Hotel du Vin is a wedding venue I know very well - I got married there!
Before I was a photographer I was a marriage registrar and I conducted over 2000 weddings all over Newcastle upon Tyne, so I got to know all of the wedding venues inside out, both good and bad.
I knew what I didn't want; a soulless, corporate room in a bland hotel run by underpaid and overworked staff where this was just another production line wedding with the names of the bride and groom changed.
Nor did I want a grand country house wedding in the countryside. They can be great, and I enjoy photographing them, but they didn't fit Alicia or I as a couple.
We wanted a more urban wedding, with a more quirky, alternative feel. We didn't want a lot of chintz, chair covers, or have to bother dressing an otherwise boring room. Instead we chose a venue with it's own character.
That venue was Hotel du Vin.
History of Hotel du Vin Newcastle
The hotel du Vin is a magnificently refurbished Edwardian building on the banks of the River Tyne. It was originally home to the Tyne Tees Steam Ship Company. There's a tip and a wink to the building's maritime past at every turn - from ships' ropes in the courtyard, to porthole windows in the showers.
Weddings at Hotel du Vin
The Hotel du Vin is suitable for smaller to mid-sized weddings of up to 80 daytime guests and 120 evening guests. There are two main ceremony rooms.
The Shipyard is the smaller of the two, comfortably seating 22 people for the wedding breakfast. It features exposed brickwork, lots of natural daylight and a fantastic original mural.
The Bistro is for larger weddings. French doors run along one wall of the room, and they open out onto the courtyard. The room is styled after an authentic mediterranean bistro, with yellow walls, climbing plants, pictures dotting walls and wine bottles scattered around. The funiture is dark wood, and the there is a definite 'shabby chic' vibe going on.
The courtyard is a great place to hang out on your wedding day, providing the weather co-operates. You can have drinks out here, and a barbecue in the evening. The Cigar Shack was a big draw at our wedding, and not just for smokers.
There are 42 rooms at the Hotel du Vin, all individually styled, and they come as standard, superior, terrace or deluxe rooms, studio and finally large suites: La Grande Dame, Mouton Rothschild, Dominio de Valdepusa or the Dom Perignon (where we stayed).
Wedding photography at Hotel du Vin
The Hotel du Vin has bags of character, so there are lots of nooks and crannies around the grounds of the hotel to experiment with photographs. The courtyard is ideal for group photos, as long as the weather is good.
What you won't get is sweeping vistas for big 'hero' shots. If that's what you want, you'd be best off heading down to the Quayside for shots of the river and the famous bridges.
- Everything in one place; you can get ready here, have the ceremony, your photographs, your wedding breakfast and evening reception here, and then stay on the premises to sleep off the day.
- The Hotel du Vin has bags of character and history. It's a unique, boutique hotel.
- Great location near enough to the city centre for good transport links and to get to famous landmarks and pubs and clubs, but just far enough away that you aren't overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle.
- You'll need to leave the hotel for a short walk down to the Quayside top get exciting photographs with big backdrops.
Address: Allan House, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2BE
Phone: 0191 389 8628