Do you want an unconventional venue for your big day. Something rustic and charming or an unforgettable location that celebrates everything you and your partner love. There are hostels and bunkhouses that provide alternative weddings in a woodland Tipi, rustic barns and in the grandeur of a stately home or haunted castle. As well as a unique venue and friendly help from the manager you can also be sure of great value accommodation onsite for your guests. Find a unqiue place to say ‘I do’ in Britain’s most unusual and affordable wedding venues.
Get Married in a Welsh Castle – Alternate Wedding Venues
Criag Y Nos Castle in the Brecon Beacons provides grand weddings in a castle, with a day room for the wedding banquet and an evening room for the party afterwards. There is guests accommodation in the castle and the adjoining “old nurses quarters” bunkhouse.
The icing on the cake is the wedding ceremony itself, which takes place in the historic opera house at Craig y Nos. The opera house was built by a world-renowned opera star to entertain her society guests and European Royalty. Let the theatre be your stage, the back-drop for your Wedding Ceremony.
Get married on a farm – Alternative Weddings
Cholderton Farm, home of Cholderton Stonehenge Hostel, is licensed for marriages. Cholderton Charlie’s rare breeds is licenced to hold ceremonies in different parts of the farm so you can celebrate in a Marquee, a Tipi or Yurt.
The Youth Hostel onsite provides value accommodation for wedding guests and the farm has some great areas for celebrations including a Wedding barn. Make your dreams come true at Cholderton Farm.
Barn Weddings in Yorkshire
Howgills Barn is a registered venue for Civil Wedding ceremonies. Seating from 40 (or 120 in a marquee), the Barn provides a picturesque back drop for your special day.
Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and South Lake District, Howgills Barn is hidden away up a winding lane and is situated in 5 acres of green fields and rolling hills which form the Howgill Fells. If Informal and ‘characterful’ is what you desire, then look no further! The wedding barn is large enough to accommodate 45 guests, and can also be made into a more intimate setting for smaller groups. Marquee hire is also available where the marquee fits directly on to the Barn building if you are looking for a larger wedding to accommodate up to 80 guests. A Registrar from the Carlisle Registry Office can carry out your service either within the Barn hall, or there is glazed gazebo looking on to the Fells, which is also a registered area for saying your vows. The Barn provides guest accommodation in 8 ensuite bedrooms sleeping up to 35 guests and also in apartments 5 minute walk away (sleeping up to 40 guests). Onsite camping is available and Bell tents with futon beds! The Barn is very much a ‘blank canvas’ to mould to your theme and requirements and the only limitation is your imagination! There is no charge for corkage and you are welcome to organise your own catering (or ask if you want this done for you). There are stunning woodlands, streams and fields for photographs, 5 acre field for parking.
Alternative woodland wedding in a Scottish forrest.
Marthrown of Mabie provide alternative weddings near Dumfries in South West Scotland. You can get married in a forest glade, inside a Roundhouse, or with breathtaking views over the Solway Firth. Bring your wellies or summer sandals for a uniquely special day that everybody will remember for years to come. Marthrown of Mabie provides great value accommodation for 26 guests in their bunkhouse and Tipis, a bridal suite in the Yurt and a camp site for those extra adventurous guests! The helpful staff have all the contacts you may need to arrange the celebrations including a Scottish piper, humanist and religious celebrants, local brewery, ceilidh band and catering for all needs and budgets. (Spit Roasts are always a favourite!).
Alternative weddings in a Georgian mansion with a waterfall and 17 acres of grounds
Derwentwater Hostel makes a special setting for a wedding with views over Derwentwater Lake and performing red squirrels almost guaranteed! The hostel can provide catering and that the front lawn is ideal for a marquee or a large Tipi.
Surrounded by dramatic mountains, Derwentwater Independent Youth Hostel is situated in Keswick, in the Lake District. The hostel is a Grade II listed Georgian manor house and stands in 17 acres of grounds, with the high Barrow Cascade waterfall, rich woodland and a large grassy area. The entire hostel is available for hire, at a very affordable price including accommodation for 88 guests and use of all the reception rooms and grounds.
Well-being weddings in the foothills of Cadair Idris
Corris Hostel offers a special atmosphere that disengages the stresses of the outside world for your after wedding celebrations . The award winning hostel is renowned as a spiritual haven with its caring, easy going atmosphere and friendly staff. Outdoors the terraced landscaped gardens provide a serene, inspirational environment with stunning view of the valley below as a back drop for your photos. There is a large high ceiling hall for your party and great value accommodation for up to 40 guests. The hostel has laser lighting in the main hall and you can transformer this space with your own decorations.
Alternative Weddings in Hebden Bridge
In the same building as Hebden Bridge Hostel is an impressive space ideal for weddings. Hebden Bridge Hostel is housed in the Birchcliffe Centre and adjoins an ex-Baptist chapel that hosts weddings. The Birchcliffe Centre contains the hostel and also The Main Hall, an impressive space and is ideal for weddings. There is a 250+ seat auditorium and a beautiful mezzanine room ideal for celebrations. Each zone can be hired separately or altogether and great value accommodation is available for 33 wedding guests at the hostel.
Celebrate your Wedding at the Workhouse
The Bunkhouse at the Workhouse is part of a larger community project at Y Dolydd Workhouse with reception rooms, building and gardens ideal for celebrating. Exclusive hire of the workhouse is available for weddings and offers you a blank canvas so that you can create a personal, bespoke event to suit your needs and purse strings. A catering service is available if required and the Workhouse has a fully licenced bar that can be open by arrangement. There is plenty of off road parking and gardens.
Have your wedding reception inside a former church. For a quirky alternative to the conventional.
The Chellington Centre in rural Bedfordshire is a former 12th century church. After a major renovation and extension project it is now a 30 bed hostel with a huge main hall which lends itself perfectly to a unique wedding reception.
Hornby Laith Bunkhouse Barn in the Yorkshire Dales occupies a secluded position with sleeping for up to 5O people. There is plenty of parking, a separate barn containing a recreational area and space for a marquee for weddings. Full catering can be organised by arrangement.
Kingshouse Hotel and Bunkhouse in Glencoe make a stunning wedding venue in the winter time. Wedding bookings are available from November through to early March.