[Entrance at the new Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch]
Find your prefect wedding venue!
With Brides the Show under just two months away we are working like bumblebees to get everything ready in time! After last year’s Poodle success (we won the Editor’s Bronze Design award 2015…) we are under pressure to come back bigger and better wedding ideas!
This year we think we have it covered and alongside the flowers we have concentrated on highlighting our skills in the wedding and event styling sector. Focusing more on bringing together the entire theme and feel of a special day. This means we have spent the past few months creating a vision, a slice of a real event to fit into a 6 metre square area…
[Our poodles won the Bronze Editor’s Bronze Design award at Brides the Show 2015]
This in turn has made us think about the kind of venue that would suit our vision. For the show (we are so excited to reveal our theme, but it’s a secret right now…) and led us to google. Where we pined over some absolutely incredible spaces out there that are available to hire.
Choosing a venue
So, how do you choose THE venue for your wedding or event? What makes it THE venue? How important is it to choose the venue first? We did some digging… We got you covered:
There are a few things that need to be considered before you choose your venue, things that will have an impact on where you go and how the event will work in the desired location, these are:
- Number of guests you will be inviting – make sure the capacities fit with your guestlist!
- Location – countryside, beach front, inner city? Choosing this first helps to condense your search filters
- Theme and styling – determines the backdrop to your day
- Budget – be realistic and allocate funds to the most important areas
Searching for venues
Once you have a general idea of the above you can go ahead and search for venues that match.
You should go and visit the venue at least once or twice to get a feel for a place. Our advice would be to go in the day and also at nighttime. This gives you a good indication on the vibe and feel throughout the whole day.
If you are looking for a venue that includes everything such as the food, the staff, the decor. Then be prepared to spend more money as all the headaches are taken care of. All you need to do is taste the food and the drinks and turn up on the day!
If you are looking for an empty shell of a space that you can add your own touch to; keep in mind that this will mean a lot more work on your part but also offers an incredible amount of your own creativity and imagination to come to life.
The more work there is to decorate a venue. The more need there is to have a professional help you consolidate your ideas into manageable and realistic objectives. A wedding or event stylist is responsible for organising everything it takes to make your initial ideas a reality. This means they will organise the caterers, the florists, the cake maker, the DJ, the decorations. Everything.
Our favourite London venues
We’ve listed below a few of our most favourite venues within London and the South East – we’ve chosen a selection of different styles and vibes to give you a quick look at the type of spaces you can get within the different categories out there:
CAIN MANOR A romantic, Elizabethan Manor House with far-reaching views over the downs, Cain Manor’s barn-style music room with cathedral windows make it a unique combination of cosy and bright. It can be exclusively yours for your big day and is perfect for up to 123 guests. As you’d expect from a Bijou Venue, luxury and quality of service are assured.
TURNER CONTEMPORARY Say ‘I do’ surrounded by world-class art at Turner Contemporary. With stunning panoramic sea views, the iconic gallery designed by David Chipperfield Architects has open spaces filled with natural light, making this a unique venue for your wedding day. Situated on the thriving East Kent coastline, this striking setting has state-of-the-art facilities, including a private balcony overlooking the North Sea and its radiant ‘Turner skies’.
THE ROOST A former Victorian pub in Dalston which has been lovingly converted into a four floor photographic and film location. It’s crammed with an eclectic mix of wall finishes, furniture, props and art work which you are free to use allowing you to be as creative and malleable as you wish! *OUR CURRENT WISH LIST
BANKING HALL Whatever you are planning, Banking Hall is the perfect venue to impress your guests. The Grade II listed Main Hall was designed in the 1930s and has a unique Art Deco charm. With a Mezzanine level that looks our over the bank of England, the space is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate your needs – whether for a dinner, standing reception, wedding banquet, conference or exhibition.
MUSEUM OF GARDEN HISTORY Situated by the River Thames and next to Lambeth palace, The Garden Museum provides the perfect location for wedding receptions, corporate events, parties and celebrations of every kind. The Museum’s garden provides a wonderful escpae from the hustle and bustle of central London and is an ideal setting for a pre-dinner drinks reception or a barbeque.