Tell Me about KEW GARDENS
There are few London wedding venues as iconic and well known as Kew Gardens. Located on the banks of the River Thames, Kew Gardens features 320 acres of stunning horticulture and is less than 7 miles from central London. Kew is home to over 30,000 plant species and 40 listed buildings and structures, and 5 of these can become the centrepiece for your wedding celebrations. Couples travel from across the globe to host their wedding here, and it is easy to understand why. Not only is each wedding setting incredibly photo-worthy and unique in its space and styling, couples and their guests can enjoy exclusive use of the gardens once they close to the public in the evening.
For those looking for a small and intimate wedding, Cambridge Cottage (so called because it was formerly owned by the Duke of Cambridge) is a listed building perfect for smaller gatherings. It features a private garden, a drawing room for your ceremony to take place in and a botanical gallery – featuring historical and modern art – which provides the setting for your reception.
For larger ceremonies, the 19th Century Nash Conservatory (which was moved from its original location at Buckingham Palace), is a stunning glasshouse that has a natural beauty and charm left as it is but can be styled any way you wish, to create a totally unique space. Natural light floods into this space, making it a bright and airy and is a gorgeous backdrop for say “I do”. The Nash Conservatory can be hired as part of the Multi Venue Package which incorporates the use of the Orangery and The Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Featuring ten different climatic zones; from desert to tropical rainforest, The Princess of Wales Conservatory can host your canapes and drinks reception. Imagine relaxing with your guests surrounded by tropical plants, rare species, and beautiful blooms.
The Orangery is a Grade 1 Listed 18th Century building with high ceilings and arched windows. It’s a spacious backdrop for your wedding breakfast, and guest can enjoy the terrace with its views of the surrounding gardens. There is space for your DJ or band to provide the perfect soundtrack to your first dance and all those shapes your guests can’t wait to throw on the dance floor.
Kew Gardens also has another spectacular venue for use during your wedding day, the Temperate House. It is a Grade 1 Listed show house with over 10,000 endangered and rare plants. Your evening celebrations can take place here, under pitched roofs and decorative motifs, finials and pediments. It is perfect for couples wanting the ultimate Wow factor wedding reception.
What makes KEW GARDENS special?
If the descriptions of Kew’s wedding spaces above haven’t given you an idea of how special this venue is, the history of the venue is equally impressive. Now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kew was founded in 1759 by Princess Augusta. Thirteen years later, Sir Joseph Banks became the unofficial director and commissioned explorers from the around the world to bring back rare and unseen specimens to create an unrivalled collection of plant species. Kew has over 1 million visitors a year (but you’ll have the gardens to yourself on the evening of your special day).
Kew has partnered with over 100 organisations across the globe on conservation and education programmes, and works to tackle the impact of climate change, habitat loss and pollution. Holding your wedding at Kew will mean that you will be helping to fund these crucial projects.
The weddings team at Kew are experts in crafted and curating the very best experiences and their attention to detail is second to none. They have an extensive list of recommended suppliers that are hand-picked to ensure that every aspect of your day is a special as the setting.
How many guests can I invite to KEW GARDENS?
The Cambridge Cottage has capacity for 80 people for a civil ceremony and reception and up to 120 for a evening reception.
Up to 200 guests can be invited to a ceremony or drinks reception in the Nash Conservatory. Alterntively it can hold up to 120 guests if you would like to host both your ceremony and your reception in this space.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory can also hold 200 people for your reception.
The Orangery can hold 200 people for a dinner dance, 230 for dinner or 400 for a standing reception.
The Temperate House can hold 230 people for a dinner dance, 250 for dinner or 300 for a standing reception.
There is no onsite accommodation at Kew Gardens but it is centrally located and has its own tube station meaning transport to local London hotels and guesthouses is easy.
Pricing and Packages available
Hire of Cambridge Cottage from 9am – 11pm
Mon-Thursday £2500 + VAT
Friday £3000 + VAT
Saturday 4000 + VAT
Sunday £3500 = VAT
Hire of Nash Conservatory, Princess of Wales Conservatory andThe Orangery from 4pm – midnight.
Mon-Thursday £10,500 + VAT
Friday £11,500 + VAT
Saturday – Sunday £13,000 + VAT
Hire of Nash Conservatory and Temperate House from 4pm – midnight.
Mon-Thursday £17,500 + VAT
Friday £18,500 + VAT
Saturday – Sunday £21,000 + VAT
Hire of Nash Conservatory, Princess of Wales Conservatory and Temperate House from 4pm – midnight.
Mon-Thursday £19,500 + VAT
Friday £21,000 + VAT
Saturday – Sunday £23,000 + VAT
Additional hours can be added to all packages on request.
For more information visit https://www.kew.org/venue-hire/
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