The best Manchester wedding venues. You choose from alternative, unique and quirky through to luxury, classic and grand.
Manchester wedding photography, in the city centre is such a stunning contrast from the traditional country house, rustic barns and tipis. Wedding photography in the city can be grungy and gritty, sleek and architectural, moody and definitely timeless. Manchester is one of the best cities to tie the knot (we’re not biased honest!), so many varied wedding venues to choose from and all in easy walking distance. Then after it’s all over, plenty of fantastic restaurants to come back to year after year for gorgeous wedding anniversary dinners too!
As wedding photographers we’ve been able to sample some of the best of Manchesters wedding venues from the gothic grandeur of the Town Hall to the über trendy and slick night time feel of some of the city’s most gorgeous, boutique hotels. Taking a walk across town from your wedding ceremony venue to your city centre reception is just perfect for some quirky natural wedding photos too. We love the juxtaposition of a wedding couple in their gorgeous bridal attire walking through Manchester city streets – it’s just timeless, especially in the pouring rain (with brolly’s of course). Really magical genuine moments from your wedding to look back on in the years to come.
Have a good peruse of our page, with our selection of some of the best wedding venues that Manchester has to offer. You’ll be spoilt for choice! Once you’ve made that decision remember to contact us to check our availability to photograph your Manchester wedding :)
Manchester wedding venues where we’ve photographed weddings over the years include Manchester Town Hall, St. Anns Church, The Midland Hotel, Malmaison Hotel, St.Chad’s Church, Salford Cathedral, Manchester Hall, Elliot House, Manchester City Art Gallery, Didsbury House Hotel, Portland Hotel, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Great John Street Hotel, King Street Town House, Chethams, The Lowry Hotel, FiveFourStudios, The Lowry Theatre, and On the 7th (strictly speaking the last four are Salford but it’s close enough!)
Scroll down for our Manchester wedding venues guide – it’s sure to have something that ticks your boxes for the most amazing wedding day. We simply can’t wait to capture your Manchester wedding in this dynamic and timeless city…….
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Looking for unique and quirky Manchester wedding venues?
As wedding photographers we really love new venues too and Manchester has some crackers! We’re really looking forward to a wedding shoot at Manchester Museum anybody? Get that dinosaur in on the action! (you’ll have to wait until 2023, as the museum is having an overhaul at the mo) Or perhaps in the amazing steam engine room at MOSI, we do love a bit of industrial heritage and there’s the option for short a steam train journey too. A great venue for a steam punk wedding perhaps :) Victoria Baths, another alternative amazing very ‘green’ space, how many people get married in a swimming pool – we even voted for this when it won on the TV show ‘Restoration’!
Some thing completely different? Have your ceremony on board Concorde at Runway Park, with space for 54 guests, say your vows in the aisle of Manchester’s concorde!
Gothic rich historic feel
It goes without saying that Manchester Town Hall pretty much corners the market on epic Gothic-ness but there are other spaces too if not as large but definitiely with that gothic feel and rich interiors. Very sad to say that from Jan 2018 until 2024 the town hall will be closed for refurb :( If you’re desperate for the same architecture maybe try these Manchester wedding venue gems for a bit of deep dark moody architecture….For the truly historic go for Chethams School of Music, this place is steeped in history, oozing from it’s dark interiors. Harry Potter eat your heart out! More gorgeous venues with an academic twist from the rich library feel in the Christie Bistro to the again Harry Potter-esque Whitworth Hall – all in the Manchester University locales.
A splash of art and culture for your wedding venue ;)
Manchester Central Art Gallery, it doesn’t get more cultured than that supping champagne surrounded by old masters in the older section of the gallery. Then moving on to the great modern glass extension for your evenings celebrations, the perfect combination of old and new, right in the centre of town. The newly refurbished, Manchester Central library hosts Sunday weddings, where the library is all yours for the day. Celebrate in an iconic building newly refurbished perfectly combining grand architecture with clean modern lines (and lots of books too!!!) Or perhaps again another newly refurbished space at The Whitworth Art Gallery, a very bright light modern affair housed inside a much older building, overlooking Whitworth Park, in the Oxford Road University area of Manchester.
For your theatrical side
A bit of theatre perhaps, we love the Royal Exchange Theatre, such a stunning space – wow! Or perhaps a grand entrance from the wings at The Palace Theatre. Too big, try the cosier yet still opulent feel of The Opera House, curtains, action and rapturous applause from the stalls! Got a massive guest list? There’s the iconic Albert Hall right in the middle of Manchester city centre – loads of space and fab architectural detail, textures, big windows and there’s the epic organ too. Somewhere a little smaller, a reminder of your uni days…try The Deaf Institute, amazing interiors with a great earthy rich feel, with a number of different spaces to hire form the bijou basement den, to the larger Music Hall. With a new wedding ceremony license in 2016 for four different rooms too, including the auditorium The Bridgewater Hall is an iconic Manchester venue where we’d absolutely love to photograph a wedding, we love all the amazing modern architecture and with such amazing acoustics no-one will miss your wedding vows!
Boutique hotel – Manchester wedding venues
There’s plenty of new hotels and restaurants popping up all the time in Manchester. New to the scene for 2022, Dakota Hotel looks pretty umptuous, love the dark moody tones and yet another Manchester roof terrace to make the most of that infamous Mancunian weather! We can’t wait to see how the Treehouse Hotel on Deansgate will look and feel, the perfect mix of trees and that city centre vibe, due to open later this year (2022)…Art deco styled 60 room Hotel Gotham from bespoke hotels complete with roof top bar and 1930’s styling. For more King Street luxury then the eclectic hotel at King St Town House, is a good place to start. 40 rooms and a roof garden too, this is a wedding venue that ticks all the boxes, although the outdoor space is not huge. Catch our winter wedding amidst the roof tops of the Manchester skyline! Whilst we’re on the subject of the slightly quirky luxury hotels then it’s rude not to mention Didsbury House Hotel, situated in the urban ‘on trend’ village of Didsbury. This town house is the perfect venue for a more intimate homely celebration, surprisingly with 27 bedrooms too, so all your guests can stay in one place. Need more rooms then there’s their sister property Eleven Disbury Park just down the road, which can also host more intimate weddings with the option of an outdoor reception and meal :) Not forgetting Great John Street a very popular choice for boutique hotel weddings in Manchester. We’ve heard their afternoon tea is pretty good too, what more of an excuse do you need to go and have a nosey! Great John Street, is temporarily closed 2021/22 :(
Hotels/restaurants with style and luxury – these Manchester wedding venues aren’t just your usual hotels… history, style & pizzazz :)
The Radisson Blu Edwardian (a late 2015 winter wedding and an early 2015 winter wedding by Pixies in the Cellar) think glass and metal modern touches in a building steeped in histiry as the Free Trade Hall of old. The Midland Hotel (an all boys tartan affair & an Egyptian wedding party at The Midland hotel) a grand classic hotel with a modern feel yet heralding back to days gone by. A newly adapted venue space with another roof top terrace is Manchester Hall, which used to be the Freemasons Hall an imposing exterior, close to the city centre and Spinningfields. You couldn’t really fault The Palace Hotel, now the Kimpton Clock Tower, it’s huge red brick frontage really makes a statement. 275 rooms on offer and venue spaces to hold up to 1000 (as well as smaller spaces too!), you can guarantee they’ll be able to fit your wedding party in, no matter how big or small! Just next to The Palace is Refuge by Volta, where you can hire out their ‘Den’, for a cool yet classy space for 60-80 bodies, with outdoor space and table football too. Fairly new to the scene (2018) is the Cosy Club in the old corn exchange, stunning private hire space for a quirky wedding reception in this historic building right in the centre of the city. How about the opulence and drama of the newly refurbished Grand Pacific, love those rich dark tones and understated colonial feel.
Or head over to Spinningfields for the ultimate modern city venue vibe amidst the new and shiny. For the ultimate in roof top city views then check out the amazing roof terrace at 20 Stories views, shelter from the Manchester weather and add some greenery too. For fabulous moody Asian styled interiors, roof gardens, get that modern East Asia feel in the heart of Manchester at The Ivy – with great private dining options as a more intimate Manchester wedding venue.
Northern Quarter wedding – Manchester wedding venues with that added urban hipster vibe
Whilst not having a specific licensed wedding venue (as far as we know), Northern Quarter does deserve it’s own section for the diverse and multitude of options available. We’ve only listed here venues which we know have held wedding receptions before or have venue hire options. However, we’re pretty convinced most of Northern quarters bars, nooks and crannies would make the ideal venue for a Manchester wedding reception. Awesome urban grunge vibe at Twenty twenty two, another hidden venue in the basement of 20 Dale Street, think graffitti decor, brick walls, pipework, and a bit of ping pong too – looks great if you’re looking for an urban feel to your wedding (although not sure if they do full venue hire for Sat/Sun.) Dusk ’til Pawn, is another dark moody quirky wedding reception option, for a ‘New York’ bar feel with just your closest friends and family, approx 50 capacity. Obsessed by TV & Movies, well this themed bar may be just what you’re looking for Bar21, has various hire options depending on the size of your wedding party – in the heart of Northern Quarter on Thomas Street. Another you could try is Pie & Ale (sounds perfect already!) part of Bakerie and hire of their beer hall is free!! Party the evening away in the heart of Northern Quarter at the über cool and chic Cottonopolis moody interiors accessorised with copper bling and industrial panache. Perhaps a proverbial “party in a brewery” is what you’re after, try Northern Monk’s refectory, we know they’ve held wedding events at their Leeds brewery so drop them a line…. So that’s our tiny selection of what’s out there, go explore ask your favourite NQ bar if they don’t do something then they’re sure to know somewhere that does :)
Manchester’s shabby chic wedding venues
More to add to our wish list a couple of more church-like ethereal buildings, well they used to be churches so I guess they’re gonna look church-like! Want to head to the quirky streets of Ancoats the there’s the very impressive Halle St Peters’ a central urban manchester wedding venue with a difference. You can’t get more shabby chic with ethereal thrown in the mix than The Monastery, in Gorton – such fantastic huge ethereal space, filled with history, drama and a definite wow factor – see you all there! You like rustic urban chic but not so bothered about the pointy windows of church buildings, check out Hope Mill Theatre. In the upcoming New Islington area of Manchester, is pretty cool – their theatre and entertainment line-up’s pretty good too, with cosy blankets :) A Manchester wedding reception under the railway arches? Try 53two with two event hire spaces, think dark, cosy, brickwork, quirky and it supports Manchesters’ acting industry too, what’s not to like. Grunge with a capital ‘G’ and not a location you’d expect to go to a wedding, but why play to the rules hey?! – Alphabet Breweries tap room floor might be worth a look and an ask…We found this place on one of their street food weekends, it’s a definite urban, grungy cool feel, not what your granny would expect ;) Check out the first ever Alphabet wedding shot by us! We’ve followed GRUB around Manchester in all of their incarnations, from Alphabet Breweries, through Fairfield Social Club, to what is now Frieght Island and on to Red Bank where they now reside and where you can hire their amazing spaces both inside and outside for your wedding day Manchester City centre celebrations. Suffice to say we love their vibe and can’t think of a better quirky alternative wedding space, with bunting too, what else is their to say :)
Salford Quays & Media City UK
Whilst we’re on the subject of Manchester, how about a short hop across the river into Salford?
Being in media city, how apt to have a theatre based wedding venue and the Lowry Theatre isn’t just your average theatre! If you like bold strong colours then book this venue – your wedding will definitely be filled with colour! Not to mention the stunning Compass room with views over the Quays from the circular balcony.
For modern style with impact and slightly wonky floors, you don’t need too many drinks to feel slightly off kilter at the Imperial War Museum. Great open spaces just use your imagination to create a wedding to remember in this very unique venue.
Thinking out of the box, liking craft beers and a warehouse feel then try Seven Bro7hers Brewery, not too sexy from the outside but inside is a very well stocked bar in a warehouse feel urban gritty environment. Worth a punt if you like that kinda vibe and the quays isn’t too far away for a bit more sparkle to add to your photos.
Looking for an alternative yet modern vibe for your wedding day, then The Botanist at MediaCityUK might just be the one for you. Check out their amazing spaces, a modern city centre wedding meets rustic leafy cosiness.
Salford wedding venues just over the river from Manchester
Not what you’d expect in the heart of an industrial city, Ordsall Hall is a tudor manor house with tudor styled gardens and orchard. The perfect spot for a bit of greenery to add to a city centre wedding. Maybe you’ll have an extra guest on your photographs too, if their friendly ghosts make an appearance!
Back closer to Manchester city centre, The Lowry Hotel is just over the river so within Salford, ideal for a city centre walkabout for your grungy urban photography, whilst the clean lines and huge windows from The Lowry Hotel give a great sense of space overlooking that iconic bridge – Jade & Thomas’ big day at The Lowry Hotel. Also worth a look for something a bit different is The Kings Arms, which has various rooms and spaces for hire – including a theatre room too!! Or perhaps spend your evening stepped back in time in a Victorian street or admiring art work at Salford Museum and Art Gallery definitely a different and unique twist to your evening reception. Support Salford’s heritage and arts scene and hire event space at the über cool Islington Mill a hub for artsy, music-y creatives with a definite urban rustic historic mill feel to their event space which has a bar and sound system all ready to go for the perfect yet unique wedding party – there’s also a quirky B&B on site too! Somewhere you may not have come across in central Salford fivefourstudios, a photo studio that transforms into a light bright quirky wedding ceremony and reception party space, to add your own touch to, with a late licensed bar on site too.
Urban street vibe – Manchester wedding venues with grit
So you’ve got a guest list as long as Mr.Tickles arms? In Trafford, just a stone’s throw from the city centre there’s Victoria Warehouse, a new huge venue, looks like a great urban rustic space, with warehouse style accommodation too! Under the arches close to Oxford Road train station Gorilla has a range of party/event spaces for your wedding from small and intimate to absolutely massive – so say your I do’s at a church or the town hall perhaps and then move on to this den of cool and gin!
A church wedding?
Thinking of a church wedding, well if you want to make a statement why not go for it and take in all that gothic grandeur that is Manchester Cathedral, although to marry in the Cathedral you must meet certain requirements first so best to check if you fit their criteria first. You can also hold your wedding reception in Manchester Cathedral, so perhaps get married in a hotel and have your reception in the cathedral, how’s that for a back to front wedding! Also within the city centre St.Ann’s church is a fabulous building (although only limited photography allowed), whilst St Mary’s The Hidden Gem is a catholic church option and if you’re thinking about having your reception at Manchester Museum or one of The University buildings then The Holy Name church on Oxford Road is an amazing building too :) In Salford don’t forget their very own Cathedral too!
DIY wedding & intimate venue spaces
So you’ve searched our Manchester wedding venues page and still not found the venue of your dreams? How about a blank canvas with big windows, big ceilings and a historic feel in The Engine Room at the Peoples History Museum, just on the banks of the river Irwell. For an intimate smaller Manchester wedding have a look at The Parsonage. Situated in Didsbury village The Parsonage is complete with it’s own secret garden perfect just you and a few friends and family to enjoy a chilled out day. Need more ideas, we’ve just found this fab search tool Hire Space which has a great search function for loads of great alternative spaces for your wedding reception. Just had a quick nosey there’s so many good ideas for alternative wedding reception venues, all with unique photography potential be it inside or in the surrounding streets of Manchester. Choose your city and wedding reception capacity and away you go! Another directory to try if you’re just looking for a reception/dining space is the Private Dining Directory, which should give you a good choice of restaurants that have private hire spaces too. Another option for a functional space to DIY decorate try venue spaces by the The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.
Rustic glamping wedding venues in Manchester, into the countryside of Greater Manchester
So OK this obviously isn’t going to be slap bang in the city centre, but if you’re a city couple at heart with a penchant for the outdoors and maybe a spot of romance under canvas then take a look at these options within throwing distance of the bright lights and buzz of the city centre. So check out these potential sites where there’s plenty of space to throw up a wedding tipi, perhaps a traditional canvas marquee or go South African with the new stretch tent wedding trend.
No more than a stone’s throw from Pixie HQ, is the campsite of Well-i-Hole Farm set in the midst of the Saddleworth countryside, these guys have just started offer weddings here and when we drove passed the set up look stunning. How will everyone get here? Direct train into Manchester only a short walk away at Greenfield station and plenty of local B&B’s for those not fancying the canvas option :)
Two different options in the Marple area are the amazingly rustic lambing barn at Thornsett Fields, a fantastic set-up with amazing views over the Derbyshire countryside and very experienced summer farm weddings, you have to give the barn back to the animals in winter through, it’s only fair :) There’s also the option for you and your guests to camp overnight at the farm making a weekend of you celebrations. Or if you fancy some water and plenty of ducks then try the Roman Lakes tucked away in the valley, this cute tea room and plenty of outdoor space may just be what you’re looking for.
Definitely worth looking at Hyde Bank Farm, who are fully set up for weddings in the countryside just outside Romiley, anther easy train ride from central Manchester, not really a glamping tipi venue but does have it’s rustic charm with less DIY to do for busy couples who want rustic without the hassle! Along the same lines towards north Manchester and Bury Well Being Farm offer an array of rustic or festival wedding packages. Stretching the boundaries a little Hilltop Barn near Poynton is another great option for a rustic barn feel, with camping options.
If you’re a scout leader or have affiliations to the scouting world there are numerous scout camps surrounding Greater Manchester where you may be able to wangle use of their land for your weekend of wedding celebrations – Boarfold between Glossop and Marple – Ashworth just north of Bury – Giant’s Seat, Radcliffe – Linnet Clough or Seven Spring both near Marple. These are all primarily scout/community campsites, so they may or may not take a private booking but potentially worth an ask.
Or find a farm with not too many neighbours to disturb and put it to them, they can only say no but hey might just say ‘yes why not’ – then your planning and Manchester DIY wedding begins in earnest ;)
As well as loving city centre wedding photography with it’s dynamic light and strong architecture, we love the other end of the extreme too. With camera’s in hand we’d love to join you in a field somewhere, whatever the weather so long as you’re up for it then we are. So do get in touch with us to channel our inner hippy boho vibe at your Greater Manchester rustic wedding venue – see you in the great outdoors.
More ideas for your wedding further afield
So as well as our Manchester wedding venues guide we have pages for the surrounding counties too. So how about a Cheshire Wedding or perhaps ‘Up North’ for a Lancashire Wedding or dreaming of more rustic wedding day in Derbyshire or go east into sunny Yorkshire.
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