Marrying in a city brings a special energy to a wedding day.

You’ll be smiled upon by strangers who spot you in your wedding outfits as you go into the venue, get into your wedding car or stand outside the ceremony afterwards, being showered with confetti. Cars will toot their good wishes. If the weather is good, it can be wonderful to walk to the ceremony and then to your reception afterwards.


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And there are many advantages to getting married in a city too.

For a start, you’ll find plenty of venues in which you can tie the knot. If you’re having a religious ceremony, then there are likely to be several options, and if you’re marrying in a church, there are plenty of atmospheric churches around to explore.

City wedding

Restaurant tables can be decorated by our stylists to give a personal and intimate setting to your wedding reception.

Marrying in a city is particularly good if you want to have a smaller, intimate wedding. You can tie the knot somewhere special and then go for lunch or dinner somewhere super special. Many restaurants will allow you to take over the premises for a wedding party. If numbers are small, then you could afford to take your guests to somewhere Michelin-starred for a real treat.

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Elegant blue chair drapes for a city wedding styled by our York stylist. Joanne B Photography.

If you’re having a small wedding and want to focus on catching up with friends and offering wonderful food and drink – but aren’t worried about dancing later, then a restaurant wedding reception would be perfect. You can choose the sort of cuisine you want. And if you have a chat with one of our stylists, they will style up the restaurant to suit your taste using room draping, lighting, chair sashes, table cloths and much more!

Some city weddings are spectacular. This one is at Carlton Towers.

Many city venues are licensed for weddings too. So you can have your wedding ceremony in one part of the building and then move on to where you want to have drinks, the reception and dancing. If you’re marrying in a large hotel then you’ll get a good deal on accommodation for your guests and you won’t have to worry about getting transport from the ceremony to your reception as you’ll be there already.

Marry in a city and you could have a wedding in a cathedral or abbey! Here our Bradford stylist has placed lanterns outside this imposing venue.

Marry in a city and you’ll have also have a much bigger choice of caterers and florists.


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As for photography, you’ll find that many cities offer an impressive backdrop for your wedding photographs. Try and use a local photographer who is used to the area – who will pick out the perfect skyline.

When you’re considering locations for your reception, you can opt for somewhere historic in the heart of a city or think about a more modern setting.

If there is an imposing entrance to your city wedding, make sure you make the most of it, as our York stylist has done here with an amazing local florist.

City weddings also allow your guests to really make a holiday of it when they come to your wedding. Marry in an interesting city and they can take time to go off and explore museums, galleries, do walking tours and enjoy all the tourist attractions the day before or the day after your wedding. Make sure that you negotiate some group accommodation rates with hotels nearby.

If you are marrying in a city centre venue but holding your reception elsewhere, we suggest that you sort out a ‘wedding bus’ for your guests to transport them to the reception, so they don’t have to worry about parking or getting taxis. Also, you can get that party started on the wedding bus right away!

Black, gold and charcoal themes look very elegant at a city wedding. Created by our York stylist.

City weddings are pretty much weather proof. If you’re having a marquee wedding out in the country, you’ll be wanting the skies to be blue. But in a city it doesn’t matter so much. Getting married in a city in the depths of winter is a great idea a late afternoon ceremony and evening reception would work beautifully and be very atmospheric. If you’re marrying in winter, you won’t have to worry so much about the weather and being snowed in either.

Mind you, if you’re marrying in the heat of the summer then most city venues will have air-conditioning anyway.

As you can see from these images, our stylists have created some beautiful weddings in UK cities so if all this appeals to you, then get in touch for an informal chat.