So, you proposed to your significant other with the perfect engagement ring and are ready to plan your wedding – but what do you do first? Choosing a venue is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning process and it’s safe to say that there’s a lot to consider.
According to Google trends, 2.2K people search for the term ‘wedding venues manchester’ each month. With 1.2K searching the term ‘unusual wedding venues’, engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone have taken a look into some of the alternative venues available in Manchester, for couples who want to leave tradition behind.
Salford Lads Club
Serving the community since 1903, Salford Lads Club provide a wide range of activities to local young people – though for many people, the purpose of their visit is to visit the club for its Smiths room. It’s also been known to host a range of events; from acoustic sets to book talks.
Fans of The Smiths rejoice, because the club is officially in the wedding business! Prospective brides and grooms can select one of four function rooms that accommodate 20-150 people; including The Band Room (20 guests), The Smiths Room (40 guests max) The Senior Games Room (up to 80 guests) and The Concert Hall, for up to 150 guests. Though perhaps the clubs biggest selling point as a wedding venue is one photo op in particular – recreating the famous Smiths line-up photo outside the iconic entrance.
Licensed for both ceremonies and receptions, Victoria Baths is a venue that your wedding guests definitely won’t forget – steeped in history and boasting a range of dramatic and unique spaces to which you can add your own personal touch to, it’s a creative couples dream.
Ceremonies are possible in five different spaces – including three empty swimming pools and a Turkish Baths Rest Room, complete with its amazing Angel of Purity stained glass window.
Manchester Art Gallery
With its outstanding art collections and superb Victorian and contemporary setting, Manchester Art Gallery is certainly a beautiful and unforgettable choice of venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.
Providing a unique setting and plenty of photo opportunities for you and your guests, weddings and civil ceremonies are held among the atmospheric Mancunian paintings by Lowry and Valette in Gallery 16.
Museum of Science and Industry
Located on the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum’s unique galleries and significant collections can provide a stunning backdrop to your wedding day.
Housed in five listed buildings, the museum has a lot to offer – from tying the knot in the Great Western Warehouse, to drinks in the Revolution Manchester Gallery.
Albert Hall is a forgotten Wesleyan chapel in the centre of Manchester, restored and resurrected as an unrivalled events venue. Since opening its doors in 2013, its hosted thousands of artists – with prolific names including Manchester icons James, Johnny Marr and Liam Fray.
A wonderfully unique space, the Grade II listed building boasts many period features and is fully licensed to host wedding ceremonies! Boasting a symphony of stained glass windows and ceiling arches, the Albert Hall certainly has a lot to offer for those looking for a more unique venue – the Hall itself has a variety of different spaces to host each part of your special day and can comfortably fit up to 280 guests for your reception dinner.
Located in Stockport, not only is Savoy Cinema a much loved asset to the local community, but it’s the perfect place for film buffs to hold their wedding reception.
Owned by a family of film enthusiasts, the unique 1930’s venue was beautifully restored several years ago and still boasts its original Baroque design, while the interior remains faithful to its cosy art deco roots.
It’s important to choose a venue that reflects your personalities and for Manchester City fans, the Etihad stadium does exactly that! With a capacity of just under 500, the venue offers both wedding breakfast and evening reception packages.
With access to the pitch, changing rooms and the players lounge, the available photo opportunities are what dreams are made of for Manchester city fans.
Royal Exchange Theatre
The Royal Exchange Theatre is a futuristic metal and glass high-tech structure built inside what used to be the Great Hall of Manchester’s old Cotton Exchange, which ceased trading in the sixties – a Grade II listed building, the Royal Exchange is the largest theatre in the round in the country.
Though a popular setting for conferences, panel discussions and one-off events, the theatre has also hosted an array of weddings! Perfect for an intimate ceremony in the heart of the city centre, you and up to 30 guests can enjoy the privacy of the theatres Exchange Suite, which boasts a private double-height reception with a bar and sweeping staircase that leads up to the intimate boardroom.
Chetham’s Library offers the perfect combination of history and heritage in a contemporary setting. From saying your vows in the medieval Baronial Hall, to mingling in the courtyard, Chetham’s Library will certainly give your ceremony the wow factor.
The library offer fully catered wedding packages, as well as access to the buildings stunning seventeenth-century interior – for truly unique couples shots and family group photographs.
If you’re searching for a funky vibe for your reception, you’ve found it – Alphabet Brewery Company offers an urban and slightly unconventional space that’s large enough to accommodate over 150 guests.
From graffiti on the walls, to flowers in cans, Alphabet Brewery is the perfect alternative wedding spot – plus, for beer enthusiasts, there’s even the option to add a curated tasting session and a tour of our brewhouse.
If you’re looking for an engagement ring or wedding ring and would like to browse for inspiration, take a look at our ready to wear collection or chat to one of our team for bespoke creations. Why not take a look at our full jewellery collection? We have showrooms in Manchester, not to mention a wide range of engagement rings in London.