VERY SO often you’ll hear about a wedding that was just a little bit… different. One of those mass Unification Church ceremonies in South Korea that get reported on with accompanying photographs of multiple happy couples smiling for the camera. Or a couple who tied the knot while sky-diving, or snorkelling, or whose nuptials were officiated over by a tribal leader on an obscure island in the south Pacific.
But you don’t have to reject every last bastion of tradition in order to hold a unique wedding. Perhaps the best way of making sure your big day is etched in the memories of your guests as a celebration like no other is by choosing a venue that offers something extra – somewhere like London Zoo, or Lord’s Cricket Ground, or the Royal College of Surgeons (all of which allow external kosher caterers).
For couples who want their wedding to be a red carpet affair, the headquarters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Piccadilly is available for hire (from £1,500 for the room and from £125 per person on a package basis). The chupah could be set up on stage in the Princess Anne Theatre, with a party in the David Lean Room, which seats 160 with a dance floor, or perhaps a reception beforehand in a garden attached. Kosher caterers from an approved list can be brought in, while bride and groom can take advantage of