The Best Wedding Venues in Birmingham

Are you planning a wedding in Birmingham, UK and wondering where to hold your special day? Look no further, because, I have got you covered! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best wedding venues Birmingham has to offer, catering to different styles, preferences and budgets. Whether you’re dreaming of a luxurious affair, an affordable option, or a unique backdrop, Birmingham has something for everyone.

Key Takeaways

  • Birmingham has a wide range of wedding venues that cater to different budgets and styles
  • From luxurious venues to rustic barns, Birmingham offers unique backdrops for your wedding day
  • Choosing the right wedding venue is crucial to making your special day memorable and stress-free
  • Outdoor wedding venues in Birmingham offer beautiful landscapes and picturesque settings
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest wedding venue trends to make your wedding day unique and unforgettable

My Top Wedding Venues in Birmingham

When it comes to the best wedding venues in Birmingham, couples are spoilt for choice. Planning a wedding can be an expensive affair, but it doesn’t have to be. Birmingham has a range of affordable wedding venues that offer excellent value for money without compromising on quality. To help you narrow down your selection, I’ve rounded up my top picks for wedding venues in this vibrant city.

The Bond Company – Fazeley Street

A very unique canal-side venue, set amidst the industrial Victorian buildings of Digbeth, a short distance from Birmingham city centre.

Previously a Victorian Warehouse, a gas works, and an ice factory, The Bond, with exposed brick walls and vintage lighting has been described as industrial chic and is definitely on the quirky side.  In fact this is the perfect wedding venue if you like something a little different!  This urban location can host up to 120 ceremony guests with more allowed for the seated wedding breakfast or evening reception.  The outdoor canopy provides an ideal area for an outdoor party, with street food or barbecue menus available.

Wedding Venue hire starts at £5,150 for up to 400

Fazeley Studios – Digbeth

A contemporary renovation on the old 19th-century church located in the centre of Digbeth.   Fazeley Studios with its high ceilings, massive chapel windows, and bright white walls, is an eye-catching setting.  Civil Ceremonies take place in Studio 7 with a limit of 100 guests or the Garden Room for up to 130 guests.   There is also the Grand Gallery which is a great place for the drinks reception, with lots of space and good comfortable seating.  You need a minimum of 50 guests to qualify for the wedding packages.

Wedding Venue hire weekday starts at £2,995

The Old Library – Zellig Gibb St –  Digbeth

A venue that was originally built in 1866 as one of Britain’s first free libraries, this still has the original windows and a gothic-type feel to it. Your wedding held at The Old Library will benefit from the abundance of natural daylight in the main room which has high vaulted ceilings and an airy feel.

Ceremonies here can accommodate up to 130 guests for the evening reception. There are also two options for your drinks reception while the main room is transformed for the wedding breakfast.  These are located in the Zellig Building or Custard Factory, just opposite the Old Library.

  • The Nomad – a good space with lots of areas for groups to gather and talk, ideal for up to 80 guests.
  • The Dome – an open gallery space, with artwork on the walls and a wonderful glass dome ceiling in the middle of the room. For larger groups of guests, this would be ideal.

It’s Digbeth, Birmingham’s home for street food, so as far as catering goes, there are lots of choices, with menus available with 3-course meals, traditional cuisines, or burgers and fries!  There are also plenty of opportunities for creative photography with the street graffiti, local bridges and arches, and the industrial feel of the area.

Wedding Venue hire starts at £2200

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens offer a picturesque setting for your wedding day. Tropical glasshouses and landscaped gardens, this Birmingham wedding venue is perfect for nature-loving couples who want a romantic and tranquil backdrop.

The Garden Suite is great for large weddings with the ability to accommodate up to 350 for a civil ceremony and up to 500 guests in the evening.   It also has its own private bar lounge.  The Loudon Suite is good for smaller ceremonies, able to hold up to 60 guests.  A drinks reception can be held in the nearby Conservatory overlooking the Japanese Gardens.  Finally, the Terrace Suite which is close to the display of Cacti and plants in an Arid climate.  This can hold up to 180 wedding guests, with its domed ceiling and sprung dance floor. Originally this was used as a ballroom, and it shows!

The Botanical Gardens have their own caterers who are happy to work with you so that your meal is bespoke and unique to you and your partner.

Wedding venue hire starts at £100 per head

The Ibis Hagley Road

The Ibis Hagley Road, with its stylish and contemporary interior, offers a modern option for weddings in Birmingham. Known as The Hagley, this venue can accommodate small, medium, or large-scale weddings with a state-of-the-art banqueting and events space. The banqueting suite is particularly popular for large weddings and features coordinated lighting schemes allowing couples to personalize their special day.   In the adjoining Ibis Styles Hotel there are  62 contemporary-designed hotel rooms. It’s good for guest travel, being only one mile from Birmingham New Street Station and accessible for motorway and airport links.

The Ballroom at The Hagley can host up to 400 guests and offers various amenities like secure car parking for up to 100 cars, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and gourmet 5-star in-house Asian catering.

Wedding Venue hire cost from the hotel

A late night shot of a couple outside the Hagley for the wedding reception

The Edgbaston Park Hotel

A combination of the old and the new.  The Edgbaston Park Hotel is a 1920s redbrick, Grade II listed building, wonderfully restored with landscaped gardens and up to six deluxe rooms for the bridal party to stay in.  An old family home, Hornton Grange is also licensed for ceremonies of up to 100 guests. These are held in a sky-lit extension with a private bar.

The modern option would be the Fry Suite, a good space for up to 180 ceremony guests.  This is also fully licensed with a dancefloor and space for up to 450 guests.

Catering here includes Asian, African, and Caribbean cuisine.

Wedding Venue hire starts at £3000

Lightwoods Park and House

The grade II listed building, Lightwoods House has been used by the public for 100 years in Bearwood.   There are over 12 hectares that belong to Lightwoods Park.   The Lightwoods building was restored in 2016 with the Shakespeare Gardens and Tea Room renovated.   It’s possible to reserve the building and gardens for your wedding day.  Your ceremony can take place in either the Long room within the venue or the bandstand on the park grounds.  The Long room can also be used for the wedding breakfast with a limit of 80 guests and an extra 30 guests for the evening reception.

All walled in, the Shakespeare Gardens, are really impressive, in an Elizabethan theme with a herb garden, pond, and pergola.  A marquee can be set up here for 120 guests and this is a nice option for the summer, with the doors out from the Marquee looking out over the fruit trees and hedges.

Wedding Pricing  starts at £650

A shot of a laughing bridal party of a wedding at lightwoods House and Park a wedding venue in Birmingham

Highbury Hall

Another grade II listed building was built in 1876, within grade II listed parkland, in Moseley, just three miles from Birmingham city centre. Originally built for Joseph Chamberlain, this was used as a hospital during World War I and has had a number of other uses but was restored for public use by Birmingham City Council in 1984 and the Chamberlain Highbury Trust in 2018.  The landscaped grounds are wonderful and there is an area that is great for drinks receptions. The Main Hall has a wrap-around balcony with lots of natural light and provides a

Being fully licensed for civil services, both your ceremony and your reception can be held here.  The Drawing room within the manor house is used for these. Wooden ceilings, and original ornate features help to give a classic feel to your vow ceremony.  The Main Hall has a wrap-around balcony with lots of natural light and can also be used for the wedding breakfast or a light buffet.

100 guests are allowed for the Ceremony and wedding breakfast.  160 guests for the reception. No accommodation here of course but a suite in a local boutique hotel is available. External Caterers are possible for both Asian and Caribbean cuisine.

Wedding Venue starts at £500 -£1,200  Wedding packages start at £2,750 – £5,500

The Westmead Hotel

Located in Hopwood, 20 minutes from Birmingham City Centre, the Westmead is a boutique hotel with 57 rooms and fully licensed for civil ceremonies.  Small, intimate weddings are well catered for, from just 20 guests to 220.   Your whole day can be held here with a number of packages to choose from.  Alternatively, you may choose to just hold your reception here, which the team will help you arrange.

Wedding Venue starts at £3,400

Wedding packages start at £3,750

The Old Rose and Crown Hotel

The Old Rose and Crown Hotel, set in the picturesque Lickey Hills, offers an idyllic and affordable venue for weddings. This venue is particularly suited for small and intimate weddings, with the cozy Beacon suite seating up to 30 guests and providing park views and a private bar. Highlighting its flexibility, the Old Rose and Crown caters to both civil ceremonies and larger celebrations, with the ability to accommodate up to 140 guests for civil marriages and partnerships. The venue is tastefully furnished and is also attractive for winter weddings.

A 4-course wedding breakfast is available that guests tend to enjoy. The hotel’s grounds offer stunning photo opportunities, adding to the charm of this venue. ​

Wedding Venue Packages start at £3,250

Aston Hall

A grade 1, 17th century mansion set within 50 acres of parkland in Aston Birmingham.  Sir Thomas Holte built Aston Hall, in the 17th century and it has the lovely Lady Holte’s sculptured gardens that really come alive in the spring/summer.

Civil Ceremonies take place in the Great Hall with its oak wall paneling and grand fireplace – it gives a real Jacobean feel throughout.  The Banqueting Suite can be used for the Wedding Breakfast with up to 70 guests, or the event space in the adjoining Stables.  For an outdoor feel, a marquee can be set up in the North Courtyard, this would allow up to 150 guests.

There are numerous opportunities for great images.  The Long Gallery is inside the building, outside the Hall itself, in the courtyard with its circular garden.  The Lady Holte’s Gardens though have to be the best location.  There are so many different angles to shoot from and they all give a different feel to portraits or group setups.

Wedding Venue starts at £1800

A stunning bride dressed in white stands in the grounds outside Aston Hall, a wedding venue for Birmingham

Aston Villa Football Club

This place is a little special to me as it was the venue for our wedding reception!  Aston Villa Football Club stood out to my wife and I, all those years ago due to the various options on offer and although I am not a Villa supporter, being able to go out on the terraces was an additional plus up! It’s changed over the years and now there are 5 licensed rooms for civil ceremonies and some great suites to accommodate weddings of various sizes.  The Lower Grounds which used to the Holte Suite, can have up to 700 guests.    The 82 Lounge and 82 Restaurant combine to form the 82 Club and can accommodate 350 guests.  Additionally, the Lion’s Lounge can hold 100 and the Mcgregors 200.

Self-catering packages are allowed and Caribbean, Asian, and Greek cuisine. On-site parking for up to 1000 cars is also available.

Wedding Venue hire starts with:

The Heineken lounge at £650 per day / The 82 Club at £3000 per day / The Lion’s Lounge at £900 per day / Macgregors at £1,500 per day / The Directors Club at £3000 per day / The Lower Ground Suite at £5000 per day

The Marigold

Right in the middle of Birmingham City near junction 6 of the M6, this is a lovely venue with modern décor in its own landscaped gardens.   There is parking for up to 170 cars, plus 20 VIP spaces.    For receptions only, but with two halls on offer.

The Main Hall is lavishly set out and looks out over the garden with a bridal room attached, good for pictures and a little privacy for the bride.  The capacity for the Main Hall is 350 guests.   Hall Two is on the first floor of the building and can be used as a spill over for another 250 guests.   It is a self-catering venue, alcohol-free and halal meat only.

Wedding Venue hire starts at £2,250

The New Hall Hotel and Spa

New Hall Hotel & Spa is an elegant 13th-century Manor house with a Lilly-filled moat offering a luxury wedding experience. Amidst stunning grounds, the architecture of this venue makes it perfect for couples looking for something really special.

The Great Chamber can be used to host the wedding ceremony with a capacity of 75 guests.  Oak-panelled walls with a detailed painted ceiling and leaded windows, this really takes you back in time.  There are alternatives, however.  Perhaps you would prefer the outdoor walled Rose Garden which can fit up to 75 guests.  For more intimate ceremonies the Sir Alfred Owen room is also available, allowing for up to 40 guests.  For the evening reception the Garden Pavilion, tucked away in the garden can be set up with its own private bar and dance floor. This allows for up to 200 guests. Or, the Great Chamber can be modified to include a seated arrangement for up to 50.  Bespoke menus are possible, with lots of choices for canapes.

Wedding packages start at around £130 per person / Exclusive Venue hire starts at £16,500

The Moor Hall Hotel and Spa

The Moor Hall Hotel and Spa in Sutton Coldfield is a stunning wedding venue in the style of an old four-star country house from the 1500s. Surrounded in woodland there is a great lined drive on approach the hotel.  The gardens are sunken and create an intimate feel, which is exceptional for bridal portraits but also can be a unique setting for outdoor ceremonies with up to 180 guests. Inside the family-run hotel, are big rooms with open fires, wood carvings, and lots of choice.  It is also a spa, so stopping over provides a great experience for the bridal party and guests.

Civil Ceremonies in the Charter Suite can hold up to 180 guests, the Wedding Breakfast held here, 180 guests, and up to 250 guests for the evening reception.  The Charter Suite has its own access from the car park with set areas for musicians, if featured to entertain your guests.

The flexible Wedding package starts at £142 per person

Aston Wood Golf Club

An elegant country club in Little Aston Sutton Coldfield, Aston Wood Golf Club is a great option as an indoor and outdoor wedding venue.   The 18-hole golf course is used for the Mastercard Tour event and the fairways with lakes and ponds are relaxing and varied.

Civil Ceremonies can be held here in the award winning Fotherley Suite.  Couples have exclusive use of this suite alongside a private bar and patio area with plenty of parking. The Fotherley Suite can host up to 140 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception.  Bespoke wedding menus are also available.

Wedding Venue Prices start at £4,950

The Belfry Hotel and Resort

The Belfry Hotel & Resort is an award-winning luxury wedding venue with a unique heritage. This exclusive location features stunning gardens and lakes, a grand ballroom and a variety of packages to ensure your wedding day is just right.  Of course, it has three world class golf courses and for that reason, world-class facilities. The Woodland Suite can hold 410 guests, the Warwick Suite, 310 and The Wishaw Suite 200.   Dedicated bars and great views abound.

The Belfry is popular as an Asian wedding venue and they have gathered a lot of experience over the years and are mindful of the varying traditions and culture, of their bride and groom.

Wedding Venue packages start at £6,995

A happy bride and groom laugh as they stand on a bridge overlooking a sprouting fountain at the Belfry Hotel and Golf Resort

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Set amidst 10 acres of gardens in Castle Bromwich which is about 6 miles from Birmingham City centre.  This 17th century country house hotel is easily accessible and can hold a full wedding day for up to 350 guests.

There are many options for rooms to use.  The Long Gallery is great for civil ceremonies and can seat around 80 guests.   The Drawing Room can hold up to 60 guests for the ceremony and up to 86 for a drink’s reception.   Up to 60 can be held in the Great Hall which is essentially a restaurant.  The Malt House is the largest room, opening out to the gardens with the largest capacity within the hotel – 120 guests and up to 150 for the reception.  If you need a larger room, then the outdoor Lost Garden marquee may suit you.  This allows for 350 guests and of course keeps you close to the garden and surroundings.

Wedding Venue hire starts at £2,500

Shustoke Farm Barns

An amazing barn set in its own private courtyard, able to seat 140 guests with a total capacity of 200.  Just 20 minutes from Birmingham city centre, Shustoke Farm Barn is well-located and easy to access by car.  This 18th-century Redbrick barn is well-known and much loved as a rustic wedding venue.  Exposed oak beams and flagstone floors contribute to that feel.  The open kitchen allows guests to observe the food being prepared and this continues with an outdoor barbecue in the courtyard, later in the evening.   Olive trees, fire pits and the layout of LEDs create a great ambiance of outdoorsy warmth and the barn is licensed to stay open until 1 am.

A family-run venue, the staff here are friendly, relaxed and accommodating. This is a romantic wedding venue, with no accommodation, but an idyllic setting.

Wedding Venue hire starts from £1,500 -£7,200

Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC

 

The Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC is an exceptional choice for couples seeking a stylish and versatile wedding venue in Birmingham. With its expansive 33 event spaces, this renowned hotel can accommodate both intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. The venue offers a range of wedding packages to suit various budgets, ensuring flexibility for couples. While specific pricing may vary based on package selection and guest count, the Hilton Metropole NEC provides transparent pricing and options to tailor your wedding to your preferences.

In addition to its capacity,  which is up to 1000 guests in the Monarch suite!) and pricing flexibility, the Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC offers an array of amenities that elevate the wedding experience. Couples can take advantage of the hotel’s expert wedding planning services, ensuring every detail of their special day is meticulously executed. The venue’s stylish and contemporary decor sets the stage for an elegant affair, and its convenient location near the NEC and Birmingham Airport makes it easily accessible for both local and out-of-town guests. With superb catering options and a dedicated team, the Hilton Metropole Birmingham NEC is a compelling choice for couples looking to create lasting memories on their wedding day.

Venue hire information on request with the hotel

 

St John’s Hotel Solihull

Catering for up to 650 guests, the St Johns Hotel in Solihull is ideal for large Asian weddings and those looking for a full wedding experience.  The Victorian-styled hotel has over 201 ensuite rooms and a modern health club.   The Park Suite with its own entrance, bar and reception area even has its own room for a drink reception. Suitable for a minimum of 350 guests and a maximum of 600, this can be used for the wedding breakfast, reception, and civil ceremonies.  Other options exist, however, depending on your number of guests.   Fully licensed for civil ceremonies, below are the capacities for other suites in the hotel.

  • The Brueton Suite which has its own bar, can hold up to 300 guests for a civil ceremony and 350 for an evening reception.
  • The Malvern Suite, up to 200 guests for the ceremony or reception. But 130 guests, for a seated wedding breakfast.
  • The Gloucester Suite, up to 100 guests and 70 for a seated wedding breakfast.
  • The Eversfield Suite can hold up to 66 guests for the Civil Ceremony only.

Self-catering options are available as well as the provision of specialist caterers.

Wedding Venue hire range is £10,000 – £13,000 / Wedding Packages start from £6,495 for 60 day guests/10 evening guests

Hogarths Hotel – Dorridge

This hotel is a great consideration for outdoor ceremonies and woodland weddings.  Nestled in among 27 acres of countryside, with lovely rooms, this is a great consideration for a romantic escape.   The Island located across a kissing bridge and the Lake House are good for outdoor civil ceremonies – the latter being better for small intimate weddings.  There is also a secret clearing in the woods where tables can be set up for a wedding breakfast, amidst the trees and ferns.

The Garden Suite is a great option for an indoor reception for up to 250 guests with a good patio outdoor space that is well-lit and comes alive at night.  Fireworks are permitted and a marquee too.  The lawns outside the Garden Suite are calming and provide a great backdrop for groups and an assortment of areas for couples.

Wedding Venue hire starts with a spring package of £6000 for 40-day guests and 80 evening guests

Beautiful Woodland setting at the Hogarths hotel a wedding venue in Birmingham for this bride and groom

Hampton Manor

Hampton Manor is a luxury wedding venue in Hampton-in-Arden, once belonging to Sir Robert Peel.  It offers a unique and romantic setting for a couple with beautiful gardens, and elegant interiors, all in a contemporary style.  Up to 132 guests can attend your reception and there are options for ones to stop over as the Manor has 15 bedrooms and a 4-bed cottage, for staying the night before the wedding day.   It’s a beautiful venue, with the old courtyard, with its glass-roofed atrium bringing the outdoors, inside, with an abundance of light.

Set amidst 45 acres, this family-run estate has two restaurants with Michelin-starred menus and much grown in their glass greenhouses onsite.

Wedding Venue hire starts at £16,000

There are a number of public houses and restaurants that offer their uniqueness and charm as a venue for wedding receptions and breakfasts.   These are good options as they usually have a distinct character that can provide an intimate feel.

The Button Factory – Jewellery Quarter

The Button Factory, in the vibrant Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, presents a unique and stylish venue for weddings. Embracing its historic roots, the building, formerly known as Vertu, has been beautifully restored and extended to offer a contemporary twist. It harmoniously blends its original architectural elements with modern New York-inspired interiors, including a sun-trap balcony, creating a welcoming atmosphere that transitions seamlessly from daytime coffee to evening cocktails.  Bare brick walls and cozy leather booths give an authentic feel.

For weddings, The Button Factory offers exclusive venue hire from October to February, Monday to Wednesday, in one of Birmingham’s hippest locations. Additionally, The Yard, a recent addition to The Button Factory, adds an outdoor dimension to the venue. This 350-capacity garden area features its own BBQ and a retractable roof, making it an ideal setting for any occasion, further solidifying The Button Factory as Birmingham’s best-kept secret for unique and memorable wedding celebrations.

Venue hire for Weddings starts at £2000

 

The Distillery – Birmingham

The Distillery in Edgbaston, West Midlands, offers a picturesque and rustic wedding venue overlooking Birmingham’s famous canal. This venue, situated a short walk from Birmingham’s bustling city centre, is ideal for contemporary couples planning a city wedding. It features stylish interiors and is renowned for its delicious food and excellent service. The Distillery is split over two floors, including a gin bar and private event space on the first floor and a pub with an open kitchen dining area on the lower floor. The venue can comfortably accommodate up to 70 seated guests or 120 standing, making it suitable for both intimate and relatively large gatherings.

Venue hire starts at £2000

 

The Townhouse – Sutton

The Townhouse Sutton provides an elegant and versatile setting for weddings, in a traditional Georgian house that harmonizes classic charm with modern interiors. It has the capacity to accommodate 80 seated guests or 150 standing in the Assembly hall. The hall is equipped with a high stage for entertainment, allowing for a seamless transition from ceremony to reception. Couples can choose from a wide range of catering options, including sit-down menus, buffets, canapés, and street food styles, along with a selection of drinks. Additionally, The Townhouse Sutton extends its hospitality with 21 available rooms, making it convenient for guests requiring accommodation​​​.

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There is a richness and diversity of options for wedding venues in Birmingham.  This is a dynamic market and there are always new venues emerging and others potentially closing.

A mixed couple stand against a stained window at the Birmingham Museum venue wedding
The Bride and Groom at the The belfry wedding of Shane and Geogia

Shane and Georgia 

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A Birmingham wedding photographer captures the intimate moment of a bride and groom holding hands under a beautiful gazebo.

Chris and Lotte

A summer woodland wedding at Hogarths hotel Solihull for Chris and Lotte was superb!

Sandwell Registry Office Wedding

Russell and Lorraine

The Sandwell Registry Office Wedding for Russell and Lorraine was well arranged, laid back, and fun to shoot!  It was obvious how important family is to them both.  The blended relationships came together nicely and there were some lovely moments of shared emotion and happiness among them

My Birmingham Wedding Venue  FAQ

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What Venues are best for large weddings?

As detailed above venues such as the Hilton Metropole, St Johns Solihull, The Marigold and Aston Villa Football Club, cater to especially large weddings. 

If I hire a venue for my reception only, where would I take my photographs?

The city does have numerous picturesque locations for wedding photography, including scenic parks like Sutton Park, Botanical Gardens, Handsworth Park, Aston Hall, Lightwoods Park, and more.   There are also many urban alternatives like the streets of Digbeth with its street art, the canals around the Mailbox and some of the city’s Iconic landmarks. 

Can I bring my Dog?

A few venues allow you to bring your best-four-legged friend.  Fazeley Studios, The Bond Company, The Old Library, New Hall and Shustoke Farm Barn are a few.   However, it is best to check with each venue for specific pet policies and arrangements to ensure a smooth experience for you and your furry guest.

Do you have a list of preferred suppliers that you can vouch for?

Yes, I do and I encourage suppliers that I like the work of to stay in touch for just that reason.   If you need a make-up artist, hair stylist, florist, DJ, etc; I can help with some names to consider.  If you need them, these will be shared after you have completed your booking and deposit.

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