Glasshouse weddings are everywhere at the moment – they really are the place to be getting married. It’s no surprise really, an integral part of country houses and estates for years as somewhere to house exotic plants and entertain guests. With glorious light due to all that glass, but protection from the notorious British weather, they make the ideal place for a wedding ceremony or reception.
But where to find these hidden gems? We’ve scoured the UK to find the very best wedding venues with glasshouses and orangeries for you. Also making our list, those high end nurseries that also offer an airy plant filled space, but with more rustic vibes…
The Barbican Conservatory, London
Brutalist architecture, an abundance of plants and a central London location? The Barbican Conservatory ticks a lot of cool-kid wedding boxes. We’ve featured many a wedding and engagement shoot from here, and it’s easy to see the appeal – it looks incredible as a backdrop to your wedding photos and we can only imagine what fun guests would have here.
Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool
A seriously beautiful wedding venue and another one we’ve featured countless times right here on RMW. The airy spaces, the gorgeous greenery – there’s really not a lot you need to add to this space to make it wedding ready. Sefton Park Palm House absolutely deserves it’s spot on the RMW glasshouse edit.
If you like your glasshouse wedding venues with a touch of rustic, then Anran, Devon is the one for you. There are so many different spaces at your disposal here, you’re spoilt for choice.
Kew Gardens, London
A classic choice, but always a winner, the stunning Kew Gardens is a dreamy place to hold your wedding celebrations. No matter what time of year you tie the knot, you can be guaranteed that Kew will be looking beautiful because it really is a world class botanical garden.
The Orangery, Holland Park, London
Smaller than Kew, but equally as gorgeous, Holland Park really is one of London’s prettiest parks just a short walk from High Street Kensington.
If you want to escape London and head for the rolling countryside of the South West, then Bridwell is the venue for you. The orangery offers a light and spacious location for your ceremony: with French doors opening on to beautiful gardens, it is approached under a long pergola, fragrantly scented with wisteria and honeysuckle in the flowering season. How delightful does that sound?
The Port Eliot Estate, Cornwall
A magical place with a decadent and fabulous history, Port Eliot’s orangery is just utterly beautiful and a truly special place in which to say your vows.
Crom Castle, Northern Ireland
Another incredible historic venue, Crom Castle boasts woodland and a lake, as well as it’s gorgeous buildings. If you’re searching for a wedding venue in Ireland that will blow your guests away – this is the one!
The Horniman Museum, London
Atmospheric, magical and just such a stunning space, the Horniman Museum is smaller than it’s bigger London counterparts, but just as beautiful.
Syon Park, London
The Great Conservatory at Syon Park is truly one of London’s most beautiful and elegant venues. Adorned with palm, exotic flowers and trees, it truly is a fairy-tale setting.
A rare gem of a wedding venue, that is completely unique, utterly enchanting and quite simply out of this world, the incredible Sezincote offers a space like no other. Often used to film period dramas and movies, it’s a magical place.
The Secret Herb Garden, Edinburgh
This gem of a venue featured in one of my favourite ever weddings to grace these pages – nestled at the foot of the Pentland hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh, The Secret Herb Garden is definitely a venue to visit if you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding surrounded by nature.
Clifton Nurseries, London
If you’re based in the capital, then you’re spoilt for choice with gorgeous garden centres-cum-wedding venues. With the botanical and greenery trends looking like they are here to stay, what could be more perfect than a wedding ceremony and reception surrounded by gorgeous floral and fauna? Clifton Nurseries is an excellent option, with a great reputation for food too.
Petersham Nurseries, London
Instagram’s favourite garden centre, Petersham Nurseries is another stunning greenhouse space where you can hold your wedding celebrations. Just be prepared to spend all of your wedding money in the run up to the big day on gorgeous items for your home and garden.
To find your dream wedding venue, here in the UK or abroad, please visit our recommended supplier directory, The List. You’ll find a host of excellent wedding venues, all top rated by the RMW team and our readers.
- Header Photography Fern Edwards