Top 10 Last-Minute Venues For Your Spring 2020 Wedding
The average time couples spend planning a wedding might be 23.5 months*, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to get hitched.
If you’re looking to get married quickly and prefer the idea of a short engagement, you don’t have to settle for a second-rate venue that no-one else has booked. In fact, you’ll be delighted to hear that some of the most beautiful venues in the country often have last-minute dates and attractive budget-friendly offers that you can snap up.
To help you find the most gorgeous places to get married in spring 2020, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 wedding venues around the UK that have last-minute availability. Whatever your style, and wherever you want to get married, you’ll find the perfect venue to suit. If you love the look of one of these venues don’t hang around though, because these dates will go faster than you can say “I do”.
1885 The Function House, Stainland, West Yorkshire
Small, intimate weddings and exclusive use venues don’t often go hand in hand, but at the characterful 1885 The Function House in Yorkshire you can hire the entire place for just you and your chosen loved ones to enjoy. This rustic and historic country pub is in the most idyllic of locations, overlooking the Pennine Hills in a secluded countryside setting. Inside, the venue is informal and cosy, but still sophisticated enough for your special day. Every wedding at this family-run venue is completely bespoke and there’s a full event management service, meaning last-minute weddings are easy to accommodate and can be organised in a stress-free and fun way for you. Foodies will particularly love this venue, with seasonal and contemporary menus and the chance to work with the chefs to create a unique menu to reflect your day. Book your last minute 2020 wedding here.
Stifford Hall Hotel, Thurrock, Essex
It is possible to have a lavish country house hotel in a matter of months, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Stifford Hall, a glorious 18th century manor house with six acres of landscaped gardens looks particularly romantic in spring and is the ideal last-minute wedding venue option if you’re hoping to have up to 180 guests at your big day. The Regency Room, the main light-flooded space for celebrations, has undergone a complete renovation, mixing pretty period details like a glittering chandelier and beautiful bay windows with a delightfully contemporary feel. The hotel has 97 bedrooms too, so none of your family and friends need to search for somewhere to stay afterwards, making it even more ideal if you’re not giving guests much notice. Small last-minute weddings are just as well catered for with the intimate Garden Suite for up to 60 guests. Have a look at the tempting last-minute wedding date offers here.
Wakehurst, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Wedding day backdrops don’t get much more spectacular than a 16th century manor in West Sussex with its own botanical gardens, run by none other than Kew Gardens. Just imagine how incredible your wedding day pictures will look if you choose this magical venue for your spring 2020 wedding, with a picturesque walled garden, rustic woodland and shimmering lakes to pose in front of as well as a Croquet Lawn, the perfect place for a marquee for up to 200 guests. It’s not just the grounds that will wow your guests if you snap up a last-minute wedding date here . The hall is home to charming wood-panelled and period feature-filled rooms, including a Dining Room, Gallery and Library and experienced in-house caterers are on hand to create a feast for a last-minute celebration.
Elmbridge Farm, Worcestershire
Enjoy a rustic romance down on the farm at this unique, exclusive use venue in Worcestershire. Elmbridge Farm is made up of 50 acres of private and secluded land, as well as an atmospheric party tipi, overlooking a picturesque lake, which hosts only a handful of weddings each year. This sublime setting is wonderfully romantic and means you can be completely immersed in nature, but still enjoy all the modern amenities your hearts’ desire, such as contemporary cottages to stay in and luxury toilets. And the icing on the cake? A choice of ceremony locations, including a charming waterside area reached by a bridge and an enchanting forest glade. With all the wedding essentials like furniture and a sound system taken care of, plus excellent last minute offers, Elmbridge Farm makes a last-minute tipi wedding completely possible.
The Rosendale Public House Gardens, South London
Everything moves at a faster pace in the capital, so planning a last-minute wedding here is a breeze. Especially when you consider that amazing venues like this seriously chic inn with gardens still have availability and attractive offers for spring 2020 weddings. For weddings with up to 150 guests The Rosendale is a stunning choice, with two beautiful light-flooded private rooms that are so elegant you don’t need to spend your precious planning time worrying about the decor. There are even three gardens, a rather unique feature for a London venue, as well as a wedding license so you can hold your entire day here, from the ceremony right through to the last dance.
Woodhall Manor, Suffolk
If the spring weather is on your side, there are few places as idyllic as Woodhall Manor’s enchanting walled garden to say your “I dos”. This historic red brick house near Suffolk’s heritage coast has it all – glorious landscaped gardens, indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces, incredible food and 14 sumptuous rooms for staying over. Plus, there are incredible last-minute offers at this charming country house and an experienced team on site to help turn around and plan your big day in no time at all.
Penshurst, West Kent
If you like the idea of a venue with a romantic history, then Penshurst, West Kent is the place for you. This venue has been standing since 1341 and hosting weddings for centuries, so you know your big day is in very safe hands. With period touches in every elegant corner, Penshurst is an atmospheric choice for your ceremony and reception, with a Medieval Baron’s Hall for up to 200 guests and a delightful inner courtyard for an al fresco drinks reception. Your spring wedding photos will be stunning here too. There are 11 acres of gardens to use as the backdrop styled into 11 distinct garden ‘rooms’, each with different styles and colours to suit any wedding theme. Penshurst has tempting last-minute wedding offers and a hands-on team to bring your wedding dreams to life.
Fanhams Hall, Hertfordshire
You can have it all if you choose stately Fanhams Hall near Ware for your wedding day in Hertfordshire – an indoor or outdoor ceremony, a civil or religious service, exclusive use of a breathtaking Jacobean Manor House and the wonderfully varied grounds with lily ponds, woodland and waterfalls. There are even both historic and modern reception spaces to choose from, so whatever your wedding style there’s a space to suit. The hall remarkably has dates left for spring 2020 weddings, with some impressive offers just waiting to be snapped up.
The Wellington Arms, Hampshire
Have the best of both worlds at The Wellington Arms in Hampshire – the informal, and celebratory feel of a rustic pub within the magical formal setting of a country estate. This historic inn is located with The Wellington Estate, with 7000 acres of parkland and woodland, so you can be sure the setting is spectacular. Host a right royal knees-up in the bright and modern Waterloo Suite, which has space for up to 140 guests to enjoy the delicious food and to dance the night away. Everything is taken care of here, so planning a last-minute wedding and taking advantage of one of the tempting offers will be completely stress-free. There’s a local events company who can take care of all the details and fabulous food is guaranteed, with an award-wining head chef serving inspired menus using locally-sourced produce. At the end of a memorable day, there’s a bridal suite with your names on it, as well as plenty of rooms for your guests to use too.
St Vincent 200, Glasgow
Searching for a cool last-minute city centre venue? Glasgow’s 200 SVS could be exactly what you’re looking for with its charming mixture of traditional and contemporary spaces that can be magically transformed to reflect your personal style. Sounds like a lot of work? Every couple gets a dedicated wedding co-ordinator who can help you plan the wedding and dress the rooms in a short space of time, so no-one would ever know that you’d had a short engagement. There’s also the scope to host an intimate affair with as little as 10 guests or a large lavish party of up to 200 and special last-minute offers to suit. Whatever you choose you can be sure that the food will be a highlight, as there’s a team of talented chefs on site to create the feast of your dreams.
So if you simply can’t wait another day to walk down the aisle with the love of your life, don’t let anyone say a last-minute wedding isn’t possible. In fact, last-minute weddings can work in your favour with plenty of amazing offers at gorgeous venues like these, meaning you can save money in the budget to put towards a fabulous honeymoon or lots of dreamy decor and entertainment extras. Just make the most of the wedding co-ordinators and events teams on site and be decisive and organised, and your last-minute spring 2020 wedding will be the most magical day of your lives.
*According to a recent survey by Bridebook
Hollie is a consumer magazine journalist with over seven years of experience working in the wedding industry as Lifestyle Editor for You & Your Wedding magazine. Also a Regional Editor for Muddy Stilettos, Holly has written for Square Meal magazine, Family History Monthly, BBC History magazine and Homes & Antiques.