6 Perfect Winter Wedding Venues in the South of England
There’s something magical about a winter wedding. Think snowy photos, roaring open fires, comforting winter dishes and fine wine – relished inside a charming, characterful venue.
While summer weddings are popular in England for obvious reasons, winter weddings certainly have a lot going for them.
Here are some of the best winter wedding venues the south of England has to offer, providing the perfect atmospheric backdrop for your big day.
Six perfect winter wedding venues
Whether you’re looking for a ceremony-licensed venue to hold both your ceremony and reception, or a stunning place to enjoy your wedding breakfast and after-party, there’s a dream winter wedding location for all on this list – each providing first-class hospitality and premium food and drinks.
Here are six perfect winter wedding venues in the south of England...
The White Swan Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
The White Swan Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon sits proudly as one of the Midlands most historic wedding venues. It oozes elegance and charm and, thanks to its sense of Tudor grandeur, makes for the perfect winter wedding venue.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands famous for being the birthplace of Shakespeare. A perfect location for weddings all year-round, it’s particularly charming when the town is covered in a blanket of snow.
Brave the cold for the magical wedding photos before retreating inside the historic venue where you’ll find roaring open fires, oak panelling, and original features throughout.
With a license to hold civil wedding ceremonies, you can spend your entire day at The White Swan – from saying ‘I do’ to dancing the night away. The Capulet and Montague function rooms are beautifully decorated and can be used as one large space for larger weddings of up to 70 people, or two individual rooms for more intimate celebrations of love.
The wedding party and guests can also stay on-site at the historic hotel, which has played host to thousands of guests since 1560. Designed to ensure a luxurious, peaceful stay, each of the 41 unique bedrooms has enchanting original paintings and intricate wood carvings that will have you and your guests wondering if Shakespeare himself found his muse for Romeo and Juliet here.
The White Swan Hotel is located at Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6NH. Visit The White Swan’s website or call 01789 297022 to find out more.
Visit Private Events at The White Swan Hotel to view the full wedding brochure.
The George IV, Chiswick
The George IV is a popular pub wedding venue in Chiswick that accommodates up to 200 guests in its Boston Room. The Art-Deco style, multifunctional space has a beautiful wooden floor, high ceiling, themed walls and rustic look, making it the perfect venue for stylish winter weddings of all sizes.
The surrounding area is perfect for creative and scenic wedding photos – with the beautiful River Thames walkway close-by, as well as lush parks and characterful buildings which are particularly charming in the colder months.
The venue comes complete with elegant original features and its own private bar and facilities, making it the ideal venue for both the afternoon and evening of your special day. There’s even a stage and dancefloor area for dancing the night away after dinner.
The courtyard garden, which can be hired exclusively in conjunction with the Boston Room, is decorated with fairy lights making it that little bit more magical. It’s also the perfect space to gather around the bride and groom, light the sparklers and cheers to good health.
The pub’s events team will tailor a wedding package just for you, including delicious food, wine and entertainment. Located at 185 High Road in Chiswick, London, W4 2DR, visit The George IV’s website or call 020 8994 4624 to find out more.
The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross
A Grade I listed building that has been lovingly restored, The Parcel Yard occupies the original Great Northern Railway parcel office and was built in 1852, providing a historic, and wonderfully unique, backdrop for a winter wedding inside London’s Kings Cross Station.
There are five stunning private function rooms to choose from, which are licensed for civil ceremonies, accommodating up to 120 people seated and 300 standing.
Lee Lehane-Blackford, The Parcel Yard’s Proactive Sales & Events Manager, said the venue is a popular choice for winter weddings due to its central location, characterful spaces with original features, and relaxed atmosphere.
“The atmosphere of the pub is cosy and intimate with warm light and candles – perfect for a relaxed winter wedding. The brilliance of the architecture of the rail station provides a truly unique and gorgeous backdrop for artistic wedding photos.”
He said the venue provides a personalised wedding service, with tailor-made packages.
“We offer a personal service and design packages to take the pain out of planning. Our events team has a wealth of experience with delivering seamless events, with attention to detail combined with outstanding service to meet and exceed expectations,” Lee explained.
“By having one person dedicated to the supervision of your booking and helping you every step of the way, we can offer you tailor-made packages to suit your needs, and will work closely with you in the run up to your big day to help you design your perfect wedding.”
The Parcel Yard is located by Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾ inside King's Cross Station, London, N1C 4AH. Visit The Parcel Yard's website or call 020 7713 7258 to find out more.
The Gun, Docklands
The Gun is a dazzling historic riverside gastropub and popular wedding venue in Docklands that provides the perfect backdrop for a charming winter wedding overlooking the River Thames.
The Grade II listed venue, which dates back 250 years, offers fine dining set in a traditional, elegant, British pub. Perfect for foodie couples, the food, drink and service are of the highest quality. The team of talented chefs use only the freshest ingredients locally sourced from hand-picked suppliers to create the wedding breakfast of your dreams.
Away from the capital’s crowds, it’s the perfect place to hold a winter wedding in London by the water, with fine fresh food, stunning wines and a great riverside gin garden. It also has dedicated Events Manager will help to create a bespoke package for your wedding day.
The Gun is located at 27 Coldharbour in Docklands, London, E14 9NS. Visit The Gun’s website or call 0207 519 0075 for more information.
Find out more: Weddings at The Gun, Docklands.
The Mill at Elstead, Surrey
Steeped in history dating back to 1647, The Mill at Elstead is a rustic pub wedding venue in Surrey that is perfect for charming winter weddings.
Originally a corn mill, it has since been transformed into a beautiful venue for both small and large celebrations of love, where the surrounding landscape has an abundance of photo opportunities to capture scenic and special wedding photos in the countryside. There’s even a working mill wheel inside the pub.
The first-floor dual aspect Cygnet room overlooks the river Wey and can accommodate wedding ceremonies up to 65 guests, receptions of up to 90 guests, and evening celebrations for up to 120 guests. With exposed wooden beams and brickwork, combined with quirky mismatch wooden furniture, the unique venue’s ambiance is both relaxed and intimate. There’s also a separate area for dancing the night away.
The Mill at Elstead is located at Farnham Road, Elstead, Surrey, GU8 6LE. Visit The Mill’s website to find out more.
Find out more: Weddings at The Mill at Elstead, Surrey.
The Still & West, Portsmouth
Modern style mingles beautifully with traditional nautical charm at The Still & West, a Grade II listed waterside venue that makes a particularly special place to hold a winter wedding.
While Portsmouth is largely known as a summer destination, the charm of the seaside city doesn’t disappear in the winter time. The beautiful waterfront is particularly alluring in winter, more so underneath a dusting of snow, and The Still & West has a front-row view.
The upstairs floor is complete with its own bar and can accommodate up to 100 guests, and the large windows make for uninterrupted views over the harbour, which are beautiful even on the stormiest of days.
The surrounding area has no shortage of stunning photo opportunities to provide a picturesque backdrop for your special day, and, teamed with great views of the Solent, fine food and drink and first-class service, it’s easily one of the best wedding reception venues in Portsmouth.
A range of wedding packages and set menus are available, and the pub’s Events Manager will help to make all the arrangements, taking care of all the little touches that make the big day extra special.
The Still & West is located in Bath Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, PO1 2JL. Visit The Still & West’s website or call 023 92821567 for more information.
Find out more: Weddings at The Still & West, Portsmouth.
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