Thinking of getting married in London? Here is a basic guide to the best locations, florists, and caterers, as well as information on getting a marriage license.
London Wedding and Reception Sites
A marriage can take place at a register office, at a building approved for civil marriage, in an Anglican church or in any other religious building that is registered for the solemnization of marriage.
I recommend the Barbican Centre, an arts and culture center with a gorgeous conservatory. If you're looking for more old-school high-manners London, you might want to try the Ironmongers Hall , replete with coffered ceilings, stained glass, tudor details and heavy woodwork. For a more unusual location, the London Zoo has a civil marriage license, allowing you to tie the knot surrounded by more than 2000 animals!
London Florists Mathew Dickinson Flowers does gorgeous traditional flowers. For a more adventurous touch, go to Moyses Stevens, known for their hats of fresh flowers. Wild at Heart is recommended by many local guides for best cut flowers.
Wedding Caterers Delectable Feasts offers both traditional and more exotic dishes, and they can do budget buffets. Jalapeno offers creative and modern styling, and makes sure the vegetarian doesn't get left out in the cold. Table Talk will not only create gorgeous and delicious food, their designers can create a breathtaking reception design, help hire vendors and staff, and even plan the whole thing.
London Marriage License Requirements There is a residency requirement of seven days and a waiting period of 15 days for a total of 21 days for out-of-country visitors. You must have an entry clearance granted expressly for the purpose of marriage in the UK, and you'll need to show proof of name, age and nationally preferably in your passport and also a birth certificate. Of course, if you've been married before you'll need to show an original divorce or death decree.
Gays and Lesbians Allowed to Marry? As of December 21, 2005, same sex couples can form a Civil Partnership, which grants similar legal rights as opposite sex couples receive through marriage.
London Wedding Planning Sites: Hitched.co.uk, Confetti.co.uk, Wedding pages.