Our Favourite Unusual Wedding Venues

While your wedding day is the most important day of your life – it may not be the most original wedding ever held.

Because weddings are filled with custom and traditional, and because there is an entire industry built around what weddings usually look like – having a truly unique wedding day might be a bit difficult.

If you really want your big day to stand out, and your individuality to shine through across your wedding, why not start on the right foot, and choose an unusual wedding venue? Let’s have a look at why unusual wedding venues are the way to go, and also at some of our favourite unusual wedding venues.

You are certain to find something ideal for you.

Why Choose an Unusual Wedding Venue?

Your wedding day is a celebration of your love story – and it is all about you as a couple. If you aren’t the average couple, then the regular wedding venue may not have what you need, and may not really be the best way to tell your personal love story.

If you are looking to save money on your wedding day, or you just aren’t all that excited about the fuss and ceremony, then embracing an unusual wedding venue gives you a lot more options. You may also be able to organise your wedding in a shorter time, as unusual venues won’t be booked out years in advance like the popular ones. You are more likely to get the date you want, even in peak wedding season, and may still save money for other priorities.

You can choose places that suit smaller numbers and that will better personally attend to each and every guest you invite. Unusual venues are very often run by smaller, more passionate owners and staff – so you are less likely to get lost in the crowd of couples booked in this season. You will get more boutique, one-on-one service in planning for your day, and can relax knowing that the owners are committed to making your day exceptional.

Some unusual venues offer real WOW factor, and will make your wedding day the one everyone talks about, for years afterward. If you know that the traditional way just isn’t the right path for you and your soul mate – then check out some of these incredible unusual wedding venues!

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Photo by Ripperton Films

Our Favourite Unusual Wedding Venues

Embrace our Animal Friends

To give your big day a completely unique spin, why not make animals a central part of your day? You can choose from receptions at the zoo or in an aquarium, to ones on working farms. Wedding venues that focus on animals like zoos can still provide the glitz and glamour of a contemporary wedding, while if you are looking for a more rustic, country feel to your day then a farm venue might be the one for you.

Having animals in your photos is a guaranteed way to capture some breathtaking, and very unforgettable, shots.


Glamping is the buzz-word for modern, green wedding days, and can still offer all the luxury and spectacle of a bricks-and-mortar venue. You can find a stunning spot with a wonderful view, and arrange for tepee style marquees for the ceremony and reception.

But you can take this a few steps further and arrange glamping for just you as a couple, or for the bridal party, or even all of your guests. Turn your wedding into a three-day wedding festival in a gorgeous natural setting under the stars and really make it one to remember!

Industrial Spaces

We love to transform an industrial space – there is no better way to really make your wedding day your own! You will have no end of choices of hip contemporary spaces in urban settings, and if you are a DIY kind of couple you can totally come into your own here.

And if you aren’t all about the DIY, then hire a modern styling company to transform a bare-bones venue into something breathtaking – knowing all the time that it will completely unique.

So many industrial spaces have been polished up like new pennies to provide everything you could need on your day, with luxuries such as bridal suites, beautiful toilets, bars, and chill-out zones, and amenities like protection from the weather. Some even have quaint little gardens or rooftops – perfect for those incomparable photo backdrops!

These venues are often very close to city hotels and nightlife, so are ideal for guests and any couples who like to party on.

Photo by Meagan Gines Photography

Embrace the Child Within

We also love the idea of taking a completely child-like approach to your wedding and hold it somewhere enchanting, like a circus or a theme park. Many of these are set up with their own dining halls and gourmet catering options, and offer the most fun activities for your guests between formalities. They also have some of the most exceptional photo opportunities.

Go Back in Time

For something truly different, why not take a step back in time for your wedding day? Have a medieval-themed day at a castle venue, a Gatsby-themed day at a stunning art-deco mansion, or a rock and roll themed day at a cool fifties-styled café.

Whatever your style and whatever your dreams for the ultimate wedding day – you can find something perfect for you if you look a little further outside the box.

Main Photo: Styling by Fleur de Lace | Venue is South Farm | Florals by The Basement Florist | Photography by Nicki Shea Photography

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