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There are so many amazing wedding venues in the North West, but have you had a little think outside the box incase there is something you love and haven't thought of yet?


Here are a few unusual locations, for something a little bit different...


(image from liverpoolmuseums.org)


The Lady Lever Art Gallery

Wirral


The Liverpool Museums network hosts weddings in many of their historic buildings - but set in the iconic surroundings of Port Sunlight, the Lady Lever is my favourite for places you might not have considered checking out!


You can hold a small ceremony of up to 30 guests, before inviting up to 150 to the grand hall for a wedding breakfast and 400 for your evening celebrations.


With striking architecture and glass-domed rotundas that look out onto a beautiful fountain - The Lady Lever is perfect for an elegant and unusual celebration.


https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/venue-hire/weddings


(image by Grant Harper Photography)


The Secret Bunker

Nantwich


Have you seen this amazing venue yet? It's hidden away in a former civil defence nuclear bunker in Nantwich and is one of the most unusual places you'll find for your wedding day.


The team at the Secret Bunker are wonderful, and have different spaces on their site to host different sized weddings with different, quirky vibes depending on your personality. From their Cinema space for up to 30 guests (anyone want an intimate wedding?), to the 'War Room' for up to 150 guests (and also licensed for ceremonies)... click the link below and have a look at their photographs to get a true feel for how different it really is!


https://www.facebook.com/secretbunkerweddings


(image from peckfortoncastle.co.uk)


Peckforton Castle

Tarporley


How about living your fairytale fantasy and getting married in an actual castle?


Boasting no less than FIVE licensed ceremony rooms, hosting weddings for between 2 and 150 guests - Peckforton Castle has everything on site that will make your actual dreams a reality. With a Great Hall for a big grand affair, a cosy Wine Cellar for a romantic candlelit celebration, and more - you're bound to fall in love with one of their spaces for your wedding day.


Despite the fact that they have so much space available to use, they only ever book one wedding a day too - an added bonus for you and your guests.


https://www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk/weddings/


(image from Victoria Baths Facebook)


Victoria Baths

Manchester


You can't get much more unusual than getting married at the swimming baths!


Victoria Baths is a stunning Edwardian heritage site in Manchester, that has been nominated recently for Best Wedding Venue at the UK Heritage Awards. They have 5 different spaces for your wedding ceremony with a twist, including 3 different stunning empty swimming pools to tie the knot in - and they are licensed for ceremonies and receptions so you can host your full day all in one place.


With stunning architecture and original features; if you are looking for a dramatic space to really wow your guests - you must check them out!


https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaBaths


(image from The Wellbeing Farm Facebook)


The Wellbeing Farm

Bolton


The Wellbeing Farm is the PERFECT venue for a super cute and quirky farm wedding. Hosting up to 170 guests at your ceremony and wedding breakfast, and up to 300 guests for your evening party - the farm also has lots of little spaces for micro weddings if you're after a smaller celebration. You can also hold your ceremony at the outdoor pavilion if the weather is good!


Set against the backdrop of the Lancashire moorlands, and with lots of quirky features for amazing photo opportunities - The Wellbeing Farm should definitely be top of your list of venues to check out...


https://www.facebook.com/TheWellbeingFarm


For more amazing images of these unusual or quirky venues, please check out the links - and if you have any more suggestions, let me know!

It's like Christmas has arrived early...


Our rustic styled wedding shoot that I planned and brought together in September has been featured on Brides Up North!

I wanted to bring the warm, abundant feel of the early autumn season together with lots of fruits on the table, big red roses, and gold accents – romantic and timeless against the wood and stone of The Barn at Yew Tree Farm (a beautiful, newly renovated working farm wedding venue in Liverpool).


The wooden furniture that Wirral Table and Chair Hire have in their collection is beautiful, and I chose burgundy seat cushions to carry the warm, deep red colours through into the furniture. They also have 5ft LOVE letters, something a little softer than the white signs that might suit a different venue. We also repurposed stackable wooden cable reel stools as a cake table.


Wachadoin Events set a gorgeous rustic backdrop up in the outside area of the barn. They had recently created decorated hoops out of a repurposed tree trunk, which looked amazing dressed with roses, and gold terrarium candles. We carried this theme through to the table setting, with driftwood down the centre decorated using gold terrarium candles, and so much fruit provided and prepared by Cheeky Chilli Events.

Lisa’s natural curly hair paired with Tracey’s floral crowns were the perfect match for our relaxed and rustic autumn style, and so we didn’t style Lisa’s hair at all for our shoot. I did want her to have a day through to night time look however, and so Carol at Bridal Reloved Liverpool brought along romantic floral and lace dresses for the beginning of the day, which Laura from Kilfoyle Makeup matched with toned down makeup and a pink flower crown from Rusty Rose.


As we moved through the day and into the evening, Laura added darker lipstick and makeup to Lisa, and we switched to a more fitted off the shoulder dress and red roses.


Check out the gallery here! Or have a look at the full story over on Brides Up North...


I love winter weddings! They're the perfect time to cosy up and get creative with ways to keep you & your guests warm. Here are some ideas to get you started...


Forget the candy cart - how about a hot chocolate station!?!


We've seen so many different candy carts over the past few years, but winter is the perfect time to do things a little bit differently! How about a hot chocolate station to keep your guests warm through your evening reception?


If you're having a micro-wedding or a garden wedding, you can set up a slow cooker to keep your hot chocolate warm. Add your favourites (marshmallows, whipped cream and Baileys are must haves), and let your guests build their own!


If you're having a big wedding, ask your caterer or wedding planner if it's something they can arrange for you. Your guests will love you for it!


Handy wedding favours


Yep, I'm talking about gloves! If you're having a micro-wedding, you could have a custom embroidered pair for each guest as a wedding favour with their name or initials on them.


If you have quite a lot of guests you could look at more affordable options but tie them neatly to match your decor. Add a little label to double them up as place cards too.


These are also great if you plan to have a sparkler send off at the end of your wedding meal - gloves are a must!


Get your Apres Ski on!!!


If you hit the slopes in the winter, why not bring the magic back into your wedding day? You can set up rustic wooden bars, hire upturned barrels for tables, and buckets of ice for your drinks. I've even seen these little ski boutonnieres (via Becky Young).


Match your stationery and table names, and it'll be almost like you're getting married up a mountain in France (which you can also totally do if you want to).


I love this idea because it brings all of the warm and relaxed vibes that your rustic winter wedding really needs.


Christmas wreath or blanket chair decorations


Why not switch the traditional chair sashes and covers for stunning Christmas wreaths or woolly blankets?


They're a little bit different, and if you can get one for every guest's chair they'll add a real festive flair to your wedding day.

You don't have to go for traditional red and green Christmas wreaths (although these ones photographed by Amanda Donaho are just beautiful). You can match the colours to your wedding theme, there are so many talented people making Christmas wreaths in our local area.


The same goes for blankets - they'll look nice and cosy in your wedding colours, and your guests will love them. They could even double up as wedding favours for your guests, and they'll really appreciate it when they're bundled up outside in the chilly winter air.


Both of these look particularly amazing at rustic weddings, and are perfect for barn set ups too!


Christmas dinner wedding breakfast!


Surely, everyone loves a good roast dinner?!?!


On a cold winter's day, there's nothing better than tucking into turkey or a nut roast (I'm a veggie so that would be my choice) with all the trimmings.


It's super easy to cater for all of your guests, and it will give real winter vibes to each and every one. You could do 'help yourself' sharing platters on each table, or even turn it into a full on buffet. Whatever you decide, you'll have a really homely wedding meal with relaxed and rustic vibes.


I love winter weddings


There are lots of reasons to plan your wedding for the wintertime. It tends to come out a little cheaper than a summer celebration, and it gives you and your guests even more to look forward to alongside the usual winter festivals.


Winter weddings glow with warm and cosy vibes. You're less likely to lose your guests outside as they'll be wanting to keep warm on the dance floor, and you can really take advantage of the festive atmosphere.


So if you've been toying with the idea of getting married in the winter, go for it! You won'e be disappointed!