There’s nothing quite as idyllic as a calming stroll by a quiet river, so a riverside wedding seems like the perfect location for a romantic celebration. I’ve chosen my top 5 locations for a serene and beautiful day.
We had a wonderful stay at The Runnymede on Thames in the heart of Surrey. Set on the banks of the River Thames, it has a riverside jetty to relax on, a sweet, quiet towpath that guests could wander along to take a breath of fresh air, and such a relaxing, tranquil ambience. The hotel has a spa, gorgeous food and beautiful wedding facilities which can be accessed by its own entrance. The Riverside Suite even has a retractable roof on the adjoining conservatory and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river, so you can truly bring the outside in!
For a magical riverside venue, this one’s got it all. You can marry in the outdoor pagoda, or in the ex-royal hunting lodge, and hold your reception outside by the River Wye, or inside one of their lovely function rooms. There are rolling lawns and beautiful views, perfect for capturing some epic wedding photos. You can even treat your guests to a river cruise and some fireworks to end the day.
Set in 543 beautiful acres, this one’s got all the history! Exquisitely decorated, the ballroom is the most beautiful room, with intricately painted ceiling and crystal chandelier. If you’ve dreamed of a grand, classic wedding, Brocket Hall is for you. But what about the river…? Well, it’s technically a lake, but it’s huge and perfect for photos, with a bridge, lawns, weir and landscapes making a gorgeous backdrop. Your guests can stay in suites housed in the Manor House, with views across the grounds. You can see our full review of Brocket Hall here.
Tranquil and picturesque, The Boathouse is set on the banks of Ormesby Broad in Norfolk. You can marry right on the deck, overlooking the water, in the beautiful wedding arbour – you can even arrive by boat if you wish! Then celebrate your reception in the adjoining Breakfast Room which is light, bright and fresh. The Boathouse also has six bedrooms and an exclusive wedding lodge, a woodland lodge overlooking the water.
If you can’t decide between a city wedding and a riverside wedding, then Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel is the perfect combination! We stayed there recently, and loved it. Set in the heart of London, it’s an oasis of calm, with polished floors, high ceilings and a clean, neutral palette. The spa is thrown up high above the city, so you can gaze over the river as you relax. The ballroom is versatile and customisable to your theme or palette.
I love the idea of getting married by the river, there are so many options to suit your themes and dreams. If you’re after more venue inspiration, have a look at some of our reviews here.