If you’re struggling to find the perfect wedding venue and your research is uncovering venues that don’t quite tick all of the boxes or feel a little…samey then fear not, thankfully there are some incredible venues now out there that a little more unusual, unique and somewhat alternative.
Industrial & Urban Weddings
Thinking about an industrial space or even an old warehouse for your big day might not sound that appealing but my goodness, these fabulous blank canvas venues really do have the wow factor. You’ll be able to style your day exactly how you’d like to and really inject your own sense of style and personality. Plus, it’s also likely that you’ll have a completely free choice of suppliers too. If you want to be as far from traditional as you can be, an industrial or warehouse-style space could be the perfect choice.
Some wedding venues such as Chippenham Park, South Farm and The Old Hall, Ely, have gazebos or similar permanent structures in their grounds which means that as long as you, your partner and the registrar are standing under the structures’ roof whilst the ceremony takes place, you can have an ‘outdoor’ wedding.
Alternatively, if you want a meadow, field, garden or woodland wedding such as Green Acres Colney near Norwich, you can choose to have a celebrant-led ceremony instead. You’ll have to complete the legal side of things at another time (if you want to be legally married) but working with a celebrant opens up a whole range of alternative venues.
East Anglia is thankfully full of unique and totally individual wedding venues so take a little time to research your options. You could hire The Firepit Camp, a venue that includes a camping meadow and warehouse or you could opt for Cley Windmill or the Concert Hall at Snape Maltings.
The majority of these venues are also approved for civil ceremonies, so you can host the style of wedding that really suits you best.
What could be more idyllic than holding your wedding on your own private island? Osea Island in Essex gives you the chance to do just that and trust me, it’s an exceptionally amazing place. Only accessible at low tide, Osea Island offers you and your guests an incredibly unique experience – you can spend time with your nearest and dearest, you can choose from a range of spaces for your ceremony and reception and you get to take over the island and create a fantastic wedding weekend that no one will ever forget. Even closer to home (well for me, anyway!) is Island Hall, an elegant riverside mansion with its own private island in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.
Oh yes, these do exist! Think cellars underneath beautiful country houses or secret spaces that come alive for weddings and receptions. You could even host a wedding day with two distinct styles – an elegant ceremony followed by a super cool underground reception!
Private beaches and venues by the coast are another great idea if you’re looking for an alternative venue. If you’d like to hold your ceremony on a beach, talk to an independent celebrant or you could just head towards the surf for your drinks reception or evening party. Imagine hosting the ultimate beach barbecue to celebrate your marriage – sitting around a fire as the sun goes down.
There’s nothing quite like stepping inside an elegant country house to find out that it’s just the most fabulously and beautifully eccentric space. Venues such as Voewood in Norfolk or Aynhoe Park, a little further on the Oxfordshire border, will delight and impress your guests in equal measure. If you love the thought of holding your wedding at a gorgeous country house but don’t like the idea of too much formality and tradition, then an eccentric yet elegant venue might be just what you need!
Marquees and ‘pop-up’ wedding venues give you the opportunity to host your wedding wherever you like. If you have access to land or beautiful gardens then why not make the most of the space with a marquee, yurt, tepee or Sperry tent? There’s something to suit every style and you’ll be able to design something that works perfectly for you. Take a look at Papakata, Wedding Yurts or House of Hud for more ideas.
And we’ve only just scratched the surface – there are of course also barns, gardens, wild wedding venues and even a tree marquee all on our doorstep so why not embrace the alternative and create a wedding that’s truly and uniquely yours?