Continuing the venue theme this week I wanted to talk about how disheartening it can be, as a bride to be, when you begin your wedding venue search and all the lust worthy and dare I say the word “quirky” venues are not in your area. Trust me, as a northern bride I found myself continually drawn to all wedding venues south of the great divide as they seemed to offer something a little different, more flexible and creative. Southerners, you are lucky buggers 😉 Often we can’t compromise on geography without loosing some VIPs (grandparents in my case) from the guest list but we also don’t want to compromise on style.
There is definitely a growing trend for more unusual venues and slowly we are moving away from the wedding in a box trend of one size fits all, hotel conference room packages. But it is still a mammoth job to wade through the options and picking that unexpected venue can mean a little hard work on the part of you and your other half to create that perfect space.
I think finding that dream space, if that dream is having your wedding somewhere a bit off that beaten track, without loosing amenities and comfort, means bending your expectations a little. Try looking for event spaces rather than wedding venues to turn up something a little more interesting, it may also prove cheaper if you’re lucky. Check out some corporate event planning companies based in your area, they will be in the know of cool and versatile spaces.
Look for libraries, museums, galleries, even club spaces. I know Manchester has some great ones that with some work and imagination could make great wedding venues.
Here are some of the wedding venues I have turned up in the last few days that are outside the box and range from Scotland to Cornwall in location so there should be something for everyone in location terms.
House for an Art Lover – Set within the grounds of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park and inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover combines art gallery, exhibition space and events venue. A perfect choice for a modern city wedding with multiple choices of ceremony and reception location from the striking main dining room to the modern art inspired music room.
The Biscuit Factory – A stunning contemporary gallery space, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, that can be hired for weddings and other events. The space is suitable for large weddings seating up to 300 for a sit down meal but doesn’t compromise on individuality.
The Platform – A disused Edwardian train station based in the traditional Lancashire seaside town of Morecambe, The Platform is a great example of how with a little imagination you can turn any event space into a great wedding venue. Great for vintage and village fait themed weddings.
Fazeley Studios – This large scale event space in Birmingham is set up perfectly for weddings. It is a great example of what can be done with a blank canvas and some creative thinking! Fazeley events can take care of everything you may need to plan your wedding in a unique setting.
The Garden Station – This venue in Northumberland is so adorable! The perfect setting for small English country garden or tea party weddings. Small and intimate this venue has real charm and potential for someone looking for an intimate wedding and is happy to make use of outside space.
The Alnwick Garden – Another Northumberland gem, the Alnwick gardens offer two amazing settings for your wedding, the pavilion and the treehouse. Both offer plenty of opportunity for creativity and ‘uniqueness’ in stunning surroundings.