Cheshire is a great place for a wedding. Beautiful countryside and pretty villages but all with great communication links and nearby cities. There are a ton of Cheshire wedding venues to suit every budget and style. I have probably only visited about half of them and shot weddings at even less so this is only my own personal snapshot of what is available. However, all these places come highly recommended and whenever I have worked with these venues they have been super professional and given great service. So, just a few recommendations from me along with things I love about these venues. In no particular order:
1. Stock Farm Wedding Barn
This new venue is basically a blank canvas. A big old barn for you to decorate loads of outdoor space and gardens with a house where you can all stay. Perfect for a wedding weekend with a bit of a DIY feel.
2. The Belle Epoque
I’ve shot small intimate weddings and quite big weddings here so it’s pretty versatile. The rooms are such that a small wedding won’t feel lost but there is enough space for larger parties too. The ceremony room is beautiful but it is very dark. Let your photographer worry about that! There is a small garden at the back which is great for pictures and you can easily stroll along the pretty High Street in Knutsford or walk a short distance to the park for a bigger landscape. The food is excellent and I’ve always found the staff charming.
3. The Yellow Broom
Perfect for smaller weddings and late afternoon ceremonies. The food is excellent and the owners and staff go above and beyond to make sure that everything runs smoothly. There is a beautiful little garden and the conservatory space means that even if it rains it is light enough for pictures inside.
4. Abbeywood Estate
I love this venue but then I love gardens and so quite often come here even when I’m not working. The conservatory reception space is beautiful and the gardens give so many picture options I could photograph weddings here forever and never run out of new ideas.
5. Combermere Abbey
Another venue with a beautiful conservatory for the ceremony and grand walled gardens. Honeymoon suites also available here so you won’t have to worry about where to stay.
6. Owen House Wedding Barn
Barn wedding venues have become very popular in recent years. Owen House have done great job of making their barn quirky and individual. Outside space is a bit limited but they have a great set aside area for photography with big bales and twinkly lights. Really great bar area and lovely staff.
7. Rookery Hall Hotel
Lovely country hotel with nice gardens and beautiful wisteria covered pergola. Big modern function rooms with the main hotel in the older building. I’ve always been really impressed with the food here.
8. Sandhole Oak Barn
A lovely country barn with rooms where you can stay. A beautiful setting with a big lake and plenty of outdoor space.
9. Quarry Bank Mill
This a National Trust property and it is a busy place but the function rooms are very spacious and there is no end of options for photographs from the beautiful gardens to the big old mill buildings.
10. Crewe Hall
A big hotel with a very grand feel. Another busy place but I always notice that everything runs like clockwork here. Lots of opportunities for photographs especially inside with the galleried hall and tiny ornate chapel.
11. The Oaktree of Peover
I love the setting of the Oaktree in its own extensive grounds. Its a barn venue with lots of beams that can be decorated with twinkly lights. It feels very private and you certainly wouldn’t have to worry about waking the neighbours here.
12. Styal Lodge
Another barn venue that feels similar to Sandhole inside I think. Its set in the middle of a golf course though and there is a lake that you can take a golf cart ride to for photographs. Pretty outdoor gardens and some great catering.
As you can see there is an endless choice in the county depending what will suit you and your wedding. I hope this gives you some ideas and I look forward to more gorgeous weddings at these lovely venues.