Manchester and the surrounding areas have some of the best wedding venues in the country! Over the years we have seen more couples choosing to have their wedding during the winter months. Often venues have more availability in winter, for engaged couples looking to secure their dream venue, choosing winter can give more flexibility on dates and less wait time. Plus, there are so many gorgeous venues that look fantastic in photos. Having years of experience photographing weddings throughout Manchester and the North West, we have got to know a lot of different venues. We have put together our selection of best Manchester winter wedding venues to help couples choose the perfect place to tie the knot.
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1) Manchester Hall
One of the most chic wedding venues in the city has to be Manchester Hall. City centre venues are perfect for winter weddings, the venues are focused on having amazing indoor spaces to host your wedding. Our favourite wedding was Laura & Ben’s stunning wedding at Manchester Hall. The black tie dress code for the day gave a really elegant feel.
2) Belle Epoque, Knutsford
It will come as no surprise to anyone that has seen The Belle Epoque that is has been featured by Tatler magazine as one of its top 100 wedding venues. This quirky wedding venue is a real hidden gem and would be perfect for a winter wedding. Everything from its sumptuous red leather sofas and chairs to its exposed wooden beams feels cosy – you can even have the ceremony room candle lit for your big day! We were lucky enough to capture Amanda and Ian’s big day at this beautiful venue – take a look at some of my favourite Belle Epoque wedding photos.
3) Manchester Museum
The Manchester Museum really is an incredible wedding venue right in the heart of Manchester city centre that you might never have considered. I photographed Claire and Keegan’s wedding here earlier this year. This was literally the perfect set-up for alternative wedding photography. Photo opportunities at the Manchester Museum are endless, whilst Claire looked so cool and quirky wearing Hi-Top Vans trainers. The 19th Century building has stunning architecture and its ivy-draped Quadrangle is just beautiful – and that’s before you look inside! One of the most impressive parts of the museum is its giant T-Rex skeleton hanging from the ceiling – not something you often see in wedding pictures! If you’re getting married then you should definitely check out this venue. It’s up there in my list of the top 10 winter wedding venues in Manchester.
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4) Colshaw Hall, Over Peover
Colshaw Hall is one of the most impressive venues not just in the North West, but across the UK and has won numerous awards as a luxury Cheshire wedding venue. Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley even married husband Tom there earlier this year. Set in 300 acres, this Grade II listed country house has been restored and transformed into one of the most luxurious venues I have had the pleasure of photographing at. Perfect at any time of the year, Colshaw Hall offers the ultimate in luxury for your wedding. Last summer I photographed Louise and Adam’s summer wedding here. View their Colshaw Hall wedding photos over on the blog. This luxury venue is definitely one of the best choices for a winter wedding.
5) The Monastery, Manchester
Architecturally, The Monastery in Manchester is just magnificent. This Gothic monastery is romantic and peaceful as well as being visually stunning – you can’t help but be impressed by it. After photographing Sarah and Anna’s wedding here I absolutely loved the venue. This same-sex wedding was so much fun. Wedding photography at the Gorton Monastery is a photographers dream with so many picturesque locations and colourful lights. The Monastery Manchester would make a beautiful winter wedding venue. Because of the sheer number of beautiful inside spaces for taking pictures, your wedding photography would be amazing too. Furthermore, the staff are fantastic and so friendly.
6) The Midland Hotel, Manchester
The Midland Hotel is the perfect venue for couples looking for glamour and grandeur right in the heart of the city. A red carpet welcomes you through Edwardian Baroque style arches into this beautiful city centre hotel. It really does have the ‘wow factor’ and would be perfect for a winter wedding. This is also a great venue for brides looking to get ready before their big day. With enormous hotel rooms and an even bigger bridal suite, wedding photography at The Midland Hotel in Manchester is always impressive. Finally, a highlight of having a winter wedding at The Midland is that they decorate the hotel reception with the most amazing Christmas tree. This gigantic tree makes a stunning backdrop for wedding photos.
7) Oddfellows, Chester
I absolutely love Oddfellows in Chester with its Alice in Wonderland feel. Originally a society for the misfits in society, the creative professions and people who didn’t quite ‘fit’, the Georgian Oddfellows Hall is just wonderful. This whimsical venue has everything from tea rooms to a ‘Grown Up Bar’ with a view across the city. Sophisticated but quirky, Oddfellows is definitely tailored towards the luxury crowd. A winter wedding here would be incredible! Highly recommended.
8) Manchester Town Hall
As a preferred supplier at Manchester Town Hall, I absolutely love photographing weddings here! Couples really do get the best of both worlds when they get married here. Inside the venue are so many beautiful opportunities for photographs. From the 30-foot stained glass windows to its elegant arches, you are spoilt for choice. However, once outside, the city is your oyster with so many urban photography locations available. This would definitely be one of the best winter wedding venues in Manchester. Also, if you’re having a large number of guests then the Town Hall is perfect. With gigantic rooms, this venue is perfect for a winter wedding with 100 or more guests.
9) Great John Street Hotel & King Street Townhouse, Manchester
Both of these quirky city centre hotels would be absolutely perfect for a luxurious winter wedding – I love them! Owned by Eclectic Hotels, these are two impressive urban wedding venues in central Manchester. Great John Street Hotel is a firmer Victorian schoolhouse now offers the ultimate in urban luxury whether you’re looking for a small, intimate affair or have a larger guest list within its different rooms. Dating back to 1872, King Street Townhouse would also make an amazing venue for a winter wedding with its views across Manchester from its South Terrace.
10) Capesthorne Hall
Capesthorne Hall is another one of Cheshire’s finest wedding venues – it’s even been used for filming movies and TV shows! Set in several acres of rolling grounds, this beautiful Grade II listed stately home will be on many brides’ dream venues list. This would be an amazing venue for a winter wedding, particularly if you were lucky enough to get some snow falling on its beautiful grounds! A white wedding is every bride’s dream, right? After photographing Cala and Sohail’s wedding at Capesthorne Hall I can’t wait to work here again. Take a look at some of my favourite Capesthorne Hall wedding photos.
11) Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
If you are looking for something a bit different, Victoria Warehouse is the perfect winter wedding venue in Manchester. Built in the 1900s this former industrial warehouse is really an amazing space that will look incredible in your wedding photos. The venue has been lovingly preserved and will offer you something completely unique and surprisingly romantic – all under one roof. Located close to central Manchester, this would make a great wedding venue for alternative brides. Also, the warehouse can accommodate a large number of guests and Manchester is nearby which provides great accommodation options for guests. Sound good? Contact the Victoria Warehouse to request a winter wedding pricing brochure. If you’re looking for a Manchester wedding photographer then please get in touch.
Now start planning your winter wedding!
Hopefully, I have given you some food for thought if you are planning a winter wedding here and some inspiration for venues you might not have thought about. As a professional wedding photographer, it’s nice to pass on useful recommendations to brides and grooms.
For more recommendations, see the list of Manchester wedding suppliers that I highly recommend.
Thank you for reading this list of the top 10 winter wedding venues in Manchester compiled by Shane Webber Photography.