A Guide To Wedding Venues With Churches And Chapels On-Site
How convenient would it be to have your ceremony and reception at the same venue? No need for separate bookings or organising transport for your guests. Why should you have to give up your dream of a church wedding just to make everything a bit easier? So, here’s our guide to choosing a venue that has a church or chapel on-site with a selection of our top choices. Spoiler alert, they are gorgeous!
What are the benefits of having a church or chapel at my venue?
Imagine yourself, hand-in-hand with your partner at the gorgeous alter of a quaint chapel on the grounds of an incredible, historic venue. What a moment to remember! Aside from the romance of a wonderful, historic chapel as a place to say ‘I Do’, one of the main benefits to having your wedding at a venue which has an on-site church or chapel is the convenience of being able to book your reception and your religious ceremony in one place. This not only saves you the time and added cost of finding and booking two different locations, but also removes the potential headache of making sure that everyone can get between the two venues on time.
You might also find that it’s easier to book an on-site chapel or church than it is to book one which is independent of your venue, particularly if the location which you have chosen for your reception offers exclusive hire. Plus, these buildings tend to be absolutely gorgeous! They are usually historically linked to the venue itself, meaning that they have a fascinating past, an enchanting intimacy and a romantic, quaint look to them.
Can I get married at a different church or chapel to my Parish?
If you are considering the possibility of getting married in an on-site church or chapel, but are a regular member of the congregation of another church, then you may need to make certain arrangements and tick certain boxes in order to make this happen. Remember, the religious wedding ceremonies in the UK which are legally-binding are Church of England, Church in Wales, Roman Catholic, Jewish or Quaker. If you are of another faith or denomination, you will need to have a civil ceremony for your marriage to be legally-binding.
If you wish to get married at a church that is not your own, you need to give a good reason as to why this is the case and prove a connection. For example, your parents might have been married at this church, you may have been christened there or you may have attended this church regularly in the past. You will need to provide the religious leader of the church or chapel you wish to be married in with this reason. Similarly, if you wish to have your religious leader from your regular church perform the ceremony, you will need to provide a reason for this too.
Finally, you may need to meet the requirement of habitual attendance at the church or chapel you wish to get married in. This does not have to be every single Sunday, but you will need to attend regularly for at least six months prior to your wedding date.
Even if you meet these requirements, the final decision rests with the leader of the chapel or church you wish to get married in. It is down to their discretion, so you may not get your wish. The best thing to do is to speak to them, as well as your own religious leader, and find out what their requirements are and whether they would be happy to accept your request.
Can I get married in my venue’s on-site church or chapel even if I’m not religious?
The vast majority of people looking to marry in a church are those who have an affiliation with the Christian faith, whether because they were christened as a child or regularly attend a church currently. However, we understand that some couples may be concerned about this if, for example, their partner is not religious or they don’t currently belong to a congregation.
Ultimately, this will depend on whether the church or chapel present at the venue is still used for religious purposes. If this is the case and neither of you belongs to the Christian faith, it is unlikely that you will be allowed to get married in a church or chapel. Again, it comes down to the discretion of the venue you wish to get married in, so you will need to speak to them. Ultimately though, it is important to remember that if this is a religious space, they are unlikely to allow a non-religious ceremony.
It will be a different situation if the venue’s church or chapel has transitioned from being a place of worship and is now used for other purposes. In this circumstance, you may find that the chapel is simply another room available for ceremonies. The chapel must be licensed for civil ceremonies if you want the wedding to be legally-binding. However, if it is not licensed, you may be able to have a symbolic ceremony led by a celebrant in the space, and complete the marriage elsewhere, such as in a registry office.
How much does it cost to get married at a venue with a church or chapel on-site?
The cost of having your wedding at a venue with an on-site church or chapel will vary depending on a number of factors. Things such as the wedding date, the availability of the venue and the size of the venue will all have an effect on the cost, as will the wedding package you agree with the venue.
The best thing to do is to speak to the venue directly, look at the different prices and options on offer, and find an option that works for you.
Top Venues with Churches or Chapels On-Site
Here are our top recommendations for wedding venues that have a church or chapel on-site.
Nestled in 190 acres of beautiful gardens, Ashridge House is a spectacular, award-winning wedding venue in leafy Hertfordshire. With grand, turreted façades and steeped in history, Ashridge House is a unique backdrop for an unforgettable wedding. Anglican blessings are available in the beautiful, Gothic Revival Chapel dating back to the 1800s. Also, Ashridge House can host a reception for up to 400 guests, perfect for a lavish celebration.
Want to find out more about Ashridge House? Get in touch here.
Set amidst acres of Surrey parkland, De Vere Horsley Estate has history and heritage at every turn. This exclusive use wedding venue, nestled in picturesque grounds, has been recently refurbished to provide a beautiful setting. A secret chapel set within beautifully tiled cloisters creates a truly magical atmosphere for your wedding day. Horsley Estate offers flexibility for you to create the wedding of your dreams. You have full use of three function rooms and the Towers Bar giving lots of flexibility for choosing which room for your wedding breakfast and then evening reception. So, Horsley Estate can be your castle for the day.
Want to find out more about De Vere Horsley Estate? Get in touch here.
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is The Priests House, a magnificent, exclusive use wedding venue. The Priests House was originally a 16th-century chapel serving the Tower and the local area and consists of the House itself together with the newly renovated “Old Chapel”. The Old Chapel has been sympathetically restored to its former glory. It can host ceremonies up to 90 guests and is ideal to also use for your wedding breakfast and evening reception venue too. With the breathtaking backdrop of the Grade 1 listed Barden Tower and the Upper Wharfedale valley, this venue boasts a fantastic historical setting with fabulous views.
Want to find out more about The Priests House? Get in touch here.
Situated within a stunning 350-acre estate, Hengrave Hall is a beautiful, Grade 1* listed Tudor mansion which exudes historic charm. The historic church of St John Lateran is within a short stroll of the main house, dating back to the 13th century. This magnificent venue is available for Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist or United Reform Weddings, Church of England Blessings or any other denominational services. Church of England blessings are then usually followed by a Civil Ceremony in the gorgeous Hall.
Want to find out more about Hengrave Hall? Get in touch here.
Described by Country Life as the most beautiful house in the UK, Brympton House is a gorgeous, Grade I listed mansion nestled in the Somerset countryside. Offering exclusive use, this luxurious wedding venue is an ideal mixture of old and new. For a religious ceremony, the beautiful 13th Century St Andrews Church is nestled in Brympton House’s grounds. Described as one of the most ‘stunning’ churches in the UK, St. Andrews is an elegant and enchanting place for a wedding, lit entirely by candlelight.
Want to find out more about Brympton House? Get in touch here.
Set within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside, Broughton Hall is a beautiful, 17th-century stately home. With 3,000 acres of rolling meadow pastures, ancient woodland, heather moorland, wild reservoirs and meandering rivers, Broughton Hall is an enchanting wedding location. Sacred Heart Chapel is a stunning venue, steeped in history as it dates back to the 1500s. So, Broughton Hall is perfect for a traditional, opulent and classic wedding with its historic setting.
Want to find out more about Broughton Hall? Get in touch here.
Situated in the idyllic countryside, Orsett Hall is a stunning hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens. Situated in a private and quiet corner of the grounds, the Chapel is licensed to conduct religious and non-religious wedding ceremonies, as well as civil partnerships. Designed in soothing pastel tones and framed by elegant white beams covered in white flowers, the Chapel offers traditional seating and a large balcony where additional guests can be seated and music can be played. So, from an intimate service to a formal reception, Orsett Hall offers an unforgettable wedding experience.
Want to find out more about Orsett Hall Hotel? Get in touch here.
Stapleford Park Country House is an idyllic wedding venue, with its beautiful historic house and stunning landscaped grounds. The beautiful, 18th-century Church of St Mary Magdalene is perfect for a blessing; at once striking and beautiful with its enchanting setting on the estate, imposing tower and historical monuments. So, Stapleford Park seamlessly blends timeless luxury with every modern wedding desire.
Want to find out more about Stapleford Park Country House? Get in touch here.
Dating back to the 17th century, Crewe Hall is a stunning luxury wedding venue, steeped in history. Crewe Hall perfectly blends an iconic historical venue with a chic and contemporary hotel. The Chapel dates back to the 1600s and is highly decorated. Features include stained glass windows, gorgeous statues, and a statement, wooden roof.
Want to find out more about Crewe Hall? Get in touch here.
The 4-star Mercure Walton Hall Hotel is 16th century Grade II listed building with a wealth of character. The hotel is tucked away within 65 acres of private grounds. With only one wedding a day, it guarantees the perfect atmosphere and attentive service. The beautiful Church of England chapel is a Grade II Listed building, only a few steps from Walton Hall. The picturesque surroundings offer the most stunning photo opportunities, with a lake backdrop and countryside views.
Want to find out more about Mercure Walton Hall Hotel? Get in touch here.
Set within the beautiful Berkshire countryside, Wasing Park is a vast private estate creating an atmosphere of rural seclusion. Steeped in history, the Parish Church of St Nicholas is set amidst the beautiful gardens in Wasing Park. Original features and intricate stained glass await your vows. Experience pure tranquillity as you marry in the picturesque 15th-century church.
Want to find out more about Wasing Park? Get in touch here.
Thicket Priory is a romantic and ethereal country house only 15 minutes from York. This secret gem was designed by the architect of Buckingham Palace and is set in 18 acres of idyllic gardens. One of Thicket Priory’s most unique features is undoubtedly the glorious on-site chapel situated in the main building and able to seat up to 120 guests. Can there be a more romantic and intimate place in which to say “I Do” than this light-flooded space, with its original stained-glass windows and magnificent vaulted ceiling?
Want to find out more about Thicket Priory? Get in touch here.
At St Augustine’s, every wedding is different as St Augustine’s is one of the most unique wedding venues in Kent. The magnificent French-style Chapel at St Augustine’s was built in the early 1900’s and contains 350-year-old carvings from Paris, ensuring an unforgettable occasion. This deconsecrated chapel is available for religious, civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts or receptions.
Want to find out more about St Augustine’s? Get in touch here.
Surrounded by 600 acres of parkland, Nether Winchendon House is a romantic Tudor country manor house set in seven acres of tranquil gardens. The beautiful Church of St Nicholas is just a 2-minute walk from Nether Winchendon House. This historic church dates from the early 13th Century but there has been a church on the site since Saxon times. Alterations to the interior did not occur after the early 17th Century. So, the Chancel and Nave have retained an elegantly simple appearance. It retains an enchanting character and atmosphere that can have changed little since the late 18th Century.
Want to find out more about Nether Winchendon House? Get in touch here.
Surrounded by its own moat and beautiful gardens, Birtsmorton Court is a romantic, medieval manor house. The church of St. Thomas of Canterbury with St. Peter & St. Paul is just a short stroll away from Birtsmorton Court, accessed through its own private gate. The stunning 14th-century church is beautifully maintained and well-kept. Features include stained glass, bells, an organ, and a red carpet aisle. So, you and up to 115 guests can enjoy a charming religious ceremony without any hassle.
Want to find out more about Birtsmorton Court? Get in touch here.
Nestled amongst five acres of stunning grounds, Farnham Castle continues its 900-year legacy of hosting lavish weddings. This romantic and elegant venue has two beautiful chapels. The Norman Chapel offers traditional and simple features with a wooden floor and a grand stone arch. On the other hand, The Bishop’s Chapel is perfect for a more intimate ceremony with white walls and architectural design reflecting its rich history.
Want to find out more about Farnham Castle? Get in touch here.
Sandon Hall is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the heart of the Midlands. The country mansion’s magnificent interior and picturesque gardens make it the perfect wedding location. The range of stunning backdrops include the majestic, 13th-century All Saints Church. Sandon Church is perfect for those wanting a traditional church wedding. Also, it is only a short drive—or carriage ride—from the house. So, the Hall is the perfect setting for all styles of wedding receptions from intimate gatherings to festival parties.
Want to find out more about Sandon Hall? Get in touch here.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect church wedding venue then head over to our Guides for Brides church finder.
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