Summer is undoubtedly the busiest time of the year for weddings. There is a good reason for this popularity, better weather and longer days mean everyone can enjoy sipping their champagne outside in the sunshine. One thing all of our chosen venues have in common is their stunning outdoor space which is why they are such great choices for a summer wedding. Having photographed hundreds of weddings Shane has visited the best wedding venues Cheshire has to offer. The county has a vast number of amazing venues to choose from, making it a hugely popular location for summer weddings. There is something to fit every couples style from luxury castles to rustic barns. We have compiled a list of the best summer wedding venues in Cheshire with loads of wedding inspiration from real weddings.
1) Peckforton Castle
Couples looking to for the ‘wow’ factor need look no further than Peckforton Castle. The Grade I listed venue has incredible 36,000 acres of land, the possibility for wedding photos are endless. Peckforton Castle has become synonymous with luxury weddings and one of our favourite places to photograph at. Couples choosing the castle for their dream wedding can expect the highest level of luxury. If you really want to push the boat out they offer a ‘keys to the castle’ package. The entire property can be yours and your wedding guests for the night!
Get some inspiration from this Peckforton Castle Summer Wedding showcasing incredible floral design from award-winning florists. We also have a stunning Peckforton Castle Winter Wedding featuring a flying ring bearer!
2) Dorfold Hall
Dorfold Hall is still a relatively new wedding venue and it caters to couples wanting understated luxury for their wedding day. The experience of opulence begins with the long drive down past the lake towards the Jacobean main house. Dorfold Hall is an impressive 400 years old and has such a sense of history and grandeur. Operating on an exclusive use basis means that newlyweds can enjoy the property to the maximum – this includes the beautifully maintained gardens. Summer is the best time to visit Dorfold, we recommend taking a stroll along the lake to appreciate the natural beauty. Learn more about this incredible venue and some of our favourite Dorfold Hall wedding photography.
3) Abbeywood Estate
Located in the Delamere countryside Abbeywood Estate is a fantastic venue for a summer wedding. We especially love ‘The Glasshouse’ where the wedding breakfast is held. As the name suggests this structure is almost completely glass letting is loads of natural light. This is perfect during the summer months allowing photographers to capture stunning images of the speeches. Stephanie and Will’s wedding is a great example of how a bright space can create incredible speech photos, see their Abbeywood Estate wedding. The outdoor space offers guests lots of space to relax in and enjoy the day and plenty of places for stunning photos.
4) Sandhole Oak Barn
Barn venues are great for couples looking for a rustic wedding. One of the most notable features at Sandhole Oak Barn is the lake which is perfect for wedding photos. The lake also offers a home to the swans – which are actually very friendly wedding guests! You can see them waddling around the venue sneaking any canapés which have made their way to the floor. We love the oak beamed barn which lets in loads of natural light. The venue also has a reputation for service and quality of food with the very talented top table providing incredible dishes and making sure all aspects of the day run smoothly. Get some inspiration from this Sandhole Oak Barn Same-Sex Wedding.
5) Capesthorne Hall
When it comes to stately homes you won’t find many more grand than Capesthorne Hall. The property is vast and has beautiful gardens for guests to explore. Summer weddings at Capesthorne can utilise the lawns for outdoor games and enjoy the beautiful lakeside views. There is also the opportunity for an outdoor wedding ceremony during the summer months. Take a look at Shane’s favourite Capesthorne Hall wedding photography.
6) Combermere Abbey
On the border between Cheshire and Shropshire lies the magnificent Combermere Abbey. The property started as a monastery in the 12th century and has been extended and developed into a significant complex of gothic and medieval buildings. An incredibly grand setting for a wedding, couples choosing Combermere Abbey are sure to make a statement. Lakeside views and rolling countryside vistas make this a fantastic choice of venue for summer weddings. Read more about Combermere Abbey.
7) Colshaw Hall
One of the most popular wedding venues in Cheshire is the stunning Colshaw Hall. This family-run private estate provides a luxurious setting for a summer wedding. See our real Colshaw Hall wedding for inspiration. This wedding venue is among the best Cheshire has to offer. A vast country estate with expansive grounds and opulent interiors. We recommend couples choose to have their ceremony in the refurbished stables. Large floor to ceiling windows let in lots of natural light, making it a fantastic place for photos. The oak beamed space serves as a blank canvas for couples to style.
8) Delamere Manor
There aren’t many wedding venues in Cheshire that boast their own private nightclub! Couples who want their wedding to be exclusive and wild look to Delamere Manor as the venue to make their dreams come true. Delamere Manor is one of the best summer venues in Cheshire too because of it’s stunning outdoor space. The estate is secluded and private catering to the luxury market. We highly recommend a stroll throughout the grounds to see what this venue is all about.
9) Wrenbury Hall
In Cheshire we are spoilt for grand wedding venues to choose from. The vast countryside is home to many beautiful manor properties perfect for a dream summer wedding. Wrenbury Hall was built over 400 years ago and has served many esteemed guests throughout it’s history. Now the property is open to couples to host their most special day. The venue is particularly suited to summer weddings due to it’s vast grounds. View Wrenbury Hall wedding photography.
10) Merrydale Manor
Brought to you by the same team as Colshaw Hall this venue has very quickly become a leading venue in the Cheshire area. Merrydale Manor is slightly more understated but just as beautiful as it’s sister venue. The expansive grounds make this a fantastic choice for a summer wedding. Lakeside views and rolling countryside create an idyllic scene for wedding photos. Take a look at some our favourite Merrydale Manor wedding photography. Engaged couples can choose to have their whole wedding at the venue from bridal preparations to the evening party. Choosing to host all aspects of the wedding day in one location means more time can be spent relaxing and enjoying the day. The grounds are perfect for lawn games and drinks with your wedding guests.
11) Iscoyd Park
A beautiful example of Georgian architecture, Iscoyd Park is a fabulous location for summer weddings. Operating as an exclusive use property couples have the whole of the house and grounds to make use of. A wedding at Iscoyd Park is like stepping back in time to one of the most grand eras. It has been lovingly restored over the years to preserve opulence but provide modern conveniences. In the summer months the drinks reception is held in the stunning formal gardens. These were reimagined by leading garden designers to provide different areas with colours and textures making them a beautiful backdrop for wedding photography. Learn more about Iscoyd Park wedding photography. Couples can choose to have their wedding ceremony in one of the rooms of the property, outdoors or in the quaint local church.
12) Nunsmere Hall
Another venue known for its grandeur and stunning gardens is Nunsmere Hall. Set in the Delamere countryside this property is instantly recognisable with it’s ivy-covered facade. A feature unique to Nunsmere Hall is the marquee. With direct access to the property this heated marquee can host up to 600 guests. It opens out directly into the gardens, perfect for balmy summer evenings. View the full gallery of Helen & Robert’s Nunsmere Hall Summer Wedding Photography.
13) Tilstone House
A newcomer to the scene, Tilstone House is leading the way in curating luxury weddings. A stately home with an aristocratic past – this venue is leading the way in exclusive weddings. Only taking on a select number of weddings a year the team at Tilstone House are focused on making couples dreams come true. The venue even has a collaboration with The Big Firework Company to create one of a kind firework displays – the perfect ending to a summer wedding.
14) Oak Tree Of Peover
This venue is has a peaceful lakeside location best enjoyed in the summer months. Couples love Oak Tree Of Peover for its countryside vistas and beautiful interiors. The wedding barn is both dramatic and rustic. Huge oak beams and large windows create a stunning location to say your vows. At night time the barn is transformed with twinkling fairy lights and views out to the night’s sky. The romantic setting has been enjoyed by many couples wanting a more laid-back wedding.
Sharon and John’s pictures provide a stunning example of Oak Tree Of Peover summer wedding photography. Their wedding was captured in bright and colourful photos – a signature of Shane’s style. With 165 acres of grounds to utilise there were so many picturesque places to capture photos.
15) Arley Hall
One of the best features Arley Hall has to offer is it’s outdoor wedding ceremonies. Getting married during the summer months gives couples more choice for this aspect of the day. Saying your vows outside when the sun is shining is such a joy. ‘The Alcove’ in the gardens at Arley Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies and a stunning spot. The photos captured during outdoor ceremonies are simply breathtaking. Natural light is such a key component to creating stunning images. Read more about Arley Hall wedding photography.
16) Owen House Wedding Barn
Located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside Owen House Barn is one of the most popular venues of it’s kind. Set on a working farm there is an expanse of countryside surrounding the property which looks fantastic in wedding photos. A unique feature on offer at the venue is the beauty barn. Bridal preparation photos are so important as some of the most special moments of the day happen during this time. A gorgeous setting is only going to make these pictures better! The team at Owen House Wedding Barn have thought of everything from prosecco fridge to salon chairs for hair and makeup.
Best Summer Venues
All 16 of these best summer wedding venues in Cheshire have something different to offer their clients. We have had the joy of working with hundreds of couples each with a unique dream wedding. If you are considered a winter wedding read our guide to The Best Winter Wedding Venues In Manchester. Be sure to keep up to date with Shane’s work on our portfolio page showcasing our favourite photos.