The UK’s most unusual wedding venues
As well rustic barns and country manors, the UK is home to some seriously unusual wedding venues! If you’re looking for a unique setting for your wedding day, then take a look at these unusual wedding venues…
If you love a glass of wine, then what better place to tie the knot than a vineyard wedding venue? Three Choirs Vineyard in the Meon Valley is home to the Old Winery, a rustic barn wedding venue with original wooden beams lit by fairy lights, 10ft oak doors leading out to a beautiful courtyard, and chandeliers made of vintage crystal cut wine glasses. If you prefer an outdoor wedding, you can marry in a wooden gazebo overlooking the vines.
Dallas Burston Polo Club is a venue with plenty of award wins and 600 acres of grounds to its name. Set just outside Royal Leamington Spa, the venue is able to cater for all wedding sizes, from intimate celebrations of just 30 guests to wedding breakfasts of up to 750! The venue’s size makes it ideal for Asian weddings, as do their partner caterers Sanjay Foods, who have over 25 years experience catering at DBPC.
You’d be forgiven for thinking pictures of Polhawn Fort must have been taken abroad. In reality, this stunning seaside wedding venue is based right here in the UK, on the Cornish coast! You can tie the knot in the grandeur of the Fort itself, or enjoy an outdoor ceremony in the Summerhouse, which boasts amazing coastal views. After your wedding ceremony, you’ll have the chance to take photos on your own private beach – bliss.
Looking at pictures of Le Petit Château, you’d never know that this incredible French country manor hotel is actually based in Otterburn in the North East of the UK! This unique wedding venue offers a variety of amazing wedding ceremony locations, such as Belle Époque, a ceremony room in the style of a 19th century French chapel, or the Mediterranean Terrace bursting with flowers and palm trees. Not to mention, the chic French bedrooms are so beautifully styled, you’ll look forward to hitting the hay at the end of the night!
What could be more unique than an aquarium wedding venue? Marry against a backdrop of sharks, rays and turtles in Endless Ocean, calming jellyfish in Cool Seas, in front of playful penguins in the Kingdom of Ice or in the stunning glass observatory overlooking the River Humber. The Deep’s in-house catering and events team can work with you to create the perfect wedding day for you. One thing is for certain – it’s sure to stick in the minds of your guests!
The Matara Centre near Tetbury is famous for its many unique wedding settings. In fact, it has six licensed ceremony areas in total. Nestled in 28 acres of grounds, this Regency home features a picturesque Asian Cloistered Courtyard, a banquet and dance hall with a beautiful domed ceiling, and extensive gardens. The guest accommodation is just as quirky, with a honeymoon lodge, Regency bedrooms and converted haylofts.
This converted Grade II listed building based in picturesque Wetherby is one of our favourite unique wedding venues in Yorkshire. It began its life as a goods shed on the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line. These days, it now hosts weddings and celebrations of up to 450 guests. As well as two bars, two dancefloors and all the mod cons to create an amazing party, The Engine Shed has a fantastic team to help you co-ordinate your big day from start to finish.
There’s no mistaking The Hop Farm in Kent, thanks to its distinctive oast houses. Once a major supplier of hops to London breweries in the 19th and 20th centuries, The Hop Farm is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue that can cater for wedding breakfasts for between 10 and 500 guests. The venue is wonderfully flexible, with outdoor ceremonies available in the Gazebo, plenty of space on the lawns for a marquee, and a grand oak-beamed function room with stunning views of the gardens.
If you and your future spouse are animal-lovers, this zoo wedding venue could be just up your street! At Paradise Wildlife Park at Broxbourne, you and your wedding guests will share the day with over 800 animals, including tigers, lions, penguins, meerkats and more. Hold your ceremony in the open air of the Secret Garden or in the Animal Park overlooking the snow leopard enclosure. You can then enjoy a reception in the opulent marquee, which can accommodate up to 180 guests.
Perrygrove Railway in the Forest of Dean is a unique wedding venue that will appeal to guests of all ages. With both a rustic barn and stunning marque available, Perrygrove can accommodate weddings of 10 to 200 guests. However, it’s the unique extras that we love about this venue! Perrygrove offers a treasure hunt around the estate, steam traction engine rides for you and your guests, and even a personalised steam engine sign to put your names on the front of the train!
How much more unique for a wedding venue can you get than a 400 ex working dockyard, complete with ships? Hiring The Historic Dockyard in Chatham gets you exclusive use of Commissioner’s House and Gardens, a stunning Georgian property dating back to 1704. You’ll also gain access to HMS Gannet for a one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony. All weddings are bespoke, from an intimate wedding in one of the private dining rooms, to a wedding breakfast for 120 people in the garden marquee.
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