The Parlour at Blagdon wedding venue

I had never heard of The Parlour at Blagdon until earlier this summer. Three months later and I have three weddings booked there. There is a real buzz about this unique, boutique, shabby-chic wedding venue which is based in Northumberland, just 10 minutes north of Newcastle.

 Your first view of The Parlour at Blagdon from the A1

Your first view of The Parlour at Blagdon from the A1

History

The Parlour at Blagdon, occupies a 2.2 acre site at The Blagdon Estate, and started out as a tea room and ice cream parlour. It’s situated just off the A1 and only 10 miles north of Newcastle, so is very easy to access.

Owned by Carole and Nigel Marcantonio, The Parlour is well-known for its 13 varieties of ice cream, made exclusively from milk from cows on the Blagdon Estate.

 All of The Parlour’s rustic charm is on display the moment you walk through the front gates

All of The Parlour’s rustic charm is on display the moment you walk through the front gates

Since organising 6 weddings in 2014, they now organise over 10 times as many per year. This popularity is built upon a solid reputation, client satisfaction and word of mouth recommendations.

The ultra talented and extremely likeable landscape photographer and Youtube sensation Thomas Heaton got married here a couple of years ago.

Weddings at The Parlour at Blagdon

The Parlour at Blagdon is an exclusive wedding venue, which means that you won’t be bumping into members of the public or guests from other weddings on your big day; it’s all yours. There is no accommodation on site at the Parlour, but Shotton Grange is a very short drive away, and is owned by the same company so is an ideal place to stay.

 The building in the background building is the Willow Room where your wedding breakfast takes place

The building in the background building is the Willow Room where your wedding breakfast takes place

Most ceremonies take place within the Smithy, which is a grade 2 listed building. It has a capacity of 90 people. Braver couples may wish to have an outdoor ceremony in the patio area and landscaped gardens.

You’ll have your wedding breakfast and evening entertainment in the Willow Room which has decor in keeping with the rest of The Parlour: bare wooden floors and exposed wooden beams strung with bunting. There is a separate bar building and a Garden Room, where many couples put their Photo Booth or create a quiet area for guests to chill out in during the day.

 This is the little corner of the patio area just off the Garden Room

This is the little corner of the patio area just off the Garden Room

All of these relatively small buildings are connected by the gardens and central patio area which is where your guests will spend the majority of their day. The patio area is lit by fire pits in the evenings, and this is where evening caterers often set up if you are having a BBQ. If it rains on your wedding there will be several gazebos on the patio for your guests to shelter under.

 Shabby-chic and rustic touches on an autumn day in Northumberland at The Parlour

Shabby-chic and rustic touches on an autumn day in Northumberland at The Parlour

Wedding Photography at The Parlour at Blagdon

The Parlour at Blagdon is a compact, rustic venue. The buildings scattered around the pebbled courtyard are full of character, painted in matte duck egg blue or with stone walls, and many have exposed wooden beams. The perimeter of the Parlour is lined with trees, and the ones inside the fence have been wound with fairy lights. There is a smallish field just through the car park that offers a more open space and would be an ideal location for couples portraits, especially with a nice sunset.

 The fairy lights strung everywhere make The Parlour at Blagdon a magical place, even after dark

The fairy lights strung everywhere make The Parlour at Blagdon a magical place, even after dark

So with lots of textures, hidden nooks and crannies and a dab of nature, there is plenty for a photographer to work with during the day or at night.

Pros

  • A compact, budget friendly wedding venue, that has bags of character

  • Exclusivity on the day, unlike many large chain hotels that might have multiple wedding and other random guest wandering around

  • Feels very rustic and remote, but is easily accessible from Newcastle via the A1

 The Smithy set up for a wedding ceremony

The Smithy set up for a wedding ceremony

Cons

  • No accommodation onsite, although this is available literally 30 seconds down the road at Shotton Grange

  • Mostly an outdoor venue, so you are at the mercy of the British weather

 Exposed wooden beams in the Smithy

Exposed wooden beams in the Smithy

Contact

Address: The Parlour at Blagdon, Blagdon Smithy, Old Great North Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE13 6DQ

Phone: 01670 789935

Email: contactus@theparlouratblagdon.co.uk

 The Willow Room set up for the wedding breakfast

The Willow Room set up for the wedding breakfast

If you’d like to take a look at more Northumberland wedding venues, and some of my real weddings from Northumberland, check out my Northumberland weddings page.

 The Willow Room is bright and airy

The Willow Room is bright and airy

 The wedding car parked up outside The Parlour at Blagdon on an autumn day

The wedding car parked up outside The Parlour at Blagdon on an autumn day

 All the textures and details scattered around The Parlour at Blagdon make it a great place for wedding photography

All the textures and details scattered around The Parlour at Blagdon make it a great place for wedding photography

 The Parlour at Blagdon is a compact wedding venue in Northumberland

The Parlour at Blagdon is a compact wedding venue in Northumberland