At Warble, our entertainment artists travel to many different villages, towns and cities throughout the UK to perform at weddings as well as other celebrations. Our world class wedding entertainers have played at a huge treasure trove of varied venues, from traditional church halls to country house hotels, marquees which have transformed a back garden into a bridal couples dream wedding… Sumptuous boutique hotels, beaches, restaurants – these are the normal places that are chosen to celebrate but what about the unusual? The venues which are out of the ordinary, remarkable even? Guaranteed to stay in guests’ minds for years to come? Somewhere which can only be described as spectacularly different? Well, we can tell you that every now and then a band or one of our magicians – or perhaps a toastmaster is asked to perform at a strange but wonderfully imaginative wedding venue.
Sometimes we get asked for our suggestions and some of these venues are so outrageous and exciting that we have decided to share what we think are great ideas. We have compiled the top 5 most unusual wedding venues in the UK to inspire you and we’ve thrown in our ideas for unusual entertainment to complement each! Who says weddings have to be the same? Be bold, be daring, be dramatic – be different!
Remember, these are actual wedding venues and may not be in your area but if you do like the ideas, then do some of your own research and see if you can come up with somewhere similar close by – or make your wedding somewhat of a holiday destination for the weekend and invite your guests to travel a little further afield – we promise it will be worth it!
1. The Old Lighthouse in Dungeness, Kent
Now here’s a romantic retreat… perfect if you have a small gathering and want something different but intimate too. The Old Lighthouse will stand out and the building overlooks the English Channel with sensational views – you could even hop across for a honeymoon in France. This venue is often used for filming and fashion shoots so brides – you will know that you’re at home with top models and it has a rich tapestry of history dating back to King James I in 1615. Enjoy the sound of the sea lapping against the sides while you say your vows – picturesque and unbelievably romantic.
Do bear in mind that as it only holds 30 people you want “quieter” entertainment so in keeping with the romance, look for a harpist, guitarist, saxophonist or a solo act – go one step further and alongside with the lighthouse’s history choose one of Warble’s medieval entertainers such as Medieval Minstrels or our Historical Musician. You could even theme your wedding in medieval style and dress up for the occasion. If you really want to stand out – invite lookalike Captain Jack Sparrow to your lighthouse wedding – he can’t be too far away with his life on the seas! One word of warning though – keep this venue for spring or summer weddings, bad weather could hamper your ceremony and the reception afterwards.
2. Be A Footballer’s Wife
Well – a Footballer’s Fiancée but if your husband-to-be is football mad then give him the ultimate wedding gift and agree to hold your wedding at his favourite football stadium. Not all of them do it but most have a function room.
As we’re Northern based we’ll focus on Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium – of course, no football team preference here but it’s down the road from Warble Towers… Although our entertainers will travel the length and breadth of the UK! We know it’s not the same team but you should consider having Victoria & David Beckham make an appearance (well, not the real thing but Warble can provide unbelievable lookalikes – David may even help with your fiancé’s dribbling skills – on and off the pitch!)
The big plus points about football stadiums is their unbelievable capacity – for example, at Old Trafford, the Trafford Suite holds 820 people so if you have a huge list of friends and relatives, this could work beautifully and it can hold a large 5, 6 or 8 piece live band as the acoustics are perfect. If you want to include the pitch, then the Evolution Suite or the Stretford Suite overlook the famous football pitch which looks stunning at night when it is floodlit. They may even throw in a stadium tour – who knows? One thing’s for sure, tell your fiancé you want to get married at his favourite football team’s stadium and he’ll be eating out of your hand for the foreseeable wedded future!
3. Mountain Wedding in the CairnGorms
Take a trip to the far North of Scotland and you will find yourself surrounded by the incredible Cairngorm Mountains, spectacular views over Scotland and an atmospheric position. You can get married on top of the mountain and literally feel on top of the world for your big day and you can travel to the venue location, the Ptarmigan building via mountain railway, this is especially romantic and the views are breath-taking. If this venue whets your appetite, then you should seriously consider hiring a Warble bagpipe entertainer which will work beautifully with the Scottish theme. The building, which holds up to 140 people seated, is 3,600 feet above sea level and boasts a superb outdoor terrace which is ideal for the ceremony, set among the lochs and mountains of Scotland it is possibly one of the most exceptional places in the UK to get married.
Alongside your bagpiper you have to invite a Billy Connolly lookalike who can do anything from meet and greet your guests to a stand-up comedy routine – he’ll even omit the swear words! Now there’s a thoroughly Scottish themed wedding!
4. Have a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Our penultimate unusual venue is the Old Gypsy Caravan in Wales – yes, we said caravan! The Natural Wedding Company offers a superb organic farm, The Old Dairy as a venue complete with an old-fashioned Gypsy caravan. It was licensed for weddings back in March 2011 and there is also an adjacent gazebo which can hold 120 people inside an extraordinary old walled garden. If you’re budget driven this is an excellent choice especially for those of you who have a deep love of the countryside and perhaps festivals or Glamping! Be quick though, they are taking bookings into 2016.
For your “organic” Gypsy wedding why not choose some simple inspiring entertainment? Festival entertainment is the definitive match perhaps The Hedge Men who are living trees! Imagine them suddenly bursting into life and giving your guests a treat – the ultimate tree huggers they are perfect for outdoor events such as your Gypsy wedding. Your musical entertainment could include Warble’s very own The Drum Band who mix a variety of drums, dancing and singing, absolutely perfect.
5. Hold a Medieval Banquet at Le Gothique
Fancy yourselves and your guests transported back to the 10th Century? Do you love Gothic styling and magical banquets? Treat your guests to a sumptuous medieval banquet style wedding at Le Gothique in SW London which is a simply unbelievable looking bar featuring a secret cloistered garden – ideal for the wedding ceremony perhaps coupled with a harpist playing classical tunes. This building, with its tall, architecturally designed turrets, gargoyles and intricate window detail was home to MI5 and MI6 during wartime and is a popular venue for many events. It has a maximum capacity of 200 people and is available all year round, whatever the weather.
Complement your venue with suitable royal court entertainers and throw in a jester, jugglers, fire eaters and a magician for the Full Monty, all of which are available through Warble Entertainment. After enjoying your wedding breakfast with your entertainment, bring on the wedding band and have a party among the majestic hall, high ceilings and atmospheric ambiance. You have to have something royalty inspired so how about Warble Entertainment’s very own Kings of the Dancefloor? They provide a brilliant interactive show with hits from the past 50 years (maybe not 500 years) but they will make sure your wedding party goes with a bang!
We hope our suggestions have inspired you – and just in case you hadn’t noticed Warble Entertainment specialises in pretty much every type of wedding entertainment you could imagine, from traditional wedding bands, discos and DJ’s to magicians, fire eaters, stilt walkers, pianists, comedians, jazz performers, street performers, circus performers, comedians, the list goes on. For more information on what we offer call 0845 643 9384, we have anything from the sublime to the… well, ridiculous!
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