If you’re a sports fan, then where better to tie the knot than a sports venue? Football clubs, rugby stadiums and motor racing tracks all have excellent hospitality facilities for hosting events. It’s also a brilliant way to incorporate your love of sports or your local team into your wedding day.
Even if you’re not a huge lover of sports, don’t discount local sporting venues, as many of them make for elegant wedding venues. Golf clubs in particular have beautiful grounds and fantastic mod cons, as well as being generally set in quiet and tranquil locations that are ideal for weddings. Sailing and rowing clubs are fabulous waterside wedding venues, and can make for a readymade nautical wedding theme. Racecourses already host plenty of luxurious events and dinners, so they’re great choices for a glamorous wedding venue - and everyone will love the chance to get out their best hats!
Sporting wedding venues are perfect for you if:
- You love sports
- You want something a little quirky
- A wedding package appeals to you
- You want a wedding venue with easy access and parking
- You’re happy to work around sporting fixtures
Sports wedding venues FAQ
Can I legally marry at a sporting venue?
This will vary hugely depending on your chosen sports venue. Venues that also double up as hotels, such as golf courses or clubs, are more likely to have a civil ceremony license than a football or rugby stadium or a cricket club. These venues are more likely to be used to hosting receptions and functions rather than the ceremony itself. However, it’s always worth checking with your shortlist to see if they’re licensed for civil ceremonies.
Can I take wedding photos on the pitch?
If your wedding is at a stadium, then there are some unique wedding photo opportunities on offer! Lots of football and rugby stadiums offer pitchside wedding photos, and in larger venues such as Twickenham you may be able to take photos in the changing rooms (not at the same time as the players, of course!).
Can the wedding be any time I like?
One of the drawbacks to marrying in a sports venue is that you will have to work around sporting fixtures. As these will often take place at a weekend, you may find that you have fewer Saturdays and Sundays to choose from for your wedding date. If you’re willing to be flexible with your wedding date or to marry during your sport’s off-season, then your venue should be more than happy to accommodate you. For example, sailing and rowing clubs will be more likely to host weddings during the cooler months, as are cricket clubs. However, it’s always worth checking your ideal dates with your venue!
What if my guests need accommodation?
As sporting venues tend to draw crows, there are often hotels very close by. This means your guests have plenty of accommodation to choose from if they're staying the night. In the case of golf clubs, there is often on-site accommodation, and you may even be able to enjoy a spa break into the mix too!
Do I need to have a sports theme wedding if I’m marrying at a sporting venue?
Absolutely not! Often the events rooms at sporting venues will be neutral enough for you to put your own stamp on your wedding theme. However, if you’re a fan of the club or you just want to incorporate the sport of the venue into your wedding in some way, this should be relatively easy! It may be that the colours of the venue reflect the local club, which means you can also make them your wedding colours, or there may be a theme to the general decor. We recommend discussing decor options at your wedding venue viewing.