West Yorkshire is one of the four areas of Yorkshire formerly known as the Ridings. With Leeds at its heart, West Yorkshire has it all, vibrant metropolitan cities, attractive and historic market towns and stunning Yorkshire countryside criss-crossed with trademark stone walls and pretty villages and with of course, that world famous Northern hospitality.
The scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and around the urban and commercial centres of West Yorkshire, is simply stunning. Northern prosperity and wealth have produced a unique combination of the preservation of stunning architectural buildings plus a lack of urban sprawl so literally, you can step straight out into the countryside and enjoy numerous historic treasures.
There are a whole host of sumptuous wedding venues ranging from the grandeur and splendour of large historic houses and stately homes to castles, follies, mills and barns. Choose a large venue to wow your guests or something smaller and more intimate. West Yorkshire offers every type of wedding whether you are looking for the all-inclusive hotel package or somewhere which can provide exclusivity for you and your guests.
For a city wedding, look no further than Leeds or Bradford, buzzing, metropolitan cities with vibrancy, culture, history and atmosphere whether you want a traditional backdrop or a modern and contemporary setting. Both cities offer an extensive range of hotels of all shapes and sizes plus other, more unusual approved venues like the Royal Armouries Museum – avid football supporters can even get married at Leeds United Football Club.
There are smaller picturesque towns dotted all across West Yorkshire including Wetherby and Hebden Bridge, the latter described as one of the world’s ‘funkiest’ towns. Hebden is creative and artsy with a real cool vibe and offers a picturesque setting with something just a little bit different. Bijou Saltaire is one of the prettiest small towns in Yorkshire and named after the River Aire that runs through it. It was built for the workforce of the wool magnate, Sir Titus Salt, in 1851 and is now a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pretty and quaint villages in the Yorkshire Dales are ten a penny with picture postcard locations like Grassington…okay, it’s in North Yorkshire now but it is still claimed by residents as part of the old West Riding. For pure romanticism, why not get married in Haworth, the 19th century home of the famous Bronte sisters and access those brooding Yorkshire Moors, the inspiration for the novel ‘Wuthering Heights’.
West Yorkshire is a holiday hotspot so plan ahead if you want a summer wedding as you may be competing for accommodation with holidaymakers. Consider the logistics carefully if you are having an autumn or winter ceremony in some of West Yorkshire’s beautiful remote countryside. Make sure your guests can get there whatever the weather.
West Yorkshire has excellent road links with the M1 motorway going directly through the county to Leeds and linking the north and south of the UK. The main East Coast rail line runs through West Yorkshire and Leeds Bradford airport offers both international and domestic flights.