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The UK may be tiddly in comparison to so many other places on this great planet of ours, but that doesn’t mean that there’s a limited supply of beautiful areas to tie the knot. Quite the opposite, actually!
If you’re set on a quiet country wedding, why not consider the beautiful terrain of Northumberland?
Not only is this one of the most scenic and peaceful areas of Britain but there are so many incredible Northumberland wedding venues just waiting for you and your special someone to say their vows in.
Where is Northumberland?
The country of Northumberland sits just south of the Scottish Borders above County Durham and is east of the North Sea and west of Cumbria.
Although Northumberland straddles the line between England and Scotland, it is technically still considered to be in England and is in the northeast part of the country.
Why Get Married in Northumberland?
You may be wondering, what’s so special about Northumberland? After all, both England and Scotland are home to multiple stunning locations and it takes somewhere pretty special to pull us away from beautiful rural spots like the Highlands, the Cotswolds, the Hebridean Isles, and Somerset (to name but a few).
Well, Northumberland is known for its rural beauty akin to that of its neighbour, Scotland, and has a host of snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, and not to mention, the most picturesque and romantic stretch of coastland for miles around.
And it’s also known for its abundance of seriously gorgeous wedding venues, which we will lose no further time in exploring!
Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh
For many brides, a castle wedding is the ultimate dream, and with places like Northumberland on the map, there are more than handful to choose from.
If you want to be queen for a day, Bamburgh Castle has got your back. Stretched across nine acres of land that overlooks the North Sea, Bamburgh Castle is one of the most spacious Northumberland wedding venues, with 2 licensed rooms for a maximum of 150 guests.
The castle has a multitude of stunning rooms and halls to celebrate your big day in, including the King’s Hall, Keep Hall, and Crewe Room (a former Medieval kitchen!), but those wanting a summer wedding with that warm sea air flowing through their hair can take advantage of the outdoor marquee area.
Bamburgh Castle’s dedicated team makes sure you’re not left to your own devices while planning your big day. Instead, they have a hands-on crew and a wedding service to ensure your day is the fairytale wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
Barn on the Bay, Widdrington
If a beachside wedding is non-negotiable, but you require a beautiful, quirky venue nearby to tuck into a mouthwatering feast and dance the night away in, you’re in for a treat with Barn on the Bay.
Located on the Hemscott Hill Farm in Druridge Bay – one of the most jaw-dropping coastal areas in the county – this venue is made up of a beautiful twinkle light adorned rustic barn that overlooks the bay, allowing you to get married on the beach and then celebrate inside the nearby venue.
Not only that, this family-run venue goes above and beyond when it comes to planning and undergoing your big day. They offer a host of packages, including an overnight wedding package, a day wedding package, an intimate wedding package, and an elopement package.
Not only that, there’s also accommodation available (including the seriously adorable ‘couple’s cottage’), catering, and planning, styling, and design support.
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Charlton Hall, Ellingham
If you want your ceremony and reception to take place in the same venue, Charlton Hall will happily accommodate, and while you’re there, why not take advantage of the 120 expansive and manicured acres of land for a truly rural retreat?!
As for the venue itself, up for grabs are three reception areas, two bars, and the Ceremony Hall to say your vows in. The Looking Glass room can house up to 200 guests, and there is space for approximately 86 guests to spend the night – for those looking to have a big indoor or outdoor wedding!
Doxford Hall Hotel, Chathill
If ‘luxury wedding venue’ is in your mind’s eye for your big day, look no further than Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa.
You will feel like sheer royalty whilst traipsing the grounds and halls of this incredible Georgian manor, which boasts sweeping lawns, romantic gardens, a restaurant, a pool, and a spa (which includes a sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi, and a range of beauty and therapeutic treatments).
As for your wedding itself, Doxford Hall offers a complete wedding package to take the hassle out of planning and orchestrating your big day, a host of chandelier-bedecked Georgian rooms, and a downloadable wedding brochure to help you get started.
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Ellingham Hall, Chathill
Did somebody say a moss-covered country manor?!
Ellingham Hall ensures the ultimate smooth-sailing wedding experience by providing services to help you every step of the way. Oh, and a seriously stunning wedding venue to boot. Also, there is a range of wedding pricing options to suit all sizes and budgets.
This luxurious countryside hall also offers some seriously droolworthy food and drink options for couple wanting to throw in a cheeky bit of fine dining to their day, including canapés, a three-course wedding breakfast, rustic evening eats, and a heap of delicious extras too. Okay, is anyone else hungry now?!
Langley Castle Hotel, Hexham
This magnificent 14th–century castle makes for a magical, not to mention, medieval wedding venue – and it’s like something out of a fairytale!
Langley Castle Hotel in Hexham is the 2023 Traveller’s Choice award-winning luxurious wedding venue that prides itself on Northumbrian hospitality, as well as a magical backdrop that is teeming with medieval grandeur.
Not only is this venue perfect for those wanting a traditional white wedding, it is also the ultimate choice for a woodland or even a themed wedding. The delightful staff also offers a bespoke and price-assured wedding package to fit each bride and groom’s needs.
You can get a feel for this iconic venue via their wedding showcase weekend (annual) or their online wedding brochure.
Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Morpeth
This fabulous 4-star hotel comes complete with a spa and a golf course, all of which is bursting at the seams with elegant country charm set atop 450 acres of beautifully-tended private grounds.
Wining and dining is also a big part of the Macdonald Linden Hall wedding experience, with several incredible eatery options, including the Dobson Restaurant, Linden Tree pub, Monck Cocktail Bar, and an Afternoon Tea option.
There’s some pretty epic wedding packages too, including:
- Regency Wedding Package
- Luxury Wedding Package
- Whirlwind Wedding Package
- Intimate Wedding Package
- Just Us Wedding Package
- Twilight Wedding Package
- Self-Catered Package
Oh, and did we mention that this venue is also dog-friendly?!
Newton Hall, Alnwick
Last but not least is the delectable Newton Hall, which can be found in the Newcastle side of Northumberland.
Not only is it ideal for those wanting a beach wedding but it also offers a wedding venue bubbling with rural luxury and a side order of quirkiness. One of the many appeals of this 18th-century country house is the Enchanted Chapel that couples can say “I do” in, the unique reception spaces, including the Garden Suite, the Terrace, the Wedding Hill, and the Great Hall.
This fab venue also allows couples total flexibility over their big day, some previous examples being a champagne barbecue, fish ‘n’ chips by the sea, and vintage-style beach huts.
The venue cost of Alnwick Castle varies throughout the year, so it depends on which season you plan on tying the knot in.
To get married in spring or summer, you’re looking at a hire cost of around £3,500 between Monday – Thursday, £4,000 for a Friday, and £5,000 for Saturday or Sunday.
For an autumn or winter wedding, venue hire is £2,500 between Monday – Thursday, £3,000 for Friday, and £4,000 for Saturday or Sunday. These prices are subject to evening weddings only and there are additional prices to book the venue for the whole day.
Although it can be confusing when a location straddles the line between two countries, as Northumberland does, there isn’t any notable confusing or difficult elements of tying the knot as you would anywhere in the UK.
Just make sure you have ticked off the important stuff like: