My 10 Best Wedding Venues in Glasgow
There’s a fantastic range of Wedding venues in Glasgow. That’s why it has become such a popular city for couples to tie the knot. If you’re planning to get married here you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are dozens of options. Here are my 10 best wedding venues in Glasgow.
These Wedding venues in Glasgow are as diverse as its people, its architecture and its culture. They reflect the industrial heritage of the city as well as the trading legacy which saw the creation of so many incredible buildings in the city.
As a documentary wedding photographer my best wedding venues aren’t always the obvious ones. It’s not necessarily the ones that look the best on the outside or have one grand state room. I am looking at the space and the light. It’s also important how the day flows between different rooms. This will impact the change of mood and how your guests will react to the different stages of the day.
The House for an Art Lover
This wonderful venue provides the perfect canvas for a day full of contrasts and the changing moods of any wedding. The building has become a Glasgow wedding photographer’s dream location as it celebrates the space, light and art of it’s great designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The vast, dark, cathedral-like space of the Main Hall has high north facing windows. These drench everyone and everything in a soft flattering cool light of an artist’s studio. The dark panelling creates a dramatic backdrop to all the beautifully lit wedding finery which creates a look that is equal to any West End theatre production.
Moving through to the light bright south-facing Music Room takes your breath away.
Here is a link to a couple of lovely weddings I have photographed there:
University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel
The space in the chapel is reminiscent of any of the great cathedrals of the gothic era which creates an incredible sense of occasion for your wedding. On a sunny day light streams down onto the alter from the stain glass windows high above generating an atmosphere you won’t find in any other venue.
After your ceremony the cloisters and quads are the perfect space to greet your guests and wonderful surroundings for your wedding portrait photography.
Here is a link to a fabulous small intimate wedding I photographed at Glasgow Uni:
You’ll also find a link to a Mar Hall wedding with a Glasgow Uni ceremony further down the page.
The Engine Works, #3 of my 10 best wedding venues in Glasgow
The Engine Works is at the opposite end of the scale from Glasgow Uni in terms of style and heritage but it’s just as “Glasgow”. The space sits on the banks of the canal at Maryhill and has been beautifully renovated. It is a converted engineering works complete with heavy lifting crane in the rafters. The exposed red brick walls give a warm, textured backdrop.
It’s full of atmosphere and the large space is a blank canvas for stamping your own style on this great piece of Glasgow heritage. Love it!!
Take a look at Jen & Robbie’s full wedding on my blog…. Jen & Robbie
Mar Hall is a great favourite of mine. Whether you’re using the fabulous garden pavilion overlooking the Clyde or out in the gardens shaded by ancient cedar trees, it’s a venue that provides a wonderful location for all types of weddings. The bridal suite is the perfect place for the girls to get ready, especially if there’s a lot of you as there’s plenty of space and great light!
Here are a couple of lovely weddings from Mar Hall…
Laura & Mike who had their ceremony at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Apartment 29 and the Supper Club is a great combination of spaces over various floors. There’s a relaxed loft lounge and an outdoor roof space. You’ll find the event areas perfectly suited to a gorgeous wedding ceremony and a superb party. 29 Glasgow is right in the heart of the city and looks out onto Royal Exchange Square.
Take a look at Robin and Tracey’s full wedding on my blog…. Robin & Tracey
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If your idea of the perfect wedding setting is a grand country house five minutes from the centre of the city, Pollok House will fit the bill. It is regarded as one of Scotland’s grandest Edwardian homes, it is filled with world renowned art treasures and has sweeping staircases and beautifully manicured gardens. The surrounding Pollok Country Park offers peace and tranquillity, a buffer from the bustling city so close by.
Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens
One Devonshire Gardens has become a Glasgow institution in recent years. It is famous for great food and five star service.
The dark wood panelling and architectural decorations give a wonderful sense of intimacy and richness. The original fireplaces, corniced ceilings and bay windows make this venue a beacon of the style that the West End of Glasgow is famous for.
Blythswood Square Hotel
Blythswood Square Hotel is a venue I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working at over the years. It’s location in central Glasgow makes you feel as if you’re celebrating at the heart of everything.
The magnificent steps and the grandeur of the lobby and bar make a real statement. The suites downstairs work perfectly for the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the party. They are full of style with a warmth and comfort to create the most convivial of atmospheres. Your guests will know they’re “painting the town” in an extraordinary and unique piece of Glasgow.
City Halls & The Old Fruitmarket, #9 in my best wedding venues in Scotland
At the opposite end of town to Blythswood Square the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket is in the Merchant City. It’s an area of the Glasgow chock full of bars and restaurants. As a result the atmosphere in the surrounding streets is vibrant and beats to the heart of the city.
This spectacular venue hosts a huge range of events throughout the year and if you’re planning a big celebration you won’t be limited by the capacity here.
In the Old Fruitmarket the listed ironmongery and original greengrocers’ signs have been retained and refurbished. You wouldn’t be surprised to see Eliza Doolittle looking down from the balcony.
West on the Green
The final choice in my 10 best wedding venues in Glasgow was a bit of a surprise to me. Going back through all my best Glasgow wedding venues this one really jumped out!
Lots of wedding venues claim to be unique but there aren’t many where you can tie the knot by the copper kettles and mash tun! As well as that, the venue is housed within the Templeton Building affectionately known as the Old Carpet Factory – a Glasgow landmark.
The West Courtyard incorporates the industrial grandeur of a full production brewery providing a pretty special backdrop for any style of wedding while the exposed brickwork and warm wood panelling offer a rustic finish.
It’s a very flexible space for you to stamp your own style on the occasion. Glasgow Green provides a wonderful space for outdoor pictures.
So what did you think of my choice of the 10 Best Wedding Venues in Glasgow? There are so many to choose from it’s been really tough narrowing them down. As well as that, I haven’t been to them all yet!
Are you planning to get married in Glasgow? And do you like the style of my natural unposed and candid documentary wedding photography? If so, why not drop me a line to see if I’m free for your big day.