Finding an unusual wedding venue

Some people dream of getting married somewhere a little different. Stately homes and churches are ideal for those who want something traditional, but there are plenty of unusual venues out there.

Go rustic

You can have an unusual wedding venue without breaking the bank and still retaining a down to earth ambiance. Why not look for a barn? There are some farms that have converted their barns into event venues and some are licenced to conduct weddings.

Check in advance how many people you will be able to accommodate in each venue that you consider. If you choose a barn it is possible that you will be able to invite 150 people or more, but if you opt for a castle, then the actual ceremony space may be much smaller and you could be limited with your guest list.

You might also want to consider how much of the day can be handled by the venue owners and how much you will have to arrange yourself. Can they cater or will you need to book this separately? This could have an impact on cost so you need to be prepared.

Unusual venue types

What type of venues are available if you would prefer to go off the beaten track a little for your wedding venue? There is no shortage of venues that are far from the norm.

Theatre buffs might want to look into getting married in a theatre. The ceremony can be held on the stage and other event rooms can be used for the reception. This is already possible at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Alternatively, why not have an outdoor wedding in a vineyard? A ceremony could be held in a marquee if the weather is less than favourable.

Embrace history

Castles and stately homes are not the only ways that you can bring a taste of history to your wedding. In the city of Bath, the Roman Baths is becoming extremely popular as a wedding venue. In the centre of London, the Crypt at Bleeding Heart was host to a three-day wedding feast for Henry VIII and now regularly hosts weddings. This venue dates back to the 12th century and is a stunning place to hold a wedding. A church still sits above the crypt and wedding ceremonies can be held there.