Choosing a wedding venue is tough. Manchester has loads of potential places for both the ceremony and reception – if you want somewhere with personality you don’t have to look very far..From converted institutes for the deaf to Grade I listed chapels – here are 6 of Manchester’s most unusual wedding venues.
Victoria Baths: Thanks to a plucky bunch of fundraisers, we can once again enjoy one of the city’s true gems: Victoria Baths. Opened in 1906, this palatial public bathhouse was one of Manchester’s largest swimming baths until its closure in 1993.
Now, after some serious scrimping and saving, Victoria Baths are back (you may have seen a few pictures over on my Instagram feed from the Vintage Wedding Fair the other week? what a majestic interior!). With its evocative, turn-of-the-century interior, the building makes for for a spectacular venue; others must think the same, as it’s booked up ‘til 2017.
Manchester Museum: Don’t be put off by the mummified Egyptians, thirty-foot T-Rex skeleton and extensive collection of taxidermy housed in the Manchester Museum: this is a wedding venue of real pedigree.
Originating in the 18th century, the Manchester Museum has a long, undulating history – much like a married couple. The building itself is undisputedly charming, and nuptials are held beneath the bones of Stan (the T-Rex), making this one of Manchester’s most excellent – venues albeit for an acquired taste.
Albert Hall: After extensive restoration, the Albert Hall was added to Manchester’s roster of superb live music venues in 2014. For those not familiar with the site: Albert Hall is a Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel, located a stone’s throw from the city centre, which lay dormant for forty years before renovation work began in 2013.
Despite a back-to-back music line-up, wedding ceremonies are available at the Albert Hall on selected dates. If it’s the place for you, contact the venue to see when they can squeeze you in. (Image courtesy of Paul Heyes)
Emirates Old Trafford: The borough of Old Trafford may be synonymous with football, but nip across a carriageway or two and you’ll find Manchester’s second most prestigious sporting venue: the Emirates Old Trafford.
With a dedicated function room overlooking the famous Old Trafford cricket pitch, LCCC isn’t just for the sports mad groom; the venue’s award-winning events centre is surprisingly sophisticated, with a licensed bar and a number of catering options available.
The Deaf Institute: Live in Manchester but don’t know about The Deaf Institute? Shame on you. Located off Oxford Road, this bar-come-eatery-come-music-venue is festooned with bric-a-brac and features an iconic, disco-lit music hall that would be ideal for a compact wedding. For those looking for an independent and distinctive wedding venue prime for dancing the night away, it doesn’t come much better than The Deaf Institute.
The Monastery: Placed alongside the Taj Mahal and the ruins of Pompeii as one of the top 100 most endangered historic sites in the world, The Monastery is as unique as it is drop-dead gorgeous.
Built in the 19th-century by the Franciscans, The Monastery – or Gorton Monastery as it is often referred by – is considered one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic Architecture in the world – FAB-U-LOUS!
Big love to all you brides (and grooms) to be..
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