Beach wedding venues
I love beach weddings – fish and chips, ice cream, the fresh air and the feeling of relaxation. I’ve lived by the sea for nearly four years now, first in Brighton and now in Broadstairs, Kent – I love it. Here are my favourite beach wedding venues in the UK (I’ve tried to add rough prices and capacities where I can find them, but prices can change so don’t quite me on it!):
Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon
Probably the most beautiful wedding venue in the country, let alone beach wedding venue. Rugged cliffs frame the beach, which the venue looks down over, and when the tide is out all the jagged rocks stick out of the water. There’s also a tidal swimming pool where you can take incredible photos (at the right time of day!) It’s licensed for wedding ceremonies (yay!) which takes place under a gazebo overlooking the ocean (but they do have a wet weather plan, don’t worry!) At Tunnels Beaches you can squeeze 120 day guests 160 evening guests into the venue. A wedding with 100 guests costs around £12,000 (inc canapés, a BBQ, desserts, drinks, evening snacks, teas & coffees and wedding insurance). There is a super cute house right next door where you can stay over and get ready in the morning. On the morning of your wedding (or the morning after to clear the cobwebs) there’s a tidal swimming pool in the sea – it’s incredible.
East Quay Venue in Whitstable, Kent
My second favourite of all the beach wedding venues – (the fact that East Quay Venue in Kent is a few minutes from my house is irrelevant 😉 ). Right next door to a lobster shack and famed for its oysters (you’ll see piles of oyster shells), the location is stunning – right on the beach – and has beach huts and deck chairs to play with. It’s literally on the beach, so guests who don’t feel like making small talk with your third cousin can paddle in the sea or wander up and down the shingle or check out the view from the pier.
I’ve shot a couple of wedding ceremonies up on the mezzanine, which has awesome sea views. There are only windows on one side though, so I recommend you face all your guests towards the window. You can have up to 100 guests for the ceremony, and 120 for dinner. Their BBQ is served outside and is delicious and smells sooo good. Later on they do fish and chips – which you just have to have if you’re getting married at the beach! They also do oysters during the reception, which always go down well – whenever I’ve shot there anyway! Apparently Whitstable is the home of the best oysters in the world so you have to do it. Venue hire goes from £4,750 for a summer Saturday to £950 for a winter weekday (my fave weddings 😉 ) *but don’t quote me on that, it’s just a guide from the 2017 brochure and doesn’t include food, which is on average £950 for a simple BBQ for 100 people – not too bad!
Another one right on the beach, except you might find yourself fighting for space on the pebbles in the height of summer! The sunsets here are cracking, and the venue is perfect for budget weddings and is a blank canvas for making your wedding look how you want. You can fit 350 people outside and 240 inside – although in the summer it’s not exclusive – you can only book a private section. When I’ve shot there though, randomers tend to sit far away or just don’t come in, so you’re all good. I don’t have prices but I’m pretty sure it’s perfect for budget weddings.
Like a few of the beach wedding venues in Brighton, the Music Hall has a big patio out front with tables and chairs, which is perfect for summer weddings. Inside the layout is a bit narrow but if you’re having a small wedding it’s ideal. This venue is similar to Oh So Social, although Oh So is a little bit funkier on the decor and has a bit more useable space. The cool thing is that in summer you can hire their awesome tipi on the beach. they also have a late license til 2am so if you’re party people, it’s perfect.
Alfresco is literally on the beach! It has glass windows all round (the room is half-moon shaped) and they do ceremonies upstairs or on the beach (or at the bandstand next door for £605). The venue can be hired with food from £2750 per person to £5500 for 50 guests. There’s a restaurant upstairs so you can check out the food on your next date night!
The Pavilion Brighton
Not directly on the beach, but close enough to get iconic Brighton Beach wedding photos. The Pavilion has loads of different rooms and options, with ceremonies from £695 to £3175. They also do drinks receptions but not evening dos. You can only have wedding photos on the grounds if you’ve booked your wedding there – it’s so iconic and stunning.
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