The Royal River Thames offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding day, from venues for wedding receptions or civil partnerships, however large or small. Make your day special whether on the water or one of the great riverside locations within iconic destinations such as London, Windsor, Marlow, Henley or Oxford. Many of these venues offer private cruises, for couples, from their own jetties. Or enjoy your big day doing something different on the River Thames and board a boat for your wedding party venue.
The top wedding venues listed here will work with you to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests and make your day as unique as possible.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead provides a perfect setting for your wedding and offers a Wedding Accommodation and Venue Finding Service. For an intimate wedding, follow in the footsteps of royalty. The Ascot Room in the elegant Grade 1 Listed Windsor Guildhall was chosen by Prince Charles for his wedding civil service and by Elton John for his civil partnership. You can’t get a more convenient location than the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa, with its wide terrace overlooking the Thames, a beautiful spot for photos and cocktail receptions. The Oakley Court is a beautifully historic and photogenic country house wedding venue with 33 acres of landscaped gardens on the river. If you’re looking for a big white fairytale wedding, there’s space in the Walled Garden for a marquee for up to 500 guests.
Close by are Dorney Lake, Queen’s Eyot and Cliveden. The Lake View Room at Olympic venue Dorney Lake, offers a stunning backdrop for a wedding reception, combining a large, modern room with magnificent lake views. There’s no finer place than Cliveden for an enchanting wedding with its fairy tale architecture, lavish interiors and breath taking 376 acres of National Trust parklands overlooking the River Thames. Book it exclusively and have your own stately home. If an exclusive venue is what you are looking for, then you can’t get more exclusive than your very own island. Queen’s Eyot has been owned by Eton College since 1923. Guests will be enchanted with their arrival by ferry and the peaceful setting of mature trees, extensive lawns and riverside gardens.
Where should you spend the happiest day of your life? Somewhere simply stunning… where your wedding feels as unique and special as you are… where every detail is in hand. You can even tie the knot here, thanks to our beautiful suites licensed for civil ceremonies.
Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel & Spa is the prettiest riverside licensed wedding venue in Surrey. Take your wedding party on a stunning riverboat cruise… or host a drinks reception on board before alighting for your formal sit down reception… or arrive by boat at the start of your celebrations for a very special entrance.
The Macdonald Compleat Angler, a 400 years old country house, sits on the river bank next to the cascading Marlow Weir, with two award-winning restaurants. Whether you enjoy a winter wonderland setting with log fires and candle light or the heat of the summer with Pimms and parasols it will provide a magical backdrop for your family and loved ones. Why not set sail as man and wife in their dedicated wedding boats? The hotel is fully licensed for civil ceremonies.
The Swan at Streatley is creating a spectacular redesigned wedding venue overlooking the river with sweeping lawns and weeping willows, the gently flowing river and gliding swans – what could be more idyllic? Available for weddings from September 2017. Stonor Park as a wedding venue offers a huge choice of locations throughout the park. Ranging from the formal Lawns and gardens close to the house to The Hilltop; a wonderful, fun location which provides one of the most romantic views across the Chiltern Hills and Oxfordshire countryside. The Hilltop is a perfect site for Woodland Weddings.
French Brothers' luxury boats include two genuine steam vessels available to hire on the Royal River Thames at Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead.
Host your wedding party on a boat!
Enjoy your big day doing something different on the River Thames. How better to ensure minimal interruption than by being afloat?
Hobbs of Henley, offers its stunning boats as a venue for your wedding day on the River Thames and can provide a separate wedding ferry from a choice of riverside churches for you and your guests. After the excitement of the wedding service itself, a short river trip can provide a welcome breather. For the main bridal party, (up to 12 passengers), we can offer our umpire's launch Enchantress – specially built for the Hobbs family back in 1913 - or our covered Edwardian-style motor launch Lily-Anna.
Salter’s Steamers can tailor-make your event including various options for catering, entertainment and drinks reception. If you're thinking of hosting a wedding on the Thames in London, talking to City Cruises, London's No.1 on the river has got to make sense. Even the most boring best man's speech can be made bearable when the view outside the windows is London's famous landmarks!
A honeymoon cruise?
And a cruise for two, on the River Thames, makes a lovely relaxing honeymoon. Why not arrange to be picked up or met at your hotel the morning after? Depending on where you are on the river, this could be arranged. Thames Boat Hotel, ‘Down the Hatch’, a brand new bespoke Hotel Boat, launched in April 2016 is a wide beam river cruiser crewed by 'Graham and Wendy', both experienced and successful hoteliers. Enjoy cruising from Oxford to London passing historic cities and market towns for your special occasion. Wake up to freshly ground coffee or a pot of tea with breakfast and choose your route for the day. The cruise is tailored to your need including a menu of your choice from local produce and seasonal ingredients.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.