Over the years we’ve photographed weddings at many venues in and around Manchester – if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our top 10 venues below chosen from a photographers perspective.
Wedding Venues in Manchester That Aren't Churches
Manchester Town Hall would have been an obvious choice to have here but we’ve left it off our list for now as it’s undergoing major refurbishment until 2024.
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
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First up, this has to be one of the most historic buildings Manchester has to offer after the Manchester Town Hall with parts of the building dating back to 1835. It’s classical styling and iconic entrance makes a statement. Every corner of the gallery oozes sophistication and culture for which you have exclusive access to for you and your guests.
One thing that’s very important to wedding photographers is that the lighting here is really good quality and consistent throughout, whatever the weather is like outside. This makes it a perfect venue for winter weddings where natural light is limited. You also have the opportunity to make use of some of the more urban city backdrops that the centre has to offer later in the evening.
Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
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A stone’s throw from Castlefield stands the original Victorian schoolhouse that has been transformed into a luxury townhouse hotel and unique wedding venue. The well-lit bedrooms offer the most perfect and stylish setting for photos of bridal and groom preparations. The majority of wedding ceremonies take place in the south-facing rooftop lounge and playground however it’s worth exploring other areas of the hotel such as the library for smaller gatherings or a more intimate feel.
You’re spoilt for choice for city skylines and urban backdrops in the area with most of our couples choosing to take a 15-20 minute walk down to Castlefield for red-brick walls and industrial looking bridges. If you want something more modern, you have the ultra cool Bauhaus building a 2-minute walk away or the modern lines and glass reflections that Spinningfields has to offer.
With the option to hire the venue exclusively you can either party on the roof or in the Oyster Bar all night!
Didsbury House Hotel, Manchester
Featured wedding: Anna & Matt
Didsbury House Hotel Weddings
Just a 15 minutes drive (4 miles) from the city centre you’ll find the leafy suburb of Didsbury and this luxury Victorian Townhouse. This might be one of our most popular venues for many reasons including its fashionably styled bedrooms and beautiful ceremony room which has high ceilings and a large bay window offering the perfect light.
The location offers many options for couple shots at nearby sister hotel Eleven Didsbury Park or Fletcher Moss Gardens in Didsbury Village.
Wedding Venues close to Manchester
If you don’t mind going a little further a field from Manchester, there are plenty of popular options that don’t take more than an hour to get to and often offer accommodation on site or nearby.
Pimhill Barn, Shrewsbury
Featured Wedding: Sarah & Simon
Pimhill Barn Weddings
A rustic venue in a rural setting that offers a blank canvas to decorate in your style and have the wedding that you’ve always wanted.
Get ready in the nearby town of Shrewsbury or the Courthouse on site.
You will be spoilt for choice of places to go for couple shots around the many corners and quirky areas the garden and grounds have to offer. There’s also plenty of space for outdoor games to keep your guests entertained.
The Midland Hotel Morecambe, Lancashire
Featured wedding: Clare & Paul
Midland Hotel Morecambe Weddings
Not to be confused with the Midland Hotel in Manchester – this internationally renowned art-deco hotel is based in the seaside town of Morecambe. Full of sophisticated glamour and amazing views over the bay to the Lake District fells, this is another venue that offers many options for couples inside and outside, no matter what the weather.
Our favorite part of the hotel has to be the large centrally located spiral staircase which sweeps down into the lobby area. It offers the perfect backdrop for couple shots and an even better space to capture all the guests together throwing the confetti.
Morecambe Bay has a lot to offer too with it’s statue of Eric Morecambe, classic seaside arcade machines and clean pebble beach.
With good motorway links from Manchester this location shouldn’t be overlooked as it’s just over an hour drive to get there! I highly recommend the afternoon tea too if you’re paying a visit!
The Oak Tree of Peover, Cheshire
Featured wedding: Rachel & Francis
The Oak Tree of Peover Weddings
We first started shooting at this venue when it was a golf club. Now a full time dedicated wedding venue, it just keeps getting better and better each year.
Set in the heart of rural Cheshire stands a modern wooden structure that invites nature inside with its huge windows and high ceilings. I love the way they have encouraged vines to grow up inside the ceremony room and these just look magical when out in bloom.
The venue offers an attic room for preparations, which is perfect for last minute touch-ups, getting the dress on and a quick glass of bubbly to calm any nerves.
When you’re outside you feel completely immersed in nature in the most peaceful surroundings we’ve come across.
This is a practical venue too (always thinking about weather!) as the main structure has been extended with light canopies all around so even if the rain does come, it won’t stop your guests enjoying the outdoor space.
Thornton Manor, Cheshire
Featured wedding: Samantha & Mahan
Thornton Manor Weddings
Probably one of the grandest venues we’ve ever worked – Thornton Manor is a grade II listed Elizabethan house set amongst an oasis of rural calm and beautifully presented countryside.
We photographed a wedding just outside the Manor House with a mere 200 guests but the venue has at least four locations for hosting ceremonies with the largest able to accommodate up to 2000 guests!
If you want to feel like royalty or just have an awful lot of friends, this is the perfect venue to impress!
Macdonald Kilhey Court, Wigan
Featured wedding: Rachel & Lewis
Macdonald Kilhey Court Weddings
A beautiful house from the Victorian era with views of the lake, gardens and neighboring wheat fields, this venue offers plenty of options for couples looking to tie the knot in North Manchester.
Abbeywood Estate, Cheshire
Featured wedding: Sarah & Kevin
Abbeywood Estate Weddings
One of the first things you’ll notice about this venue is the size of the grounds. Abbeywood is a 45-Acre Estate nestling in the Delamere countryside. Its endless gardens offer a great range of beauty and diversity all year round and begs to be explored.
The estate also offers plentiful accommodation and space for bridal preparations, a beautiful naturally lit glass house for the ceremony and garden café which accommodates the bar or smaller wedding parties.
Ashes Barns, Staffordshire
Featured wedding: Laura & Tom
Ashes Barns Weddings
A new venue to us in 2018 but already becoming popular with our couples. It’s no surprise when you take a look at the views this venue has to offer. If you like rural settings, local wildlife and not paying corkage, this is the place for you!
I don’t really need to say much about this venue except go and take a look at the views!
So these were our favourite wedding venues, are there any that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below or if you’re planning a wedding coming up soon and are looking for a wedding photographer who regularly shoots around Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire areas, please do get in touch!