What are wedding venues?

Wedding at The Brewery

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life so it’s important that every last detail is everything you’ve always envisaged and more.

One of the most important aspects of any wedding day is your wedding venue.

What is a wedding venue?

It’s certainly not a case of one-size fits all when it comes to wedding venues. Couples decide to get married in all different types of venues and places, such as art galleries, beaches, gardens, hotels, castles and of course, breweries.

Many venues now offer wedding packages that create a canvas to build upon, providing beautiful spaces that are specifically set up for weddings but able to be tailored to a particular look and feel.  Most wedding venues include distinct spaces for the actual ceremony and the celebrations after.

Unique wedding venue ideas

There are no rules when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. More people than ever before are choosing the push the boundaries and get married in a whole host of unique wedding venues.

From football stadiums, fairgrounds, art galleries and casinos, through to private yachts, restaurants, racetracks and cruise ships, nothing is off limits.

Adding a new and exciting dimension to such a special day, choosing a unique wedding venue will help make your memories even more precious, and seriously impress your guests too!

Indoor vs outdoor wedding venues

When choosing between an indoor and an outdoor wedding venue, there are pros and cons to consider on both sides. The right venue for you will depend on your requirements.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of both:

Indoor wedding pros

No weather worries

One of the main advantages of getting married indoors is that you won’t have to worry about the heavens opening and the weather ruining your big day. After all, weather in the UK can be extremely unpredictable.

Control over the temperature

If you decide to get married indoors, you’ll also have full control over the temperature. You can ensure your guests are cool and comfortable during the summer months or nice and warm if you’re getting married during the winter.

More freedom to decorate the venue how you please

Whether you opt for elaborate wedding decorations or low-key décor, the vast majority of indoor wedding venues are able to cater for your décor needs. Some even offer a wedding planning service where a wedding planner will take care of everything for you.

Indoor wedding cons

Limited space

One issue that can affect indoor weddings is space. Not all venues have the capacity to fit all of your guests in comfortably. And you don’t want your guests to feel huddled together or unable to move around freely.

Photographs are limited

Depending on the type of indoor venue you opt for, you can be limited on the type of photos you are able to capture, especially in terms of group shots. So, if group images are going to be a big part of your day, it’s worth keeping this in mind when choosing your venue.

Outdoor wedding pros

The ultimate backdrop

Natural backdrops can provide stunning photographs. Whether you get married in a park, at a beach or even in the grounds of a castle, if the weather is on your side, your day is sure to turn out picture perfect.

More space

Weddings hosted outdoors tend to provide a lot more space than those indoors.  So if you have a super-size guest list, this might be the best option for you!

Natural lighting

Natural sunlight can do wonders for the ambience of your wedding and, of course, natural lighting can also help your photographer capturing that perfect photo.

Outdoor wedding cons

Weather worries

The biggest concern of outdoor weddings is the weather putting a dampener on your big day. As it’s so difficult to predict, you should always be prepared for extreme weather conditions, whether that’s extreme heat or extreme thunderstorms!

Difficult terrain

Some outdoor wedding venues simply aren’t practical when it comes to accommodating the needs of all your guests. If there’s difficult terrain to manoeuvre or lots of steep hills, it’s important to consider the needs of your guests before your big day.

It’s also important to take into consideration the location of your wedding venue, capacity to hold your guests and the facilities the venue offers.

Why choose The Brewery for your wedding venue?

In the heart of London, The Brewery is a wedding venue like no other. Our wedding licence includes every one of our unique rooms within the venue and allows us to host your wedding ceremony and reception on-site for between 40 and 1,000 guests.

Our dedicated wedding planner is on hand to guide you through the entire process, taking care of everything from the budget to the dietary requirements, meaning you can relax and enjoy the build up to your big day. And from the moment you get in touch, your allocated wedding planner will become your single point of contact.

Each room includes everything you need to create the wedding you envisage – from LED lighting, PA systems and Wi-Fi.

To find out more about having your wedding at The Brewery, get in touch. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Tech conferences in London for 2020

Commit GitLab Photo credit: London Filmed 

London, a global technology and financial hub home to cutting-edge industries, diversity and innovation.

The nation’s capital is the perfect location to celebrate all things tech, and there are a whole host of upcoming tech events in 2020 to keep on your radar.

We take a look at some of the must-visit tech conferences in London to add to your business calendar and what makes for the perfect tech conference space.

2020 tech conferences in London

These must-see tech conferences taking place in London throughout 2020 are not to be missed:

PHP UK Conference

Date: 20th – 21st February 2020

Venue: The Brewery

The Brewery proudly hosts the 15th annual PHP UK Conference. As the largest dedicated PHP event in Europe, the popular event sees hundreds of leading developers descend on London for three days of workshops, networking, talks and social events. The event welcomes 30 handpicked speakers and explores PHP development and related technologies.

London Tech Week

Date: 8th– 12th June 2020

Venue: ExCel London and other venues across London

London Tech Week celebrates the very best of tech innovation and attracts more than 58,000 attendees. The popular event welcomes leading speakers and brands from across the world, and includes an AI Summit, Future of Work Summit, festival dinner and tech night party. It is an event not to be missed!

IoT Tech Expo Global 2020

Date: 17th – 18th March 2020

Venue: Olympia London

IoT Tech Global Expo is set to welcome over 9,000 attendees from all over the globe and showcases next-generation technologies and strategies from the world of IoT.

This event boasts over 300 innovative exhibitors and over 500 expert speakers. It gives visitors the opportunity to discover practical solutions, insights and ideas to drive business forward in 2020 with IoT.

Technology conference venues

When it comes to successful conference spaces, The Brewery are experts. There are several important factors needed to ensure a tech conference is a rip-roaring success, such as:

Variety of spaces

From speakers to Q&As, dining to networking, a tech conference venue should be flexible and offer several versatile spaces to cater for each element of the event.

With our variety of characterful rooms, The Brewery is ideal for tech conferences for over 1,000 attendees or for more intimate events. The range of spaces can be linked together or used as separate rooms for networking or breakout areas.

If you are looking for a large conference venue in London for your next tech event, look no further than The Brewery.

State of the art equipment

When holding a tech conference, it is crucial that you select a venue which has the right equipment and facilities to not only deliver your event, but to project the right impression.

As one of London’s leading conference venues, The Brewery prides itself on delivering the very latest audio-visual equipment to support your tech event. Each of our many rooms boasts an integrated DB audio and PA system, and attendees can easily connect to our complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi service.


We fully appreciate that each tech conference is individual, much like its organisers and attendees. A tailored event that is personalised to your own brand and vision is therefore hugely important. Each of our rooms – The Porter Tun, King George III, Queen Charlotte, Sugar Rooms, Smeaton Vaults and James Watt can be tailored to your own unique needs. With fully customisable electronic entrance signage and high-end tableware, tech conference organisers can make the event their own with unique personalisation.


When it comes to tech conferences in London, location and transport links are crucial. The last thing you want is for your attendees to be unable to locate you, arrive late or miss the event completely because your venue was too difficult to find.

The Brewery is a stunning City of London conference venue, and your guests will always find us. With a fantastic central location in the heart of the city, coupled with superb transport links, your attendees will arrive quickly and easily and be ready to immerse themselves in all things tech.

Food and drink

When it comes to keeping attendees refreshed and full throughout your tech conference, the selection of food and drink is key.

Whether you are looking for themed finger food, buffet food or the perfect selection of networking nibbles, our team of chefs will lay on a bespoke spread that will be the talk of the day.

For more information and to find your perfect conference space, download our conference venue brochure here.

The Brewery: Tech conference experts

At The Brewery, we are experts in all elements needed to run a successful tech conference. To give a flavour of our passion for tech events, here are some previous events we’ve had the pleasure of running:

  • Qualtrics – a large two-day event welcoming 1000 guests over the entire venue.
  • Udemy – an amazing bespoke experience in selected spaces.
  • GitLab – a one-day tech conference that welcomed 400 guests and used several Brewery spaces to create chill out areas.
  • Pocket Games – this well-known industry even ran for two days and welcomed around 1000 guests to The Brewery.

We also have several events planned for 2020, including:

  • TechFest – a one-day event in September for around 400 guests.
  • Snowflake (Data for breakfast) – a one-day event for around 400 guests.

Find out more

If you are looking for the perfect venue for your next tech conference, contact The Brewery today.

Our team of experts will work with you to create an event that is perfect for your brand and audience. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we will help you create a tech conference that is sure to cause a stir in your industry.

The Brewery and Speakers Corner get technical with Knowledge Guild: The Incredible Power of Technology Brought to Life

On Monday 17th February, The Brewery and Speakers Corner opened its doors for the latest installment of the highly anticipated Knowledge Guild series at the Chiswell Street venue.

The Knowledge Guild stage setup

Compered by BAFTA-nominated BBC news journalist Clive Myrie, and attended by companies such as Headbox, Deloitte, PAY UK and BT, the inspiring open house evening illuminated how the incredible power of technology is changing how we live, think and behave. The first Knowledge Guild of the year featured insights from speakers including Trust Fellow at Oxford University, author and a leading thinker on trust in the modern world Rachel Botsman; former Head of Lego Group’s Emerging Platform team and voice technology expert, James Poulter; and Co-Founder of Open Bionics, Samantha Payne.

The Knowledge Guild speakers

The 160-strong audience were treated to personal stories on everything from AI, voice and wearable technology, to robotics and prosthetics, as speakers discussed the ways in which they have harnessed technology to transform their ideas into reality.

The evening began with Samantha Payne’s innovative work with robotics, fashion and wearable tech to create affordable and inspirational prosthetics, allowing her to use technology ‘to turn disability into superpower’, James Poulter explored the future of offices, technology, conversational AI and social media, stating that businesses ‘needed to go back to more humanised computing’, before Rachel Botsman, named as one of the top 20 speakers in the world by Monocle, delivered an inspiring and thought-provoking insight on trust in the modern world, where she covered the idea that ‘trust is highly subjective and contextual’.

Food served at The Knowledge Guild


All Knowledge Guild events end with a panelist Q&A and networking over curated drinks and canapes. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception and tasted new dishes from The Brewery’s sustainable menu, designed by Director of Food, Tom Gore especially for the event. Dishes included a super green bao, with sweet potato bubble, sriracha honey and wasabi peas, a ‘beetroot cornetto’ with whipped goats cheese, orange and thyme, British ox cheek with horseradish mayonnaise and tempura seasonal vegetables with asparagus, radish top puree and caramelised shallot yogurt, finished off with a dessert cocktail of gin, homemade blackcurrant cordial, apple blossom and meringue.

The Knowledge Guild cocktail

The event was well received by attendees, with one source commenting: “I attended the Knowledge Guild and it was excellent – I’ll definitely be looking into going to the next one!”

The Knowledge Guild is a partnership between The Brewery and Speakers Corner, offering a mixture of world-class speakers and exceptional individuals discussing pertinent topics in a panel discussion.

5 Ideas to help break the ice at your event

Networking is crucial to any business event. Connecting with valuable contacts and like-minded people at a conference or event is often viewed as being equally important as the event itself. When planning an event, it’s important to not leave such opportunities to chance. In today’s digital world, face-to-face interaction can feel a little daunting. While putting your plans in place, it’s a good idea to have this in mind, and make sure that you actively facilitate these valuable networking opportunities for your attendees to make the whole process feel a little less awkward. Here is our guide on how to encourage networking and break the ice at your next event…

1. Get digital

If you want your participants to use your event as a prime networking opportunity, get them talking a few months beforehand. Create an online community to allow your guests to connect virtually – whether that be in a forum, app or LinkedIn group. Not only can your attendees use this as an opportunity to connect and get chatting with the relevant contacts ahead of your event, but you can use this online space as a means of promoting your event, too.

Embracing digital technology gets your attendees talking ahead of time and is one of the best ways to break the ice before a successful event.

Conference auditorium with state of the art AV setup

2. Consider your space

A well-considered space is vital when encouraging your guests to mingle. Before booking your event space, ensure that there is enough room for dedicated breakout areas. These areas are incredibly important, designed to spark conversations in a ‘natural’ environment. Try to create areas within the event space which will naturally encourage delegates to gather, and think about the placement of furniture.  Offer plenty of comfortable seating, and create different areas to accommodate different needs. At The Brewery, neither size or layout is an issue. The flexible setup of our conference venue means you can link spaces, or use different rooms as breakout areas around a main space.

Incredible themed event space

3. Simplify your name badges

Though a seemingly obvious pointer, it’s astounding how often name badges become a hindrance when it comes to breaking the ice at an event. Ensure both the name and company name is large and legible, even at a distance, so that introductions are as natural as possible. If you’re using an app for your event, you could even include QR codes on the name badges to save an exchange of business cards.

This may seem like a simplistic approach, but it is one of the most effective and successful networking ideas for events to make for easy introductions.

Giving out name badges on day one of a conference

4. Organise some activities

Despite your best efforts, it’s not unusual to discover your attendees using their spare time in- between talks at business events to check their emails rather than talking amongst themselves. With a bit of pre-planning, this can be easily avoided by arranging a few activities to keep your guests engaged and the conversation flowing. There are plenty of options here depending on how creative you want to get, but any activity that encourages your guests to team up and work together will work well. Competitions, contests and quizzes are great for breaking the ice, but you could also consider a slightly more formal approach, with organised talks by industry leaders, table-top discussion topics, or posters in breakout areas with questions related to the theme of your event. Why not organize an early-morning or lunchtime workshop to get your attendees geared up for the day ahead?

an organsed event activity - wine tasting


5. Provide food and drink

There’s no easier method to encourage people to gather in one area than to lay on some food and drink. Probably one of the most effective ways to facilitate networking, providing food and drink gives your delegates a reason to stay in one area and open up some conversation in a relaxed and informal space.  Here at The Brewery we know that food plays a big part in your event, and have a passionate team of chefs who will design and create a menu to suit both your corporate event and a wide range of palettes- sure to create a talking point for your guests!

Networking activity ideas centred on food and drink are guaranteed to get attendees talking, open up and relax during your event.

delicious food buffet for event attendees

If you’re on the lookout for a venue for your business event or conference, The Brewery couldn’t be better suited. Our unique venue is a talking point in itself and offers all you need to accommodate a great event with plenty of opportunities for your guests to network. To find out more about hiring our event space, get in touch.


This article was originally published on  19 Oct 2017.

5 creative ways to use sponsorship at your event

Using augmented reality at an event

Planning an event is an exciting time. You have your vision, your creative juices are flowing, and you can’t wait to put your plans into motion. Getting the ball rolling isn’t always that easy, though. If you have big ideas, you may need a budget to match, and this is where sponsorship comes in.

Sponsors can help you get your ideas off the ground in more ways than one, by providing cash to help fund your event, or perhaps offering benefits and services such as free catering. However, the days of traditional sponsorship branding are over, and banners, booths and logos are no longer making the cut, as attendees are getting harder to impress than ever before. If you want to make an impact with sponsorship at your event, you’re going to have to think outside the box to excite your attendees, and your sponsors alike.

Here are 5 of our favourite unique and interesting ways to use sponsorship at your next event:

Virtual and augmented reality

Looking for out of the box sponsorship ideas? Virtual and augmented reality could be the answer. This isn’t the first time we’ve raved about the power of VR and AR, and it’s easy to see why. Technology is becoming more and more commonplace at events, giving brands more opportunity to opt for (and implement) high-tech options to ‘wow’ the guests. Virtual reality is particularly effective when it comes to product demonstrations or services that would be impossible to show in an event environment.

Photo booths

Providing a fun and free photo opportunity at your event isn’t just great for entertaining your guests, it’s also an easy and effective way of promoting your sponsors. Event attendees love to take advantage of these fun and interactive activities, and all it takes to turn a photo booth into a branded area is add a bright, branded backdrop, product related props, or branded ‘Instagram’ style frames. Better still, attendees are more than likely to share their images across social networks to further increase the reach far beyond the event itself.

Combine fun, promoting your sponsors and extending your reach with creative sponsorship ideas like an event photo booth.

Taking photos at an event

Live streaming

Offering sponsored live streaming of your event doesn’t just provide an innovative branding opportunity, but it also allows those who couldn’t attend take part. Making your absent and virtual ‘guests’ feel valued, this technique also means that the brand awareness of the sponsor will be elevated, reaching more people than they would have within the four walls of the venue.

Dedicated areas

Setting aside a room or area for your sponsor is a great way of getting your attendees engaged with the brand. Whether that be a chill-out lounge or even a ‘play area’ equipped with giant games, sponsors have a great opportunity to interact with the guests and form memorable experiences in these designated areas. Opportunities for branding are also rich if you’re using this approach- you can use anything from cushions, chairs and tables to reflect the brand, and of course products and marketing materials can be placed in a non-obtrusive way for your attendees to discover at their leisure.

Creative sponsorship ideas, like dedicated areas, enable you to invest as much into branded items as you wish. Combine branding and comfort with this savvy sponsorship idea.

Creative use of branding at an event

Social media

When it comes to sponsoring an event, the power of social media should never be underestimated! Two of the most popular social media platforms that are used by attendees during events are Snapchat and Twitter, so make sure your sponsors are present online and keeping active throughout your event. A great way of harnessing the influence of Snapchat is by creating a branded and customised geofilter for your event, which will both engage and entertain your guests, as well as spread awareness of your sponsors and the event to all of their followers.

Using creative sponsorship at your event is an effective way of getting results- engaged attendees are far more likely to connect with a brand that are offering something a little bit extra. At The Brewery, we host innovative events for leading global brands, and are here to help with any branding and sponsorship ideas that you’d like to turn into reality.

Want to know more about how we can help you with creative sponsorship? Get in touch today!


This article was first published on 28 Mar 2018.

6 unique giveaways to put in your event goody bags

An event goody bag with name tag

Giveaways are not only always well received at events, but are also a valuable marketing tool if chosen well. Gift your attendees with something that is perfectly suited to your target audience, and it will forever act as a constant reminder of both your company and your event.

That being said, it’s no secret that the more traditional giveaway items such as pens and USBs are proving a little tired. If you’re looking to excite your guests with your giveaways, here’s our advice on how to provide some seriously impressive swag at your next event!

1.      Virtual gifts

If you’re on the lookout for a relatively new idea, why not consider virtual goodies to give to your attendees? Guests who have travelled far to get to your event will appreciate this space-saving concept, as they won’t need to carry cumbersome gifts around whilst at the event or travelling home. Virtual gifts also offer a great opportunity to promote your sponsors, as well as any products you are marketing. Why not provide e-gift cards, ebooks, apps or gift codes – and don’t forget to explain exactly what the gift is and how to redeem it!

2.      Reusable bottles

As you’re probably aware, plastic bottles and other types of single-use plastic are posing a massive threat to the environment, and in the UK over 35 million bottles are used every day! As people become more aware of this issue, reusable bottles are quickly gaining popularity, and make a savvy and eco-friendly choice for your next event goody bag. An affordable giveaway that is practical, kind to the environment, and can be branded however you wish, they are an excellent choice for a giveaway and are sure to go down well at your event. Why not enhance the guest experience and fill them with drinks so they are ready to use straight away?

Choosing your own event goody bag

3.      Unique snacks and treats

Here at The Brewery, we love food, and know just how powerful it can be to boost engagement at a conference or event. Rather than just providing a branded tin of mints, think outside the box and provide something to get your guests talking. As well as creating a conversation starter, providing a tasty treat will always go down well with a crowd of hungry conference-goers!

Tap into your guest’s hearts (or stomachs!) by incorporate delicious edible treats to create a corporate event goodie bag to remember.

4.      Device chargers

If you’re familiar with organising events, you’ll know all too well just how much attendees depend on their phones throughout the event. Whether checking their emails, tweeting, making notes, or looking up their schedule for the day, it’s likely that their batteries will almost be drained by the time lunch is served. Give out phone chargers, and you’ll be popular with your guests! This means your attendees can engage even more at your event by staying connected, and they’ll undoubtedly use the charger again after the event has finished, so they’ll be reminded of your brand long after the event has come to an end.

A Brewery hosted event in full flow

5.      Seasonal items

Seasonality is unique in goody bags, because let’s face it, it can be expensive to order items that might not be used all year round. However, because seasonal items are so rare, it could be that the investment pays off if you opt for them in your swag bags. For example, if you’re hosting an event in the summer, you could provide your guests with bright flip flops and beach towels. Sure, these might not be used whilst at the conference, but think about the exposure your brand will get when these get used at the beach, or on holiday – who knows which country they will end up in!

Seasonality is one of those must-try marketing goodie bag ideas, stand out from the crowd and try this during your next corporate event.

6.      T Shirts

T Shirts will always be popular swag items at events. Think about it – how many times have you seen free T Shirts and not picked one up? However, think twice before simply printing T Shirts with your logo. Who will really wear that? Spend a little more money on getting good quality T Shirts and consider the print carefully. Think about the audience who will be attending and what sort of design they would appreciate – how about a catchy slogan, quote or a stunning design? The possibilities are endless! The more considering you put into your T Shirts, the more successful your event goodie bags.


When it comes to putting together your event giveaways, you should put in as much thought as you would when coming up with your marketing strategy. The underlying reason to providing something in a goodie bag is not just to offer a freebie, it’s to connect with your audience and making their lives a little better.

If you’re looking for the perfect venue to hold your next event, consider The Brewery. Located in the heart of London, it’s ideal whether you’re hosting a small meeting, or a conference for up to 1,000 people. Get in touch with us today to find out more!


This article was originally published on 23 Jul 2018.

5 Tips for playing music at your corporate event


Think of corporate events, and music may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, parties aren’t the only events which come alive with the addition of music- whether that be a DJ, a live performance, or a playlist. All business events, from awards dinners to conferences can benefit from a well-considered soundtrack to set the mood- whatever that mood may be!

Here are some points to take into consideration when choosing the music for your business event.

Keep it subtle

At a business event, background music tends to work best. You’ll want your guests to hardly notice the music so that it doesn’t become a distraction and discourage social interaction, but manages to smooth over any busy background noise. Instrumental music works particularly well at business events, enhancing the atmosphere and providing the perfect transition during breaks and pauses in the line-up.

Live music for a corporate event

Set the tone

Music doesn’t just make for great entertainment- it also helps to influence people’s behaviour. Varying types and genres of music don’t just encourage people to move and act differently, but can also alter people’s perceptions of situations. Loud, fast-paced music makes people move faster, while gentle, slow-paced music makes people slow down.

Before you pick your soundtrack, decide whether you want your event to buzz with excitement, or be a more relaxed environment for your attendees.  Are you hoping to increase sales at your event with impulsive and spur-of-the-moment purchases, or encourage your attendees to listen attentively to talks? Perhaps you want to boost the confidence and mood of your audience?

Depending on the overarching goal of your event, you may wish to consider incorporating live music for corporate events. This could add an element of fun and excitement to the occasion, lighten the atmosphere and encourage attendee interaction.

Addressing how you want your guests to act and feel at your event could enable you to create the perfect playlist.

Why not consider help from Apps like Spotify to create the perfect corporate event playlist that you can continually add to for future events?

Singer getting the audience in a great mood

Consider your event space

It goes without saying that music being played in a small lobby will sound completely different to how it sounds in a great hall with high ceilings. Before your event, test the volume of the music in all areas of your venue, bearing in mind the footfall you’re expecting and the activities that will be taking place in each room. You’ll need to ensure that the levels aren’t too high and piercing, and that volumes are adjusted according to the size of the space.

Music tailored to a brand

Keep the music on-brand

Every good brand is built on passion, and music is no different. Regardless of the genre, passion can be heard and felt though the artists, which is why music can so easily evoke inspiration when paired with a brand at an event. Whether it’s your brand or a brand you’re working with, make sure your playlist reflects the personality and identity of the brand in question. Music is an extremely emotive medium- your guests may relate a song with your brand for years after your event, so choose wisely!

Music at the Dream Circus event

Choose a great sound system

You may have chosen the perfect playlist for your event, but use the wrong sound system and you might as well not play music at all! The sound system will be a key component for your event- not only for music, but for speeches and announcements too.

Most venues already have sound systems installed, but if not, you’ll need to let a supplier know the number of attendees you’re expecting, the floorplan of the venue and the room layout to ensure they can provide the best sound quality for your event.

Here at The Brewery, we have been partnered with AVC Live since 2013. Armed with both the knowledge of The Brewery’s layout as well as AVC’s advanced technical knowhow, we can create exceptional audio-visual design, tailor-made to suit your event.

If you’re looking for an event space and an outstanding audio-visual setup, whether it is for a conference, award dinner, a product launch, or any other event, make an enquiry today.


This article was originally published in on 27 Sep 2017.

Wedding trends for 2020

Did your other half pop the question over the festive break? If you said “YES” this Christmas or New Year and are looking for 2020 wedding planning inspiration, look no further.

The start of a new decade brings with it an exciting abundance of wedding trends and predictions for the year ahead.

Here, our expert wedding planners discuss the top wedding trends of 2020 that you can tap into to inspire your big day.

Rich colour schemes

2020 is set to see a selection of rich shades appearing throughout wedding colour schemes. Rose gold will remain a firm favourite throughout the year, but adding a darker wine shade to your colour palette will transform this summer shade into a vibrant autumnal combination. No matter your vision, rose gold can suit any season when teamed with a complimentary shade or used as a standalone colour.

If you are looking to create a vintage-themed wedding, earthy shades such as forest green and grey create a richly styled vintage palette.

Say ‘I Do’ to sustainable stylings

With sustainability and environmental impact remaining at the forefront of consumer consciousness, environmentally-friendly weddings are set to gain even more popularity in 2020.

From meatless menus to reusing daytime bouquets for evening flowers, there are countless eco-friendly wedding trends to consider this year.

Savvy sustainable stylings such as using recycled paper for invites and menus, as well as crafting centrepieces that double up as favours, adopting this approach will help the environment and be kinder to your wedding wallet.

Discover The Brewery’s approach to sustainability and the many initiatives we have in place in our blog: Sustainability at The Brewery: how we do it.

Going ‘au naturel’

Despite the rise of bold colour palettes dominating the big day, the trend in hair and makeup is for more a more natural look in 2020. This could include delicately luminous skin, soft shades of eyeshadow and nude lips – all set to prove popular with brides this season.

As well as a natural and understated make up look, brides are set to let the ‘dress do the talking’, with natural make up paving the way for beautiful gowns to carry the bride’s desired look.

Close attention to detail

Regardless of what time your wedding celebrations will start, your nuptials can be a long day for your guests. After hours of celebrating and tearing up the dancefloor, it is likely that your friends and family will be in need of a refuel.

Why not go the extra mile and provide them with snack packs to take home? Close attention to detail will not only keep hunger at bay but will also keep your guests and their stomachs happy.

Get even more inspired by those all-important details by reading our blog: Creating an instagrammable event.

Find out more

If you have recently got engaged and are looking for the idyllic wedding venue for your big day, contact The Brewery today.

Milena, our wedding manager, will help you to create a celebration as unique and individual as you and your partner. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we will help you create a celebration that you and your guests will never forget.

Congratulations on your engagement and we look forward to hearing from you.

The Brewery launches ‘Forward Thinking’ wine range

Forward thinking wines

As part of their green commitments, The Brewery has unveiled a selection of ‘Forward Thinking’ sustainable wines that love and look after the planet, celebrate female winemakers and are vegan friendly. The list is accessible now and will be available to guests throughout the venue.

The menu was inspired and tested by The Brewery’s in-house sommeliers and culinary team who are committed to investing and mobilising more climate-friendly solutions. The exclusive ‘vin’ list features a handpicked range of organic sparkling wines, as well as white and red grapes that are grown without any chemical input and travel from winery to wine cellar with a neutral carbon emission. The selection gives recognition for female winemakers and their skills and creativity for exploring exciting new flavours against the backdrop of a male-dominated industry.

The next generation line-up will further enhance The Brewery’s wine credentials; each option on the list will be a refreshing companion to the venue’s culinary creations, each carefully selected to enhance the tasting notes and dining experiences within the Grade-II listed venue. 

Wine being served

The demands for plant-based diets and vegan/ socially aware lifestyles inspired the new wine selection, which are free from albumin, gelatine, isinglass and casein.

Will Irvine, beverage manager at The Brewery comments: “We are passionate about wines; we also love to break the mould and celebrate the next generation of forward-thinkers. This list not only celebrates wine, but it is hugely important to us as we are committed to a sustainable future for our venue, while also helping an exciting new generation of creative, ethical producers thrive in a busy and exciting events market. We want our guests to be as invested in the production of our food and drink as we are, so we’re extremely passionate about and excited for people to try this menu.”

wine being served

Located close to Moorgate, Barbican and Liverpool Pool Street station, The Brewery is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling East End.   

Sustainability at The Brewery: how we do it

Here at The Brewery, we pride ourselves on our considered approach to sustainability and the constant steps we make to be eco-friendly and environmentally conscious.

It is crucial that individuals and businesses alike make the decision to be more eco-conscious and, in doing so, take vital steps to help safeguard the environment.

From energy and water conservation to minimising waste, we explore our approach to sustainability and the many initiatives we have in place.

Energy consumption

When it comes to energy consumption, the team is committed to reducing this as much as we possibly can throughout the day-to-day running of The Brewery:

Lights, power and HVAC

We reduce the lights, power and HVAC during set-ups, de-rigs and when rooms are not in use. Our staff inspect the venue to ensure this is done and report on it daily. The lights and HVAC are also adjusted on a day-by-day basis, depending on the season, type of events and number of guests per room.

Electric hand dryers

We have installed several electric hand dryers in most of our public washrooms and are currently in the process of finalising the installation of the last one this year.

Light fixtures

Most of our light fixtures have been adapted to use LED lamps or low-energy lamps.

‘No idling’ zone

We enforce a “no idling” zone in our loading bay, as well as having appropriate signage to remind all drivers to turn off their engines when they arrive at The Brewery.

Renewable energy sources

Our energy is sourced from renewable sources. We have replaced a lot of our light fittings with LED fittings and motion sensors, and this is set to continue as we upgrade areas throughout our venue.

Water conservation

There are several ways that we continually address water conservation at The Brewery:

Toilet cisterns

Each of our toilet cisterns have either low-flow or dual flush systems installed and the urinals have sensors installed.

Automatic taps

We save water by installing automatic taps in the newly refurbished washrooms. This effort is set to continue as we upgrade facilities in the future.


We offer still and sparkling drinking water in large containers or glass bottles, filled from our tap water filter system.

Water meters

We have water meters installed and are more than happy to provide data on building water use if requested.

Waste minimisation

Here at The Brewery, we strive to minimise waste in several significant ways:

Waste disposal
We do not send any waste to landfill. Waste that cannot be recycled is taken by waste carrier and converted into energy.

We recycle glass, tins, plastic, cardboard, paper, food waste, cooking oil, electronic waste, hazardous waste and toner cartridges.

Staff are trained to separate waste at source and to recycle and reuse when possible.

Charitable donations
We donate surplus items left over from events to charities and local primary schools or reuse them in-house if appropriate, such as notepads, pen etc.

Single use plastics

Compostable items

We have moved away from many single use plastic items and we now offer a fully compostable range of disposable ware for events and in our staff canteen. This includes straws, water cups, coffee cups and lids, food boxes, napkins and cutlery.

Biodegradable confetti

We ask of clients that, should they want to use confetti in their events, this is strictly biodegradable.

Making steps with suppliers

There are items of single use plastic that, sadly, do not have a suitable alternative in non-plastic materials, such as cable ties, but we will work with suppliers to move away from these and other items as soon as alternatives become available.

Other significant practises and policies

Charity involvement

Every year, we partner with different charities either by fundraising or having staff to volunteer with them.


We have been receiving a Gold Award Certificate for Clean City Awards from City of London for the last four years. This Scheme has promoted and rewarded best practice in waste management by City of London businesses with regards to duty of care, separation of waste, increasing recycling rates, waste reduction and reuse initiatives.


We also provide facilities and services that meet accessible requirements and labour practices that guarantee fair and equitable treatment of staff in a safe work environment.

Staff wellness

We have bike racks in our courtyard and encourage our staff to bike to work.


We have achieved a “Sustainable Events Management Systems” accreditation standard: ISO20121:2012 in 2013 and have been recertified in 2016 and 2019.

Food orders

Our chefs order food in a very efficient way from our suppliers to ensure there is very little waste at the end of each event.


Our breakfast tea is “Rainforest Alliance” certified and our herbal teas come from the Brew Tea Co. which is a Certified B Corporation, a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Their bags are also 100% plastic-free and compostable. We are liaising with our suppliers to ensure more of our food produce is sustainable.

Find out more

If you would like to find out more about our array of sustainable initiatives, contact The Brewery today.

Our team of experts will be more than happy to discuss our unique venue, your requirements and our eco-friendly approach with you.

We look forward to hearing from you.