on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August
The Southbank is one of our absolutely favourite parts of London and so when, last year, the Southbank Centre decided to celebrate the fact that same-sex marriage became legal, and created the Big Wedding Weekend, we were extremely excited. 70 couples - gay and straight, young and old - got married or renewed their vows in what was an amazing weekend for everyone.
And as it was such an incredible success, that they are going to do it again!
Big Wedding Weekend
Festival Hall Stage
Each ceremony lasts for up to 90 minutes and includes up to 20 couples. They all declare their vows separately in front of their family, guests and registrars.
Package one - £1950
A 90-minute ceremony with choirs, fanfares and live music on the Royal Festival Hall stage
A glass of bubbly for all your guests
Photographs with stunning backdrops
Video of your ceremony (unedited)
Two bouquets of flowers/buttonholes
Day-time and evening activities
Offer some great packages!
Getting married, as we all know, can be an expensive business, but it needn't be as expensive as you think! There are lots of great venues out there, with fantastic packages to suit a smaller budget. Two lovely venues on our site fit this bill perfectly! The conveniently located Holiday Inn Reading, M4 Junction 10, is celebrating its highest yet Four Star Merit score after a recent surprise overnight inspection by the AA - in other words you can expect really high standards! The hotel offers two wedding packages, including the Silver Package which is an amazing £50pp for a three-course wedding breakfast, drinks, a DJ, the bridal suite and lots, lots more. The enhanced Golden Package is still great value at £75pp. With an indoor pool, leisure centre and Dermalogica Spa it's really worth checking out their listing
Holiday Inn Reading
Saturday 30th - Sunday 31st August
As part of their Festival of Love and also to celebrate the year in which same-sex marriage became legal, South Bank Centre is creating the Big Wedding Weekend! No, it's not the Moonies, it's something altogether completely fabulous. All couples, gay or straight, young or old, are invited to marry, or to renew their vows, on the stage of the iconic Royal Festival Hall. This is followed by bubbly, all-day dance and entertainment, an optional wedding buffet and of course you and your guests get to enjoy the wonderful Thames-side setting. This is how it works - there will be 8 ceremonies over the weekend, each one lasting 90 minutes, with 20 couples who will all declare their vows separately in front of their family and friends. In their words "it will be an amazing, emotional and unique celebration of human love - a wedding like no other". The other big appeal, following on from our last blog about budget weddings, is that it won't cost more than £2,000 all in!! And you can even choose a package for £1,000. We think this sounds fantastic, maybe this is the future to stop spiraling wedding costs...? For more info about packages, prices and to book your slot (some are sold out already, so hurry hurry) go to Big Wedding Weekend
And if you do get married here, we'd love to hear about your experiences... we might even go along ourselves (atlhough not to get married!)