Are those wedding bells we hear ringing? If you’ve chosen the UK as the place for your nuptials, you’ve made a very good choice. With so many incredibly beautiful locations to choose from, the most difficult part of the whole wedding will be picking the place – you definitely don’t need to worry about your vegan cousin or great aunt Mabel getting too drunk again (at the very least, you can delegate that problem to the maid of honour). And Plum Guide has the most luxurious, bride-party-ready properties just begging to be included in your wedding photos. Here’s our pick of the best places to get married in the UK.
The South Coast
Who doesn't want a seaside wedding? While sun is not guaranteed (this is England, after all), sand, wide open skies and beautiful countryside make the South Coast a truly excellent choice and one of the best places to get married in the UK.
Brighton is a great choice if you tend in the slightly funky and quirky direction when it comes to taste. The town has a wealth of cute cobbled alleyways perfect for photoshoots, there are lots of sustainability-focused restaurants ideal for dinners the night before (with plenty of vegan options for those fussy younger members of your family) and best of all, The Lanes in Brighton is famously one of the best places in the country to buy jewellery, so if there’s any last-minute mishaps (we’ve all been there), we’ve got your back.
Brighton Pier, England
The small but perfectly formed towns dotted up the Suffolk coast make truly charming places to get married in the UK if you’re hoping for a rustic, seaside wedding vibe. Aldeburgh, with its vintage fish shacks on the beach and famous fish and chip shop in town, is the perfect spot to commit to the love of your life. Or consider the candy-coloured beach huts at Whitstable. Oysters at the wedding breakfast, anyone?
Is there anything chicer than a wedding in the English capital? Plum Guide doesn’t think so. You’re right at the heart of the action for anything you might need, from an early morning makeup test breakfast of macarons to a suit alteration on Savile Row to taking your wedding photos outside the famous pastel-coloured houses in Notting Hill.
London Pub Facade, Notting Hill
Staying in West London means you’re close to the centre of town yet removed enough that you still feel part of the rarefied West London set - which if you’re not a member of already, you already feel a spiritual connection with. And doesn’t the sentence ‘we stayed in a Notting Hill townhouse the night before our wedding’ have a lovely ring to it? Hit boutique gym Bodyism to make sure you’re ready for your close up tomorrow (grabbing acai bowls on the way out for you and your groomsmen - they might sneer at them but we guarantee none will go uneaten). And make sure to visit famous local coffee shop Coffee Plant before you get to church for a latte which will see you keyed up and ready to recite those vows.
If your fantasy wedding involves rolling green hills, a classically British backdrop and plenty of space to throw a raucous party in the middle of the English countryside, the Cotswolds is the place for you. The biggest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales, it comprises 800 square miles of land and stretches across five British counties - so you know you’re not going to be elbowing the neighbours for space.
Those rolling hills are known as ‘wolds’ here, hence the moniker. Whether you’re dreaming of a summer wedding, with a lush green backdrop and flowers dripping from every surface, a spring celebration, with gambolling lambs and snowdrops or an autumn nuptials, with golden brown leaves and a whisper of frost on the air, the Cotswolds will deliver. Plus there are ample cosy pubs with comfy armchairs in front of the fire just waiting to host you for a post-wedding debrief brunch the day after.
One of the wildest parts of the UK, Cornwall marches to the beat of its own drum - and if you do too, this is one of the best places to get married in the UK. The stunning natural beauty of this part of the world provides a dramatic backdrop perfect for wedding photographs, with the steep cliffs, vast beaches and gentle countryside complementing your morning suit perfectly.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Cornwall is quintessentially English and while the larger towns of St Ives and Penzance are very pretty and full of interesting culture, the real charm can be found in the many tiny Cornish villages dotted throughout this peninsula.
It can get very busy with tourists here in the summer, so we’d advise thinking far in advance when booking your venue and accommodation - although of course, you’re smart and switched on so you’re already aware of that. There’s great beauty to Cornwall when the tourists have left and there’s just you left to eat local delicacies such as stargazy pie and cream teas. Wedding photoshoot on the beach, anyone?
With a rich history, impressive landscapes and the allure of a world-famous accent, the concept of getting married in Scotland is an appealing one. Whisky, lochs and a propensity for throwing truly excellent parties combine to make the Scottish Lowlands one of the best places to get married in the UK.
The Forth Rail Bridge, Newhaven, Edinburgh
Though Scotland is a relatively small country, its strong national identity and heritage will make it a wedding location that your guests will be talking about for years to come. The Lowlands encompasses the major cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee as well as countryside, which is far less inhabited. It’s more accessible than the dramatic Highlands, as it’s closer to many of the country’s major transport hubs. Once you’ve decided to get married here, now all you need to do is decide if your husband-to-be is going to go down the traditionally Scottish route of wearing a kilt at the ceremony.