05/03/2014

A guide to the most unusual places in the UK to get married

These days, everybody wants to do something unusual and original and this is especially true when it comes a wedding. It’s a bride's worst nightmare to find out her dress, her bridesmaids dress or even her colour scheme has been repeated in close circles and she will do everything she can to avoid such a catastrophe. Trying to find the perfect location also has a lot to do with originality - you want to get married in a place that everyone will remember and for all the right reasons. We’ve done some homework for you and picked out some our favourite, most unusual places in the UK to get married.

 

1) Mussenden Temple's, Londonderry/Derry, N.Ireland 

Forget grand hotels and stately homes, nothing says originality like getting married in a Temple. Of course, it’s not just any old temple.  Mussenden Temple is located amongst some of the most picturesque landscape in Northern Ireland and the temple is perched on a 120 ft cliff top, above the Atlantic Ocean. This temple also comes with a very interesting history, built in 1785 by Frederick Augustus Hervey, it was originally intended as a summer library.

The Temple and the surrounding area offer views that are simply unmatched in terms of nature and beauty, your guests will be in for a real treat. Cliff top walks and colourful garden paths all add to the exquisiteness of the area and if the weather is kind to you, this would make for a perfect day.

Unusual place to get married - Mussenden Temple

(Image courtesy of NITB)

 

2) Chester Zoo, Chester, England 

Getting married at the zoo may not appeal to everyone but there’s a lot to be said for Chester Zoo. They boast 110 acres of award winning gardens, a beautiful Victorian mansion and 11,000 exotic animals.

You can treat your guests (up to 140) to an evening Safari and a BBQ and needless to say it would all make for some pretty interesting wedding photography. You’ll also be doing a good deed by getting married here - Chester Zoo is a conservation charity so by having your wedding or civil partnership there you are supporting the work that they do, both at the zoo and on conservation projects in the UK and worldwide.

Unusual place to get married - Chester Zoo

(Image source: Chester Zoo)

 

3) The Church Restaurant, Northampton, England 

Kill two birds with one stone and have both your ceremony and the reception in a Church; you’ve every reason to with a building like The Church Restaurant. A historically and culturally significant building, The Church is a Grade 1 listed building and is beautifully modernised. You can hire this building for up to 250 evening guests and all food is freshly prepared on site. You’ll cut travel time and be sure to have a magnificently original wedding and reception.

Unusual place to get married - Church Restaurant, Northampton

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4) The Gherkin, London, England 

Want to a room with a view?  You’ll struggle to find a landmark as prestigious as Thirty St Mary Ave, or “The Gherkin” as it is affectionately known, the highest bar and restaurant is London. The 360 degree view alone is enough to want to get married here, not to mention the five star service and sheer beauty of the building. You’ll also be pleased to know there is plenty of space, with their dining restaurant accommodating up to 100 guests for your wedding breakfast, and with the mezzanine level bar hosting up to 260 guests for an evening reception, you and you’re guests are sure to be on cloud 9 (almost).

Unusual place to get married - The Gherkin, London

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5) South Farm, Cambridgeshire, England 

If it’s an unusual outdoor idyllic countryside haven you seek, look no further than South Farm. Whilst a farm may not scream romance, you’ll be surprised by the beauty of this enchanting place and it will certainly score points for uniqueness amongst your guests. The farm is only offered on an exclusive basis, and depending on the season you can choose to get hitched is the Summer House, or indoors at the Tudor Barn, Old Dairy or in the Drawing room in the Grade II listed farm house. You can have from 10 to 140 guests and menus are inspired by the 200 different types of fruit and vegetable on site.  And of course, you’ll all be amongst good company such as white peacocks, free-range pigs, angora goats, runner ducks and even a bee colony. Accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes, including camping for those wanting a very different wedding experience.

Unusual place to get married - South Farm, Cambridgeshire

(Image source: Truly Madly Dottie)

 

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