o s t couples dream of holding their wedd ing somewhere “different”. But how different is it possible to be? If your function is in Israel, take a look at the Cave, in the Lachish region, close to Kibbutz Beit Guvrin. This maze of halls and hollows dates back thousands of years — and you can hold your wedding there, with the help of Orchid Events (www.orchideventsisrael.com and www.orchidevents.co.uk). “I always try to introduce my clients to Israel’s most unique, hidden gems. This is one of my personal favourites,” says Orchid’s director Sarah Balfour.
The Cave, which despite its remote atmosphere is within easy reach of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, is open to the sky, so you can party under the stars. It has four compounds, with ancient plants including a 500-yearold olive tree, as well as newly installed wooden paths and floors, lawns and ambience lighting.
London may not have caves, but it does have Under the Bridge (www.underthebridge. co.uk). Beneath the terraces of Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, the venue was launched by the club’s owner Roman Abramovich and has become one of the capital’s top music scenes, catering for 200 seated or 500 standing.
“We have received a flurry of inquiries about holding simchahs at the club over the past few months,” says a spokesperson. In response, the venue has designed several celebration packages and its kitchens are available to kosher caterers.
Each package gives access to the large dance floor, two