A Tarzan style tree-house and an Arabian tent were probably not on the list when you came to booking your wedding reception. These days, anything goes and you don't have to hire the local snooker hall or stately home to entertain your guests. If you want something that reflects a little of your own personal style, be it Bo-Ho or Bollywood, then dare to be different with a unique venue befitting the occasion of your life. Here's my pick of the best to inspire you for your wedding or event.
The Tree House in Kent
The Converted Gothic Church in London
From a grand church to an unusual Arabian style tent. With sumptuous styling enhanced by atmospheric lighting and the most luxurious of fabrics and textures, this is a tent with a difference. The Arabian Tent Company design, create and develop the most extraordinary tents for people who want to celebrate in style. They offer a collection of eight beautiful interiors to suit the desired mood of your celebration, whether it's earthy 'hippy chick' or Indian Princess. Don't miss the eye-catching Bollywood tent covered in mirror-work and embroidery for a dance area with real 'wow'!
The Beach in Sussex
You could pitch a tent on the beach or you could book the beachside Gallivant Hotel and bring the reception right by the sea. Celebrate in the sand dunes by the hypnotic, rolling waves of the sea and take cover from the elements at this beautiful beach house hotel set overlooking five miles of pristine sand beyond. Pretty coastal, beach themed rooms and fine dining is provided by a small team of Marco Pierre White trained chefs. You'll feel like a Victorian romantic celebrating in formal dress on the beach in real old fashioned style.
The only thing more enchanting than celebrating your marriage on the sand dunes by the sea is to be on the water itself in a boat just big enough for your wedding party. If you truly love the sea, celebrate on a boat or ship for a real wow factor! Your day will turn into an adventure quite different to any other wedding party! The gently lulling rock of the boat on the water is so precious and the changing views, spectacular. The Princess Caroline, with flags fluttering in the breeze, will seat over 100 guests. The top deck is for dancing, and with the roof and canopies open on a warm night your guests will love the feeling of the sea and sun all around them, then, as it starts to get cooler they can be closed to make the atmosphere just right whatever the weather outside. For true romantics, have your wedding video set to the song, 'Sea of Love'. *Sigh*
The Barn in Suffolk
If you'd rather stay on dry land but the natural elements of the woodlands and the beach have inspired you to go for a more informal and traditional wedding venue with organic roots for a country style wedding, then you may want to consider this beautiful converted barn. Well hidden and worth finding, the timber-framed Dove Barn sits amidst rolling wheat fields of rural Suffolk. Light and airy barns with a sheltered courtyard and pretty gardens create a gorgeous relaxed summer venue while a large hall with blazing open fires is wonderful in winter. Eco- conscious and Pagan, Humanist and multi-faith couples will be drawn to the natural and traditional styling of this pretty place.
If you love flowers and impressive architecture then Kew Gardens has a variety of stunning and indeed awe-inspiring venues. There's a range of places to choose from, including the Orangery, a beautiful 19th century glasshouse conservatory and a striking, partly subterranean space overlooking the surrounding lake at water level! You can entertain 400 guests and wine, dine and dance the night away surrounded by tropical plants and stunning natural beauty.
The Roman Baths in... um Bath funnily enough (hence the place name!)
And if none of these weird and wonderful venues tickle your fancy and you want something seriously memorable and out of this world in an Elvis and Marilyn kind of a way, Fly to Vegas, Baby!
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