As we write this, Pippa Middleton will be pulling together the final touches for her wedding to hedge fund manager fiancé James Matthews, which is reportedly set to take place this weekend.
While not strictly a princess herself, Pippa has an undeniable regal connection as sister of Catherine, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and as such, there is an air of excitement and expectation around the nuptials that makes it a stand-out affair.
Royal affiliations can give any wedding a feeling of prestige, and at The Brewery, we think your big day should be no different. A wedding held in our stunning City of London venue isn’t just steeped in history; you could be following in the footsteps of some of the most esteemed guests ever to grace our halls.
Tie the knot in the presence of kings and queens
In its former life our venue was the Whitbread Brewery, which was at one point the largest and most celebrated brewery in the world. Such was its renown, Samuel Whitbread’s brewery was visited in 1787 by the monarchs of the time, King George III and Queen Charlotte, as well as an entourage of lords and ladies in waiting.
To honour this illustrious history, we’ve named two of our function rooms, both of which are available for weddings, after these royal visitors. As one of our largest wedding spaces, The King George III Room is grand and spacious, boasting a barrel vaulted ceiling, beautiful exposed brickwork and historical lanterns. Large enough to host a wedding for up to 300 guests from start to finish, this majestic space is rich in bygone charm yet full of innovative and tastefully-fitted modern features, including an integrated PA system and sound-sensitive LED lighting.
Just next door, The Queen Charlotte Room is decked out in similar stately style. The two rooms can be used together for larger weddings, or The Queen Charlotte is perfect for smaller ceremonies of up to 200 guests. With matching brickwork and a vaulted ceiling that can be light washed in any colour of your choice, this elegant room also comprises a hidden bar nestled behind a mirrored window.
Whatever kind of wedding you’re dreaming of, choosing either of these impressive spaces is sure to give your day a dash of royal sparkle.
Add a royal flourish with these wedding ideas
With such an eminent history behind your venue, it seems only right to bring a little majesty into your wedding day in other ways too.
Why not echo royal tradition in your choice of bridal bouquet? Since Queen Victoria’s daughter married her beau in 1858 bearing a floral arrangement containing sprigs of myrtle from her mother’s garden, royal brides have upheld the custom of an all-white bouquet including the pretty evergreen flower. The bouquet of our last royal bride, The Duchess of Cambridge, included myrtle cut from the very same plant that belonged to Queen Victoria, alongside lilies of the valley, hyacinths, ivy and sweet William (rather apt, we think).
And how about making an entrance to your wedding like a royal bride? Unlike many modern weddings which see the page boys, flower girls and bridesmaids enter the ceremony before the bride, royal brides lead a traditional bridal party down the aisle, with bridesmaids in tow.
If this has got you thinking about your own wedding day, take a look at our dedicated wedding website The Proposal to arrange a viewing and to find out more about how we can make you and your spouse to be feel like royalty.