Shout out to all the couples looking to tie the knot in Glasgow
We all know that Glasgow is known for being fun, fashionable and friendly – and who wouldn’t want their wedding to be the same?
Here’s the Fairytales Photography run-down of the coolest and best Glasgow wedding venues:
If you’re looking for an alternative or atmospheric Glasgow wedding venue, this former church is a buzzing contemporary place for all sorts of events – including weddings. Oran Mor is striking from both the outside and inside, with lots of gorgeous stained glass as a backdrop and features a very cool celestial ceiling mural by Alasdair Gray to gaze up at.
Under the same owner as Blythswood, and therefore also with excellent standards, next on the list is Grand Central Hotel which is slap-bang in the centre of town! This is a fine example of Victorian architecture and the decor is a tasteful blend of classic and contemporary, which, all in, makes it a beautiful place to be. Your photos, by the way, will be wowee if you pose at the staircase or at Champagne Central, the hotel’s super-gitzy bar!
Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant must know a thing or two about hosting a good party, right?! Weddings here can take place across two floors. The Grand Ballroom – which is just as fancy as it sounds – is on the second floor and features gilt cornicing, ornate stained glass windows and polished parquet, all in a beautiful historic venue. The outdoor courtyard area is great for photos as it features murals by street artists Conzo Throb and Ciaran Global. Coolness!
A stunning venue inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie MacIntosh, House for an Art Lover is set in magnificent surroundings in Bellahouston Park. You have a choice of rooms on the day, depending on your numbers, and unique features of this venue include access to the stunning walled garden and the Oval Room – a wee sanctuary for the happy couple to use to escape for a moment, to have photos taken in or to store all those lovely gifts!
First up, it’s Blythswood. This is a very luxurious wedding venue in the centre of town. The things that will hook you about this Glasgow wedding venue are the things that make it swanky, such as the marble floors and beautiful wood panelling. What you also get here, is access to their private gardens and a private cinema which they allow couples to use to show their wedding photos or to entertain children on the day!
If leafy and tranquil with lashings of period architecture sounds like your taste, this might be the perfect venue for your Glasgow wedding! Pollockshields Burgh Hall is set in Maxwell Park and is a beautiful Victorian building on the outside – with a contemporary feel inside. Extra-special features include the Loggia which opens its doors on to the fairy garden and is great for a dinner or outdoors reception if the weather is kind.
Not strictly a wedding venue but a place to know about if you like being surrounded by nature and are the type of person who is into things like Yoga and Tai chi. You can hire The Old Barn Paddock, which is essentially a field with a fantastic fire pit. Go wild with ideas for your rustic wedding; I’m thinking marquee, fairy lights and maybe some street food – you’ll have your own ideas 🙂
Looking for a wedding venue that no-one has ever been to before? Bingo! Tramway is an arts venue first and foremost and a cool, quirky place to hire for your wedding! Tramway 4 is probably the best bet from the spaces they have for hire and you can use the cafe space for your meal – and hire extra space behind (owned separately by Hidden Garden) for either the ceremony, photos or dancing. You can drink at tramway but no fizz or booze of any type can be consumed in the Gardens.
An exclusive, private cruise? Nuptials on a boat adorned with bunting? Maybe boarding at the Science Centre pontoon? A string quartet playing while you enjoy canapes on board? Yes please! Sail past some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast of Scotland and enjoy hosting your full day, including ceremony, dining and entertainment on the boat. Perfection!
One of our most grand country houses and owned by the National Trust for Scotland, Pollok House is set within Pollok Country Park. This vast property and its manicured gardens are simply stunning and the perfect place for an opulent fairytale wedding. If a blend of architecture, art, books, garden and luxury are on the cards for your wedding, this might just be the one for you.
Right in the heart of the cultural district of Glasgow’s Merchant City, the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket are brimming with period charm and offer amazing spaces for Glasgow weddings. Couples tend to say their vows in the bright and airy Recital Room in the City Halls and then mosey on down to their meal and reception at the funky Old Fruitmarket, which is capable of hosting even the biggest of weddings.
An award-winning space in the heart of The Barras, Glasgow, Baad is modern and completely versatile. This venue is great for couples who have a clear idea of what they want and don’t wish to be constrained by typical wedding venue ‘rules’! Baad offers many options, including a heated atrium which is flooded with natural light, a restaurant and bar called A’Challtainn, which is perfect for smaller events and leads out to a reclaimed parquet mezzanine level with a full view of The Courtyard. There’s also The Backyard which is made up of shipping containers and has 3 bars, a bbq & grill container, roof terrace seating and of course, a dj booth. Cool graffiti art adds to the vibe
As a Glasgow wedding photographer covering the area, I know there are about a zillion places to get married in Glasgow, so I hope this list of has given you inspiration!
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