Weddings and tradition go together like tea and cake, like bread and butter…like a bride and groom! But it’s your special day, why shouldn’t it reflect your personality? Consider some of these unusual wedding venues to put a quirky stamp on your day – you only get one wedding, so make it count with a truly unforgettable choice of venue!
Old Parish Rooms
Whether you’re planning a sleek modern wedding or going for a shabby chic vintage feel, the Old Parish Rooms in Essex are totally adaptable.
The venue started life in 1863 as a school house and parish hall and has been converted to make the most of the abundant light and space, creating a contemporary, airy interior that contrasts beautifully with the Grade II listed exterior.
Set over two floors with gorgeous big windows, the Old Parish Rooms are perfect for intimate weddings and are truly different to other wedding venues in the area.
The Old Parish Rooms, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8BA, http://www.theoldparishrooms.com/
Norwich City Football Club
Are you a dedicated Canaries fan? Or are you simply dedicated to making your wedding day unforgettable?
With a selection of modern and elegant function rooms in the unique setting of Norwich City Football Club and a delicious menu made up of local produce provided by Delia Smith’s Canary Catering, there’s no doubting that your day will be extra special.
Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE, 01603 218704, http://www.canarycatering.co.uk/weddings.php
Butley Priory is steeped in far more history than your average wedding venue. Originally an Augustinian Monastery dating back to 1171, this spectacularly atmospheric venue is surrounded by the glorious countryside of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast and is said to have been greatly loved by Mary Tudor.
Uniquely, Butley Priory is a privately owned family home, so the house and grounds are let on an exclusive basis, giving you complete privacy and the priceless feeling of being ‘at home’. The tranquil sense of history will pervade your celebrations, making them truly extraordinary.
Butley Priory, Near Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3NR, 01394 450046, http://www.butleypriory.co.uk/
Exchange your vows surrounded by the magic of the countryside at Cambridgeshire’s South Farm. Adorable farm animals add to the charming and rural character of the stunning grounds, and a collection of Romany Caravans and Showman’s Wagons provide quirky accommodation for guests (camping is also an option).
There’s a choice of fabulous settings for your ceremony, including the summer house for a sublime open-air scene and a magnificent renovated Tudor barn. Almost all of the food on the menu is sourced from the on-site smallholding, making it wholesome and seasonal as well as absolutely delectable.
South Farm, Shingay, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0HR, 01223 207581, http://www.south-farm.co.uk/weddings
It doesn’t get much grander or more memorable than getting hitched in a prestigious English Heritage site.
The walls of this stunning early 19th century mansion echo with history as well as opulence, and it is set in 92 acres of resplendent grounds complete with wooded walks and flower gardens. This incomparable Bedfordshire venue is the place to make your dreams of a truly exceptional wedding day come true!
Wrest Park, Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/book-and-buy/venue-hire/wedding/wrest-park/
St. Barnabas Centre
In the heart of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, St Barnabas Centre merges the stunning period features of a Grade II listed Tudor barn with modern convenience and facilities.
With exposed beams and plenty of room for a dance floor and entertainment, this versatile venue lends itself to cosy winter affairs as well as light, airy summertime dos, intimate gatherings and longer guest lists of up to 220!
There’s a lovely terrace perfect for enjoying the celebratory glass of champagne, and full use of the romantic grounds, where you can get plenty of unique and picturesque wedding photos.
St. Barnabas Centre, Church Lane, Thorley, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 4BE, 01279 506753, http://www.weddingpartyreception.org.uk/
Hopefully these ideas for more unusual wedding venues have inspired you to inject some creativity into your day and find a location that really reflects you!