May 25, 2016
We put entertainment out each and every week around London and beyond. From Atlantic Soul Orchestra to London Contemporary Voices, we have a wonderful mix of fab wedding bands to ensure that your wedding is one to remember and completely unique to you. But entertainment for weddings is not the only way to make sure that your big day is a true representation of the bride and groom; your wedding venue is another way to make the exchanging of vows a truly personal experience. Here we look at five venues that we absolutely adore.
Some venues are beautiful and historic, but not many venues are beautiful, historic and used to move. That is the case however, with the gorgeous Cutty Sark, one of only three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the 19th century. Sat upon a permanent dry dock in Greenwich, this is a venue that many might not first think about when planning their wedding (or even events in general) but as soon as the idea is mooted, you’ll be hard pressed to forget it. A space that is surprisingly flexible when it comes to weddings (dinner, entertainment…both are possible!), this is perfect for a couple who perhaps have a sea faring background or love the iconic, historic and unique!
Full disclaimer: We attended a resplendent wedding fair at Hedsor House last week and had a lovely time meeting various brides to be! Laying on some entertainment for the event, it was eminently clear why such a venue is so popular for weddings with indoor balconies, sumptuous staircases and of course, a garden to die for! We highly recommend looking into Hedsor House if you’re thinking of holding your wedding in a stately home.
Old Royal Naval College
We’re heading back to Greenwich to highlight this venue, the centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not bad! Used by the Royal Navy up until 1998, the Old Royal Naval College is now free to visit, so you could perhaps enjoy a tour whilst imagining walking down the aisle in such a gorgeous venue. The focal point of this architectural masterpiece is undoubtedly the Painted Hall, which is always a majestic sight no matter how many times you see it. A fantastic back drop for the beginning of your marriage.
When you first heard the word ‘asylum’, you might not think that it’d be the perfect venue for your wedding day. But if you’re after a rustic feel to your big day, then it’s probably the best choice you could make with the Asylum Chapel offering a large space for a multitude of guests, exposed brickwork beyond your wildest dream and expectations, and a stripped back ceiling that exposes the beams above. We know first hand what it’s like for a wedding because a Sternberg Clarker (if that’s the noun to use) actually got married there, with The Blind Tigers playing at the ceremony. Tremendous!
Photo by Mark Wallis
One of the most popular places in London, the grounds of Somerset House are a sumptuous setting for a wedding, especially in summer when the fountains will be on and it’s possible for newlyweds to walk through them for their wedding photos! A number of packages are available for your big day, with many couples booking for the vows rather than for the whole day. Whichever you decide to do though, rest assured that you will undoubtedly have a wedding photo album to die for!
A stunning converted banking hall, Gibson Hall is a gorgeously converted wedding venue in the heart of the City of London that comes complete with a secluded garden, which may be used for drinks receptions in the wonderful summer weather! Able to accomodate large wedding parties as well as small, it is a beautifully romantic venue that can be lit in a stunning way. Well worth a look!
One of our most popular wedding venues, Kew Gardens is a must for anyone interested in flowers and gardens, not least because it is a World Heritage site of outstanding natural beauty! The venue allows a multitude of buildings to be available to you for your big day including The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Cambridge Cottage, the Nash Conservatory and the Orangery (pictured), all of which offer an elegant setting in which to be married.
If you’re planning a wedding in the near future and want to check out even more possible venues, feel free to click here! From The Ritz to the Natural History Museum, we are sure to feature your dream venue.
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