This week we visited the annual Wedding Showcase by Historic Royal Palaces to visit the brand new event spaces that have recently opened up at Kensington Palaces, which are ideal for couples planning a lavish palace wedding in the UK.Not only were we able to explore the new rooms, we were treated to several experiences and exhibitions from the Historic Royal Palaces portfolio of event partners. A calligraphy station by Ananya Cards, furniture showrooms by Great Hire and four varying chef’s table experiences by Blue Strawberry, enjoyed with a specially paired wine selection, were all in situ in the new Kensington Palace Pavilion. Entertainment was provided by Sternberg Clarke, with performances by Jack Pack and Wandering Hands and The Frobacks. The golden catwalk was then transformed into a fashion show showcasing dresses from The Wedding Gallery by bridal designers including Suzanne Neville, J. Andreatta, and Inbal Dror.Image credit: ByLumiere
The evening was the perfect insight into the new event spaces at Kensington Palace. The King’s Drawing Room, which is part of the State Apartments, has recently been licensed to host civil ceremonies for the very first time. Able to host 100 guests for receptions and 90 for a wedding breakfast, The King's Drawing Room features excellent portraiture as well as a fantastic vista of the avenues of Kensington Gardens, which converge outside the chamber’s central window.
The main event took place in the incredible new Kensington Palace Pavilion, which is a brand new purpose-built space designed to temporarily replace The Orangery until 2021. The Pavilion features two main event spaces, with capacity for an impressive 800 guests for a standing reception across both rooms, and 300 for a seated dinner with the option of a separate drinks reception area. The space overlooks Kensington Palace’s famous Sunken Garden, and there’s even a covered terrace that’s ideal for weddings in spring or summer.To find out more about the new wedding spaces at Kensington Palace, or about the six palace wedding venues managed by Historic Royal Palaces, visit hrp.org.uk