Every month newly engaged couples come to us to help them find a loan to fund their dream wedding. With this constant stream of wedding planners knocking on our door, no wonder the customer support team are forever discussing the varying expenses that come with getting married.

We therefore decided to launch the Aspire Wedding season, three months of guidance to help you plan your perfect day on a sensible budget, so you don't need to compromise on the things that matter to you. With 12% of proposals in the UK occurring on Valentine's day , what better time to start thinking about wedding planning than now?

We've taken a variety of venue ideas from across the country and sorted them by price, starting with wedding venues under £2000, under £1000, and finally options that won't cost a penny.

Best Wedding Venues Under £2000


Cornish Tipi Weddings - from £1,650

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This beautiful venue in Cornwall has everything you could possibly want from an outdoor wedding; woodland, beaches, lakes, and grand marquees and tipis. They also offer an eloping package for those who want to get married in private, yet still want a magical and memorable location. The eloping package starts from just £550, or full weddings from £1650 for up to 20 guests

Best for: Natural Beauty
Location: South West England



Milling Barn - from 1,179

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You don't need to travel abroad for white beaches and endless blue seas. Starting from £1200 you can have a gazebo wedding on your own private stretch of beach. Think games on the shore, canapes and picnic food, and unforgettable photos from the day.

Best for: International Feeling
Location: Southern England


Bournemouth beach - from £1,200

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You don't need to travel abroad for white beaches and endless blue seas. Starting from £1200 you can have a gazebo wedding on your own private stretch of beach. Think games on the shore, canapes and picnic food, and unforgettable photos from the day.

Best for: International Feeling
Location: Southern England


Talyllyn Railway - under £2,000

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Take a step back in time with a charming wedding at the Talyllyn Railway in Wales. You and up to 40 guests will join a special train for a 45-minute tour of the beautiful welsh countryside before stopping at Abergynolwyn station for the ceremony. This beautiful setting is straight out of a Jane Austin novel, and is perfect for those looking for something classic, yet unique.

Best for: Classical Charm
Location: Wales


Painswick Rococo Gardens - From £1050 + VAT

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Intimate, romantic and spectacular. These gardens were made for unusual and extravagant garden parties back in the 1740s, and now hold historical significance in the UK. There are plenty of different options starting at just £1050 depending on the size of your party, and their friendly staff are available to support throughout the planning process to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Best for: Romance
Location: West England


Best Wedding Venues under £1000

Little Weddings - The Little Theatre in Bath (Cinema) - £480

A cinema themed wedding is perfect for film buffs, and there's few better places than the beautiful and quaint Little Theatre in Bath. Wedding packages start from just £480 and include access to the projection equipment to show your own footage, or a clip from your favourite film, as well as popcorn for all the guests and a large poster frame for your own bespoke posters.

Best For: Themed wedding
Location: South West England


Woodland ceremony at Camp Katur - from £300

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A gorgeous campsite in the North of Yorkshire, Camp Katur has something for everyone. Their full barn hire events start from £3500 but for those who just want the simplicity of a beautiful location to share with their friends and family, the perfect woodland ceremony can be yours from just £300

Best for: Fairy-tale magic
Best for: Fairy-tale magic


Glemham Hall - from £750

This grand 16th century country estate offers a more traditional day within its historic grounds. With packages starting from £750, you can choose to have a ceremony within the estate or within the onsite church before exploring the breath-taking grounds with your guests.

Best For: Traditional Estate
Location: East England


St Mary's Guildhall - from £330

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St Mary's Guildhall is the perfect choice for an intimate venue that doesn't compromise charm or historical significance. The magnificent medieval interiors and fine artworks offer a window into the rich past of the venue, where great historical figures such as William Shakespeare have visited!

Best for: Historical significance
Location: West Midlands


High Rocks - from £650

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Tucked away in the heart of Kent, High Rocks combines interesting and impressive scenery with high class catering and beautiful indoor spaces. From £650 you can hire the president's suite (pictured above) for your ceremony, or have a function room for your evening celebrations from £450. They are also currently offering a free disco until 2am for mid-week weddings!

Best for: Beautiful indoors and out
Location: South East England


Best Free Wedding Venues

Church

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If you're a regular church goer, it's often possible to have your wedding ceremony and even your reception held in the church grounds for free. A donation of whatever you can afford is always appreciated, but not necessary. For many this is the natural choice for a wedding anyway, and your parishioner is likely to allow you to decorate the church yourself to make it perfectly you.


Back garden

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Unfortunately, almost every wedding venue hikes their prices up during summer months, especially outdoor venues. However, a great thrifty alternative is to use your own or a loved one's outdoor space to hold your ceremony, reception, or both! A ceremony probably wouldn't be legally binding unless the garden was licensed, so a trip to the registry office would still be necessary, but it could still make a beautiful service in front of family and friends. With your own space and the rest of your budget free, the possibilities are endless and you have the chance to decorate and cater to exactly the tastes of yourself and your partner.


Beach

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If you opt for a mid-week wedding, or one that isn't in the height of summer, you've a good chance of finding a secluded spot of public beach where you can hold your own paradise wedding. Many beaches also allow open fires (although always check with your local authorities) so your guests can be kept warm even when the sun goes down. Beach games and picnic food are a winning combination to complete this budget friendly dream. There's plenty of ways to find a perfect venue within any budget with a bit of imagination. Let us know on Facebook if there's anywhere you've been that you think should be included, and look out for our guides to finding the right dress on a budget, and classy yet low cost catering options in the coming months

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