Nuptials will never be the same with these six unique wedding venues
Words Sabrina Nunez
Recently engaged? With endless Instagram boards dedicated to wedding planning, chances are you already have some direction and ideas with the theme and decor. Yet, one of the most important aspects of wedding prep – and where ideas can truly take form – is selecting a venue.
The right venue provides a complementary backdrop for your big day and allows adventurous couples to inject personality into their space. Thankfully, the city is full of unique wedding venues, so whether you want something minimalist and modern or rustic and charming, we’ve got one for you.
Imaginative minds will soar with the opportunities available at a warehouse. With tonnes of space and exposed brick or beams, an empty warehouse takes DIY to the next level. Perfect for crafty couples, this space will offer the opportunity to fill the space with customisable decor. Need inspo? Browse DIY looks on Pinterest – the site was practically made for planning warehouse weddings.
Raise a Glass
Craft beer lovers rejoice! Breweries offer a laid back venue that oozes cool and instantly adds a fun factor. The Brewhouse in Hackney currently operates as a bar and show space. With musicians performing on a regular basis, it perfectly accommodates live bands. A brewery is also great for food and drinks connoisseurs because it offers a selection of speciality beers that will separate your wedding from the rest.
Couples with a flair for the dramatic will appreciate the historic looks of old abbeys and churches. Exposed, time-worn walls left bare allow colourful blooms and fairy lights to take centre stage and bring colour and life to traditional decor. Bombed in WWII, Asylum Chapel is a Grade-II listed building that is hauntingly beautiful. As a ceremony-only venue, the hollowness is perfect to precede a warehouse reception.
History buffs will jump at the opportunity to exchange vows among documents and artefacts that have shaped the world. Whether you’re more contemporary or classic, this option works well with throwback wedding themes. The Museum of London does just this, with options to tie the knot in their 18th-century pleasure gardens or in front of Selfridge’s 1928 bronze lift.
Planning a wedding is an art, so what better place to celebrate your hard work than among other masterpieces? The tall ceilings, white walls and well-lit rooms of art galleries provide the perfect backdrop for intimate gatherings. Gilded picture frames will complement ornate dress details, while your decoration can draw inspiration from the surrounding colours and imagery. From graffiti to impressionism and the stark whiteness of sculptures, there’s sure to be a gallery that fits your vision. We love the Dulwich Picture Gallery for its wood-panelled walls.
Taking to the Water
For sights of the city, boat weddings offer unparalleled views and the excitement of a constantly changing backdrop. The iconic HMS Belfast is available for use, along with other traditional, former naval ships and newer, streamlined yachts. With backdrops like Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament reflecting the sunset or lit up at night, your wedding photos will be the ones to beat.
Looking for outfit inspo? Check out our wedding guest fashion edit here.