Anyone who’s ever planned a wedding (or knows someone who has) knows that the venue is the biggie. The wedding admin headache. The main event. The thing that’s going to define your wedding and have people reminiscing about it for years to come.
Whether you’re starting to plan your big day or simply thinking ahead, here are 7 unique wedding venues Britain has to offer.
Aynhoe Park, Cotswolds, South West England
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Aynhoe Park in the Cotswolds is the venue for weddings that want to party into the small hours. Step through the doors of this stately home and you’ll be greeted by a menagerie of stuffed animals, blown glass, opulent, quirky flower displays and shimmering disco balls. Expect to be hosted from morning ‘til late, with a team of cocktail makers on hand to keep your guests merry-making until the very end. Our favourite part of this venue is its unique pièce de résistance - a full-sized giraffe, suspended from the ceiling by a bunch of balloons.
The National Space Centre, Leicester, Central England
What better way to begin your life together than a wedding amongst the stars? Located just north of Leicester, The National Space Centre is an out-of-this-world option for couples who have a passion for science, adventure or discovery. Ceremonies can take place inside the 192-seater Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and the party can continue late into the night surrounded by rockets, space dust and intergalactic good vibes.
Little Theatre Cinema, Bath, South West England
If you and your partner-to-be want to bring a touch of Hollywood to your big day, Little Theatre Cinema is the place for you. Hidden down a gorgeous Georgian street in Bath, this glamorous venue gives you the ability to say ‘I do’ with cinematic flair. You can create an Oscar-worthy event with custom movie-style posters; fairy light-adorned bay trees; colourful flowered archways; and your own red carpet.
Victoria Baths, Manchester, North West England
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Known as Manchester's Water Palace, this unique space takes wedding venues to another level with its off-the-wall setting. Victoria Baths offers six different spaces for weddings, including an (empty) Victorian swimming bath, first built in 1904. Alternatively, couples can opt for the old-school grandeur of the Gala Pool, or the stunning Turkish Rest Room with its unique stained glass window. Whichever option you choose, you're bound to have an unforgettable experience here.
Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall, South West England
Cornwall isn’t short of amazing wedding venues, but Carnglaze Caverns is the only one that lets you get married by an underground lake, and that seems very worthy of a highlight. Instead of saying your vows under the sun, you can opt for soft, flickering candlelight that reflects off the crystal clear lake, making for a truly unique and intimate occasion. This venue holds only 35 guests, making it ideal for those who want to keep things small, with only your nearest and dearest.
Hedingham Castle, Essex, East of England
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Anyone who's ever dreamed of a wedding fit for a royal needs to take a peek at the magical Hedingham Castle. Standing tall about 40 minutes from Colchester, this Norman building has nearly 900 years of history hidden inside its stone walls, making it the perfect place for couples who want to host a more traditional day. Wedding ceremonies are held by candlelight in the grand Banqueting Hall, where guests can overlook the bride and groom from the gallery above.
The Kibble Palace at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens
Surround yourself with lush, leafy plants from around the world, as you say 'I do' in the elegant Kibble Palace. Situated within Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, this Victorian glasshouse has a national collection of giant tree ferns that have been in the palace for more than 130 years. The classic marble statues and the palace's impressive large dome would make a stunning backdrop and add the wow factor to any wedding ceremony.