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Alternative Wedding Venues

Six fantastic non-traditional wedding venues

Once upon a time couples getting married had no choice but to do it in the church or the chapel.

That changed with the 1836 Marriage Act. This made it possible to marry, in a non-religious ceremony, in licensed registry offices.

And that, as our article about choosing your wedding ceremony explains, was as far as it went for civil weddings for rather a long time.

It’s all change now though. Not only can you now get hitched in a variety of venues you can have humanist, interfaith blessings and non-legal wedding ceremonies. All of which give great freedom in personalising your ceremony.


It’s important to note though that, a humanist wedding for example, has no legal recognition. So, if you want an alternative wedding ceremony/location but still want to be legally wed then you’ll have to do that first.

This website all about Civil Ceremonies will give you more information on the ins and outs of doing the legalities.

Location, Location, Location

There’s no doubt that smart hotels and country houses make elegant wedding locations.

But what can you do if that’s really not your style? Where can you go if you want something a little more … edgy or off-the-wall?

Here’s the Fab Gift Boutique’s lowdown on six fab alternative wedding venues. If non-traditional venues are what you want then these should hit the spot.

  1. Glamping and Tipi Weddings

Friends of the Fab Gift Boutique, 4Points Leisure, alerted us to an article they saw in a glamping mag about tipi weddings. Here’s a link to The Glamping Business – page 23 is what you need.

If you’re into camping, glamping and festivals, do take the time to visit the 4Points Leisure festival calendar. It’s a thing of beauty. And their glamping and festival accessories too of course!

Also check out The Natural Wedding Company who have a section on tipis, tents and yurts.

On a similar theme Hitched.co.uk have a piece on Camp Katur in North Yorkshire. They describe it as ‘a woodland wedding venue perfect for alternative couples planning a big day that is anything but normal’.

  1. Electric Circus

Go from outdoors to inside and across the border into Scotland – Edinburgh to be precise – and you’ll find the Electric Circus. If you’re a pair of quirky lovebirds this super-cool venue should pique your interest. It features a range of themed rooms that allow you to get your kicks in the Route 66 room or say Aloha over a luau in the Tiki room – to name but two of the options available.

  1. Gothic Glamour

Back in the north of England, in Manchester, the goths, or couples with a sense of the dramatic will be thrilled by the Vermillion Hall. This venue packs a punch and then some!

  1. Creep into the cypt – The Crypt at Bleeding Heart in East Central London

Setting a similarly gothic tone, but this time in London, is the Crypt at Bleeding Heart. This 600-year-old crypt, is in St Etheldreda’s in Hatton Garden. You want alternative? THIS is alternative.

  1. Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire

While we’re on the Addams Family/The Munsters theme let’s take a look at Carlton Towers. If ever there’s a location for a Hammer Horror film this is it. The imposing exterior will provide an impressive and cinematic backdrop to your photographs. Glamorous – yet alternative.

  1. A night at the museum: The Great North Museum: Hancock, Tyne and Wear

How. Cool. Would. It. Be to say ‘I do’ beneath a massive T-Rex? The opportunities for a dinosaur/stone-age/Flintstones themed wedding abound if you make your vows at the Great North Museum: Hancock. Less a case of ‘I do’ and more a case of ‘Yabba dabbo doo’!

So there you have it. Our top six alternative wedding venues. Hitched.com has many more. As does the Natural Wedding Company.

Do you want an alternative wedding setting? If so, what sort of thing appeals to you? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

If you know someone that’s had a wedding at an alternative venue do tell us what you thought and share any photos you’ve got.

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Until next time.






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