Destination Wedding Location Series: London Destination Wedding

2012 is a big year for the British with the current London Olympic games (which I’m loving!) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  With all of the celebration going on, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about a London destination wedding.  London may not be the first location one would think of when planning a destination wedding, but it really has so much to offer.

When I think of London and the British, certain things immediately come to mind like the long history and royalty, Shakespeare, proper manners, tea and crumpets, Harry Potter, James Bond and of course, the endless music talent that just seems to pour out of there.  There is so much culture to soak up, both the history and tradition, but also the modern, artistic and hip.  This is a city that is able to span both the old and the new with ease, which is possibly the most exciting thing about it.  London doesn’t pigeonhole; couples of all types of styles and personalities can find something to love here for a London destination wedding.

London destination wedding shared by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: David Pullum Photography)

London does experience the seasons, but it is generally overcast with some rain thrown in for good measure.  If you’ve been watching the Olympics going on this past week you’ve seen that although it is summer, there can be sun, clouds, rain and wind.  On a side note, I felt so bad for those beach volleyball players whose toes were freezing.  The weather really just depends on the day, but London is generally not a very hot location which is great for those who don’t want to sweat at their wedding.  Keep in mind that summer is the tourist busy season, so if you want to avoid the crowds and higher prices, spring or fall would be a better bet.

Wedding couple at a London destination wedding shared by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: David Pullum Photography)

Getting married in London, unfortunately, isn’t the easiest task.  While they do speak English, there is quite a bit that foreigners have to do in order to be legally married.  If one or both of the partners is a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, they may come to the UK to marry, as long as they intend to leave the country within six months and provide proper documentation.  You must be at least 18 years old (16 with written consent) and be a resident in the country 7 days prior to giving notice.  The notice must be given in person at a designated register office and you must provide the following information: full name and address, age, nationality, current status, proof of divorce (if applicable), occupation, information on the intended venue for the marriage and the additional documents required for foreigners.  In most cases, foreigners marrying in the UK will need to provide one of the following additional documents:  a Visa providing entry clearance specifically for marrying purposes, a Certificate of Approval (COA), or a document proving settled status in the UK.

Once you provide all the documentation, the notice is displayed for 15 days before the authorization to marry is granted. Once the notice has been displayed, the couple has 1 year to get married.  UK law recognizes both civil and religious marriage ceremonies and a marriage can take place in either an Anglican church or other religious building registered for marriage. Civil ceremonies can take place at a register office or approved venue and may not contain any religious content.  On the day of the marriage, you will need 2 people present to sign as witnesses.

Church wedding at a London destination wedding shared by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: David Pullum Photography)

So, why a London destination wedding? It’s so many things all at once, a true melting pot of culture and harmonious contradiction.  It’s young and old, it’s hip and traditional, it’s eccentric and straight.  London is able to be at the forefront of change and discovery, but yet still hold on to its roots and background.  It calls to those excited about the modern, and those excited about the old and everyone in-between.  A London destination wedding is perfect for the city lovers, the urban, the artsy, the classic, the historians, the steampunk and so much more.  Unlike some of the other locations we’ve covered, almost any couple can connect with the city and find the niche they particularly relate to.  Maybe you love how regal and formal royalty is or have a love of English literature or have a thing for the Beatles.  For a couple planning a London destination wedding, the options are plentiful and just imagine the experience you could give your guests in a city with such diversity.

One of my favorite things about London is that it feels like you could walk around a corner and see Mary Poppins or the next great rock band.  It has a little bit of magic and a little surprise.  I am not a history buff, but I love how in London you can feel the centuries of people that have come through there and the culture that has been built and evolved over time.  There is a sense of richness to the city and something interesting to see everywhere you go.  While it may not seem like the first place you’d think of having a destination wedding, London is definitely a location to be considered.  You may need to carry an umbrella at all times, but imagine the pictures you can get while you celebrate in the rain.

Wedding couple with umbrella at a London destination wedding shared by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Matt Parry Photography)

Is a London destination wedding right for you?  Or are you still looking for the perfect place?  Don’t you worry, we’ll be exploring more exciting locations soon!

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