The vibrant city of Glasgow makes an amazing spot for a wedding. Sitting on the River Clyde, it’s famous for its friendly locals, live music and arts scene, stunning architecture and nightlife.
Whether you want an intimate wedding in your local pub or a lavish ceremony in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, there’s a wedding venue for every kind of couple and budget in Glasgow. Add in fantastic travel connections and you’ll struggle to find a better Scottish city to tie the knot.
Here are our favourite wedding venues in Glasgow.
Voted Scotland’s most stylish venue, private members’ club 29 Glasgow is the perfect setting for wedding photos. Choose from six areas: from the roof terrace with a heated marquee, to the grand Supper Club space, to the Grill Room, with amazing views over Royal Exchange Square.
Taking the hassle out of wedding planning, they offer an all-inclusive package, where their dedicated wedding coordinator will take care of every detail and food is overseen by their award-winning chef. Mid-week packages start from a fantastic £2,995.
The name of this unique venue means ‘great melody of life’ or ‘big song’ in Gaelic. Formerly a parish church, Òran Mór is now an entertainment venue, including a whisky bar, restaurant, nightclub and theatre. The first thing to draw your eye is the Auditorium, which has been transformed into a stunning wedding spot by Scottish artist Alasdair Gray’s celestial ceiling mural.
Lots of original features like the stained-glass windows remain and the modern art adorning the walls add personality to this vast venue. It can hold over 250 guests for a sit-down dinner, and food comes courtesy of their in-house chefs. Buzzing with life and character, it’s an excellent venue for a wedding.
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Set in the heart of the iconic Barras market, Barras Art and Design (BAad) is the industrial-chic venue of your dreams. Flooded with natural light, encasing an enviable heated courtyard, and serving food from the award-winning A’Challtainn Fish Restaurant and Bar upstairs, you’ll love this unique space.
BAad is a blank canvas and versatile to your theme. From an intimate 25 guests to a grand 250, the space can be made bespoke to your needs. What there always is, is a big stage so your wedding entertainment is guaranteed to go with a bang!
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Set in the heart of Glasgow city centre, 200 SVS is full of history and atmosphere. If you’re after a chic city wedding venue, this elegant venue won’t disappoint. Formerly the North British and Mercantile Building, the Grade A-listed building has been beautifully blended with modern architecture to create an events space set over six floors, offering a huge array of rooms for your big day. They can host 200 guests as effortlessly as 10, and you’ll have no shortage of photo opportunities in the Grand Hall.
Their spa offers a special bridal prep party, among lots of little details they can arrange for you. Need a piper to lead you in? Done. Want to bring in your own caterer and cake? Easy. There’s lots of hotel rooms nearby too, so your guests can choose one to fit their budget.
The Engine Works
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This might be Glasgow’s coolest wedding venue. Flooded with natural light and bursting with exposed brickwork, The Engine Works is a former steel works that is now home to an events space that blends rich history and contemporary design into a surprisingly romantic venue. With a blank space to decorate, bespoke catering and space for 10-250 guests, the whole concept of The Engine Works is designed around giving you the exact wedding you’ve always wanted. And sorry, did we mention how cool it is?
The hidden gem here is the garden, sitting right next to the canal. It’s great for housing BBQs in the summer, or food trucks, bouncy castles, G&T pop-ups and even outdoor ceremonies.
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The Corinthian Club
A 18th century mansion turned bank turned courts of law – and painstakingly restored as The Corinthian in 1999 – this breathtaking venue is bursting with Glaswegian history and character. The centrepiece of The Corinthian is the awe-inspiring 26ft glass dome that without doubt you’ll want to feature in your wedding photos.
Each of its five floors has a unique offering, with the entire building containing a brasserie, five bars, seven event spaces, a casino and nightclub. For larger weddings up to 250 guests, their Flying Scotsman room is hard to beat. A huge vaulted auditorium with balconies and private dining rooms (excellent for setting up a DVD room for restless kids or a separate space that the grandparents can sit and chat), it’s a real showstopper.
House for an Art Lover
Set within the beautiful surroundings of Bellahouston Park, House for an Art Lover is a truly unique wedding venue in Glasgow. Their exclusive-use Mackintosh Suite is inspired by Scotland’s most beloved artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is full of photo-worthy spots. Outside you can take full advantage of the park and even arrange to take photos in the adjacent Walled Garden.
There’s some many fantastic extras included, from fresh flower centrepieces, indoor fairy lights, and your cake stand and knife. Plus, they’ve got a delicious vegan dinner menu to choose from so all your guests will be catered for! We love that as part of the set of rooms there’s a separate bar you can dance the night away in, so you don’t have to wait for the tables to be cleared after the wedding breakfast.
Sloans Bar & Restaurant
Sloans is Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant and true stalwart of the live music and pub scene. If you want a ceilidh at your wedding, this is the place. They host one every Friday in their Grand Ballroom so they’re well-equipped to turn their magnificent room into your perfect party set-up. There’s also a pretty, fairy light-adorned outdoor courtyard with an entrance tunnel covered in amazing murals that’s ideal for wedding photos.
There’s lots of different parts of the building you can use depending on numbers, from the cosy snug and private dining room – suitable for up to 25 – to the unique ballroom that can host 150 for your reception. Plus there’s a huge choice of menu options.
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1599 at the Royal College
If you have any medics in the family, you might want to marry at Fifteen Ninety Nine at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow – a collection of beautiful, historical rooms dating back to 1862 (although the college was founded in 1599, hence the name). You’ll have exclusive use of the College Hall, the Princess Alexandra Room, and the Lower Library; all exuding elegance and period features.
Even if you don’t have a medical degree, it’s amazing to be in a venue with such an illustrious past. The Princess Alexandra Room was where Sir Joseph Lister delivered his groundbreaking work on antiseptic surgery. The Lower Library is the most striking room in our opinion; housing a large collection of 19th and 20th century medical textbooks, and perfect for a drinks reception. You’ll find it hard to believe you’re right in the heart of Glasgow city centre.
Set in the south of the city, the 18th century Greenbank House – now run by the National Trust of Scotland – is a dreamy backdrop to these magical walled gardens. Tranquil and beautiful, it’s the ideal spot for a summer wedding. You can marry in the outdoors, surrounded by flowers, sculptures and fountains, before dining in a marquee or tipi on the lawns. Some of your guests may not even be aware of Greenbank Garden – so it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce them.
If you’re interested in an indoor option, NTS also run weddings at Holmwood in Glasgow. This quirky family home was built by legendary Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson and has the most fascinating interiors.
Let’s be honest, Glasgow doesn’t always have the best weather. But you’re guaranteed rich, vibrant surroundings and warm Mediterranean hospitality in this Spanish hacienda-styled restaurant and bar space. Foodies should look straight to Arta – there’s a huge choice of menu, mixing Latin tapas flavours with local Scottish ingredients.
Built over three floors like a grand Spanish townhouse, there’s everything from an intimate courtyard that can seat 35 for dinner, to their Canvas bar that’s big enough for a ceilidh. You can add on plenty of individual touches too, like a petal drop (essentially a giant petal confetti whirlwind) and a string quartet. They pride themselves on having 54 individual oil paintings too.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Think Glasgow, think Kelvingrove. This gallery and museum is one of the most iconic, spectacular buildings in the whole of the city. If you’re planning a glamorous, opulent wedding, where you can have up to 1,000 evening drink reception guests, there’s only one choice. The size makes it suitable for large Asian weddings, but anyone who wants to say their vows among priceless artworks in a grand venue will love it here.
At the heart of the Victorian building is the main hall, with two lavish balconies looking down on the massive, marble-floored space below. If you love a bit of drama, standing in the hall is like taking centre stage and the staircase down something out of a fairytale. However, if a more intimate, private affair is what you want, the Kg Cafe on the basement level can host up to 120 and offers views across Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University.
WEST On The Green
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Breweries are an excellent option for a reception venue if you’re looking for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere – with amazing beer options! WEST On The Green is a beerhall-style bar and restaurant, working brewery and event space in the famous Templeton Building on Glasgow Green.
Full of distinctive, rustic architecture, the best backdrop to your wedding is in The Courtyard – here a 15ft high wall of glass offers views onto the state-of-the-art WEST brewery below. For more intimate ceremonies choose the airy Hop Room, which comes complete with a grand piano. And during your photograph time? Entertain guests with a brewery tour and tasting. The menu is German-inspired with delicious Scottish ingredients: you’ll very much enjoy your menu tasting.
The Old Fruitmarket
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The Old Fruitmarket has character and atmosphere in abundance. It still has the lofty vaulted roof, listed cast iron columns, original signage from the market sellers and a stunning balcony. The Victorian architecture is a spellbinding setting for your wedding photos. It’s part of the City Halls complex and you could use the Recital Room for your ceremony before a reception in the Fruitmarket.
Situated in the heart of Merchant City, the arts and culture centre of Glasgow, it’s ideal for couples who want live music, a ceildih or something alternative. The focus here is on good music, good food and good fun!
This beautifully-restored former church is a breathtaking music and arts venue that still features the original pipe organ that dates to the 1800s and rows of stained glass windows. Despite its history, the welcoming and atmospheric space now hosts civil, humanist or religious ceremonies as well as unforgettable receptions.
Delicious food is provided by St Luke’s Winged Ox kitchen and there’s a huge range of craft beers on tap. With space for 150 for your wedding breakfast, there’s three exclusive-use bars so no need to worry about your guests having to wait for a drink as they dance the night away.
The Merchants House of Glasgow
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The Merchants House of Glasgow – dating back to 1605 – is a hidden treasure in the heart of the city, whose halls and corridors hum with history. The Grand Hall, lined with grand portraits of eminent merchants, can seat up to 130 for a wedding breakfast and features a beautiful Steinway grand piano. If you’re after a venue that’s full of personality and part of the fabric of Glasgow’s history, this is perfect for you.
As one of the oldest social enterprises in Scotland, what’s fantastic about Merchants House is its charity status, meaning all profits go back to helping those in need in Glasgow. The venue is in the process of a snazzy upgrade so not only will having your wedding here do good, it’ll look incredible too.
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