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20 wedding venues with a difference

If you're dreaming of getting married somewhere a little bit unusual, these wedding venues with a difference are guaranteed to float your bridal boat

Hunting for wedding venues with a difference? With thousands of wedding venues to choose from, finding ‘the one’ can be a tricky business. Maybe you’re looking for a quirky location: perhaps a deserted beach, an underground cave or an enchanted forest? Or maybe it’s more about the building itself – how about taking your vows in a lighthouse, or hosting your reception on board a canal boat? And then there are those totally out-there wedding venues with a difference that just need to be seen to be believed…. Can you imagine getting married in an old custard factory or on a disused steam railway station? Here are our top picks for a wedding location that are a little bit out of the ordinary.

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1. Tunnels Beaches

Hidden on the beautiful Devon coast, Tunnels Beaches will make you want to cancel that destination wedding. Carved by hand in the 1820s, the tunnels definitely make a dramatic entrance.

2. Preston Court

A barn with a difference, Preston Court in Kent might date back to the 17th century, but its on-site steam museum provides a quirky backdrop – perfect for nailing the vintage theme. All aboard!

3. The Biscuit Factory

Housed in an urban Victorian warehouse in Newcastle, The Biscuit Factory is an exciting contemporary art gallery with a Carrie Bradshaw-esque atmosphere.

4. Beach Weddings Bournemouth

Get round English civil ceremony laws and take your vows with the sand between your toes atBeach Weddings Bournemouth. One of the most unusual places to get married on the south coast, their fixed Beach Hut is right under Bournemouth’s West Cliff, and you’ll be free to create a bespoke celebration in their marquee venue.

5. The Platform

A converted Edwardian railway station on the Morecombe seafront, The Platformhas a fabulous retro atmosphere. Bring out its best with quirky tea party details and a short wedding dress.

6. All Saints Chapel

All Saints Chapel started life as a Grade II* listed Gothic church, but has now been converted into a seriously stunning events venue. Host a banquet worthy of Hogwarts under their vaulted ceilings and mood lighting.

7. Plan-It Earth

An eco-friendly centre for sustainable activities, Plan It Earth is the ultimate vintage festival wedding destination. You can even stay the night in their intriguingly named Hobbit House…

8. fforest

Arguably the coolest campsite in Britain, fforest is a Welsh farm wedding venue with a difference. Make the most of their 200-acre estate with an al fresco ceremony and a reception in their giant hat tipis.

9. Forgan’s

Eclectic, industrial, and located in historic St Andrews, Forgan’s is a quirky setting for a modern Scottish wedding. They can even arrange a traditional ceilidh as the night goes on.

10. Canal Boat Cruises

Why settle for just one big day backdrop when you can enjoy ever-changing views on board Canal Boat Cruises? Invite just 40 guests to dine with you on this charming Lancashire vessel.

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11. The Old Library at the Custard Factory

The historic home of Bird’s Custard, The Old Library blends Victorian Gothic architecture with contemporary styling and interior design. See their dramatic white spaces as a blank canvas for a slick cocktail soiree.

12. Abbeywood Estate

Head deep into the forest at Cheshire’s Abbeywood Estate, and you’ll find this enchanting ceremony setting. Take your pick from the Edwardian house and Orangery for your reception: the whole estate will be exclusively yours for the day.

13. Inverness Botanic Gardens

An exotic garden in Inverness? Yes, that’s right – and it’s certainly one to surprise your guests. Inverness Botanic Gardens is a real riot of colour and fragrance – under Scottish law, you can take your vows in the open air, too.

14. Hatton Art Gallery

From the beautiful domed ceiling to the glamorous white columns – and, of course, an incredible art collection, Hatton Art Gallery is packed with stylish surprises.

15. National Railway Museum

Recreate the smouldering romance of Brief Encounter at the National Railway Museum. Treat your guests to a dramatic banquet surrounded by Edwardian locomotives on the central platform in the Station Hall.

16. Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

A cliffside temple in County Londonderry, it doesn’t get more unique than Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House. Say ‘I do’ while embracing 360-degree views across the sea and rugged countryside.

17. Nash Point Lighthouse

Right on the tip of the South Wales coast, it goes without saying Nash Point Lighthouse has some seriously stunning views. Perfect for an understated, intimate do, the lighthouse can seat just 25 guests.

18. The Lowry

A modern art gallery in Manchester’s Salford quay, The Lowry is the sophisticated way to do urban weddings. Hold your reception in the magical Circular Room while looking out across the lights of the city.

19. Hidden River Cabins

Escape to the depths of the Lake District at the Hidden River Cabins. The houses themselves are straight out of the Alps – you might even get a dusting of the white stuff in winter months.

20. Anvil Hall

A deconsecrated church with a modern twist, Anvil Hall can host atmospheric candlelit ceremonies in its large exposed-brick hall. And, what could be more old-school romantic than a wedding in Gretna Green?

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