You’ve got the ring – congratulations! – now comes the next step in your wedding planning: choosing a venue! No other element will shape the style of your day quite like the place where you will say ‘I do’. Barn or beach, hotel or house, manor or marquee? Brides is here to help! We’ve scoured the world in search of the very best venues to marry in, whether you want an intimate do for close family and friends or an extravagant three-day party. Happy browsing.
Corinthia Hotel WESTMINSTER 150 £175
Take all the faff out of your wedding morning by booking into the ‘Movie Makeover Room’ (with Daniel Galvin hair salon and Hollywood make-up artist Lois Burwell) for a beauty blow-out. The restored Victorian ballroom, food by award-winning chef André Garrett and – shhh – sneaky snaps with cityscape panoramas taken from one of the penthouse suites make this a first-class wedding call. corinthia.com
The Lanesborough HYDE PARK CORNER 110 £140
From the moment you pull up to this Regency-era stunner in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom, your dream day begins. Menus are overseen by Michelin-starred chef Florian Favario, and you can book in with hairdresser-to-the-stars Daniel Galvin Jr, while Bruce Oldfield, the hotel’s exclusive couturier, can design your dress. Beautiful rooms include The Belgravia, which has mirrored blue Murano walls and hand-painted fresco ceilings. lanesborough.com
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Hotel Café Royal SOHO 120 £108
No guest can fail to be impressed by the sheer opulence and glamour of the Louis XVI Pompadour Ballroom, with its mirrored panelled walls and fresco-covered ceiling. It’s one of the largest in the capital, with double doors leading to a private terrace with sweeping views down Regent Street. There’s a holistic attitude here, which means the Akasha spa nutritionists and trainers are on hand to help you prepare for the big day. hotelcaferoyal.com
The Dorchester MAYFAIR 430 £200
A private entrance on Park Lane leads to the glitzy Gold Room, a spellbinding drinks space with an epic crystal cage chandelier that houses Murano glass birds, that leads to the grand Art Deco ballroom beyond. For something more intimate, the baby blue Wedgwood-inspired Orchid Room or theatrical Pavilion Suite, based on Sleeping Beauty, with its own secret roof garden, are both sterling options. dorchestercollection.com
The Berkeley KNIGHTSBRIDGE 250 £80
Hands up who fancies nine weeks of couple’s pre-wedding health club and spa membership? Book your big day in the Ballroom here and it’s yours (as well as a personal consultation with bridal couturier Phillipa Lepley, whose creations are timeless sophistication to a tee). The space itself is cool and contemporary, with a 3D ceiling design and bespoke eucalyptus-wood panels on the walls. There’s an imaginative bowl-food selection, too, which includes truffle hot dogs and Lancashire hotpot. the-berkeley.co.uk
The Langham MARYLEBONE 250 £150
What a surprising oasis this is in the heart of the West End, with a lavish Grand Ballroom that overlooks a courtyard garden – one of the oldest in the capital. Food-wise, you’re in for a treat: the unique ‘Private Dining by Roux’ concept means your wedding breakfast will have all the hallmarks of classic French cooking but with a contemporary twist (the hotel can also cater for kosher and halal parties). langhamhotels.com
Rosewood London HOLBORN 350 £200
The contemporary Grand Ballroom with glittering chandeliers and a dance floor is the blockbuster space to book for weddings at this elegant, Grade II-listed hotel. Brides also loves the Event Studio – a really useful showcase of everything you might need, from glassware to linens – and the spoiling Sense spa with Matthew Curtis hair salon. For a next-day breakfast de-brief, hire the cosy Scarfes Bar. rosewoodhotels.com
The Connaught MAYFAIR 200 £83
Pull up outside this Mayfair marvel in a horse and carriage. From spectacular dinners for 40 in the intimate lavender- and ivory-hued Carlos Room, to a romantic reception for 200 in The Mayfair Room with antique mirrors and a sprung parquet floor for dancing, this hotel has it covered. And with two terrific restaurants under the same roof – Far East-inspired fare at Jean-Georges at the Connaught, and innovative French cuisine by Hélène Darroze – incredible menus are a given. the-connaught.co.uk
The Savoy STRAND 250 £200
Designed in the style of a Parisian salon, the Lancaster Ballroom is the largest of The Savoy’s celebration spaces – and, unusually, it also has a stage. There’s also the River Room for a chic cocktail reception (enlist the pianist from the American Bar to play, if you can), half a dozen private dining rooms and a Royal Suite overlooking the Thames, with a capacity of just 20 for intimate weddings. The in-house floral team’s bouquets are amazing. fairmont.com/savoy-london
Old Marylebone Town Hall 100
It’s no wonderso many famous faces(Sir Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher) have married at this renowned venue, which is now even smarter after a recentspruce-up. Seven beautifulspaces are all named after different areas of the capital (The Soho Room is a favourite) – and ask about finishing touches,such as Prosecco for post-ceremony toasts and all-female musical trio Blue Topaz Strings on the supplierlist. adaytoremember.london
One Whitehall Place WESTMINSTER 250 £125
This majestic Victorian masterpiece adjoins The Royal Horseguards Hotel on Victoria Embankment. Bookish brides will be drawn to the Gladstone Library, restored to its former splendour with original tiled pillars and 30,000 replica books lining the shelves (drift from here to the neighbouring Reading and Writing Room for drinks with river vistas). Top-hat-wearing doormen, the sweeping marble staircase and glittering chandeliers all add to the sense of occasion. guoman.com
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple TEMPLE 100 £53
A real hidden treasure, Middle Temple is one of the ancient Inns of Court and steeped in tradition. Brides’ pick isthe Elizabethan Hall (those stained-glass windows!), then head out for a garden reception for up to 750. In-house chefs will whip up anything from a formalsupperto canapés, and there’s an extensivewine cellarto raid forthe toasts. middletemplevenue.co.uk
Want to be a bride in one of the most famous buildingsin the world? A wedding at the House of Commons awaits…
AKE HISTORY OF YOUR OWN BY MARRYING IN ONE OF THE MOST famous buildings in the world: the House of Commons. An extraordinary landmark that has been the backdrop to some of the most unforgettable turning points in British history – is there a better venue for making the most romantic statement of your life? The House of Commons forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a unique sense of occasion for couples saying ‘I do’.
Here, you can enjoy a licensed ceremony in front of 150 guests in the Members’ Dining Room, with views overlooking the River Thames, or the more intimate oak-panelled Jubilee Room for a gathering of up to 60. Once you’ve exchanged those all-important vows, it’s time to celebrate.
The House of Commons team are pros at organising glittering events, and your special day is top of the agenda – the venue can provide anything you wish, from a five-course, seated wedding breakfast or lavish afternoon tea fit for the Queen to impressive riverside drinks in the chic, light-filled Thames or Terrace Pavilions overlooking the water. The festivities don’t end there. Why not treat your wedding guests to a guided tour of the House of Commons’ and the House of Lords’ debating chambers on the big day? Or delight foodies by heading to the House of Commons for tastings with their awardwinning chefs. Then send friends and family off with memories of your amazing day that they’ll never forget. And nor will you.