Whether you’re an ex-student or aspiring academic, or simply just looking for a beautiful and romantic destination, Oxford weddings are certainly one of a kind. From literary libraries to waterfront boathouses, here are our top picks for wedding venues in Oxford.
Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera
One of the most popular attractions at Oxford is the stunning Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe at the very heart of Oxford University. The library has three rooms dedicated to weddings and civil partnerships and the events team are on hand to make your dreams come true on your big day. Choose between the 15th century Divinity School, the university’s first teaching room and earliest examination hall; Convocation House, built in the 17th century as the meeting room for the university’s supreme legislative body; and the Chancellor’s Court, formerly the university’s court room.
Rhodes House Oxford
Rhodes House is a unique and popular Oxford wedding venue. This Cotswold mansion is a hidden gem in the heart of the city, and a meeting place for Rhodes Scholars and their distinguished guests. If your perfect wedding location in Oxford, is an impressive and historic venue, then Rhodes House Oxford is the perfect spot for you on your special day. Enjoy access to all rooms, and let your guests roam around outside in the stunning award-wining walled garden. This stunning house seats up to 150 guests within its Milner Hall, with the option of accommodating up to 250 guests in a marquee in the garden. Rhodes House is a tranquil setting, with an elegant backdrop for the occasion.
The Oxford Union
For a dramatic wedding in Oxford, try the Oxford Union, the home of the prestigious university’s debating society. The stunning red-walled chamber has been featured in films and TV shows such as Inspector Morse, Lewis, and BBC Question Time and is also available for private hire and weddings. The Oxford Union has space for 120 guests, as well as smaller rooms for more intimate occasions. There are several menu options, including a winter carvery, a cold buffet and summer BBQ.
Rustic-inspired weddings are right on trend at the moment and there’s nowhere more perfect than the award-winning Lains Barn. Located in the charming Oxfordshire country, less than 30 minutes from Oxford city centre, you’ll find an authentic, fully-restored barn complete with picture-perfect decorations. Brides and grooms can have their civil ceremony either inside the beautiful oak-beamed barn or outside on the grass courtyard. Afterwards, enjoy champagne and canapes in one of the four dedicated areas – the main barn, large glass-fronted bar, covered wing or the courtyard. The Lains Barn team are on hand with any requests and offer customisable packages for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and drinks. If you’re not a hands-on couple, the team can even do everything for you, from entertainment to hair and make-up, so all you have to do on the day is simply turn up!
If you are looking to celebrate your special day in an architectural treasure location, nestled in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, then look no further than Braziers Park. Holding up to 100 guests, Braziers Park makes for a stunning and intimate wedding venue in Oxford. Enjoy the use of the House and the Barn, as well as access to the 15-acre campsite, for a memorable day.
If you’re dreaming of a traditional Oxford wedding, it’s well worth considering Cherwell Boathouse and its iconic punts. Located right on the banks of the River Cherwell, you’ll have private access to the award-winning restaurant, marquee and bar, and you can even include some punting time if you want to give your guests a treat! Take your first ride as newlyweds in a special bridal punt, then dance under the stars on the waterfront terrace. Available all year round, the marquee can accommodate groups from 20-125 guests, with the choice of standing drinks to three course sit-down meals. Underfloor heating is available for cooler months and the river is absolutely stunning when blanketed in white in winter.