The sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds, the optimists are dusting off their barbeques and people are scratching their heads over what they swear is the ‘last’ frost of the season. At this time of year, the benefits of a summer wedding become more and more obvious. Most venues will already have gardens bedecked with growing flowers, which should help save on your florist fees. You never know, you may even get good weather! For those of you who are already sold, we at The Wedding Secret have come up with a list of some of the best London venues for your stunning summer wedding.
Not everyone looking for a summer wedding is picturing gardens and rooftops; for those urban couples looking for a chic, modern set of rooms to make their own, The River Rooms is perfect.
Throw on a light summery dress and get married in the Mermaid Theatre’s most modern addition. The venue’s wide windows, minimalist décor and contemporary style make it the ideal location for the more casual feel of a summer wedding, plus, their talented in-house bar team can create stunning personalised cocktails – so pick your favourite fruity flavour and sit back to enjoy the sun.
As another of the sleek, modern venues that London is well-known for, The Oyster Shed offers an incredible view across the River Thames through its glistening wall of windows. The in-house chefs create a range of stunning seasonal menus, bringing a taste of summer to your guests and the top floor Observation Deck boasts its own private bar.
Another perk of this venue is its convenient riverside location and charming outdoor terrace. If the weather turns scorching, the bride and groom can take the opportunity to go for a walk alongside the river, getting in those all-important couple shots. Your guests can mingle on the terrace, giving them a chance to cool down before heading back inside for another round of dancing.
Home to the Law Society and an incredible Grade-II listed building, 113 Chancery Lane offers the perfect location for any couple that would like their summer wedding to scream opulence. Each of the venue’s three possible reception rooms are grand, with lavish décor, golden chandeliers and stained-glass windows ideally located to catch the summer sun.
The venue works alongside Ampersand, fantastic caterers who are able to bring you and your guests an unforgettable three-course wedding breakfast using all the tastiest flavours of the season. They will also provide your evening guests with delicate and delicious canapés
The main challenge of a winter wedding is the risk of the weather taking a turn for the worst and ruining the day, unfortunately summer weddings run the risk of unfortunate weather too – the heat. British summers are definitely getting hotter and, while this is a definite improvement on the torrential rain that we’re used to, the scorching sun can bring its own problems. The last thing that anyone wants on their wedding day is a group of guests far too lethargic from the heat to have a good time.
St Pancras Grand is a great place to combat this. The station is large and airy, with a mixture of historical and modern architecture – including a windowed ceiling. The cool, open space gives your guests plenty of room to keep cool and also offers a grand and breath-taking location for some truly memorable wedding photos.
Out of all the venues on the list the artistic Asia House is probably the one with the most summery decoration. Each of its rooms are painted in bright, cheerful colours, including greens, blues, pinks and cheery yellows. The wide windows mean that these colours catch the light and match perfectly the bold and flowery themes that summer is best known for.
In addition to this, the rooms themselves also feature Greek inspired reliefs, in an imitation of the white marbled style. The walls, ceiling and fireplace depict classical scenes, surrounded with intricate and elaborate floral and verdant patterns.
This less contemporary venue in Eltham is the only building of its kind in the greater London area. The 16th century Tudor Barn contains many of its original features, including beamed ceilings and red-brick walls. There is even a carefully tended Tudor garden within 13 acres of surrounding parkland.
The more traditional, relaxed feel of the barn is ideally suited to summer weddings, particularly those with a vintage or rustic theme. The beautiful old building manages to invoke pleasant childhood memories of summer fêtes and visits to the countryside that are sure to have your guests smiling in fond nostalgia.
Between the summer sun beating down on you, the sand coloured tiles and a smattering of genuine palm trees, the Millennium Gloucester Hotel has all of the beauty of a destination wedding, at half of the expense.
The venue is perfectly paired with summer; the heat adds to the illusion of a tropical beach, and the clear glass of the conservatory gives your guests a perfect view of a deep blue sky passing overhead.
For the true holiday experience, spend an evening partying beneath a setting sun and then simply head inside to relax in one of their luxurious suites or rooms.
Of course these suggestions are just a few of our favourite summery venues. If you haven’t quite found the venue that you’re looking for or would like to check out some of your other options then why not head on over to The Wedding Secret website?