Oundle weddings

This historic market town is absolutely bubbling over with character. I adore the quaint cottages, the narrow streets, the fabulously friendly local businesses, and the community feel to the whole place. It’s like a warm hug – in the shape of a town! And of course, it makes a lovely location for a wedding.

Oundle is in Northamptonshire, despite its Peterborough postcode. (Sorry Lincolnshire, we’re keeping this one, regardless of what the postcode suggests!) The picturesque town even made it to number four in Lonely Planet’s ‘UK top ten hidden holiday hotspots’, alongside some other beautiful, little-known stunners!

Oundle wedding photography

If you’re looking for an Oundle wedding photographer, I’d love to chat to you about your day and share some of my experience of the local venues. As it’s such a hidden gem, it can be difficult to find the incredible venues and suppliers working in and around the town, so I thought I’d gather some of my favourites here. Hope it helps!

Getting ready

The Talbot Hotel Originally built from timber, and then rebuilt in stone from the ruins of Fotheringhay Castle. The oak staircase at the Talbot Hotel is reportedly haunted by Mary Queen of Scots who walked down those very stairs to her execution at Fotheringhay!

Mike and Anna’s wedding at Exton Park started with getting ready here, so did Rob and Anna’s wedding at Wadenhoe House. It’s also a useful place for guests to stay, and maybe do a bit of pre or post-wedding ghost hunting?

Peachy pubs for a pre-ceremony pint or tasty snack

There’s nothing that starts a wedding day quite like a pre-ceremony pint! These are also great pubs to visit if you’re in the area checking out venues and need somewhere to think over the details and refuel.

The Falcon, Fotheringhay

The King’s Arms, Polebrook

The King’s Head, Wadenhoe

Groomsmen drinking champagne at the The Kings Arms pub in Polebrook

Getting married in Oundle – local churches

If you’re having a church ceremony, there are lots of lovely local churches to choose from. Here are some highlights from weddings that started with a church ceremony in or around Oundle.

Ben and Toria got married at St Mary’s church in Woodnewton (after the best man rescued their cat from the roof!) followed by their wedding reception at Rutland Hall Hotel.

Steph and Lee had cake for breakfast (legends) and then got married at St Andrew’s church in Brigstock followed by a lakeside marquee reception at Deene Park.

Jill and William had their ceremony at St Mary’s church in Weldon and then continued their wedding at Boughton House, where Jill’s dad had made (from scratch) the seating plans and the entire structure of the bar!

Rachel and James’ classic English country wedding started in true English style with dodging the rain, before a ceremony at All Saints church in Polebrook, (complete with on-looking villagers enjoying glasses of bubbly on the green), followed by a relaxed reception at Rushton Hall.

Guy and Helen had their wedding ceremony at All Saints & St James church in Kings Cliffe and then a marquee reception in Polebrook (but not before their ‘something blue’ vintage wedding car broke down en route and had to be wrestled with by suited guests!).  

Tom and Kate wandered hand-in-hand through the village from their church wedding at St Mary’s in Southwick, to their laid-back marquee wedding reception at the Shuckburgh Arms.

Guests arriving for a wedding at Woodnewton Church near Peterborough

Oundle wedding venues

There’s no place like home

If you live in Oundle (and have the space) then you could always make the most of your surroundings and have your wedding at home. Is there anywhere as meaningful than the venue you’ll find – quite literally – on your back doorstep? If this is your thing, you might find my guide to marquee weddings useful.

Venues nearby

You’re spoiled for choice for wedding venues around Oundle. Here are just a few you might want to consider …

Wadenhoe House

Boughton House

Rockingham Castle

Rushton Hall

Places to pitch a tipi or marquee

Looking for a spot with space for an outdoor wedding in Oundle? Here’s some potential options – both save and splurge!

Save

The Shuckborough Arms, Southwick

Thurning village hall (I’ll have photos for you soon; from a wedding coming in Spring ‘22)

Splurge

Deene Park, Deenethorpe

The Hill Farm House, Brigstock

You’ll also be within easy reach of Stamford (with venues including Burghley House & The William Cecil) and some of my favourite south Rutland wedding venues.

Let’s explore together!

There are a few wedding venues in Oundle still on my to-do list (a list that always has jammy dodger crumbs on it!). So if you’re planning to get married at any of these, I’d love to join you. (Everyone loves ticking something off a list, right?!)

Elton Hall

Lyveden New Bield (A marquee or tipi location, hopefully taking bookings again soon)

Bridal fashion shoot at a country house

Concerned about sustainability? Keep it local with some brilliant suppliers in the area.

The Dress! Check out my interview with Martin Charles Bridal Couture, right in the heart of Oundle

The Food! Beetroot Events based in Polebrook

The Wheels! Peterborough Wedding Cars

A wedding planning tip from SVP

Struggling to find Oundle wedding venues and suppliers? Try searching in and around Northampton, Peterborough, Stamford, Rutland and Market Harborough. Most suppliers in those areas consider Oundle to be local, and will happily travel.

Let’s do this!

I hope my little Oundle wedding info page has been useful. Please let me know if you’ve got any top tips, venues, or suppliers to add.

I’d love to hear about your wedding plans too. So if you see something you love and you’re still looking for an Oundle wedding photographer, please do get in touch for a chat.