Alternative Wedding Inspiration: My favourite cool and quirky wedding venues

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings at a lot of awesome places over the years. So today I thought I’d make a list of some of my favourite non-traditional, offbeat and generally cool-as-hell quirky wedding venues in the UK, that I haven’t the chance to shoot at yet.

All of these venues are on my Wish List-slash-Bucket List! So if you’re planning to get married at any of these places, you can totally hit me up for a bucket list discount on your wedding photography!

1. THE ASYLUM, PECKHAM

Despite its creepy name, The Asylum was never an actual asylum. It was built as a chapel for the residents of Caroline Gardens in the 1800s. It was bombed during World War II, and now functions as an in-demand function venue and photo shoot location. I adore its shabby chic peeling blue walls, rough stonework and stained glass windows!

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Image by McKinley-Rodgers Photography, via AsylumLondon.org

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Image via Humanist.org

 

2. AYNHOE PARK, OXFORDSHIRE

I don’t need to tell you more than floating giraffes and mounted unicorn heads for you to know why Aynhoe park in the Cotswolds is one of the venues I’m most dying to work at! From the outside it’s a beautiful stately country house, but on the inside it’s chock full of crazy delights, from taxidermy to huge statues to quirkily-furnished rooms and corners. It’s incredible. One of the top quirky wedding venues in the UK for sure!

From their website: “AN AYNHOE PARK WEDDING CAN BE A CLASSICAL FAIRY-TALE OR A STORY OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL DECADENCE (OR SOMETIMES, A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH).” —> sums it up perfectly in my book!

Aynhoe Park wedding

Image by Her Lovely Heart, via London Bride

Quirky Wedding venues Aynhoe Park

Image via The Ebury Collection

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Image by Marianne Taylor

 

3. THE DOLLS HOUSE, ISLINGTON

Also known as “The Dead Doll’s Club” (but again, not as creepy as it sounds), this little gem is based in Islington. No doll’s head decor, just a gorgeous 3 storey Victorian townhouse, refurbished to your quirky heart’s delight.

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Top image via The Dead Dolls Club

Bottom two images via Coco Wedding Venues

 

 4. MC MOTORS, DALSTON

Quirky wedding venues don’t get much cooler than this. Did I mention I love exposed brickwork and piping and skylights and big light-up circus letters and cool random furniture and peeling paint? No? Because MC Motors in Dalston, East London, has it ALL.

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Top Image Nick Tucker via Love My Dress

Bottom two images via Canvas Events

 

 5. THE BELL INN, TICEHURST, East Sussex

Quaint Country Inn meets kitsch-but-cool neon signs, antiques, raw lightbulbs and some genuinely stylish decor – I love it! Another gem hidden in the heart of East Sussex.

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Photo by Fitzgerald Photographic via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

The Bell Inn Quirky wedding venue

Photo via Truly Wedding Venues

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Photo by Dale Weeks

 

6. THE BOILER HOUSE, CARDIFF

The Boiler House Graffiti Gallery is a truly unique venue. Not only does it have that urban, industrial warehouse vibe, but the walls are an ever-changing graffiti gallery, which are redone every few months. So your wedding will look completely different to everyone else’s! How freaking cool.

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 Photos via Truly Wedding Venues

 

 

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