My recommendations for the best Manchester wedding venues. From intimate and quirky, through to the luxury and grand.
Manchester wedding photography in the hustle and bustle of the city centre makes such a difference from the usual country house and hotel wedding. Wedding photography in the city can embrace the industrial and stunning Victorian architecture. Manchester was voted one of Britain’s most romantic cities so why not get married here? You’ll be amazed at the choice available now. Take a peek at my galleries for some inspiration around the city and to check out the different Manchester wedding venues.
As a wedding photographer I’ve photographed many weddings in Manchester city centre from the beautiful old Town Hall to the ultra modern boutique hotels which are springing up all over the city. Don’t worry about the wedding car, why not take a walk from your wedding ceremony venue to your city centre reception and take in all of the glorious photo opportunities that come your way.
Take a look at my page for some of the best wedding venues in Manchester, you really are spoilt for choice. Once you’ve booked the venue then why not check to see if I’m available to photography your Manchester wedding?
Some of the Manchester wedding venues which I photographed wedding over the years include, Manchester Town Hall, Didsbury House Hotel, Eleven Didsbury Park,The Restaurant Bar & Grill, The Lowry Theatre, People’s History Museum.
Down below is my Manchester wedding venues guide, there’s everything you need to know to make this the most amazing wedding day and I’d love to come along for the ride on your Manchester wedding in this gorgeous city.
Choosing a Manchester wedding venue. Here are a few venue suggestions and I’d love to join you for your Manchester wedding
New and Quirky Manchester wedding venues
As a wedding photographer I like to try out new venues and Manchester has them by the bucket load. I can highly recommend Manchester Museum with Stan the T Rex taking centre stage. While we are talking about museums how about getting married in the steam room at MOSI? Victoria Baths is another quirky place to tie the knot. You actually get married in the swimming pool. Or how about that supersonic wedding, quite literally, jump onboard Concorde at Runway Park at Manchester airport.
When it comes to Gothic architecture Manchester Town Hallis up there with the best of them. Such a shame that it won’t be open again until 2023 until the much needed restoration works have been completed. So why not try some more Gothic locations around Manchester in it’s place? Cheethams School of Music has a history all to itself. The Christie Bistro might also tick the boxes for you, while Whitworth Hall in the heart of Manchester’s University area is another possibility.
Art and a little bit of culture
Manchester Central Art Gallery could be your choice, it’s a stunning building steeped in history but has recently been renovated and includes a very modern floor to ceiling glass extension. Manchester Central library is just next door and also available. You can also tie the knot at The Whitworth Art Gallery overlooking Whitworth Park, on Oxford Road, just outside the city centre of Manchester.
If the art galleries don’t appeal, how about the theatre? The Royal Exchange Theatre, is right in the heart of the city centre. The Opera House has seen many big nights during its time, but now it could be your chance to shine. The Deaf Institute has an amazing interior with different spaces to hire form the bijou basement to the Music Hall. The Bridgewater Hall is another well known Manchester venue with great transport links too.
Trendy Boutique hotel – Manchester wedding venues
As I said earlier, there is no shortage of new hotels and restaurants opening up in Manchester at the moment. Hotel Gotham has its own roof top bar and comes with 1920’s Art Deco styling. Ecletcitc Hotels also have a lovely range of hotels in the city centre such as King St Town House and Didsbury House Hotel situated just south of the city centre in leafy Didsbury. It has a lovely feel about it and also boasts 27 rooms for you and your guests. Just around the corner is Eleven Disbury Park which had a little more room. Finally in the Ecletic group is Great John Street back in the heart of the city.
Hotels with a little luxury – these Manchester wedding venues aren’t your usual hotels….. read on
The Midland Hotel is as grand as it gets and taking of grand, The old Freemasons Hall is now Manchester Hall, reinvented very recently and provides a superb venue just off Deansgate. The Palace Hotel has 275 rooms and many choices for venue spaces. Right next door to The Palace is Refuge by Volta, its an intimate venue suitable for smaller numbers of guests. New kids on the block Cosy Club are situated in the in the Corn Exchange and provide a quirky wedding venue in the historic building slap bang in the middle of the city.
Cool Britannia, Manchester’s Northern Quarter
Where the trendy folk and hipsters hang out. Most of the bars in the Nothern Quarter would make a fab Manchester wedding reception. The Fitzgerald and Twenty twenty two would be perfect for that gritty urban feel wedding. Dusk ’til Pawn, is another quirky wedding reception. Bar21 is a TV and film themed bar, perfect for those with square eyes, it’s situated on Thomas Street. in the heart of Northern Quarter. RosyLee is a light bright airy place with plenty of Northern Quarter style. Last up is Pie & Ale, what more could you want from a wedding reception. Well I hope that little selection helps you find your perfect venue in the Northern Quarter.
Shabby chic – Manchester wedding venues
These shabby chic venues will have you begging for more when you see them. First up, just outside Manchester’s Northern Quarter is Halle St Peters’ a central Manchester venue with a difference. For something completely different how about The Monastery, in Gorton. You really need to see the interior of this place to believe it, quite simply stunning. Check out Hope Mill Theatre, in the New Islington area of Manchester. For a truly unique Manchester wedding reception venue try 53two. In the ‘next big thing’ area of Mayfield in Manchester is Fairfield Social Club, could that be your choice?
Salford Quays & Media City UK
You could get in an argument with a Salfordian on whether Salford is Manchester but I can say here that is a city in its own right. Phew, now that’s out of the way Salford has Media City UK at The Quays and is undergoing endless transformation making it a great place for a city centre wedding and with great transport links to Manchester. On the 7th, has some great views over Media City. If the theatre is your thing how about Lowry Theatre, the location, the architecture, this place has it all. Over the famous bridge is the Imperial War Museum, the word unique doesn’t come close.
Salford wedding venues just a stones throw from Manchester
In the heart of this city is Ordsall Hall a real tudor manor house with it’s black and white wattle and daub facade. With it’s lovely gardens, it’s your little bit of countryside in for a city centre wedding. The Lowry Hotel is a little closer to Manchester City Centre and has lots of opportunities fro your photography. The Kings Arms is those who are willing to try something very different. Owned by former The Beautiful South and Housemartins singer, Paul Heaton, it’s like a typical old man’s pub and if fish are your thing, have your photo taken under huge specimens hanging on the wall. Islington Mill is the exact opposite, very cool and trendy to creat a unique wedding party for you and your guests.
Down on the street – Manchester wedding venues with attitude
Beat Street is situated on Deansgate just underneath the Grand Northern and cater for a very large wedding party. Nearer to Old Trafford is Victoria Warehouse, a very large venue with accommodation too.
The old fave, a church wedding
All these trendy venues are all well and good but a church wedding is still king when it comes to getting married in the UK. The best Manchester has to offer is Manchester Cathedral, but to get married in the Cathedral you have to meet certain criteria so check here first. You can also have your wedding reception in Manchester Cathedral, so if you don’t fit that criteria, get married at the register office and then have your reception in the cathedral.
DIY wedding & intimate venues
If you are still reading this but still not found what you are looking for in your Manchester wedding venue page, how about doing it yourself? The engine hall is one choice at the Peoples History Museum, on the bank of the river Irwell. For a smaller Manchester wedding have a look at The Parsonage in the heart of Didsbury. No? Well take a look at this wedding search tool Hire Space which allows you to search for a ton of spaces for your wedding reception. You are bound to find inspiration for alternative wedding reception venues, all with quirky photography potential in and around Manchester.
Fancy a wedding further afield?
As well as my Manchester wedding venues guide, I can also recommend venues further afield. How about a Cheshire Wedding or perhaps something in my home town, Stockport. Not far enough? How about a wedding day in Derbyshire, Yorkshire or the Lakes?
Manchester wedding photography
When you have your Manchester wedding venue booked then it’s time to get in touch with me to check my availability for your Manchester wedding photography.