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Cheap Wedding Venues in the UK

Getting married doesn’t have to mean putting on a big, lavish wedding that pushes you to your financial limits.

It doesn’t have to mean inviting people you haven’t seen in years or spending a fortune on food and drink. And it definitely doesn’t mean having to break the bank hiring a wedding venue.

Getting married is about you two… it’s about being happy and comfortable on YOUR wedding day, safe in the knowledge that you can afford to live without debt afterwards. It’s ultimately about what getting married means to you both and how much you’re both happy to spend.

We’re feeling all warm, fuzzy and inspired here at Bridebook thanks to all the beautiful yet affordable wedding venues we’ve discovered the UK has to offer.

We’re talking great value, low cost wedding venues that will still bring a tear to your eye…and not because of a five figure sum.

Sit back, relax and flick through our top 25 cheap wedding venues for 2019 weddings.

25 Cheap UK Wedding Venues

Knightor Winery, Cornwall

Take over an entire vineyard and choose from any number of beautiful, rustic spots in which to hold your wedding ceremony, drinks and wedding breakfast at Knightor Winery.

We love the vaulted threshing barn which is wonderfully romantic and an ideal indoor space for up to 90 daytime guests and 180 evening. Afterwards, opt for cocktails in the courtyard and enjoy panoramic views across the beautiful open countryside.

This Cornish delight could be yours for between £1,200 and £2,800.

South Green Park Weddings, Norfolk

South Green Park is a modern wedding venue in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, and is a great option for budget conscious couples.

This versatile venue caters to both indoor and outdoor weddings and offers couples the flexibility to design their day exactly as they wish. The surrounding grounds provide an excellent opportunity for beautiful wedding photographs.

This low price wedding venue offers packages starting at just £37 per person.

The Ashes Barns and Country House, Staffordshire

If you’re dreaming of a quintessential English country wedding then it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Ashes Barns and Country House is one of the most beautiful and yet affordable wedding venues in the country.

Nestled in the foothills of the Peak District National Park, you’ll approach the fifty acre estate via a private driveway, crossing a 17th century stone bridge before casting your eyes upon a magnificent Grade II Listed Country House featuring its own lake, majestic pond, formal lawns with blossoming landscaped borders and an intimate stone courtyard.

This award-winning barn venue has also just launched brand new on-site accommodation to guarantee you and your guests the most comfortable and luxurious stay.

This exclusive use, no corkage wedding venue will cost you between £2,450 – £8,950.

London Shenley Club, Hertfordshire

The London Shenley Club in Hertfordshire is a truly unique wedding venue able to cater to both small, intimate weddings and larger affairs.

Don’t let the name fool you. This beautiful 19th century cricket centre plays host to plenty of weddings each year, with many couples opting to use the cricket pavilion long room for their drinks reception and the summer or heated winter marquee for the wedding breakfast.

One thing we know is that the grounds will be immaculate all year round.

Venue hire prices range from between £600 – £2,160. Now that’s cricket.

Victoria Hall Saltaire, West Yorkshire

For those who have never heard of Saltaire, it is a Victorian model village and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Shipley, West Yorkshire. And it’s truly beautiful.

Standing proudly within this picturesque model village is Victoria Hall; a stunning Grade II Listed wedding venue which to our surprise, can be hired for just £1,500.

Many couples choose to hire the Grand Main Hall – a wow inducing space that boasts gorgeous architecture, a balcony, in-house bar and heaps of space ideal for dining and dancing.

Alternatively, choose between the Evans Room – a bright space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens; the York Room – the largest room upstairs with views across Saltaire; or the Glen Room – our favourite thanks to its tall windows and stunning views.

The Old Barn at Esholt, West Yorkshire

Journeying across to another Shipley-based wedding venue, we’re sure that The Old Barn at Esholt will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of couples, and yet it is one of the cheapest wedding venues we’ve listed.

This 200 year old barn complete with all its original features could be yours for the day for just £325.

If you’re looking to take the hassle out of finding your own suppliers, this budget friendly wedding venue also offers packages starting at £1,700 which includes a team of friendly but professional wedding coordinators who will be responsible for supporting you throughout the wedding planning process.

Comlongon Castle, Dumfries

The words ‘affordable wedding venue’ and ‘castle’ are rarely seen together but you’re in luck because we’ve somehow managed it. We’ve found a magnificent, 15th century Scottish Castle that could be yours for just £500. We kid you not.

Offering a choice of traditional indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony options, you can choose to invest in an In-House Wedding Coordinator or you can plan your entire wedding by yourselves.

The castle’s Honeymoon Lodge blends history with modern luxury and is set within its own private walled gardens complete with water features and sculptures by renowned artist, Lucianne Lassalle.

Bridebook loves: special discounts are available to NHS, Emergency Services and Armed Forces.

Forrester Park, Essex

Forrester Park is a traditional, 16th century country house in Essex that is surrounded by beautiful countryside and fringed by romantic willow trees.

This top quality venue can be hired for between £300 – £1,500 and charges always include linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware and staff so there are no hidden extras.

What you see is what you get at this low price wedding venue that marries beautiful scenery with contemporary / traditional charm and style.

Chichester Golf Club, West Sussex

Hidden away at the end of the tree lined driveway and nestled between two 18-hole golf courses you will find the Chichester Golf Club; a converted flint farmhouse with the capacity to seat up to 120 guests.

Surrounded by peaceful countryside in the heart of West Sussex, you and your guests can enjoy a mouth watering menu and first class entertainment in an exclusive and private rural setting.

Hire of the Cathedral Suite from 2.30pm-midnight starts from £750 and marquee hire starts from £1,750.00.

The Cairn Hotel, North Yorkshire

The Cairn Hotel is a modest , pared-down hotel wedding venue in North Yorkshire that is perfect for couples seeking a ballroom-style interior but in a relaxed environment.

Guests will be able to choose from a number of gorgeous hotel suites available at affordable prices; ideal for couples who want to have all of their favourite people under one roof.

Prices at this bargain wedding venue start at just £30 per person.

Stables Lodge, Derbyshire

For those looking to put their own stamp on a blank canvass, this rural space situated five miles from the City of Derby could be perfect.

The Stables Lodge is a beautifully renovated set of Victorian stables that consists of seven self-contained en-suite apartments and boasts extensive surrounding grounds ideal for small and informal weddings.

The Stables Lodge is a pet-friendly venue for couples who’d like their special furry friend to be a part of their wedding day.

Venue hire price: £500.

Colehayes Park, Devon

Colehayes Park is a secluded Grade II Listed Georgian mansion standing in 20 acres of countryside in the heart of beautiful Devon.

This cheap but magnificent wedding venue is designed to suit any style – indoors or outdoors – whether you’re dreaming of classic and traditional, bohemian, country rustic or festival chic, this spectacular venue has seen it all.

Stroll around the grounds and stop for photographs beside the lake; this venue and its grounds are made to be photographed.

The venue itself can sleep 80+ guests which is ideal for holding post and pre-celebrations all under one roof.

Exclusive use venue prices range from £2,995 – £5,642.

Moorlands Inn, West Yorkshire

The Moorlands is a unique two-for-one wedding venue that offers both The Marquee and The Loft as optional wedding spaces for your special day.

The Marquee boasts floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views over rolling fields whereas The Moorlands Loft is the idyllic space for more intimate weddings and offers beautiful exposed brickwork and original beams.

Elegant décor such as stylish chandeliers and soft ceiling drapes adorn both the Marquee and Loft. The interiors have been designed with simple sophistication in mind to enable you to dress your wedding venue in any style.

Just a short drive from Halifax, this wedding venue could be yours from between £150 – £2,500 depending on the space you choose and how much of your wedding day you’d like to organise yourself.

The Old Vicarage Boutique Wedding Venue, Nottinghamshire

The Old Vicarage is a boutique hotel and excellent value wedding venue located in the heart of the historic town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

The red brick Vicarage dates back to 1847 but houses immaculately kept, grand interiors with huge sash windows and sparkling chandeliers; the perfect backdrop for any sophisticated couple and intimate wedding day.

This is a family-run wedding venue, and the in-house team specialise in delivering a highly tailored, exceptional service, with a focus on creativity and individuality.

Packages are priced at £4,295 – £8,995 but within this price, you’ll benefit from dedicated wedding planners, exclusive use of the entire grounds, the bridal suite on the night of your wedding, breakfast for the newly weds and hotel guests, reception drinks, bottles of house wine for your tables, sparkling wine for your speeches, a three course wedding breakfast and a choice of evening food.

We think this is a really great deal for price conscious couples who refuse to compromise on quality.

Millstream Bistro Wimborne, Dorset

If quaint, unique and economical wedding venues are your thing, The Millstream Bistro may just be perfect.

Described by many as a hidden gem in the heart of Dorset, this glorious little restaurant is nestled by a beautiful babbling brook, tucked out of the way of passers by and offering a peaceful and scenic escape for couples who are seeking a little solitude.

A Michelin trained chef is on hand to help you create a bespoke menu for your big day, whether you opt for a traditional sit down meal, an elegant afternoon tea, a relaxed barbecue or buffet.

Price per head ranges between £12 – £38 leaving plenty of money left over for an awesome honeymoon.

Rotherham Golf Club, South Yorkshire

We’re pretty amazed that you can have an all inclusive wedding at the remarkable Rotherham Golf Club for 50 guests for just £3,495.

Picture yourself ambling down a tree lined driveway surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside before arriving at the 19th Century Neo-Gothic building to a red carpet welcome and a glass of bubbles.

Choose between one of two grand rooms available for Civil Ceremonies before heading into The Jack Hulley Lounge (seats up to 85) or The Fullerton Room for your wedding breakfast or evening buffet.

The Plough Inn, Congleton

The Plough at Eaton is a chocolate box delight that dates back to the 15th century and boasts oodles of quintessential English charm.

Formerly a small farm and coaching inn, The Plough also has a surprise in store. Head out back and you’ll find a gorgeous, original 13th century Oak Barn that serves as a stunning wedding venue complete with original beams and characterful leaded windows which let in just the right amount of light, creating an idyllic and romantic atmosphere.

Add to this impeccable catering, the perfect mix of accommodation and budget friendly prices, and you’ve run out of reasons not to contact the Plough at Eaton for a viewing.

Prices start at just £30 per head.

Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

For cheap wedding venues in Scotland that don’t scrimp on wow factor take a closer look at the Ghillie Dhu.

This hotel wedding venue in Edinburgh city boasts a dramatic vaulted Georgian Hall and beautifully decorated auditorium for couples seeking grandeur and opulence.

Prices start at £60 per head and no matter how many guests or how much you plan to spend on your wedding day, staff at Ghillie Dhu will always work their hardest to make sure you and your guests have an incredible day. Packages are available but you are also free to design your day as you wish.

Say #IDhu at this low cost city wedding venue.

Clyne Farm Centre, Swansea

This rural farm consisting of nine rustic stone cottages and barns is ideal for intimate weddings and cost conscious couples.

We love this no fuss wedding venue for its relaxed, hay bale style weddings which are accompanied by breathtaking views of Mumbles and Swansea Bay.  

And we really love that the Bridal Suite is included free of charge for the bride and groom (not forgetting the complimentary Champagne, chocolates and flowers of course).

You and your guests can enjoy freshly prepared menus created in a farmhouse kitchen and served in a quaint dining barn – with packages starting at just £56 per head.

The Atrium Clitheroe castle, Lancashire

This glorious Clitheroe Castle in Lancashire is a wedding venue with a difference, and one that needs to be visited if you are to truly appreciate the beauty and romance of the site and its surroundings.

Couples will say their vows in The Atrium before heading outside and into the landscaped gardens for photographs.

If quality food is high on your priority list, rest assured that castle chef Patron James Harper is adept at devising menus that cater to all cultures and wedding styles – and with catering prices ranging between £20 – £50 we think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal.

Venue hire prices start at £500.

Tip: a midweek wedding is more affordable than a Saturday wedding so plan frugally! Take a look at these wedding budget saving tips for further advice.

The Queen’s Hall, West Sussex

The regally named Queen’s Hall proves that it is possible to hold a royally good wedding on a budget.

This Grade II listed building in West Sussex houses a beautiful Victorian hall with high vaulted ceilings, and whilst original Victorian features remain, this venue is well equipped with modern facilities.

Be sure to make the most of the delightful garden with its brand new wedding gazebo – an ideal place to say your vows or hold a sophisticated drinks reception. This venue is ideal for small, intimate weddings and for large parties of up to 200.

Venue hire price average: £780

Glyndwr Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan

How could a wedding in one of the largest and oldest vineyard in Wales be economical? We hear you.

Glyndwr Vineyard is nestled in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan and it could not be more picturesque. Hailed as one of the best UK venues to offer unique weddings without it costing the earth, this is a low cost wedding venue that should be booked early to avoid disappointment.

Get back to nature and host your barn style wedding in a beautiful rural setting for just £36 per head.

The Dickens Inn, Greater London

This well known and incredibly floral pub based in the beautiful St Katherine’s Dock, London, could be yours for the reasonable starting price of £30 per head.

Where else could you find a historic, waterside wedding venue in Central London that offers stunning city views and yet somehow feels private?

The Dickens Inn is our top choice for affordable wedding venues in London.

Manley Mere, Cheshire

Manley Mere is a stunning lakeside venue in Cheshire situated in over 100 acres of woodland.

This budget wedding venue is a photographers dream. After the vows, newlyweds can take a moment to themselves and cross a rickety wooden bridge fringed by a sweeping canopy of willow trees; wandering hand in hand beside the glistening lake and through landscaped gardens.

Tip: for summer weddings, opt for an outdoor wedding ceremony to truly immerse yourself in the Manley Mere setting.

Package prices range between £12 – £40 per head.

The Tin Music and Arts, West Midlands

For arty couples, the 18th century Tin Music and Arts centre is a truly unique, low cost wedding venue option.

Set in Coventry Canal Basins former coal storage building, this intimate and yet spacious venue oozes character with its exposed brick walls and curved, underground ceilings. Set over two vaults, one side containing the bar and the other a stage and dance floor, the maximum you’ll pay to hire this entire space is £555.

Feel good knowing that all proceeds from the venue hire is invested in the venue charity and maintenance costs for this spectacular space.

Plan your wedding early to guarantee the best deals

Now you’ve had time to familiarise yourself with what is achievable in terms of fantastic venues at affordable prices, it’s time to start planning a few visits for early 2019.

Booking as far in advance as possible guarantees availability and the lowest possible venue costs.

If you’re still debating on where to invest your wedding budget then check out this guide on wedding budget breakdown which discusses what the average wedding cost last year and where most couples invested their money.

And if the costs of our cheap UK wedding venues have still left you nervous about spend, take a look at these 22 Wedding Saving Tips to Save You £5,000 or more.

Once you’re clear on where your wedding budget stands, keep track of costs with your personalised wedding budget planner. For more information, check out the Bridebook Budget Video and Wedding Planning Checklist.