Whilst we love an elegant wedding venue, sometimes it’s just not the right choice for you. If you’re an alternative couple and you want a suitably alternative wedding venue to match, we’ve rounded up some more edgy options for you.
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Camp Katur, North Yorkshire
This woodland wedding venue is perfect for alternative couples who are planning a big day that is anything but normal. Camp Katur is a glamping and camping village surrounded by woodland and meadows. You can party in the rustic barn, a pop-up tipi or even have your celebrations in a cool yurt wedding venue onsite.
The Electric Circus, Lothian & Borders
Couples with a quirky sense of style will fall head over heels with the Electric Circus, located in Edinburgh. This super cool venue has a choice of themed rooms, so whether you want to go all-out Americana in the Route 66 room, or have a luau in the Tiki room, there’s something for everyone.
Vermilion Hall, Greater Manchester
The dark and glamorous décor at Vermilion Hall in Manchester makes it the perfect choice for a dramatic couple looking to really make a statement with their choice of venue. If you’re planning a wedding day full of gothic details, this could be the perfect setting.
House of Magic, London
Your guests can arrive at this Victorian mansion blindfolded, after travelling in vintage limousines. They’d enter through the Enchanted Garden – an eerie outside space complete with the haunted ruins of a castle – before entering Simon Drake’s House of Magic for an event that will take their breath away.
The Rum Warehouse at the Titanic Hotel, Merseyside
If you love industrial style, you’ll adore the Rum Warehouse at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool. The huge windows, metal framework and exposed brick walls all make for a perfect blank canvas that is achingly stylish.
The Bell Inn, East Sussex
This quirky wedding venue in Ticehurst is anything but ordinary. It’s designed to look as though an eccentric nobleman has travelled the world and filled the place with his discoveries. If you love the idea of vintage typewriters, old novels and mismatched chandeliers forming part of your wedding day décor, you have to consider the Bell Inn. It’s worth checking out the incredible bridal suite too.
The Crypt at Bleeding Heart, East Central London
Even the name of the Crypt at Bleeding Heart is suitably alternative. It’s a 600 year old crypt, located in St Etheldreda’s in Hatton Garden. If you want a wedding venue with a royal connection, King Henry VIII held a three-day wedding feast there in 1531. Take in the gorgeous stone floors, beamed ceilings and decorative stained glass windows – they’ll look amazing in your photographs.
The Earl of Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Do you love the decadent glamour of the 1920s? If so you’ll fall head over heels for the Earl of Doncaster, with its rich interior that is just perfect for parties. Bold colours and elaborate detail are the order of the day here making it a fabulous choice if you want to make a style statement with your décor.
Belle Epoque Brasserie, Cheshire
Take in the beautiful Venetian glass floor, the marbled pillars and the elaborate drapes at the Belle Epoque – this Cheshire wedding venue is the perfect place to host an alternative wedding with a glamorous twist. If you’re looking for a foodie wedding venue too, the Belle Epoque boasts award-winning dishes.
Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire
You can have a glamorous wedding venue with an alternative feel – such as Carlton Towers, which is fabulously gothic in style with a luxurious interior that is guaranteed to impress your guests. The imposing exterior will provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding pictures, and your guests will be arguing over who gets to stay in one of the 16 stunning bedrooms.
The Bothy, Central & Glasgow
Alternative doesn’t have to mean all-out quirky – the cool but cosy décor at The Bothy could appeal to couples looking for an intimate pub wedding venue with a laidback feel for their special day. It’s a great option if you don’t want an overly formal wedding venue.
South Place Hotel, East Central London
This stylish wedding venue has it all. South Place Hotel has a distinctive sense of style and amazing views across the capital. If you’re looking for a unique London wedding venue to host your alternative wedding, this could be the one.
Great North Museum: Hancock, Tyne & Wear
What could be cooler than saying your vows under a giant T-Rex – it’s ideal if you’re looking for dinosaur wedding ideas. By marrying at the newly refurbished Great North Museum: Hancock you can really embrace an alternative wedding theme.
Victorian Bath House, East Central London
This opulent wedding venue is the perfect choice for couples who want to swap standard style for opulence and glamour. The Victorian Bath House has a dramatic gold and red interior, a pretty courtyard and a choice of authentic period menus so you can really embrace your surroundings.
Ghillie Dhu, Lothian & Borders
Pick an alternative style wedding venue with a luxe feel – Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh isn’t your run of the mill wedding venue, but the fabulous high ceilings and rich purple décor give this place an old-school glamorous vibe.
Le Peitit Chateau, Northumberland
If you want a fairytale wedding that doesn’t feel too twee, take a closer look at Le Petit Chateau in Northumberland. This beautifully whimsical wedding venue looks like it is from a sophisticated fairy story, making it the perfect setting for a happy ever after with an edge.
Turner Contemporary, Kent
Art-lovers who want amazing surroundings with minimal effort on their part should consider the Turner Contemporary, where you can say your vows surrounded by world class art. There’s a balcony overlooking the North Sea so you’re guaranteed impressive views inside and out.
The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd, Lothian & Borders
Coming together under the title of Unusual Venues Edinburgh, these three quirky wedding venues are the perfect choice for unusual couples looking for a Scottish wedding venue with a difference. Each venue has its own unique and rich history – ideal if you want a setting with real personality for your big day.
Asylum Chapel, London
This Grade II listed building survived being bombed in World War II and is now a ceremony-only wedding venue in London with an alternative feel. The raw walls and stained glass windows at the Asylum Chapel will provide a striking contrast to your wedding décor and will look amazing on the day.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Hampshire
At the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, you can marry onboard the HMS Alliance or in the futuristic John Fieldhouse building, which has panoramic harbour views. If you want wedding pictures with a seriously alternative backdrop, these are perfect.
Alnwick Garden Treehouse, Northumberland
This is a truly magical setting for a wedding – you can take your guests into the Alnwick Garden, an enchanted land inspired by fairytales before celebrating with a party in the Alnwick Garden Treehouse. Your guests will never want to leave!
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