10 of the Best Coastal Wedding Venues
When the sun is shining, sometimes there’s no better place to be than by the sea in the UK. Equally even if it’s not shining, it can create a wonderful cosy atmosphere and bring a real element of calm.
Add to that beautiful scenery, lovely quaint towns and villages and a healthy dose of locally caught grub, it’s no surprise why lots of couples choose to get married by the sea.
Below we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites along with a little on what makes them so special.
Located in St Mawes, Hotel Tresanton is owned by hotelier and designer Olga Polizzi, who spent two years redesigning it in her unique personal style. You can get married in style in their cinema or bar lounge which can seat 70 people, and enjoy the sea views from their two terraces overlooking St Anthony’s lighthouse. The hotel has 30 bedrooms for your guests to stay in, with an incredible 28 of them all having sea views. This hotel is the perfect location for understated luxury and elegance and is a lovely option for a slightly smaller wedding.
With beautiful views over Camber Sands, The Gallivant is a fully licensed wedding venue on the beach. Just an hour and a bit out of London, the venue is nestled behind the dunes and is a wonderful bolthole in which to host a wedding. Expect great food, with the fish from local boats, meat from the marshes and the biggest English wine list in the country. Plus if you fancy a bit of pampering, their beach hut mini spas are ideal for treatments before or after the wedding day.
Set in three acres of landscaped gardens and sweeping lawns, Whitstable Castle is just 200 metres from Tankerton Beach and the historic Whitstable Harbour. It has lovely sea views and a roof terrace to enjoy them from, along with four ceremony spaces and a beautiful victorian style gazebo for outdoor ceremonies. The venue is exclusive use and can host up to 100 guests.
A luxury private island retreat with panoramic views of the Solent and beyond, Spitbank Fort is incredibly private and with no neighbours, it means you can celebrate well into the early hours. An exclusive use venue that is licensed for ceremonies, you can enjoy your champagne reception up on the deck and stargazing opportunities from the rooftop hot pool.
Nestled on the North East coast of the Scottish Highlands, you’ll find the exclusive Ackergill Tower Hotel. A secluded venue that enables you to have total privacy, this venue keeps a lowkey profile for a reason. Surrounded by 3000 acres of land and 7 miles of private beach, you can host your guests across 35 bedrooms in this 5* accommodation hotel for the ultimate house party weekend. Choose from the traditional splendour of the great hall, the quirkiness of the Tree House and the rustic rafters of Sinclair Palace in which to host your wedding ceremony and reception.
Known most notably for it’s beautiful victorian orangery and it’s wonderful architecture, St Audries Park is a really romantic spot to host your wedding. It is located within 100 acres of tranquil deer park, overlooking rolling Quantock Hills and the Bristol Channel with lots of stunning coastal views. The venue can host up to 130 guests on the day and 250 guests in the evening, along with being able to sleep an impressive 100 of your guests. We recommend hosting your ceremony in the lovely Orangery, followed by your reception in the historic and atmospheric banqueting hall.
A highly unique venue, it is accessed via a hand carved tunnel through the cliff. On the other side you’ll be greeted with spectacular views over a private beach, which is known for its spectacular sunsets in the evening. The venue is fully licensed for wedding ceremonies within its thatched gazebo and can have 120 guests for the day and 160 in the evening. Quirky add ons to hire include an Ice Cream Tricycle, a Cake of Cheese and a VW Wedding Guest Shuttle.
Tucked away in the winding rural lanes of South Devon, the breathtaking Gara Rock hotel has beauty both outside and within. With scene stealing views out to sea from different parts of the hotel, along with a modern yet classic coastal style by interior design Jojo Barr at House Nine, you’ll get beautiful photos no matter where you are in the hotel. The venue is exclusive use and can host up to 130 of your guests, with the wedding menu created using the finest produce from Devon.
With floor to ceiling windows looking out to sea in the ceremony space, this hotel provides a pretty unbeatable backdrop. Their Marine Room is licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests and their reception area can seat up to 80 people comfortably and is set with a dance floor and private bar. The hotel also has an exclusive private terrace that is perfect for your celebratory drinks reception.
A lovely 16th century venue in the Kent countryside with panoramic views of the Thames Estuary, The Ferry House is conveniently only an hour out of London. It can host up to 150 of your guests for the ceremony, 180 guests for dinner or alternatively 300 standing, along with sleeping up to 60 of your guests too. We highly recommend hosting your ceremony in the outdoor oak-beamed gazebo, with a beautiful view out to sea.