06 Apr The Best Manchester Wedding Venues
Manchester is a vibrant and eclectic city, and some of the best wedding venues on offer reflect its foundations of industry and entertainment. The city’s architecture and canal system is iconic and makes for cool and quirky backdrops for wedding shoots. The characterful Northern Quarter is a popular choice for couple’s looking for a wedding film or photos with a bit of originality.
Manchester has a selection of amazing wedding venues, from music halls and theatres, to deconsecrated churches and old warehouses.
1) Manchester Hall
Image Credit: Manchester Hall
Located in the heart of the city centre, Manchester Hall is a beautiful grade II listed building. Designed in the 1920’s, the building’s original features have been lovingly restored in combination with an elegant, modern decor.
This large venue offers the choice of 14 uniquely-designed wedding rooms, all with varying capacities. The John Rylands Rooftop Terrace is a popular choice with a light and airy space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. The terrace has fantastic views of the city that provides a great backdrop for photos.
2) Albert Hall
At the Albert Hall, couples can step on to the very stage that has hosted the likes of Winston Churchill and Sam Smith. Previously a chapel hall and now used for music concerts, the Albert Hall is a grand space with magnificent stained-glass windows and high ceiling arches.
The venue can accommodate up to 280 guests, and there are different areas for each part of the day to take place. Event planners are on-hand to help you every step of the way – and as a music venue – they have an in-house entertainment team available, from DJ’s to trapeze artists.
3) The Lowry
Image Credit: The Lowry
Creative couples will love the idea of getting married at The Lowry – a theatre and gallery space located at Salford Quays. As a registered charity, any revenue generated from weddings goes back into funding the life-enriching schedule of theatre performances and exhibitions.
Panoramic views of Salford Quays can be enjoyed in the Compass Room, through floor-to-ceiling windows or from the private balcony. This is the largest of the wedding rooms hosting up to 150 guests. For a more intimate space, the Hexagon or Pier Eight rooms are available, also offering stunning waterside views.
4) The Monastery
The Monastery Manchester is an enchanting wedding venue licensed for civil ceremonies. With walled gardens and ornate cloisters, these spaces are a wedding videographer or photographer’s dream for capturing your couple’s shoot.
The Grand Nave is a spectacular space for your ceremony and reception and can accommodate up to 400 guests. In-house chefs and event staff will ensure your wedding runs like a dream, and the venue has a choice of packages, including a twilight ceremony.
Every event that takes place at the Monastery Manchester contributes to the ongoing restoration of the venue.
5) Didsbury House Hotel and 11 Didsbury Park
Image Credit: Didsbury House Hotel
Didsbury House Hotel and 11 Didsbury Park are charming Victorian townhouses located in the chic Manchester suburbs of Didsbury. As the two hotels are just a stone’s throw from each other, couples can choose to host their entire day at Didsbury House Hotel or split between the two.
Didsbury House Hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies in the beautiful Blue Room. Receptions can be held at either of the hotels, and both have elegant rooms for guests to stay and enjoy breakfast with you the following morning.
The outdoor spaces are as lovely as the inside with a walled terrace with an open fire at Didsbury House Hotel and a walled garden at 11 Didsbury Park.
6) Victoria Warehouse
Image Credit: Victoria Warehouse
A symbol of historic Manchester, Victoria Warehouse, was an old cotton storage facility. This ultra-cool venue is industrial chic, with exposed brickwork, pillars, and stone floors.
There are five licensed ceremony rooms to choose from with guest capacity up to 700. Large, simple spaces allow you to put your own stamp on the venue with your theme and decorations. The venue works with award-winning caterers Grape and Grain Catering Co., who can create bespoke dining experiences.
7 ) Hallé St Peter’s
Hallé St Peter’s is the main rehearsal venue for the Hallé – Manchester’s famous symphony orchestra. The grade II listed building was originally a church, which is evident from the impressive clock tower, high archways, and original features.
The venue accommodates 50-250 guests, and wedding planners can help plan as much or as little as you like. Located in Ancoats, couples can take the opportunity to have a couples shoot around the quirky Northern Quarter.
8) University of Manchester
Image Credit: University of Manchester
Whether you studied there or not, anyone can get married at the University of Manchester. Each of the historic venues are located on campus around the Old Quadrangle and vary in their decor and capacity. Marry in the grand Whitworth Hall, where the university graduations take place or say ‘I do’ beneath a T.rex skeleton in the Manchester Museum.
9) Great John Street Hotel
Image Credit: Great John Street Hotel
The Great John Street Hotel is a former school, with many of the rooms referencing its former occupation. The Rooftop Lounge and Playground is ideal for reception drinks in the sunshine and can accommodate a wedding breakfast for up to 80 guests. For larger weddings, the Oyster Bar, Headmaster’s Office, Kitchen, and Library can accommodate up to 200.
With 30 individually designed bedrooms, your friends and family can avoid a taxi home and celebrate with you again the morning after.
fivefourstudios is a crisp white blank canvas to design the wedding of your dreams. Hire the venue only and organise everything yourself or book one of the venue’s recommended caterers. Hire includes exclusive use of the venue’s three rooms and bar, which can accommodate up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening party.