Venues for the Marriage ceremony around Hampshire & West Sussex

Some of the venues we have attended from a photographers point of view...

The Langstone HotelThe Langstone Hotel, Hayling Island, Hampshire

Good for civil ceremonies or just a wedding reception, situated on Hayling Island and overlooking Langstone harbour. The hotel has grounds running down the side of the hotel which overlook a small water inlet. Photographs can be taken on the lawns at the side or in front of the hotel with Langstone harbour in the background. The hotel has the spinnaker suite which has an external fire escape and balcony both of these can be used with great effect for some stylish and creative photographs. The hotel has also refurbished the rear gardens with water and mirror features, these can also be used for something different. On wet days the hotel have other rooms available which can be used for your photographs.

Chidham ChurchChidham Church, Chidham, West Sussex

A small country village church with a long path up to the main door, the inside of the church is bright and offers good opportunity for photographs. The grounds outside are limited for large groups but just across the road from the church, there is a nice lawn with shrubs and trees which can be used for the photographs.

Inn LodgeInn Lodge, Portsmouth

There is just a car park at the front of the hotel. The Inn Lodge usually put out a red carpet under a covered walkway into the lodge, so this can be used to photograph your arrival. The lodge does have some small gardens at the rear of the complex which can be used for weddings of a small or medium size. I have not had any wet days at the lodge yet so cannot comment on what other facilities are available.

John Pound ChurchJohn Pound Church

Situated in Old Portsmouth the church front is situated directly on the pavement with no grounds at the front and very little to the side. Inside, the church is light and good for taking photographs. You are limited to taking photographs from the rear of the church or at a 45 degree angle below the chancel. The church benefits from a large light room at the rear for signing of the registers. The grounds at the side of the church are really only large enough to accommodate very small groups, generally another venue is sought to accommodate larger group photographs.

Royal Marines MuseumRoyal Marines Museum

Great photographic venue with large lawns, external and internal staircases, plenty of character and military atmosphere. Main room used for wedding breakfast is light with lots of charm.

HMS WarriorHMS Warrior

Great character venue with lots of options to photograph the bride and groom somewhere different. HMS Warrior is licensed to carry out civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts, receptions. However these are carried out below the main deck on the gun deck and although there is plenty of character, the area tends to be dark, meaning that most photographs below deck are taken using flash which can lead to the lighting on your photographs be a little harder than if shot using natural light. On the main deck we need to be careful of a few things on a wet or damp day the main deck is very slippery, and on a dry sunny day we need to make sure that there are no heavy shadows coming across the guests from the masts and all the rigging. Having said all that HMS Warrior still offers the photographer a lot of opportunity for some great nautical photographs.

St Anne’s Church Navel DockyardSt Anne’s Church Navel Dockyard

Couples that use this church which is tucked around the back of the dockyard are usually associated with the Royal Navy in some way. This is a big church and inside is light and bright for photographs. The church has an internal balcony so photographs can be taken inside with some aerial perspective. Outside the main entrance there is a concrete area which can be used for small groups and just off this area these is a small lawn, again which can be used for small groups. The church is surrounded by warehousing and brick walls so I would generally suggest a minimal amount of photographs at the church and look for an alternative venue on the way to, or at the reception.

St John Cathedral, PortsmouthSt John Cathedral, Portsmouth

The Cathedral is situated on a major road junction in the middle of Portsmouth. So it has no grounds of its own for photographs. The inside of the cathedral is huge with plenty of light. Photographs are usually taken from the back on a long lens and a good wide angle lens this has the benefit of showing all the splendour of the cathedral with its stained glass windows. Photographs can be taken at 45 degrees to the chancel. After the service on a nice day we make use of Victoria park just across the road for the main photographs. On a wet day the cathedral staff are usually very accommodating to allow us to use the inside of the cathedral.

All saints Catherington Church, CowplainAll Saints Catherington Church, nr Horndean

Cathrington church is an old parish church situated in lots of grounds. At the entrance it has an old lych gate with a long path up to the main door of the church. Inside it is reasonably light and the main photographs during the service are taken on the right hand side of the church at 45 degrees in the chancel looking back at the front of the bride and groom and the congregation. Outside there are lots of opportunities for group photographs without photographing old gravestones usually found in the grounds of old parish churches.

Garrison Church, Old PortsmouthGarrison Church, Old Portsmouth, Hampshire

The Garrison church is not a church that you can use for your wedding ceremony, however it is a church that can be used for your wedding photographs. Assume you have had a civil ceremony in a hotel or even the registry office, by contacting the Garrison church and paying a small fee you can have use of the church and its grounds for photographs that would give the appearance of a church ceremony.

St Thomas’s BedhamptonSt Thomas’s Bedhampton, Havant

St Thomas’s is a small 1000 year old parish church. It’s a single aisle church which means that your photographs would be taken from the back of the church, or if the vicar is in agreement you can get up by the Alter and photograph the bride and groom from the front of the church. The church in recent years has had an extension on the side which now accommodates a very nice room for the signing of the register. There are no grounds attached to the church for photographs, but next door to the church is Bidbury Mead which is open ground with trees etc which can be used for your photographs.

St Peters Church Northney Hayling IslandSt Peters Church, Northney, Hayling Island

St Peters is an old parish church which has had a new extension added as its main entrance. There are grounds which are covered by old grave stones, however there is an area in front of the church that can be used for photographs and a lawn leading to the car park which can also be used for photographs. Inside is generally quite light and we generally take the photographs from the back of the church.

St Mary’s Hayling IslandSt Mary’s, Hayling Island

A good size old parish church with a lovely lych gate and a long path leading up to the main entrance. Inside, it is a little dark but manageable for photographs. You are able to get 45 degrees to the bride and groom and photograph from the chancel. Also you can take photographs from the rear of the church. Outside there is a small area without gravestones that can be used. Some of the nicest natural shots are of the bride and groom walking back down the path to the lych gate with a confetti shot at the end.

Petersfield Registry OfficePetersfield Registry OfficePetersfield Registry Office

Petersfield Registry office has a nice light feel about it. The room the civil ceremony is carried out in has recently been re-furbished and is a room in part of a period building. There are nice grounds outside with a large lawn and willow tree, access to the registry office from the car park is over a wooden bridge.

St Peters, PetersfieldSt Peters, Petersfield

St Peters is the local parish church, although it looks old from the outside it is very light and modern inside. Results from the photography in this church tend to be very good due to the bright interior and the availability to take photographs from a 45 degree angle to the bride and groom. Outside there is some ground for photographs raised up from the main church, this is generally suitable for small groups.

Langrish House, PetersfieldLangrish House, Petersfield

Langrish House is a beautiful old house in a lovely setting just outside Petersfield. It is one of those places which you could call a photographers dream, with character features on the property and large lawns outside. The main room inside for the civil ceremony and wedding breakfast has wood panelling which I have heard from some guests makes the room feel too dark, but in reality it's fine and adds to the character of the room. The main room also has a balcony for those slightly different shots.

Portsmouth CathedralPortsmouth Cathedral

Obviously being the city’s main Anglican Cathedral it is large and imposing, Inside there is plenty of light and the opportunity to move around so photographs can either be taken from the back or on one side of the cathedral. Outside there is plenty of ground to take the larger group shots etc.

Brookfield HotelBrookfield Hotel, Emsworth

Just over the border from West Sussex, the Brookfield Hotel between Havant and Emsworth has a nice large ground floor room where civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts take place. The room is well lit with windows on two sides overlooking some pleasant gardens. Being a venue for a civil ceremony the restrictions are more relaxed than in a church and therefore there is plenty of opportunity to get some good internal shots. Outside the gardens are very pleasant and well kept with a water feature. There is also access to a fire escape for some shots with aerial perspective.

Alverbank Country House Hotel, Alverstoke.Alverbank Country House Hotel, Alverstoke

The Alverbank Country House Hotel is situated at Stokes Bay it is a small cosy hotel which has had a large marquee style extension attached to the rear of the property. It is very light inside and the standard of the layout inside is to a high standard. Because this is a facility for civil ceremonies it is a little more flexible regarding photographs. Outside, there is a small garden with a sea view also at the rear of the hotel is Stanley Park which offers all sorts of facilities for some nice outdoor shots. You can also walk down to the beach for some beach shots.

The Tithe Barn, Old Ditcham Farm, Nr Petersfield

Tithe barn is what it says it is a big old barn, when it is dressed and the tables are all out it can look spectacular with plenty of character. There is plenty of opportunity to get some good shots inside it also has a balcony at one end to get a slightly different perspective on the range of photographs. Outside, there is ground that can be used for some group photographs but better still across the road is the property of the owner of the barn, and in the past I have been allowed to use her lovely garden with the bride and groom sitting around the well or under a large tree.

St Mary’s Church, Porchester Castle

St Mary’s church is set in the grounds of the castle as you can imagine the opportunity for really creative and stylish photography is all around with the old parts of the castle, sea views etc. the church itself is very old and is a little dark inside. Some vicars at the church have severely limited what can be done inside the church limiting you to just photographs of signing the register. However once outside there is a lovely lynch gate and the opportunity to make full use of the castle and grounds.

St Johns Church, PurbrookSt Johns Church, Purbrook

St Johns is the old parish church, with a lovely lych gate and long path to the main door of the church. Once inside, the church is quite well lit and I would generally stay at the back of the church. Outside, there is no real open ground and therefore I would limit the size of the groups to small possibly medium due to the old gravestones and look at an alternative venue to carry out the larger group shots if required.

Portsmouth Registry OfficePortsmouth Registry OfficePortsmouth Registry OfficePortsmouth Registry Office

Portsmouth registry office has a nice light atmosphere about it, the room where the civil ceremonies take place is upstairs and is located via a nice long staircase which can be used for bride and groom photographs or in most cases, the whole wedding party. There are some lovely grounds outside with lawns, trees and shrubs.

Amberley CastleAmberley CastleAmberley CastleAmberley Castle

One can only say what a fantastic venue, a photographers paradise . The castle has beautiful grounds with lots of old castle features. The wedding breakfast is held in a lovely banqueting room. Lots of character and atmosphere.

Botley Park Hotel, Golf and Country clubBotley Park Hotel, Golf and Country clubBotley Park Hotel, Golf and Country club

A very nice setting for a civil ceremony, with lots of grounds for photographs. If you are considering a civil ceremony in the Southampton area one might consider this venue as an alternative to Southampton Registry office which has no grounds for photographs.

Worthing Registry OfficeWorthing Registry Office

Worthing Regsitry Office is part of a ‘legal’ complex with the police station and law courts all in the same grounds. The registry office is attached to the end of the complex and is quite small but well lit and has nice decor inside for the civil ceremonies. Outside is very limited with a small area surrounded with bushes for small to medium, group shots, beyond this area there is a lawned grass area leading up to the main road and overlooked by other buildings.In general I would consider doing the minimal amount of photographs at this venue and look for an alternative at the reception or and alternative on route.

Buriton Manor Barn, Buriton, Nr PetersfieldBuriton Manor Barn, Buriton, Nr PetersfieldBuriton Manor Barn, Buriton, Nr PetersfieldBuriton Manor Barn, Buriton, Nr Petersfield

This is a beautiful enclosed complex in Buriton next to the village church and village pond. The complex has grounds in the centre and extensive grounds to the side of the house. The civil ceremony takes place in a tastefully renovated old barn with lots of character. The barn is divided into two parts with the wedding breakfast set out in the other half of the barn. Lighting can be a little challenging due to the dark surroundings but if calculated correctly, can add a lot of warmth and atmosphere to the inside shots. Outside in the grounds these is lots of opportunity to create some beautiful pictures in natural surroundings.

Botley Grange Hotel, Nr SouthamptonBotley Grange Hotel, Nr SouthamptonBotley Grange Hotel, Nr Southampton

Very nice setting for your wedding breakfast and reception in a room with a glass roof overlooking the grounds. Beautiful grounds with well kept lawns and steps to stage your wedding photographs on.

St Johns The Baptist, Rowlands castleSt Johns The Baptist, Rowlands Castle

Old parish Church on the outskirts of Rowlands castle, the main entrance to the church is on a main road with little ground in front, The rear of the church is suitable for small groups, inside the church is quite light and photographs can be taken from the rear centre isle or 45 degrees from the Bride and Groom.

Queens Hotel SouthseaQueens Hotel SouthseaQueens Hotel Southsea

The Queens Hotel is situated in Southsea just behind Southsea Common. It is used for Civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The hotel has grounds to the rear which can be used for all of your photographs.

Rose Gardens SouthseaRose Gardens Southsea

I have included the Rose Gardens as part of the information of various venues as it is a nice place to drop in and visit if you are on route to your wedding breakfast. Some churches do not have any grounds for photographs and the Rose Gardens give you something a little different.

Thorney Island Army BaseThorney Island Army Base

The church on Thorney Island Army base is an old church surrounded on three sides by open lawns and on the fourth side by Langstone Harbour. There is lots of opportunity for your group photographs and some different style of shots overlooking the harbour. The inside of the church is traditional with most of the photographs taken from the back of the church.

Christchuch Freemantle Shirley SouthamptonChristchuch Freemantle, Shirley, Southampton

This old parish church is set on a major road junction with no grounds for photographs other than on the pavement just outside the front of the church. I would suggest minimal photography at this church and look at an alternative venue for your photography.

Titchfield AbbeyTitchfield Abbey

Ideal for some alternative shots. The Abbey needs to be booked before it can be used but once inside the grounds, there is lots of opportunity to take photographs within the ruins of the Abbey. Something different.

St James’s Church SouthwickSt James’s Church, Southwick

St James’s church is the old parish church of Southwick and is set in the middle of the village. The church has very little ground to the front or side and is only suitable for photographs of the Bride and Groom. I would consider taking photographs of larger groups etc. at an alternative venue.

St James’s EmsworthSt James’s, Emsworth

St James’s is the parish church in Emsworth it is situated just on the outskirts of the town centre. Outside, there is a lych gate with a long path leading up to the front of the church. Care needs to be taken when taking photographs at the front of the church as modern glass doors have been fitted and are subject to reflections. Inside is light and photographs can be taken from the rear of the church or at 45 degree angle from the chancel. The church also has an inside balcony and photographs can be taken from here showing the whole interior of the church along with the Bride and Groom and congregation.

Square tower Old Portsmouth, and Hot wallsSquare tower Old Portsmouth, and Hot wallsSquare Tower, Old Portsmouth and Hot walls

The Square Tower is situated in Old Portmouth and is used for civil ceremonies. There are no grounds next to the tower, however it is situated right next to the Solent, so photographs can be taken overlooking Gosport and the Isle of Wight along with the boats in and out of Portsmouth harbour. Inside the round tower it is quite small with not a lot of light, however it does have lots of character. The hot wall's are about a minutes walk from the tower and offer an alternative shot of the Bride and Groom.

Southsea CastleSouthsea Castle

Southsea Castle is situated on the seafront at Southsea, used for wedding breakfasts which take place inside a marquee, in the grounds of the castle. The castle offers lots of different photo opportunities from the battlements with large canons etc.

Holy Rood Church StubbingtonHoly Rood Church, Stubbington

Old Parish Church in Stubbington, lots of ground up the side and rear of the church for photographs, the church is quite light inside and plenty of ground for your group photographs.

St Mary Magdalene, Sheet, Nr PetersfieldSt Mary Magdalene, Sheet, Nr Petersfield

Small parish church of Sheet, very little flat ground at the front with a number of steps leading up to the front of the church. Inside the church is reasonably light with photographs taken from the back of the church. Outside and to the side of the church is a small piece of ground where small group photographs can be taken.

All Saints Church East MeonAll Saints Church, East Meon

All Saints is situated behind the village and sits up on a hill overlooking the village. A long uphill climb will get you to the main door. Inside is typical of an old village parish church. Lighting is reasonable and photographs can be taken from the back of the church. Outside there is a small amount of ground for photographs.

St Andrews Church, Hamble le RiceSt Andrews Church, Hamble le Rice

St Andrews is the old parish church set in the centre of Hamble. Outside it has a nice old lych gate with a long path up to the main door, there is plenty of open ground at the rear of the church for all your photographs, inside is nice and light and photographs can be taken from the back of the church.

St Marys Church, FuntingdonSt Marys Church, FuntingdonSt Marys Church, FuntingdonSt Marys Church, Funtington

A beautiful old parish church set in some lovely grounds. The main pathway up to the front of the church has an old lych gate. The inside of the church is light and so there are not too many issues regarding lighting and photography, outside there are some excellent grounds for group photography.

St Marys Church, Twyford, Nr WinchesterSt Marys Church, Twyford, Nr Winchester

Old parish church of Twyford set off the main road, inside is light for photographs from the back of the church. Outside there are some grounds at the front of the church, or there is a long path from the road to the front of the church this can be used for your group shots with the church in the background.

The New Place, Shirrell HeathThe New Place, Shirrell HeathThe New Place, Shirrell HeathThe New Place, Shirrell Heath

A beautiful old house set in some wonderful grounds. Inside has plenty of character with a charming setting for a civil ceremony, plenty of old fireplaces and staircases for some different shots as well as the wonderful grounds for your group photographs.

St Wilfreds, CowplainSt Wilfreds, Cowplain

St Wilfreds is a modern style church set back slightly from the road, it has a nice light interior for your photographs which can be taken at 45 degrees to the Bride and Groom. The church has a small raised area of grass to the rear. It’s nicely kept and is suitable for small to medium sized groups.

St Faiths, Lee on SolentSt Faiths, Lee on SolentSt Faiths, Lee on Solent

A church which is not like an old parish church or a new modern church set on a piece of ground with roads going all the way round. The inside is quite light so there would be no problems with your photographs from the back of the church. Outside there is plenty of open ground for all of your photographs.

The Millstream Hotel, BoshamThe Millstream Hotel, BoshamThe Millstream Hotel, Bosham, West Sussex

The Millstream Hotel at Bosham is a small hotel on the outskirts of the main village. It uses a small area of the main lounge to carry out a civil ceremony. The hotel has grounds all the way round for photographs. Lawns, wooden bridges, lots of trees and shrubs to add to your photographs.

St Marys, Rowner, GosportSt Marys, Rowner, GosportSt Marys, Rowner, GosportSt Marys, Rowner, Gosport

St Marys Rowner is an old church with a modern extension so it is now a modern church which is very light inside. Photographs can be taken from the rear or at 45 degrees to the Bride and Groom on a raised chancel. Outside there is lots of open ground for your large group photographs, to the side there is a winding path to the old lych gate.

All Saints church, DenmeadAll Saints Church, Denmead

All Saints church is located in the centre of Denmead. At the front there is a small path leading up to the front of the church. To the side and rear, there is open ground for your larger group photographs with the smaller group shots taken at the front by the door or on a small area of grass. Inside is light and spacious with photographs taken from the back of the church.

Christchurch, WidleyChristchurch, Widley

Christchurch, Widley is a large church set on top of Portsdown Hill it has lots of grounds to the rear for photographs. Inside it is quite light with photographs being taken from the rear of the church.

St Peters and St Pauls, Paulsgrove, PortsmouthSt Peters and St Pauls, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth

St Peters and St Pauls is one of the oldest churches in Portsmouth, outside there is very little ground with a number of steps to go up to get to the front of the church. To the side of the church there is a small area of ground that can be used for small groups of people. Inside is quite light with photographs being taken from the back of the church.

HMS CollingwoodHMS Collingwood

The church on HMS Collingwood is a small painted white wooden church. It is very light inside and photographs can really only be taken from the back of the church. Outside there is plenty of open ground around for photographs.

Drayton Methodist ChurchDrayton Methodist Church

City style church with light interior, photographs can be taken from the rear of the church or at 45 degrees from the front. Outside there is a little bit of hard surface to take pictures, would only consider small to medium sized groups.

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