Unusual Wedding Venues

Unusual Wedding Venues - Alternative Places to Get Married

 If you're getting married and fancy tying the knot in an unusual location, there are lots of non-traditional venues now licensed for weddings throughout the UK.

Rules and regulations for civil wedding venues in the UK

To get a licence for civil weddings in England and Wales, a place must be ‘appropriate for marriage' and must be a permanent structure. You cannot get married outside or in a moving boat, but the rules are a bit different in Scotland so you could consider getting married on a Scottish mountain top.

Once a venue is granted a three year wedding licence, the venue has to be readily accessible for anyone to marry there, and anyone must be able to attend the ceremony (to allow scope for objections to the marriage). Therefore you can't really get married in your own home, a practice fairly common in the US.

Get married surrounded by animals or plants

Zoos are surprisingly popular venues for weddings and receptions. Ceremonies are held in onsite conference centres, which are often in beautiful old buildings with fantastic views. At Chester Zoo, you can arrange evening tours of the zoo after it has closed to the public.

If plants are more your thing, why not get married in Kew gardens? Cambridge Cottage, set within the grounds, will hold 80 guests for a civil ceremony, and you can move on to another part of the garden for the reception. The Orangery is a stunning building, with a terrace for outdoor drinks, which can be hired in the evening for 200-400 people.

A wedding in the sky or on the water

If the view is the most important thing to you, you can't get much better than getting married 450 feet above London. You can take a half hour flight on the London Eye, taking 19 guests with you, with the option of hiring extra ‘guest capsules', and are pronounced husband and wife at the very top of the wheel.

Although you can't get married on a moving boat, you can get married on the reconstructed Golden Hinde in London or the HMS Warrior in Portsmouth. You can then continue the theme by hiring out a boat for a floating wedding reception.

Get married in an unusual or famous building

For some unusual wedding photos, how about a wedding in a lighthouse or windmill? The Old Lighthouse in Kent, Nash Point Lighthouse in South Wales, and Cley Windmill on the Norfolk coast are all licensed for weddings, although you won't be able to fit too many guests in for the ceremony.

Many football fans have famously got married in a football stadium - you can't get married on the pitch but you can have the wedding in a room looking over the stadium. You can get married in most sporting venues - for example a golf course, race course or Twickenham rugby stadium.

Other famous locations which can host civil weddings include Tower Bridge, where you can follow the wedding with a reception in the Walkways, spanning the two towers 45 metres above the Thames.

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"ive always wanted to get married outside, in a forest, and im now told i cant? how bad is that!"


"Very useful page! thanks"

M shingler

"i think it is daft that you are restricted to certain places to get married in England, its your day you should be able to get married wherever you want to!"

Sarah Yorkshire

"sorry did not find it any help....."