If a historic palace or stately home isn’t for you and your partner, then consider a modern wedding venue with contemporary features and facilities.
Modern venues feature clean lines, pared-back blank canvas spaces, and bags of natural light. You’ll still get the same wow factor and elegance, but it’ll feel fresh and unique to you.
To take the hard work out of your search, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best modern wedding venues.
From beautifully refurbished buildings to a few edgy and unusual wedding venues in London and beyond, we hope you’ll find your perfect setting to say your ‘I dos’.
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1. The Arches - Halifax, West Yorkshire
Originally the largest carpet manufacturer in the world, Dean Clough Mills is now a romantic and charming industrial wedding venue. Aside from a wedding venue, the Mill space also houses the largest private art collection in Europe, a theatre and a hotel so your guests can make a weekend of it and explore without having to go anywhere.
With vaulted red brick ceilings, iconic Northern Lights and Yorkshire Stone floors, The Arches is a beautiful backdrop for style-forward weddings and artistic couples. The quirky spaces can host weddings from 60 to 300 guests, each feeling stylish, original and contemporary.
2. Ennismore Sessions House - Clerkenwell, North East London
This Grade II-listed, grand Palladium building has a rich and varied history. Ennismore Sessions House used to be the largest public courthouse in England and trials used to take place right underneath its massive glass domed roof. Now it’s an elegant, trendy wedding venue, full of sleek glass, cool metallics, and distressed-effect interiors.
From the dancefloor at the Sessions Bar (made for champagne-fuelled revelry) to reception drinks under the dome, there’s so many places in this light and airy venue that you’ll want photos. Plus, the rooms have memorable names like Dream on Dreamer and Good Vibes Only. If that doesn’t persuade you...
3. The Pear Tree - Swindon, Wiltshire
This contemporary Cotswolds-stone Orangery sits at the side of a 400-year-old former vicarage, looking over lush vineyards and enchanting country gardens. The Pear Tree is where old-world charm meets new, vibrant elegance.
Say your vows in the Blossom Room or the incredible wrap-around Atrium staircase. We love the Orangery for receptions, with honey-hued stone on the outside and striking monochrome tones on the inside. From floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll be able to see out onto the surrounding gardens and can bring that on-trend nature theme inside too. It’s the best of both worlds: your something old and something new.
4. The Shack Revolution - Hereford, Herefordshire
Urban, industrial-chic is the name of the game here, and former derelict barn The Shack Revolution is ideal for alternative weddings. It’s a little oasis of cool in the heart of Hereford city centre with a late night license so you can party on. They offer a fully stocked bar with an incredible cocktail menu, and on-site catering kitchen that you can bring your own suppliers into.
There are two wedding spaces: The Lean-To for ceremonies, which has a clear corrugated roof to fill it with light; and the exposed brick Workshop for receptions, which can host up to 150 guests.
5. RSA House - Westminster, London
If you’re after an unrivalled location, you won’t find much better than in the beating heart of London - and RSA House is just off The Strand in the buzzing West End. We adore a venue that opens up to a hidden surprise and you wouldn’t expect the modern space you’ll find behind the splendid Grade I-listed Georgian facade.
RSA House is all about luxury, whether that’s the impressive Great Room with its domed glass ceiling, or the intimate Vaults, with stylish exposed brick walls and lit by spotlights and candlelight. You’ll have a dedicated wedding planner on hand with a little black book of the best suppliers in the industry, and their specialist caterers who are renowned for creating imaginative menus to match the cool interiors.
6. Bunny Hill Weddings - York, North Yorkshire
Set on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, the converted barns and boutique accommodation at Bunny Hill are a beautiful backdrop to your day. The modern barn features a wooden vaulted ceiling and cool exposed brick walls, with big windows to let in the light and panoramic views. There’s a mezzanine lounge bar overlooking the main hall which guests will love to lounge over and watch the dancing below.
For your ceremony, you can choose from one of the quaint local churches (a great juxtaposition to a modern reception venue) or you can marry in their barn or outdoors under the wisteria covered oak arbour. You’ll end the night in their trendy bedrooms - don’t miss the rolltop baths!
7. The Old Dr Bells Baths - Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders
Modern luxury meets Victorian heritage at this former bathhouse nestled in the heart of Leith. This gorgeous, vaulted space boasts lots of the original features, but has been lovingly renovated into a neutral blank canvas with striking black finishings and flooded with natural light. Your theme will be able to take centre stage at The Old Dr Bells Baths, but if you just want to play into the bold monochrome setting, that is equally elegant.
The space can host up to 150 guests, and you’ll find the stress taken out of the planning process with their all-inclusive packages and dry hire options.
8. Homes Mill - Clitheroe, Lancashire
Renovated factories have that gorgeous industrial chic vibe. This former mill truly embraces that by combining original period features like exposed beams, naturally textured walls, and former mill machinery with cool, minimalist decor.
Holmes Mill's function room oozes distinctive character and is flooded with light so it’s the ultimate place to say ‘I do’. Up to 180 guests can look on from reclaimed cinema seating as you walk down the natural aisle. With fantastic acoustics, the space is perfect for dancing the night away. The Spinning Block Hotel next door is the ideal place to fall into bed afterwards.
9. Victoria Warehouse - Manchester
Victoria Warehouse is an innovative events space in the heart of Manchester, and is the city’s only industrial warehouse wedding venue. This urban oasis is full of raw brick walls and dramatic stone floors, yet still captures a huge amount of romance. This simple setting allows couples to be as creative as you like and it looks amazing filled with flowers and fairylights against the exposed backdrop.
There are four event spaces, all licensed for ceremonies: The Bays, The Archives, The Cellars and The Cotton Sheds. They can host from 50 to 700 people, and you can bring in your own caterers for religious and cultural weddings so it’s perfect for lots of guests.
10. The Barbican Centre - Barbican, East Central London
One of the most unique wedding venues in London, The Barbican Centre is a striking, Brutalist performing arts building in the centre of London with an incredible tropical Conservatory. You can say ‘I do’ walking among the tranquil fish pools and incredible equatorial plants in this concrete and glass masterpiece. The lush flora is the perfect contrast to the stark grey architecture and there really is no venue like this.
Host your reception - catered by first class caterers Searcys - in the adjoining Garden Room. The celebrations will flow seamlessly from one room to the next, and your wedding breakfast will take place in front of the most spectacular views of the iconic city skyline. It’s one of the most memorable wedding venue spots in London.
11. The Tetley - Leeds, West Yorkshire
If you’re a beer-lover, you’ll love marrying in the original Tetley’s Brewery Headquarters. Now a contemporary arts building, it’s unique and full of character. Even though it has lots of original features like Art Deco architecture, the original wrought iron lift and historic Boardroom, it’s perfect for a modern wedding. The pieces of the past have been combined with striking, white features - mix with geometric shapes and on-trend styles for a modern vintage wedding like no other.
Located in the heart of Leeds city centre, it can host up to 100 people for your ceremony and reception. Instead of a formal dinner (which is definitely a delicious option), how about choosing a traditional Tetley’s homemade pie and peas?
12. The Old Library - Birmingham, West Midlands
As the name would suggest, this used to be a Gothic Victorian library, built in 1866. The Old Library has now been fully refurbished into a unique and romantic wedding venue, which includes a ceremony room with incredible original windows, a vaulted ceiling and even its own bar - perfect for a post-ceremony literary-themed cocktail!
Your guests can also drink and eat canapes in the quirky reception space, Nomad. Your guests will be awestruck by the domed glass ceiling and giant living tree in the centre. With all the amazing transport links, attractions and accommodation Birmingham has to offer, it’s a dream for guests travelling in from afar.
13. 4th Floor Studios - Whitechapel, East London
This ultra trendy space in East London is the perfect modern wedding venue for couples who are going down the non-traditional route. With white brick walls and original wooden flooring, 4th Floor Studios is a simple space that comes equipped with loads of quirky props and cool furniture to transform it into a great backdrop for your wedding day. This space looks amazing when lit up with lots of fairy lights and there is even a bamboo terrace outside for BBQs and drinks receptions.
Able to host up to 150 guests, this is an amazing affordable option that’s ideally located in the trendiest parts of London. It’s just minutes from Brick Lane and four major stations so it’s easily accessible.
14. OXO2 - Southbank, South East London
Situated on London’s vibrant South Bank, the unique OXO2 venue offers an unforgettable and contemporary setting for couples. You can tie the knot on the second floor of the iconic OXO Tower, where receptions of up to 400 people can be catered for here.
The venue has glossy, modern floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony which boasts incredible views. Just imagine celebrating your ‘I dos’ with your partner against the backdrop of the London skyline and the River Thames.
15. The Venue at the Royal Liver Building - Liverpool, Merseyside
If you’re looking for modern wedding venues that provide a blank canvas for your chosen wedding theme, then check out The Venue at the Royal Liver Building. You might not think so from its historic exterior, but within you’ll find a sleek, white interior and the freedom to decorate as you wish. Add in gorgeous views of the River Mersey, and this iconic city venue is a fantastic option for a creatively themed wedding.
Psst, did you know that if you want to grab your partner for some amazing photographs on the roof of the Royal Liver Building, then this can be arranged beforehand at an extra cost?
16. Searcys at The Gherkin - The City of London
The Gherkin is one of London’s most recognisable and iconic buildings, but did you know that you can say your ‘I dos’ inside the glass dome at the very top? The sophisticated restaurant chain Searcys spreads across the top two floors of the building and also holds a ceremony license so you can hold your entire day here.
If you get married here you will be surrounded by a jaw dropping 360° view across London from a 180 metre height – you’ll literally be feeling on top of the world! It’s the ultimate spot for sunset photos.
17. Fazeley Studios - Birmingham, West Midlands
From the outside it may look like a vintage Victorian venue, but step inside and you’ll experience the contemporary and unique interior of this quirky Birmingham gem. Fazeley Studios offers delicious bespoke menus and fully flexible spaces that can be transformed depending on your wedding preferences. Situated in Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative quarter, you’ll be able personalise your entire day to even the most original of themes.
Choose to marry in the restored Unitarian Chapel and Sunday School or exchange vows in the Garden Room that overlooks the Courtyard. We love the spacious and bright Grand Gallery or the fairylight-lit Fazeley Room for a unique reception.
18. The Dead Dolls House - Islington, North London
Don’t be fooled by the scary name, this gorgeously glamorous building in North London has stately-home inspired décor that’s been done in a really modern way. We especially love the monochrome illustrations of antique frames and décor have been hand painted all over the walls for an edgy twist. The dazzling disco balls, crystal candleholders and velvet chair covers would add a touch of luxe to your reception.
The House has its own team of highly experienced chefs and an events manager who will assist you in your planning. The venue is also conveniently located opposite Islington Town Hall, so you can hold your ceremony there and then pop back across the road to the House for your reception.
19. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama - Cardiff, Wales
If you’re looking for modern wedding venues in Wales, then the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff could be your answer. With a prime location in the grounds of Cardiff Castle and an impressive three storey high glass-walled hall, this venue has fabulous photo backdrops by the bucket load.
This venue borders the beautiful Bute Park and has an open air terrace that overlooks it. The glass walled hall also leads into a wonderful concert hall and theatre where you can hold your ceremony!
20. Searcys St Pancras Grand - King’s Cross, North London
One way to make your wedding feel modern and on-trend is to choose an unexpected location. We can’t think of anywhere better to host your day than inside the beautiful St Pancras International Station at another Searcys restaurant.
Marry your soulmate on the stunning Grand Terrace and enjoy a bespoke wedding breakfast made up of your choice of dishes from the Searcys menu – which combines classic favourites with modern culinary delights. Another perk of marrying inside this unique venue is that it’s totally awash in natural light. The perfect venue for the couple who want something a bit different.
Seeing as you’re in St Pancras Station, you can totally whisk yourselves away to your honeymoon straight after the wedding! Eurostar trains depart from here so you can zip to destinations across Europe with ease.
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