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What are the best venues in the South of England?

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Are you dreaming of a fairytale wedding surrounded by the idyllic charm of the English countryside? Look no further than the South of England, where picturesque landscapes, historic estates, and breathtaking gardens set the stage for unforgettable celebrations. From grand manor houses to enchanting gardens, the region boasts an array of stunning venues perfect for couples seeking a romantic backdrop for their special day. I have had the pleasure of photographing at so many stunning venues I've brought together a selection of my favourites in no particular order. Here I have presented a curated selection of the finest local wedding venues that promise to make your dream wedding a reality.


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Rhinefield House wedding venue New Forest Hampshire

Nestled within the New Forest National Park, Rhinefield House exudes timeless elegance and charm. This enchanting mansion offers a blend of historic grandeur and modern luxury, with magnificent gardens providing a picturesque setting for outdoor ceremonies. Whether exchanging vows beneath the ancient trees or celebrating in the opulent ballroom, Rhinefield House promises a truly magical wedding experience. I have photographed this venue several times and it is certainly one of my favourites. With so many beautiful areas to photograph it puts me in mind of a fairytale.


Burley Manor:

With its rustic charm and tranquil surroundings, Burley Manor offers a romantic escape for couples seeking an intimate wedding venue. Set amidst the rolling hills of the New Forest, this historic manor house boasts elegant interiors, landscaped gardens, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. From cozy ceremonies by the fireplace to al fresco receptions in the courtyard, Burley Manor sets the stage for a charming countryside wedding.



Elmers Court wedding venue Lymington Hampshire

Situated on the edge of the New Forest and overlooking the Solent, Elmers Court offers a breathtaking backdrop for couples looking to tie the knot by the water. This stunning estate features manicured lawns, ornate gardens, and a historic Tudor-style mansion, providing the perfect setting for a romantic waterfront wedding. With panoramic views and impeccable service, Elmers Court promises a day to remember. I have photographed this venue many times as I am a recommended supplier here and there are a plethora of gorgeous spots for photographs.


For couples enchanted by the beauty of nature, West Green House Gardens offers a botanical paradise for their wedding day. Set within 10 acres of enchanting gardens, this historic estate features ornate pavilions, serene water features, and blooming floral displays, creating a magical setting for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. With its romantic ambiance and picturesque surroundings, West Green House Gardens is a truly unique wedding venue.


Lainston House:


Lainston House Hampshire wedding venue, Photography by HS Photography
Lainston House

Steeped in history and surrounded by rolling countryside, Lainston House offers a refined setting for couples seeking a quintessentially English wedding. This elegant 17th-century country house boasts stately architecture, manicured gardens, and luxurious interiors, providing an exquisite backdrop for sophisticated celebrations. Whether exchanging vows in the grand Drawing Room or hosting a lavish reception in the gardens, Lainston House offers timeless elegance and charm.


Mapperton House: Tucked away in the picturesque Dorset countryside, Mapperton House is a hidden gem for couples seeking a romantic and intimate wedding venue. Set within breathtaking gardens and featuring a historic manor house, this idyllic estate offers a tranquil setting for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. With its timeless beauty and secluded location, Mapperton House promises an enchanting wedding experience. The private cottage for the use of bridal prep is well equipped and spacious enough for beautiful photos. There is a quaint gazebo for alfresco weddings and a charming barn for ceremonies and reception. This venue is teaming with so many photo opportunities for a summer wedding.


St Giles House:


Steeped in centuries of history and surrounded by bucolic beauty, St Giles House offers a majestic backdrop for couples seeking a truly grand wedding venue. This magnificent ancestral home boasts elegant architecture, ornate interiors, and sprawling grounds, providing a regal setting for extravagant celebrations. Whether exchanging vows in the historic chapel or hosting a lavish reception in the opulent Great Hall, St Giles House promises a wedding fit for royalty. This venue is ideal for weddings in all seasons. With the unpredictability of the English whether you might not want to take the gamble on a venue where the only photo opportunities are outside, well St Giles House offers so many indoor photo opportunities as well as covered outdoor areas.


Larmer Tree:

Nestled within the picturesque Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Larmer Tree offers couples a truly enchanting wedding venue in the heart of Dorset. Steeped in history and surrounded by lush gardens and woodlands, this historic estate provides a romantic and idyllic setting for weddings. With its charming Victorian pavilion, ornate gardens, and tranquil lakes, Larmer Tree exudes a sense of timeless elegance and rustic charm, making it the perfect backdrop for couples seeking a magical outdoor wedding. From intimate ceremonies beneath the canopy of ancient trees to grand receptions in the enchanting pavilion, every moment at Larmer Tree is filled with beauty and romance. The dedicated events team ensures that every detail is meticulously planned and executed, allowing couples to relax and enjoy their special day surrounded by natural splendor and serenity. With its stunning surroundings and impeccable service, Larmer Tree is truly a dream wedding venue in Dorset. The theatre stage adorned with a beautiful mural is a real feature and perfect for photos. Peacocks strutt the grounds and there are a range of interesting buildings including the dell, the roman temple, the folley and the lower indian room, If you are having a summer wedding and want some epic shots Larmer




The Old Mill at Aldermaston struck me immediately as a stunning wedding venue with plenty of character. There were so many beautiful spots for photos. The water and greenery, bridges and buildings full of character are all the reason it deserves a special place on this blog!


Parley Manor: Surrounded by manicured lawns and fragrant gardens, Parley Manor offers a romantic setting for couples seeking a quintessential English garden wedding. This charming Georgian manor house boasts elegant interiors, picturesque grounds, and a warm, inviting atmosphere, making it the perfect venue for intimate celebrations. Couples can say "I do" beneath the the opulent Roman Temple and dance the night away in a marquee adorned with fairy lights, Parley Manor promises a day of enchantment and romance.


Highcliffe Castle:


Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Dorset coast, Highcliffe Castle is a breathtaking venue that exudes romance and sophistication. This Grade I listed mansion features stunning architecture, sweeping views of the sea, and immaculate gardens, providing a truly magical setting for weddings. With the beach just a few minutes walk from the venue, couples can have beautiful golden hour photos on the beach.


Northbrook Park: Nestled amidst 120 acres of Surrey countryside, Northbrook Park offers couples a blend of historic charm and natural beauty for their wedding day. This elegant estate boasts a majestic manor house, manicured gardens, and a picturesque lake, providing a romantic setting for ceremonies and receptions. With its versatile indoor and outdoor spaces, Northbrook Park can accommodate weddings of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to grand affairs. The suite in the main house available for bridal prep is light & airy, spacious with ideal light for photographs. The ceremony room is also light and airy with an impressive feature fireplace.


Rownhams House: Set within 12 acres of Hampshire parkland, Rownhams House is a hidden gem for couples seeking a secluded and romantic wedding venue. This historic Georgian mansion features elegant interiors, manicured gardens, and a tranquil lake, creating a picturesque backdrop for celebrations. Whether exchanging vows in the stunning Orangery or dancing the night away in the grand Ballroom, Rownhams House promises a wedding day filled with charm and elegance.


Avington Park: Nestled amidst the serene Hampshire countryside, Avington Park stands out as a truly remarkable wedding venue. Steeped in history and surrounded by picturesque gardens and parkland, this elegant 17th-century mansion offers a romantic setting for couples seeking a classic English wedding. With its stunning architecture, ornate interiors, and breathtaking views, Avington Park provides the perfect backdrop for exchanging vows and celebrating with loved ones. From intimate ceremonies in the historic Great Hall to grand receptions in the beautifully landscaped grounds, every aspect of a wedding at Avington Park exudes sophistication and charm. The dedicated events team ensures that every detail is meticulously planned and executed, ensuring that couples can relax and enjoy their special day knowing that they are in capable hands. With its timeless beauty and impeccable service, Avington Park is truly a gem among wedding venues in the South of England.


Sopley Mill:


Nestled on the banks of the tranquil River Avon, Sopley Mill is a hidden gem among wedding venues in the South of England. This historic watermill dating back to the 18th century has been lovingly restored to offer couples a unique and romantic setting for their special day. With its rustic charm, exposed beams, and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Sopley Mill exudes warmth and character, making it the perfect backdrop for intimate weddings. Whether exchanging vows in the idyllic riverside garden or celebrating with loved ones in the beautifully renovated mill, every moment at Sopley Mill is filled with magic and romance. The dedicated team at Sopley Mill works tirelessly to ensure that each wedding is a reflection of the couple's unique style and vision, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. With its picturesque setting and impeccable service, Sopley Mill truly stands out as one of the finest wedding venues in the South of England.


In conclusion, the South of England offers a wealth of enchanting wedding venues that cater to every couple's dream and desire. Whether you envision a grand affair in a historic manor house, a romantic ceremony in a garden setting, or a seaside celebration overlooking the coast, the region's diverse array of venues ensures that your special day will be nothing short of magical. With their timeless beauty, picturesque surroundings, and impeccable service, these local wedding venues promise to make your wedding day an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.

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