The biggest consideration when wedding planning is the venue, non? Do you want an authentic vintage space, oozing period history, fully kitted out and ready to go? Or maybe you hanker for a boho style festie-farm-wood-barn spot perfect for alfresco dining and late night dancing? Perhaps you're more of a do-er upper couple who fancy a project (village or church hall etc?) Well, we've got some beauties for you here. Real quirky finds that are full of charm and tick all those unusual boxes – real 'one-offs' that will help your wedding be one to remember for everyone that attends...for, like, ever!
The festie farm venue: Bromwich Park, Aston, Shropshire
If you like wedding venues quirky, with a side order of whimsical, you'll love Bromwich Park. Nestled in the heart of the rolling Shropshire countryside, just a stone's throw from the bustling market town Oswestry, this working farm venue is run by the charming and debonair Julian and Nicholas. Together they strive to create a totally unique experience for each and every couple that chooses them. From the cavernous barn space ripe for customising, to the authentic vintage 'milking parlour' adorned with cushions, blankets and throws – the ideal spot to relax after a night of dancing! There are camping options available and some beautiful, eccentrically-decorated B&B rooms and of course, as any good wedding venue worth its salt has, there's a fully kitted out, sumptuous bridal cottage on site for all those important preparations before the big day. Images: Amber May Photography; Bromwich Park
2. The bonkers seaside venue: Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton
Fancy something really different? Well, this self-proclaimed 'rock n' roll' boutique hotel in Brighton is a total one-off. For a start, if the individually designed rooms (including a Bowie room!) and the classical Brighton architecture didn't wow you at first glance, the awesome cocktail bar and private Karaoke Lounge will! Plus you just know that every photo you have taken is going to look magazine-worthy. The edgy, unusual and oh-so-cool Hotel Pelirocco caters for intimate weddings but get in touch for a proper quote to include lots of delicious catering options and top draw entertainment packages too.
Images: Photo Madly; Pelirocco Hotel; Emma May Weddings
3. The vintage city centre venue: The Victorian Baths, Manchester
If you are after a back-drop to die for with divine details, and a careful measure of quirky coolness, then why not plump for the Victoria Baths in Manchester? The building, created in 1905 is a stunning example of Edwardian architecture and the now defunct pool makes for a glorious space to host your nuptials. With jewel coloured tiled walls, and the absolutely breathtaking Turkish Steamroom as an alternative wedding space, this really is a unique venue that will have everyone talking. Images: James Tracey Photography; Millie Benbow Photography; Emma Ledwith Photography; Nicola Thompson Photography; Steve Bridgwood Photography
4. The Victorian town venue: Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Ironbridge
Cobbled streets; vintage signage; industrial brick; olde worlde (in a really cool way) vibes; sweet shops, a Victorian chemist and printers too. What more could a wedding want? The beautiful and authentically detailed Blists Hill Victorian Town is such a unique place to get married. It caters for small and larger weddings and offers a range of areas to host the reception depending on your needs. And, let's not forget the wonderful Victorian fairground that's available to use in the summer months! Images: Andy Li Photography; Cloud 9 Wedding
5. The industrial vibes venue: The Tetley, Leeds
Ticking the industrial chic box, big time, this is one beautiful and unusual venue in the heart of Leeds. It was created as the original Tetley HQ in 1931 so its Art Deco credentials are on point! It has the original wrought iron lift and historic Boardroom and offers a stunning backdrop for photography. The little details around every corner, and exterior of the building offer a vast array of nooks, crannies and kooky little spots to snap a pic or two, it really is real gem of a vintage venue. It offers a wedding planning service but no packages as such, so it really is a blank canvas just ready for your own personal touches. Images: Helena Dolby; Fox and Owl Photography; Paul Joseph Photography; Shutter Go Click; The Tetley
6. The eclectic countryside residence: Walcot Hall, South Shropshire/Herefordshire borders
Couples looking for a total retreat away from the madding crowds couldn't ask for more than the breathtaking and eclectic venue that is Walcot Hall. Located in South Shropshire on the Herefordshire borders, the countryside alone is gasp-worthy, and that's even before you've laid eyes on the house and its arresting array of unusual outbuildings. From the corrugated iron chapel and lake, to the gypsy caravan; everywhere you look, there's building hiding in the foliage. The house itself is a quirky mix of colour and pattern, but it offers endless possibilities. If you've never made a trip over to this area of the world, we can assure you, it won't be your last! Images: Walcot Hall; Epic Love Story; Andy Wardle; Andy Li Photography; Hannah Brad
7. The famous sea-faring venue: SS Great Britain, Bristol
There is just something magical about the harbour in Bristol and one thing that stands out most of all is the view of the majestic SS Great Britain. This ship was the largest in the world and today it makes a wonderfully unique vintage venue for a wedding and offers not only a quirky space for your reception, but a unusual setting with the stunning colourful houses of Bristol providing a photogenic backdrop. Her saloons provide an authentically decadent experience and you won't help but be enchanted by the Victorian design, with marble pillars, Rococo mirrors and candle lamps. There is now the Riggers' Yard too, where you can hold a more boho style reception and there's even a dance floor!
Image: Mark Wallace Photography; Martin Dabek; SS Great Britain