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Places to cel­e­brate your spe­cial day

TOWER BRIDGE

While London of­fers some great panoramic wed­ding venues like the Gherkin and the London Eye, none can top the most fa­mous bridge in the world for sheer iconic mag­nif­i­cence. The North Tower Lounge is li­censed for wed­dings and can ac­com­mo­date up to 50 guests, and then it’s out onto the two walk­ways span­ning the two tow­ers for your main re­cep­tion. The spec­tac­u­lar view from the West Walk­way reaches beyond the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathe­dral as far as West­min­ster and the London Eye. The sky­line from the East Walk­way stretches from But­ler’s Wharf and St Katharine’s Dock to high-rise Ca­nary Wharf and his­toric Green­wich. Plan your re­cep­tion around sun­set and there couldn’t be a more mag­i­cal set­ting in London. And it’s where Meat­loaf jumped the Spice­bus in Spice­world The Movie!

Go to: tower­bridge.org.uk

THE BIVOUAC

If you fancy a bit of an out­doorsy and green wed­ding, what about the Bivouac in North York­shire, which can sleep up to 94 guests in kata tents, gi­ant yurts and York­shire Barns? Why not ask your guests to ar­rive on the Fri­day to chill out around a fire pit with a few beers ex­cited about the big day. Watch the sun come up be­fore a wood­land cer­e­mony and then let the party be­gin. There are a host of ac­tiv­i­ties that can be en­joyed from pony trekking to a re­lax­ing soak in the hot tub and a mas­sage. But the best thing about this venue is be­ing out in na­ture with your near­est and dear­est Bivouac at Druid ’s Tem­ple, Masham, Ripon, North York­shire HG4 4JZ. Go to: the bivouac. co. uk

ADREN­A­LINE QUARRY

Walk­ing down the aisle is so passé, why not say “I dooooooooooooooooo” as you jump off a cliff and fly down a 490m long zip­wire to your lakeside wed­ding re­cep­tion be­low. Twin wires mean that you can both go down to­gether – for the sake of your wait­ing guests, we’d prob­a­bly avoid kilts though. Adren­a­line Quarry re­ally is a unique des­ti­na­tion, a dra­matic flooded Cor­nish Quarry, used for a va­ri­ety of wild and won­der­ful wa­ter-based ac­tiv­i­ties. This means your guests can also have a go on the gi­ant swing, sam­ple some coas­t­eer­ing or even tackle the zip­wire them­selves, be­fore par­ty­ing away on the stun­ning lakeside lawn. Adren­a­line Quarry, Lower Clicker Road, Men­heniot, Liskeard, Corn­wall, PL14 3PJ. Go to: adrenalinequarry.co.uk

GREEN­WAY FERRY PLEA­SURE CRUISES & BAR SOHO

Why not or­gan­ise the ul­ti­mate vin­tage wed­ding in­cor­po­rat­ing a drinks cruise around Tor­bay on World War II Her­itage Ship Fair­mile and drinkies in Torquay’s stun­ning new cock­tail bar, Soho. Both the boat and the bar are gay owned and run and the team are ex­perts in or­gan­is­ing the best par­ties in town. Why not en­cour­age your guests to dress in 40s-style cloth­ing (this is Agatha Christie’s home town after all) and en­joy pe­riod mu­sic and deadly cock­tails. Soho will be li­censed for wed­dings in the Spring, so ei­ther start your cel­e­bra­tions there, or be­gin with a more tra­di­tional cer­e­mony be­fore tak­ing to the wa­ters and then fin­ish­ing up back at the bar and bistro ready to jive into the early hours. Green­way Ferry Plea­sure Cruises & Soho Bar, 1 Palk Street, Torquay, TQ2 5EL. 01803 882811 Go to: green­way­ferry.co.uk; so­ho­torquay.co.uk

PROUD CABARET

For some­thing de­bauched and dif­fer­ent, what about a cabaret and bur­lesque-themed shindig at Proud Cabaret in Brighton? The ball­room is steeped in his­tory and has been a mau­soleum, an air raid shel­ter, a high-class gen­tle­man’s club and a box­ing ring, be­fore be­ing lov­ingly re­stored to the grandiose cabaret club it is to­day. The baroque venue seats 150 guests and serves amaz­ing food and deca­dent cock­tails, while the cream of bur­lesque and cabaret per­form­ers can be hired to turn your cel­e­bra­tions into a night of out­ra­geous en­ter­tain­ment. Proud Cabaret also has venues in Cam­den and The City, although we think the saucy sea­side air will get your guests in the mood for some naughty nup­tial fun. Proud Cabaret, 83 St Ge­orges Road, Bright, BN2 1EF. Go to: brighton­cabaret.com

PORT­MEIRION

Well if you are go­ing to end up with a ball and chain for the rest of your life, why not get hitched in the quirky Welsh town where cult 1970s TV show The Pris­oner was filmed? There are lots of op­tions, but for some­thing ex­tra spe­cial, why not take over Castell Deu­draeth in­clud­ing four suites and 7 bed­rooms as well as the stun­ning walled gar­dens. The venue can cater for 50 guests, while pho­tog­ra­phy can be ar­ranged both in the cas­tle and around the iconic streets, lawns and foun­tains of the vil­lage it­self. Port­meirion, Minf­fordd, Pen­rhyn­deu­draeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER. Go to: port­meirion- vil­lage. com

THE CHURCH BAR AND RESTAU­RANT

Why not cel­e­brate fi­nally be­ing able to get mar­ried by lit­er­ally get­ting mar­ried in church. This Grade 1 listed build­ing and for­mer church in Northamp­ton is not only fully li­censed for civil cer­e­monies, you don’t even have to leave the build­ing for your re­cep­tion. The spec­tac­u­lar build­ing is the ul­ti­mate in ce­les­tial chic, with wooden beams, classy fur­ni­ture, im­pres­sive light­ing and the orig­i­nal stained glass win­dow as a heav­enly cen­tre­piece. The for­mer St John’s Church stretches over two stylish floors, with an equally funky out­side ter­race and caters for up to 250 peo­ple. We’ve heard the food is rather divine too… The Church Restau­rant, Bridge Street, Northamp­ton, NN1 1DF. Go to: thechurchrestau­rant.com

BRIGHTON PIER

If you’d like to say “I do” be­side the sea­side, then why not host your cel­e­bra­tion on Brighton Pier, an iconic struc­ture with mag­nif­i­cent views. Why not go with a sea­side theme and serve your guests fish and chips, fol­lowed by a donut desert and in­stead of a slice of cake, send them home with a per­son­alised stick of rock. As for the wed­ding pho­tos, you can take full ad­van­tage of the Gal­lop­ers, the Hel­ter Skel­ter and the Dodgems and per­haps ask your guests to dress in vin­tage sea­side style. If you re­ally want to go all out, you can do what one cou­ple did and kiss on ev­ery pier in the UK (all 60 of them) be­fore kiss­ing the groom (or bride) at the end of Brighton’s fa­mous land­mark. Don’t be late for the wed­ding through… Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sus­sex, BN2 1TW. Go to: brighton­pier.co.uk Of course there are count­less other op­tions out there now, but we do hope we’ve given you a few ideas. Of course a wed­ding can be as deca­dent, or as down-to-earth as you want – it all de­pends upon the happy cou­ple. For even more sug­ges­tions, take a look at GAy­wEDDInGGuIDE.Co.uK, GAy-FrIEnDLy- wEDDInGv­enues. com, tick­led­pinkmagazine.co.uk and pinkwed­ding­days.co.uk

ADREN­A­LINE QUARRY

BRIGHTON PIER

TOWER BRIDGE

THE BIVOUAC

GREEN­WAY FERRY PLEA­SURE CRUISES & BAR SOHO

PORT­MEIRION

PROUD CABARET

THE CHURCH BAR AND RESTAU­RANT

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