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Rutland Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues in Rutland | BGS Weddings


Looking for a perfect wedding venue in Rutland? Chances are, it will be somewhere on this page.

It’s a beautiful county, and, considering there’s around fifteen people who live in it, there’s some amazing wedding venues. Most of these I’ve worked at, some I haven’t. Working at a venue before is something you’ll often read about in blogs as one of the “must ask questions” to photographers – which is complete pish. I’m confident of working in any venue and getting beautiful results.

Also, I’d love to work at any of these venues, as it means I can be home in time for the X Factor. Not really, I don’t watch that. But you get the idea.

Also, some of these venues are slightly out of Rutland, this was intentional as it’s tiny.

I’d love to hear from you about your plans – get in touch today to see how I can fit in with your plans.

Oakham Castle

The Great Hall of Oakham Castle is a beautiful and dramatic setting for your perfect wedding.


The Old Cow Shed

The Shed (13m x 6m) seats 60 people for a wedding breakfast (up to 100 in the evening). They provide tables, chairs and lighting, they’re child friendly, pet friendly, and… well… friendly people who will help out in whatever way they can. After your wedding ceremony, you can have welcome drinks and canapés in the courtyard, this space is directly in between the shed and the big barn (more on that in a bit), meaning your guests don’t have to wander around and get lost, it all just makes sense

You could also use the courtyard for your ceremony, or even the wedding breakfast if you so wish. Outdoor speeches are always great, they really have a different feeling to them. Fancy having your first dance outdoors? (which you definitely should) The end of the courtyard has a covered space which houses the bar, and an area for a live band or DJ to set up in.

As I’ve always said, your wedding should be about YOU, The Old Cow Shed really is an excellent backdrop to whatever your imagination can plan.


The Rutland Belle

Ok, so this isn’t necessarily a venue, but it still deserves a mention. For those getting married at Normanton Church, there’s a dock right outside. You can take a private tour around Rutland water after your ceremony with your guests; they also serve welcome drinks and canapes. 

It’s a really great experience, and well worth a look!

Barnsdale Lodge

Barnsdale Lodge, Rutland is the perfect place to host your special day. Encircled by idyllic surroundings on the north shore of Rutland Water and with a personal service that’s second to none. Whether you’re planning to pull out all the stops with a guest list of 180 or a more intimate, cosy affair, their experienced staff are on hand with their skills, talent and enthusiasm to ensure that every moment will be utterly magical and truly unforgettable.

The hotel has a choice of private function rooms, enabling it to accommodate a wedding from 20 to 180 guests. They also have several well-proportioned rooms that are licensed for civil ceremonies, as well as the stunning Fort Henry, Normanton Church and Exton Park, just a couple of miles from the hotel.


Exton Park

Exton Park is situated in the heart of Rutland close to the A1, north of Rutland Water between Oakham and Stamford, 30 minutes from Leicester and Peterborough. It is principally the private home of Viscount Campden, his wife and their three children. The Hall, on Exton Park, not normally open to the public, provides a beautiful, peaceful and above all quintessential English setting for a limited number of weddings and events.

Exton Estate contains several different areas, which means that whatever wedding you are planning they can cater for your requirements. You can have a civil ceremony at Fort Henry, a religious ceremony at the catholic chapel within Exton Park. The grounds of the park offer a beautiful setting to have a marquee wedding – and really make it your own.


Barnsdale Hall Hotel

A former hunting lodge, Barnsdale Hall Hotel today offers a wide variety of hotel, lodge and apartment holiday accommodation, restaurant and bar; as well as comprehensive conference services and wedding packages. Sailing, photography clubs, falconry, bird watching, fly fishing, golf, cycling, gardens and historic market towns such as Stamford, Oakham and Melton Mowbray are all close by.

First things first (my wife really hates when I say that); we need to talk about the room where Amy got ready. I say room, it’s a suite. I say suite, it’s more like an apartment. I say apartment, you get the idea… It’s amazing, not only because I could help myself to coffee, but the space, the light, the windows, the view. Barnsdale Hall has everything – brilliant!


Rockingham Castle

Steeped in history, Rockingham Castle’s stunning buildings, ornate formal gardens and truly breathtaking views over the Welland Valley, provide a unique, picture-perfect wedding venue, which is all exclusively yours on your special day.

Whether your heart is set on a formal or relaxed experience, a grand celebration, or something more intimate, they cater for all, and their dedicated wedding team will work with you so that your wishes come true.

Barnsdale Gardens

With Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens, Barnsdale Gardens is teeming with great ideas. The stunning gardens make for the perfect romantic day, with the wedding ceremony held in the purpose-built oak arbour, surrounded by spectacular planting with lots of room for your guests on the manicured lawn. The remainder of the gardens are also at your disposal for photographs for as long as you need.

The planning and packages at Barnsdale gardens are flexible, they aim to fit to your requirements. Whether you are looking for Champagne and canapés, a cream tea, traditional wedding breakfast. If you are looking for a ceremony venue, a ceremony and drinks package, or a location that can accommodate all of your celebrations, then they have the space and facilities for you.


Normanton Church

I absolutely love being a Normanton Church Wedding Photographer; the fact that I live down the road plays a small part… however, Normanton church, set on the shores of Rutland Water, is truly spectacular – it is absolutely steeped in history and holds over 100 weddings per year, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular wedding venues in the area. Read on to find out why I love photographing weddings here.


Normanton Park Hotel

Normanton Park Hotel is an 18th century courtyard hotel located on the shores of Rutland Water, it offers a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day. Situated as the closest hotel, just a stone’s throw, to the historic Normanton Church and set within five acres of lush gardens and ancient trees, the setting is absolutely perfect for those all important pictures.

At Normanton Park Hotel they cater for many kinds of wedding, from a small intimate gathering to larger celebrations. They have something to suit all couples from packages, to tailor made plans.

The suites available for bridal prep are light and spacious – your bridesmaids and flower girls will feel relaxed while your hair stylist and make-up artist get you ready for your day.

Their Rutland suite opens to include a beautiful conservatory, with unrivalled views of the water, it exquisitely caters for weddings varying in sizes, seating up to a maximum of 120 people. The conservatory and Heathcote suite can also be used for stunning smaller scale functions. The garden area to the rear is ideal for a drinks reception as people arrive from the church. They have a wide range of accommodation available meaning that your wedding guests can make a weekend of it.


Exton Park Chapel

Finch's Arms

Whatever the occasion, their team is on hand to create a bespoke and tailored event.

The main restaurant and private room can seat up to 80 people, and the individual rooms can be hired out if you’re not looking for exclusivity. A marquee can be erected in the garden to create more space for your event.

They like to tailor a bespoke package to your needs and budget, Their events manager will work closely with yourself and the head chef to ensure your vision is imagined.

Ladywood Estate

From bridal prep through to the first dance you are surrounded by beauty. Their bridal suite is the ideal location for a hair and make-up artist to work in, I’ll use a wide angle lens and get in all of the detail of your morning of prep.

The ceremony rooms (and outside area) are spacious, and provide beautiful light for my compositions, the gardens speak for themselves – having a small break in the afternoon for a relaxed walk while I take informal couple portraits is a joy. The speeches and other traditional elements of the wedding day take place, again, in beautiful areas, with lots of natural light, and space for me to use a wide range of angles and compositions to capture some amazing, natural images.


Oakham School Chapel

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