Manchester is the second largest populated urban area in the UK and is a vibrant and colourful metropolis once at the forefront of the industrial revolution. Manchester offers an exceptional range of traditional and contemporary wedding venues with just about every different permutation on the wedding theme you can think of and then some.
For the complete package, choose one of the many hotels in the city which can offer both the ceremony and a reception with a choice of classic and modern buildings for all tastes and budgets. Manchester is an historic city so there are some truly spectacular period venues including grand halls, converted churches which are now licensed for civil ceremonies and former industrial buildings which have been stylishly converted to offer the latest in modern minimalism.
For something a little different, opt for a boutique photographic studio and you can even get married at Old Trafford, the heart of football in the city. For aviation enthusiasts, hold your wedding at the Concorde Conference Centre – the clue really is in the name! This purpose-built hangar is home to the iconic British Airways plane. Dine underneath its wings and if you have a large party then this really is the venue for you as it can accommodate up to 600 guests, perfect for a themed wartime wedding with space for a large dance floor and band.
Stray towards the outskirts of Manchester and you can find more peaceful and green venues where you can have all the advantages that the city provides in a quieter setting.
If you want a city centre ceremony but a rural reception, then Manchester will really tick all the boxes. Manchester is surrounded by glorious countryside criss-crossed with historic waterways and dotted with pretty villages and attractive market towns. It’s a bit of a surprise considering how much of a busy metropolis Manchester is so if you want to combine city with rural then Manchester might just be the perfect location in the north west.
Manchester unsurprisingly is very well connected for road and rail travellers; Greater Manchester has the highest proportion of the UK’s motorway network than any other location in the country. The M60 or Manchester Ring Motorway runs around the city and the M62 links Manchester eastwards to Bradford and Leeds, connecting with the A1(M). It is two hours from Manchester to London by train. Manchester has its own airport, and the Liverpool John Lennon airport is less than thirty miles away.