Top 10 original wedding venues
Are you a fan of the beautiful game? Sharing a passion with your partner is often the reason you’re so close, so translate this into your choice of wedding venue by hiring a football club. Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, offers wedding packages for both day and night in the iconic grounds of this much loved football team. Or how about the world-famous Old Trafford grounds if you’re a fan of Manchester United? With banqueting suites in the stadium and an on-site wedding coordinator this could be the perfect venue for your ceremony or reception.
Go wild and get wed at the zoo! Zoos have beautiful grounds which make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs – not to mention the wonderful animals which would set your wedding snaps apart from the rest. You could erect a marquee for your wedding reception or use a conference building, depending on the zoo. Chester Zoo in the North West of England, for example, has a beautiful manor on it’s grounds which makes the perfect wedding venue, plus 110 acres of picturesque gardens and free zoo admission for all your wedding guests.
Imagine being photographed with your new hubby in front of a gorgeous fountain, beneath an archway of blossoming trees or on a bridge over a lily pond? These are just some of the photographic opportunities that come with a botanical garden. You’re spoilt for choice in the UK for these gardens. Take your pick from Ness Botanical Gardens, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and of course the famous Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.
National Trust property
Again, you’re spoilt for choice here as there are just so many amazing British properties in the care of the National Trust. Pick an historic house, a charming castle or endearing estate as the setting for your special day. Or how about an abbey, a home of a former Prime Minister or a venue that’s been used for a Hollywood movie? Popular wedding locations owned by the National trust include Blickling Estate, Norfolk, Chirk Castle, Wales and the Steam Yacht Gondola in Cumbria.
Have you got a passion or hobby you want to reflect on your big day? Then a museum could be the original location for your wedding. The iconic Natural History Museum, London, creates a dramatic backdrop for your day, with its impressive set designs and awe-inspiring giant installations. Or why not mingle with mummies or dance with the dinosaurs at the Manchester Museum? A grade two listed building with heaps of character and millions of artifacts, this could well be the dream wedding venue if you’re a history nut or culture vulture.
Impress your wedding guests by hosting your wedding in an iconic landmark. It’s the perfect excuse to venture inside a building you would otherwise only admire as a tourist from outside. The Gherkin in London offers a breathtaking view of the capital’s skyline with an über modern interior which wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond movie. While Tower Bridge offers brides and grooms exclusive hire of a room overlooking the River Thames – what a great story to tell the grandchildren?
Down a mine
Are you looking for a small and intimate wedding venue to share with a select few wedding guests? If you’re not claustrophobic then consider delving into one of Cornwall’s mines for a candlelit, romantic wedding ceremony. With room for just 22 guests you’ll have to be picky though. Poldark Mine allows couples to go underground within the Holman Chamber of this historic tin mine to get wed.
Pretend you’re famous movie stars for the most memorable day of your lives at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. The famous film studio has filmed the likes of James Bond films, Pirates of the Caribbean and Love, Actually. There are several venues to choose from depending on the size and style of your wedding, including film and television studios and beautiful gardens.
All bets are off on your wedding day, as you’ve already won the top prize! Racecourses are synonymous with class and luxury, so what better venue for a wedding? Chester Racecourse, Cheshire, is the oldest racecourse in England still in use and offers beautiful rooms and facilities overlooking the impressive course. Get wed on a race day to get the exhilaration of the horses and have a higher chance of winning a bet with that wedding day luck. Opt for Cheltenham Racecourse if you’ve got a larger guest list as The Centaur room can accommodate up to 1100 people. Or why not choose the home of the most prestigious race, Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse and give the spectators a run for their money with your glamorous wedding attire?
As if getting married wasn’t enough of a rollercoaster! If you’re after exhilaration and thrill on your wedding day then why not choose a theme park as your wedding venue? Renowned theme park Alton Towers, Staffordshire, is a popular location for couples to tie the knot in 500 acre countryside setting. Enjoy a beautiful ceremony, delicious wedding breakfast and fun-filled reception and then hit the rides for an exciting day at the theme park or waterpark.