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Dream Venues for your Celebrant Wedding

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Dream Venues for your Celebrant Wedding

We’ve all heard of people having unique weddings in pretty fantastic places - gardens, woodlands, the village green or a local pub, a museum, village hall, castle ruin, farmyard barn, restored train station – all fantastic places to tie the knot and you can bet your life that they used a celebrant for their ceremony as most quirky and unusual places don’t have licenses.

So, you’ve started to look for a venue, but you’ve rather quickly ruled out the registry office, the corporate hotel and the opulent manor house. Somehow they’re just not for you. Maybe it’s the setting, the restrictions on catering and other suppliers or it could be the scary price tag.

But maybe they just don’t fit with the unique style you want from your wedding day. You want your wedding to be more than an event that’s been plucked off the conveyor belt. You want something quirky, fun, a day people will remember for a lifetime. Beware though, the DIY style you’re after won’t always be cheaper, but it will be much more fun and you can make the decisions as to where your budget is going to be spent.


Festival style wedding

There are a growing number of venues throughout Oxfordshire and the surroundings counties where you can create your own wedding festival. Think open farmland, plenty of space for a beautiful ceremony, an entertainment area, marquees and smaller tents for you and your guests to do a spot of glamping (I’ve been to visit a few of these and even have a couple booked for ceremonies next year!).




If this idea sparks your interest, it’s worth taking a look at Meadowbrook Farm, near Thame (available through Farm and Country Venues). I recently met with a couple here and once we set off there was a real sense we were striding off into the wild blue yonder. But, wow! Once we reached the ceremony space I couldn’t hide my amazement. While chatting to this young couple about their plans for an August Bank Holiday wedding festival weekend, complete with camping site in the field next door, it all came to life before our eyes. I would highly recommend taking a stroll around and see if your dream festival wedding could pitch up here.


meadow spires 


Alternatively, take a look at Meadow Spires Farm. The 4x4 off-road journey up to the ceremony field was well worth it for the astounding view over the Northamptonshire  countryside. The venue is a blank canvas to set up your dream festival wedding, with the bonus of having hosts who would go more than the extra mile to make your day absolutely perfect, be that by helping out on the bar or bringing the bride to the ceremony on the back of a tractor (really, they’ve done both!).


Woodland Weddings  

When visiting Evenley Wood Gardens, I was spiritually uplifted by the natural wonder surrounding me. Whether you picture a ceremony that simply reflects the astounding natural beauty of the woodland or are going all out for a Midsummer Night’s Dream theatrical ceremony, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere that fits the bill better than Evenley Wood Gardens. You have access to the entirety of this beautiful setting to use throughout your day, picture snowdrops and bluebells, rhododendron and hydrangeas, the golds and russets of autumn leaves. Whatever the season, the backdrop couldn’t be better.


evenley wood Autumn Woodland  woodland-wedding-venue



A Museum Setting

Worried about the weather but still after something a little out of the ordinary? Oxford city has a wealth of historic spaces so how about getting married in the Ashmolean Museum itself. Amongst all those weird and wonderful artefacts, it’s the ideal location for any history buff couple.


Alternatively, how about the eclectic collection I came across at Fawley Hill near Henley on Thames? I’m very excited to be going to visit this venue soon to check out their beautiful vintage railway station, fairground carousal and Ironhenge. Where else are you going to find such an incredible collection of surroundings to hold your ceremony? (Photo courtesy of Jackson and Co Photography)


Iron henge 


These are just a few of the venues I have been lucky enough to discover and visit in my area. There are so many others for you to explore. And, if you find somewhere that doesn’t usually host weddings, but you love it, why not just ask? A favourite pub, a farmer’s field that you regularly walk across, a small local museum, under a tree on the village green where you both grew up. They could all be possible. They could all be yours, if you choose to tie the knot with Lynn Tierney, professional celebrant.


How do I get married in one of these locations?

 Simply choose a celebrant led wedding. When I was asked to name the top three advantages to using a celebrant for your wedding, three things came to mind straight away.

 Your wedding will be unique

 A celebrant will help you create the perfect ceremony for your wedding day. You can be sure your ceremony will be all about you and your partner; your choices, your dream day.

 You can get married anywhere you like

 Once you’ve decided to have a celebrant led wedding, the choice of venue is just vast. You no longer need to worry about whether the venue has a wedding license and if it does; you don’t have to stick to the licensed ceremony space.


Lucy and dan 


Your special day will have a personal touch

 Before your wedding day you will have at least two meetings with your celebrant and will have been in constant email or phone contact. Your celebrant will have got to know you both pretty well by the time your wedding day comes around.

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  1. Penny Chong O'Hare

    Very informative article. Would definitely recommend the Ashmolean Museum to anyone looking for a venue that is out of the extraordinary. All our friends said they have never been to a wedding venue that is so unique and they are still talking about it a year after we have been married.

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  2. Caroline

    Wonderfully written blog ! Thankyou for our mention Lynn, we look forward to many happy ceremonies at Meadow Spires Farm with yourself leading them ! NB we are in South Northamptonshire.

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