The wedding business is booming. Long gone are the days when you could choose between a church or register office. Now there are hundreds of licensed wedding venues across the UK, ranging from tree houses to grand palaces.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of marriages taking place in these premises increased from 1% in 1995 to 58% of all marriages by 2011.
Weddings in Hampshire
Hampshire is particularly well located – close to London but blessed with beautiful countryside and of course the Solent coast. Here are some of the more unusual venues on offer. Many have recommended local suppliers, or you can pick your own Hampshire wedding photographer, caterer or entertainment.
Marwell Zoo, Southampton
The perfect choice for any animal lover, ceremonies are held in historic Marwell Hall. Guests have access to the zoo.
The Hawk Conservancy, near Andover
It has two licensed rooms, and you can even arrange to have some of the birds of prey involved in your wedding celebrations. Lemontree Photography Hampshires trusted photographer is experienced in weddings at this venue.
Setley Ridge Vineyard, Brockenhurst
This family-run vineyard also offers wine tours and tastings, which could maybe form part of your wedding celebration!
Horsebridge Station, near Stockbridge
Platform One of this listed Victorian former station is now licensed for ceremonies too. The station is surrounded by beautiful gardens overlooking the River Test.
The Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Cricket fans will love this venue, as the hotel is part of Hampshire’s County Cricket grounds, which can cater for up to 450 guests, as well as more intimate events.
Beside the Sea
These sea defences located in the English Channel make for a very unusual venue, as they are reached by sea or even air.
Blue Funnel Cruises, Southampton
Cruise around the Solent during your ceremony and reception. You can return to shore to pick up additional evening guests.
The Spinnaker, Portsmouth
If you have a head for heights, you can now get married 105 metres in the air on Deck 2 of the tower overlooking Portsmouth Harbour.
Tournerbury, Hayling Island
A private, exclusive-use woodland venue on Hayling Island, in Chichester Harbour.
The Master Builder’s House Hotel, Buckler’s Hard Village.
Another waterfront location, and guests have exclusive use of this historic venue.