Wedding articles and tips from Find a Wedding Venue
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
We write a lot about very grand venues, sweeping staircases and opulant surroundings but one of our absolute favourite types of wedding venue a rural rustic one - and if that is actually a farm, then so much the better! 'Farm weddings' can take place in any season and we love that they bring a natural, earthy and simplicity style to a wedding - or not.... Because obviously it's up to you how far you go with this theme. (Wild West anyone?). There are plenty of inspirational Farm wedding boards on Pinerest and Etsy is awash with lovely objects to buy to make your Farm Wedding perfect. However, you do at least need a field... and preferably a barn or such like. Here are three gorgeous venues for the ultimate rustic farm weddding...
Pictured at the top is South Farm, located on the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire borders yet only 50 minutes from London, it is a lovingly restored Grade II listed country house. South Farm is set in 20 acres of landscaped grounds and beautiful gardens surrounded by a smallholding, the main house adjoins a courtyard of lovingly restored timber framed barns, granaries and stables.
How beautiful are these caravans??
Love these flowers in a Milk Urn. I was brought up in the country and although have now lived in London for more years than I care to remember, in my heart the country girl still lives on - maybe thats why I love these types of weddings so much... Farbridge in West Sussex (set on edge of the South Downs) has the most beautifully restored barns, perfect for making your Farm wedding.
on this weekend!! (6 - 8 March)
The Most Curious Wedding Fair is most definitely our favourite wedding show. Because they handpick their exhibitors, you really are getting the best of the very best of what is beautiful, creative and new. In their own words, they 'look for those vendors who are simply drawing inspiration from contemporary and directional lifestyle, fashion and design trends to produce products and services perfect for the discerning but expressive and fun-lovong bride and groom.'
These images taken at previous fairs, surely speak for themselves?? If you are looking for innovative and bespoke wedding ideas, we urge any London couples to get down to Brick Lane this weekend. You cannot fail to be inspired and at the same time, you will without doubt have a very good time!
Apart from the amazing selection of exhibitors you will also experience originl fashion shows, hair and make-up pamper area and seated refeshment area...The Curious Wedding Fair
So the details are as follows. It's on on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March, The OLd Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL 11am - 6pm
Take a look at their lovely website for more info if you need to...
Wedding Venues with the WOW factor
There are so many things to consider when choosing a venue for your wedding and normally staircases and ceilings aren't on the list…. however the photo opportunities for a dramatic image with the backdrop of a fabulous staircase are endless!… Here are three of our venues which have jaw dropping features we love...
We have mainly concentrated on municipal buildings - it really is quite remarkable how many of them have such wonderful staircases and ceilings. Our leader image is of the staircase of Greenford Hall in Middlesex. The Hall was built after a 12-year campaign by the people of Greenford to obtain a public hall for the town. It was officially opened on 16 April 1966 and is by far the youngest of our chosen venues.
We absolutely love the Staircase at Ealing Town Hall in West London. Built in 1888 in the "Revived Gothic" style with Kentish ragstone walls, the staircase has been described, 'sumptuous imperial stair with iron balustrades.' From this picture you can see that it divides and one side leads to Victoria Hall with it's unusually beautiful ceiling (pictured)
The Staircase at Ealing Town Hall
The amazing ceiling at Ealing Town Hall
Our second civic building is the glorious Stoke Newington Town Hall in North London. Dark mahoganies, elegant marble and one of Europe’s largest working mirror balls makes it impossible for us not to include it in our amazing ceiling blog! We adore the mahogany and walnut panelling - the warm tones of the wood provide an excellent backdrop for a wedding.
Stoke Newington Town Hall Ceiling