LAST UPDATED: 10 June 2013 at 4:40pm

Now this is a venue to make your guests gasp. The sheer scale of this deconsecrated Franciscan church is matched only by its beauty, with soaring ceilings, pillars the size of tree trunks and stained-glass windows restored to their original glory thanks to a painstaking £6.5 million renovation.

Even with 500 guests in situ, the Great Nave will still feel spacious - embrace the drama of the venue with tall candelabras and dramatic floral tablecentres.

The tranquil Archangel Garden is the top choice for outdoor photo opportunities with your guests, too.

Ceremony capacity: 500; Packages per person: £85

The Monastery; 0161 223 3211;www.themonastery.co.uk

LAST UPDATED: 25 July 2012 at 5:40pm

This deconsecrated Franciscan church, designed by Edward Pugin, will certainly make your guests' jaws drop - soaring ceilings, huge pillars and stained-glass windows offer all the backdrop you need.

If you'd like extra drama, choose tall candelabras and dramatic floral tablecentres. For an intimate alternative for up to 50 guests, opt for the Private Chapel. Be sure to explore the Archangel Garden with your photographer.

Ceremony capacity: 550; Food cost per head: £42; House wine: £17; Corkage: £19; Marquee available

The Monastry; 0161 223 3211; www.themonastery.co.uk