Happy couples are able to tie the knot once again as lockdown measures are lifted.

New guidelines aim to keep people safe as they come together to celebrate weddings and civil ceremonies:

  • A maximum of 30 people should attend ceremonies and only where there is space to socially distance.
  • No food or drink should be consumed unless essential for the ceremony.
  • Group singing and playing of instruments should be avoided.
  • It is “strongly advised” that receptions do not take place afterwards.

Planning your wedding in the middle of a global pandemic is quite a tall order, so to make it easier we’ve come up with a list of the top five most unusual venues in Hampshire.

Horsebridge Station, Stockbridge

Heralded as one of the UK’s most unique wedding venues, the Grade II listed railway station is the perfect venue for any avid train-spotter or vintage-lover.

With the capacity for up to 120 guests the Horsebridge Station is close to the River Test with spectacular views all around.

The wedding package includes the ceremony on platform one or two, hire of the marquee for wedding breakfast, lighting, sound and more.

Horsebridge Station is available on an exclusive use basis and set-up can be done the day before the wedding.

The Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport

Wow, with a name like that we know we’re on to a winner.

This magnificent Grade 1 listed building, built in 1771 as a gunpowder store for the Royal Navy is the perfect setting for any wedding and reception.

You and up to 180 guests are able to absorb the breathtaking waterfront views in this unique venue with vaulted ceilings and Georgian wooden floors.

Located in the heart of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the museum is home to the HMS Warrior and many other exciting vessels.

The wedding package offers furniture and rentals, lighting, sound and music as well as a dance floor and valet parking.

Weddings in the Wood, Lyndhurst

What could be more magical than an enchanting woodland wedding hidden amongst the trees of the New Forest National Park?

Set in a private woodland estate, Weddings in the Wood offers a tailor-made wedding service that is individual to each happy couple.

With approved premises for civil marriages the ceremony and party can take place on site at one of their two legal venues.

The Carpenters Barn allows couples to marry in front of their family and friends whilst the Bridal Hut is an intimate place to say “I do”.

The Great Hall, Winchester

The medieval Great Hall is home to the world-famous Round Table.

With awe-inspiring architecture and significant grandeur, The Great Hall is classed as a truly magnificent and romantic wedding venue.

The legendary venue also features a stunning courtyard and Queen Eleanor’s Garden.

The venue has a capacity of 350.

The Princess Caroline, Southampton

Ahoy There! One of the quirkiest wedding venues in Hampshire is the Princess Caroline.

Based in Ocean Village, Southampton the staff and fully-trained crew are able to travel to allow you to set sale in different places, giving your day that special extra touch.

A picturesque setting with the capacity for up to 120 people, the Princess Caroline is fully equipped with a banquet hall, terraces and even a top-deck dance floor.