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 planning the real thing, or simply thinking ahead, here are 7 unique wedding venues Britain has to offer.
Aynhoe Park, Cotswolds, South West England
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Are you and your other half party animals? Aynhoe Park, located in the Cotswolds, may be the venue for you. 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 the 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 north of Leicester, The National Space Centre is an out-of-this-world option for couples who have a passion for 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’re the sort of couple who want to bring a touch of Hollywood to your big day, Little Theatre Cinema is the place for you. Tucked away 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 fairy light-adorned bay trees, flowered archways and even your own red carpet.
Victoria Baths, Manchester, North West England
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Victoria Baths in Manchester, takes wedding venues to another level with this off-the-wall and into the pool setting. That’s right - couples can make their love official inside an (empty) Victorian swimming bath. Built in 1904, Victoria Baths offers six spaces, each with their own personality. From the old-school grandeur of the Gala Pool, to the stunning stained-glass feature window inside the Turkish Rest Room, the venue is sure not to disappoint.
Carnglaze Caverns, Cornwall, South West England
Cornwall, in England’s West Country, isn’t short of amazing wedding venues. However, Carnglaze Caverns lets you get married in an underground lake, so we think that’s worth shouting about. 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 Disney wedding needs to take a peek at the magical Hedingham Castle. Standing tall in a clearing in the woods of Essex in England, this Norman building has nearly 900 years of history hidden inside its stone walls, making it the perfect place for couples who want to take a traditional route. 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.