Traditional wedding venues were once always in a church or a registry office but as times are changing they are no longer the norm and getting married can now take place in a variety of locations across the country. Couples are now choosing to be married in some very strange places along with some very exciting and fantastic places.  

It’s your wedding day and it is about doing something different. If you or your partner have a passion with a football team or your like the open air festival atmosphere why not get married in that theme too?

The start to our week at Ambience HQ, we have taken a look at many venues across the UK and we have picked some of the places that we thought were unusual but also had a great romance and WOW factor around them.

We have enjoyed putting our list of great venues together and there are many more across the country.  We would love for you to join in with our blog and tell us what you think of these wedding venues.  Also, if you feel that your location deserves a mention do let us know too.


Life Center Planetarium, Newcastle

Our venue stylist from Ambience Newcastle Suzanne recently styled the Planetarium at the Life Centre in Newcastle for a wedding.  We think this is an WOW factor place to get married and you will see in pictures from the photo shoot how amazing it looks.  This would venue would be so romantic and would be such an amazing feeling for you both and your guests to witness.  The beauty of the images within the planetarium gives a calming and loving atmosphere.


Iconic Football Clubs

Sports themed weddings are now becoming a popular option especially if you are an avid football follower.  You may even be able to keep it a secret from your husband to be too, imagine what he would think about about a surprise venue and being married at his favorite sports venue.  You will find that the larger football clubs will allow civil ceremonies like Liverpool Football Club, Cardiff City Football Club or Manchester City Football Club.


The Gherkin, London

If you are looking for a WOW from your guests and would like to travel to our capital city to be married take a look at the Gherkin. It is an icon landmark in London and your ceremony takes place on level 39 of the Gherkin which has amazing views of St Paul Cathedral.  Your wedding party are then lead to the glass dome on the top floor of the Gherkin to party the evening away with a champagne and canapés at 180 metres above ground level.  A spectacular location with 360° views.


The House of St Barnabas, London

Historical places are always a hidden gem when you find one in a place that you didn’t even know was there.  Did you know in the heart of Soho, London there is a Grade I list Georgian building, The House of St Barnabas.  The building has recently been restored to it’s forma glory displaying fantastic period features of silk lined walls, chandeliers and elegant Rococo plaster work.  Hiring this beautiful building will also fund The House of St Barnabas charity to help homelessness.


Castell Coch, South Wales

As a little girl and growing up we all wanted to be a princess at some point, so why not be married in the fairy tale castle of South Wales, Castell Coch.  Set in beautiful woodlands and is set into the mountain side which can been seen from many locations in the surrounding areas of Cardiff and Pontypridd, this is the ideal setting for an intimate civil ceremony wedding.  Unfortunately there is no function room hire available for after the wedding ceremony but at least you can still be a princess and hire the venue exclusively for your marriage to take place in the green and gold embossed drawing room.


The Lodge Tree House, Argyll

Who had a tree house when they were younger?  Well why not take yourselves back to your childhood and hire the Tree House Lodge overlooking Loch Goil in Argyll, Scotland.  The venue is surrounded with stunning scenery and is a five star location allowing for an intimate wedding ceremony of 24 guests.


The Deep Aquarium, Hull

If you are looking for a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere and are lovers of fish and the underwaters what a great opportunity to be married at The Deep in Hull.  This is one of Europes most spectacular aquariums which is currently hosting around 3,500 fish.  This is one of Yorkshire prime locations and a wedding venue with a define difference.  Ambience Hull have recently completed a photo shot at this location which you also see on their website.


Cley Windmill, Norfolk

Have you thought of a Windmill in Norfolk?  Cley Windmill dates back to the 18th century and is a well known landmark. With breath taking views of the Norfolk coast the windmill is nestling in the old quay.  The windmill has even been featured on many TV programs, so with something of a difference this could be a truly unique wedding.


Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

If you are party people and want to have an extended license of a 3.00am finish to your wedding reception why not try Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh which is located near Edinburgh castle.  Ghillie Dhu which is a Grade A listed building was refurbished in 2010 and now showcases all its original features, some of which had been hidden for over 50 years.  A fantastic venue to have your wedding and reception within the auditorium featuring decorative high ceilings and period arched trusses.


Forestry Commission, Cheshire & Yorkshire

If you have a passion for festivals, camping and rustic living and love the outdoors, take a look at woodland weddings hosted via the forestry commission.  From vintage, chic or even the wellies vibe of a festival theme in the woodlands the forestry commission makes for great venue for a wedding. The locations bring with them some amazing venue back drops in some of the most beautiful locations in Cheshire and Yorkshire, bringing fun and a most enjoyable day to remember.  Just remind your guests to bring their wellies too.