Today I am delighted to shine my Venue Spotlight on a fantastic Event space in my home town. A few short weeks ago I had the upmost pleasure to work on a Wedding at the Glasgow City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket which are located at the centre of Glasgow’s new “cultural quarter” in the Merchant City.
This was a venue I was excited to work in as it was unlike anything I have worked in before.
The Old Fruitmarket is just brimming with character and everyone I liased with from the fabulous Events Co-ordinator Sarah to Matt in charge of banqueting through to the on the day staff setting up and assisting throughout the day were so accomodating and helpful.
The City Halls are part of a market complex designed by John Carrick in 1882, but the grand hall itself was designed by George Murray and opened in 1841. It was the first hall suitable for large gatherings and concerts to be built in the City.
The Old Fruitmarket directly adjoins the grand hall and was a functioning market until the 1970s after which it was in occasional use for jazz and folk music events. The adjoining buildings were home to bustling produce markets such as the fresh fruit and flower market and the cheese market.
The Venue is licensed by Glasgow City Council to carry out civil marriages and civil partnership registrations. Religious and humanist wedding ceremonies can also take place in the venues should Brides and Grooms wish to have a ceremony conducted by their chosen celebrant.
The venue has been refurbished in recent years, re-opening in January 2006 and retains all the features which made the Old Fruitmarket one of the city’s most loved venues, including the lofty vaulted roof, cast iron columns and balcony, and the listed greengrocer’s signs.
The refurbishment also changed the entrance to the Old Fruitmarket, so you now enter via City Halls, and the joining of the two venues allows the Old Fruitmarket to have access to some of the bar areas within City Halls, as well as having its own dedicated bar inside the venue itself.
The Old Fruitmarket Glasgow can host a wedding breakfast from 120 guests up to 360 guests.
The Venue has the ability to make your jaw drop. Initially it can appear dark but with spectacular lighting and set up it can be transformed into something really quite special.
It such a versatile space with incredible period charm that has played host to award ceremonies, launches, ceilidhs, banquets, as a Music Venue etc in addition to it’s use as a Wedding Venue.
Its a wee hidden gem with that I am really priviliged to have worked in, and hope to have the opportunity to work in again.
The Recital Room
The Main Promenade – City Halls
The Old Fruitmarket
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For Information on Wedding Packages at the Old Fruitmarket Glasgow click HERE
For information on Venue Hire Old Fruitmarket Glasgow click HERE