DIY Wedding Venues: Our 15 Favourites for 2021
Published date: 9th September 2021
While many venues come equipped with their own styles and decorations already in place, there are many couples who would much rather craft their very own experience at one of the UK’s many blank canvas DIY wedding venues. With the many incredible options on offer, why wouldn’t you?
From a grand marquee with luxury menus for hundreds to a cosy and intimate self-catering tipi for just the family, DIY wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes. To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of 15 amazing DIY wedding venues to create your perfect day.
Once you’ve picked your perfect venue, why not take a look at our DIY wedding decorations article for some inspiration!
1. Alcott Weddings, Worcestershire
Starting off the list, Alcott Weddings is the perfect blank canvas wedding venue. Alcott offers plenty of open space for the custom wedding of your dreams.
This easily accessible venue gives you the option of several different temporary structures, including marquees, tipis and much more overlooking Alcott’s gorgeous lakes.
Catering, decorations, anything you want to customise – Alcott has got you covered with a lengthy list of trusted suppliers at your exclusive disposal.
2. Finch's, London
It’s not all big open spaces when it comes to DIY weddings – for this one we’re bringing you an urban pub! The inside of Finch’s pub delivers a style like no other as well as a surprising amount of space to make your own.
Bespoke catering menus, personal flowers and bouquet arrangements, selfie sticks, photo booths and even whiteboards for you to scribble fun little messages on, the list just keeps going. Finch’s creates the ideal reception atmosphere for any fun-loving couple!
3. The Warren, Kent
A hidden gem away from the buzz of the big city, The Warren offers you a stunning and spacious Grade II listed Victorian country house to customise as you please, as well as plenty of room outdoors for you to use.
Get married in their spacious rustic function rooms before sipping on evening fizz on the lawns . This house is also easily accessible from Charing Cross and London Bridge, so all the family will be able to witness the creation of your dreams at this gorgeous DIY venue!
4. That Amazing Place, Essex
Talk about a wedding venue living up to its name! That Amazing Place, located in the Essex countryside, offers an excellent and exclusive private residence for use by your friends, family and everyone else who’s lucky enough to get an invite to this… well, amazing place!
If you fancy staying the night, this DIY venue offers plenty of accommodation in their stylish and comfortable rooms, including a Bridal Cottage for the happy couple and more rooms to house up to 27 more people. It really is amazing!
5. The Matara Centre, Gloucestershire
Nestled in the quaint Gloucestershire countryside and surrounded by woodland, The Matara Centre offers exclusive use to the couple and a beautiful site to use as you wish, complete with an Asian-inspired courtyard and extensive gardens. A picturesque backdrop you can’t find anywhere else!
Fancy making a weekend of it? No problem – Matara features luxury accommodation and a honeymoon lodge for the happy couple. If that wasn’t enough, this venue features 6 total areas for your celebration, 3 indoors and 3 outdoors, as well as a banquet, dance hall, glass dome and 5 ante rooms. Versatile doesn’t begin to describe this DIY venue!
6. Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
Did you know that the home of the Royal Ascot doubles up as one of the greatest large wedding venues in the whole of the UK? That’s right, Ascot Racecourse provides an incredible site for your exclusive use with ample room for a celebration of over a thousand people, along with an extensive list of suppliers to!
Specialising in large weddings, Ascot tailors your wedding specifically to your needs and wants across their several suites and plenty of outdoor space for a marquee wedding, fancy drinks and photography next to the world famous course. It’s not just large celebrations either, as Ascot has plenty of options and an inclusive package for those looking for an intimate celebration at the world-famous site. Luxury for everyone!
7. Cornish Tipi Weddings, West Country
If you’ve dreamed of a unique and quirky outdoor wedding like no other, Cornish Tipi Weddings could just be what you’ve been longing for. This DIY venue really exerts a countryside vibe like no other, almost feeling like a campsite and rural retreat at times.
If you feel like it, say your vows next to the blue brilliance of the lakes under the oak trees amongst the flowers, or celebrate your big day inside the spacious pavilion with even more seating in the open and untouched outdoors. A truly unique space with a rustic feeling like no other awaits you here!
8. The Reading Room, Norfolk
The classic 17th century architecture combined with the contemporary restored features really make this a DIY wedding venue to remember. Lying within a beautifully manicured garden near to the rural and idyllic North Norfolk Coast, the tranquil Reading Room is a real treat for all of the senses!
Setting not enough to convince you? No problem. This DIY venue comes with a quiet and historic church just nearby as well as no corkage fee so you can drink until the sun rises without burning a hole in your pocket. How could you say no?
9. Greenwich Yacht Club, London
“Riverside” has a whole new meaning. Located quite literally on the River Thames and connected to the land by a bridge, Greenwich Yacht Club allows complete personalisation to your tastes in their picturesque River Rooms or Clubhouse, whatever floats your boat (or wedding venue, in this case!).
There’s nothing quite like the prospect of saying your vows surrounded by one of the world’s most famous rivers, then snapping photos as the sun sets over the water as you sip on a glass of wine at the reception. Sounds like bliss!
10. Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire
Nestled in its own secret valley in the vast Gloucestershire countryside, Kingscote Barn is an enchanting 17th century Cotswold Stone barn that offers exclusive use, malleable enough to be shaped into your dream DIY wedding venue for your special day!
An absolute dream for photography, Kingscote suits any season, from a chilly winter evening wedding relaxing by the fire pit to a rustic autumn affair surrounded by brown and orange leaves. A fancy country wedding to suit any budget!
11. The Green, West Country
The beauty of this jewel in the South West can not truly be put into words. The Green is essentially a ready-made wedding village exclusively for you and your guests and offers endless possibilities when it comes to style and atmosphere.
The Green offers plenty of room that’s adaptable to any situation and features a gorgeous background for your photography, including an extensive lake, plenty of rolling fields and and even a former cow shed turned into a red brick barn! For a blank canvas DIY wedding it doesn’t get much better than this.
12. Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire
Steeped in character and history, Dodmoor House provides spacious areas both indoors and outdoors as well as a team of coordinators passionate about creating personal tailor-made DIY weddings for you and your guests to enjoy, all while providing peace of mind with their bespoke planning and reasonable cost.
The rustic and romantic country house and garden feeling is something that really sets this DIY venue apart from the others – being able to customise your special day to this degree all while providing easy access from nearby cities such as Northampton and Milton Keynes is certainly an impressive feat!
13. Plas Gwynfryn, North Wales
An elegant Welsh country house nestled in the mountains close to the rugged Cardigan Bay, Plas Gwynfryn provides spaces for you to let your imagination run wild, whether it’s inside the simple yet stunning house or in the expansive outdoor area. Whether it’s a marquee wedding or rustic house hire kind of event you can be assured you’re in good hands.
To say that the leafy mountains are a fantasic backdrop for your wedding photography would be a wild understatement. If you’re looking for a place that has a rural charm but doesn’t hold back on class and sophistication there’s not many better wedding DIY venues in the whole of Wales!
14. The Marquee At Ridgeway Golf Club, South Wales
Staying within the Welsh Valleys for this one, and if you’re looking for a DIY wedding in the great outdoors you won’t want to miss it. Ridgeway Golf Club features a gorgeous and spacious marquee to get married in, whether it’s a bash for 100 people or an intimate affair for friends and family.
Featuring views of the Bristol Channel and Vale of Glamorgan that you won’t find anywhere else, the dedicated team at Ridgeway are dedicated to giving you the freedom to create the wedding day that you’ve been dreaming of. With packages to suit every style and taste, how could you refuse?
15. Rise Hall, East Yorkshire
A DIY venue with delivering relaxed luxury as its number one priority, Rise Hall is ideal for the couple that wants to live out their wedding day (or weekend!) feeling like high society. What better place to do this than at one of the largest country houses in Yorkshire?
Rise Hall doesn’t hold back in any respect. With award-winning catering, photogenic gardens, spacious accommodation for when the party is over and even your very own pub and bar at your disposal, you’ll be completely spoiled on your big day!