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Your Complete Guide To Planning A Wedding At Kew Gardens

All you need to know to plan your Kew Gardens Wedding

 

Thinking about having a Kew Gardens Wedding? Pair London’s dreamiest gardens with elegant Victorian-styled Glasshouses and you have yourself one of the most magical venues to get married at.

Kew Gardens has become one of the most iconic settings to say ‘I do’, offering a fairytale-like experience with enchanting surroundings that will take your breath away. The gardens feature a range of flexible venues that are each graceful and contemporary in their own unique way.

 

From the high ceiling windows to the tasteful detailed finishes and the tropical atmosphere, there’s nothing not to love about this piece of paradise. It’s only a stone’s throw away from London but you are bound to feel like you have jetted off to an island somewhere far away.

 

This venue has been designed to ensure your Kew Gardens Wedding will be an unforgettable experience that will have you reminiscing for years to come!

 

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Venue Overview

 

Kew Gardens is not your typical garden wedding venue, it’s a world-renowned World Heritage Site. It’s one of the only botanical wedding venues in London. The classic architecture of Victorian Glasshouses paired with 500 acres of ravishing greenery and flourishing gardens is most definitely a sight to behold!

 

  • Guests can reach the botanical paradise venue in a quick 30 minute trip from central London.
  • They offer a variety of venues for between 10 and 400 guests, as well as, overnight accommodation.
  • You can utilise multiple venues for a dynamic wedding experience.
  • Every venue has something unique to offer but all share a graceful, relaxing, and romantic atmosphere in common.
  • Private terraces overlook panoramic views of the incredible tropic gardens.
  • Ample parking available.
  • Expert in-house chefs available to cater, however, approved external caterers can be used too.
  • Dry-hire permitted on request.
  • Alcohol license ends at midnight but extensions can be requested.
  • If you are a nature lover, you will be happy to know that funds are used to support their vital plant conservation and scientific research.

 

couple bride and groom hugging outside surrounded by gardens

 

Venue Setting

 

Kew Gardens is a world-renowned venue with a history of couples choosing their prestigious gardens and stylish venues to host a magical ceremony. It’s known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts people for their variety of distinctive and flexible event spaces.

 

Express your vows on royal residence before exploring the tropical wonders for some playful photos. Dance the night away under the stars among some of the world’s most exotic flora. The atmosphere at any one of the venues at Kew is undeniably romantic! Somewhere in the 326 acres of luxuriously luscious botanical gardens, your love story is waiting to unfold!

 

Kew Gardens is known as one of the most exceptional wedding venues for a good reason. Let’s dive into what spaces you will find among their extraordinary grounds.

 

Venue Spaces

 

Kew offers four grand venues nestled in the charming gardens. Each venue holds something special and you will be spoilt with an other-worldly experience no matter which one you’re drawn to.

 

 

Cambridge Cottage

 

Cambridge Cottage rests on the edge of Kew Gardens in a secluded and tranquil corner. It’s an elegantly former Royal Residence of the Duke of Cambridge that definitely flaunts its royal air.

 

Abundant with spaciousness and light pouring in, it’s the perfect atmosphere for a classy and romantic occasion. The space spills onto the spectacular Duke’s Garden which is a serene and scenic outdoor area ideal for casual receptions.

If you want to see Clare & Russell’s Cambridge Cottage Wedding – click here!

 

The Essentials  

 

  • Seating capacity can hold 100 theatre style, 56 cabaret-style, 200 for a standing reception, and 120 for a dinner and dance.
  • The pricing from Monday to Friday is around £5,500 and on the weekends it’s around £6,500.
  • Venues can be booked between 5  January to 22 December and bank holidays require a special request.
  • It’s only available for standalone hire on Monday to Thursday between November and March, otherwise as part of a package.
  • Day or evening hire consists of time between  9am to 11pm and venue fees cover a 9-hour period within these times.
  • Additional hours can be charged upon request.

 

 

The Nash Conservatory

 

The Nash Conservatory is an exquisite and elegant glasshouse poised on the borders of the Gardens. The floor-to-ceiling windows feature a breezy atmosphere with plenty of natural light pouring in.

 

The Conservatory has a beautiful air of history having been built originally on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. It was lovingly moved brick-by-brick to Kew in 1836 and the love permeates the room for sure.

This 19th-century glasshouse is surrounded by surreal views of the gardens leaving guests to enjoy the spectacular outdoors from the comfort of the indoors.  The Conservatory is a popular venue to utilise for pre-dinner drinks before moving on to the Orangery for an evening dinner dance.

The Essentials  

 

  • Seating capacity can hold 200 theatre style, 80 cabaret-style, 150 for a standing reception, and 80 for a dinner and dance.
  • The pricing from Monday to Friday is between £2,000 – £2,500 and on the weekends it’s between £3,000 – £3,500.
  • Venues can be booked between 5  January to 22 December and bank holidays require a special request.
  • Day or evening hire consists of time between  9am to 11pm and venue fees cover a 9-hour period within these times.
  • Additional hours can be charged upon request.

 

The Orangery

 

The Orangey has a graceful Victorian feel to it with sophisticated white architecture and elegantly designed high-ceiling windows. Natural daylight spills into the space illuminating it with a gentle and charming atmosphere.

 

The spacious room features an open plan design allowing guests to feel connected with each other during the ceremony or reception. The large terrace is perfect for a summer wedding during the warmer months where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the spectacular gardens. Romantic lights illuminate the surrounding trees at night to add to the atmosphere.

 

The Essentials  

 

  • Seating capacity can hold 160 cabaret-style, 400 for a standing reception, and 200 for a dinner and dance or 230 for dinner alone.
  • The pricing from Monday to Friday is around £7,500 and on the weekends it’s around £8,500.
  • Venues can be booked between 5  January to 22 December and bank holidays require a special request.
  • Evening hire only: 7pm to 11pm.
  • Midnight extension available upon request and charged accordingly.

 

 

Princess of Wales Conservatory

 

The Princess of Wales Conservatory is a truly remarkable venue that is enchantingly illuminated after dark. The glasshouse adorned with lights offers a wonderfully unique setting to wander through rare and exotic indoor plants.

 

This Conservatory is the most complex glasshouse at Kew and allows guests to explore the magical setting while wandering through different climates. The Princess of Wales Conservatory is a prestigious space that is bound to be an unforgettable experience and is often used in conjunction with Cambridge Cottage or the Orangery.

 

The Essentials  

 

  • Seating capacity can hold 200 for a standing reception.
  • The pricing from Monday to Friday is around £3,000 and on the weekends it’s around £3,500. The hourly rate when used in conjunction with another venue Monday to Sunday is around £750.
  • Venues can be booked between 5  January to 22 December and bank holidays require a special request.
  • Evening hire only: 5.30pm to 11pm and fees cover a 3-hour period within these times.
  • Additional hours can be charged accordingly.

Bride and groom couple sitting and laughing in gardens

 

Venue Features

 

Kew Gardens is loved for many reasons but here’s a quick recap of their features to flaunt.

 

  • They work with experienced caterers along with their in-house team to provide world-class dining.
  • A tropical oasis experience away from the bustle of the city that will make you feel like you jetted to another world.
  • The venue is surrounded by panoramic views of phenomenal gardens and gorgeous flora.
  • Immaculately elegant Victorian interiors.
  • A range of unique spaces to choose from.
  • First-class service and decades of experience.
  • Ample parking space.

 

How To Get To Kew Gardens

 

If you’re wondering how to get to Kew Gardens, here are the details. Kew Bridge station is 800m from Elizabeth Gate, via Kew Bridge. South West Trains run services from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction. There is no level access at Kew Bridge.

 

Richmond station has a lift and level access. Take 65 bus (in the direction of Ealing Broadway) to Lion or Victoria Gate. You can click here to see a range of alternate route access they have provided.

 

To take a look at a colourful wedding I shot at Cambridge Cottage, take a look here.

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