The gem of the South West, Bristol is a captivating and varied city, perfect for romantic wedding celebrations. The city centre boasts an incredible amount of stunning areas, which both hark back to the fascinating history of the city and engage in the culture of modern day Britain.
From the Medieval roots which are still present through the form of intricate street patterns and hidden alleys in the city centre, to the historic waterfront which was once the heart of Britain’s trade empire, to the stunning Georgian architecture of upmarket Clifton village, history lovers are guaranteed that Bristol will never cease to delight. There are many historical wedding venues dotted around the city, all basking in the intertwining storylines that have made Bristol the city it is today.
But the South West’s largest city isn’t just historical; it has a fast moving, energetic vibe, constantly evolving and refreshing. It’s a great place for young people and it’s a well-known fact that many who move to Bristol find it near impossible to leave! This makes Bristol the ideal location for a contemporary and quirky wedding. With the thriving arts and music scenes and the city-wide environmental awareness – Bristol was voted ‘Green Capital of Europe’ in 2015 – you can be sure to find an array of fresh and modern wedding venues in the city.
Bristol is perfectly placed; just two hours from London, at the interchange of the rural counties Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire which all showcase some of the nation’s best countryside, and a short drive over the Severn Bridge from Wales. Bristol is indeed a cosmopolitan gateway to explore the charismatic and stunning area of the South West, and it’s no surprise that more and more people are planning on celebrating their weddings in the city; 1537 weddings took place in the city in the last statistical year.
We’ve got loads of the city’s best venues on our Wedding Venues in Bristol page, but here’s our pick of just some of the best venues in the area, along with some excellent wedding suppliers…
Ashton Court Mansion
Just over the renowned Clifton Suspension Bridge lays this fifteenth century mansion and its stunning grounds. You can marry within the mansion itself, saying your vows whilst marvelling at the stunning architecture. The lush grounds provide ample photographic opportunities, and you even have the option to rent the mansion exclusively! Who would have thought you could experience such luxury and opulence a stone’s throw away from the city centre?
To read more about Ashton Court, check out our listing.
A fantastic fusion of unique and traditional, within At-Bristol you have the option to marry against the backdrop of Bristol’s glorious cathedral or say your vows underneath a star canopy in the science museum’s planetarium! Enjoy the old fused with the new as you appreciate the exhibitions during your drinks reception, or even have your wedding breakfast in Bristol’s Aquarium, whilst enjoying unmatchable views of the Harbourside and College Green.
SS Great Britain
Tie the knot on board a luxury ship! The renowned SS Great Britain is one of the country’s most famous ships and is now permanently docked in Bristol’s harbourside. She was the world’s first luxury ocean liner and, until 1854, the longest passenger ship. On board the ship, there is a sense of timeless romance as the boat’s delightful and intricate history is showcased through its stunning design. Marry on the promenade deck and enjoy your wedding breakfast on in the First Class Dining Salon – which was once frequented by Queen Victoria! There is no doubt that you’ll fall in love with the legendary ship and nowhere mimics Bristol’s history quite like Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
Take a peek at our listing to find out more about SS Great Britain.
A modern and unique wedding venue in Bristol, The Paintworks is located south of the river and is a blank canvas venue which can be styled to individual wishes. The Paintworks is a creative space used for art exhibitions, vintage clothes sales and events, taking full advantage of Bristol’s hip and fresh art culture. The dedicated event team know what is needed for a unique wedding; and will be eager to meet with you to discuss your ideas.
The Square Club
For something a bit alternative, try The Square Club. This boutique wedding venue in Bristol is a private members’ club open to weddings and offers a fresh atmosphere to couples hosting their big day. Located in upmarket Clifton, the club is housed in a charming Edwardian building which makes for fantastic photographic opportunities.The club offers a fantastic fusion of traditional Georgian architecture with a contemporary atmosphere, making it a wonderfully unique wedding venue.
Once you’ve got your venue sorted, you’ll need some suppliers! Here’s our pick of the best in Bristol…
Ruth Garner – Photography
Ruth Garner captures intimate moments between bride and groom around Bristol’s centre. Ruth will take advantage of nearby landmarks, such as the Suspension Bridge and the waterfront, to provide you with a stunning backdrop for your wedding album.
For more information about Ruth Garner, check out her website.
Lisa Elliott Floral Design – Flowers
Based in Clifton, Lisa Elliot provides delightful flowers; most of which can be sourced year round. She offers a free no obligation consultation and can work with any venue in the Bristol area.
A Class Brides – Dress
With a multitude of designs and styles, A Class Brides can dress the entire bridal party on the big day. The Brislington-based shop stocks designs from lavish designers and offers comprehensive appointments to enable brides to find the dress of their dreams.
Here’s some more information about A Class Brides.
Chocolate Delores – Cakes
If you’re a chocoholic, this is the ideal cake company for you. Using only the finest organic and Fairtrade ingredients, cake maker extraordinaire Lizzie personally hand-delivers cakes to the venue and then decorates them just for the customer.
Hotshots Entertainment – Wedding Entertainment
A fantastically professional company, Hotshots Entertainment’s DJ Morf was a regional finalist for ‘Best Wedding DJ 2016’ and provides a flawless service. Morf, or one of his trusted colleagues, will attend your evening reception; all are experienced in playing tunes from the 60s up to the present day.
Interested in Hotshots Entertainment? Read more here.
Darren Campbell Magician – Entertainment
On hand to provide your guests with an entertaining and unbelievable experience that they aren’t likely to forget quickly, Darren Campbell performs amazingly unforgettable magic tricks during the wedding reception.
Here’s a little bit more about Darren Campbell!
Weddings in Bristol
Bristol is the perfect fusion of old and new, with a renowned history spanning back centuries yet a clear vision of its current and future identity. This makes Bristol the perfect city location for wedding celebrations of all types and for all ages of people. You certainly won’t struggle to find a venue and suppliers that will match your tastes.
To get started with your wedding planning journey in Bristol, visit our venues page, here!