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Looking for somewhere different to get married in Derbyshire?

I’m writing this just before engagement season – knowing full well that over the next few weeks a lot of people will be saying ‘yes’   and starting the search for their perfect venue, photographer and suppliers for their big day.

I also know a lot of you will be searching for that unusual and unique wedding venue with bags of character. So I’ve put together some of Derbyshire’s best wedding venues for you.

Some of these venues are popular because they stand out so much – some may be completely under your radar. All of them offer unique experiences and settings for your day – From grand through rustic, museums and victorian industrial. (If you’ve any more you think should be added please drop me a line!)

Guests gather outside The Museum of Making, Derby's old silk mill, before a wedding

Millfields Farm

 

Rural view of Millfield Farm Wedding Venue

This is one that’s not on most ‘best venues in Derbyshire’ lists – perhaps because it’s a bit exclusive and certainly very different. Millfields Farm offers luxury weddings plus accomodation for 40 guests – which means that couples tend to make a 3 day event out of their wedding and party all weekend.

It’s set out in miles of beautiful Derbyshire countryside, in the heart of the Peak District and catering is supplied by the Black Peppermint Food Company The venue is built from the farmhouses and surrounding cottages and boasts its own lake and hot tub.

Millfields Farm Website
Millfields Farm Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony at Millfields Farm

The West Mill Exclusive Use Wedding Venue

The West Mill Exclusive Use Wedding Venue Derby View from across the Derwent

No Derbyshire wedding venue list could be complete without the inclusion of the West Mill.It’s a grade 1 listed building with beautiful vintage decor, industrial-chic style and Riverside location (it’s an old converted mill set on the River Derwent in Darley Abbey). Most importantly, everything is set out over four floors for as seamless a wedding experience as possible (there’s no stepping out whilst the team turn around rooms). 

West Mill Website
West Mill Wedding Photography

Bride and groom's first Kiss at West Mill Wedding Ceremony

The Riding School at Calke Abbey

Bride and groom walking hand in hand towards Calke Abbey

The Riding School at Calke Abbey has it’s own rustic-industrial charm – with beautiful high windows and the sort of light that only exists in these spaces. It also has acres and acres of beautiful grounds and gardens that make a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs. The team at Ivy House Weddings are super on the ball helping the day flow as smoothly as possible

Ivy House Weddings Website
Calke Abbey Wedding Photography

Bride and groom and wedding guests dance at Calke Abbey Riding School

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Guests arrive at Derby Museum and Art Gallery for A wedding

This is another really unique wedding venue in the heart of Derby city. Derby museums have recently started hosting weddings and they provide a really unique experience against really fascinating and cultural backdrops. And as a bonus the staff are lovely and nothing is ever too much (according to a recent bride)

Derby Museums Weddings
Derby Museum Wedding Photography
Derby Museums also do weddings at Pickfords House, The Joseph Wright Gallery & The Museum of Making

Bride walks down the aisle at Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Whitworth Center

 Bride and Groom embrace outside the Whitworth Center, Darley Dale on a warm autumn day

I always think of the Whitworth Center as a great ‘blank canvas’ wedding venue. Out in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District (Darley Dale – just outside Matlock), it’s a stunning location that has been holding unique weddings and events since the 19th century.

There are tons of different ways to get married there – a huge ballroom and a converted swimming pool that are both beautiful rooms for holding a wedding ceremony or reception. It’s a great canvas for a DIY wedding.  It’s also surrounded by parkland and has a vintage railway that runs up the back of the park.

Whitworth Centre Weddings
Whitworth Centre Wedding Photography

Wedding Ceremony in The brunel suite at The Whitworth centre - a converted swimming pool

Eyam Hall

Bride and groom walk back down the aisle together at Eyam Hall outdoor wedding ceremony

Set out in the Derbyshire Peak District – Eyam Hall is a unique and charming venue for a wedding. The hall was actually built as a wedding gift itself. And the history of Eyam village during the plague has gone on to become an enduring tale of selflessness.  

Ceremonies are held both outside and in the hall itself.

Weddings at Eyam Hall
Wedding Photography Eyam Hall

wedding guests outside Eyam Hall

Some things to consider when choosing a Derbyshire wedding venue

Bride and groom walk down the aisle to confetti being thrown at Hazel Gap Barn Wedding
  1. Ambiance and Atmosphere:
    • Unique and charming settings can enhance the overall atmosphere of a wedding venue.
    • Historic or architecturally interesting buildings can add character and charm.
  2. Photogenic Qualities:
  3. Facilities and Amenities:
    • Adequate space for ceremonies and receptions.
    • Quality catering services and a variety of menu options.
    • Bridal suites for getting ready.
    • Parking facilities for guests.
  4. Flexibility:
    • Venues that allow flexibility in terms of décor and vendor choices can be attractive to couples who want to personalize their wedding.
  5. Professional Staff:
    • A helpful and experienced staff can contribute to a smooth and well-coordinated event.
  6. Accessibility:
    • Convenient location and accessibility for guests.
  7. Reviews and Reputation:
  8. Historical Significance:
    • If the venue has historical significance, it can add a unique and special element to the wedding.
Wedding guests outside derby museum and art gallery