It goes without saying that our region is spoilt for choice with amazing wedding venues – from stately homes and sprawling country estates, to twinkling treehouses and fairy tale castles – you name it, we’ve got it. Choosing your wedding venue can be a time consuming and costly decision, it’s the first place you’re going to start your happily ever after so it’s got to be good. Having lived and worked in the region for my entire life, let me introduce you to some of my favourite wedding venues across the region…
1.The Alnwick Garden and Treehouse
Chances are you’re already familiar with the amazing Alnwick Garden, but have you ever imagined it as a wedding venue? Just take a moment to imagine how many amazing photo opportunities there are to create some truly memorable wedding photographs. Add some drama with the rushing waters of The Grand Cascade, dine alfresco under the stars on the Pavilion Terrace and dance the night away high up in the treetops surrounded by thousands of twinking fairy lights.
Still not convinced? This fairy tale venue is also easily accessible by car, plane and train so you can be sure family and friends from far away can make it, plenty of hotels and B&Bs located nearby, licensed for ceremonies.
2. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
The iconic Baltic Mill might be best known as an art gallery by day, but by night it is transformed into a breathtakingly beautiful wedding venue. Regardless of whether you’re visiting the Newcastle Gateshead quayside for the first time or fiftieth, you cannot fail to be impressed by the view of the city’s bridges and waterline. Choose to hold your reception in the stunning River Terrace with its outdoor patio that makes you feel like you’re on a luxury yacht and floor to ceiling glass walls which add a picture-perfect view of the city beyond to your wedding photos. Ascend to the sixth floor and indulge in a five star wedding breakfast in the SIX rooftop restaurant, or gather your nearest and dearest for an intimate party in the Event Suite.
Still not convinced? The Baltic is ideally located to multiple modes of transport, it’s fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies and has a range of reception rooms to choose from, not to mention the abundance of high quality hotels just a stone’s throw away.
With panoramic views of Longsands Beach, the crumbling ruins of Tynemouth Priory and elegant Georgian architecture of The Grand Hotel, take a closer look at the pretty village of Tynemouth and you might just discover your perfect wedding venue. Pose for photographs with the sunset and sea in the background, ascend the sweeping staircase to the elegant Oak Room and greet your guests with whisky and mulled wine beside the roaring fire… need I say more?
Still not convinced? The Grand Hotel is an historic and conveniently located venue guaranteed to win yours and your guests’ hearts. Beautifully furnished, you’ll feel like Lord and Lady of the Manor for a day and have some amazing photographs to treasure forever.
Jesmond Dene House is a mansion situated in the heart of Jesmond Dene, a highly recommended leafy retreat to escape to in the middle of a busy city. A combination of townhouse chic and elegant Georgian architecture, Jesmond Dene House is known amongst local foodies for its seasonal, locally-inspired menus and amazing afternoon teas. The gardens are incredible during the summer months, pose for photographs under the pergola or toast to married life surrounded by family and friends on the manicured lawn.
Still not convinced? Conveniently located and large enough to accommodate all of your guests (you can book the entire hotel if you need to), Jesmond Dene House is a perfect example of Newcastle’s ability to conquer fine dining, heritage and historic architecture all in one.
5. Shortflatt Tower
If anybody has been watching Robson Green’s documentary on his home county of Northumberland, then you can’t fail to have been entranced by Northumberland’s natural beauty. Shortflatt Tower is just one of many gorgeous country estates in the area, but one of few with an ancient medieval Pele Tower, formal walled gardens and an amazing spa. Bursting with beautiful photo opportunities, Shortflatt Tower is the perfect countryside retreat.
Still not convinced? Take a look at their website and I needn’t say anymore.
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Editor’s Note: This post was written by guest contributor Chloe Hall, check out my lifestyle blog proseccoandpie.blogspot.co.uk for the best places to eat, drink and explore across the region.