Ten Manchester Wedding Venue Ideas
Having been a Manchester wedding photographer for nearly a decade, I’ve put together some of my favourite wedding venues as well as a few places that might be under the radar for couples looking to choose the perfect place to tie the knot. If I’ve missed a venue off that you absolutely love, let me know and I’ll update the list.
Didsbury House Hotel
Didsbury House is a luxury boutique Victoria hotel that boast stunning décor, a warm atmosphere and plenty of opportunity for some brilliant wedding photography. 4.5 miles south of Manchester, this lovely hotel is set in the village of Didsbury making it great for transport for guests but close to the city centre. Didsbury House has recently been refurbished bringing a contemporary twist to period and original features. It has 27 individually designed bedrooms for guests and wedding party to stay over and a number of lounges and bar for pre/post wedding festivities.
The Midland Hotel
The Midland is a Manchester icon right in the heart of the city centre so it’s not a surprise it’s one of the preferred wedding venues in Manchester for some many couples wanting a city wedding. With plenty of opportunities both inside and outside, I thoroughly enjoy shooting weddings in this stunning Grade II listed building. The staff are incredibly helpful and with 312 exquisite rooms it’s a great venue for couples who don’t want their guests to have to travel far for accommodation.
The Lowry Hotel
I’ve shot a number of weddings at The Lowry Hotel recently and have always been impressed. It’s one of Manchester’s nicest hotels so it’s not a surprise it’s one of the top Manchester wedding venues. Again, it’s a great venue for capturing some outdoors city shots along the river (providing it’s not raining!). It’s very central and there’s plenty of accommodation on site or nearby, making it very stress-free for guests planning to stay a night or two.
Manchester Town Hall
This venue is a dream for a Manchester wedding photographer like myself, I can’t stress how much I highly recommend this as a venue. As recently mentioned in a blog I did for Jacqui & David’s wedding there, there is an abundance of creative opportunities for weddings here. The Great Hall where the wedding breakfast can be held is nothing short of stunning and seats up to 220 guests. It has the heart and grace of historic Manchester wedding venue with the buzz of a city center atmosphere.
Great John Street Hotel
Described as “madly eclectic” and oozing with “individuality in design and experience” this is definitely a quirky Manchester wedding venue with elegance, style and panache. Originally an old Victoria school house it’s now one of Manchester’s hottest hotels and wedding venues. The rooftop lounge is particularly is a brilliant spot for summer weddings overlooking the old playground. GSJ is the perfect wedding venue for couples looking for a bit of urban chic and something stylish in the city.
King Street Townhouse
Recently opened, this 1872 Italian renaissance building has been completely revitalised as a luxury city centre hotel. The biggest draw for the hotel as a Manchester wedding venue is the 6th floor heated South Terrace that offers spectacular views over the Manchester city skyline. Every Manchester wedding photographer is eager to shoot here as a relatively new venue as the creative options from the terrace alone provide some stunning wedding photos.
This is a very alternative wedding venue but one with a lot of rich heritage. Reopened in 2012, Albert Hall is a former chapel and Grade II listed building that doesn’t necessarily promote itself as a wedding venue but is licenced for weddings. It is without doubt one of Manchester most magical and intimate concert venues with Vitoria features, vaulted ceilings and a magnificent organ at the center. If you want a wedding that’s going to be unlike any other, this could be your perfect choice.
Gorton Monastery is another hidden gem in Manchester for weddings. An incredibly romantic, peaceful and huge venue, it can house up to 450 guests in the Great Nave. Despite its very Christian name, the venue can host Hindu, Indian and Jewish celebrations as well. The acoustics and natural light at this venue are spectacular and if you’re struggling to find somewhere for a seriously large wedding then look no further because at capacity, this is a truly brilliant wedding venue.
The Castlefield Rooms
Another firm favourite of mine throughout the year (I shot Jude & Daz’s wedding here in January 2016), this boutique wedding venue on Castle Street has plenty to offer in terms of creative wedding photos. Situated with views of the Bridgewater canal on one side and traditional Manchester red brick and cobbled street on the other. This venue works all year round with plenty of creative opportunities to choose from. It comfortably takes up to 200 guests and yet again, is very central making it easy to get to for wedding guests and party alike.
For a completely alternative and entirely original wedding, Victoria Baths could be a great Manchester wedding venue. It is licenced for alcohol and weddings, and though it may look a little sparse when it’s not set up, it offers some fine Victorian architecture and grandeur. With a bit of work with dressing and planning this could be an extra special and completely creative wedding venue.