5 of the Best – Quirky Wedding Venues
If you have exhausted your wedding venue hunt and just not finding ‘the one’ – we hear you!
Whilst we love our super-traditional wedding venues we know that more and more of you are looking for something a bit different – something that bends the weddings rule book a bit and fits perfectly with your personalities.
So Aunty Nelly might not like that she has to wear wellies and maybe it will take a bit more organisation than just rocking up at your local four star but we think choosing somewhere a bit ‘out there’ is so worth it.
From farms and woodland to castles and even a world-famous zoo – we’ve got it all going on in the North West. Here’s our pick of some of the best unusual wedding venues across Cheshire and beyond…
Owen House Wedding Barn
If a dreamy day ‘down on the farm’ sounds like your idea of heaven, this picture-perfect working farm with real WOW factor could be just the place.
Oozing rustic romance and bursting with countryside charm, Owen House really does combine exclusive luxury with bucket loads of character – effortlessly.
Located in rolling countryside close to the village of Mobberley we think the team behind this award-winning venue have thought of EVERYTHING for your big day.
From the barn itself, which seats up to 190 for a wedding breakfast and even more at night time, to the on-site ‘all-weather’ photography studio (complete with fairy lights and its own mirror ball!) and totally instagrammable flowered covered pagoda – you won’t be short of photo opportunities.
Guys and gals are equally well catered for too with the brilliantly equipped Beauty Shed and all new BaaBAR’s man-cave which even comes with its only table football game.
Guests can make a weekend of it too with enough capacity to sleep 36 people in either The Tens – beautifully appointed double, twin and family rooms or the farmhouse B&B next to the barn itself.
And for a bridal suite with a difference, escape to the quietest corner of the farm and hideaway in your very own love nest! The achingly beautiful Bridal Cabin is rustic luxury personified – you won’t want to leave (like ever!)
Find out more at: www.owenhouseweddingbarn.co.uk
So you’ve found your knight in shining armour and you are ready to be Princess for a day. Say hello to your very own fairy tale.
From the moment you pass through the majestic gatehouse lodge, up the sweeping driveway through ancient woodland, you know you have arrived somewhere pretty special.
One of the only Medieval style early 19th century castles left in the UK, Peckforton looks like the kind of castle you imagined as a child. Imposing turrets, vaulted stone ceilings and jaw dropping grounds provide a film-set style backdrop for your big day.
Inside, the beautifully refurbished rooms offer a multitude of possibilities for your celebration. From lavishly ornate reception rooms to the magical candlelit cellar – you can create your perfect ‘happy ever after’ in the perfect space for you.
With sumptuous accommodation, an award winning spa and superb food options all within the castle walls you can enjoy a pre or post wedding break with your Prince Charming and make the most of your time at this magical place.
Find out more at: www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk
For a real day with a difference – why not go with your ‘animal instincts’ and say ‘I Do’ to the zoo! It really is a venue like no other. Tie the knot in a stunning Grade II listed building, surrounded by 125 acres of award winning zoological gardens and over 27,000 of the most amazing and endangered animals on earth!
The Oakfield lies at the heart of Chester Zoo, both physically and in their history as a world class zoo. It’s here where it all started. Beautifully restored with intricate wood panelling, historic photos and views out onto the gardens, it is the perfect place to make your vows. Few other wedding venues can offer you the amazing opportunity to have your wedding photos with some of the world’s most endangered wildlife. Between the ceremony and reception, you will be able to enjoy the zoo itself and make some brilliant family memories.
Food and drink is also a massive part of the offering here and the talented team only use the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients which are all cooked to perfection. Before making any decisions on your food, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with their Executive Head Chef and plan your menu in person.
Find out more at: www.chesterzoo.org/weddings
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Situated in the heart of one of the world’s most iconic waterfronts and steeped in history, Liverpool’s Maritime Museum is an awe-inspiring location for your big day.
Twilight wedding ceremonies and evening receptions are available at all National Museum Liverpool’s seven spellbinding sites but we just love the urban luxe style, dockside setting of the Maritime.
With world class collections and a backdrop to match, Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the story of one the world’s greatest ports. From the large HMS Conway anchored at the building’s entrance to the ship models in the spacious galleries, the Museum forms a unique part of Liverpool’s history and is a truly iconic place to get married. Fully licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships with up to 200 guests, the Grade I listed space is on another level. Transformed from a storage warehouse where valuable shipping cargo was stored over 100 years ago, features of this unique space include stylish exposed brick walls and huge windows with breath-taking views of the Royal Albert Dock, River Mersey, Wirral and beyond.
With amazing dockside photo opportunities and plenty of outdoor space for those balmy wedding evenings it’s the perfect place to create your own bit of history and seal the deal in style.
Find out more at: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/venue-hire/weddings/index.aspx
Cheshire Woodland Weddings
If being at one with nature and saying ‘I Do’ under an ancient canopy of trees sounds utterly romantic, this has to be the place for you. Set in 15 acres of stunning woodland, Cheshire Woodland Weddings have created a fairy tale backdrop for your big day. Exchange your vows in the magical woodland chapel, under a rustic thatched roof, surrounded by your guests and then get ready to party the night away in the open-sided woodland barn.
With quirky touches at every turn (you can even have your rings flown in by the resident owl!) and the most awe-inspiring surroundings – your wedding will be a secret escape from the world beyond the forest.
With super-catering choices from rustic hog-roasts and casual BBQ’s to full-on woodland wedding breakfasts, your guests can enjoy all the regular trappings of a traditional wedding but in a totally unique setting.
Best of all…as dusk falls and the champagne corks pop at the ‘horsebox bar’, twinkly lights and fire-pits will help set the tone for a truly magical night ahead in your very own forest kingdom!
Find out more at: www.cheshirewoodlandweddings.com