If a historic venue isn’t for you and your partner, then consider a modern setting with contemporary features and facilities. We’ve taken some of the hard work out of your search and have rounded up some fabulously 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’.
On the 7th
Where: Greater Manchester
What They Offer: This eclectic and iconic venue in the heart of Manchester boasts an enviable riverside location and panoramic views across the city. With quirky décor details such as a checkerboard floor and excellent facilities for hosting your entertainment, this super trendy venue is a must for couples looking for a cool city venue.
Highlight: There are no restrictions on music here, so you can hire any live band or DJ of your choosing. Check out our ultimate wedding DJ song list for music ideas.
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Where: South East London
What They Offer: Situated on London’s vibrant South Bank pier, 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, plus receptions of up to 400 people can be catered for here.
Highlight: The venue has modern floor to ceiling windows and a private balcony which both boast incredible views – just imagine celebrating your ‘I dos’ with your partner against the backdrop of the London skyline and the River Thames.
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Where: Margate, Kent
What They Offer: If you’re looking for a seaside wedding venue that has a modern and quirky vibe to it, then look no further than the Turner Contemporary on the Margate seafront. Arty couples will love this unique art gallery setting which has gorgeous sea views and light, spacious rooms.
Highlight: The striking art gallery is designed by architect David Chipperfield and features the most cutting edge, state-of-the-art-facilities for couples celebrating their wedding day.
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4th Floor Studios
Where: East London
What They Offer: This ultra trendy space in east London is the perfect modern wedding venue for couples who are going down the non-traditional route. It comes equipped with loads of quirky props and cool furniture so that you’ve got 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.
Highlight: 4th Floor Studios is a brilliant and affordable option if you need to stick to a tight budget. It’s also located near Brick Lane and four major stations so it’s easily accessible.
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The Venue at the Royal Liver Building
What They Offer: 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 in Liverpool. With a sleek, white interior and the freedom to decorate as you wish, this iconic city venue is a fantastic option for a creatively themed wedding – plus it has views of the River Mersey.
Highlight: 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.
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Blue Fin Venue
Where: South East London
What They Offer: With beautifully contemporary indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding parties, this stylish London venue offers a blank canvas for you to personalise as you wish. The Blue Fin Venue is licensed for ceremonies and offers incredible floor to ceiling windows – you and your guests will be wowed by the breath taking views of landmarks such as The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Highlight: If you’re getting married in the warmer months of the year then take advantage of the venue’s huge outdoor terrace, which can accommodate a whopping 400 people.
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Searcys at The Gherkin
Where: Central London
What They Offer: 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 that you can hold your entire day here.
Highlight: 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!
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Where: Birmingham, West Midlands
What They Offer: From the outside it may look like a vintage 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. Seeing as it’s situated in Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative quarter, you can certainly expect a truly unique wedding day at Fazeley Studios with no restrictions to your theme.
Highlight: In the venue’s Old Ikon Gallery, this modern and light open space provides a big blank canvas and you can even turn it into a theatre for your guests using their projector, screen and PA system.
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The Dead Dolls House
Where: Islington, North London
What They Offer: 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.
Highlight: 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.
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The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Where: Cardiff, Wales
What They Offer: If you’re looking for modern wedding venues in Wales, then the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff could be your answer as it is one of the area’s most sought after venues. 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.
Highlight: 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!
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Searcys St Pancras Grand
Where: North London
What They Offer: Another Searcys venue and this time it’s situated in the beautiful St Pancras International Station. Marry your soul mate on the stunning Grand Terrace and enjoy a bespoke wedding breakfast made up 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.
Highlight: 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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Where: Leeds, West Yorkshire
What They Offer: If you’re looking for a wedding venue that has historic roots but contemporary décor, then consider The Met in the heart of Leeds. This grand terracotta building retains its historic charm, but its large wedding suites are beautifully decked out in a sleek, contemporary style complete with ambient lighting - fit for any bride who wants a modern fairy tale for her big day.
Highlight: This large capacity wedding venue has 120 super stylish en-suite bedrooms for your guests that all have modern décor and top notch facilities.
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The Quay Hotel & Spa
Where: Conwy, North Wales
What They Offer: You may have seen The Quay Hotel & Spa in our round of welsh wedding venues. The cool, sophisticated appearance of the venue is perfect for a couple in need of a modern setting and the four star facilities make this hotel a totally luxurious retreat.
Highlight: If you’re looking for a modern venue away from the city hustle and bustle then you’ll love The Quay Hotel. Take advantage of the beautiful coastal views and snatch a romantic moment watching the sunset with your partner.
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Eden Weddings and Events
What They Offer: If you fancy leading the high life on your wedding day then check this venue out. The Garden of Eden is situated on the top floor of the ultra sophisticated Shankly Hotel in Liverpool and boasts incredible views across the city. This versatile rooftop venue can accommodate both small and large wedding parties so you can be flexible with your guest list. Your guests will be wowed by the amazing roof top garden and floor to ceiling windows that will surround your reception.
Highlight: The Shankly Hotel boasts 57 amazing bedrooms and even has rooms that can sleep up to 10 people, complete with Xbox One consoles, huge screen TVs and double Jacuzzi bathrooms.
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If you haven’t found your dream venue here, then take a look at our edit of hotel wedding venues to suit every budget for more amazing options.