If you’re searching for your perfect wedding venue right now, chances are you’re at the start of your wedding planning journey and the decision you make now will have a huge impact on the kind of day you have.
From rustic barns to country manors and hotels, each venue type has its own unique style and flavour, which will influence the feel and look of your day. Of course, location also plays a huge role, as well as cost and accommodation.
If you’ve reached the stage in your venue search where you’re craving something a little different and are wondering if there’s anything a little out of the ordinary out there, then we have some fabulous suggestions for you.
Museum and gallery wedding venues are the ideal choice for discerning couples looking for stylish spaces, with a surprise or two around every corner. Often occupying unusual and grand spaces, these venues offer ready-made entertainment for guests and bags of stunning wedding photo backdrops.
A great choice for couples with a love of history or an interest in a particular type of art, museum and gallery wedding venues can give a personal touch that gives guests a real taste of your personalities.
Whether you go for a traditional rail museum set-up or a grand art and history museum space, there are plenty of opportunities to add unique touches and scatter your own decorative touches around the iconic spaces.
If you’re already sold on the idea (we totally wouldn’t blame you) then read on to find out about some of our favourite museum venues across the country and get ready to feel inspired.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery South West
If grandeur mixed with a healthy dose of culture is what you’re looking for, then look no further than Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. You can marry in the grand halls or stunning galleries, before enjoying a wedding breakfast surrounded by sweeping staircases and impressive vaulted ceilings. bristolmuseums.org.uk
National Railway Museum, York
There’s something undeniably romantic about traditional steam train carriages. The stunning and luxurious finish on the trains instantly transport us to an era of glamour and sophistication, so the National Railway Museum is the natural choice for couples wishing to host a vintage-inspired wedding day. railwaymuseum.org.uk
Weddings at Baltic, Tyne and Wear
If you’re looking for a dramatic, contemporary space then Baltic is a great choice. Situated on the quayside, the venue enjoys its own spot of tranquility in bustling Gateshead. With fantastic views thanks to floor to ceiling windows in parts of the venue and minimal design, you can easily put your own stamp on this space. hirebaltic.com
Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derbyshire
Enjoy your wedding celebrations surrounded by stunning artwork and fascinating artefacts at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Modern lighting and bar facilities seamlessly work with this magnificent building packed with history. derbymuseums.org
St. Albans Museum & Gallery, Hertfordshire
An imposing white, pillared exterior gives St. Albans Museum & Gallery a grand and opulent feel, ideal for sophisticated wedding celebrations. Indoors, decor is neutral yet luxurious with plenty of opportunity for you to add your unique style. stalbansmuseum.org.uk
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
Art lovers will feel right at home amongst the likes of Gainsborough and van Dyck’s iconic paintings as they tuck into a delicious wedding breakfast. With a civil wedding license and beautiful landscaped gardens, you can host your entire day here. dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
The National Gallery, London
If you fancy taking your celebrations outdoors, The National Gallery offers two exclusive outdoor spaces. The National Gallery Garden is a particularly stunning choice for weddings as it offers couples a beautiful outdoor oasis in the middle of the capital. It’s accessed by a secret door directly from the gallery, ensuring privacy. nationalgallery.org.uk
The V&A, London
If you’re a creative couple at heart, where better to say ‘I do’ than the world’s leading art and design museum? The V&A is a spectacular space that is guaranteed to wow guests and give you a stunning photo backdrop. Whether you marry indoors or outdoors, the experienced team will ensure it’s a fantastic day. vam.ac.uk
The Fusilier Museum, Bury
With over 300 years of history and heritage, The Fusilier Museum celebrates heroes from the past and is a deeply romantic place to say your vows. You’ll receive bespoke service from the team here as they put together your perfect day for up to 150 guests. fusiliermuseum.com
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