Most Unique Wedding Venues Around Bristol
05 May 2020
I have been lucky enough to photograph so many amazing weddings over the years at some absolutely incredible venues around Bristol. I just wanted to share with you some of the most unique wedding venues I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. If you’re stuck in the early stages on wedding planning, hopefully this will help!
1. Arnos Vale
I literally jump at the chance to photograph any wedding at Arnos Vale. Just outside the centre of Bristol but with 45 acres of woodland, this wedding venue really is a little oasis. Although it is actually a working cemetery and gothic Victorian graveyard, it isn’t as macabre as it might sound. It has 3 totally unique areas to choose from when you are planning your wedding day and it is one of the only places in Bristol that you can have an outdoor ceremony in the middle of the woods. You have so many different backdrops for wedding photos here, including my favourite spot which is the hidden graffiti house (pictured). The Spielman centre makes for a grand backdrop as well with its imposing pillars and steps. This is the perfect venue for throwing tradition out of the window.
2. The Battleaxes
Another fantastically relaxed wedding venue is The Battleaxes, a gastro pub in Wraxall on the outskirts of Bristol. Set in the rolling hills of the countryside, it provides a really laid back, quirky vibe. It has a licensed ceremony room to the back of the venue, you don’t have to drag your guests to different venues and they are never too far away from the bar! It makes the perfect winter venue with a combination of cosy English pub with modern and quirky touches!
3. The Matara Centre
The Matara Centre is pretty breathtaking. This absolute beaut of a wedding venue, in the countryside near Tetbury, has used Asian influences to create a total haven. You can have an outdoor ceremony right beside the water or in a beautiful open room with a domed glass ceiling. The liberal use of fairy lights makes this wedding venue feel totally magical. It is also set among acres of gorgeous parkland, with both Asian inspired landscaping (the bamboo really transports you to the far east) and a more traditional English country garden. Every inch is perfect for wedding photography.
4. The Radnor Rooms
The Radnor Rooms is a little gem located RIGHT in the centre of Bristol behind the iconic St Nicholas’ Market. It is a licensed wedding venue, but it’s also only a 2 minute walk from the Registry Office so it also makes the perfect wedding reception for smaller wedding parties. It has a fantastic industrial indoor space for around 50 guests, and then an amazing outside terrace with a covered area complete with a working, outdoor fireplace to keep you and your guests warm on chiller evenings. I love this venue and it definitely makes for a unique wedding!
5. The SS Great Britain
Who wouldn’t want to get married on this iconic piece of history? The SS Great Britain is a perfect venue for a wedding in Bristol. Even besides the fact that you’d be getting married ON A BOAT, the location is one of Bristol’s most picturesque spots of the harbour. You can enjoy the amazing views of the colourful houses that the city is famous for. You can choose to get married outside on the deck in summer, inside the hull in the lavish Promenade Deck, or around the corner in the rustic Rigger’s Yard. Your wedding breakfast takes place in the Victorian First Class Dining Saloon and you and all your guests get a free tour of the boat! What more could you want if you’re looking for a historic wedding venue?
6. Mud Dock
Mud Dock is another venue in the centre of Bristol with gorgeous views of the whole harbour. It has a wonderfully quirky interior, with lanterns, fairy lights, trailing plants and bicycles on the ceiling (a nod to their Bike Shop which is downstairs). There are large windows everywhere so it feels very contemporary/industrial, and it has a huge terrace to enjoy the views of the harbour and watch the sunset over the water. Although it feels like a really intimate venue, it actually holds up to 100 people so you can have a really decent party, and they’ve just got their wedding license so you don’t even have to travel for your wedding ceremony! Although there’s no private spot for your wedding photos, Queen’s Square and the iconic harbour are right on the doorstep.
7. Bristol Zoo
You might have been going to Bristol Zoo for years, with your family, your friends, maybe even on dates with your fiancé…but did you know you can get married here too? And what a wedding venue it is! The Clifton Pavilion is a beautiful elegant building and it would make a gorgeous venue even if it wasn’t set in a zoo! The best thing about this venue is that you and your guests get exclusive use of the zoo gardens after it is closed to the public and can wander around at your leisure. It’s great for keeping people entertained in those turnaround bits throughout the day and if you have a wedding with lots of children, it’s bound to be a winner!