Before you settle on a specific venue, ask the venue manager the following questions to avoid any unexpected challenges:
- Is the venue licensed for a wedding? – Many unique wedding venues host a wide range of other events, too. This means they might not be licensed for conducting a wedding ceremony. Make sure to double check this with the manager before you book to avoid misunderstandings.
- Is it available for exclusive hire? – Some venues offer only a part of their space for hire. If that is the case, it is appropriate to ask the manager who else is going to be there. You don't want your wedding to be disrupted by a rap concert in the next room or a wild stag party.
- What about decorations? – Some venues have a specific image they want to maintain. Make sure you will be allowed to decorate the space the way you want. Decorations can make or break a wedding’s wow factor, so it’s always better to verify your expectations with a venue representative before booking a facility.
Birmingham is rich in different kinds of alternative wedding venues. Here are some of our top picks that may inspire you:
- Contemporary – Modern and chic, industrial and spacious: all of these words can describe several venues in Birmingham. We’re thinking mostly about warehouses, studios and lofts. If that is right up your alley, don't hesitate to choose this type of an alternative wedding venue. You’ll find some of the most quirky ones in and around Custard Factory!
- Cosy – A charming type of venue that will make you feel warm and at home. It is worth mentioning that these types of venues can also be found on the outskirts of Birmingham. Pubs, restaurants and hotels can all fit in this category. If a laid-back and intimate atmosphere is what you are looking for, this kind of space is for you.
Here is a list of a few of our favourite spots in Birmingham when it comes to unusual wedding venues:
- City centre – This is a very popular location for weddings – and it’s hardly a surprise, as it offers some of the most unique wedding venues spaces in town. On the other hand, with a central location come higher prices and other inconveniences, such as traffic jams. We think it is worth the splendid spaces in this area, but ultimately the decision is up to you.
- Bullring – This area is a perfect mix between the modern and the historical and is known for its cool and more laid-back wedding venues. If that is the ambience you are looking for, Bullring is the right choice.
- Westside – Stylish and tasteful are the two words that come to mind when describing Westside. Encircled by the Birmingham Old Canal Line, it also offers some beautiful views and great photo opportunities.