10 Most popular wedding venues for autumn/winter 2023

BY Liam Smith

10th Oct 2023 Inspire

3 min read

10 Most popular wedding venues for autumn/winter 2023

Whether you favour a picturesque palace fit for a princess, or a bohemian barn that emulates your carefree spirit, here are some popular wedding venues to help you plan the ceremony of your dreams
Picture exchanging your vows against the backdrop of breathtaking autumnal foliage, or saying “I do” amidst a countryside blanketed in snow. Autumn and winter weddings hold a unique allure that brings an enchanting and magical ambience to one’s special day!
As UK searches for “wedding venues” skyrocketed by 110 per cent over the past months, the wedding experts at Aura Print scoured social media for the most popular autumn/winter wedding venues nationwide, and tallied Instagram hashtag numbers to reveal which venue stands out as the most memorable for weddings this autumn/winter. 

1. Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds

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Topping the list with an eye-opening 196,000 Instagram hashtags is the 18th-century Baroque masterpiece, Blenheim Palace. Set in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, the picture-perfect palace is a sight to behold in any season.
Its award-winning Formal Gardens and iconic Great Lake provide a perfect canvas for wedding photoshoots as the trees turn golden. Dubbed ‘England’s finest view’, the palace is a dream venue for film lovers to get hitched, having graced the background of renowned productions, from the more recent hit Netflix series, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, to the Harry Potter and James Bond movies.

2. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Hampton Court Palace in Surrey takes second place, boasting a staggering 181,000 Instagram hashtags. From its rose-red Tudor brick, glorious stone archways, cobbled courtyards to sweeping gardens, the 500-year-old treasure has played host to lavish royal parties, being a top choice for kings and queens.
"The 500-year-old treasure has played host to lavish royal parties, being a top choice for kings and queens"
Whether you dream of a grand and majestic wedding amid the golden hues of autumn or snow-covered grounds, this regal property on the banks of the Thames is sure to tick all your boxes as you transform into royalty for your wedding day!

3. Leeds Castle, Kent 

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The castle for all seasons, in third place is Leeds Castle in Kent, accumulating an impressive 117,000 hashtags on Instagram. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment by leading European designers in the 1920s and 30s, the castle‘s interior is enticing and exudes a timeless allure.
Imagine a winter wedding in the fairytale surrounds of a castle, or tying the knot against a beautiful backdrop of autumnal rustic charm, Leeds Castle is where romance and history come together effortlessly.

4. Barbican Centre, London

London’s iconic Barbican Centre comes fourth, garnering a remarkable 106,000 Instagram hashtags to date. The conservatory venue will transport you, your betrothed and your guests away from the cold and soggy British weather to a 24/7 tropical paradise, for an exotic rainforest wedding even during the chilly, frosty months. Searching for a modern yet unconventional wedding? The Barbican Conservatory is sure to wow your guests.

5. Peckforton Castle, Cheshire 

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Rounding off the top five most Instagrammed autumn/winter wedding venues is Peckforton Castle (31,600 Instagram hashtags) in Cheshire. The 19th-century estate even got the nod from Hollywood couple, American singer Ciara and NFL star Russell William, who were rumoured to have hosted a star-studded guest list including Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and more.

6. Cliveden House, Berkshire 

Cliveden House in Berkshire secures sixth place, achieving a notable 28,600 hashtags on Instagram. Nestled amidst over 300 acres of National Trust gardens, this Grade I listed stately home is packed with character, whether adorned with the rich hues of autumn or lightly sprinkled with white snow.
"Nestled amidst over 300 acres of National Trust gardens, this Grade I listed stately home is packed with character"
Overlooking the River Thames, the capacious country house provides the ultimate setting for a glamorous wedding day, promising unparalleled privacy for you and your loved ones.

7. Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire 

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In seventh place is Hedsor House, garnering 26,100 hashtags on Instagram. Tucked away in the picturesque Buckinghamshire countryside, the timeless Georgian mansion is encapsulated by romance year-round.

8. Cripps Barn, the Cotswolds 

Cripps Barn secures eighth place, amassing 25,200 hashtags on the social media platform.
"The 18th-century Cotswolds barn looks utterly magical when decked in twinkling fairy lights and candles"
The 18th-century Cotswolds barn looks utterly magical when decked in twinkling fairy lights and candles, making it the perfect wedding venue for autumn and winter weddings as dark skies complement the decór beautifully.

9. Lusty Glaze Beach, Cornwall 

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Crowned "Britain’s Best Beach" by The Sunday Times, Lusty Glaze ranks as the ninth most Instagrammable wedding venue, achieving a total of 24,800 hashtags on Instagram. Envision exchanging your vows backdropped by spectacular Cornish sunsets and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the warmth of log burners all adding to that whimsical autumn/winter ambience. Bring your dream coastal wedding to life by celebrating your special day in this stunning, sheltered cove nestled along the north Cornish coast.

10. Elmore Court, Gloucestershire 

Elmore Court completes the top ten list, achieving a notable 24,100 hashtags on Instagram. Tucked away in the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside, the sumptuous 700-year-old country house overlooking the rolling hills of Cotswolds makes the perfect canvas to bring one’s dream wedding to life.
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