Seven Reasons to Marry in London
26 Oct 2015
Bedazzled by the prospect of saying ‘I do’in Britain’s capital city? Discover why taking wedding celebrations to the bright lights of London could be the right decision for couples hoping for a romantic and unusual big day
“Where shall we get married?”The question couples ask each other while considering easy access for guests, a breathtaking venue suitable for their theme and, of course, somewhere that holds meaning.
Britain’s capital city of London is a buzzing metropolis teeming with culture, history and modern life, and though that may not scream wedding party initially, there are heaps of reasons why it’s an iconic location for many couples to celebrate their marriage.
1. Diverse suppliers
Around 230 languages are spoken in London, with cosmopolitan boroughs full of communities that make for a wide range of bridal products, services and goods. Customise every aspect of your wedding with easy access to excellent catering, entertainment, photographers, florists, venues, wedding planners and more.
London is brimming with iconic hotspots, so wedding guests will have the opportunity to see the sights of London. Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds and a jam-packed schedule of west end theatre shows will keep them entertained. Why not hire a vintage red Routemaster bus to take friends and family on your own wedding-themed sightseeing tour? Just think of the photography opportunities…
©St Paul’s Cathedral
3. Unique wedding venues
The number of unusual London wedding venues is countless with options for every bride and groom regardless of faith. The National Portrait Gallery, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral (where Prince Charles and Lady Diana married), Kensington Palace, Tate Modern and ZSL London Zoo are all at your fingertips to wow guests. For more low-key weddings, a register office ceremony, with a beautifully-decorated reception at one of the top quality restaurants, halls or hotels can work just as well.
4. Parks and gardens
©VisitBritain/ Joanna Henderson
One third of London is made up of parks and open spaces, so romantic gardens and botanical settings are all within reach. As 2016 is the year of the Great English Garden, the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens is a lush, tranquil venue for spring or summer weddings. Choose from the Orangery for a wedding reception with dinner and dancing, or the Nash Conservatory, which is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 200 guests.
The inspirational Hampton Court House is also fully licensed for civil ceremonies and set in seven acres of peaceful 18th century gardens complete with heart shaped lake, swans and palm trees. The Victorian style Horniman Museum and Gardens is also an elegant wedding backdrop in Forest Hill, London.
No matter the theme of the wedding, guests will find a huge choice of five star luxury hotels, cute bed and breakfasts or rented apartments to stay at on the big day.
Go for opulence at the Dorchester or the Savoy, or look to Airbnb for close by properties to rent. It offers varied listings covering everything from luxury flats and lofts (suitable for newlyweds too) to houses and private rooms.
VisitBritain / Joanna Henderson
A hub for shoppers from across the globe, you’ll want for nothing while shopping in London. For groomsmen, Savile Row offers top quality bespoke tailoring and for blushing brides there is an abundance of high-end bridal stores including Jenny Packham, Temperley London, Caroline Castigliano and Sassi Holford to name a few.
©VisitBritain / Juliet White
©VisitBritain / Joanna Henderson
On the other hand, Portobello Road market is an excellent place to find ‘something old’for the bride-to-be, or take a trip to Harrods for luxurious wedding favours and decor.
7. Transport links
Five international airports and a high-speed Eurostar rail link means welcoming family and friends travelling from afar is much more convenient. For local Londoners and those closer to home, red buses, black cabs and the underground links can help guests get to the wedding quickly and easily.
Order a copy of London Bride magazine, which has everything a London bride needs to plan her perfect day on Buyamag here.