November 16, 2011
As someone who regularly reads weddings blogs, keeps one eye on Twitter and has watched maybe one too many episodes of ‘Don’t tell the bride’ - I see and hear the word *swoon* a little too often. But when I saw The Maple Room at The Connaught set-up for a ceremony recently, *swooning* was the order of the day.
The Connaught is one of London’s most prestigious venues and once you get the chance to look around, it all becomes clear why. To begin with the, The Maple Room, which is perfect for ceremonies and also cocktail receptions for up to 100 guests, has dazzling mirrored ceilings and both natural and atmospheric lighting that makes it stunning in all seasons and weather conditions.
The Maple Room is a great place to start your wedding before moving onto The Ballroom. Designed by the much sought after interior designer Guy Oliver, the Connaught's Ballroom manages to create a seamless combination of modern elegance, matched with traditional simplicity. The entrance of The Ballroom is an eye catching marbled black and white hall, which leads beautifully into the 1920’s styled main room with its lavender tinted silk patterns set between silver and grey marble pilasters. The room is not only rich in beauty and tradition, but also boasts a very impressive 161” retractable screen and state-of-the-art BOSE sound system, perfect for pre-recorded speeches from distant family members, or a slideshow of images.
To bring together the traditional with the modern, and the 1920’s theme, I would recommend something simple, such as a pianist playing some light, gentle jazz. After the ceremony, a 20s Jazz group like New Hot Cross Club are a brilliant way to maintain the sleek, opulent feel of the occasion whilst bringing a little more energy to the proceedings. Specialising in the French 'Hot Club' style Jazz of the 1920s - the New Hot Cross Club provide a lively take on Vintage Jazz that will delight guests of all ages.
Of course, it don’t all have to be Charlestons, flapper dresses and hot clubs; for a more modern option, 5 Piece Party band Flood the Floor are guaranteed to keep guests dancing into the wee small hours with a repertoire that spans rock, pop, motown and soul from the last 5 decades. Best of all, they're regulars at the Connaught thanks to countless wedding bookings - it's practically their second home.
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