Post # 16
daffodils: Thank you for the suggestion. This venue looks amazing! We were thinking of 2,000 to be the budget for the whole wedding…but if we need to push it to 3,000 or so we will do it.
I will have a look at some other places outside London. I wouldn´t mind to have the wedding outside London as long as is not too far….
Post # 17
crumpets: Thank you for suggestion. But the option of the pub is the last one for us… I know we are in a low budget but would like a venue rather than a pub or restaurant. We would be happy to travel outside London if it´s not too far.
Post # 18
stephanie30: here are some venues that offer exclusive use of a room and I’m sure you can find one in your budget. For a small London wedding, definitely look for private dining options – https://hirespace.com/Home/SearchMap?city=1%7C51.5286416%7C-0.1015987&cityName=London
Post # 19
Thats really helpful. Thank you!!
Post # 20
Are you ruling out a Register Office? As others have said, it is so much cheaper than other options. We were married at Chelsea Old Town Hall in June and it was wonderful. It is a very grand building and there was nothing conveyer belt about it, the registrars really give it an air of occasion. The choices of music, readings and vows are excellent. My mum is a bit of a snob but she loved it, I think she liked the fact that a lot of stars and aristocracy marry there!
Given the British weather, any outdoor/country feel location must have indoor seating and that is costly. I think looking for a pub or restaurant with a private room and a terrace would be low stress and jolly. You might even find somewhere riverside which would be lovely. I’m afraid prices out of London may give you a nasty shock, it’s not as much cheaper as you’d think.
Marrying in an unpopular month or during the week would increase your options but you’d need to be sure your guests were on board with taking time off work.
Post # 21
How about Islington Town Hall with a reception at the Punch Tavern? It’s on Fleet Street and is an old gin palace, quite art deco inside with loads of fairy lights, romantic! It’s often used for wedding receptions and they will work with you to your budget. You can probably find photos of other weddings at both locations.
Dress wise I am getting my reception dress from Chi Chi London, have a look at the Grace, Khloe, Sharnie etc. They are about £70 new but show up on eBay frequently. That’s a very tight budget so you will need to make big savings on the dress, but these are nice – promise!
Post # 22
I also agree you should be looking at a town hall wedding, even the cheapest districts it is about £350 to get the registrar to come to you and in London and surrounding counties (esp Kent) you’d be looking at more like £500.
A few photos from the Punch here:http://www.justin-bailey.co.uk/weddings/wedding-photographer-london-the-old-marylebone-town-hall-maria-and-rob/
It’s close to the river so you could get some good river/skyline pics if you wanted.
No affiliation although I had my 30th birthday there!
Post # 23
Hire chockywockydoodah out? High Street expectations for clothes etc in reality you can get married for as little as the cheapest package at the registry office and a cheap ring from Elizabeth juke. Good luck!
Post # 24
Check our Devonport House in greenwich, they have an off peak package for £3500 for 60 guests I think
Post # 25
I second the afternoon tea idea – a friend did that and it was fabulous. No alcohol except champagne for toasts which kept costs down.
Not sure about prices of these venues as you need to enquire to find out but here are a few ideas…
This place in Finchley markets itself as an affordable venue, it’s a Grade II listed building with landscape gardens:
Another possibility is Ham House in Richmond, not central London but greater London so maybe it’s cheaper. It’s situated by the Thames and it’s a National Trust site:
I went to a lovely wedding at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes once. Beautiful outdoor views, by the river and a variety of options indoors:
Other ideas include maybe a nice school with gardens? Not sure of the cost but Harrow School can be used for weddings and it has a garden terrace with views of London:
Good luck with the search! Keep an open mind and think outside the box and I’m sure you can surprise yourselves with what you can get on your budget 🙂
Post # 26
If you’re willing to have it outside of London, the Rylston Suite at the Weybridge Register Office is beautiful:
The cost to book the suite is something like 120-220, depending on day of the week.