Choosing wedding venues can be a very tricky task. There are so many factors to consider from the cost of the wedding venue to it’s size. If you have chosen to carry out your wedding legalities in a church wedding venue or a Registry Office, your choice of wedding reception venues is unlimited. Some venues are classed as complete wedding venues meaning that both the wedding ceremony with the legalities and the reception can be carried out in the same location. Every county boasts an array of unusual wedding venues, with most also offering a choice of historic wedding venues, castles and old rustic barns.
Civil wedding venues enable you to hold the wedding and the reception in the same venue. These complete wedding venues have one or more rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, and there is usually a charge of around £500 to use the room, plus the cost of the Registrars attending. Although this may seem costly it can be less expensive then hiring two wedding venues, one for the civil ceremony and one for the reception. In addition, it can reduce other costs such as traveling- perfect if you are having a budget wedding!
Move away from the big chain hotels who are inevitably aiming for the mass appeal, and you will find a great array of unusual wedding venues. Almost by definition they are harder to find, but we hope this directory will help with that. Couples opting for a spiritual or humanist ceremony, which is not legally binding, will usually choose an outside wedding venue, but for legal ceremonies the licensed room must have permanent walls and a roof – although the definition varies and many gazebos have been licensed. It is also worth considering historic wedding venues, for example a castle, which could provide a stunning back drop for you to tie the knot. The wedding venue can be as much as a statement as you want it to be. If you definitely want your wedding to be unusual, an unique wedding venue may be perfect for you but there is no reason why you should not have a traditional wedding venue to reflect the type of wedding and marriage you would like.