Top five quirky wedding venues

Every bride ‒ and groom ‒ wants a wedding venue to remember for all the right reasons. You will also want a venue that provides a stunning backdrop, not only for day itself but also for the photos that will serve as lifelong memories when captured by a professional Hampshire wedding photographer. If you want somewhere outside the box for your Hampshire wedding, read on for some quirky ideas.

Solent Forts

The Solent Forts offer a choice of three of the most quirky wedding venues in Hampshire. The forts, which date from the 19th century and were originally built to protect the Solent from enemy forces, are now three unique venues ideal for weddings. Arrive in style by boat and enjoy breathtaking sea views throughout the day. This venue is included in Hampshire Life’s top 20 wedding venues.

HMS Warrior

A Hampshire venue list would not be complete without two nautical options. This grand and magnificent vessel is not only a beautiful backdrop for any wedding but also Hampshire’s only entrant in the Independent’s 50 best UK wedding venues.

Weddings in the Wood

If you live in Hampshire, the New Forest is probably already a big part of your life. The Weddings in the Wood venue can be found in the grounds of a private estate, surrounded by the beauty of the New Forest, and is ideal for anyone who wants a natural backdrop for their pictures and a rustic theme for their wedding.

Marwell Zoo

Something that nobody will ever forget is a wedding in Winchester’s fabulous Marwell Zoo. The ceremony itself takes place in the beautiful country house within the zoo’s grounds, giving you the option of both classically beautiful wedding photos and quirky pictures with tigers, cheetahs or rhinos.


If you really want your wedding to go off with a bang, you can hire out the Explosions! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport. The vaulted brick Magazine building provides a magnificent background and guests can look around the museum as they enjoy a champagne reception.

If you want an unforgettable wedding, you have chosen the right county, From zoos to sea forts and regal ships to rustic woods, Hampshire has it all.