Red Maple PhotographyRed Maple Photography

5 Types of Gloucestershire Wedding Venues 

5 Types of Gloucestershire Wedding Venues I Love To Photograph

I am so lucky to live in the beautiful county of South Gloucestershire. When I say I am a Gloucestershire wedding photographer, I really am because this is my stomping ground. I drive the A roads past some of the most beautiful Cotswold wedding venues in the area. So after doing this week in and week out, I thought “Why not give a little more detail to those who don’t get to do this”. I mean let’s be fair, many people that get married have not planned a wedding and it is a daunting task.

So let’s get into it:

  1. Home Estates
  2. Hotels & Inns
  3. Barn
  4. Marquee
  5. Town Hall

Home Estates

Estate, Manor House, Mansion, you can name is whatever you wish but at the end of the day it is a beautiful wedding venue steeped in historical elegance. Your wedding will become another document in its history. From the beautiful Barnsley House, to driving down tiny lanes past the alpacas to arrive at Cowley Manor, or through the stunning gates of Elmore Court, your guests will be in awe of your wedding venue choice. Each estate offers you a different set of options to making your day perfect. As a wedding photographer, I can guarantee that an estate wedding will give you the option to have your wedding photographs set on romantic stairwells, or outside on a beautiful sunny day by the waterfalls in famous gardens. You can each venue your own.

Pauntley Court ballroom wedding

Hotel & Inns

Hotels are a fantastic wedding venue option when you and your guests may be travelling to your wedding destination.  You can keep all the wedding entertainment under one roof including your guests. Guests can stay the night before your wedding, visit local areas of attraction and not feel rushed to leave once your wedding day is finished. Hotel wedding venues in Gloucestershire range from small, intimate locations such as The Swan in Bibury, to larger venues such as Tortworth Court. The wedding venue prices will range but it is always worth asking your wedding coordinator for a guest discount. The room discounts can be passed onto your guests which is wonderful when travelling a great distance.

barnsley house wedding venue photography


Who doesn’t love a good marquee wedding? Let me tell you, they are not old fashioned or cheap wedding venues. Wedding marquees are not only fabulous for space and feeling like you are outdoors, but they create the most beautiful light no matter what the weather is doing on your wedding day. As a wedding photographer, it is my job to find great places to take your wedding photographs, and I know some people worry about a marquee wedding for the dreaded idea of “but what if it rains!?” I think there are a couple of things to remember, it can be pouring outside, but with a large marquee your guests will spread out inside, some guests will still huddle outside under gazebos or umbrellas. It can be pouring out, but when you look at your pictures, a good wedding photographer will be able to use the beautiful light to create stunning wedding pictures for you. You will never know it was raining.

Another fantastic option with a marquee wedding venue is that there are some fantastic areas you can put up a marquee. Some people will choose to have them in a parent’s garden, or some old estates will have them on a lawn for added space to the venue use. Venues such as Pauntley Court give people a beautiful view of the lake from the marquee meaning you can open up the sides and let your guests enjoy the scenery that you fell in love with when booking your wedding day.

Marquees are also a blank canvas – literally. You can head to Pinterest and be inspired by what you love and make it your own on the day. I have had clients with balloons, hanging flower wreaths, draping roses and candles – the only limit if your imagination and budget!

drakestone house wedding marquee


If you love rustic a barn is a great option for a wedding venue in Gloucestershire. You can head deep into the Cotswolds near Cheltenham you can look at barns such as Cripps Barn, The Barn at Upcote, Stone Barn or Lapstone Barn. If you want to be closer to the prestige of Tetbury you can have your wedding reception at some of the prettiest wedding barns such as The Great Tythe Barn and Kingscote Barn.

Each barn will offer you a different size for hosting a variety of wedding party sizes. With some of the best catering services available such as catering companies like Hey Pesto! and Strawberry Fields, you are spoiled for choice. The barns are all surrounded by beautiful countryside and fields. Your wedding photography options are endless.

Just like a marquee offers you a blank backdrop for making it unique for your wedding day, so too can a rustic wedding barn do the same – just with a lot more wood than white!

kingscote barn wedding venue photography

Town Hall

Ok, so before your turn your nose up to a Gloucestershire town or village hall, I just want to let you know I got married in a town hall. It wasn’t even in this gorgeous country, but in a small town in the sticks of Canada… it was nothing special. But let me tell you, we didn’t spend alot on the wedding venue but instead put the money into making it look extraordinary. Many town or village halls in Gloucestershire are steeped in history. They are surrounded by stunning views and fields. This gives you a backdrop to get inventive. You can make them your own. Hire a wedding company to deck it out or get an amazing florist such as Wild and Co to quote you on making it look like the talk of the town for years to come. This beautiful village hall was just down the road from where the Bride’s mother grew up. It was more than a village hall to this family.

gloucestershire town hall wedding photographer