The most unusual wedding venues in the UK

Photo credit: Fortnum & Mason

Weddings in the Chapel of Love at Fortnum & Mason

Tea lovers rejoice as London’s famous supplier of luxury goods and groceries has opened its doors to future newlyweds. You can now get married at the iconic London department store Fortnum & Mason, which opens the doors to the Chapel of Love in February.

As a licensed wedding venue, Fortnum’s pop-up wedding venue Chapel of Love is open for wedding ceremonies, vocal renewals, and engagement or anniversary celebrations.

The chapel will take over all three floors of the flagship Piccadilly and will feature Fortnum’s clock, illuminated stained glass windows and a ringing wedding bell, as well as a neon pink “Chapel of Love” sign.

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Sketch of the Chapel of Love at Fortnum & Mason. Photo credit: Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum’s selection of exquisite dining rooms has hosted a number of wedding receptions over the years, but now couples can make their marriage vows at the famous workshop.
To celebrate the romantic season, Fortnum’s is rolling out the red carpet for a happy couple with a pampering package on February 15th this year. This includes a ceremony in the Chapel of Love, followed by afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon with a glass of Fortnums Blanc de Blancs champagne for up to six people.

If you want to win your wedding at Fortnum & Masons Chapel of Love, please visit Instagram account to enter the contest.

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Note: Unmarried couples are responsible for obtaining their own marriage license at the time of the event if your marriage is legally recognized. If not, the award will be offered as a non-legal engagement ceremony.

Find out more about the competition and weddings at Fortnum & Masons Chapel of Love here.

More unusual wedding venues in the UK

From tree houses to dilapidated air raid shelters, these alternative and unusual wedding venues will ensure that your wedding day will be a day everyone will remember.

Whether you’re a quirky couple looking to showcase your individual personalities or a brave bride-to-be ready to pull out all the stops for a day your guests rave about, an unusual wedding venue will help your wedding, status To break through the quo.

For many of us, weekends and holidays are booked out months in advance as our friends tie the knot or head out to get married abroad in various locations around the country. It can even feel like the summer months are turning into a great blur of champagne receptions and somewhat awkward choreographed first dance routines.

As future brides and grooms, you have the tricky job of making your wedding day stand out from the crowd. These unique and alternative wedding venues are a good place to start.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Dulwich picture gallery

Get married at the Dulwich Picture Gallery among the finest of Baroque art. the oldest public art gallery in Britain.

Weddings are permitted for civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 150 guests. You get access to the gardens as well as the gallery where you can tie the knot surrounded by centuries of art history.

Host an elegant reception at a long table in the Soane Gallery or use the venue grounds for a marquee reception for up to 400 people.

The Islington Metal Works, London

Islington Metal Works

The three-story music venue The Islington Metal Works is right behind Angel Station and is steeped in history. In the 19th century, it was used to stabilize tram horses before they were converted into a metal factory.

Much of the building has now been restored and is ideal for those who want an industrial Victorian aesthetic for their big day.

There are five bars on all floors – including the famous cocktail bar with tube carts – as well as an indoor grill area, a professional sound system and space for 1,000 standing guests.

Hill Farm House, Northamptonshire

Hill Farm House marqueeLocated on a 10 acre small farm on the edge of a quaint village, Hill Farm House is the perfect place in the country.

The traditional Raj style marquee is located in Home Close Field, which you can decorate to your liking. The team has a wide range of contacts, whether you’re looking for vintage props or bold lighting.

The catering is also entirely up to you and offers space for up to 120 guests on trestle tables. However, if you prefer something more intimate, there is also a charming “secret garden” for smaller celebrations.

The Central Plateau, Lancashire

The Mittelland

Built in the 1930s, the Midland Hotel is located on the Morecambe coast and is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture the country has to offer. It’s a modernist vision of marble, mosaics, and curvy shapes.

You can tie the knot in one of the three wedding suites overlooking the bay and, once the legal process is complete, enjoy a seated reception for up to 136 people, with space to dance and a private bar.

It’s the perfect place if you are planning one Vintage Style Wedding – the dedicated in-house planning team will help you source everything you need for a celebration worthy of a particular Mr. J. Gatsby.

Tree house Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Alnwick Garden

Nestled under a forest canopy on the grounds of Alnwick Garden, married in a fairytale-style tree house.

High above the ground, the evening ceremonies can accommodate 65 people, with space for up to 120 people for a reception. The private terrace, the bar and the airways offer an intimate space for celebrations as well as many opportunities for unique wedding photos.

The excellent menu with locally produced dishes, handpicked wines and decadent cocktails will also impress.

The Natural History Museum, London

50-of-the-best-uk-wedding-venues-part-2-natural history museum

London’s most famous museum has been granted civil marriage and civil partnership license, so you can now legally get married at the Natural History Museum.

From September 2019, the museum can host official wedding ceremonies as well as larger or more intimate receptions. It used to be possible to hold your reception at the venue, but now a woolly mammoth could witness your marriage.

Couples looking to book the museum for their special day can choose from a range of stunning rooms, each rich with history. From a small ceremony with 10 of your loved ones in the Dinosaur Gallery to a lavish reception in the Hintze Hall with a capacity of 650 people – where Hope the Whale will join your wedding guests.

For a more contemporary setting, you can hold your wedding in the Natural History Museum in the Erdhalle. A beautiful room with a breathtaking backdrop of the floating globe and sky maps on the walls.

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SS United Kingdom, Bristol

SS Great Britain

The SS Great Britain, once the longest passenger ship in the world, is now in a dry dock in Bristol Harbor and is one of our favorite unusual wedding venues up there.

Swap your vows under a glass skylight on the promenade deck, then head to the First Class Dining Saloon – an impressive room with marble columns and rococo mirrors – for a wedding breakfast on board. Close the night at the Hayward Saloon, which has its own bar and dance floor.

The boiler house in Cardiff

The Cardiff boiler house

The Boiler House in Cardiff is another great place for art lovers. The walls are painted quarterly by professional graffiti crews from across the UK and really are the canvas in this unique place.

The space has a mezzanine level with vintage furniture and garland lighting, excellent bar service with artisanal lager and local beers, and a concrete area perfect for a food truck. However, the venue is not licensed so the legal part needs to be kept elsewhere.

Polhawn Fort, Cornwall

Polhawn Fort, Cornwall

Built in the 1860s, Polhawn Fort was built to protect the south coast of Devon and Cornwall from attack at sea. Today, however, it’s happier – perched on the cliff with panoramic ocean views, it’s an idyllic place to take your vows.

You can get married within the walls of the fortress – the Grand Napoleonic Hall can seat 120 people or the smaller Emperors Room can accommodate up to 30 people – or hold a garden ceremony in the Summerhouse with a view of the breathtaking Whitsand Bay.

Asylum Chapel, London

The asylum

Unlike other alternative wedding venues you’ve ever seen before, the asylum chapel in Peckham was bombed during World War II and is still bearing the scars. The high room, built in 1826, is dilapidated but still impressive, with stained glass windows and Victorian elements.

With space for up to 120 guests, the chapel is a ceremony-only venue. Although you will have to hold your reception in a different location, this is where you can enjoy post-ceremony drinks and canapés after the important things are done.

Decorate the room with flowers, candles and fabric and you will have an incredibly beautiful space that your guests will never forget.

The courtyard in the Marylebone Rooms, London

Marylebone room

The Marylebone Rooms in the hotel of the same name are a collection of stylish rooms that are perfect for any type of celebration. The Courtyard is located on the terrace and is the perfect place for a cozy wedding reception in the heart of the city.

The room is surrounded by a garden wall and has a retractable roof to protect against sudden downpours and an open fire for a cozy ambience. It offers space for 24 people to sit or 40 people for a drink reception.

National Museum of Scotland

Celebrate your big day in the unique setting of the National Museum of Scotland. From an intimate rooftop ceremony to an evening reception for 500 people, the distinctive galleries and private rooms will host your wedding as you imagine it.

The Grand Gallery – with its curved stairs and the atrium with a glass roof – offers a truly spectacular backdrop. Whatever you choose, the museum’s events team will be happy to help you plan the entire day, from props and entertainment to catering.

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