Rated as one of the Independent’s top 50 wedding venues in the world, Sage Gateshead certainly has something special and different to offer a marriage celebration.
Sage Gateshead is a concert venue and also a centre for musical education, located in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne. It opened in 2004 and is tenanted by the North Music Trust.
The venue is part of the Gateshead Quays development, which also includes the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The Sage occupies a curved glass and stainless steel building designed by Foster and Partners, with views of Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides, the Tyne Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Planning for the centre began in the early 1990s, when the Royal Northern Sinfonia, with encouragement from Northern Arts, began working on plans for a new concert hall. They were soon joined by regional folk music development agency Folkworks, which ensured that the needs of the region's traditional music were taken into consideration and represented in Sage Gateshead's programme of concerts, alongside Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop, classical, jazz, acoustic, indie, country and world music.
The planning and construction process cost over £70 million, which was raised primarily through National Lottery grants. The centre has a range of patrons, notably Sage Group which contributed a large sum of money to have the building named after it. Sage plc has helped support the charitable activities of Sage Gateshead since its conception.
Weddings at Sage Gateshead
There are four function spaces in Sage Gateshead where you can have your wedding ceremony.
The Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Ceremonies can take place in this stunning 10 metre high wood panelled space overlooking beautiful views of the river Tyne. Acoustically designed for rehearsals by Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of Sage Gateshead, and other music purposes, this space will be perfect for you and your guests to hear those important vows.
This is the smallest ceremony space in the Sage, but can still take up to 230 guests.
The Barbour Room
The Barbour Room is a great sunny suite in which Her Majesty the Queen dined when she visited Sage Gateshead in 2005. Offering couples the opportunity to create their ideal wedding, this self contained space has the ability to be transformed into a style of your choice or kept simple given the clean lines and fresh space. It has its own glass balcony overlooking the Tyne Bridge that is bound to wow your guests where you can enjoy drinks. The space holds 250 guests for a wedding ceremony.
The smaller of the two main halls, Sage Two provides a dramatic backdrop to those looking for a theatrical edge to their special day. The ten-sided room offers a range of different layout opportunities, providing scope to be more than creative and be that little bit different. It seats up to 400 people.
The largest space, Sage One, is a fully wooden panelled, acoustically perfect room. it’s certainly a space for those who are out to impress, as it can hold up to 1700 guests!
Wedding Photography at Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is a superb venue for wedding photography.
The architecture is award winning, constructed in unusual shapes from varied materials, and lets in loads of light. It's particularly suited to high contrast, black and white photography.
The Sage is connected to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art by a large square, where you can also access Newcastle Quayside via the Millennium footbridge. The Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge all make spectacular backdrops for photos on the Sage exterior.
If you walk along the banks of the river a little way, you can even find some greenery if you tire of the urban scenery.
All of that means that there is a lot of potential for interesting and varied wedding photographs at the Sage.
- A truly unique wedding venue, suited to couples looking for an alternative, urban space, especially music lovers
- Great variety of bride and groom portrait locations within a five minute walk of the Sage.
- No accommodation, so you'll have to liaise with a second venue if your friends and family need to stay overnight
Address: St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Phone: 0191 443 4669