150 guests for a wedding ceremony. Alternatively, the 1910 suite accommodates up to 90 guests and boasts impressive panoramic views of the sea, with quick easy access to the champagne bar. The Spanish City also offers the option hosting receptions on its roof, showcasing its impressive dome and idyllic seaside location. It is easy to see, therefore, how it is often regarded as the most iconic venue in the North East.
Village Hotel Club Newcastle
The Village Hotel Club Newcastle is ideally located between the city centre and the sandy beaches of Longsands and Whitley Bay. With a popular local nature reserve on its doorstep, the location certainly has a lot to offer. The Hotel is well equipped with a gym, spa and restaurant all available on site. There are a variety of different spaces available to hire for your big day. The largest room, The Inspiration Suite, offers space for up to 240 guests. For a more intimate experience, there are smaller yet just as impressive suites available making it the perfect location for any wedding reception you have in mind. There are also 157 en-suite rooms available for guests who choose to stay the night.
The Blackfriars is truly a unique, picturesque, and historic venue. First established in 1239, The Blackfriars has since been described as the jewel within Newcastle’s medieval crown. The Restaurant is located within the grounds of the Grade I listed building and has held an AA rosette for over two decades. One option for your wedding is within the medieval Banquet Hall. Boasting impressive stained-glass windows, and distinctive antler chandeliers, this Hall can accommodate up to 50 seated or 65 standing guests. The magnificent outdoors courtyard is also available for weddings and can accommodate up to 50 guests. To ensure your day is one to remember, the award-winning restaurant offers a variety of services, including medieval banquets, as well as themed dinners, and a more traditional British five-course meal.
The Vermont Hotel
The five-star Vermont Hotel gleams with contemporary elegance and timeless luxury. The venue is perfectly located to explore Newcastle and all that the Tyne & Wear area has to offer. The Hotel boasts four spectacular function rooms. The Sky Lounge and its Terrace, situated high above the rooftops of Newcastle, holds anywhere between 20 and 80 guests. Meanwhile, The Ballroom, with its recently renovated oak panels and sweeping chandeliers, accommodates between 40 and 180 guests. The Gold Room, located on the third floor, radiates late 1920s glamour and holds between 80 and 180 guests. Finally, The Redwood Bar is an intimate whisky lounge overlooking Newcastle Keep and holds between 50 and 100 guests. To help seal the deal, their wedding coordinators have been publicly voted as wedding coordinators of the year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This is thanks to the special touches they add on your big day – for example, having a Roll’s Royce’s chauffeur you too and from your wedding!
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Recently listed as one of the most breath-taking modern wedding venues in the UK, the BALTIC is positioned along the historic banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead and is one the most recognised landmarks in the North East. Boasting an ever-changing array of exhibitions and events, the BALTIC houses several dramatic spaces. The River Terrace, for example, can hold up to 180 guests for the ceremony and up to 400 for a reception when including its outdoor terrace. Alternatively, the rooftop restaurant, offering panoramic views of the city is available for up to 200 guests for the reception and 130 guests dining.
Mercure George Washington Hotel, Golf, & Spa
The Mercure George Washington Hotel is nestled within 280 acres of Tyne and Wear woodland, a stunning and picturesque setting for your wedding. Function rooms within the hotel such as The Orangery, the Washington Suite or the Clinton Suite, can accommodate for up to 200 guests. Alternatively, a charming outdoor pavilion is available for more intimate weddings of up to 50 guests. Overall, the resort offers a wide variety of bridal packages to suit your every wedding need. The George Washington also boasts an impressive amount of facilities including an 18-hole championship golf course, an intimate spa, and 125 rooms for your guests, with a luxurious suite for the special couple.
The Alnwick Garden
Inspired by the Duchess of Northumberland, Alnwick Gardens is a beautiful and contemporary natural space to be wed. The Garden’s centrepiece, known as the Grand Cascade, consists of a stunning and elegant water feature, perfect for those once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs. Larger wedding ceremonies can be held among the glass walls and high ceilings of the Pavilion room as it is suitable for up to 200 guests at your ceremony and up to 500 guests at your reception. Meanwhile, for a smaller and more intimate wedding, Alnwick Gardens offers the Treehouse – seating up to 65 guests at the ceremony, and 120 for the reception.
As one of Britain’s most iconic locations, Alnwick Castle, located in the North-East of England, is literally a movie-set venue waiting to host your big day. This eleventh-century castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England (after Windsor) and provided the backdrop for film sets such as Harry Potter’s flying lessons. Alnwick offers two magical venues to choose from – either The Guest Hall, with a carefully restored beamed roof and stone archways to match (suitable for up to 2000 guests for ceremonies and 160 for wedding breakfasts) or Hulne Abbey, a thirteenth-century Carmelite monastery (available March-September and suitable for up to 500 guests).
Boasting of their ability to cater for the grand or intimate, the stylish and fairy-tale, the unique and quirky, Brinkburn Wedding venue in Northumberland really does offer it all. The modern White Room offers space for up to 80 during a civil wedding ceremony and caters for up to 44 people dining. If you wish to add more space, tipis can be installed to add a further 76 seated members of family or friends. Alternatively, for the traditionalists among you, Brinkburn Priory could not be dreamier if it tried. Monks built the Priory in 1135 and found solitude in the nearby River Coquet. For a religious ceremony, the Priory accommodates up to 120 people. Finally, if none of these takes your fancy, you can choose to be married in the woodland or in the historic un-restored manor house. If your wedding guests wish to stay the night after, Brinkburn offers four chic rural residences for up to 20 guests in either The Stables, Bel House, Mullins House or Priory Cottage.
Located in Hawick, Northumberland, Branxholm Park offers a fairytale wedding venue with stunning grounds and a whimsical ceremonial pavilion to match. The perfect backdrop for those once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs. Overall, Branxholm Park is suited for up to 64 of your nearest and dearest. This venue offers packages suited for 3 nights of joy – including accommodation for all nights, exclusive use of leisure and spa facilities, a wedding meal, cake and a champagne fountain (to name a few perks included). Branxholm Park is not a licensed venue; however, this means you can save a lot of money by bringing your own alcohol – they do not charge a corkage fee and will serve the drinks for you.
Capheaton Hall http://www.capheatonhall.co.uk/
Designed in 1668, Capheaton Hall is a gorgeous, spacious, and elegant, Grade I listed Jacobite country house located near to Newcastle Upon Tyne in Northumberland. Available for several days at a time, during downtime, guests at the West Wing (providing accommodation for up to 8 guests) can enjoy an extensive garden, woodland walks, fishing on the lake, and tennis courts should they want to relax. The largest reception room accommodates up to 60 seated while the neighbouring breakfast room seats a further 40. There is also the option of erecting marquees or tipis to enjoy your wedding festivities into the night.
Do you want to be married under what is guaranteed to be a starry night? The Grade II listed Georgian rural eccentric country house of Charlton Hall boasts a unique function room – the Looking Glass – complete with a star-lit ceiling and dazzling lights all around. Further, set within 150-acres of private land, and home to its own Lake, Charlton Hall overlooks the coast at Beadnell Bay and provides an ultimate experience like no other. Overall, Charlton Hall offers three reception areas, two bars, and six bedrooms, suitable for all requirements and budgets.
Located in the secluded College Valley, Cuddystone Hall is suitable for those seeking a remote and scenic location. The Hall seats 80 guests for a meal and 120 seated for the wedding ceremony. At only £360 for 1 day/ night rental (2018), it is a very affordable venue, ideally situated for those dreamy wedding photographs. At the head of the valley, you can stay at Mr and Mrs Letts B&B, Hethpool House and Cottage – there are five double bedrooms on offer.
Located 45 minutes north of Newcastle, Ellingham Hall is a nineteenth-century stately home and hidden gem, a stone’s throw from castles, coastline, and north-eastern culture. Boasting extensive gardens and majestic woodland, Ellingham Hall provides perfect photo opportunities for your big day. With a minimum of 60 guests on Fridays and Sunday and a minimum of 80 guests on a Saturday, Ellingham Hall’s chapel caters for up to 140 people seated with a maximum capacity of 180 standing. Ellingham Hall also provides accommodation packages, offering up to 18 bedrooms for 33 guests within the Hall as well as nine charming stone cottages just outside.
Set in the countryside, Healey is located close to Corbridge in the Tyne Valley, Northumberland. Converted in 2015, the main Ceremony Room is a traditional barn turned into a chic, bright, and spacious wedding venue. Inside, Healey Barn is licensed for up to 144 guests for a civil wedding. Alternatively, you can invite up to 60 guests in the courtyard if you would rather an open-air civil ceremony. As the day progresses, move into The Oak Dining Room. Accommodating up to 144 people for dinner, enjoy feasting on food prepared on an 8-spit rotisserie. To wind up the evening, up to 34 guests can stay in 17 different rooms in Healey Hall, easily accessible at just a mile away from the Barn.
Newton Hall describes itself as: “Bold, Romantic & Fantastical” and it is easy to see why. Specialising in outdoor weddings, four-legged friends are encouraged to join your big day. For weddings held outdoors, you can choose from either The Terrace (with a contractible roof), The Beach (since it is located right next to the seaside), or on Wedding Hill (with views over the luscious green Northumberland countryside to match). Newton Hall also offers three indoor locations: The Garden Suite, The Hall, or The Glass House, dependent on wedding party size. Finally, when it comes to accommodation, Newton Hall expertly blends French chic with Italian-style to offer 21 bedrooms for guests to spend the night.
Rustic and elegant, The Barn at Northside Farm provides a versatile space that is both quirky and romantic, perfect for a vintage-style wedding. Run by a husband and wife team, there are a few venues to choose from within The Barn. There is also the option of holding your ceremony on their grounds. Overall, the Barn has a ceremony capacity of 150 and a reception capacity of 250 guests. To top the day off, Northside Farm also offers onsite accommodation in cute wigwams for up to 50 of your nearest and dearest.
Best Western Derwent Manor Hotel
Do not let the commercial name put you off this beautiful and bespoke venue. Located in Allensford, Northumberland, and overlooking Derwent Valley, you can enjoy 20-acres of land and celebrate with either a small or large crowd in an intimate or more formal venue. Derwent Manor offers 5 unique banqueting settings in which to host your big day and can cater for ceremonies from 10 to 200 guests while hosting evening receptions for up to 300 guests (depending on the chosen suite). To end the night, guests can choose from 48 spacious double bedrooms with breath-taking views over the British countryside.
Doxford Barns https://www.doxfordbarns.com
Frolic around in 550 acres of rolling green fields in this picturesque bohemian Northumberland venue. Expertly combining grade II listed eighteenth-century stone and oak outbuildings with modern architecture, you can enjoy Threshing Hall (suited for up to 160 guests), The Great Barn (suited for up to 180 day guests and 250 evening guests), Cart Shed, and the Forge as they seamlessly link together and aid the flow of your big day. Doxford Barns are proud to offer the option of either a one-day or three-day wedding depending on your desire to enjoy the surrounding area and make the most of time spent with loved ones. Speaking of which, to conclude your night, Doxford Farm offers several cosy bespoke period cottages for you and 41 of your guests to stay a night or two. If you need any further accommodation, it is also possible to hire glamping pods for a further 20 guests.
A Georgian country mansion, covered in wisteria, and set within photogenic manicured gardens, Eshott Hall is the perfect Northumbrian wedding venue. There are many rooms within the Hall to choose from – a Reading room, Drawing Room, Library, or an outdoor venue such as the Victorian Fernery area and gazebo or deep within the Woodlands. The largest of which is the resplendent ballroom; it is magnificently decorated and comfortably seats up to 100 guests for a reception. To wind down, guests can book one of seventeen bedrooms for the evening and enjoy their idyllic surroundings come morning time.
Hexham Abbey https://www.hexham-abbey.org.uk/
With over 1,300 years of rich history, Hexham Abbey is a perfect place to begin your married life with an act of Christian Worship. It must be noted though, that you have to have a connection to Hexham parish – either you or your parents have lived there for at least 6 months, have been baptised there, prepared for confirmation there, or have regularly come to normal church services at Hexham Abbey for at least 6 months. If you fit one of these criteria, you can ask for God’s blessing on your relationship in the presence of both family and friends in this historic setting. If you just wish to hold your reception at the Abbey, you do not have to be religious and can invite up to 200 friends and family to celebrate in one of the former Priory buildings.
Horton Grange Hotel
Horton Grange is an intimate Grade II listed Country House located 7 miles from the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne in the county of Northumberland. This venue perfectly mixes contemporary and traditional décor, situated with 4 acres of landscaped grounds. You can choose to hold your ceremony on the lawn in front of the Gazebo (suited for up to 120 guests) or hold a more intimate wedding in the Lounge (up to 60 for the ceremony and 40 dining). Alternatively, the Dining Room seats 96 for a wedding breakfast and ceremony, and up to 150 for an evening’s reception. When things wind down in the evening, guests can retire to one of five bedrooms in the main house or one of four garden rooms located on private grounds nearby.
Langley Castle Hotel
Spread over ten acres of land, Langley Castle is a fourteenth-century fortified castle, well-known for its elegant, magnificent, fairytale weddings. With a maximum of 28 guests, the drawing room is suitable for smaller intimate weddings. Alternatively, The Josephine Restaurant is suitable for up to 120 guests at your ceremony. Fascinatingly, located close to Hadrian’s Wall, Langley Castle offers a unique Game of Thrones-themed weddings too – complete with medieval surroundings, banquet tables, chandeliers, tapestries, and sweeping velvet curtains. There are nine guest bedrooms in the Castle itself and a further eighteen rooms in the grounds, ideal for a romantic end to your magical evening.
Priding itself on bringing French chic of the heart of Northumberland, the Mediterranean Chateau is located near to Otterburn. Within the Chateau, you can choose from several rooms. The Belle Epoque, for example, is a French chapel ceremony room named after the Golden Age of nineteenth-century France. Alternatively, should you wish to tie the knot outdoors, The Terrace offers a space regardless of what the British weather has in mind. Finally, you may choose to wed in The Ballroom – with its floor to ceiling windows, 16 ft. palm tree, fire on water feature, and boules court, food is served onto long banqueting tables fit for a King and Queen. When the evening comes to an end, your royal guests can choose to book one of 29 boutique bedroom and suites for a satisfying night’s sleep.
As a nineteenth-century country house set within 300 acres (including formal gardens), Matfen Hall is a stunning fairytale venue. Complete with a sweeping staircase, antique mirrors, gorgeous arches, and a feature fireplace, the Great Hall offers an elegant and sophisticated venue to exchange vows. After the wedding, move on to the Dutch Garden for a reception or stay by the roaring fire in the Great Hall. For dinner, the Terrace Room seats up to 120 guests and to end the night, there are 53 rooms available for guests to enjoy as well as a 4-room spa and a 27-hole golf course.
Once an elegant aristocratic Georgian Manor and Coaching House, the owners of Shotton Grange have transformed this historic venue into one of the Northeast’s most dreamy wedding venues. Located five miles north of Newcastle, Shotton Grange owns six acres of private grounds. As such, for a ceremony that your guests will remember, you can choose to hold your wedding in Shotton Grange’s idyllic gardens. Alternatively, your civil ceremony can take place in the Coaching House, capable of hosting up to 110 daytime guests and 200 evening guests. Shotton Grange also offers three-day wedding experiences too – guests can stay in one of eleven individually decorated bedrooms to be with you every step of the way. Perfect for your nearest and dearest.
With over 1,000 acres of Northumberland countryside, Slaley Hall is one of the largest wedding venues in the North East of England and can host up to 1,000 guests. It will come as no surprise that there is also a fantastic health club and spa on site as well as two 18-hole golf courses and fine dining restaurants for your guests to enjoy. Nearby, guests can also enjoy shooting, archery, Segway’s, or even quad biking. Should they wish to stay the night, the hotel has 400 car parking spaces and over 140 vast bedrooms to choose from.
The Barn on the Bay
Located both on the coast and in the country, The Barn on the Bay offers it all. Each Spring, staff at The Barn on the Bay transform their working-barn into an idyllic and rustic wedding venue in which to host the most beautiful and unique ceremonies in the Northumberland area. It is a stone’s throw from a 7-mile stretch of sandy beach known as Druridge Bay and offers a vast space to host your wedding. Alternatively, if you wish for something smaller, the venue can be separated into different areas to make it the size you wish. The Barn comes furnished with tables and chairs for up to 150 guests, but more can be added if you want a larger celebration. To keep guests’ cosy through the night, next to the bar you can find an old horsebox converted into a drinks venue offering blankets, boozy coffee, and spiked hot chocolate/ marshmallow kits.
Located in Northumberland National Park, Europe’s largest dark sky park, The Comb is pleased to offer an exclusive venue for a 2-night wedding event. With accommodation for up to 20 guests and 60 acres of grounds to explore, you can create the event of your dreams. As it is not a full-time wedding venue, they only host a number of weddings each year, so you are guaranteed to have their undivided attention. For the ceremony itself, choose from either the Comb building for more intimate weddings or the dark sky barn, suitable for up to 200 guests and even more for an evening party.
The Parlour at Blagdon
Despite feeling like your very own secluded oasis, The Parlour, located on Blagdon Estate is conveniently situated a mere 10 minutes from Newcastle. Once a smithy, this renovated building can only be described as rustic, charming, and shabby-chic. The Willow Room, where ceremonies are held and the food is served, holds a maximum of 90 daytime guests and 175 evening guests. Though accommodation is not available at the Parlour, you can stay nearby at Shotton Grange, a 200-year-old Georgian home. Please note, this is self-catered and requires a minimum of two nights.
The Plough, Boutique Inn, Alnwick
Located in the historic market town of Alnwick in the North-East of England, The Plough, as a former coaching inn, is a wonderful display of 1896 Georgian architecture restored excellently with a contemporary flair. To celebrate your big day, you can choose from either Restaurant Amelie (licensed for 35 guests for a civil ceremony and dining) or The Coach House (licensed for 85 for the ceremony and 110 for the wedding breakfast). There are also 7 boutique and individually designed bedrooms available for you and your guests, including a sanctuary-like bridal suite for pre-wedding celebrations and post-wedding glee.
White Swan Hotel
Located in the historic market town of Alnwick, The White Swan Hotel is a 300-year-old Coaching Inn and comes with its own piece of fascinating history. The magnificent Olympic Suite includes a license for ceremonies with up to 140 guests and caters for up to 180 people at your evening function. Why is it called The Olympic? Well, the Titanic’s sister ship was called the RMS Olympic. Though more successful than the Titanic, it was uneconomical and eventually scrapped in 1937. Before it was dismantled completely, many of the artworks and fittings were auctioned off. The Swan’s owner bought the Olympics’ dining room and transported it back to the hotel and reconstructed it within. What a quirky and unique venue! Once the night’s festivities have ended, The White Swan offers 56 bedrooms for guests to choose from.
Located near the picturesque village of Otterburn, the Georgian manor house of Woodhill Hall lies on a private 100-acre estate. With a surprise around every corner, it is one of the North-East’s more bespoke wedding venues and offers 16 lavish bedrooms for guests to relax after the day’s festivities. You can choose to hold your ceremony in either the Orangery (suited for civil ceremonies of up to 120 guests and 80 seated for a wedding breakfast) or outdoors on the estate – perhaps the courtyard, woodlands, or terrace. Alternatively, Woodhill Hall offers fairy-tale tepees full of rustic charm and perfect for a party atmosphere of up to 120 guests at a wedding breakfast and 180 for evening receptions.
Rockcliffe Hall is nestled between the quaint rural villages of Croft on Tees and Hurworth in County Durham. An air of harmonious tranquillity graces this venue, owing in no small part to its remote location. With 375 acres of land, this gorgeous secluded wedding venue provides an expansive backdrop to capture every moment of your special day. Importantly, Rockcliffe Hall guarantees exclusivity so all the attention, both from staff and guests alike, will be on you. Despite feeling like you are a million miles from anywhere, Rockcliffe Hall is still accessible to guests. It is a 30-minute drive from the city of Durham and an hour from the likes of Newcastle, Harrogate, York, and the Lake District.
With over 600 years of rich history hiding beneath its walls (including a variety of royal guests), the magnificent Lumley Castle stands between Durham and Newcastle. Home to a bygone era of honour and chivalry, keep the magic alive by hosting your wedding at this venue. Lumley Castle Hotel offers 73 unique and individually decorated bedrooms. The King James suite even boasts a 20ft high four-poster Queen Anne Bed and an ensuite with a Jacuzzi to enjoy views over the surrounding park. With a maximum capacity of 150 guests, you can choose to host key events in either Baron’s Hall, Scarborough State Room, or Northumbria State Room. It is a historic and beautiful gem in which to enjoy your special day.
Redworth Hall Hotel
Situated within 26 acres of carefully landscaped grounds, Redworth Hall is a romantic seventeenth-century Jacobean Manor House. With high ceilings and low-swinging antique chandeliers, this Manor expertly blends modern day luxury and period features. Guests can stay in one of the 143 bedrooms available and take advantage of a special two-night offer. With space for up to 180 guests, choose from either the atmospheric Great Hall or the modern Prince Bishop Suite. After the day has finished, your guests may even have a relaxing soak at the spa or enjoy one of the treatments on offer. Perfect!
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
Located on the banks of the River Wear in the city of Durham, this wedding venue is perfectly situated for those who desire easy transport links and want to soak in the small historic city of Durham from a Champagne Terrace. Upon arrival, an aged historic black oak staircase greets you in the main entrance and provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. With 5 event rooms, the Durham Marriott Hotel can accommodate up to 120 guests in its largest space. It also has 149 bedrooms on offer so that all of your guests can stay the night too and share the experience with you.
Are you or your other half crazy about Cricket? With such a quirky and unique venue, you are guaranteed to be the talk of the town by holding your wedding ceremony on the four-acre pitch, home to Durham County Cricket Club and the location of several important international matches. Host your breakfast or night time celebrations in either the Castle View Suite or the Riverside Suite. Maximum capacity sits at 220 during the evening in the Riverside suite. Alternatively, if you like the venue but wish to be wedded away from the pitch, you can host the ceremony itself in the contemporary Cathedral Suite located below Castle View. Note, there is a 120-person wedding ceremony and daytime capacity that rises to 150 at night, and 180 for reception drinks. Why not win your lover’s heart and host your wedding is this picturesque English sporting setting?
Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel
With a Victorian façade, set in the heart of market town Darlington, located in the North East of England, the Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel boasts a picture-perfect traditional setting for your special day. It is possible to host events in either the intimate Pullman Lounge (suited for up to 40 guests) or the elegant and luxurious Kings Ballroom. Complete with nine historic chandeliers and modern decor, Kings Ballroom fits up to 300 guests or 180 seated. Overnight accommodation is also available with up to 83 bedrooms for your guests to stay in.
National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool
If you or your partner are in the Navy, or simply have a great interest in military history, the HMS Trincomalee, located 8 miles north of Middlesbrough in County Durham, is the ultimate venue to host your wedding. As Europe’s oldest floating warship, it is near impossible to find a venue as unique as the Captain’s Cabin on board the historic HMS Trincomalee. This cabin holds up to 75 guests and is bound to inspire awe in your friends and family on your big day. Alternatively, the museum itself is home to two large function rooms – the Sir William Grey Suite or the Baltic Suite – both licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 120 guests.
The George Hotel, Piercebridge
Located on the Yorkshire/ Durham border, The George Hotel of Piercebridge is a popular venue close to Darlington. In fact, in 2014 the hotel was selected as a finalist in the North of England wedding awards as Venue of the Year. The hotel itself has three function rooms (The Pavilion, The Ballroom or The Library) available and can host up to 180 evening guests depending on the room chosen. After a night of festivities, the George Hotel has 30 bedrooms for your guests to spend the night if need be. It should be said, there are some wonderful spots to take fantastic photos too as it is located on the bank of the River Tees and boasts a sixteenth-century bridge as part of its backdrop.
Located in Carrville near Durham, Ramside Hall Hotel has over 350 acres of land, extensive well-maintained gardens, two 18-hole golf courses, an on-site spa, and an award-winning restaurant. It is the only silver awarded AA rated Spa Hotel in Durham and is licensed for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Ramside Hall has eight function rooms to choose from and, as such, caters for both small intimate weddings and larger extended guestlists (maximum 500 guests). The hotel also offers 127 bedrooms for your guests and can house a further 10 people in a beautiful 1800s Farmhouse located on its land, complete with an Aga cooker. How romantic!
Sporting Lodge Inn
The Sporting Lodge Inn located near Middlesbrough, in the North East of England, sells itself as an informal and relaxed wedding venue in which to host your civil ceremony (if desired) and reception. With 140 bedrooms to choose from and a maximum of 100 wedding guests, you are guaranteed an intimate environment. The Maltby Suite itself also boasts a private bar, patio, and gardens. As a cherry on top of the cake, Sporting Lodge Inn invites you to celebrate your one-year anniversary at the hotel and provides a complimentary meal in the Old Poste House.
The Croft Hotel
Near to Darlington in County Durham, The Croft Hotel is a Grade 2 listed venue situated in the small village of Croft-on-Tees, right on the bank of the River Tees. It is located next to a Grade-I listed Church that is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat! With a warm and comfortable atmosphere, the Hotel is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and offers the perfect place to celebrate with your guests after. The venue holds up to 200 evening guests and offers 24 bedrooms for your guests to stay after. The Bridal Suite also comes with its very own beauty salon too, helping the Bride relax and get ready with greater ease. Perfect.
Situated 13 miles outside of Durham, Seaham Hall is a five-star luxury hotel and spa spread over 37 acres and home to a stunning cliff top backdrop. As an eighteen-century Georgian County Hall, Seaham Hall Hotel and Spa elegantly fuses essences of modernity with a traditional classic sensibility. The largest function room, known as The Ballroom, seats up to 120 guests for a ceremony and 100 guests for a wedding breakfast. Alternatively, should you desire a high valued glass ceiling and marble floors, The Courtyard seats up to 90 guests for Civil Ceremonies. Why not end the day watching fireworks from The Terrace over Durham’s idyllic coastline? Note, the hotel has 21 suites for your guests to stay in once the festivities have drawn to a close for the night.
Radisson Blu Hotel
With the River Wear visible from your bedroom window, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham offers a reminder of the countryside while still being located in Durham’s beautiful city centre. This venue caters fantastically to all manner of wedding party sizes. From hosting an intimate wedding of up to 20 people in their Wedding breakfast oval set up in the Seam Suite to seating up to 220 people for an evening reception in Auger 1 & 2 Suites. Whatever the size of your big day, Radisson Blu Hotel is keen to be there for you. Further, with 207 bedrooms and suites available, all of your guests are welcome to stay the night!
Blackwell Grange Hotel
Blackwell Grange Hotel, equipped with 108 rooms, is a stunning historic 1693 Georgian mansion located in County Durham’s countryside, one mile from Darlington. The Bruhenny Suite accommodates up to 140 guests by day and 200 by night while the George Allan Suite, overlooking the gardens, accommodates 80 guests during the day and up to 130 at night. With access to a gorgeous Wedding Gazebo, you are bound to get the perfect shot to capture your big day.
Beamish Park Hotel
Set among what feels like acres of endless countryside, The Beamish Park Hotel is 7 miles from Newcastle and 10 miles from Durham making it a fantastic and accessible venue for the North East of England. Their function room, named The Tanfield Suite, caters for up to 150 guests while the hotel itself houses 42 guest bedrooms, with Wedding guests receiving preferential treatment. Further, hosting only one wedding per day, Beamish Park Hotel ensures the happy couple receive the highest level of care every step of the way.
Enjoy imagining life as a fairy princess by holding your wedding at the Grade I listed, twelfth-century Walworth Castle in Darlington, County Durham. Complete with 32 spectacularly decorated bedrooms (including a double jacuzzi bath with views over the 18 acres in the happy couple’s Honeymoon Suite), Walworth Castle is pleased to offer both indoor and outdoor Civil Ceremonies. Alternatively, if you would like something really quirky, you can opt for a dungeon wedding for an intimate and unique ceremony by candlelight.
Located less than 5 miles from Durham, Bowburn Hall is set on 5 acres of meticulously landscaped gardens and offers 20 bedrooms for your guests to enjoy. If you are planning on wedding in the summer, and have up to 120 day guests, you can opt to host your ceremony in the quaint garden gazebo and have your guests seated on the lawn. As an added bonus, Charlie, the hotel’s manager, plays the bagpipes and is available free of charge on your special day. Bowburn Hall also guarantees exclusivity and ensures only one wedding per day.
The Town House
If you looking to host a smaller wedding in a gorgeous and intimate setting, then look no further. The Town House is a Grade II listed Georgian-era building with secluded garden apartments a mere ten-minute stroll from the city of Durham’s eleventh-century cathedral. The Town House provides private dining for a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 35 as well as 11 expertly and individually-styled bedrooms in a fantastic central location.
If a fairy-tale wedding is top of your list, then Durham Castle will not disappoint you. The jaw-dropping Great Hall, adorned with hand-painted portraits, a sky-high ceiling, and an abundance of natural light, dates from 1284 and is suitable for wedding breakfasts with up to 200 guests. Alternatively, for a smaller and more intimate setting, you may opt for the Senate Room (up to 40 guests) and enjoy a drinks reception in either the Tunstall Gallery or the Courtyard of the Castle. Note, however, because the castle belongs to Durham University, larger weddings with more than 50 guests are only available during University vacations, please see their website for further information about this.
Hardwick Hall Hotel
Offering both traditional and cultural weddings, Hardwick Hall is a premier luxury wedding venue in the North East of England, located just outside of Sedgefield. While the original estate dates back to 1183, builders completed the Manor itself in 1435. Nestled within County Durham’s countryside, the luxury of Hardwick Hall Hotel is complemented by neighbouring views of Country Park Lake and Serpentine. The hotel itself accommodates ceremonies with anywhere from 10 to 500(!) guests and offers 50 rooms should guests choose to stay the night.
Hall Garth Hotel & County Club, Darlington
Located close to the A1, Hall Garth Hotel and Country Club is set within a tranquil 67 acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel radiates a sense of hidden charm and photographic opportunities are abundant owing to the majestic weeping willow trees and romantic kissing bridges within its gardens. Hall Garth is also home to its own Par 73 golf course, spa, gymnasium, and beauty treatment rooms. While the Brafferton Suite accommodates up to 250 guests, the Summerson suite seats up to 140 guests for breakfast and 160 for evening festivities while the Orangery seats up to 40 guests. To end the night, guests can choose from one of several stunning rooms with a 15% discount.
Hallgarth: The Manor House, Durham
Just over 3 miles from Durham, Hallgarth Manor is situated in the small village of Pittington. Once a sixteenth-century residential estate, today Hallgarth Manor House combines its traditional charm with an updated modern interior. Hallgarth hall offers four different settings for weddings – the Mirrorball suite (hosting up to 240 guests), a more intimate restaurant venue (suited for up to 50 guests), an outdoor wedding (amid 4 acres of land), or at the local church, located five minutes away from the Hotel itself. For guests wishing to stay the night, the hotel offers 24 rooms to choose from.
Black Horse Beamish
Set in the Red Row Estate, the Black Horse Beamish, located in North East England, is the perfect backdrop for a decadent fairytale wedding celebration. Picture your wedding in the Orchard marquee, surrounded by fabulously landscaped gardens and apple orchards with up to 250 of your friends and family. Alternatively, the enchanting 300-year-old George Ridley room offers high ceilings, open fires, stone floors, and panoramic views over the valley for up to 80 guests in the evening (with a maximum of 54 at the ceremony and 44 at the reception). To end the night, up to 10 guests can exclusively hire Red Row Retreat house or choose from twelve suites available on Old Red Row.
Wynyard Golf Club
With over 200 acres of tranquil, mature woodland and rolling parkland, Wynyard Golf Club is surrounded by nature on the exclusive Wynyard Estate. There are two options available for you to choose from for your wedding – either the Wellington Suite, accommodating up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast, or the Dukes Suite that overlooks the golf course and seats up to 50 guests. If neither is suitable, you can hire both together! Unfortunately, with no hotel attached, guests will have to retire elsewhere however it is conveniently located less than 2 miles from Billingham, where you can find rooms for sale.
The Morritt Hotel
Atop ruins of a Roman settlement, the late-seventeenth century Morritt Hotel is situated in the heart of the Teesdale countryside in County Durham. The Morritt is surrounded by endless picturesque landscapes and benefits from a luxurious modern spa on site. The hotel offers 26 individually designed guest rooms as well as a self-catered cottage that sleeps up to 18 people, complete with a games room, hot tub, and sauna (perfect for your family to spend the night in)! When it comes to the civil ceremony and reception itself, you can choose from one of five venues – ranging from space of 16 guests up to 300 guests. There is something to suit everyone at The Morritt Hotel.