If you’re working to a tighter budget, there’s no reason you can’t have a stylish wedding in a great location by looking at some smaller wedding venues where you can save a little without slipping into the cheap end of London. In fact, many of the best weddings and receptions are held in unique places that people don’t normally consider. By budgeting properly, and shopping your options, you can save money on these amazing locations, letting you spend more on your guests and their entertainment.
Weddings are all too often planned out to such an extent that the charm of a venue is lost, but not so with Copa de Cava. London’s first bar dedicated to cava, a sparkling Spanish champagne, it’s an outstanding location for any wedding reception. You’ll love the vaulted arched brick ceilings, and the old finished brick walls that support them. The furnishings are a deep and rich wood, with themed accents throughout. The Catalan bodega atmosphere lends itself to candle lit table decorations, and there’s plenty of room to accommodate guests. It’s also steps from St. Paul’s, if you’ve decided to have your ceremony or exchange vows there first.
Mayfair prestige is at the heart of the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s exclusive three floor hire. The venue features classic furnishings and decorations throughout, with tastefully placed lighting to perfectly illuminate your celebration. The numerous other areas of the facility effortlessly lend themselves to any sort of theme your wedding may have, with lights or decorations enhancing the overall appeal. In terms of value, they’ve got an on site staff of in house catering and audio visual experts. Everything is directed by a full-time event manager, taking care of supplier relationships, and letting you get discounts on packages that just aren’t available elsewhere.
Affordable art deco in the heart of Hackney, any wedding reception held at the Hackney Town Hall is guaranteed to be a memorable and enjoyable event. Finished almost entirely in brilliant hardwood floors, with large open windows, the space is nothing short of amazing. It welcomes guests with an elegant double staircase, leading up to the large Assembly hall and stunning 1930s chandeliers. One of the great features that grooms always love is the gentlemen’s club themed Bridgetown Bar, which features marble fixtures and dark wood throughout. This is a classy place that won’t disappoint, and is easily themed to your tastes.
Overlooking the Thames, and not far from America’s favourite landmark, London Bridge, you’ll find the Balcony Room. It sits above the old bar and restaurant, just next to the Globe Theatre. With magnificent views of St. Paul’s and London, this intimate space is the perfect place for a small wedding reception. French doors run from floor to ceiling on the far end, opening to a private balcony that can be themed to suit, and large windows bathe everything in natural light. Overall this is one of the better private locations to be had, as the restaurant and bar downstairs give guests space to carry on in celebration once the bride and groom have made their exit.
Black Swan Studios is a romantic ground floor event space just off the trendy Bermondsey Street, with only a 6-minute walk away from London Bridge station. Its beautiful warehouse features create the perfect opportunity for anyone planning a one one of a kind wedding to be imaginative and transform it into a perfect, alternative wedding reception space. Black Swan Studios’ discreet and private location in the prestigious Black Swan Yard combined with its industrial beauty makes it the ideal venue for a unique wedding, and it can be yours for a price that will delight you and your reception budget.
The Pickle Factory is an excellent choice for those who want all the usual benefits of a converted warehouse but not necessarily the scale of one. Being 225 square metres in total, it can accommodate a somewhat more intimate capacity of 200, and though it is enough of a blank canvas to invite your own personal touch, steel beams across the ceiling, frosted skylights and the slightly askew rectangular shape of the building itself ensure that it isn’t devoid of its own sense of charm.
The event room on the first floor at Elgin has tons of character, with features including exposed brickwork, wood panelling, large windows for a bright and airy feel, and rustic style furniture. For a seated meal, there is space for up to 80 guests, though the maximum capacity allows for more than 200 if you were to also make use of the main bar area. Found just 10 minutes from Oxford Circus, the nearest tube station – Maida Vale – is within stumbling distance.