My current top 10 unique and unusual wedding venues in Hampshire
places I’ve shot at or would like to
Happy New year to everyone! Today I thought I would list my Top 10 unique and Unusual wedding venues in Hampshire, most of the places I’ve shot at and others, have been on my radar and would really love to in the future. You may or may not know that I love shooting outdoors and love outdoor weddings so it won’t be a surprise that this list will have quite a few venues which allow you to enjoy the great outdoors. But it is not exclusively outdoor venues so the uniqueness of the indoor space is also important (for this particular list anyway!) I hope you’ll find it useful if you’ve just got engaged and have just started looking for unusual wedding venues in Hampshire. There is no particular order but let me start with a brand new venue only opening this summer 2019! Also, please click on the titles to take you to each venue’s webpage for more photos and information.
This is a perfect venue if you are looking for an elegant space in the middle of the city for a small wedding. Set in a walled garden with a prominent water feature, this space is definitely a green oasis set just behind Winchester Cathedral, quiet and tranquil despite being in the town centre. There is open water so I would say that this would be perfect for a more “grown-up” elegant wedding and event as it may be difficult to keep little toddlers who are running about away from the enticing water!
Another great unusual venue right in Winchester is The Great Hall, an impressive 13th century aisled hall originally part of Winchester Castle and which incidentally houses King Arthur’s round table! This is perfect for the history buffs among you and even The Game of Thrones fans as the iron wrought gates remind me of the iron throne! Just don’t have a red wedding theme (or do if you really want to).
Fancy walking down the aisle of a disused railway station and making your vows on the platform? Take a look at this lovely station near Romsey. You feel like you’ve gone back in time if you fancy a vintage themed wedding or otherwise just want to be in the middle of the countryside which is really peaceful, quiet and quintessentially British.
I specifically have shot at Spitbank Fort but there are other forts available, depending on the size of your wedding. This is really special and feels like you are on your own private island. There’s only 1 boat in and out during the day so once your guests are on there, they are there to explore the whole fort (from top to bottom!) until the boat takes them back out close to midnight. There are 8 double rooms on Spitbank Fort so some guests can also stay the night with you and further enjoy the firepit and hot tub on one of the decks.
I’m including this estate as it is in a unique position of allowing you to have access to 50 acres of woodland, and the tidal banks on Hayling Island. Beautiful, serene, expansive but still somehow intimate, you can even opt to arrive by boat or by helicopter should you wish to. Now that would be an entrance.
Another relatively new venue right on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire, this re-purposed Victorian stables and barn offers a unique rustic and unusual wedding venue. There is an arboretum and stone circle where you can hold humanist ceremonies, a light bright barn top hold your reception and the stables are intact. Just think of what you can do with each of those cubicles! (Sweet street stall, dress up stall… etc etc)
What about having your wedding and or reception in one of the sites available to you on the Beaulieu estates? If you’re a car enthusiast, you can incorporate the National Motor museum into your day, or have a banquet at The Beaulieu Abbey Domus, or if your wedding is smaller, have dinner at the Palace House. I shot a commitment ceremony and celebrations at the Domus complete with a falconry display that happened to be on at the time. The beautiful courtyard surrounded by the Church on one side, the Domus on another and the remains of old walls and arches on the other two sides served as a huge space for guests to simply relax.
A unique venue set in a museum in Historic Porstmouth Docklands, The Grand Magazine was built in the 18th century as a gunpowder storage area! With views across the waterfront to Port Solent and the Docks, you and your guests can enjoy the rest of the museum too.
Very similar and relatively close to the Explosion Museum, The Square Tower is another historic building in Portsmouth but this one was built in the 15th century and has all it’s own unique offerings and in their words “tardis-like”. Housing two halls, you can have your wedding ceremony and breakfast there, going up to the very top of the fort to enjoy the views for your drinks reception or down to the waterfront for your photos (and maybe a paddle in the sea?)
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Here’s a place I would absolutely love to shoot at. The team at Beach weddings Bournemouth have been there for seven years and will look after you and your guests as you enjoy your wedding actually set on the sandy beach itself. However, I’ve just found out that this year is their last season so if you do want to get married there then get in touch (and also hire me!) No photos but hoping I will get to add one eventually and that maybe another management team will take over the business so beach weddings there can continue after this year.
So that’s my list for now! Do let me know if you have any other hidden and unusual gems I’ve not mentioned and I’ll check them out. I’m always on the lookout for unusual wedding venues. I hope this has been useful for those of you looking for your wedding venue. Please stick around as I’ll be writing another one towards the end of the month, this time focusing on barns, country houses with outdoor ceremony spaces and guest accommodation.