Leicester wedding venues

Leicester Wedding Venues

As a wedding photographer based in Leicestershire,  I can give you pros and cons of the following wedding venues in and around Leicester. Most of the venues have an attached wedding slideshow or blog post, so click to see more. Let me know if you want to see more or have any questions, and of course I’d be delighted to hear more about your wedding and be your photographer.

The City Rooms: 

Pros: Really beautiful venue indoors, with several rooms you can use. Balcony for overview of the paty, several staircases and beautiful spaces for photos indoors. Very central and walking distance to Leicester registry at the town hall-  Exclusive to your party- Can seat    up to 200 guests – Bedroom and car park space for the bride and groom- Bar- Lift to reception room- A few bedrooms for the guests. In house catering. Approved for registry weddings

Cons: A 10-15 minutes walk to NCP car parks- No particular outdoor space for couple photos although groups and confetti shots are can be done at the front though. No lift to bedrooms.

Other links:  Muslim wedding at City Rooms – Multicultural Wedding at City Rooms Book-themed wedding at City Rooms – Registry wedding at City Rooms

The Empire:

Pros: Old church converted into a hall, so beautiful architecture and stunning lighting. One of the biggest venues in Leicester – can sit up to 500 people!-  so very appreciated for Asian weddings- can separate areas with screens so can be segregated for Muslim weddings-  Balcony for couple shots and overview of the party. Car park spaces. Within Leicester. Catering option.

Cons: No outdoor space- External space not very pretty- No accommodation. No bar-

Other links: Hindu wedding at the Empire 


Maiyango Hotel: 

Pros: Very central boutique hotel. Comfortable and stylish bar area.  In house bar and catering- seats up to 80 people with 120 for evening reception- Great balconies at the top of the building with views over Leicester. Accessible. 14 bedrooms so exclusivity possible is all the rooms are booked. Reduced rate parking.

Cons: no onsite car park, although it is very near- Not enough accommodation for all your party. No outdoor space for couple or group shots- Reception only, no registry weddings (but the town hall isn’t far)


St Martin’s House 

Pros: Beautiful, light indoor space seating up to 200 people  – Cathedral gardens area open for photos – Very central-  Near a NCP car park –  Limited car park for VIPs – In house bar –

Cons: no accommodation- limited onsite car spaces- Reception only, no registry weddings.

Symphony rooms 

Pros: can seat 350 people and more- dance floor, bar, on-site car park. Accessible

Cons: No outdoor space for photos- No natural light- party room, not for registry weddings.


Belmont hotel

Pros: Central, gives onto New walk so easy to take some photos outdoors with no traffic. Various rooms all decorated- Accommodation for the whole party – In house bar and catering- Accessible – Car park- Approved for registry weddings

Cons: No garden – Not necessarily exclusive to your party.


College Court 

Pros: Accommodation and car park for the whole party – In Leicester but very quiet – Near an Arboretum so lots of green spaces for photos- In house catering and bar – Approved for registry weddings

Cons: Not exclusive to your party- Limited dates available.


Devonshire Place 

Pros: Very central- Near the rain station- Car park- In house catering- Several rooms available- Exclusive- Nice front of the house for confetti shots- sits up to 200 guests- Approved for registry weddings

Cons: No accommodation- No outdoor space or gardens for groups and couple shots- Very little natural light indoors.


Maher Centre

Pros: Huge capacity of up to 2000 people and 350 cars in the car park – Funky lighting on the ceiling- Getting ready room – Air conditioning

Cons: No natural light indoor- No place for outdoor photos – No accommodation –

See wedding here ( second part of the wedding as the first part was at the City Rooms)


Marriott hotel

Pros: Accommodation and car park – Accessible – Modern, with interesting features to take couple photographs in, In house bar and catering – Sits up to 300 – high tech audio visual services- Entrance hall light and good for guests to rest and relax in-

Cons: Not exclusive – No nice outdoor space for photos- Hall with no natural light.

Leicester Ramada Stage

Pros: accommodation and car park- Pet friendly – Up to 350 people – In house or external catering-

Cons: No outdoor space for photos- Not exclusive

Leicester Racecourse

Pros: Up to 300 guests  – Car Park – Exclusive – Some areas can work for couple/ group shots outdoors- Very light- Near Leicester Botanical gardens for couple and group photos- Approved for registry weddings- Various rooms available to suit the size of your party-  Outdoor area for certain rooms – In house catering –

Cons: Not necessarily exclusive-


Out of Leicester (see also Wedding venues near Loughborough) 

Hoby Village Hall

Pros: Outdoor space with play ground for guests and children to relax and play – Lovely quiet village with interesting places for couple photos- Car park -Accessible- Perfect for DIY wedding –

Cons: The venue is a blank canvas so needs some decoration- Small car park- No accommodation-

Royal Arms Pub

Pros: Several rooms available- Approved for registry weddings for up to 70 guests- Receptions up to 250 guests-  In house bar and catering- Car park and accommodation- Outdoor spaces for mingling, relaxing and photos – Marquee weddings possible in the field behind

Cons: Not exclusive-


Brooksby Hall

Pros: Very beautiful building in and out- Horticultural College so the gardens are amazing in all seasons- Peacocks!-  Safe outdoor space for guests of all ages- Church on-site – Car park- Several rooms available- Exclusive- Accessible – Cottage for the bride to get ready in –

Cons: No accommodation for guests-

Ladywood Estate

Pros: Several spaces to suit you- Up to 400 guests- Licensed for registry weddings indoors and in the gardens- Exclusive with possibility to book for a week end or more- Ladywood House for wedding sup to 40 guests- Some accommodation in three locations onsite-

Cons: You need to drive there- Limited accommodation


Mythe Barn 

Pros: Beautiful , light venue, with several indoor and  safe outdoor spaces –  Approved for registry weddings – In the countryside- Exclusive- A mix of rustic and modern- In house catering and bar- Licensed for outdoor weddings- Accessible- Some accommodation- Car Park.

Cons: You need to drive there- Limited accommodation


Bosworth Hall

Pros: Beautiful building with several safe outdoor spaces and beautiful gardens – Car Park and Accommodation- Accessible- Up to 220 guests- In house bar and catering- Evening disco included

Cons: Not exclusive.


Other beautiful venues: Sutton Bonnington Hall- Sketchley Grange hotel- Stapelford Park Country House Hotel- Scalford Hall Hotel- Belvoir Castle – Catthorpe Manor – Keythorpe Manor- Stanford Hall- Shearsby Bath- Hothorpe Hall – Kilworth House Hotel – Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel – Halstead House-

I do love shooting in venues I don’t yet know as I never want to repeat what I’ve done before to keep it fresh for each couple so do not hesitate to invite me to shoot your wedding in other places.

Please see also : Wedding venues in Nottinghamshire –  Wedding venues in Northamptonshire- Wedding venues in Derbyshire – Wedding venues in Warwickshire- Wedding venues in Rutland-  as some venues are on the edge of the counties.










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