Yorkshire

Yorkshire is heavenly, that’s why they call it God’s own country…However I was born, raised and married in Yorkshire so I may be slightly biased. There are so many beautiful venues it is hard to know where to start, here are some of my favorites based on the seasons:

Helmsley in The North York Moors couldn’t be more beautiful in Spring. The daffodils line the streams providing perfect photo opportunities with the historic bridge and church for a backdrop. The Black Swan Hotel has a lovely garden for a drinks reception, with the church directly next door and views of the town square to the front you can enjoy the sound of the bells and spy on the guests arriving as you get ready. Very English.

For a summer wedding it would be hard to beat the timber barn at York Maze, set in the countryside near York it is packed full of fun activities such as the jumping pillow (basically an enormous bouncy castle), bale mountains…a cobstacle course! It is made for BBQs and toasting marshmallows by the fire on an evening. This venue is definitely fun.

The Yorkshire Dales is perfect in Autumn, with dry stone walls, green fields and falling leaves it is beautiful. The open fires, exposed beams and oak tables at the Cruck Barn at The Craven Arms in Appletreewick are perfect if you are looking for a cosy and rustic venue. Top tip: skip the champagne drinks on arrival and have the staff pour your guests mugs of mulled wine from the pot over the hearth.

In winter the historic streets of York look amazing covered in snow (if you’re lucky). For a beautiful historic venue with a mixture of medieval and Georgian influences consider Grays Court; a family run hotel tucked behind York Minster. With log burners and sofas it is ideal for a relaxed winter wedding in an historic venue dating back to the 11th century.

If the above venues don’t give you enough inspiration then here are some more top picks:

Best for stateley grandeur: Castle Howard

Best for foodies: The Talbot, Malton

Best DIY friendly wedding venue: Burnsall Village Hall

Best quirky venue: Crab Manor at The Crab & Lobster, Thirsk

Best historic venue: Markenfield Hall, Ripon

Best intimate venue: The Star at Harome

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