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Britain’s most unusual wedding venues for quirky brides and grooms

Red7 , May 1, 2014

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Every couple wants the wedding to be a spectacular occasion, an extravaganza of love, laughter, flowers and those personal touches which permanently ingrain the special day into the memories of their guests.

One way to ensure your nuptials stands out loud and proud on a packed wedding season calendar is to choose a wedding venue which no-one will have seen or visited . Brides and grooms to be… we give you the most unusual wedding venues in the UK

Shark Aquarium, Alton Towers

This may sound a little childish, but picture holding the toasts beneath the shark tunnel with the powerful majestic creatures swooping overhead in the ethereal blue underwater glow, before hitting the rollercoasters. The Alton Towers Resort offers full wedding catering and luxury accommodation as well as a spa and grand old castle and gardens.

MC Motors, Dalston

Think of this old warehouse in East London as a blank canvas filled with vintage props, like old mirrors, lights, chairs, dressmakers dummies.  The bride and groom can be as imaginative and creative as they wish and fill the space with goodies from the warehouse’s gold mine of decorations left over from film and photo shoots. The couple also get to choose the floor they use with parquet, mezzanine and oak boards as well as romantic skylights and exposed brick work.

Dungeness Lighthouse, Kent

This Grade II listed lighthouse in Kent ticks all the boxes for a memorable and special wedding venue – the breathtaking sea views, a romantic wrought-iron spiral staircase, a 140-feet high photo opportunity and close proximity to a beautiful unspoilt beach. Did someone say nautical theme? Aye aye captain.

Bournemouth Beach Hut

Tie the knot on the gorgeous sweeping white sands of Bournemouth beach, the UK’s first fully licensed beach marriage venue. Couples can hire marquees and catering such as barbecues, cocktails, and fish and chips, but we love the idea of tying the knot in a kitsch little beach hut made for two.

Kew Botanical Gardens

Want to create the feeling of jetting off to an exotic destination for your wedding without having to cart your guests across the globe? Look no further than the fairytale setting of Kew Botanical Gardens. There are Grade I and II listed venues and historic glass houses available to hire and former royal residences. Our favourite wedding venue is the Princess of Wales conservatory with its tropical plants including rare orchids, stunning glass architecture and computer-controlled climates for an exotic cocktail hour.

Spitbank Fort, Hampshire

We nearly put our deposit down when we saw this incredibly unusual wedding venue of the coast of Portsmouth. Can you imagine booking out your own private island for your big day? You can now. Spitbank Fort has anything a loves truck couple and their guests could hope for – panoramic views of the dramatic Hampshire coastline and the Solent, an open air swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, Laurent Perrier Champagne bar, luxurious bedrooms, and most importantly of all, complete freedom. There’s no pesky neighbours to tell you to keep the noise down, that’s for sure.

Subterranean Lake, Cornwall

Tie the knot in the other-worldy setting of the ethereal underground lakes and echoing chambers of the Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall. The site includes four magical locations – The Rum Store, The Underground Lake, The Vine Conservatory and The Enchanted Dell, but we can’t get over the idea of filling that lake with candlelight and floating away (albeit not very far) in the romantic rowing boat after the ceremony.

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