Being betrothed is undeniably a joyful time in anyone's life, but it also comes with a burden of responsibility in organising the big day. Weddings have become more and more original, with inventive ideas such as Jenga Guestbook and Confetti Bar to entertain guests. But first comes the venue. Here are a handful of awesome wedding venues with good-looking gardens or outstanding outdoor spaces, for when summertime rears its sunny head.
Stand in the (large) footsteps of Henry VIII, William & Mary and other historical figures by tying the knot at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace, built over 500 years ago. The Garden Room will hold up to 180 summer guests in a light, airy space surrounded by rolling lawns and the regal Hampton Court Palace as the backdrop. A certain highlight would be the bride and groom's procession through the state apartments to reach the Gardens – a truly regal, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Can we interest you in yet another Historic Royal Palace? The equally stunning Kensington Palace – praised heavily by even the sullen Queen Victoria – is an elegant choice for weddings throughout the year. But summer receptions can take advantage of the new Pavilion space, accommodating up to 300 in the grand grounds of the Palace.
Outside space in Central London is pretty difficult to come by, but Century Club has you covered. It may not be rolling lawns but the Roof Terrace is a bit of a gem. It can hold up to 180 people, and with a fully retractable roof, you don't have to worry about the British summer ruining your big day.
The private members club has interiors to swoon over and the Roof Terrace is no exception, incedently it's also the largest rooftop space in Soho.
The venue is also a licensed wedding venue, offering a variety of more intimate spaces for your ceremony before raising the roof(top) to celebrate the best day of your life.
Cambridge Cottage is the formal Royal Residence of the Duke of Cambridge and became part of Kew Gardens in 1904. The quaint cottage is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is now available for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies and wedding receptions.
The rooms inside the cottage open out onto a private garden which can be as part of the ceremony or for drinks receptions in the sunshine.
Dreaming of a Mayfair marriage? Tie the knot just minutes from Green Park and The Mall with a reception at the Grade-I listed home of the non-profit organisation, ROSL.
The members' club boasts an outside space called The Garden, which welcomes up to 100 guests to enjoy the outdoor seating and decking, and to wish the new couple well in the blazing (yes, we're hopeful) sunshine.
Built in the 1800s, Devonshire Terrace in Devonshire Square offers a unique surrounding in the heart of the City. Accessed through a small side street opposite Liverpool Street Station, the venue really is a bit of a hidden gem.
Surrounded by tall buildings the terrace has a real sense of height and space. With a glass roof it's both filled with sunlight and protected from the rain. A stunning choice for both a ceremony and reception.
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