April 19, 2017
This week, we’re taking a look at another fine wedding venue just outside London. Operated by English Heritage, Eltham Palace is a fine example of 1930s design; art deco buildings combined with sumptuous gardens that are sure to impress all guests. Combining a hint of Hollywood glamour with sleek style and sophistication, this is the ultimate wedding destination for those seeking the same… But different.
Opening in 1936, visitors might first wonder how the moniker of ‘palace’ came to be. It’s less than 100 years old so surely not..? The original property was built way back in 1066 before being replaced in 1296 with a grand manor house. The building and its gardens were acquired by the royal family in 1311 under the rule of Edward II and over the next 300 years, the palace was extended and renovated numerous times for each subsequent ruler. After the civil war in 1648, the palace was ransacked and by the 18th century, the ruins were being used as a farm, with the Great Hall being used as a barn. In 1828, the Great Hall was restored and over 100 years later, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built the current palace next to the medieval restoration and that is what you can hire for your wedding today!
The actual spaces available to prospective brides and grooms are beautiful in their simplicity but also in their uniqueness. You won’t find anything else quite like them in the UK. The Entrance Hall is a particular favourite with those holding an intimate wedding, not least because one can get married in the round. A circular wood panelled room, decked out in shades of coffee and cream, family and friends can surround you during the ceremony itself as you recite your vows. French doors lead directly to a terrace beyond for drinks, which we think is a beautiful spot for a harpist or some classical acoustic guitar.
Once married, you may wish to move from the Entrance Hall through to the Italian Drawing Room, which also has doors out onto the terrace. Delicately adorned in hues of burnt orange, ochre and blue, this room is known for its beauty and intimacy and is perfect for dining with up to 60 people or for drinks receptions with 200 guests (including adjoining rooms). Our favourite aspect? The incredible grand piano, which can be used one of our exceptionally talented pianists. It really is something you have to see to appreciate.
The Great Hall is the other space often used for wedding ceremonies and caters to a far larger crowd, with 200 people able to be seared for the ceremony. As mentioned above, this building dates back to medieval times and is a stunning contrast between the Art Deco of the main house. Although able to be used for the vows, The Great Hall is most often used for dinner and dancing, thanks largely due to the sheer space available. With enhanced lighting available and a minstrels’ gallery able to be used for a live band, this is a truly superb area for celebrations! Looking to book in the summer? The Great Hall opens directly onto the lawns of Eltham, which wedding parties can use in good weather. Wonderful!
We honestly adore Eltham Palace as a wedding venue and think you would too. With a multitude of entertainment options available to you, feel free to get in touch using the contact details below in order to hear more.
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By Henry Fosdike