Picture exchanging your vows against the backdrop of breathtaking autumnal foliage, or saying ‘I do’ amidst a countryside blanketed in snow. Autumn and winter weddings hold a unique allure that brings an enchanting and magical ambience to one’s special day!
As UK searches for “wedding venues” skyrocketed by 110%* over the past months, the wedding experts at Aura Print scoured social media for the most popular autumn/winter wedding venues nationwide, and tallied Instagram hashtag numbers to reveal which venue stands out as the most memorable for weddings this autumn/winter.
Topping the list with an eye-opening 196,000 Instagram hashtags is the 18th-century Baroque masterpiece Blenheim Palace. Set in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, the picture-perfect palace is a sight in any season.
Its award-winning Formal Gardens and iconic Great Lake provide a perfect canvas for wedding photoshoots as the trees turn golden. Dubbed “England’s finest view”, the palace is a dream venue for film lovers to get hitched, having graced the background of renowned productions, from the more recent hit Netflix series, “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story”, to the “Harry Potter” and “James Bond” movies.
Hampton Court Palace in Surrey takes second place, boasting 181,000 Instagram hashtags. From its rose-red Tudor brick, glorious stone archways, and cobbled courtyards to sweeping gardens, the 500-year-old treasure has played host to lavish royal parties, being a top choice for kings and queens.
Whether you dream of a grand and majestic wedding amid the golden hues of autumn or snow-covered grounds, this regal property on the banks of the Thames is sure to tick all your boxes as you transform into royalty for your wedding day.
In third place is Leeds Castle in Kent, accumulating an impressive 117,000 hashtags on Instagram. Having undergone extensive refurbishment by leading European designers in the 1920s and 1930s, the castle‘s interior is enticing and exudes a timeless allure.
Imagine a winter wedding in the fairytale surroundings of a castle or tying the knot against a beautiful backdrop of autumnal rustic charm; Leeds Castle is where romance and history come together effortlessly.
London’s iconic Barbican Centre comes fourth, garnering 106,000 Instagram hashtags. The conservatory venue will transport you and your guests from the cold and soggy British weather to a 24/7 tropical paradise for an exotic rainforest wedding, even during the chilly, frosty months. Searching for a modern yet unconventional wedding? The Barbican Conservatory is sure to wow your guests.
Rounding off the top five most Instagrammed autumn/winter wedding venues is Peckforton Castle (31,600 Instagram hashtags) in Cheshire. The Grade I listed medieval-style castle is packed with heaps of character year-round, whether adorned with the rich hues of autumn or lightly sprinkled with white snow.
The 19th-century estate even got the nod from Hollywood couple, American singer Ciara and NFL star Russell William, who were rumoured to have hosted a star-studded guest list including Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and more.