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Bookings flood in for North East’s newest wedding venue

North Shields cultural venue, The Exchange 1856 has been inundated with enquiries for weddings after completing a £1m+ refurbishment programme, with 16 confirmed bookings already in the bag from eager engaged couples.

The beautiful Victorian building, which is located on Howard Street at the heart of the Cultural Quarter, is one of North Tyneside’s most stunning architectural landmarks and has just undergone a seven-figure transformation.

Dozens of couples looking to tie the knot have been contacting The Exchange 1856 to find out about options to hold weddings at the venue with 16 couples already reserving dates for their special day.

The first wedding booked will take place in February 2024. It’s no wonder couples are lining up to take advantage of this majestic new wedding venue. Every area of The Exchange 1856 has been updated and improved to create a spectacular and glamorous interior. Original architectural features such as fireplaces, ornate architraves and stained-glass windows have been restored to their former glory and complemented with high quality fixtures and

fittings, new flooring, and panelling in soft heritage colours, in-keeping with the overall character of the building.

A light-filled loft space at the very top of the building has been renovated with weddings and special occasions in mind. As well as outstanding sea views, this area features spectacular arched beams and vaulted ceiling and can hold around 100 guests, making it perfect for wedding and civil ceremonies.

There are also a range of newly refurbished event spaces for that special wedding breakfast - from intimate VIP rooms to the auditorium for larger parties. The historic surroundings and arched entranceway to The Exchange 1856 provide the picture-perfect backdrop for wedding photography.

Colette Malik, one of three wedding co-ordinators employed by The Exchange 1856, said: “This

beautiful Victorian building is brimming with atmosphere and offers a unique space to celebrate your special day.

“Everyone who has visited The Exchange 1856 as a potential wedding venue has booked it, which is testament to the outstanding space we’ve created here. People are absolutely wowed from the minute they come through the arched entranceway into the building – it’s just so unexpected to see the level of detail and beautiful, glamorous finish.

“The Exchange 1856 is in the heart of the town right next to all the transport links, but it really feels like you’re in another world – a private space that exudes luxury. Weddings have traditionally been held in big country houses or barns, but trends are now moving towards more unique, glamourous spaces. People want their venues conveniently situated and you couldn’t get better than The Exchange 1856.

“We have everything a bride could want for her big day – a unique and beautiful backdrop, wedding co-ordinators to help with organisation, and tailored food and drink packages to suit every taste and budget. It’s no wonder we’ve been inundated with enquiries.”

The Exchange 1856 will be holding a Wedding Showcase on Saturday, 17 February 2024 and is inviting couples along to come and see the venue dressed, chat to wedding co-ordinators and enjoy some fizz and canapes. To book your place at the showcase or for an exclusive VIP tour with one of our wedding planners contact


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