The Malmaison Newcastle is a venue I know very well. Unusually for me, I came to know it as a customer rather than as a wedding photographer or wedding registrar.
There is a day spa in the bowels of the hotel, so I took my wife there to unwind and recharge. We then ate in the restaurant, overlooking Newcastle's Quayside. It was great, having a boutique feel despite being part of a larger chain of hotels.
At the time, the hotel didn't have a licence to hold wedding ceremonies, but I've since photographed a wedding there and other wedding parties have used it as a reception venue.
The Newcastle Malmaison Hotel occupies a great position on the Quayside adjacent to the new Millennium Bridge and looking across the Tyne towards the Baltic and Sage on the Gateshead side. The Malmaison, with its elegant art nouveau entrance canopy, was a former Co-operative Society warehouse. The commenced in 1900 and was completed in 1902. It originally consisted of eight floors, but in 1909 an extension became necessary and the roof, which was previously flat, was covered in.
The building was constructed using a "Ferro-concrete" system developed by François Hennebique in France and employed in the UK under licence by Louis Gustave Mouchel. The first building erected using this system was the Weaver Building built in Swansea Docks in 1897. The technique involved the use of concrete reinforced with mild steel with the objective of providing fire resistance and robust construction at a competitive price. Surprisingly, it fits in rather well with all of the new buildings in the area following the refurbishment of the Quayside.
It opened as a hotel in 1997 with 122 rooms. It was refurbished again in 2015 at a cost of £1.2m and this is when it began to hold wedding ceremonies as well as receptions.
Weddings at Malmaison
Malmaison Newcastle doesn't have a single large space to hold weddings and civil partnerships, and that means it is restricted to smaller, more intimate wedding parties. Wedding ceremonies are held in one of two rooms that are also used for private dining, meetings, or as lounges, and the maximum capacity is around 30 peple.
Wedding Photography at Malmaison
There is good potential for wedding photography at the Malmaison Newcastle. It's location gives great access to both the Newcastle and Gateshead side of the Quayside. The Sage, Baltic and all the iconic Tyneside bridges are no more than a five minute walk away.
The building itself is quite dark inside, which is wonderful for mood, but can be quite a challenge to photograph without resorting to flash (...which of course would kill the mood...).
- Superb location on the Quayside
- Relatively new wedding venue in Newcastle so if exclusivity is your thing you'll love it - few others will have been married there
- Once there, you don't need to go elsewhere - you can have the ceremony here, you're food and then party the night away. There's even a spa you can relax in the morning after!
- Only suitable for smaller, more intimate weddings
Website: Malmaison Newcastle
Address: 104 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Phone: 0191 3898627