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.
Alternative Wedding Venues with IHUK
We have so many hostels and bunkhouses that make for tremendous alternative wedding veneus. The list below is just a few of our favourites.
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 backdrop for your Wedding Ceremony.
Get married on a farm – Alternative Weddings
Cholderton Farm, home of 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.
Alternative woodland wedding in a Scottish Forest.
Marthrown of Mabie provides 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 campsite 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, a local brewery, a 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 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 a stunning view of the valley below as a backdrop 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 transform 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, buildings 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.
Kingshouse Hotel and Bunkhouse in Glencoe make a stunning wedding venue in the wintertime. Wedding bookings are available from November through to early March.