We loved getting back to photographing weddings in 2021, and seeing all the changes the venues had to offer. We visited some familiar places as well as having the opportunity to shoot at some new wedding venues too. Here’s our round up of 2021 wedding venues.
Barnlsey Town Hall
Barnsley town hall is a stunning building in the heart of Barnlsey town centre. The clock tower stands 145 feet above street level and the whole building is faced in white Portland stone. Outside there’s lots of places to capture group shots and couples photographs. Inside there’s a marble staircase leading up to the wedding ceremony rooms (there’s also a lift – the building is fully accessible). The ceremony rooms are covered in dark wooden panelling with huge windows that flood the space with light.
St Mary & St Martin’s Church in Blyth was originally built in 1088. It was part of a Benedictine monastery and is one of the oldest examples of Norman architecture in England. The double height ceilings, stained glass windows and painted walls all add to the character and charm of this church.
Burntwood Court Hotel
Burntwood Court Hotel has undergone some huge refurbishments during lockdown. The most impressive of which is the erection of their chapel building. The new chapel is a standalone building that is fully licensed for wedding ceremonies. There are two main wedding reception suites; The Brierley Room and the QUBE cocktail bar & restaurant. They can cater for weddings of any size, and with 35 acres of land to explore there’s no end to the possibilities for your wedding photographs.
Cubley Hall Hotel
Cubley Hall Hotel is a unique rustic style venue. The barn is a perfectly romantic space for a wedding ceremony, complete with wooden beams, a stone floor and fairy lights surrounding the ceiling. The pavilion is also licensed for ceremonies, making this one of the only venues in the area where you can say your vows outdoors. There’s accommodation on site, and they can cater for weddings between 10 and 250 guests.
All Saints Church in Darfield underwent some restoration in the 20th century, but still has some of its original Norman features. The lower section of the tower is the oldest part of the church, with the upper section being added in the 15th century. The combination of old and new adds to the charm of this beautiful church. Outside, the large wooden door and well-kept trees make a lovely background for your photography.
Hodsock Priory is an impressive venue in Worksop. From the Tudor gate at the entrance to the Panelled wedding reception room, everything is finished with a touch of luxury. In the gardens there’s a river that runs into a lake, small wooden bridges to cross and formal gardens that create the perfect space for your wedding photographs. Hodsock can cater for intimate weddings, or for up to 240 evening guests. They have accommodation on site which is accessed through a stunning staircase.
Shaw Lane Sports Club
Shaw lane sports club is a modern wedding venue surrounded by sports fields. They cater for weddings of all sizes, and put a lot of time, car and effort into everything they do. The grounds may be mostly sports fields, but around the edges Shaw Lane have created a beautiful wooded walk. It’s been designed for you to get the most from your wedding photographs. There’s no accommodation on site but its central location means getting to local hotels is simple.
Waterton Park Hotel
Waterton Park Hotel is made up of two buildings. The main hotel is a modern building with a license for wedding ceremonies. It has plenty of accommodation, a spa and function rooms too. Across the lake, Walton Hall stands on its own island. This Georgian Manor house houses different wedding reception rooms and is surrounded by beautiful grounds and lake. Waterton Park can hold weddings for as little as 6 people, or capacity for up to 145 evening guests.
Whitley Hall Hotel
Whitley Hall Hotel is a 16th century mansion, covered in Ivy. During 2020 the building underwent some refurbishments in the Parker Suite and gardens as well as creating a whole new Whitley Suite. The Whitley Suite can hold up to 220 evening guests and has an outside area that is licensed for civil ceremonies too. In the grounds the Lake is still one of the most sought after photography spots and there are plenty of opportunities for group shots in the large grassed areas.
Wortley Hall Hotel is set in 26 acres of grounds. They include a lake, landscaped gardens and a woodland walk. Inside they have three rooms available for your wedding day. The library is used for civil ceremonies, and leads straight out onto the iconic steps of the building. The Peacock room is where the wedding breakfast takes place and has ornately decorated ceilings (with peacocks!). Finally the ballroom is used for larger wedding receptions, holding up to 200 guests with space for a dancefloor and a stage.
Ye Olde Bell Hotel
Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa in Retford can cater for intimate weddings, or hold up to 250 guests. The hotel was built in the 17th century, and Queen Victoria stayed here on her way to York. Inside the rooms are beautifully decorated with wood paneling and chandeliers. The grounds hold an oak pavilion which is also licensed for ceremonies, allowing you to say I do outdoors. The rest of the grounds are beautifully kept and include flower gardens, a giant heart and even a swing.
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