You're Getting Married Where??????
Picking a venue for your special day is a very important decision. There are so many aspects to take into account, cost, location, room size to name but a few.
But what if your top priority is uniqueness, you want somewhere that's not just another beautiful hotel, or one of the many rustic barns that have become so popular these last few years.
What if you want somewhere that no-one would ever consider, somewhere that stands out from the crowd. Well there are some amazing locations around the South, and below are a list of some of the most weirdly genius places I could find.
The At one With Nature Wedding
Marwell Zoo, want to say I-do to the sounds of chattering monkeys and roaring lions. Well then this is the venue for you. You can even arrange for a face-to-face for you and your beau with some of the worlds most amazing creatures. You can feed natures giant: the giraffe, or snuggle up next to a tamarind or lemur maybe. Hey but let's not forget this is a wedding, you can have a beautiful marquee in the grounds to enjoy your wedding breakfast and to enjoy your reception late into the evening. See their website for details.
The 5* Wedding
Or maybe you fancy something a bit more intimate. Well how about your own island. Solent forts offer outstanding panoramic views in beautifully decorated rooms, you and your guests will truly feel like you are the only people in the world. The roof garden has a fire-pit and hot tub to be enjoyed with a glass of champagne, and then maybe you and your guests can take a trip up the lighthouse to see the great views of the Isle of Wight. The Solent Forts offers a venue that literally stands apart from all the others. See website for details.
The Retro Vintage Wedding
Or are you possibly feeling nostalgic, you long for a time when weddings were simpler, to the days when life was all about afternoon teas and victory rolls. Then Holbrook Station be your time machine. A beautifully converted train platform dating back to Queen Victoria, it offers riverside views across the test valley in a venue that has to be seen to be believed. See Website for Details
The Dramatic Wedding
Or maybe you have a flair for the Dramatic. Then check out weddings@groundlings. Although still a working theatre, you and your significant other can now be the star of your very own production. Take to the stage and wow your guests with a show that will not leave a dry eye in the house. With a costume department, props and ready made ‘scenes’ it is a blank canvas just waiting to weave your fairytale.
I have my favourite although this changes constantly, what's yours? Picking a unique venue is a bold choice to make, these venues weren't built for weddings so compromises will have to be made, but surely those are the things that make these venues so truly magical. They create the days that people remember for a lifetime, they create days that most guests very rarely experience. Do you want that to be your day?
As Featured in Southern Bride UK