A Local Photographer’s Epic Guide to Planning a Bath Wedding

A Local Photographer’s Epic Guide to Planning a Bath Wedding

If you dive back through my archives, you’ll see a whole lot of posts about the many bath weddings I’ve photographed over the years. Being a local means I’ve got to know this city pretty well, especially from a wedding photography perspective! I thought it was about time I put together a comprehensive guide to planning a Bath wedding, and so here it is! Read on to find out why Bath is a fantastic place to choose to have your wedding. I share my top venue recommendations, Bath wedding suppliers and places to stay when getting married here. Plus lots of photographs to visually inspire you as you plan your Bath wedding day.

confetti canons at night

It All Starts With Some History

As it should. Bath has a deep and rich history which goes back around 2000 years! Bath is situated in the county of Somerset, just under 100 miles west of London and it was so named for the world famous Roman Baths that were built here (more on those soon!). The Romans recognised the natural hot springs that were on the site and there are stories about their healing qualities that even pre-date the Baths. Bath is now a World Heritage Site and it’s also one of England’s ten most visited cities! But enough about its history. Let’s dive into getting wed in Bath, because there’s a lot to cover!

Twirling bride at The Roman Baths

My Top Bath Wedding Venues

If you search for “bath wedding venues” on Google, you’re sure to come up with a huge list of places. And the chances are, I’ve photographed most of them! Like anything, there are pros and cons for each and every venue but I also believe that too much choice can be a bit of a nightmare. So, I’ve whittled down the list and picked out my favourite venues (which do include a few I haven’t worked at yet, but I’d definitely love to, which is why they’re on the list). Get ready for a whistle-stop tour of Bath wedding venues!

group photo outside the Roman Baths

The Roman Baths & Pump Room

Of course I had to list The Roman Baths at the top of the list. For one thing, if you read the mini history review further up the page, you already know it’s what Bath is named after. And, for another, they’re our most famous landmark, by far.

If you love history, I can’t think of a better place to choose to get married in. This venue is about as historical as they come. Dating back to around 50 CE, there’s an ethereal, mystical quality about this place that you can’t help but notice when you’re there. It’s an incredible place to celebrate your marriage and it’s one you and your guests will never forget, that’s for sure.

Whether you choose to get married at sunrise or sunset, or opt for a more traditional time of day, you can’t fail to be impressed by this space. I’ve written a post all about how to plan your Roman Baths wedding for lots more information and inspiration. As a wedding venue, it’s literally one of my absolute favourites and I’d even go so far as to say it’s one of the most beautiful venues in the country. I recommend having your ceremony in the Baths and then heading up to the Pump Room or the gallery for your reception.

Bride twirling her wedding dress atThe Roman Baths

The Bath Spa Hotel

If luxury is one of your requirements for a wedding day venue, then you cannot go wrong with The Bath Spa Hotel. This place is magnificent. Standing in 7 acres of stunning grounds, this 5 star hotel is all about opulence and going big with your special day. It’s also one of the largest venues in Bath so if you’re planning on inviting a lot of guests, this is the ideal spot to choose. I particularly love the gardens. They’re beautiful and, from a photography perspective, they give me a lot of gorgeous backdrops to use for photographs.

A few years back, I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Amy Williams and Craig Ham at the Bath Spa Hotel. Amy’s a local celebrity. She’s an Olympic medallist, winning gold at the Winter Olympics in 2010 and was the only English athlete to win a medal that year. Her day was stunning and even ended up in Hello magazine! 

Amy Williams and Craig Ham on the steps at The Bath Spa Hotel on their wedding day

Prior Park

Now a Grade I listed school, Prior Park has had quite the history. Built in the 1700s, it has survived two major fires in its lifetime. Originally a mansion built for a local entrepreneur and philanthropist, it sits within a 57-acre landscape high up on a hill overlooking Bath. It really is quite the view up there, I can tell you!

I particularly love those beautiful steps which look out onto Prior Park Gardens. It’s spectacular and makes for a very dramatic backdrop for wedding photos. There is a choice of rooms in which to hold your ceremony and the space is just gorgeous for your reception too.

Confetti face

The Guildhall

I joke that I’m in and out of Guildhall like a yoyo but that’s because it’s a firm favourite venue with lots of my Bath wedding couples. Located in the heart of the city, right near the Roman Baths, it’s the perfect spot for a city centre wedding. Housing the registry offices, there are a variety of different rooms to choose from depending on the size of your wedding and number of guests. For lots more information about Guildhall, check out this blog post.

Guildhall wedding

The Holburne Museum

Located at the top of one of Bath’s most famous roads, Great Pulteney Street, the Holburne Museum is a truly unique place to get married in Bath. If art is your thing, then you’ll love the stunning gallery rooms here where you can hold your ceremony before heading down to the Garden Cafe and terrace for your reception and party.

And if you love Bridgerton, then this is definitely the venue for you. It was the location where Lady Danbury’s house was filmed as part of the beloved TV show so if you got married here, you could say you had a Bridgerton wedding!

I especially love the blend of new and old at Holburne Museum. The modern addition makes for quite an interesting backdrop for photos, especially as the evening draws in and the lights come on.

holburne museum wedding photography

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Another famous landmark of Bath is the Royal Crescent, a semi-circle of terraced houses that date back to the 18th century. It’s an incredibly grand parade of buildings that has often shown up in various films and TV shows (yes, it’s also been in Bridgerton!).

If this famous landmark is where you’d like to get married, you should take a look at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. This venue caters to most kinds of weddings—indoor and outdoor ceremonies, little weddings and big ones. It also has some stunning gardens, gorgeous accommodation and the staff know how to look after their guests too.

Royal Crescent Hotel Wedding

The Temple of Minerva

As wedding venues go, this one is unique! Set amongst botanical gardens, the Temple of Minerva is a replica of an ancient temple built in the early 1900s to house an exhibition. It boasts underfloor heating and the grounds it sits in are sublime. Whatever time of year you choose to get married, it’ll look stunning here. Find out lots more about this stunning venue right here.

Bride and Groom dance at dusk at Temple of minerva Bath

Bailbrook House

You wouldn’t typically expect to see a country house in the city, but that’s exactly what Bailbrook House is. A luxury hotel, it blends modern and classic beautifully and the hotel sits in some pretty gardens, too, with gorgeous views over the Avon valley. 

Bailbrook House Hotel Wedding

The Bath Priory Hotel

The Bath Priory is another spectacular sprawling estate you wouldn’t expect to see in the middle of a city. Sitting in 4 acres of beautiful grounds, this venue is definitely a quality one. The rooms, too, are wonderful. There’s a lot to love about this venue!

 

Groom holding his speech on a piece od paper at Mud Dock Bristol

A Few Recommended Bath Wedding Suppliers

 

Of course, working in and around Bath, I get the opportunity to work with lots of amazing wedding suppliers too! Here are a few of my favourites I’d love to share with you.

For hair, it has to be Abigail Constanza, her work is fabulous.

When it comes to flowers, I’d recommend Wren and May Flowers. Their work is wonderful and their bouquets are a joy to photograph.

And finally, I also get the opportunity to work with a lot of videographers. One of my favourites is Andrew Collins. He’s also a Bath local and I adore working with him. I’ve even photographed his wedding! He’s a genuinely lovely guy and I know you’ll love his work

Bath Accommodations Suggestions

Of course, working in and around Bath, I get the opportunity to work with lots of amazing wedding suppliers too! Here are a few of my favourites I’d love to share with you.

For hair, it has to be Abigail Constanza, her work is fabulous.

When it comes to flowers, I’d recommend Wren and May Flowers. Their work is wonderful and their bouquets are a joy to photograph.

And finally, I also get the opportunity to work with a lot of videographers. One of my favourites is Andrew Collins. He’s also a Bath local and I adore working with him. I’ve even photographed his wedding! He’s a genuinely lovely guy and I know you’ll love his work

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