Who doesn’t love a good Orangery? Couples are crushing hard on this type of venue right now along with glass houses and clear marquees. With the botanical trend having firmly taken root, I don’t see this style choice going anywhere. There really is no denying the WOW-factor that comes with this kind of venue and having seen the ‘Pippa effect’ go beyond the Giles Deacon dress (thanks to the incredible glass marquee which held the reception party) it’s an accessible yet stylish venue option for your own celebration. Orangeries allow you to maximize your venue’s vista whilst Glass Houses bring the outdoors in. You and your guests can party into the night whilst the stars twinkle above – magical if you ask me.
Here’s a few highlights from our carefully curated venue collection;
Chiswick House & Gardens
Chiswick House is an exceptionally beautiful villa set within glorious Italianate gardens. It’s one of West London’s most sought after locations for elegant occasions and unrivalled service. Designed in 1728 by the 3rd Earl of Burlington, Chiswick House is the earliest and most important Palladian villa in England. Its splendid neo-classical architecture and lavishly gilded rooms have provided the backdrop to fabulous parties through the centuries. The gem is their conservatory where you can marry set amongst lush greenery and your guests can then spill out into the Italian garden to enjoy Champagne and the sweet scent of roses.
Internationally prized garden centre, Petersham Nurseries is a tranquil oasis and seedbed of inspiration located near the glorious park of Richmond, Surrey. Nestled down a secluded road this is the perfect rustic venue just minutes from the centre of London. Exclusively hire Petersham Nurseries Café for your wedding reception. Invite your guests to dine amongst flowers and plants at antique tables in the main glasshouse and enjoy seasonal, produce-led cooking.
The Conservatory at the Barbican Centre is one of the most unique wedding venues in London. This lush tropical oasis is home to exotic fish and 2,000 species of tropical plants. Once you’ve said ‘I do’, you and your guests can move through to the contemporary Garden Room for the wedding breakfast and reception. The Garden Room has floor to ceiling windows which showcase fantastic views of the city and the Barbican Lakes. You can’t get much cooler than the tropical-industrial fusion of the Barbican.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
There are over 40 listed buildings and structures within Kew Garden housing a selection of living plant specimens as well as the world famous Economic Botany Collection. The beautifully restored Orangery was originally designed by Sir William Chambers in 1761. This stunning 18th century building (which was formerly filled with citrus trees) is ideal for large evening receptions. With high ceilings and grand arched windows, the room is filled with an abundance of natural light. During the summer months guests can enjoy the large terrace, whilst admiring spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Nothing compares to the timeless romance of a country estate wedding. Northbrook Park boasts a Grade II listed, 18th century manor house as well as a stunning Orangery and enchanting Vine Room with floor to ceiling windows, marble floors and crystal chandeliers. Through a wooden door, you will discover the Walled Gardens with a sunken central lawn, mature fruit trees and water features. Couples may choose to hold the blessing in the sunken garden surrounded by herbaceous beds of aromatic rosemary, lavender and bay trees.
All venues (and many more in all categories) can be found via www.cocoweddingvenues.co.uk
The award-winning website, currently showcases over four-hundred wedding venues across the UK with more being added weekly. Categories within the style-focussed directory are split into eight: Bohemian Beats, Coastal Cool, City Chic, Classic Elegance, Rustic Romance, Modern Vintage, Luxe Edit and Delicious Destinations), it’s simple for visitors to quickly find the perfect location to suit their style. The site’s curator, Emma Hla, personally selects each featured venue and also provides plenty of stylish inspiration on the Coco Wedding Venues blog.