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The best alternative wedding venues in Brighton for couples planning a fun wedding

So you’re getting married? Congratulations! If you’re planning a wedding in Brighton it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of choice of venues.  It’s OK, take a deep breath! I’m here to help with a list of best alternative wedding venues available in Brighton. 

When I moved to Brighton I fell in love with the coolness feel of this place, that extends to the wedding community as well. To make things easy for you I went ahead and looked for cool venues that can help you plan your wedding in a truly unique and fun way! Read below in depth details about the space, capacity, services offered and other info that are vital for planning your wedding. 

In no particular order…

Here is my list of Top Wedding Venues to get married in Brighton 

1. Brighton Music Hall

If you’re dreaming of a Brighton wedding, how about one by the sea right? Brighton Music Hall is absolutely perfect for that with its location right on the sea front and incredible views. I met lovely Sophie from Brighton Music Hall for a chat and she answered some questions about the venue.

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Photo credit Corina Photography

What makes Brighton Music Hall different from other wedding venues?

It has a fantastic beach location with unrivalled pier to pier views. If you are getting married in Brighton, you should be able to see the sea!

What is the capacity of the venue?

80 seated and up to 120 standing.

What is the cut off time?

We have two session times 12pm – 7pm and 8pm – 2am or clients can book both and it runs straight through. Access time is from 9am.

What is the Starting From cost?

There is an arrangement fee of £250 / No hire Fee / Minimum spend from £2,000 per session. The minimum spend includes everything spent on pre-ordered food and drink as well as anything spent at the bar by their guests on an individual basis.

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

All catering is done in in house by our chefs, we offer a variety of menus including 3 course sit down / buffet and canapes. We can also bespoke menus to suit the couples requirements. We provide all aspects of the planning with a detailed itinerary and costings and will help with set up and recommended suppliers. We are licensed for civil ceremonies and can seat up to 60 with a further 20 standing.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?

To remember that it is their day and to plan it as they would like it.

Find out more about Brighton Music Hall here.

2. Fabrica

Looking for a one of a kind venue in the heart of Brighton? Fabrica is a really cool place that offers the possibility of making your wedding vision a reality. Here is lovely the Elin from Fabrica answering some questions about the venue.

Photo credit Corina Photography

What makes Fabrica different from other wedding venues?

Fabrica is an amazing space right in the centre of Brighton. We’re a deconsecrated church, now used as a contemporary art gallery. We only have limited availability for wedding receptions but we like to give each couple the exclusive use of our space for three days. This gives couples the time to set up the space exactly as they imagined (we give total creative freedom), plenty of time to party and a none-rushed clearing out too. We have an in-house team with a wealth of experience to take each couple through the process and give the support they need to fulfil their vision.

What is the capacity of the venue?

Our capacity is 130 guests standing and 110 seated for a meal.

What is the cut off time?

We have a license for alcohol and music until midnight.

What is the Starting From cost?

We offer slightly different prices for different times of the year so the best idea is to get a personalised quote directly from our friendly team.

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

A Event Manager is always at hand for the couples to ask any questions throughout the planning stages. We have no limitations for things like catering and decorations but have a list of recommended suppliers who regularly service events here to help couples get the planning started.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?

Make sure it happens exactly as you imagined and accept help from family and friends who will be thrilled to be involved. My favourite example were friends who grew herbs and wild flowers in their garden for table decorations. They looked simply gorgeous in glass vases and jars across the venue.

Find out more about Fabrica here or check out a recent Fabrica wedding I photographed here.

3. Brighton Pavilion

Passionate about history and incredible one of a kind architecture? Brighton Pavilion might be the perfect fit for your wedding. Located in the centre of Brighton and surrounded by beautiful gardens, Brighton Pavilion is a wedding photographer’s dream too.  Being a historic building it won’t be suitable for big dancing parties, but being in the middle of the city there are a lot of options around.

Photo credit Mona Ali – Brighton Pavilion

What makes Brighton Pavilion different from other wedding venues?

The Royal Pavilion is one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in the UK. It was used as a royal residence by King William IV and Queen Victoria. With Indian Style architecture with domes, towers and minarets and exotic interiors inspired by the Orients, the Royal Brighton Pavilion is the most exquisite and unique wedding venue.

What is the capacity of the venue?

The Royal Pavilion can be hired for ceremonies and receptions. Some rooms can be hired for day and evening, others just for the evening. There are two rooms licensed for wedding ceremonies: The Music Room which accommodates up to 90 people and is for evening hire only and the Red Drawing Room for up to 44 people which can be hired for day & evening. For receptions the Kind William IV Room can be hired for day & evening and can accommodate up to 60 guests seated. The Adelaide Rooms can accommodate 46 guests seated (over two rooms) and 75 guests for a standing reception.

What is the Starting From cost?

Ceremony hire fees from £795 and reception hire fees from £1,320 (based on a 4 hour booking).

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

Brighton Pavilion offers Seated and Buffet mean facilities, with in house Catering, alcohol Licence or Corkage option. Our wedding coordinator is there on the day to make sure things go as planned. Due to the nature of the building we are able to offer a wedding breakfast but not a party party. As a historic former Royal palace the Royal Pavilion is not suitable for parties, live bands and dancing is not permitted.The Royal Pavilion is however in the heart of Brighton surrounded by amazing bars and clubs where you can keep the party going.

Find out more about Brighton Pavilion here.

4. The Spire

The Spire is an amazing venue in Brighton ideal for couples who want a huge space to bring together friends and family. The venue has a lot of personality while leaving plenty of room for personal touches to make sure the couples can plan a wedding with personality. Lovely Bev from QQWWeddings will also be there to help with the wedding planning and coordination as she’s such an incredible Brighton wedding planner.

Photo credit Corina Photography

What makes The Spire different from other wedding venues?

It’s a church that is not a church. It’s got that abandoned look about it and is quite raw. It can definitely be like an empty canvas that the couple can use to their advantage and create whatever they envision there.

What is the capacity of the venue?

Generally for sit down is 120 and in the evening it can be up to 300 people standing. Enough space for a big party!

What is the cut off time?

Being in a residential area, the cut off time for music is 12:00 and everybody must leave the venue by 12:30.

What is the Starting From cost?

To rent the space there is a flat rate of £2500 for any day of the week, at any time of the year. This rate includes setup time on the day before and day after and a wedding planner to help you make best use of the space.

The only extra fee that would add up is a corkage fee if the couple wants to bring their own alcohol.

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

The Spire offers on the day coordination, and 9 out of 10 times will be with Bev. Nothing else is provided but we can get deals with other suppliers and bar staff.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?

Use the planning on the day, I’m there to listen and I can help with the planning so you stress less about it and get fabulous results.

Find out more about The Spire here.

5. Brighton Town Hall

One of the best places for a wedding ceremony in Brighton is obviously the Town Hall. Its central location right in the heart of the city makes it ideal for a reception in Brighton and some cool wedding photos by the beach.

Photo credit: Corina Photography

What makes The Town Hall different from other wedding venues?

Brighton Town Hall is a Grade 1 listed building with giant ionic columns, available for ceremonies throughout the year. It has three different rooms that coupes can choose from to get married based on how many guests they have attending the ceremony. All rooms are gorgeous with original features such as carved chairs and leather inlaid desks.

What is the capacity of the venue?

The Recency Room is available 7 days a week and has a capacity of up to 50 guests and 34 seated. The Council Chamber is also available 7 days a week and has a capacity of 120 guests. The Fitzherbert room is only available Monday -Tuesday and is perfect for more intimate weddings as it has a capacity of 8 guests.

What are the opening times?

Brighton Town Hall is open from 9AM to 5PM.

What is the Starting From cost?

Regency Room is available starting from £215, The Council Chamber room starts from £540 and Fitzherbert Room has a fixed rate of £165. You can view the full Brighton Town Hall pricing here.

How do you book your ceremony day?

To book your civil ceremony it is a legal requirement that you enter “notice” of your intention to do so. This should be carried out at least 28 clear days before the ceremony can take place and up to 12 months in advance.

Find out more about Brighton Town Hall here.

6. Mercure Seafront Hotel Brighton

One of the best things about Brighton is definitely the sea! So one of the reasons I love Mercure Hotel is being right across the road from The Bandstand. I recently photographer a wedding there and it was lovely to take a break during the day for some awesome beach wedding photos. The team is also super friendly and easy to work with.

Photo credit: Corina Photography

What is the capacity of the venue?

There are different rooms and bars available throughout the day. There ballroom can accommodate 50 seated guests and 75 evening guests.

What is the cut off time?

The cut off for music is midnight.

What is the Starting From cost?

The hotel’s ballroom can be hired for one night starting from £4,200. This is the price for 50 day guests and 75 evening guests. It includes a 3 course wedding breakfast with wine and coffee, sparkling wine served for speeches and Evening reception with 5 choice Finger Buffet.

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

We offer catering depending on what the couple wants and we have a planning team available before and on the day. There is a free menu trial before the wedding, overnight accommodation & breakfast for the happy couple and a complimentary dinner in the hotel on their 1st anniversary.

Read more about Mercure Seafront Hotel Brighton here.

7. Brighton College

Brighton College is a beautiful a listed historic building in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown. It has a bit of everything – a lovely chapel where you can have the ceremony and a great hall for the reception and dinner.

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Wedding ceremony at Brighton College

Photo credit: Corina Photography

What makes Brighton College so different from other wedding venues?

Brighton College has it’s own beautiful kept grounds and lawns offering privacy and a unique and tranquil setting. You can have a civil ceremony in the gorgeous Hordern Room followed by a blessing in the Victorian Chapel. You can choose between the magnificent Great Hall or Dinning Room for your wedding breakfast.

What is the capacity of the venue?

We are able to comfortably cater for 70 to 156 people for a wedding breakfast and up to 250 for an evening reception.

What is the Starting From cost?

The hire of the Great Hall and Burstow Gallery, including use of front lawns starts from £1440. Spring and summer wedding menu is priced at £52/ person and £52 for autumn and winter.

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

The college is locally renowned for superb wedding cuisine and offer tailored menus to suit every requirement. All out rooms have full entertainment and bar license.

See the full wedding brochure for Brighton College here.



8. Hotel Pelirocco

I feel in love as soon as I saw this colourful quirky gem. It’s a crazy little place full of personality. For someone who just wants a cool venue without stressing about decorations, Hotel Pelirocco is already good to go. Below lovely Alis from Hotel Pelirocco will answer some questions about the venue.

Photo credit Corina Photography

What makes Hotel Pelirocco different from other wedding venues?

It’s an extremely quirky and vibrant venue in Brighton. It’s very casual and we want people to make the day about them. We pride ourselves with being very flexible with the setup of the venue. Did we mention the dark red Karaoke room that can be hired?

What is the capacity of the venue?

The Hotel sleeps 32-36 and for celebrations the couple can have 60 guests maximum. The bar has a capacity of up to 40 people.

What is the cut off time?

The bar can be hired until 1 AM from Sunday to Thursday and until 2 AM on Friday and Saturday.

What is the Starting From cost?

The hotel can be hired for one night for approx. £2,200 for all 19 rooms and for £5,700 to hire for two nights on Friday and Saturday. Since Friday and Saturday are usually very busy, couples should enquire in advance for availability.

What services do you offer? (catering, planning, etc.)

We offer catering depending on what the couple wants including vegan and gluten free. We can offer a sit down meal or fun stuff like a build your own burger bar. We have a lovely Karaoke room, and our fun bar staff can do amazing cocktails.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?

To have fun and do their own thing!

Find out more about Hotel Pelirocco here.

I hope you enjoyed my article on Top Alternative Wedding Venues in Brighton and found it useful. Best of luck with your wedding planning! 

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