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couple laugh by tree at Fanhams Hall wedding in Hertfordshire

Great Hertfordshire wedding venues to consider for your ceremonies and receptions

By Barnet Wedding Photographers, London Wedding Photographer, Wedding VenuesNo Comments

When it comes to counties with great wedding venues for both ceremonies and receptions, few can beat Hertfordshire! The sheer range of quality and choice is almost overwhelming.

Whenever we are booked for a wedding, whether that is in the home counties or central London, we always make a point of asking which other venues couples had a look at. You could call it professional curiosity, or just plain nosey, but we love to know that people value and why!

Funky photo of wedding party at Fanhams Hall Hertfordshire

As far as this post is concerned we are going to concentrate solely on venues in Hertfordshire. We will post some photos we have taken in those places, and where relevant include links to previous articles and wedding days we have featured at them.

We have no vested interest in these suggestions as we don’t pay to be on anyones recommended supplier list. So many times in initial enquiries we hear a similar story, a couple quite naturally has checked out a venues list of preferred suppliers first and then cast their net wider perhaps unconvinced at what they find. Our experience from speaking to most venues is that if you pay them per year you will be featured, which is hardly an independent recommendation! Thank you to Google for making this optional for wedding photographers and brides and grooms to be 🙂

Ok so on to our personal take on some of the lovely Hertfordshire wedding venues we have worked at, and in no particular order:

Fanhams Hall

It is a rare couple looking for quality in Hertfordshire that will not have had Fanhams Hall on their bucket list of places to consider for their wedding. We have photographed there countless times, and whatever the weather have never ever had a dull day.

Confetti throw at Fanhams Hall wedding

Both inside and outside of Fanhams has so much depth and variety in terms of locations and ambience a good photographer is spoilt for choice. From wonderful themed gardens with fountains, walls, bridges and pagodas to elegant internal stair cases and grand receptions rooms and more. Don’t take the rather boring and old fashioned wedding albums on display there as too much indication of what can be achieved! Fanhams Hall as a premier Hertfordshire wedding venue never disappoints.

super wide shot at Fanhams Hall wedding

Take a look at a recent Fanhams Hall wedding from ourselves here: Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographers, with laughter love and fun in the sun!

and here too: Another fabulous Fanhams Hall wedding day in sunny Hertfordshire

Offley Place

Offley Place is a gem of a venue lying on the border of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It has a lovely large conservatory dedicated for the provision of wedding ceremonies, which then gets turned around during the drinks reception ready for any ensuing wedding breakfast. The grounds are nice and mature with plenty of nooks and crannies for interesting photography, and the classic 17th century manor house interiors are also pretty for extras shots, or in case of inclement weather.

wedding couple on bench at Offley Place Hertfordshire

Here’s one of our wedding days at Offley on the blog: Offley Place wedding photography. It’s not London, it’s the Hertfordshire Bedfordshire border

Groom and best man at London wedding photo

Wedding recessional photo Offley Place

Shendish Manor

Shendish manor is a very versatile wedding venue, and is able to cater to both small and large numbers of guests. The last time we were there the large scale ceremony was held outside in the grounds, and the reception inside. The hotel itself is set in 160 acres of gardens and parkland, and of course it has it’s own golf course, a bonus for those addicted to the sport! Historically there has been a manor house on the site since the 1300’s with most of todays buildings dating from the early Victorian age.

Jewish dancing at Shendish Manor wedding reception

Outdoor Jewish wedding ceremony at Shendish Manor

Of course with so many venues in Hertfordshire this can never be a truly comprehensive list, but we just wanted to highlight some of our favourites. Other locations that we regularly photograph in that are worthy consideration are: West Lodge Park, Theobalds Park, Hatfield House, Knebworth House and barn, Brockett Hall and Moor Park.

Bride and groom kiss after Shendish Manor wedding

By David Green

Bride looks out of window at her Shendish Manor wedding

Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographer

By Barnet Wedding Photographers, London Wedding Photographer, Wedding Venues3 Comments

Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographers

As frequent Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographers we always look forward to returning to one of Ware’s greatest assets. Inside it is a fantastic and tasteful mix of the old and the new. Glass and steel is imaginatively mixed with oak panelling and leaded windows. Outside, the grounds feel like they have been made for Hertfordshire wedding photographers! They are large, varied and beautiful come rain shine or snow. We should know having photographed them in all three! Thankfully not on the same day though. A typical English day and also a typically quirky time weather wise for Kristy and Alun’s wedding featured here, and also Laura and David and Jenny and Dan’s from this March 2014. A little bit of rain, gusty wind, cloud and then periods of brilliant sunshine. It’s all in days work for David and Joanna then….

Favourite Fanhams Hall wedding photo

Fanhams Hall Wedding Photographers

Personally we love the fountains and iron gates, the Japanese gardens and bridges and the imposing backdrop of Fanhams itself which lends historical class to any wedding taking place there. Every time we return we find something new and fresh for photography there.

Drinks reception at Fanhams Hall


Wedding photos Fanhams Hall

laughter in the gardens at Fanhams Hall


The building itself is eighteen century in origin and built in the famous Queen Anne style. It was the birth place and home of Lord Croft and has also been the residence for branches of the Brockett family. As Brockett Hall wedding photographers we would be hard pressed to choose which of the two would be our favourite. Either would be an excellent choice for a wedding day.

Fantastic Fanhams Hall wedding photos

Bride Photos Fanhams Hall

To see over 100 wedding images just click on the link here: GALLERIES OR just scroll through this blog, it’s full of images!
For convenience here’s a link to the great wedding venue itself: Fanhams Hall

Unusual Fanhams Hall wedding photo

Fanhams Hall wedding venue 2014

super wide shot at Fanhams Hall wedding


Kiss photo Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall Garden Image