One of your very first tasks when planning a wedding is finding the perfect venue. This decision is a crucial one as the look and style will set the tone for your entire day. It’s alternative wedding month, so we’ve been looking at wedding venues that offer something a little bit different. Here are some options perfect for those couples who are hunting for an unconventional location for their big day.


A tipi is the perfect venue choice if you want your wedding day to have that laid-back vibe. There are so many benefits to choosing this unique and rustic style of venue. Your guests will feel instantly relaxed and ready to celebrate when they arrive. Plus it’s size and set up creates an intimate atmosphere for you, your new spouse and all your loved ones. A tipi also acts like a blank canvas for you to style as you please. And, as a temporary structure, location is flexible meaning you can choose a seriously dreamy backdrop for your big day.

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The relaxed style of a tipi and the opulent decadence of a Manor House collide at Rothamsted Manor. Host your wedding in a giant tipi on their Croquet Lawn, with views over the manicured landscapes, walled garden and rose arches. A truly gorgeous outdoor wedding option.

Broom Farm Cuffley also offer large tipis, but in more of a countryside setting. Couples can enjoy exclusive use of their beautiful land, surrounded by an impressive lake and vast amounts of fields and woodland. You and your guests will be able to enjoy the tranquil views and really soak up the beauty of having your reception in the country.

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Another option is to hire a tipi yourself. This will give you the freedom to hold your wedding practically wherever you wish. From your family home, to a beautiful meadow, the experts over at Tipis 4 Hire will guide you through the processes and help make your day perfect. This specialist team are based in rural Hertfordshire and are dedicated to creating sumptuous and memorable spaces filled with character, warmth and a distinctive atmosphere on your wedding day.

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Dry Hire

Another alternative wedding venue option is dry hire. This gives you complete flexibility on your big day, as you’ll be hiring the venue alone. You won’t be tied to any specific suppliers, meaning you can style the venue however you wish. You’ll bring in all your own vendors, including the catering and bar. It can be tricky to find venues with a dry hire option, but with a little research you can find some fantastically unique locations.

One of our favourites is Bedford School. We’re not talking about having your wedding in a school hall that reminds you of your PE lessons. The Bedford school estate combines traditional architecture with state of the art buildings, and is set in immaculately groomed tree-lined grounds that provide a glorious backdrop for photographs. Enjoy drinks in the Foyer before heading up the sweeping staircase to the Great Hall, a magnificent banquet setting with four large stone arched windows. We particularly love that couples also have the option of hiring the school’s Grand Piano, for that added touch of luxury!

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Unique Venues

When you’re looking for a stunning venue to hold your wedding celebrations, Missenden Abbey never fails to impress. Set amidst 10 acres of Chiltern grounds, this 12th century medieval abbey perfectly blends history with today’s contemporary wedding celebrations. You may choose to marry in the Library or Garden Room, both licensed for civil weddings and partnerships. Wedding celebrations begin with Champagne and canapés before heading into one of our dining rooms with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, all setting the scene for a great wedding breakfast. Could you think of a more majestic setting for your big day?

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If you’ve got your heart set on something truly unique, then with a little research you can find some amazingly cool and weirdly wonderful places. Fanhams Hall Hotel in Ware holds one of the most romantic wedding venue options in Hertfordshire. Nestled in the hotel’s grounds is a beautiful Grade II listed Japanese tea house. Named the House of the Pure Heart, it sits within a Japanese garden which provides stunning backdrops for photography and is available as a wedding venue throughout the summer.

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Another alternative wedding venue we love is set amongst the former home, studio and garden of the iconic English artist, Henry Moore. Celebrate your nuptials in a 16th century barn, decorated with Moore’s tapestries and set amongst the beautiful sculpture gardens. Could there be a more dramatic backdrop for your special day?

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Countryside Venues

Set on the borders of the beautiful Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire countryside, Magnolia Park’s spectacular grounds and the Best Western Plus hotel offer stunning views of both the golf course and the beautiful countryside beyond and serve as a wonderful backdrop for celebrating the biggest day of your life.

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Another idyllic countryside wedding venue we just can’t get enough is Upthorpe Wood, a truly magical woodland wedding venue on the border between Suffolk and Norfolk. This rustic venue gives couples the chance to create their own perfect day, whether that be a sunset ceremony, festival style wedding or something with more of a boho vibe.

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Lighting Your Venue

If you’ve find your dream venue, but are looking for ways to make it that much more spectacular, then we’ve got a tip for you- focus on lighting. The way you light a room can have a huge impact on the look and feel, and is the key to creating the perfect atmosphere. The experts over at PW Audios will be able to help you out with all things lighting and sound. The Buckinghamshire based team offer their services across the Four Counties, and can transform your wedding with everything from glittering dancefloors to giant light up LOVE letters.

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