For this post we’d thought we’d give a helping hand to Brides and Grooms local to us searching for their ideal wedding venue. Milton Keynes & Northampton are strewn with beautiful green pockets and quaint villages so there are many beautiful locations and areas to explore. A good rule of thumb when planning your wedding is to expect to spend 45% of your budget on your venue including food, drink and incidentals like decoration, linen, chairs, corkage etc. Here we’ve detailed some great organised wedding venues, but if you’re up for the ‘dry-hire’ challenge and really want to get some bang-for-your-buck and the freedom to plan every aspect your way, there are some wonderful village halls and community centres that you can hire for your special day. www.hallshire.com/ is a great place to start hunting.
All price ranges below are a guide and are dependent on time of the year and day of the week.
Top value venues
(picture clockwise from top left: The Walnut Tree Inn, The Saracen’s Head Hotel, The Sofitel Woughton House Hotel, Hilton MK Stadium)
The Walnut Tree Inn
Set in the idyllic village of Blisworth, this quaint ex station-house inn is a cute foodie-loving venue. It is only a short walk from the Grand Union Canal so is perfect for those picturesque photo shoots!
Capacity: 60 ceremony, up to 120 reception
Hire: from £650 for ceremony & reception
21 Station Rd, Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3DS
The Saracens Head Hotel
Nestled in the the historic town of Towcester, this venue dates back over 400 years and even features in Charles Dickens’ first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Perfect place for a country inn wedding.
Capacity: up to 75
Venue hire from £200
219 Watling St, Towcester NN12 6BX
Sofitel Woughton House Hotel
A beautiful country house set in the ancient village of Woughton on the Green inside the Milton Keynes grid, surrounded by the beautiful Ouzel Valley. You wouldn’t even know you were in the city.
Capacity: up to 160
Hire: £250 – £850
Newport Rd, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes MK6 3LR
The Hilton, Milton Keynes Stadium
This stunning indoor venue can cater for a lavish party or a small gathering. Perfect for urbanites who’d like a contemporary feel to their day or sports fans who can’t get enough of that stadium atmosphere as most function rooms overlook the pitch.
Fee for ceremony applies. From £40 per head for evening reception. If you are only having your reception here then a room hire charge applies.
Stadium Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
Mid price range venues
(picture left to right The Barns at Hunsbury Hill, Silverstone Golf Club & Hotel)
The Barns at Hunsbury Hill
This 18th century barn comes complete with farm buildings, courtyard and landscaped lawns, oozing country charm and rustic elegance.
Capacity: 40 – 180
Hire fee: £1395 – 2495
Harksome Hill, Northampton NN4 9QX
Silverstone Golf Club & Hotel
This beautiful location, surrounded by forest and countryside also offers very quaint and colourful private cottage accommodation for wedding guests.
Capacity: up to 160
Hire fee: £800 – £1500
Silverstone Road, Buckingham MK18 5LH
(picture left to right The Safari Lodge, Dodmoor House)
The Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park
This is the perfect venue for animal and nature lovers! Set in Woburn Safari Park it is also the perfect location for something unusual and quirky.
Hire fee: £1950 – £2150
Woburn Park, Milton Keynes MK17 9QN
This dedicated rural Northamptonshire wedding venue offers 2 barns, 4 acres of grounds a licensed bar and a courtyard garden.
Packages: £2,750 – £7,250 including overnight stay for the newlyweds, dining equipment, toy box and tv for children, lighting decoration and no corkage charge for the daytime.
Dodmoor House, Weedon Lane, Northampton NN7 4TA
(picture left to right Furtho Manor Farm, Plum Park)
Furtho Manor Farm
This popular dry hire wedding venue just above Milton Keynes is situated in a stunning countryside location with a beautiful waterside ceremony option and contemporary rustic barns.
Capacity: up to 150
Hire: £2,000 – £4000
Northampton Rd, Milton Keynes MK19 6NR
Plum Park Hotel
This restored Victorian Manor House has a beautiful courtyard, gardens, terraces and a picturesque outdoor space.
Packages from £2,499 – £5,799 including the use of marquee, terraces and gardens, one drink per guest, dining equipment, stage and dance floor, cash bar, use of a bridal dressing room, overnight accommodation and breakfast for the newly-weds.
Plum Park, Watling St, Towcester NN12 6LG
Generous budget venues
(picture left to right Chicheley Hall, Flaxbourne Gardens)
If you’re looking for the tree-lined driveway leading to an impressive stately façade then Chicheley Hall will tick your boxes. This beautiful 18th century Hall is set in 80 acres of kept grounds and is one of the most popular venues in Milton Keynes.
Capacity: Indoors 100 Ceremony, 150 reception. Marquee for up to 600
Packages including food and drink: from £6,999+ (for 60)
Chicheley Rd, Newport Pagnell MK16 9JJ
This unique venue in Aspley Guise offers a blank canvas for every bride and grooms dream wedding. You can choose from marquees in the gardens, arches amongst the flowers, candles in the waterfall grotto and much more.
Capacity: 40 – 200+
Packages from £3,590 (for 40) to £6350+ (for 100) including food and table drink, marquee, dining equipment, dance floor, outdoor furniture, facilities, cash & card bar, children’s treehouse, helicopter arrival area.
Salford Rd, Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes MK17 8HZ
(picture left to right: Holdenby House, The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey)
This 20-acre private estate dates back to the Elizabethan era and emanates old-school, aristocratic luxury. Their grand state rooms all overlook the stunning gardens which offer the perfect dreamy backdrop to your big day.
Capacity: up to 110
Holdenby House ,Northampton, NN6 8DJ
The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey
Truly a statement venue, the Sculpture Gallery set in the grand Wobrun Abbey estate offers a stunning palatial backdrop to your wedding day and even has its own private rose gardens overlooking a small lake.
Capacity: up to 250
Packages including food and drink from £145 – £188 per person
Woburn Abbey, MK17 9WA
(picture left to right: Stoke Park Pavillions, Brampton Grange)
Stoke Park Pavilions
This 1630 Italian Palladian style park is set amid handsome grass and woodlands of Northamptonshire.
Hire: £3,590 – £3,850
Stoke Park House, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7RZ
This historic venue set in 25 acres of private estate offers 3 character barns for ceremonies and receptions.
Capacity: up to 260
Hire: £2,750 – £7,250
Sandy Ln, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8AD
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