Tie the knot somewhere strange? I do! – Unusual wedding venues explored

Couples can get hitched at Whipsnade Zoo
Couples can get hitched at Whipsnade Zoo

Unusual wedding venues are the latest fashion for married couples-to-be – with anywhere from a zoo setting to a film studios under consideration.

Across Bucks and the surrounding areas there is no shortage of options for different places to get hitched and Aylesbury wedding planner Emily Dover said she has already experienced working with one offbeat place in particular.

The Bucks Railway Centre in Quainton has proved the perfect platform for couples in recent years with Mrs Dover herself getting married there in 2010.

She said: “They are quite big on their weddings. There’s lot of things you can do with the venue such as actual steam engines can give guests a ride throughout the day.”

The centre’s office manager Adrian Aylward said it had hosted 15 weddings this year with 10 more planned for 2013.

He added: “It’s somewhere different, really. People are now looking for a different venue, something with a different slant on it.”

The centre offers a full package to couples for £3,950 which includes steam train rides and catering. While Aylesbury Vale District Council would not be able to provide a steam engine it gets on track next April by staging a wedding fair that offers couples the chance to take a closer look at its various rooms as a possible venue.

The unusually shaped Oculus building is the jewel in its crown, with space and character, for example.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre can also host intimate and large ceremonies for between 10 to 1,100 guests.

Other bordering places include venues such as Whipsnade Zoo, where couples can exchange vows and feed a variety of exotic animals against the backdrop of the Chiltern Hills. A little further afield at around 25 miles away, Pinewood Studios can bring a bit of glamour to a couple’s special day by allowing them to experience the surroundings of where a variety of famous movies have been filmed, including a host of Carry On classics.

Mrs Dover said it has become clear in her first year in the business that there is a clear market for unusual wedding venues. “I believe there is (a market) in having a venue you can do a lot with.

“You can have a couple who say, ‘I want to use my imagination, I want to be creative for this. I want to create something really different for this.

“I really enjoy it. I quite like the excitement of it all coming together at once. It was when I had my own wedding I realised I quite liked the industry.

“I wanted everything done my way and I realised there must be more people like me.

Visit www.emilydoverweddings.co.uk

The Bucks Herald hosts its first combined proms and wedding fair at Aylesbury College on January 27.

Contact Sue Boyce on 01296 619786.