I am on a mission!
I’m currently having fun researching and visiting unusual wedding venues in Bristol and North Somerset. There are so many fabulous alternatives to the more traditional wedding or civil ceremony venue, and I’m excited to play my part in spreading the word and a bit of inspiration!!
These venues are listed in no particular order at this stage, and as my mission is an on-going one, please watch this space for updates .
1. We The Curious
Yes, you can get married under the stars, but out of Bristol Weather (and at a more sociable time). The Planetarium is a wonderfully quirky yet romantic place to say your vows, and has room for just under 100 people. There are also two function rooms with fabulous views over Bristol – which are very flexible, light and airy spaces – for post-ceremony feasting and dancing.
To find out more, click here
2. Arnos Vale Cemetery
Did you know you can tie the knot at this beautiful woodland venue? There are three locations available, including the gorgeously elegant Anglican Chapel.
To find out more, click here
3. SS Great Britain
If you’re after style and elegance as well as an unusual venue, then you could say your vows and celebrate aboard Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous SS Great Britain!
Interested? Click here
4. Banwell Castle
Contrary to what you might assume, this is the perfect venue for a smaller, more intimate wedding. The ceremony takes place in the courtyard (which is covered for the occasion, so you don’t need to worry about the weather). There are some wonderful opportunities to enjoy the beautiful views over the countryside too.
Inspired? Click here
5. Court Farm Country Park
If having your celebration on a farm, in a beautifully decked out large barn, with lots of animals nearby, then this is for you! It’s a very popular venue and tends to get booked up pretty quickly.
These photos were taken out of season on a cold January day, but you can totally see the potential for the space!
For a wedding at a real farm, click here
6. Leigh Court
The most conventional venue listed here, but with loads of space outside to explore, and a wonderful great hall with sweeping staircases, it makes it onto the list nonetheless!
For a touch of grandeur, click here
7. Yeo Valley
They don’t shout about it much, but did you know you can get hitched at the beautiful Yeo Valley Organic Garden? The grounds are absolutely beautiful, and the Garden Cafe produces delicious organic food.
Yeo Valley is a working farm, famous for its dairy produce (we absolutely love Yeo Valley yoghurts!). We’ve spent many happy afternoons exploring the organic garden, with the tucked away Tarka Pond, and plenty of hidden twists and turns to investigate.
To find out more about your Yeo Valley wedding, click here
8. Bristol Registry Office and Surrounding Area
Ok, this might sound like the somewhat conventional alternative to a religious ceremony, but the rooms are beautiful, and the location is great – there’s plenty of opportunity for unusual photos within a couple of minutes walk of the venue (graffiti optional!).
After more info? Click here
9. Beese’s Tea Room (and a boat!)
Very excitingly, Beese’s is now a wedding venue! This beautiful, tucked away location is perfect for smaller gatherings, and as an extra added bonus, you and your guests can be carried to the venue in style via an hour-long, very scenic, boat cruise (complete with nibbles and bubbles) from the centre of Bristol. It’s great, even in the rain!!
For more info, click here
Hi! I’m Adele Williams, and I founded SuperFunkyPenguin Photography in 2015.
I specialise in taking authentic photos that tell your story, and love working with fabulous, quirky folk to capture memories from their special day with beautiful, original photos.
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