It’s fair to say, that as a Midlands Documentary Wedding Photographer I get around a bit, seeing lots and lots of amazing, awesome, cool and quirky wedding venues in Birmingham and the surrounding area.
Being tied to just one venue to photograph weddings would, quite frankly, do my head in!!! In fact I work hard to ensure that across the year I’m booked for a variety of quirky, unique and unusual Birmingham wedding venues and in the West Midlands.
So I thought I’d share some of this experience with you to help with choosing your own awesome wedding venue!!
Just to get straight into it, here’s a list of suggestions for quirky Birmingham wedding venues and you can read more about each of them further down.
In the city itself here are 10 Quirky & Cool Birmingham Wedding Venues:-
Unusual / Arty / Culturally Cool Wedding Venues in Birmingham
- The Electric Cinema
- Birmingham Library
- Think Tank – Millennium Point
- Ikon Gallery – Brindley Place
- Kitchen Garden Cafe
Historical/Stylish/Urban Birmingham Wedding Venues
- Fazeley Studios
- Digbeth Old Library
- The Bond Company
- Factory Works, Digbeth
- Birmingham Town Hall
I’ve also put together a list of 21 Interesting, Unusual West Midlands Wedding Venues, all within about an hour’s drive of Birmingham:-
Rustic/Chilled Vibes/Outdoor Wedding Venues near to Birmingham
- Overgrown Acres – Nottinghamshire Wolds
- Cuttle Brook – Sami Tipi – Swarkestone, Derbyshire
- Alcott Weddings – Alvechurch, Warwickshire
- Cattows Farm – Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire
- Bawdon Lodge Farm – National Forest, Leicestershire
- Enchanting Woodland Wedding at Umberslade Adventure – Hockley Heath, West Midlands
- The Hidden Hive – Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Quirky/Unique Wedding Venues in the West Midlands with a WOW FACTOR
- Avoncroft Museum
- Arley Arboretum
- Churchfield Dairy Farm
- The Fleece Inn
- Blists Hill Museum
- The West Mill
- Severn Valley Railway
- Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
Secret Space/DIY/Make it your own Midlands Wedding Venues
- Oldberrow House
- Rock Village Hall
- Springhill Barn
- Ingestre Orangery
- The Cowshed – Woodhall Farm
Now, if you’d like to find out a bit more about them then read on 🙂 I’ve written blogs for a few of these so just click on the links if you’d like to go and see them, and more blogs coming soon!!
Unusual / Arty / Cultural Birmingham Wedding Venues
Are you a movie lover? Ever fancied being the stars of your very own love story?! Well The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, at the back of Grand Central, could be the perfect place for you The oldest working cinema in the land, this art-deco picture house is quirkiness personified! As cool wedding venues in Birmingham go, this is v cool!
Red & black velvet clad inside the auditorium they really do a great job of giving you a movie themed wedding ceremony. From your names above the door as you arrive ( the latest big feature) to a movie posted in the lobby and the opportunity to show your own highlights reel as the register is signed, it’s all there
After this wedding the newlyweds headed off through Chinatown to The Loft for a night-club vibe wedding party
Right in the heart of the city, overlooking Centenary Square, you have the amazing building which is the ‘new’ library (it opened in 2013) Described by some as a wedding cake, because of its exterior appearance, it rises up from the ground with 10 floors, with interconnecting elevators, escalators and travelators (it’s all about the ‘tors!!) The surprise when you make it up to the top, is that inside this homage to modern design is a piece of history. Transplanted from the ‘old’ library is The Shakespeare Memorial room, a wood panelled example of 19th century civic pride, now available for your wedding ceremony
After the ceremony you get the chance to explore both the inside of the library but also the outside areas/gardens which give amazing views of the city
A Night at the Museum for all you science lovers!!
Think Tank is at Millennium Point, near Moor Street Station and is Birmingham’s Science Museum. Although it’s not licenced, you can have a celebrant led ceremony in the planetarium, how flipping cool is that??!! Then afterwards, you could sip your reception drinks with a Spitfire hanging overhead!!
In a neo-gothic former school building is this acclaimed art gallery in the heart of the city, at Brindley Place.
With a mixture of old and new architecture you’ve got a bright and light space, with contemporary art as the backdrop to your wedding. All in all a pretty cool place to get wed.
Kitchen Garden Cafe
This place is a tranquil oasis, just outside the City Centre in Kings Heath.
Home-cooked food, ethical sourcing, Fair Trade tea & coffee, plenty for vegetarians & vegans, local and seasonal. Don’t know about you but I’m liking these vibes already!
Their main venue is The Kitchen Garden, with private bar and outside courtyard. It’s quirky, rustic and family-friendly with artwork across the walls. They also have a sister venue called Fletchers Bar & Eatery which has venetian walls, idyllic chandeliers and champagne fairy lights.
Historical, Urban, Cool Wedding Venues in Birmingham
In Digbeth, right across the road from The Bond Company, Fazeley Studios is a restored Unitarian Chapel, a blend of Victorian ecclesiastical architecture coupled with urban industrial vibes.
This ceremony was held is a wonderful Garden Room, light and airy and looking out onto the courtyard.
Then there’s the Fazeley Room for food and speeches before back to the Garden Room for the party!
Plus, being in the heart of Digbeth, you’ve got some really cool stuff going on outside too!!
Digbeth Old Library
From the newest library in Birmingham we move to the last of the original free libraries in the city, in Digbeth, right across the road from the iconic Custard Factory If you want a wedding venue that is right in the heart of a hip, vibrant part of the city, then give this place a look!! The whole area just oozes cool and the library is another light and airy venue space, just off the main route pedestrian route through the area but easily missed as you walk past
With all that industrial funk and graffiti just around the corner who wouldn’t want to have a wander, after the confetti!!
The Bond Company
Right next to the Grand Union Canal, in an old Victorian factory and with its own wharf, I present The Bond!! This is another fab space to get married, once again in Digbeth (there are a whole lot of cool wedding venues in Digbeth!) Having the canal at the back really adds another dimension, just be careful not to fall in!!
Factory Works, Digbeth
This is the new kid on the block when it comes to Birmingham wedding venues, but the industrial space definitely has history and character. Within the Custard Factory the interior is a blank canvas with the huge factory floor, factory gallery and riverside room.
Birmingham Town Hall
Right in the heart of the city, I’ve been to concerts here but did you know you can also have your wedding ceremony at the Town Hall?! Stunning interior, grade I listed, built in 1834, got to be worth a look!
Rustic/Chilled/Outdoor Weddings near Birmingham
If you look a bit further afield then you’ll find lots more alternative and cool wedding venues in Birmingham and area.
This is a sustainable tipi wedding venue in South Nottinghamshire Wolds, which is only an hours drive from Brum (I googled it!)
They’ve got 3 tipis surrounded by meadow and woodland and are dog-friendly (by arrangement I think!) with their own ponies, sheep and chickens nearby.
Cuttle Brook – Sami Tipi
Here we have a warterfront, DIY tipi venue, right by the River Trent
Nestled in the Derbyshire countryside it’s less than a mile from Sami Tipi HQ and close to Swarkestone Pavilion. In fact, you can hire it for your pre-wedding preparation if you want.
Then there’s a little walk across a footbridge over the Cuttle brook to get to the area where you can have your celebrant led ceremony.
Then afterwards, you could have food vans, mini golf, music and making merry!!
To Worcestershire now, near the village of Alvechurch, and another tipi option. This one is great if you want to go for a rustic of festival vibe where you can glamp or camp to spend the night there too!
A working farm, near Ashby-De-La-Zouch in Leicestershire with tipi or marquee options.
The family that own Cattows Farm have been farming for over 120 years and give you the option to hire a paddock for your countryside wedding.
Bawdon Lodge Farm Weddings
These guys proudly advertise that they’re ‘Not just a field on a farm’ so give you all the outdoor sailcloth or tipi options but with an event planning team, an alcohol licence, and wi-fi!!
Enchanting Woodland Weddings at Umberslade Adventure
You want a woodland wedding, right in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside? You got it! In ancient oak woodland, amongst a canopy of trees there is a clearing. Perfect for a blessing, a tipi and a party
Plus, what this place has to offer to make it even more awesome, is that there’s an adventure playground and you get exclusive use of it on your wedding day!!
Surely reason to do a happy dance!!
The Hidden Hive
The last of the tipi options I’m going to mention is back to Derbyshire and in the heart of the National Forest.
It’s surrounded by trees, lakes and nature with romantic Nordic tipis. There’s the option to have luxury glamping bell tents on side or glamping pods next door at Beehive Woodland Lakes campsite.
Quirky/Unique West Midlands Wedding Venues with a WOW FACTOR
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
It’s a museum….of old buildings!! We’re talking an incredibly eclectic collections of historic buildings that have been painstakingly transplanted from their original location and rebuilt here, near to Bromsgrove, in Stoke Heath
You can get married in the New Guesten Hall beneath its fourteenth century, Grade II* listed roof. They’ve also got a Victorian Mission Church, an old windmill and the National Collection of Phoneboxes (who knew!)
How does getting married in an Italian Garden sound? With lime trees, a dovecote, fountain and possibly the odd peacock, it’s just the most beautiful place for a ceremony.
Or, you’ve also got the choice of Arley House, for an indoor ceremony, or St Peter’s church, which is part of the estate.
I’ve visited Arley Arboretum many times with my own family and it’s simply stunning, Overlooking the river Severn at the bottom of the valley and within earshot of the Severn Valley Heritage Railway you feel like you’re in a really magical place.
Then afterwards, after drinks in the walled Italian Garden you’ve got the choice of a reception in Arley House, or a marquee/tipi on the lawn in front of the arboretum.
Churchfields Dairy Farm
This is a working dairy farm/cafe in Worcestershire with a fantastic approach to sustainability.
A farm that has been in the Davis family for over 100 years and it’s seen 5 generations take stewardship.
This is a quote from their website;
“It’s important to us that we pass the farm on to our children in a better state than we found it. In everything we do we consider our environmental impact, and seek to protect and enhance the farm’s biodiversity and reduce our carbon footprint.”
They’ve got a biomass converter and solar panel system and are involved with The Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.
So all in all, lots of good stuff going on there….and they do weddings too…YAY!!!
They’ve now got a choice three spaces for your wedding, The Old Barn, The New Barn and Cookshill Field. The last of these gives you the space for a marquee or tipi with view fab views overlooking the countryside of The Salwarpe Valley.
The family farm has meadows, an orchard and rolling countryside but, at different times of the year they also have a Fairy Trail, Maize Maze and Pumpkin Patch that can be incorporated into your day.
Did I mention that they make their own ice cream too?? Nom, nom!!
The Fleece Inn
When I first looked at website for the The Fleece, in the Worcestershire Cotswolds, I was a bit taken aback. A pub that’s owned by the National Trust, don’t the National Trust do stately homes and formal gardens… but not pubs…..??1
The pub dates back to the early 15th century and remained in the same local family until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1977
The pub is in the Cotswold village of Bretforton, not too far from Evesham. In the village is the 12th-century St Leonard’s church and the pub itself has a medieval thatched barn, which is licenced.
The pub garden is HUGE – it has it’s own orchard!
You can book the Master’s Bedchamber in the pub, overlooking the village. Or go for their vintage bow top caravan for a ‘moongazing glamping’ choice! It’s nestled at the bottom of their apple orchard and is a miniature private campsite!
Blists Hill Museum
Perhaps when you hear Blists Hill you think ‘Ironbridge’, but it’s much much more than that, it’s an entire Victorian village! You really need to check out their wedding brochure to see all the different options they have for weddings but they include the Engine Shop, the Furnace Kitchen, the Forest Glen Pavilion and a traditional pub.
You’ve even got the option of hiring the Victorian fairground!
The West Mill
The West Mill is a Grade I Listed former industrial mill dating back to the early 1800’s on the bank of the River Derwent with views over the historic mill weir.
The Cotton quarter is where you can have your ceremony and the room has exposed brickwork, metal beams and a unique cast iron ceiling.
Then you move to The Breakfast Room for your reception where there are original barrel-vaulted arches and Georgian paned windows.
Finally you head for The Spinning Room to party the night away!
Severn Valley Heritage Railway
A wedding reception on a moving steam train? Yes please!
The Severn valley railway is one of the many heritage railways that have been set up around the country to preserve some of our industrial heritage. It runs from Kidderminster in Worcestershire to Bridgnorth in Shropshire through some beautiful countryside and pretty little hamlets.
You can have your ceremony in The Engine House at Highley, then take a trip along the length of the line for food before disembarking at Kidderminster for your evening reception.
Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
Castle Bromwich is just 5 miles from the centre of Birmingham but you could imagine you’re deep in the countryside.
The 17th Century Jacobean mansion and gardens are now run separately with the walled gardens run by a charitable trust
So you’ve got 10 acres of beautifully restored historic Grade II* listed walled garden, where you can having your wedding!
It’s not licensed so you’d either have to have the ceremony somewhere else or go down the celebrant route. But either way, you’ve got a stunning backdrop for your festivities and handy access from the M6 too!
Secret Space/DIY/Make it your own Cool Wedding Venue in the Birmingham area
A Victorian Country House, with an outdoor ceremony and marquee reception – another fab Warwickshire Wedding venue Family owned and run this place is wonderfully friendly and flexible to give you the day that you want
Although there were some showers during the day it really didn’t seem to matter. Dry inside the marquee and perfect for an amazing party
Rock Village hall
As village halls go, this is the business!
It’s in the rural village of Rock, in the Worcestershire countryside, but with with very modern facilities.
It’s got a fully stocked kitchen with separate space have a bar and there’s a decked area at the rear, so definitely very wedding-friendly.
Just along the lane is a 12th century Norman Church, or have the ceremony elsewhere and then use the village hall for the party.
Now on to a lakeside house in the Vale of Evesham, near to The Cotswolds and Shakespeare country.
They’ve got a traditional barn where you can hold your wedding party with a huge courtyard outside.
Water, gardens, woodland, plus a great party venue!!
Definitely a secret space here, hidden in the Staffordshire countryside. The Orangery, Ingestre, is a stunning building, in a tranquil location overlooking Capability Brown landscapes.
It’s charity run with weddings going to wards the upkeep of the building.
There’s a church 2 minutes away or you can have a celebrant led ceremony
The Cowshed – Woodhall Farm
This is definitely a DIY venue, with the 18th century cowshed working as a blank canvas for your wedding plans.
They’ve got seating space for up to 120 and then a separate dance barn!
You get the venue from Friday to Sunday too, giving plenty of time to get everything set up.
I saved the most quirky, DIY option for last if you’re wanting a really unusual and cool wedding venue in the Birmingham area.
With Deckerdence you’re getting a mobile wedding, you find the space and they’ll bring the venue!
It’s a 1967 Leyland double-decker bus with a wrap around marquee. The bus becomes your bar in the centre of the marquee and then the upper deck is a cocktail bar!
So find yourself a field and you’re good to go!!
So there you have it, my round up of 31 cool wedding venues in Birmingham and the surrounding area.
Hope it’s been of use!!
If you’re interested in other wedding planning tips then you could check out these other blogs
A Photographer’s Guide to an Outdoor Wedding
Or if you’d like to discuss your wedding plans then please get in touch