our Guide to the very best unique wedding venues in the east midlands
A few months back I set out on a mission to find the best unique wedding venues venues in the East Midlands. Its often too difficult to find those alternative and unusual gems which offer something a little bit different. When you’re hunting for venues all the ‘usual’ ones come up but, most likely the best ‘unique’ venues are hidden beneath the surface. Usually this is because they aren’t primarily a wedding venue. Perhaps they’re a museum, a university or a cinema! It sometimes takes a bit of digging.
So to save you time here is my guide to the very best unique wedding venues in the East Midlands. Tighten your seat belts! Here we go!
The national Space Centre, Leicester
If you follow our facebook page, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the National Space Centre in Leicester.
Where else could you get married underneath a rocket tower, in a planetarium with a 360 degree starlit sky, or, under a real Soyuz capsule?
It truly is one of a kind. Recently winner of the best town wedding venue in the East Midlands at the 2018 Wedding Industry Awards, this venue offers a stunning backdrop with its wide range of flexible spaces. It can hold small intimate receptions as well as larger celebrations of up to 300 guests.
They also offer space cocktails! I don’t know about you but I’m in!
The Arkwright Rooms, Nottingham
Onto the second of my choices for unique wedding venues in the East Midlands. I visited the Arkwright Rooms a few weeks ago and what a pleasure it was to discover this stunning Grade II listed building nestled in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.
I’m a bit of a obsessive about natural light and these rooms have it by the bucket load. Floor to ceiling, victorian windows stacked with original detail. The rooms are truly unique yet also provide the perfect canvas for you to personalise your wedding day.
There is a wide range of spaces including the Old Library, the Old Chemistry Theatre (yes – a chemistry theatre!), or, the Old Museum (which used to house Nottingham’s Natural History Museum). Afterwards you can head out into the Benefactors court, or, into the vaulted ceilings of the Nottingham conference centre. Both are perfect photo opportunities. A truly stunning space which will take your breath away.
The National Justice Museum, Nottingham
The National Justice Museum is hidden away in the Lace Market, Nottingham. The perfect central location. The museum is housed in what used to be a Victorian Courtroom, prison and police station.
You can hire individual rooms or the entire venue. From the 19th century jury room (which holds up to 80 people for a sit down wedding breakfast), or, the Shire Hall which offers a majestic backdrop for welcome drinks. There’s also the perfect dramatic setting for speeches or photos in the Victorian Civil Court Room.
The Great Central Railway, Loughborough
How about having your wedding reception on a vintage train as it travels through the countryside? Perhaps your a trainspotter or just love all things vintage? Then the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, Leicestershire is the one for you. Do you know its been featured in loads of movies too including Harry Potter! Want to know more? Click here.
Nottingham Contemporary museum
There are very few industrial style wedding venues in the East Midlands. Until you visit the Nottingham Contemporary Museum in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.
I was so excited when I visited this venue. Yes it is a huge, blank concrete canvas – but that is its beauty. It is striking, breath taking and versatile. Can you hear my imagination going into overload?
There are two main spaces for weddings – both of which are on the lower ground floor. The largest is called ‘The Space’ and it is literally that! It has has its own digital projection facilities and a full audio/visual mixing suite on the balcony. Perfect for creating breathtaking effects and projections on the concrete walls. The cafe bar can also be hired out with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the outdoor terrace.
If you’re looking for modern, industrial wedding chic this one is for you!
The Savoy Cinema, Nottingham
Our last unique wedding venue takes us to the Savoy Cinema. If you’re both huge movie fans then getting married in a cinema should surely tick the boxes?
Steeped in heritage, the Savoy Cinema is the only surviving pre World War 2 cinema remaining in Nottingham. Just outside of the city centre in Lenton, you can get married in front of the big screen in front of up to 300 guests. They’ll even let you decorate with your own movie posters right next to the popcorn machines! In addition, you can use the projector for your favourite film.
Its available for ceremonies from 10am to 6pm.
Photography Credits & Venue Links
National Space Centre pictures courtesy of Lee Garland and Page 7 Photography except Rocket ceremony picture below which was courtesy of the centre. For more information on weddings at the National Space Centre click here.
Savoy Cinema photos provided by the Savoy Cinema. For more information on weddings at the Savoy Cinema click here.