Port Glasgow Town Hall
This is a popular venue for larger weddings as it has a big hall. The hall includes a small bar area and a big stage for the band or DJ. There is a side room, the Lord Provost’s, which is often given as a break out room for the bridal party to hide in. I also find it a useful place to take some more intimate and silly pictures, away from the guests. This was also the setting for the recent set of studio style pictures at one wedding.
There is a bar downstairs as well, which can be opened to the guests, though it is not as attractive as the main hall and has more the feel of a staff canteen.
In the downstairs entry hall they will drape white cloth and a black backdrop, this is quite suitable for shots of 1 or 2 people, but not so good for groups.
A waterfall effect is created at the back of the hall with party lights and they do their best to make the 60’s architecture inviting.
As an aside, the chef who is normally in charge of proceedings has advised that about 90% of all couples end up having steak pie and chicken curry as their preferred menu options!
Outside the Town Hall itself is not attractive and does not lend itself to photography.
Greenock Town Hall
Another town hall that is sometimes given over to big wedding parties, though if your guests don’t number in the hundreds they could get lost in the vast space. It also has a bar area and stage. The grand entry hall and make for some interesting settings.
On the occasions I have been here I’ve sometimes felt it is a bit too big, preferring the entry hall for the photos as it is both better lit and has more interesting architecture.
For Spring and summer these gardens, between Port Glasgow and Langbank offer some wooded paths, flower beds, benches and sculpted gardens. There is a fee for bridal parties here.
The walled gardens near the cafe offer paths that will help keep the mud off. Various design features in this part of the garden lend themselves to nice compositions for bride or small group shots. The woodland can be damp so should only be considered during a dry spell. The woods do offer a pirate ship climbing frame though, which can be fun.
As most weddings take place down the road in Greenock or Port Glasgow, the gardens can be a bit out of the way and can seriously impact on the time available for photography.
Externally this hotel is another child of the 60’s or 70’s and has not aged particularly well. However inside, it does offer a well lit function room which can double as a place for the ceremony too. Doors along the hall and into the function room itself allow the bridal party out into a small garden with a gazebo, bench and other small features. This area is encircled by an access road, but then you have a large expanse of grass, surrounded by trees. This grass area is great for group shots, if it is dry. As with any grassy area, wet weather= sinking stilettos and stained wedding dresses.
A short hop across the service road leads to the banks of the river Clyde. There is a paved path along this bank, with occasional bridges across streams, benches and other features. A little walk down this path and there is a great view of the Erskine Bridge itself.