Planning a wedding can be difficult and time-consuming. There’s so much to think about, from the catering and flowers to the guest list and invitations, but one of the most important things is working out where to hold it. Pick a reception venue with the wow factor, and everything else will fall into place. Here are seven suggestions from across the UK to help you out. From a theme park or Hogwarts to a treehouse or private beach, there’s something for every couple.
Dreamland Margate, Kent
If you want your wedding to be all about fun and exhilaration, why not get married at this well-loved amusement park in Kent? There are lots of venues for hire, including the Tree Top Bar and the vintage Roller Disco, which will provide a memorable backdrop for your big day.
You can exchange marriage blessings on the park’s scenic railway, and guests will be able to go on the rides, including the traditional carousel and speedy go-karts!
Tunnels Beaches, Devon
Enjoy a beach wedding with a unique twist at Tunnels Beaches. This boutique venue can be accessed by walking through hand-carved tunnels in the cliffs. You’ll emerge in a private garden boasting a fantastic ocean view.
Get married in the ocean-facing thatched gazebo, then enjoy a dip in the tidal pool followed by a gourmet barbecue. There are indoor spaces for hire, and plenty of vantage spots where you can relax and peacefully watch the sun set. Boasting picturesque cliffs and idyllic secluded areas, this venue scores high in the romance stakes.
Achnagairn Castle, Scotland
No list of top wedding venues is complete without a beautiful castle. Harper’s Bazaar recently voted Achnagairn Castle one of the best wedding venues in the UK. The motto of this atmospheric Scottish castle is ‘Escape the Ordinary’, and you’ll definitely have a unique wedding here.
You’ll get the castle to yourself, which includes a breathtaking ballroom with a vaulted ceiling. Illuminated gardens complete the fairytale theme.
The Alnwick Garden Treehouse, Northumberland
If you dream of a nostalgic wedding in a treehouse, this venue in Northumberland is for you. It’s one of the world’s largest treehouses, complete with rope bridges, sky walkways and romantic, twinkling lights.
Say your vows under a canopy of trees and spend warm summer nights dancing on the decking. You can also hire the venue over winter, where you can stay inside by a roaring log fire. There are even trees growing through the middle of the award-winning restaurant, making for a memorable and romantic experience.
Warner Brothers Studio Tours, London
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, hire one of the bespoke packages at Warner Brothers Studio Tours for your wedding reception. You’ll have exclusive after-hours use of the Harry Potter set. Guests will have the chance to explore Diagon Alley, try butterbeer and tuck into a memorable feast in the Great Hall.
You can book the venue for 100 to 1,000 guests, so it’s perfect for the biggest or smallest of weddings. The setting can be tailored to suit your big day and individual requirements, and bespoke drinks, canapés and meal packages mean that the hassle is taken out of planning.
Lusty Glaze, Cornwall
Spend your wedding day on an intimate private beach in Cornwall at Lusty Glaze. You’ll be able to say your vows on the soft sand and then take a dip in the sea afterwards!
The onsite restaurant will cater for you, serving meals on the beach or inside, where you’ll have fantastic ocean views. Guests can stay in the adjacent boutique beach chalets. This is the perfect spot for a sunny summer wedding complete with frothy waves and picturesque scenery on your doorstep.
The Wellbeing Farm, Manchester
If you’re looking for a rustic wedding with a quirky twist, The Wellbeing Farm comes highly recommended. What was once a neglected farm is now an award-winning wedding venue in the form of a converted barn, which the staff will help you decorate. The venue also includes vast outdoor grounds. Many of the farm’s key features were sourced from reclamation yards, giving the venue a unique character and feel.
Enjoy locally-produced food, such as wood-fired pizzas and hog roasts, as the farm has its own cookery school and family butchers. They will even provide adorable llamas wearing bow ties to feature in your wedding photos. It is the perfect eco-friendly venue!
Whether you’re looking for a romantic outdoor venue, a picturesque location or a quirky reception that people will remember for years to come, this list provides lots of options and inspiration. Hopefully one of those listed above is the dream venue for you and your partner.
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