Oxfordshire Wedding Venues we know well and recommend!
We have been Oxfordshire wedding photographers for over 7 years now, and during that time we have been fortunate enough to photograph at some wonderful venues in the Oxfordshire and Thames Valley area. We often get asked for recommendations for places to get married, or to just hold the reception if a church wedding is planned. So, we have created a list of 15 of our favourite wedding venues in Oxfordshire, or in some cases just across the county border into Buckinghamshire. This list is by no means exhaustive, and just because a venue isn’t mentioned here, doesn’t mean that we don’t recommend it!
Notes to the venue owners and managers in this list; we have taken factual data from your website. We will of course be pleased to correct any errors immediately after we are notified.
Here is our list, in no particular order!
The Tythe Barn, Launton, Bicester
The Tythe Barn, Launton, is a highly quality, professional and throughly enjoyable place to get married, and for us to photograph at. Built between 1360 and 1370, The Tythe Barn has walls that are incredibly thick in places (4.5 feet!), 22 foot beams and a thatched roof made from reeds from the nearby Otmoor wetlands. Owned by Emma and Will Deeley, the venue features as well as the gorgeous Barn itself the adjacent Cowshed, where drinks and nibbles can be served as well as a pizza oven for the evening guests to enjoy lovely fresh food from! The venue also features the Nook, a separate but adjacent building where the bride and bridesmaids can get ready away from their guests but with all of their needs provided for.
We always enjoy working at the Tythe Barn (we are a recommended supplier), and not just because its only 2 miles from our home! The events team on the day are expertly managed by Laura Freeth, and they understand that as documentary wedding photographers we prefer to work in the background rather than try and take over and order their guests around! Like us, The Tythe Barn was a 2019 Guides for Brides Customer Services Award winner.
Caswell House, Brize Norton, Witney
Caswell House in a 15th century manor house, on the edge of the Cotswolds near Brize Norton, Witney., with stunning medieval barns carefully restored to make a magical country wedding venue. It features large grounds including a walled garden, ancient orchards and lawns that lead down to a picturesque moat. Its a perfect destination for a Cotswolds wedding and also features dedicated, but well-separated facilities for both bride and bridesmaids, as well as the groom and groomsman to get ready. There is also adjacent accomodation for the wedding couple and immediate family to stay after the wedding.
Caswell House is a top quality Cotswolds wedding venue with efficient and friendly staff and fabulous facilities. It is possible to get married outside, weather permitted, as our above photo from Hannah and Daniel’s wedding shows.
The Cherwell Boat House, Oxford
Moving away from barn type of venues; the Cherwell Boat House is situated close to Oxford City Centre, and is a marquee based wedding venue that can accommodate between 20 to 130 guests. Overlooking the river Cherwell, the Boat House is also a fine restaurant. The events team, managed by Niran Khanal, work hard to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. It’s a wonderful venue for a summer wedding, where guests can enjoy the riverside views, and watch the punting on the river. Below the marquee is a smaller room ideal for a band to play in for the evening party.
We have photographed there several times now and have always loved working there on the day.
Eynsham Hall, Eynsham, Witney
Situated on the Edge of the Cotswolds and close to Witney, Eynsham Hall is a lovely country house hotel with wonderful grounds and all the hotel facilities you would expect. The main house features several floors and rooms with wonderful light for photography, especially the Red Room ceremony room, which is a particular favourite of ours. Being a hotel, brides, grooms and family members can stay and use bedrooms to get ready. Its also possible to get married outside at the rear of the hotel and still conform to England’s current and somewhat archaic registration requirements! We are a preferred supplier at Eynsham Hall and recently photographed the wedding of Lisa and Ash there, Lisa being the weddings manager at the venue at that time.
At the time of writing it’s unclear if the Hall will be available for weddings in 2020, as some refurbishment work has been discussed.
Merriscourt, Sarsden, Chipping Norton
Another Cotswolds barn based venue, this one on the border of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, Merriscourt is an outstanding wedding venue. Based on three interlinked barns converted specifically for wedding use, the venue also features 500 acres of lovely grounds. Unlike single barn venues, Merriscourt can accommodate the ceremony in one room and the reception in another, so no need to have your guests hanging around whilst the room is changed around. The lovely gallery barn is an ideal place for drinks and canapes to be served.
It’s a venue we have photographed at several times in the last couple of years, and we look forward to working there again in the near future.
Notley Tythe Barn, Long Crendon, Bucks
Just across the border into Buckinghamshire, near to Thame, Notley Tythe Barn is a premium wedding venue. Its a 12th century barn that was restored in 1992 by the owners, Nick and Denise Reynolds. Its a lovely place for a wedding; set back well from any main roads, the venue is private and single event use, meaning no other function will be taking place at the same time as your wedding. There are lovely fields around the barn, ideal for some informal portraits.
Unlike some barn venues, sparklers are allowed as an evening activity (outside of course!). It’s a venue we work at regularly, and we always enjoy working with Jules and the team there.
Bicester Hotel and Spa, Bicester
Only 1 mile from our home, Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa is a four star hotel in Chesterton, near Bicester. Its a modern hotel with excellent facilities for weddings, including a large main Orangery ceremony room and several smaller rooms. Its fully licensed for the whole wedding ceremony. It has excellent accommodation for the couple and their guests to stay, as well as a top gym and swimming pool. Its also 5 minutes from the famous Bicester Village outlet village, should your guests need some retail therapy before or after the wedding! Once more, it’s a venue we know well, and we are recommended suppliers.
Tally Ho Hotel, Arcott, Bicester
Another Bicester area hotel, the Tally Ho is 3 star hotel, fully licensed for civil ceremonies. It’s a blend of both modern and traditional, and whenever we have worked there it has been single use for the wedding day. As well as the bright and airy main room, it is also possible to get married outside here using the gazebo in the grounds.
Nicky and Cara do a fantastic job running the days activities, and special mention also to Paul the DJ who is always great fun to work with!
Great Barn, Aynho
Situated on the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire Border, the Great Barn is a premium country barn venue. Featuring an 18th century barn, the venue can accommodate up to 140 guests for both the ceremony and also the wedding breakfast. There are beautiful locations around the barn for informal portraits, and even a minstrels gallery for one of us to photograph your group from an elevated position. A highlight for us is the Wisteria that comes out in Spring and makes a lovely background for a confetti shot.
Again, it’s a venue we know well, and is 5 miles from our home.
Manor Farm Barn, Marsh Gibbon
A relatively new venue, but one that is already getting a big reputation, Manor Farm Barn is in the village of Marsh Gibbon, a few miles out of Bicester on the road to Aylesbury. Based on a 16th century barn, and adjacent to the village church, the venue can accommodate up to 100 guests. Vikki Heath is incredibly passionate about providing the best possible experience to her wedding couples and their guests and the feedback we have heard from our friends in the wedding industry is nothing but positive. We are a recommended supplier and will be photographing there regularly in 2019.
Dovecote Events, Bo Peep Farm, Adderbury
Situated in Adderbury, between Bicester and Banbury, Dovecote Events at Bo Peep Farm offer three options for your wedding. Dovecote Barn is a lovely barn that can accommodate up to 100 people, and is licensed for civil ceremonies. For larger events, or where the ceremony has taken place at a church, for example, they have the option of either a marquee or Tipi reception.
We have photographed at Dovecote many times and have always found the team there friendly and efficient and Nicky, the events co-ordinator a pleasure to work with.
Stratton Court Barn, Stratton Audley
Stratton Court Barn is a beautiful barn wedding venue near Bicester, and convenient for Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. Owned by Chris and Cathy Wigmore, the barn is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, and also outside ceremonies can also legally take place. The barn is adjacent to the farm house, where bridal preparation can take place. The courtyard is an excellent place for summer drinks and canapes, and also has a fire pit for those balmy summer evenings. The award winning Karin Tindall does a wonderful job of making sure everything runs smoothly and to plan on the day.
We are based 3 miles away and again have photographed there regularly over the last few years. Highly recommended for a country barn wedding.
Lains Barn, Ardington, Wantage
On the other side of Oxford to us, but no more than 30 minutes away, Lains Barn is an award winning wedding venue based on a 18th century barn and adjacent gallery and can accommodate up to 180 guests. The location makes it ideal not just for Oxfordshire based couples, but also Berkshire and London as well. The barn is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and allows for confetti run photos, something some venues don’t allow.
We always look forward to working at Lains, not least because we always have a lovely suppliers meal! Highly recommended.
CRAZY BEAR, STADHAMPTON, Oxfordshire
The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton is a unique and iconic place to get married. It’s often photographed for its double decker London Bus, which is actually the venue reception! It has unique and fun decor, and abundant gardens, and grounds. The terrace is nicely lit up in the evening with fairy lights and lanterns, as in Gemma and Ted’s wedding below.
Cotswolds Hotel and Spa, Chipping Norton
The Cotswolds Hotel and Spa in Chipping Norton is a great Cotswolds wedding location. With 34 hotel rooms there is opportunity for you and your guests to stay at your wedding venue. Situated in lovely golf course grounds, venue can accommodate (and has parking for) 200 guests and is fully licensed for civil ceremonies.
We hope you find this run through some of our favourite venues useful. Obviously, for more details please contact the venue directly. We would love of course to be your wedding photographers at any of the above locations; for more examples of our work at your favourite Oxfordshire wedding venue you can contact us by clicking the button below.
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