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Save 20% on Your 2017 Wedding at Wilton’s Music Hall!

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Music halls once covered London and many a sailor, toff and lady alike enjoyed the comforts of the entertainment offered. Today few music halls are left and Wilton’s Music Hall remains as the oldest surviving example in the world and a unique, award-winning Grade 2 listed building in the heart of the City of London.

If you’re looking for a really unique wedding venue then look no further than Wilton’s Music Hall. Saved from dereliction after an award-winning refurbishment, in 2015 they re-opened the doors and now welcome over 40,000 audience members a year to see a year-round programme of theatre and music.

A registered charity, their learning and heritage programmes also ensure the local community is at the heart of everything they do, whilst keeping the vibrancy of the music hall tradition alive for future generations. Their refurbishment was even recently featured on Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year.

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Their Mahogany and Cocktail Bars are much-loved destinations in their own right and serve a carefully selected range of beers, wines and spirits, locally sourced wherever possible. Their delicious menu of seasonal dishes and small plates is designed by in-house caterers, the Gatherers, and inspired by their distinctive heritage.

Hire of Wilton’s for a wedding includes the whole building including the bars, the Victorian staircase and the Hall with its Pinterest-worthy barley-twist columns, perfect for your ceremony and with plenty of space for dancing. As part of the hire, the building is closed to the public for the full day and is therefore a very exclusive opportunity with only a select number of dates available a year. All revenue Wilton’s makes from hires of their spaces go straight back into work with artists and the local community, and helps ensure the future of this extraordinary building.

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Intimate and Laid Back Family Gathering Style London Wedding

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Hannah and Jonathan met through Hannah’s sister and her husband who is Jonathan’s best friend! They knew each other for ten years before getting together, when they realised they had been kindred spirits all along. Despite long distance (San Francisco to London) they stayed together and after a year Jonathan proposed and six months later they were hitched!

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They wanted to keep their wedding small and local, and didn’t want the day to feel like a wedding at all, but instead a special day of bringing together their two families. They wanted it to be relaxed and laid back and to feel just like a big family gathering. They did away with a lot of traditions which they didn’t feel were necessary and only included what was important to them.

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Canal Boats, Cocktails and a Lot of DIY

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Laura and Lauryn’s wedding was inspired by their loved ones. They had their friends help them wherever they could, but not in traditional roles. One friend made Laura’s dress, another made Lauryn’s and lots of others helped out with decorations.

“We didn’t have bridesmaids or people in traditional roles” explained Lauryn, “but we liked the idea of highlighting a few people who went the extra mile for us so we named our house cocktails after them! We had the Bekgarita, the Hanna-lol Spritz, the Cosmic Emelie and the Papprihinia.”

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“My dress was made by my best friend Bek who works in fashion” she continued. “I drove her absolutely insane talking about ‘the vision’ of what I had in mind. I think ‘the vision’ will haunt her forever! In all seriousness though, I can’t underestimate how much she did for me and how special she made me feel. I’ll probably never again have the opportunity to own something so beautiful, that was one-of-a-kind and made just for me.”

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Green and Leafy Yet Urban Wedding

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Libby and Matt were married at The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The inspiration for the wedding was the bride’s emerald engagement ring, which was originally Matt’s grandmothers. The also bride wore a bespoke green silk dress by Wendy Benstead.

“We had already been considering green for our main colour, but then we finally moved house and got our first garden, and decided to expand on that and make gardens the theme” the bride said. “We ended up with a gift list at a garden centre, hired trees to decorate the venue, and wild, ivy-type flowers for the bouquets and tables, as well as a garden arch covered in flowers which we got married under.”

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“The most unqiue parts of our wedding were probably more the things we didn’t do” she continued. “We didn’t do favours, we didn’t have a first dance, we didn’t have a traditional wedding cake, I haven’t taken Matt’s name, I don’t wear a wedding ring (just my engagement ring) and obviously I didn’t wear white! We decided not to do anything just because it was traditional, although we weren’t against carrying on the traditions which we liked. For instance, throwing confetti seemed to really fit with the theme of the wedding, and I bought some beautiful green and white petals from The Real Flower Confetti Company.”

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Relaxed East London Wedding at The Roost

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Daisy and Graeme wanted a wedding with wanted no rules and no traditions, just a great big celebration with their friends and family. Their relaxed London wedding took place in East London.

“It sounds a bit cheesy, but our inspiration was each other” began the bride. “We were very stubborn about having things our own way, loads of our friends have had beautiful and amazing weddings, but we were adamant we wanted to have something that was completely inspired by us and not at all traditional.”

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They were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall with their reception at The Roost in Dalston, which is already decked out in vintage props. This mean they didn’t need to do much else to the space. “Some of our favourite aspects were our open mic session, the full on pie and mash for the catering and our wedding place names.”

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My Little Pony, Rainbows & A Bride in Bunny Ears

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There’s nothing I love more than seeing brides wearing the collection I designed with Crown and Glory on their wedding days (except maybe wine, but that’s a completely different story and not relevant to today’s wedding…) So when Vicky and Andy’s adorable Asylum Chapel wedding landed in my inbox, and I saw that Vicky was sporting some rather fabulous Liberace ears. I knew I had to share it!

The funniest thing is, Vicky was actually wearing bunny ears when she and Andy first met! “We met in a pub and were introduced by a mutual friend about fifteen years ago”, she explained. “For some reason I had on bunny ears – so knew I had to incorporate a pair in our day somehow!”

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“In terms of our theme, at first I joked that it should be ‘Ponies and Rainbows’ but then it kind of stuck! Our 11 bridesmaids were all dressed in different colours of the rainbow and our dear friend and bridesmaid, Jules, made us a My Little Pony and rainbow wedding cake!”

“Everything about the day reflected ‘us’ and was a joint effort including the dress shopping! Our invites took their inspiration from our tattoos, the table centres were based on our favourite things including: Twin Peaks, Marvel and DC comics, Tim Burton, Jay and Silent Bob. Our readings were a poem by Bob Marley and a soliloquy by The Log Lady from Twin Peaks. I walked down the aisle to Gigantic by The Pixies.”

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