Getting Married in London

January 20, 2017

If you are planning on marrying in London then this blog post is just for you. Getting married in London, has been written by Always Andri (member and regional ambassador) and Carmela Weddings (member) both London based planners. You can find approved planner and supplier members by visiting our directory.

London is the perfect City to get married in. It’s so versatile and there are venues to suit every taste you can imagine – whether you’re after a very traditional British day or a more hipster warehouse wedding, London really does have it all. With hundreds of amazing suppliers in our Capital, we’d never be able to mention them all but we wanted to highlight some of the greats and give you a little inspiration.

Let’s start with some amazing venues. If you’re after something really Central and historic, have a look at Bloomsbury House. Built in 1887, this stunning venue has a variety of rooms to suit up to 300 guests and gorgeous views over Bloomsbury Gardens.

Sticking with historical, the Livery Hall at Stationers Hall in the heart of the City boasts stained glass windows depicting famous figures such as Shakespeare and Edward IV and oak paneling throughout or how about using their gorgeous garden with wrought iron staircase for a wedding BBQ?

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For a ceremony that oozes atmosphere, Asylum chapel in Peckham is a great space. With exposed brickwork and a concrete floor, it’s perfect for those who want something a little different and seats 120 theatre style. This place looks great when filled with candles – this one really needs to be viewed to be able to get a feel of how beautiful it really is.

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Dotted all over the City are Drake and Morgan’s quirky bar and restaurant venues. From The Fable in Holborn, an unusual restaurant inspired by the world of fairy tales to The Folly, a botanically inspired garden sanctuary, these venues won’t need a great deal of décor as they’re brimming with cute little details and décor. The food at D&M’s venues is really nice too and brilliant value.

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If you’re after something more modern, there’s still plenty of choice. Icetank on Grape Street, near Covent Garden in London is a fabulous venue for smaller weddings and you can really put your own stamp on this place as it’s completely white and fresh with plenty of space for hanging florals and fun mood lighting.

Looking for a taste of the country but still near a London tube line then head down to Morden Hall, a beautiful 18th century country house set within National Trust parklands. With a choice of stunning rooms for both your ceremony and reception and exquisite gardens you can have your whole day here.

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There are so many other venues we could mention in London but we’d be here all week – make sure when shortlisting you think about the style of you as a couple and what kind of wedding you envisage, whether formal or not and that will really help you whittle down your viewing list.

Stationery

When you send out your invitations, remember that this is the first your guests will have seen of your wedding so try to get across the style of your day in your invitations. There are some great London stationers.

We love Ananya who have been in business for over 10 years now and continue to design completely bespoke beautiful wedding stationery. They have a real luxury feel to them but with a contemporary twist.

If you’re after fun and contemporary, Paperknots are the designers to go to. With pre-designed or custom made invitations, they cater for all budgets with some really gorgeous designs.

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Catering

Let’s turn your attention to food now as there’s so much choice in London. No longer is the only choice a 4 course sit down meal – you can now choose any kind of food you like from street food vans, picnic hampers to hog roasts and elaborate buffet stations and the quality of the food is better than ever.

Caper and Berry are associated with many of London’s best wedding venues including South Bank Centre, The Saatchi Gallery and Trinity House and they offer traditional wedding breakfast meals as well as summer feasts. Their chefs will work with you to create personalised dishes for you and your guests, ensuring it all fits in with your wedding style perfectly.

If you want something more relaxed and perfect for a festival style or garden wedding look to Soul and Pepper with their fun and tasty southern comfort street food. With a menu that includes pulled pork chilli and the king creole sausage, they’re sure to be a hit.

Cakes

One of the fun parts of being a planner is the cake tastings (who doesn’t love cake?) and London has some of the best bakers in the industry!

First on our London cake tour is Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. With every luxury cake handcrafted in Elizabeth’s London workshop, you know you’re in great hands. Elizabeth has even published a book showing her favourite creations over the years to give you some inspiration.

If you’re looking for something completely unique, you’ll want to get in touch with Reshmi, the founder of Anges De Sucre. Creators of cakes, favours, dessert tables and macaroon towers, these edible delights are really something else and can be completely customized for you. We love the latest edition – the Pink Flamingo wedding cake – it’s awesome!

Another fantastic luxury baker is Abigail Bloom – her cakes are decadent and oh so pretty, making your cake table the centre of attention in your venue.

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Flowers

Flowers play such an important part of your wedding décor and can really transform a venue so it’s important to work with a florist you trust and who can help bring your ideas to life. With fabulous florists such as Blue Sky Flowers, Philippa Craddock or Myrtle and Smith, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

When thinking about floral designs, look to what works with your venue. For warehouse or urban venues, design-led hanging flower displays can give a real wow factor. Florists love to get creative and do something different, so let your imagination run wild.

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Bridalwear

London has some of the finest bridal designers and boutiques in the world and there are some great unique designers here too. The Mews of Notting Hill is not your typical bridal boutique. It merges bridal with fashion and specializes in French bridal couture. Think bohemian sophistication with an edge.

We adore Holloway based designers Belle & Bunty – their bridal collection is so sophisticated and on-trend. Here you’ll find really sleek fashion-forward designs at reasonable prices.

Entertainment

Whether you choose a band, a DJ, a magician or something completely different, you’ll find it in London. Mighty Fine Entertainment have a huge list of musicians, bands and DJs for every musical taste. They can also source light up letters and dry ice machines as well as lighting to make sure the party atmosphere is perfect!

For the ultimate wedding party band, have a listen to award winning One Foot In The Groove who can also offer bespoke options such as an acoustic duo or jazz trio for your drinks reception or wedding breakfast.

We hope that’s given you some ideas on where to start looking to plan your perfect London wedding. It really is an amazing City to get married in and a perfect backdrop for some spectacular wedding photographs!