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Six unique wedding reception venues

The Venue On Feb 01st, 2016 2731 0

Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life. For many people the perfect wedding day consists of the traditional church service in the sunshine. But not everyone dreams of a white wedding.

One great way to make your wedding unique is to choose an unusual venue for the reception. Pick somewhere that will leave a lasting impression and you will remember it forever. If you don’t want to settle for a hotel function room or a country house, there are plenty of quirky places to have your reception. Here’s our list of some of the best alternative wedding reception venues across the UK.

The Science Museum

For a wedding reception unlike anything you’ve seen before, the Science Museum truly offers the wow factor with exhibits and galleries available to hire in the evening. There is something for everyone here, with interactive galleries to entertain children and displays that will impress guests of all ages.

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The Museum offers a variety of options for your wedding. For a grand celebration, the mesmerising Making of the Modern World Gallery offers a dinner-dance space for up to 350 people or you can opt for a more intimate reception in the Atmosphere section of the Wellcome Wing.

The Science Museum is one of London’s most iconic and popular museums – you can create amazing memories here for a truly individual experience.

The Gherkin

Take your wedding to another level and celebrate your special day with jaw-dropping views over London from the top of The Gherkin. You’ll get married with the world at your feet – how many couples can say that?

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One of London’s most famous and prestigious buildings, The Gherkin makes for a truly unforgettable wedding reception venue. On the top floor you’ll find Searcys restaurant which offers space for up to 140 guests. From here you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views over the cityscape – truly mesmerising. 

Crazy Bear

Many hotels offer weddings and receptions, but none of them are anything like the Crazy Bear hotel at Stadhampton. One of the UK’s most original and eclectic hotels, the Crazy Bear is famous for its extravagant design and unusual features. Blend that with its pretty location in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, and you’re adding up to a truly memorable location for your wedding reception.

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With the capacity of up to 300 for evening receptions, or 200 for seated dinners, the hotel can cater to the grandest of parties. With specially created menus and private dining rooms, everything feels special and personalised to you.

Pendennis Castle


If you dream of truly impressive wedding photos and memories that will last you a lifetime, look no further than Pendennis Castle. This historic Tudor castle set on the coast of Cornwall offers a range of venues for your wedding day including the Castle Keep. Admire the stunningly preserved castle walls and interior; a wonderful backdrop for a special moment.

Spitbank Fort


Both utterly unique and truly romantic, Spitbank Fort is a famous sea fortress that was transformed into a luxury hotel. Sitting in The Solent, just off the coast of Portsmouth, you’ll feel a true sense of intimacy and privacy as you step onto the fort – it’s like a private island. The fort offers the space for an intimate wedding celebrity with the capacity for 60 for a reception or 20 guests dining.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures might not be your first thought when it comes to romance, but the resort hotels of this amazing theme park offering incredible wedding days. Choose between grand all-inclusive weddings or a more bespoke and intimate ceremony. With the Chessington theme park and zoo within easy reach, you can experience a wedding experience filled with wonder and fun.


Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the events industry – working alongside a selection of companies including London-based venue-sourcing company Function Fixers, who were consulted over the information in this post.


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