10 Fantastic, Cool and Unusual Wedding Venues in Birmingham

It's fair to say, that as a Midlands Documentary Wedding Photographer I get around a bit, seeing lots and lots of amazing, awesome, wonderful wedding venues.

Being tied to just one venue to photograph weddings would, quite frankly, do my head in!!! In fact I work hard to ensure that across the year I'm booked for a variety of quirky, interesting and unusual Birmingham wedding venues and beyond.

So I thought I'd share some of this experience with you to perhaps help with choosing your own awesome wedding venue!!

Wedding party standing outside Birmingham Electric Cinema

Just to get straight into it, here's a list with some handy little links built in if you want to go and take a look.

In the city itself we have 5 Cool & Quirky Birmingham Wedding Venues:-

~ Fazeley Studios

~ Birmingham Library

~ The Electric Cinema

~ Digbeth Old Library

~ The Bond Company

Then a bit further out we have 5 Interesting, Unusual West Midlands Wedding Venues:-

~ Avoncroft Museum

~ Umberslade Adventure/Enchanting Woodland Weddings

~ Oldberrow House

~ Shustoke Barn

~ Gorcott Hall

Now, if you'd like to find out a bit more about them then read on :-) I've written blogs for quite a few of these so just click on the links if you'd like to go and see them, and more blogs coming soon!!

Fazeley Studios

In Digbeth, right across the road from The Bond Company, Fazeley Studios is a restored Unitarian Chapel, a blend of Victorian ecclesiastical architecture coupled with urban industrial vibes.

Groom and Best Man joining in a big selfie before his Fazeley Studios wedding

Bride arriving at Fazeley Studios with her two children for their Digbeth Wedding

This ceremony was held is a wonderful Garden Room, light and airy and looking out onto the courtyard.

Then there's the Fazeley Room for food and speeches before back to the Garden Room for the party!

Wedding speeches in the Fazeley room at FazeleY  Studios

Guests playing Mr & Mrs at Fazeley Studios wedding reception

Loving look between Bride & Groom at Fazeley Studios wedding breakfast

Guests having fun playing a party game at FazeleY studios wedding

Plus, being in the heart of Digbeth, you've got some really cool stuff going on outside too!!

Laughing bride sprawled across the bonnet of a police car in Digbeth in Birmingham

Bride & Groom walking off hand in hand in Digbeth after their wedding

Birmingham Library

Right in the heart of the city, overlooking Centenary Square, you have the amazing building which is the 'new' library (it opened in 2013)

Described by some as a wedding cake, because of its exterior appearance, it rises up from the ground with 10 floors, with interconnecting elevators, escalators and travelators (it's all about the 'tors!!)

The surprise when you make it up to the top, is that inside this homage to modern design is a piece of history. Transplanted from the 'old' library is The Shakespeare Memorial room, a wood panelled example of 19th century civic pride, now available for your wedding ceremony

After the ceremony you get the chance to explore both the inside of the library but also the outside areas/gardens which give amazing views of the city

At this particular wedding they had drinks in the Rep Theatre bar next door and then walked alongside the canal to The Distillery for the party

Electric Cinema

Are you a movie lover? Ever fancied being the stars of your very own love story?! Well The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, at the back of Grand Central, could be the perfect place for you

The oldest working cinema in the land, this art-deco picture house is quirkiness personified!

Side view of wedding ceremony at Birmingham's Electric Cinema

Red & black velvet clad inside the auditorium they really do a great job of giving you a movie themed wedding ceremony.

From your names above the door as you arrive ( the latest big feature) to a movie posted in the lobby and the opportunity to show your own highlights reel as the register is signed, it's all there

Anxious bride walking down the aisle at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham

Black & White photograph of Best Man looking on as bride & groom get married at The Electric Cinema

Happy bride raising her arms aloft in triumph after getting married at The Electric Cinema

Newlyweds wandering through the streets of Birmingham after their wedding at The Electric Cinema

After this wedding the newlyweds headed off through Chinatown to The Loft for a night-club vibe wedding party

Digbeth Old Library

From the newest library in Birmingham we move to the last of the original free libraries in the city, in Digbeth, right across the road from the iconic Custard Factory

If you want a wedding venue that is right in the heart of a hip, vibrant part of the city, then give this place a look!!

The whole area just oozes cool and the library is another light and airy venue space, just off the main route pedestrian route through the area but easily missed as you walk past

Bridal party waiting in the Zellig building before wedding in The Old Library

Bridal party waling across Gibb Street in Digbeth to The old Library

Wedding ceremony at Digbeth Old Library

With all that industrial funk and graffiti just around the corner who wouldn't want to have a wander, after the confetti!!

Guests on Gibb Street in Digbeth waiting to throw confetti

Bride & Groom doing the confetti run in Digbeth

Bride & Groom walking underneath railway arch in Digbeth after their wedding

Digbeth graffiti in the background as newlyweds enjoy a moment after their Old Library Wedding

The Bond Company

Right next to the Grand Union Canal, in an old Victorian factory and with its own wharf, I present The Bond!!

This is another fab space to get married, once again in Digbeth (there are a whole lot of cool wedding venues in Digbeth!) Having the canal at the back really adds another dimension, just be careful not to fall in!!

Post wedding ceremony kiss between Bride & Groom after their Bond Company wedding in Birmingham

A passionate moment between the bride & groom after their wedding at the Bond Company in Digbeth

Wedding guests at The Bond in Digbeth wearing funny face masks

The Bond company, Birmingham wedding dancing

Quirky photo of the bride, wearing a lizards head on the dancefloor at The Bond Company in Digbeth

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

It's a museum....of old buildings!!

We're talking an incredibly eclectic collections of historic buildings that have been painstakingly transplanted from their original location and rebuilt here, near to Bromsgrove, in Stoke Heath

Bride seeing groom for first time at Avoncroft Museum wedding

Bride & Groom kissing after their wedding in New Guesten Hall at Avoncroft Museum

You can get married in the New Guesten Hall beneath its fourteenth century, Grade II* listed roof. They've also got a Victorian Mission Church, an old windmill and the National Collection of Phoneboxes (who knew!)

Confetti run at Avoncroft Museum wedding

Avoncroft Museum wedding photography

Black & white image of Bride & Groom walking away from New Guesten Hall at Avoncroft Museum Wedding

Old co-op building at Avoncroft Museum

Newlyweds walking towards windmill at Avoncroft Museum

Bride & Groom embracing in doorway of old co-op building at Avoncroft Museum wedding

Laughing Bride & Groom in phonebox at Avoncroft Museum wedding

Enchanting Woodland Weddings at Umberslade Adventure

You want a woodland wedding, right in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside? You got it!

In ancient oak woodland, amongst a canopy of trees there is a clearing. Perfect for a blessing, a tipi and a party

hay bales ready for wedding at Umberslade Adventure

Bridal party arriving for woodland blessing at Enchanting Woodland weddings

Guests waiting for bride & groom at outdoor wedding at Umberslade Adventure

Wedding Tipi at Enchanting Woodland Weddings

Plus, what this place has to offer to make it even more awesome, is that there's an adventure playground and you get exclusive use of it on your wedding day!!

Bride & Groom climbing up ropes at their wedding at umberslade adventure near Solihull

Bride on zipwire at her Enchanting Woodland Weddings big day

Surely reason to do a happy dance!!

Oldberrow House

A Victorian Country House, with an outdoor ceremony and marquee reception - another fab Warwickshire Wedding venue

Family owned and run this place is wonderfully friendly and flexible to give you the day that you want

Although there were some showers during the day it really didn't seem to matter. Dry inside the marquee and perfect for an amazing party

Shustoke Barn

We're moving around Birmingham now, anti-clockwise and here we have somewhere up to the North East of the city

An 18th century red-brick barn set around a courtyard that feels almost mediterranean, complete with olive trees!!

This was a summer wedding and boy oh boy was it hot!! But as the sun started to go down, with a cornfield right next door, a party to get started, what a fab place!!

Gorcott Hall

Another historic building, this time it's a 16th Century, Grade II listed Tudor country house on the Worcestershire/Warwickshire border

I've shot a couple of weddings here, both church weddings, although they are a licenced venue

The house itself is a family home, with an 18th century barn alongside for celebrations later on in the day.

So there you have it, my round up of 10 great wedding venues in Birmingham and the surrounding area

Hope it's been of use!!

If you're interested in other wedding planning tips then you could check out these other blogs

5 Quirky ideas for wedding entertainment

A Photographer's Guide to an Outdoor Wedding

Or if you'd like to discuss your wedding plans then please get in touch

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