Old romantic style, grand imposing architecture and an unforgettable glamorous affair… these are just a few things we love about a gothic-inspired wedding!
But, of course, with a wedding of this style, the venue can be hard to find. But luckily for you, Country House Wedding Venues have done all the hard work. Here, they give you a run down of 6 of the best gothic wedding venues, and you’re going to love them!
Butley Priory, Suffolk
With its grand, gothic façade and stunning countryside setting, Butley Priory makes an excellent choice for couples seeking the romance of gothic glamour on their wedding day.
Just 15 minutes from the Suffolk coast, you’ll find the remains of the Augustinian monastery. Haunting from the outside and majestic on the inside, it’s a truly remarkable spot to tie the knot.
Proving that goth style doesn’t have to be dark and moody, Butley Priory is bright and airy with a neutral colour palette that will complement just about any colour scheme. The Great Hall, in particular, is the perfect example of this and has impressive vaulted ceilings that set the scene for your nuptials.
Highclere Castle, Hampshire
Highclere Castle’s charm is largely down to its impressive Victorian gothic design. From its sturdy, dark oak main entrance, to distinctive towers, the setting manages to mix luxe gothic architectural features like these with real English aristocratic style.
When it comes to grand occasions, you can’t get much better than Highclere’s Saloon and Victorian Library, key areas of the home that play host to your day.
Of course, it goes without saying that another thing that makes this venue extra special is Highclere’s starring role in Downton Abbey. But on your wedding the venue is exclusively yours and provides the backdrop to your very own period drama.
St Augustine’s, Kent
If it’s a haunting and historic setting you’re after, you’ll no doubt fall in love with St Augustine’s. The beautiful, medieval buildings have a mix of architectural styles, dating back as far as the 13th Century.
The Lower Chapel with its cloistered ceiling sets the scene for the start of your celebrations. It’s the place you’ll enjoy reception drinks with friends and family, before making your way into the spectacular Undercroft with its warm tones, gothic archways and beautiful architecture. Accommodating up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast and evening reception, the setting really does capture the spirit of your special day.
Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire
Opulent and grand, this former Benedictine monastery provides plenty of choice for your wedding. In keeping with the gothic style of your day, you’ll have the option of tying the knot in the stunning Pugin-inspired chapel.
Your ceremony just marks the beginning of your impressive celebrations. You’ll also find exquisite feature rooms, inspiring features and 22 acres of land to make use of throughout your day.
When it comes to dining, you’ll be in for a treat with The Thomson Dining Hall setting the scene for your big-day banquet. With its opulent style and intricate architecture you’ll need little of your own décor at all.
Another thing we love about this grand and imposing venue is that despite its sheer size, it can still provide a magical atmosphere for weddings with just a handful of guests.
Clermont is well suited to its Brighton location as like the town, it offers up something very beautiful and unique. The converted church is tucked away in a quiet area of Preston Park and retains many of its original gothic features, both inside and out.
Its gorgeous details include brass chandeliers, stained glass windows and of course those magnificent high ceilings. All of which add to its captivating atmosphere that will no doubt wow all of your wedding guests.
While not licensed for ceremonies, the setting is perfect for a gothic-inspired blessing and can be yours to celebrate in into the night.
Manor By The Lake, Gloucestershire
If Victorian vamp is your thing, you’ll love Manor By The Lake, a historic gem tucked away in the heart of Cheltenham.
The main manor house is the epitome of French, Elizabethan and Gothic style and is the perfect backdrop for all your big-day photographs.
The whole of your celebration can take place within the exquisite house, full of detail and décor from years gone by. The wedding rooms feature intricately carved oak panels, marble fireplaces and ornately painted ceilings and have capacity for weddings with up to 200 guests.
There are also the grand, manicured gardens, surrounding the pretty lake, along with the newly refurbished bedrooms, styled with gothic romance in mind. Both of which complete this unique manor house, adding the finishing touches to your spellbinding day.
To find out more about any of the venues mentioned, visit the Country House Wedding Venues website.