a venue with a difference: the deep, hull

14th December 2017 | Rachel Hirst

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Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography

Cluskey Smith Wedding Photography

While all some brides have ever dreamt of is the traditional church wedding followed by an elegant hotel reception, others desire something more unusual for their ‘I do’ setting.

Thanks to relaxed wedding laws, the options for couples are now pretty much endless – from cinemas and art galleries to barns, warehouses and even treehouses; there really is venue to suit all styles, personalities and interests.

And in celebration of this choice and freedom, we’re catching up with one of our out-of-the-ordinary Sponsor venues on the blog today, Yorkshire-based aquarium, The Deep.

Perfect for marine fans out there, or those that simply want to stray on the other side of tradition, this spectacular venue promises ceremony and reception spaces like no other, with couples able to take their vows in-front of rare sea-life filled tanks, or even have a waddle of penguins observe their ring exchange. And don’t even get us started on the photo opportunities!

We’ll now hand over to The Deep’s events team to find out all that this extraordinary venue has to offer…

Insight Photography

Insight Photography

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue and what style of weddings does it suit?

the deep say: With amazing aquaria, stunning corals and bold architecture, The Deep is one of the most unique venues in Yorkshire. From traditional to romantic, or even a little bit quirky, any theme can find a home with us.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

We can accommodate celebrations of varying sizes – whether your wedding is a small, intimate affair or something much bigger, we have some great spaces for you to celebrate.

The Deep is licenced to hold civil ceremonies around the attraction, and so couples can choose from a range of locations to say ‘I do’.  These include Endless Ocean alongside majestic green sawfish, sharks and rays, the dark and intimate Cool Seas, or in front of the quirky Gentoo penguins. We can also host ceremonies in the fourth-floor glass Observatory, which boasts views over Hull and the Humber.

What makes The Deep a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

The Deep offers unusual and distinctive locations for wedding celebrations and the photographs. Couples can be captured walking through the underwater tunnel, with the beautiful jellyfish or maybe a catfish or two! Then head to the Observatory at sunset to capture romantic moments like no other.

Ilto Photography

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Our dedicated events team pride themselves on attention to detail and ensuring the most important day of your life goes without a hitch.

Do you have any accommodation or getting ready areas at the venue?

There are rooms on site that can be used for changing subject to availability. The Deep doesn’t have its own accommodation but is close to several hotels that suit a variety of budgets.

Tell us about your catering options at the venue…

Your first meal as a married couple is extremely important, so be assured that our in-house chefs can muster up a masterpiece. From simple canapés to a three-course dinner, all our food is sourced locally, prepared in-house and served to you by our experienced corporate team. We do not allow external catering to be brought onto site, but we are able to cater for special dietary requirements including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan.


What is the feedback like from wedding couples about The Deep?

This testimonial from one of our recent brides says it all:

Thank you for the photos and the room – everything looked fantastic and was better than we hoped. The food was all terrific and the staff were all so unbelievably good, everyone could not stop singing their praise. Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to them for everything they did to make our night go so well and so smoothly.” Renata (September 2017)

Do you offer ant special packages? 

We don’t offer set wedding packages so each celebration is individually tailored to suit you. Our dedicated events team will work with you to turn your dreams into a reality and make every effort to ensure that your special day is exactly how you’ve imagined it to be.

Grazia Louise Photography

Grazia Louise Photography

How can our readers get more information on the venue?

For further information about weddings at The Deep you can contact our events team at, viewings are by appointment with our business and corporate manager, we recommend that these take place outside the visitor attraction opening hours.


Do you have any special events or open days coming up shortly that our readers should know about?

The Deep will be hosting its annual wedding fayre on 25th January 2018. Now in its eighth year, this is Hull’s largest wedding fayre and allows future bride and grooms (along with their friends and family) to visit The Deep after hours and experience the potential of this iconic venue. There will also be an array of wedding-related suppliers on hand to offer services and inspiration that will help make your big day even more amazing. The wedding fayre is free to attend, those who pre-register online will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a spot prize from some of our exhibitors. Find out more and pre-register here.

Our events team also host wedding open evenings throughout the year to allow couples to view the building with a dedicated member of the team in a more relaxed environment. These events are invitation-only, for details of upcoming dates please contact

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