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Manchester Art Gallery is a unique wedding venue situated in the heart of Manchester, England. This refined destination is the perfect place for upscale urban events and private parties. Your guests will be treated to a cultural experience, immersed in world-renowned artworks as they celebrate your romantic journey. The building is lofty and bright, and this combined with beautiful paintings makes the ideal backdrop for wedding photographs. Couples who are passionate about the arts and who are seeking an unusual way to mark their special day will love this convenient and creative city-centre venue.

Facilities and Capacity

Art lovers will relish the chance to say ‘I do’ at this unique venue. Whether you are planning a party for 120 guests or a micro wedding for a select few, this versatile space has everything you need. Civil ceremonies are held in Gallery 16, where you can exchange vows surrounded by Lowry and Valette paintings. Drinks parties take place in the Pre-Raphaelite Galleries, giving your guests a chance to soak up stunning surroundings as they mingle. Evening receptions can be curated to your liking in the Atrium, the galleries, or the Gallery Café, depending on your preferences. Manchester Art Gallery provides dance floors and live-entertainment equipment to ensure you and your guests can dance the night away in style. Wedding parties are welcome to use preparation rooms on-site for their convenience and wheelchair-accessible facilities are also available here.

Services Offered

An in-house event coordinator oversees wedding planning to ensure couples’ preferences are brought to life. They connect with to-be-weds to plan everything from floor-plan curation to custom menus and wine lists. Catering is provided on-site, but you are welcome to choose private caterers also. Your personal event manager will first meet with you via a virtual consultation, allowing you to proceed with exciting plans in spite of Covid-19 restrictions. There are pre-designed packages to choose from, made specially to take into account varying budgets and thematic preferences. You can opt for a custom package wherein the team will tailor their services accordingly. Experienced servers tend to guests throughout the day, endeavouring to make everyone’s experience at Manchester Art Gallery special and unforgettable.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Manchester Art Gallery

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Marie Sent on 16/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A very Elvis wedding

We had our ceremony and reception at Manchester Art Gallery on 10th June 2023
Debbie took care of everything, she sat with us and listened to what we had in mind, made helpful suggestions and put in place everything that needed doing which took pressure off us and we could just relax and enjoy. On the day itself Debbie was there when needed but also stayed I the background making sure everything went smoothly. The serving and bar staff were also helpful and friendly. The food was excellent and the day was perfect.
We kept things simple but I know that anything you wanted to have or happen Debbie would go above and beyond to make it happen.
Katherine T. Sent on 21/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

Fantastic venue - highly recommended. Beautiful rooms for guests to circulate and for photographs. Food was excellent too.
Martha H. Sent on 20/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning setting, the friendliest team and the joyful day we hoped for

My husband and I wanted a casual, joy-filled day that felt more like a party than a wedding - but we also wanted an impressive venue that would provide a different, memorable experience for our guests. Manchester Art Gallery delivered this and more in spades. The gallery itself is stunning, and the rental price was incredibly reasonable given your are gaining full access to such an iconic landmark. Victoria and the team at the gallery were incredibly responsive, clear and helpful in their correspondence - as well as just being genuinely warm, and helping to make the wedding planning process fun rather than a chore. They were flexible and informative, and helped put all our worries at ease. The in-house catering team exceeded our expectations - the options you are given are a lovely departure from standard wedding fare. Our guests loved that they were able to move through the rooms of the gallery throughout the day - from drinks in the Victorian gallery to dinner in the atrium and dancing in the transformed cafe, they were able to get a true sense of the place. I would recommend this venue in a heartbeat, and wish we could do it all over again!
Polina K. Sent on 05/01/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Art gallery and Victoria helped us create our dream wedding

During the pandemic the art gallery provided exceptional support to us for our special day. We cannot thank Victoria enough, it was the best day of our lives.
Harriet S. Sent on 10/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely stunning and truly unique venue

Manchester Art Gallery is a completely stunning and truly unique venue. We could not recommend Victoria and her wonderful team highly enough. The most notable thing was how responsive and flexible they are to all questions and requests. I don't think there was a single thing we asked which wasn't accommodated. The venue itself is just gorgeous and with all the stunning artwork, you don't need much decoration. All our guests commented on what a beautiful venue it is. While of course nothing wedding-related comes 'cheap', Manchester Art Gallery really does represent good value for money and they are completely flexible to adjust the catering budget and bar requests. We had a wonderful day and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!!!
Paul D. Sent on 22/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

Manchester Art Gallery might be the perfect wedding venue. The setting is unique - and you get to enjoy different stages of your wedding across multiple galleries and halls. The food and drink were excellent and Victoria was a brilliant wedding planner. Highly recommended.
Kelly C. Sent on 04/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day!

Could not have asked for a better venue and coordinator for our wedding! Victoria was our coordinator and she was great to work with and very attentive during the entire planning process. Always available to answer our questions and have calls leading up to our wedding. The day of everything was perfectly organised and ran on time, we felt no stress. We did a food tasting several months before and were able to customise some of our menu with the chef. Guests were very pleased with the food, venue, atmosphere and some said it was the best wedding they've every attended. I would highly recommend to anyone considering The Art Gallery as a wedding venue, its unique, beautiful, and they can accommodate all requests and provide suggestions if needed.
Arma M. Sent on 21/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful intimate wedding in March 2023

My now husband and I had a wonderful time at Manchester art gallery in March.

We were well informed and guided throughout the process.

All the guests loved the setting and the food.

Victoria and the team made is a super day and very stress free too
Kirsty G. Sent on 16/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Venue

Couldn't recommend the venue or the team at Manchester Art Gallery highly enough. The experience of using different spaces for different parts of the day was so special and guests were blown away at just how much of the Gallery you can use. Victoria is the events planner of dreams - friendly, professional, quick to respond and so open to accomodating the special touches for your day. The food that we had was great and we were able to work with the team to build a menu with them that exceeded our expectations. Everything on the day ran really smoothly and there were no problems with external suppliers for sound, lighting etc getting access.
Overall we couldnt have been happier with the day and just wish we could do it all again!
Y H Sent on 27/01/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Excellent venue and team

The Manchester Art Gallery was the perfect venue for our wedding, and Victoria and the team were so easy to work with - knowledgeable, friendly, organised, and quick to reply to questions (of which we had many). Their expertise in running events was evident, and many of our guests complimented us on the choice of venue. Thank you to Victoria and her team for being a joy to work, and for a wonderful day.
Lesley G. Sent on 20/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

It was brilliant

Every stage of the planning was easy and they were able to change bits so it worked for us and our guests. The evening it's self I was impressed how many staff they put on for us. I wouldn't change a thing. Loved that the cafe was open so my older family could catch up and have a coffee while next door was the bar and disco, it just meant everyone could be in a space that worked for them.
Gina M. Sent on 22/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue, excellent staff

Beautiful venue & staff were excellent. The food was great. Everything on the day was just perfect and we couldn’t wish for a better venue. Highly recommended.
Liz V. Sent on 04/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Venue, Great Gallery Team

Manchester art gallery was the perfect venue in every way for our recent family wedding. The backdrop is stunning and the 94 guests comfortably accommodated for the wedding meal with a further 50 or so in the evening. Everything flowed with great ease from the ceremony in the Lowry Room, drinks in the Pre-Raphaelite gallery, photos in the main hall and outside, wedding meal in the Atrium and evening party in the cafe. The evening space meant that people could dance in one room and others relax in a separate seated area where the buffet was served. The cafe is the perfect size for the dance floor, large enough for a few seats and the bar, and not "cavernous".
The gallery team worked with our other suppliers, the table decorator, photobooth, DJ and hiring of extra items such as white chairs for the wedding - it all just worked so well.
The gallery staff were highly professional and flexible throughout the planning process and this continued on the day,. Everyone was discreet, kind and helpful, patient and polite.
The food was fabulous, both the daytime and evening menus - there were repeated compliments on the food from our guests.
The whole day was everything our bride and groom dreamed of.
I cannot compliment the Gallery Team more highly.
Lee W. Sent on 04/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A dream wedding venue

Our wedding at the Art Gallery on Weds 29th Dec was a day that far exceeded our expectations and thanks to all of the fantastic people involved in organising our day , with be one of the best and happiest days of our lives. It was an absolutely wonderful event. Victoria, Debbie, Adam, Ryan and all of their staff where an absolutely dream. The welcome was extraordinary, the drinks perfect..and the food was heaven and all of our guests Carnivores-Vegans and everything inbetween praised the food to the highest. The wonderful team at the Gallery all went the extra mile and made our occasion extra special. It’s rare to find such wonderful people all of who do such an amazing job, so on behalf of me and my husband I wanted to recommend the venue and say if you're lucky enough to be able to get married there you should grab the opportunity with both hands. And that's just because of the people involved ...when you add in the most amazing surroundings ... the architecture, art work, lighting, you have a breathtaking event that would be hard to beat.
Emma Sent on 08/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

October Wedding - Manchester Art Gallery

We couldn't recommend Manchester Art Gallery more highly. From start to finish - and with a 12 month delay due to the pandemic thrown in! - Victoria and her staff were so helpful, supportive and enabled us to have the most wonderful day that was 100% 'us'. The staff worked so hard on the day, and everything went perfectly. We've lost count of the number of people who have contacted us to tell us how gorgeous and unique our wedding venue was!
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