Planning a wedding involves answering so many different questions. Do you want to arrange an intimate event for just your nearest and dearest or do you see yourself at the centre of a huge party filled with lots of friends and family? Do you dream of walking down the aisle in a smart city centre location or would you rather make your grand entrance in the more natural surroundings of the garden of a country house? Perhaps you’d like the quirkiness of the venue to provide as much of a talking point for your guests as the dress? Whatever you decide, the huge choice of wedding venues near Bristol and in the city itself means that you’ll have no problem creating your perfect day.
When it comes to wedding venues Bristol has it covered for every taste, budget and guest list size.
City Centre Style
For sheer glamour with a welcome dash of convenience, you can’t beat a city wedding, and the best address in Bristol for your city nuptials is the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. As the name suggests, this is the perfect venue for a glamorous event, and as the hotel can cater for between 20 and 600 guests, it’s possible to tailor a day to remember to suit your exact requirements perfectly. There are five banqueting suites licensed for both weddings and civil ceremonies. The traditional English atmosphere of the Cellar Bar is popular for smaller weddings, but you can’t beat the opulent ballroom with its sky-high ceilings, chandeliers, private bar and capacity for 300 for a sophisticated, red carpet style celebration for you and your guests. A great choice for a wedding venue or just a city getaway to Bristol.
For a wedding venue guaranteed to make a splash Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the obvious choice. Completed in 1845 and now a hugely popular museum ship, this beautiful, intricately designed vessel was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. The grand bygone era glamour of her First Class Dining Saloon provides the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast, and what could be a better backdrop for your wedding vows and photos than the stunning harbourside setting of the Promenade Deck? Parties can go on late into the night in the Hayward Saloon, so this really is an ideal venue for every aspect of your wedding. Flexibility is assured too, with packages available for small, intimate events to parties for over 400 guests.
Guests of all ages are sure to be excited as they travel to the beautiful Clifton Pavilion in Bristol Zoo Gardens. Ideal for fans of wildlife and stylish 1920s architecture alike, the zoo is a wonderful place to say ‘I do’ for parties between 50 and 120 guests. The elegant, chandelier-adorned Clifton room is the setting for both the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, with guests moving on to the Garden Room for the evening celebration. The pavilion’s balcony with its views of the flamingos is a wonderful place for the newlyweds to wave from and for the photographer to get the perfect group shot. Guests can explore the zoo, and the gardens make a stunning backdrop for photography.
If your dream wedding involves a grand country house set amid gorgeous green English gardens, you can’t beat the stunning Hamswell House which boasts idyllic Cotswolds scenery within easy reach of both Bristol and Bath, and the M4. You can’t have the actual ceremony here, but once you arrive for the reception the whole venue is yours exclusively to savour your special day in privacy. The 50 acres of gardens make a stunning setting for your photographs, and your guests will be wowed by the views as they arrive for welcome drinks on the terrace by the 18th century Orangery. As the day progresses, you and up to 240 guests will move on to the marquee for the quintessential rural English wedding party.