Bristol has all it takes to make your wedding day special. You can married at a rural countryside idyll, overlooking the harbour, in a mansion, a museum or a hotel, the choice is yours. Here are our top three wedding venues in Bristol:
Ashton Court Mansion
A stunning ‘Country House’ wedding venue, Ashton Court Mansion dominates an attractive and large estate only a mile from Bristol’s vibrant and cosmopolitan city centre.
Three beautiful suites of rooms are available. The Music Room, with its Gothic stonework, is ideal for parties of 80 -160 for dinner, or the Panelled Lounges hold 30 – 50 for dinner. Both suites overlook the South Lawn, the perfect location for your drinks reception. Alternatively, hire the mansion exclusively, theme your party and invite up to 750 guests.
For an intimate and rustic barn setting, Ashton Court estate has a refurbished Hayloft and Saddlery, ideal for smaller wedding receptions, comfortably seating 50 for a wedding breakfast or 70 for an informal finger buffet or drinks reception and overlooking a lovely traditional courtyard.
SS Great Britain
Enjoy your wedding on board Brunel's SS Great Britain, a truly stunning venue at the heart of Bristol's harbour side.
Say your vows on the Promenade Deck underneath the beautiful skylight, before moving to the grand First Class Dining Saloon for your wedding breakfast. The Hayward Saloon is available for a DJ or band so that you can dance the night away, and every wedding has exclusive access to the ship throughout the whole evening. Your wedding co-ordinator will be on hand throughout the day to make sure the day runs smoothly, and the award-winning stewards are with you throughout the entire evening to take guests on tours of the ship.
The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens
The grand venue is as elegant as it is unique, perfect for a truly memorable occasion for you and your guests.
The stunning purpose-built Pavilion’s impressive architecture reflects the style of the 1920s. The venue’s unique, beautifully decorated rooms boast high ceilings and exquisite chandeliers, creating a romantic ambience. The balcony overlooks the gorgeous grounds and graceful flamingos, a view which complements the elegant setting perfectly.
The venue is available for exclusive use for you and up to 120 guests for your ceremony and reception. You can also enjoy complimentary access to the beautiful zoo gardens, which provide a unique setting for your treasured wedding photographs. The events team will support you at every stage and also offer all-inclusive and bespoke packages to help with your wedding plans.
Top wedding photography spots in Bristol
Mark your Bristol wedding with photographs taken on the day at local landmarks and beauty spots. Here are our top three suggestions:
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The bridge is an iconic symbol of Bristol and has also been used as a backdrop to several films and the venue for significant cultural events including the last ever Concorde flight in 2003 and a handover of the Olympic Torch relay in 2012. On the bridge or as a backdrop, this is quintessentially Bristol.
Abbots Pool Waterfall
Abbots Pool is surrounded by mature woodland containing some massive oak and beech trees. An abundance of wildlife can be found here and most of the area has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve. The waterfall is an idyllic and romantic location.
The small cove at Layde Bay is one of the prettiest beaches near Bristol. A small stretch of sand between the rocks backs onto the densely vegetated cliffs, creating the perfect spot for a summer wedding photograph on the beach.