Get the venue right for your wedding day, and everything else will follow. Or at least that’s the theory. Whether you want a traditional wedding that stays near the synagogue, or a country retreat, the world’s your oyster. We’ve handpicked some amazing luxury wedding hotel venues in Yorkshire to help you plan your perfect wedding!
It’s not surprising that being the largest county in the UK, Yorkshire has plenty of variety when it comes to venues, most especially stately estates and luxury getaways steeped in local history. The convenience of choosing an ‘all-in-one’ venue is plain to see: ample room for all the extended family (and those aunties that aren’t really your aunties)!
It’s common for families to book rooms well in advance to ensure that the necessary reservations are sorted. Your nearest and dearest can really make themselves at home with a hotel wedding, and they’ll also be able to celebrate with you the morning after — as long as you have recovered from the night before! For these reasons, luxury hotel wedding venues in Yorkshire are often ideal: they can feel more like close-knit occasions and the convenient nature of having everyone in one place means one less stress for you, the organisers and the attendees.
The award-winning Rudding Park, just three miles from Harrogate, is a privately owned luxury hotel, spa and golf venue set in beautiful parkland. The Grade I listed Regency house, set in mature gardens, is an idyllic and unique civil ceremony or wedding reception venue. Wedding packages that include plenty of accommodation is the prevailing factor here, perfect for a big family to descend and enjoy the nuptials over several days. Make sure you’re prepared to wait though… Rudding Park’s diary gets booked up two years in advance!
Equally extensive is Leeds’ own Oulton Hall. Roll up the tree-lined driveway and the 18th century mansion set within over 300 acres of grounds comes into view. Lovingly restored and extended to create a hotel with a traditional character and unique charm, it has everything a couple needs to leave the everyday behind and celebrate their union. The Georgian house has sweeping staircases for your wedding photography and within the grounds, beautiful gardens for that perfect shot!
On a smaller, but by no means less grand scale, Falcon Manor in Settle has all the historic features that make country house hotels a mustbook for weddings in 2020. Originally called Ingfield Hall until 1920, Falcon Manor now boasts 16 bedrooms, refurnished in 2014 with
traditional touches and sumptuous styling as well as the Rafters Room, the manor’s glorious honeymoon suite. With grounds boasting views
of the Yorkshire Dales, the light-filled function room and outside terrace are a straight-forward choice for those who want to showcase the best of what the Dales has to offer while bringing family and friends together to celebrate in the region.
However, do be mindful, some venues like Falcon Manor do not allow outside caterers to use the kitchen facilities… Often a deal breaker for
But of course, you don’t have to have your wedding indoors. If you wish to brave the Great British weather, then the stately estate venue is ideal. Love will prevail over the threat of rain or clouds at Wentbridge House near Pontefract, which specialises in wedding ceremonies in the Garden Folly, but if the worst does happen, the team at Wentbridge offer a 50% refund of the outdoor ceremony fee if your ceremony has to
take place inside!
Consider: Luxury Wedding Venues in Yorkshire with Added Extras…
When choosing a wedding venue, couples have many more options than ever before. Picking a place to tie the knot can be daunting, as you’ll want your big day to be memorable for all of the right reasons. The thoughtful added extras that come with high-quality venues certainly tip the scales when it comes to weighing up your options.
The previously mentioned Wentbridge House has certainly thought of everything, even putting together ‘wedding day eve’ menus for the wedding party residing at the hotel the night before. The pre-wedding dinner gives you the opportunity to extend the celebrations armed with food, wine and good company, with the venue teaming up with local eatery Blue Smoke Pizza to offer woodstone baked sourdough pizzas and a glass of fizz to guests.
Consider: Luxury Hotel Wedding Venues Offering Exclusive Use…
Exclusive use is the ultimate option in wedding convenience. Combine the joy (or intensity) of having all your wedding guests in one place. No excuses for running late or getting left as the designated driver! Furthermore, there won’t be any uninvited strangers roaming around, plus you’ll have the complete support and attention of the on-site staff throughout proceedings.
But if you’re worried about filling a grand estate with your nearest and dearest, more intimate but no less spacious venues can offer you all the space you need without having to play elevator tag with the second cousins. One of Yorkshire’s top hotels, even being a location for some key scenes in BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax (including Celia and Alan’s wedding!), Holdsworth House near Halifax, is big enough to accommodate most large weddings and yet offers a cosy, intimate and homely feel for your special day. Closing the restaurant, meeting rooms, bar and lounges to all outside visitors and making 36 bedrooms available to the wedding party on a bed-and-breakfast basis, you can have the four-star converted Jacobean manor house all to yourself! On an exclusive use basis, kosher catered weddings are welcome too.
Planning a wedding is definitely a challenge. Whether you’re doing it yourself or securing the help of a wedding planner, deciding on a venue early is key. It isn’t uncommon to end up feeling swamped beneath caterers, florists, décor firms and rental companies. Hotel weddings provide an almost all-inclusive approach to planning the big day, with unique package deals, in-house wedding specialists and the opportunity to add your own individual touches.
If you’d rather have the peace of mind that everything (and everyone!) are looked after promptly, then an ‘all-in-one’ luxury hotel and out-of-town venue is definitely a goer.
Considering looking further afield? Why not check out our top picks for luxury wedding venues near Manchester!
Featured Image: Oulton Hall