Sarah Spreckley on behalf of Park Lane Events
The question has been popped, the answer is ‘yes’ and the plans for your wedding day can begin to take shape… you probably have an idea of how you see your big day panning out (what girl hasn’t?!) and whether you’ve always dreamed of an intimate day with your nearest and dearest, or a huge party with as many guests as your chosen venue can accommodate.
You’ve probably been told several times that your wedding venue search ought to be at the top of your priority list when planning your day and there’s a very good reason for this – your choice of venue will often set the theme for the wedding, usually take a large chunk of your budget and will ultimately dictate the size of wedding you are able to have.
Interestingly, wedding trends show that many couples are now opting for a much more intimate approach to their big day. With rising house prices and high day to day living costs (particularly in London) it’s easy to see how the cost of a wedding can soon spiral out of control; often overshadowing the real reason behind the celebration and taking much needed funds away from starting married life together.
So is it possible to have an intimate wedding in Central London? Where do you start?
Finding a wedding venue that can tick all the boxes and offer both style and intimacy in our capital city is not an easy task… and we should know! Many traditional venues operate as hotels seven days a week so your dream day could potentially be shared with other brides, corporate events and the general sightseeing public – hardly an intimate option for you and your partner.
Our capital city does, however, have a hidden gem tucked away in leafy Belgravia that we are happy to say does tick all the boxes. Founded in 1891, The Caledonian Club was originally built as a private residence and provides a uniquely personal and intimate setting for your big day in the heart of London. Located in the grand and beautiful surroundings of Belgravia, adjacent to Hyde Park Corner and a short walk from Victoria Station, the club couldn’t be more central. Couples also have access to the stunning Belgravia Square for their wedding photos – green space is hard to come by in central London and it doesn’t come much better than this.
The listed building is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and couples can choose from 4 licensed private rooms accommodating up to 150 guests. Alternatively, couples can opt to marry at the nearby churches of St Paul Knightsbridge, St Columba or St Michael’s in Chester Square before heading to the Club for their reception. Menus can be tailor made to match budgets with the help of the Head Chef and wines suggested by the in-house Sommelier. Why not incorporate a whisky tasting from the club’s impressive selection? Or walk down the sweeping staircase with a Scottish piper? Your wedding is special and the Club offer flexibility and flair to have the day you’ve always dreamed of.
With 39 bedrooms available in the original Clubhouse and a complimentary bridal suite for the happy couple, the Club can also offer weekend exclusivity of all their private banqueting rooms – another rarity in London. You will also be allocated a wedding organiser at the Club to personally advise, assist and guide you through every step of planning your perfect day – it’s all just part of the wonderful service this gem of a venue offers.
Without a doubt, smaller weddings offer couples the opportunity to focus on the personal experience that can often be overlooked with much larger weddings – there’s more time for the bride and groom to spend with their guests and everyone contributes to the event in his or her own way. Intimate celebrations, it seems, are setting a trend and the Caledonian Club offers couples a wonderful option in our wonderful city.
For more information, please contact https://www.caledonianclub.com/weddings/the-venue/
Your wedding day deserves to be utterly perfect, and with an intimate wedding at The Caledonian Club, your most romantic dreams are sure to become a reality. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as an intimate, small wedding venue when it comes to providing the utmost in elegance, luxury, and vintage charm, and The Caledonian Club has proven time and time again to be amongst the finest in the capital.
As soon as you step into this small wedding venue, the full glory and grandeur of The Caledonian Club becomes completely apparent. Not only is this beautiful building a Scottish private members club, it’s also one of the most unique event venues in London, and one which is fully capable of hosting weddings and wedding receptions of a wide range of styles and themes. From the stunning, sweeping central staircase, to the immaculately furnished private spaces and function rooms, there’s little doubt that The Caledonian Club is an understated gem of a building; one which is perfectly situated for a London-based wedding of the utmost sophistication.
Elegance and Wonder Epitomised
While The Caledonian Club is certainly a small wedding venue in comparison to many others, it’s the consistent intimacy and elegance this building exudes that makes it so special and popular with those seeking somewhere unique for their celebration. Within its walls, you’ll find a collection of utterly splendid rooms, each available to hire for a civil ceremony, a reception dinner, or both.
The largest and grandest of these rooms is the Johnnie Walker room, which is resplendent in its design and period features, and which has a capacity of 200 guests for a civil ceremony, and 150 guests for a sit-down dinner. For more intimate and cosy nuptial celebrations, the library, the Ballroom, and The Morrison Room (among others) are available to hire, and offer guest capacities ranging from 30 to 150.
No matter which rooms or spaces you choose for your special day, The Caledonian Club guarantees a wedding event which bursts with Belgravia charm from start to finish, and which ensures that all of your requests receive the full attention they require. Indeed, our dedicated team are trained to make sure that your wedding goes as smoothly as possible, and that all of your wishes are fulfilled. Make no mistake: a wedding at The Caledonian Club is one which you and your guests will cherish the memory forever.
Our Intimate Wedding Package
We believe that our small wedding venue in London should strive to ensure that your wedding is always exactly as you envision it to be. Whether you have a particular theme in mind, or wish to make use of our sumptuous and elegant bedrooms, we will always do our best to rise to every suggestion, and fulfil every request.
In order to get a clearer idea of what a wedding at The Caledonian Club would be like, we’ve listed the features of our intimate wedding package below, showing you the scope and level of luxury our small wedding venue can provide.
- Two glasses of Ayala Brut N.V
- Selection of three delicious canapés
- Three course meal, prepared by our talented catering team, followed by coffee and authentic Orkney tablet
- Half a bottle of club wine
- Still and sparkling water served alongside the meal
- Use of the club’s cake stand and knife for that all-important cake cutting
- Beautiful tartan table runners
- Bed and breakfast for the wedding couple on the night of the event
All of this is available for just £120 per person (inclusive of VAT), and can be arranged for parties with a minimum number of 60 guests.
The Details That Make All The Difference
We always ensure that at the forefront of our minds is the fact that every wedding at The Caledonian Club is a unique and personal event, and that this special day is all about you, your hopes, wishes, and dreams. That’s why our team never fails to go the extra mile when it comes to customisation, personalisation, and making the very most of this uniquely beautiful small wedding venue. What’s more, as we offer wedding couples exclusive use of the club’s function rooms at weekends, we are able to ensure that our team are 100% focused on your wedding alone for the duration of your special day.
As one of the most highly esteemed private clubs in London’s glamorous and exclusive Belgravia district, we’re deeply proud of our heritage, and of our history of providing quality service. We always make sure that this sense of pride, commitment to excellence, and the sheer grandeur of our small wedding venue comes across in each and every event we host.
We’re especially keen to make the most of our unique location. For couples seeking the perfect photo opportunities for their wedding, we not only have our striking central staircase and our elegant period rooms at your disposal; we also have access to Belgravia Square Gardens, a private Grosvenor Estate garden surrounded by beautiful Georgian properties.It’s a haven of timeless luxury and tranquility in the heart of the city, and no matter the season, it always makes for a wonderful photo location. Guests also have the chance to make us of our beautiful and elegant outdoor terrace, the perfect space in which to mingle, celebrate the happy couple, and enjoy a glass of Champagne.
We also know that when it comes to dream weddings and wonderful events in our small wedding venue, it’s impossible to overlook the importance of food. Your wedding meal is central to your big day; it’s a time to gather friends and family members together, share speeches and memories, and offer best wishes for the future. At The Caledonian Club, we’re lucky to have a highly skilled team of chefs working in our kitchens, who would be only too happy to meet with you to discuss their specialties, and take onboard any suggestions you might have for your wedding dinner.
The Caledonian Club: Scottish Romance in the Heart of London’s Belgravia
When it comes to small wedding venues in London, few can compare with the sense of wonder and timeless elegance on offer at The Caledonian Club. Whether you’re looking for an event which revels in its intimacy and smaller scale, with just a handful of close family members and friends, or are seeking a larger, more vibrant wedding, we have the capacity and capability to fulfil your wishes. The Caledonian Club is committed to providing couples with dream weddings in the heart of London’s most beautiful neighbourhood, and we’d be delighted to hear about your wedding plans soon.
Sarah Spreckley of Park Lane Events on behalf of The Caledonian Club
After a very long and bleak winter, I think it’s safe to finally say (out loud) that spring has sprung and catapulted us straight into summer and full-blown wedding season with glorious sunshine aplenty.
Although weddings can take place at any month of the year – summer still remains the most popular time of the year at the Caledonian Club for couples to tie the knot with the option of moving certain elements of the day outside if Mother Nature is playing ball. Gardens in full bloom, drinks on the terrace and more photo opportunities are just a few of the reasons why key summer dates tend to be booked well in advance when compared to other months throughout the year.
Regardless of whether the sun is shining or not, one additional bonus of a summer wedding is the abundant choice of flowers that is available to couples when planning their special day. Wedding theming is a major part of the planning process with the flower selection being crucial to the colour scheme and the general ‘feel’ of the day that the happy couple wish to achieve.
Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and colour palette isn’t always easy if you don’t know your peony from your petunia but help is at hand with this part of the planning – the team at the Caledonian Club can recommend local florists that have styled many weddings at the Club and know what does and doesn’t work in the desired space. They are the experts in this field and will be able to guide you through the process, finding solutions that work well with the Club, match your theme and also the all-important budget.
With ‘Belgravia in Bloom’ on their doorstep, the Caledonian Club is well placed to recommend the best local suppliers to help make your day as bright and as beautiful as possible.
For more information on available dates in 2018 and their recommended suppliers – please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or head to https://www.caledonianclub.com/weddings/wedding-suppliers/
Thank you to Neill Strain for all images – https://www.neillstrain.com/