Weddings

Nestled in enchanting woodland, discover why Brinkburn Northumberland is an unforgettable place to gather and celebrate your wedding

Elegant, exclusive, enchanting and effortless – here’s why this 12th century manor house, priory and riverside estate is no ordinary wedding venue.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 14.02.2022

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THE VENUE

If it’s a wedding day like no other that you’re after, then Brinkburn Northumberland is the venue for you.

As authentic as it is elegant, as consistent as it is timeless, and as private as it is personal, this 12th century manor house and priory, Grade II-listed stable block and private estate – all nestled within a secluded wooded ravine on the banks of the River Coquet – has charm, character and calmness in abundance. Or, in other words, everything you could ever wish for on the wedding day of your dreams.

Or perhaps that should be the wedding days of your dreams. Because at Brinkburn, a wedding isn’t necessarily just a one-day event. Oh, no. One of the individual offers that set this Northumberland venue apart from the crowd is that weddings at Brinkburn can be up to three days of celebrations. We told you this was no ordinary place to gather and get together.

With accommodation across six luxury holiday cottages set within an exquisite natural backdrop, you can make Brinkburn your home away from home as you enjoy one of the most important moments in your life, relieving yourself of any stress by having everything – and everyone – that you need around you.

Celebrate the love and commitment you’re making to one another – be it in a religious, humanist or civil service – the coming together of two families and all the revelry that a good knees up brings surrounded by your nearest and dearest at Brinkburn Northumberland. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

 

 

Header image: Helen Russell Photography 
Second Image: Katy Melling Photography

THE WEDDING SPACES

A 12th century priory and manor house, an elegant tipi, a renovated stables block and six country cottages, all nestled within a looping river and enchanting woodland – Brinkburn is your own rustic paradise, perfectly designed for once-in-a-lifetime events.

‘In Northumberland, there’s a wedding venue for every style of couple,’ explains Emma Fenwick, Brinkburn Partner. ‘We’re a small, rural, outdoor wedding venue and I think our scale allows us a degree of flexibility not found in some of the larger venues. So, if you come to Brinkburn and love what you see, we work hard to make it work for you. We focus on the couple’s individuality; all our spaces, including the Tipi, are fully customisable and our wedding packages are tailored to match.’

Whatever space you choose, traditional architecture combines with contemporary finishes to provide only the most emotive and romantic of settings for you to celebrate a lifetime of love with all your family and friends.

 

Image credit: The Smiths Photography

The Priory

Brinkburn Priory was built in 1135 by monks, who found unrivalled solitude in this tranquil setting by the meandering River Coquet. For a religious church service, the Priory can accommodate up to 120 people for a wedding or blessing.

The White Room

The White Room provides space for up to 80 people for a civil wedding ceremony. It’s also possible to hold this outside on the terrace. Receptions can then either take place here too, if it’s a smaller, more intimate wedding (the White Room holds up to 50 people to dine), or in the Tipi for up to 120 seated guests.

The Tipi

Brinkburn’s immaculate Tipi allows up to 120 seated guests to dine. While you enjoy your wedding breakfast, your evening band or DJ will discreetly set up alongside the Brinkburn Northumberland team, who will transform the White Room into somewhere special for the party to really begin.

Once you’re ready, your guests can flow into the White Room and enjoy drinks on the terrace around the fire pit, while the bar in the Tipi comes alive. Music played in the White Room is piped through into the Tipi bar too, so you and your guests can enjoy a seamless evening of music, dancing and chilling out.

The Manor House

Located beside the Priory is the historic, original Manor House, which was built from part of the monastic remains. Celebrant and humanist gatherings can take place in the Manor House for up to 100 guests, or outside on the terrace at the front of the Stable Block.

THE WEDDING PACKAGES

Brinkburn Northumberland currently has three wedding packages to choose from…

 

Three-Day Weekend*

From March – October

120 day guests, 150 evening guests 

Get exclusive use of the grounds and gardens at Brinkburn Northumberland for your long weekend wedding, with accommodation on site for up to 28 guests.

Overview:

  • 3-night stay for up to 12 guests. Check in 4pm Friday, marry on Saturday, relax with family and friends on Sunday, checkout 10am Monday.
  • The on-site Priory is the perfect venue for a Church of England ceremony, seating up to 120. Civil ceremonies may take place in the White Room or on the garden terrace (weather permitting) for up to 80 guests.
  • After canapés and drinks in the space of your choice, the wedding party will move into the Tipi.
  • In the evening, the White Room is transformed into a magical party space for you to dance the night away with your band or DJ, while the Tipi becomes your evening chill out area and bar.

Additional options:

  • Additional accommodation for up to 16 extra guests.

 

*Subject to availability and seasonal adjustments. Additional costs will apply for your selected menu and drinks. Additional fees apply for Church of England weddings/blessings in the Priory, civil ceremonies and humanist ceremonies. Additional costs apply for our extra accommodation.

 

Image credit: Helen Russell Photography 

Two Day Midweek*

From March – October

120 day guests, 150 evening guests 

Get exclusive use of the grounds and gardens at Brinkburn Northumberland for your two-day wedding escape, with accommodation on site for up to 28 guests.

Overview:

  • 2-night stay for up to 12 guests. Check in 4pm on Tuesday, marry on Wednesday, and checkout 12pm on Thursday.
  • The on-site Priory is the perfect venue for your Church of England ceremony, seating up to 120. Civil ceremonies may take place in the White Room or on the garden terrace (weather permitting) for up to 80 guests.
  • After canapés and celebratory drinks, you and your guests will move into the Tipi for your wedding breakfast.
  • In the evening, the White Room is transformed into a magical party space for you to dance the night away with your band or DJ and the Tipi becomes your evening chill out area and bar.

Additional options:

  • Additional accommodation for up to 16 extra guests
  • Additional nights’ accommodation can be arranged

 

*Subject to availability and seasonal adjustments. Additional costs will apply for your selected menu and drinks. Additional fees apply for Church of England weddings/blessings in the Priory, civil ceremonies and humanist ceremonies. Additional costs apply for extra accommodation or additional nights.

 

Image credit: Helen Russell Photography 

Limited Edition Winter Weddings

From November – February

40 day guests, 40 evening guests

A truly special and intimate winter wedding designed for those who simply wish to create lasting memories with their nearest and dearest in a cosy, homely atmosphere.

Overview:

  • Accommodation for 2 or 3 nights with sink-in beds, ensuites and roaring fires.
  • Civil ceremony in the White Room – a blank canvas which is versatile and relaxed and can be styled to suit any look.
  • Fizz and canapés to follow in the Snug within the Stables House, whilst the couple escape for some photography within the surrounding woodland.
  • As you relax, the Brinkburn Team will seamlessly turn the White Room into a dining experience with a long, family table designed to make your guests feel at home.
  • Once seated, you and your guests will enjoy a gastronomic day with locally sourced cuisine and fine wine.

Additional options:

  • Additional cottages for 5 households
  • ‘Wedding Eve’ food and accommodation
  • ‘Mini-moon’ in the Stables House

 

Image credit: Helen Russell Photography 

THE TEAM

Choose to get married at Brinkburn Northumberland and you’ll be supported every step of the way by their committed team of wedding coordinators, who’ll do everything in their power to deliver the wedding of your dreams.

‘Each couple gets assigned to one of our amazing wedding coordinators, who offer a bespoke service through regular consultations right up to the couple’s wedding date,’ Emma explains. ‘The couple decides how much guidance they want, but by working closely with our coordinators to figure out logistics, they’re able to create a bespoke atmosphere for the big day and make magic a reality.

‘If our couples want even more guidance, our wedding coordinators also offer the best advice on how to decorate the venue, where to have the “confetti shot”, all those little details that can really transform your day into a fairytale. They have an answer for everything! And on the off-chance they don’t, they have a long list of suppliers who are sure to help, too.’

Which is what makes a wedding at Brinkburn even more effortless on your part. Because not only will you have unlimited access to a dedicated team of professional coordinators who will help make your dream wedding day a reality. You’ll also enjoy the luxury of knowing that every attention to detail has been taken in hand by a selected group of local suppliers – making the quality, elegance and composure of your wedding day a guarantee.

‘We work closely with our suppliers, whose beliefs reflect our own,’ continues Emma. ‘Here at Brinkburn, we value passion and creativity. Brinkburn Northumberland being a heritage site in a rural setting requires constant preservation and care; we enjoy working with suppliers who want to celebrate and promote the natural beauty and historic nature of the site.

‘Our suppliers are experienced, knowledgeable and, most importantly, professional. Our team works cohesively with our suppliers to ensure a smooth set up and ensure quality for each and every wedding.’

THE TAKEAWAY

Brinkburn Northumberland is no ordinary place to gather and get together.

‘Here at Brinkburn, we offer adaptability,’ says Emma. ’We love working with couples who are as unique as we are, and our spaces have the ability for you to put your own stamp on them.

‘Brinkburn is a haven of secluded bliss, bringing an air of calm to one of the most hectic and emotional days of your life. Its extraordinary assets – its history and heritage, its natural beauty and the spiritual nature of its location – all make Brinkburn a magical place that can’t fail to enchant your wedding guests. All this, combined with our high level of service and our commitment to providing the best possible setting for couples, make Brinkburn Northumberland a truly unforgettable venue in which to bring two families together in celebration.’

To find out more about getting married at Brinkburn Northumberland, visit their website and follow the venue on Facebook and Instagram 

Brinkburn, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 8AR

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