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!!
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 Unusual & 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 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!!
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.
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!
Plus, being in the heart of Digbeth, you've got some really cool stuff going on outside too!!
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
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!
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
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
With all that industrial funk and graffiti just around the corner who wouldn't want to have a wander, after the confetti!!
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!!
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
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!)
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
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!!
Surely reason to do a happy dance!!
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
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!!
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