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Abbey Wedding Venues in the United Kingdom

Imagine getting married in a picturesque abbey wedding venue, full of charm and character. These wedding locations have stunning vaulted ceilings, elegant cloisters and beautiful stained glass windows. Abbeys can make luxurious and romantic wedding venues, a world away from how their original inhabitants lived!
An abbey could be the perfect wedding venue for a big civil ceremony in what was once a sacred space. The impressive architecture and size of the building would easily accommodate large numbers of guests and offers a classic setting. For those preferring a small and intimate wedding day, they could host the ceremony in a side chapel tucked away inside the abbey. The reception could be outdoors in summer or perhaps in a marquee.
Abbey, friary and priory wedding venues are steeped in history. They were once the homes of orders of monks or nuns and many were later adapted to become country houses (viz Downton Abbey). Other times, the title priory or abbey was a romantic affectation rather than an indication of ecclesiastical history, with examples on the shores of Loch Lomond and the gentle Suffolk countryside. Today, these wedding venues are often surrounded by beautiful gardens and that provide the perfect setting for your champagne reception. These breath-taking venues would captivate your guests and provide a wedding day they would always remember.
There are many historic wedding venues around the country. Options include an abbey at the foot of the Malvern Hills founded by Benedictine monks, thatís now a hotel and an English Heritage-administered venue in the Somerset countryside. There is another fine former Benedictine priory in Derbyshire, a 12th century Augustinian abbey in Buckinghamshire and the romantic ruins of a Cistercian monastery near Ripon run by the National Trust. For those on a budget, there is even the former gatehouse to an abbey near Leeds.