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Getting Married in Bristol?
Getting engaged is a life-changing moment – and it’s fair to say the festive period is a hugely popular time to pop the question.
If you were fortunate enough to get engaged this Christmas or New Year, then you might be looking ahead at where to tie the knot now congratulations have been exchanged and the dust has settled somewhat.
Bristol is home to an eclectic mix of wedding venues, which will no doubt suit all budgets and needs. From traditional manor houses, to some more quirky locations, here are some of our suggestions for the best wedding venues in the area…
Alveston House Hotel.
For a small and intimate wedding Alveston House Hotel is your place. It boasts stunning Georgian buildings surrounded by beautiful walled gardens. Different packages are available for up to 75 guests during the day and 100 at night.
If Arnos Vale tickles your fancy, you’ll be able to enjoy a woodland wedding in the heart of the city with some of the most breathtaking surroundings you can get in Bristol. If you want a church ceremony there is an Anglican chapel or other civil options available, with The Underwood Centre on hand for a fantastic day.
Avon Gorge Hotel
What could be more romantic than having your wedding pictures set against the stunning backdrop of the Clifton Suspension Bridge? This beautiful venue is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and wedding packages start from £5,000 for 50 guests.
The prestigious college really has that wow factor and Georgian splendour in bucket loads. It has a number of different options for intimate events, as well as larger parties of up to 180 guests. On sunny days, you and your guests can wander outside into the grounds and at certain times watch cricket on the Close.
The Bristol Golf and Country Club
The Grade II listed 18th-century clubhouse (and former deer sanctuary) is a magical setting for your big day. It has six function suites with plenty of room for 10 to 120 guests.
The club has a wedding planner so whether it is a bespoke or an inclusive package you’re after, they can help.
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Two of Bristol’s most stunning former banks have been transformed into a luxury hotel and there is plenty of room to tie the knot. With a striking grand banking hall complete with historical detail and a magnificent sky light, up to 300 guests can come along to make it the perfect day for you.
With 25 acres of private parkland Leigh Court is a truly stunning venue. Any bride will make the grandest of entrances by the double staircase in its Great Hall, while the in-house caterers are on hand throughout the planning process to ensure your guests enjoy a feast to remember.
The Lord Mayor’s Mansion
One of Bristol’s best kept secrets is the official residence of the city’s Lord Mayor in Clifton. It has all the romance of the Victorian era and is available for exclusive parties and weddings of up to 100 people. Set in beautiful gardens, it is full of elegance and charm.
SS Great Britain.
The beautifully restored ship from 1843 is one of the best places in Bristol to marry the one you love. If the sun is out the vows can be exchanged on the Promenade decking and both the ceremony and the reception can be held there too.
Walton Castle, Clevedon.
If you’re a princess who wants a castle for that special day then here is the place for you. The 17th century castle caters for celebrations of all sizes and includes a private lawn with 3.8 acres of parkland – plenty of room for a marquee.
Guests can stay overnight and the castle even has a wedding co-ordinator to make sure everything is just right. With panoramic views over North Somerset the Grade II-listed hilltop castle is an unforgettable mix of romantic and peaceful.
Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Don’t worry – you won’t be in the monkey enclosure with that special dress. The Clifton Pavilion based at the zoo was built in the 1920s for grand occasions, with elegant rooms looking over the lawn and flamingos. It offers a wedding ceremony and reception for up to 120 guests with space in the Garden Room for 150 people in the evening. Plus your guests get to explore the zoo and see the animals – a wedding favour in itself.
Old Down Estate, Tockington.
Whether it’s a luxurious and grand wedding you’re after, or something a bit more casual and cosy, Old Down Estate have you covered.
They host weddings in both the barn, which features a canopy of exposed wooden beams and is set in stunning woodland surroundings, or inside the manor house, which can be rented out exclusively for your big day.
This stunning manor house in North-West Bristol is only four miles from the city centre, but it feels as if you’re in the middle of glorious countryside.
It has spectacular views across the Bristol Channel and the Severn Bridge, which will make the perfect backdrop for those all-important photos. You can find out all about it.
This medieval fortress is about as opulent as it gets for your big day. It will undoubtedly give you the most unforgettable experience if you’ve always dreamed of marrying your loved one in a castle which looks as if it’s straight out of a fairytale.
De Vere Tortworth Court.
This stunning country hotel is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and has a range of rooms available for you to use on your big day. Its Orangery, with floor to ceiling windows, seats up to 100 guests and provides an incredible atmosphere for your reception, while its grander Westminster Suite seats up to 280 people.
The Square Club.
This decadent, Georgian town house in the centre of Clifton is fully-licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies.
Hosted in a light contemporary space for up to 70 guests, this venue provides a very intimate yet spacious feel.
Previously a thriving and much-loved pub in the 1920s, this grade II listed building has been restored to become a beautiful open space for events.
This venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, but with a registry office just two minutes away it is also the perfect spot for a wedding reception.
Clevedon Hall is a grade II listed mansion situated in North Somerset just outside of Bristol. As one of the regions finest wedding venues it offers couples advice and guidance to help bring their ideal ceremony to life.
Coombe Lodge: The Coombe, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7RE
Situated at the foot of the Mendip hills in between Bath and Bristol, Coombe Lodge offers an idyllic location for the perfect wedding day.