When we heard about the couple in Michigan that got married in TK Maxx (in the Size 8 shoe aisle, no less), we started to wonder what weird and wonderful wedding venues are available over on our side of the pond. It turns out there are some pretty cool options out there – here’s a few that will guarantee a truly unforgettable big day (and a comparatively anti-climactic married life thereafter).
1. The Gherkin
Not for the faint-hearted, ceremonies held at this iconic London venue take place on level 39 with breath-taking 360 degree views of the city. After the ceremony your guests can venture 180 metres from ground level for drinks and canapés under the glass dome of the Gherkin, whilst you have your picture taken against possibly the best backdrop…ever? JUST THINK OF ALL THE FACEBOOK LIKES!
2. HMS President
Forget dancing shoes, for this wedding ceremony you’ll be needing your sea legs. Moored in the City of London with a presidential suite, a gun room and an original Georgian Ballroom available for hire, the HMS President’s event team can organise pretty much anything you want. We’ve even heard rumours of speedboat thrill rides – and we’re very excited.
3. King’s Cross Station
Yep, really. The Parcel Yard pub at King’s Cross Station is now a licensed wedding venue, meaning that Harry Potter themed wedding that you have always dreamed of can now become a reality, complete with photo shoot on Platform 9 ¾. Five rooms in the Fuller’s pub are licensed for ceremonies, including the First Class Lounge and the Station Master’s Room. And with the Eurostar waiting a mere stone’s throw away, no prizes for guessing where the honeymoon’s at…
4. The Sea Life London Aquarium
Ever hear of the couple that got married in a shark tank? We did. And we thought they were bonkers. If saying your vows over a radio transmitter and wearing wetsuits instead of morning suits all seems a bit too …clunky… for you, then do the next best thing and get married in the London Aquarium. The nail biting Shark Walk could be a spectacular finale to the event…
5. Battersea Power Station
A quaint country church? A trendy loft in Dalston? A beach at sunset? Nope. When I grow up, I want to get married in a boiler house. Because if it was good enough for a Pink Floyd album cover, then it’s good enough for me. It’s not quite as industrial as it seems though. As part of the billion pound project to turn Battersea Power Station into a luxury accommodation and leisure development, hosting a wedding in the brand spanking new complex could set you back upwards from £250,000. On second thoughts, I think I’ll stick to the registry office.