When planning for your big day, one of the biggest things to take into account is the number of guests you’d like to include in your celebrations. For some people, an intimate affair with just a few friends and family is their dream, while others will want to surround themselves with a wider social circle. If you’re stretching the guestlist and looking to celebrate with a large wedding, there are some things you’ll need to consider.
At The Brewery, we often host large-scale weddings for couples who want to include all their family and friends in their special day. Here, our wedding planner Milena Gorska shares her tips for making your large wedding everything you’re imagining.
The size of your venue
The most important thing to consider when planning for a large wedding, is to make sure that you have a venue that can accommodate all your guests. You don’t want to leave any important guests out because you don’t have space.
As Milena says, “This goes without saying, but if you’re opting for a large-scale wedding, then your venue will need to be, well, large!”
For that reason, you need to make sure that you research the venues thoroughly – some venues will have different capacity numbers depending on whether you are having a seated meal or not – and you’ll need to visit the venue to get a proper idea of the size since pictures can make a space look very different to real life.
At The Brewery, we can both accommodate and cater for up to 1,000 guests in our Porter Tun venue space, so there’s no worry that you won’t be able to fit everyone in!
The location of your venue
Large weddings often include family and friends visiting from across the globe. This means you’ll need your venue to be located in a central location, with good transport links, so that they can all get to you.
Choosing a venue that is situated in central London, such as The Brewery, means that your loved ones can attend with ease, considering the accessibility of both local and international transport. Whether you’re travelling by plane, train or public transport links, you’ll find all will bring you right to the doorstep of our wonderful venue.
Not to mention, we have a great partnership with the Montcalm London City hotel across the road from our venue, so you and your closest guests won’t have far to go to at the end of the night. You can stay partying until the early hours of the morning, without worrying about getting home, stay the night at the Montcalm and travel home when you’ve recovered.
“London has one of the most vibrant and exciting food scenes in the world and, as a crucial part of any big day, food should take a central position at your wedding.” says Milena. Any capital-based big day should draw on that inspiration.
Food is also incredibly customisable, meaning you and your partner can create a menu that is tailored perfectly to you and your tastes, whether that’s a three-course meal, a tasting menu, a buffet or street food.
At The Brewery, our amazing Food Director, Tom Gore, crafts dishes from the best of British cuisine with an international twist. Our kitchen team produces the most mouth-watering dishes, all the while refusing to allow the number of guests to compromise the quality.
Customisation and tech
With a large venue, you have a lot more space to customise and make the venue your own for your big day. Make sure the venue you choose has a strong AV and tech offering, as well as a designated event design team, so you can make the most of your space.
Whether you want LED-lighting displays, streams of fairy lights or a high-quality sound system for your first dance playlist, The Brewery is on hand to make sure your day is as magical as you’re imagining. We’ve invested in a state-of-the-art surround sound system, ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, audio-visual technology, and a fully integrated LED lighting system. Not to mention, we have a team of event designers poised to bring your dream day into a reality.
Our technology infrastructure is one of the most advanced in the capital, meaning that our couples can fully tailor their wedding look, colour scheme and much more at the touch of a button.
And as for a final thought from Milena? “It can be a daunting thought planning a large scale wedding, but if you keep the essentials in mind and lean on your venue, it can be one of the most fantastic ways to celebrate with all your loved ones.”