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Weddings vcab 2017SquareMeal Weddings digital edition

Kick-start your wedding plans with our latest magazine. It's got 112 pages of news and ideas, including a fashion shoot, trends and real weddings. There's also plenty of catering inspiration, as well as a roundup of venues with royal connections, plus the coolest town and country spots for your big day. Still hungry for more? Click through the SquareMeal website to search for restaurants, venues and wedding suppliers in London and the rest of the UK. Sign up for a copy or read it online now.

Squaremeal Your weddings Made in Hackney - credit joanna bongardWedding day inspiration: how Juliet and James did their big day

Juliet and James kept things local for a celebration of all things east London

Squaremeal Weddings Venue Directory up to 99 - daphnesWeddings venue directory: seated capacity up to 99

We've compiled over 50 of our favourite venues in London and across the UK in size order

Squaremeal Weddings photo shoot line of beauty - credit jason mooreThe line of beauty: bridal photo shoot

Capture a little majesty with dresses that silhouette the body but honour tradition

Your weddings Putting down roots - credit anna deaconPutting down roots: real wedding inspiration

Vic and Joel embraced their heritage, serving up Scotland with a Scandinavian twist

Squaremeal Weddings venue directory from 300 plus - banqueting houseWeddings venue directory: seated capacity from 300+

We've compiled over 50 of our favourite venues in London and across the UK in size order

River Rooms at The Mermaid - diningThe River Rooms at The Mermaid is running a competition for one couple to win free wedding venue hire

The River Rooms at The Mermaid is running a competition for one couple to win free wedding venue hire

Weddings at One Great George Street - banquetingBook your big day at One Great George Street before 31 March and get £1,000 off the total price

Book your big day at the Marylebone venue before 31 March and you’ll get £1,000 off the total price. Packages include use of the Great Hall and catering. 

Waddesdon Manor - aerialWedding showcase at Waddesdon Manor

Engaged couples will be able to see what the Buckinghamshire estate has to offer for weddings on 11 October. The event, running from 11am – 4pm, will also feature over 30 suppliers and industry experts.  

Trinity House brideWedding fair at Trinity House

On 29 November the Tower Hill venue will host a showcase for wedding planners and soon-to-be-wed couples, with caterers and dress designers all on hand to discuss the latest trends.

ITA Stationers HallWedding open day at Stationers' Hall

The secluded City venue is hosting a wedding open day on 22 September. Taking place from midday until 8pm, the day will see couples enjoy food from preferred caterer Chester Boyd as well as get the chance to book their day at a reduced hire rate.

Alternative honeymoons Break from the norm - kirkenes snow hotelAlternative honeymoons: Break from the norm

Make your honeymoon extra memorable by booking something unusual. Think bucket list rather than bucket and spade

10 of the best mini moon venues - whatley manor10 of the best mini moon venues

Grand locations for small getaways

Your weddings When Puglia met Poland - the bridesYour weddings: When Puglia met Poland

Averil and Asia mixed their Italian and Polish heritages in picturesque Puglia

Bride's Guide 2015 - the budgetBride's guide: hints & tips

Practical tips to help you plan your big day in style

Bride's Guide 2015 - your music policyBride's guide: your music policy

The sky's the limit with entertainment

Bride's Guide 2015Bride's guide: picking a date, time, & budget

Right from the outset, wedding planning is all about picking what’s important to you

Your weddings British boho - laura and tomYour weddings: British boho

Vintage lawn games and laid-back lounging kept Laura and Tom’s big day relaxed

Bride's Guide 2015 - the photographsBride's guide: the photographs & the videographer

There are stacks of good wedding photographers out there, just keep your eyes peeled

Bride's Guide 2015 - finding a venueBride's guide: finding a venue

Once you've identified a rough location for your ceremony and reception, it's time to complie your list of venues

Your weddings: East meets west

Mithila and Jana brought Sri Lanka to the City for their very big day



Riverside weddings 24 hours on the Thames - southbankRiverside weddings: 24 hours on the Thames

From the best pubs for Dutch courage to the most scenic places to say those ‘I do’s, we’ve got all your waterside venue needs covered

Non-religious secular ceremonies - coverNon-religious ceremonies: Heaven is a place on earth

Leave God off the guest list and you can celebrate your love with the people, ideas and songs you care about most. Here’s how to put on a good show

Fitness feature Home toned - mainFitness: Home toned

Personal trainer Louise Tilley offers six ways to stay in shape without even leaving your lounge

Fitness feature Weapons of ass destruction - tap dancingFitness: Weapons of ass destruction

In a quest to get in shape for the big day, our bride-to-be puts four different sorts of exercise to the test

Weddings Photoshoot Concrete jungle - ritva westenius dressPhoto shoot: Concrete jungle

Brutalism can be beautiful. In this hymn to the 1970s space age, urban backdrops mix with luscious greenery, as minimal make-up contrasts with futuristic dress designs



Style - A day in the life of Phillipa LepleyA day in the life of Phillipa Lepley

The British couturier talks dresses, royalty and Miley Cyrus

Bride's Guide 2015 - food and drinkBride's guide: food & drink

Practical tips for choosing and briefing your caterer

Bride's Guide 2015 - the dressBride's guide: the dress

You've bagged a husband-to-be, now it's time to find The One

Banquet tableWedding fair at The Crown in Bow

The Geronimo Inn’s venue will host the event on 2 May, showcasing suppliers from the east London area, as well as canapés and drinks prepared by the venue’s own chefs.

Weddings at BMA HouseWedding fair at BMA House

The Bloomsbury venue is opening its doors to couples on Sunday 29 March. Each of its licensed spaces will be dressed for a wedding, with planners on-hand to give a tour. Canapes and fizz will also be available for sampling.

Trinity House bride on the grand staircaseNew wedding offering from Trinity House

The Tower Bridge venue has teamed up with All Hallows By The Tower to offer wedding packages. Couples can hire the Trinity House and City of London’s oldest medieval church together for £5,900 on Saturdays and £6,900 on Sundays.

Wedding catering by Blue StrawberryBlue Strawberry showcase on 27 and 28 September

The caterer will be one of the exhibitors at The Country Life Fair, on 27 and 28 September. Serving up dishes in pop-up tents at Fulham Palace, the team will be serving up the likes of guinea fowl fricassee and venison posh dogs. Fancy winning a prize while you’re at it? Use promo code Blue14 when you buy your ticket for and you could get your hands on the likes of a stay for two at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa.

Square Meal Weddings 2014New Square Meal Weddings magazine out now

Kick-start your wedding plans with our latest magazine. It's got 136 indispensable pages of news and ideas, including a fashion shoot, groom's accessories, colour palettes, style trends, real weddings and – of course – catering inspiration, as well as the coolest town and country venues. Still hungry for more ideas? Click through the Square Meal website to search for restaurants, venues and wedding suppliers in London and the rest of the UK. Sign up for a printed copy or read it online now.

Foodie wedding fair at Skinners’ Hall

Party Ingredients will be hosting a wedding showcase at the Grade-I listed venue on 21 September. From 11am-4pm, couples can explore the venue which will be full of canapé stalls and food stations for tastings.

Showcase at One Great George Street

The Edwardian venue will be holding a showcase on 21 September. Between 11.30am and 1pm, couples will enjoy food and entertainment while seeing what the venue, and its suppliers, can do. Click here to register.

Tower Bridge 2013Tower Bridge Walkways now licensed

Fancy getting married 42m above the Thames? Well, the Walkways – which connect the two towers – is now licensed for wedding ceremonies, and is able to hold 70 for the service and double for receptions.

Winter wedding dates in Westminster

Fancy a winter wedding? Well, Edwardian venue One Great George Street has three weekend dates left. Book your big day on 1 or 29 November or 13 December, and you’ll get a free stay at a nearby hotel.

The RSANew bookings offer at RSA House

Book your wedding for summer and you'll only pay £125pp. The Strand townhouse combines Georgian grandeur with contemporary design, and has a secluded garden for alfresco receptions.

Bride's guide: choosing a gift list

Wedding lists have evolved, both in what they include and how you can create one. We went online to see what’s changed

Bride's guide: timeline

It takes a day to get married, but a year to get your plans just right. Stay on track with our step-by-step checklist

Bride's guide: transport

Want to make it to the church on time? Don’t want your wedding party stuck trying to hail taxis? Dreaming of arriving in style? You’ll need our top tips for hitting the road

Bride's guide: catering

Finding and briefing a caterer can be easy as pie - just follow our step-by-step guide

Groom's style - weddingsGroom's style - fashion Q&A

Dan Rookwood, the US editor of mrporter.com, will help your gent avoid any fashion faux pas.

24 hours in east London

Don’t go west. Head to the right side of town for the capital’s best warehouse wonders, hip hotels and urban cityscapes

Your weddings: paradise found

Glastonbury was the inspiration for Matt and Charli’s tropical Cornwall wedding

Bride's guide: night-time weddings

The law restricting marriage ceremonies to between 8am and 6pm has been lifted. So we thought we’d give you 12 good reasons to marry at night. Fairy lights at the ready

Princess Bride 2014Photo shoot: The princess bride

Live out your own medieval fairytale with long draped sleeves, intricate headpieces and beautiful hooded capes. Add a castle, horse and knight in shining armour for the full Game of Thrones effect.

Location: Hever Castle Photography: Chiara Romagnoli Styling: Sally Dixon

Roast Wedding showcase at Roast

The Borough Market restaurant is holding a showcase on Tuesday 20 May from 5pm until 7pm. Guests can enjoy Champagne and canapes while seeing the venue as it would be set up for the big day. Email the venue to RSVP.

10-11 Carlton House Terrace WeddingsOpen day at 10-11 Carlton Terrace

The Georgian venue will open its doors to brides on 1 March from 2-5pm. Guests will be given a tour of the venue, meet suppliers and have afternoon tea. To attend, email the venue.

Gay marriage offer at Timber Lodge

To celebrate the first same-sex marriages in the UK, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venue is offering a £700 discount for gay couples who marry in April. The first gay marriages will take place from 29 March.

iodWedding showcase at 116 Pall Mall

The Grade I-listed venue will be holding a wedding open day on 16 February 2014 (12pm-5pm) with workshops and suppliers on show. Guests who pre-register will be entered into a draw to win a complimentary wedding.

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014The Wedding Industry Awards announces 2014 winners

From bridal accessory designers through to wedding photographers and stationers, The Wedding Industry Awards has done much of the legwork for you when it comes to choosing a supplier for your big day. Each of the 24 national victors, announced at a ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, were chosen by a panel of high-profile wedding industry experts, including cake designer Peggy Porschen and dress designer Sassi Holford. Click here to see all the winners.

BMA House Weddings Wedding showcase at BMA House

The Grade II-listed venue will open its doors to over 120 bridal suppliers on 16 February from 11am-3pm. Wedding planners will also be on hand to offer tours of the venue and courtyard. To attend, email the venue.

Wedding licence for Hampton Court

From 2014, couples will be able to marry in the palace’s historic State Apartments. The Great Hall and the Kings Guard Chamber will be available for civil ceremonies, followed by receptions in Henry VIII’s old beer cellar.

iodWedding event at The IoD

116 Pall Mall is hosting a showcase on 3 November, from 11am-4pm. The venue will be dressed for weddings and suppliers will be on hand. All guests will be entered into a draw to win 50% off venue hire.

Silverstone Silverstone now available for weddings

The racetrack is now licensed to host civil weddings and partnerships in its Silverstone Wing. Three halls are available to hire, each offering views over the circuit. Couples can also have a victory lap around the track.

Aviator HotelWedding showcase at the Aviator

The sleek hotel will hold an event for brides on 26 October. VIP tickets(£50pp) include a Champagne reception, catwalk show by designer Amanda Wakeley, a three-course meal and a closing party in the Sky Bar.

Chandos House WeddingsFree accommodation at Chandos House

The Cavendish Square venue is offering a free night's stay for the bride and groom’s parents for any new 2014 wedding booked before 1 October 2013. The offer also includes complimentary use of the bridal suite.

Winter wedding fair at Goodwood

The estate in West Sussex will be available to view from 10am-3pm on 3 November. Guests will see the house and hotel dressed for a winter ceremony and reception, and can also select from recommended suppliers.

Wedding showcase at Hedsor House

The Georgian House in Buckinghamshire will be available to view from 5-8pm on 14 August, when guests are invited (by appointment only – RSVP here) to experience the venue over Champagne and canapés.

BMA House Weddings Winter wedding offer at BMA House

The Grade II-listed venue in Bloomsbury is offering a new all-inclusive autumn and winter wedding package. The deal (worth £130pp +VAT) has been reduced to £99pp +VAT until 28 February 2014.

Free venue hire at Babington House

The Soho House Group venue has waived its hire fee (usually £5,000) for all weddings booked on a Thursday in November 2013. Couples can hire the whole club and hotel, which is set in 18 acres of Somerset parkland.

Chandos House Weddings Small wedding deal at Chandos House

The Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse has a new wedding offer for couples with 30 guests or less. The package includes exclusive hire of one of its six rooms and a three-course wedding breakfast for £100pp.

Kettner's Wedding showcase at Kettner's

The Grade II-listed venue in Soho is hosting a wedding showcase on 8 June, 1pm-4pm. Guests will get the chance to explore the seven available spaces and meet the team, while enjoying Champagne and canapés.

CorrigansCookery classes at Corrigan’s Mayfair

Couples who book a wedding at the W1 venue in June, July or August will receive complimentary places at the cookery school at Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill. The experience will be finished off with a four-course lunch in the restaurant itself.

RIBAGreat Gatsby winter wedding offer at RIBA

The art deco venue is offering couples 15% off venue hire when they book their wedding between 5 October 2013 and 23 February 2014. The deal also includes a free winter warmer cocktail for each guest on arrival.

Spring shoot weddings 2013Fashion photo shoot: Summer in the city

Skyscraper heels and classic cuts: London glamour is as simple as it is polished. Just add glossy hair and a dashing groom. PHOTOGRAPHY: Chiara Romagnoli. STYLING: Sally Dixon LOCATION: Cheyne Walk Brasserie.

Grooms giftsGifts for him

Dan Rookwood, style director of Men’s Health, picks 25 gifts to give your groom for less than £150.

Roast Wedding deal at Roast

Couples who book a wedding or civil ceremony at Borough Market restaurant Roast before 31 Dec 2013 will receive a £200 voucher that can be spent on dinner or drinks at the venue after the wedding.

Princess Bride 2014New Square Meal Weddings magazine out now

Kick-start your wedding plans with our latest magazine. It's got 136 indispensable pages of news and ideas, including a fashion shoot, groom's accessories, colour palettes, style trends, real weddings and – of course – catering inspiration, as well as the coolest town and country venues. Still hungry for more ideas? Click through the Square Meal website to search for restaurants, venues and wedding suppliers in London and the rest of the UK. Sign up for a printed copy Facebook page or read it online now Facebook page.

Chandos House WeddingsNew chandelier at Chandos House

The Grade I-listed Georgian townhouse has acquired an ornate £40,000 Victorian Waterford Crystal chandelier. Moved from sister venue 1 Wimpole Street, it has been installed in the elegant 50-capacity Terrace Room.

Soho weddingsPlan the perfect Soho wedding

It might seem seedy to some, but this lively corner of W1 delivers a slice of London like no other – and it’s full of surprises

The Roof GardensWedding showcase at The Roof Gardens

The Roof Gardens is hosting a wedding showcase on 2 March from 12-3pm. As well as seeing the roof-top venue in all its wedding glory, there will be industry experts on hand to offer helpful advice.

TiararamaNew collection

Tiara designer Tiararama has launched Tiararama Editions, a collection of six exclusive pieces that will change seasonally. With a high society feel, the new collection features luxurious materials, such as freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and opaque glass beads. Prices start from £250.

The Wedding Industry Awards 2013The Wedding Industry Awards announces 2013 winners

From bridal accessory designers through to wedding photographers and stationers, The Wedding Industry Awards has done much of the legwork for you when it comes to choosing a supplier for your big day. Each of the 23 national victors, announced at a ceremony at Bloomsbury Ballroom, were chosen by a panel of high-profile wedding industry experts, including cake designer Peggy Porschen and dress designer Sassi Holford. To see all the winners, click here.

London Calling

10 ways to Londonise your wedding: from red buses to jellied eels, here’s how to make the most out of the capital both before and on your wedding day.

Champagne, Wine & Other DrinksGrape Variety

You don’t have to blow your budget to get great wedding wine. Look beyond the classics and you’ll find consistent quality in other corners of the world.

Mad HattersDoing the do

Say no to tacky hen-night clichés with our high-end entertainment suggestions. Have a vintage makeover, learn to swing dance, take a polo lesson or get your Banksy on at a graffiti class.

Wedding plannerDebate: Do you need a wedding planner?

Deciding whether to DIY or draft in an expert? Our two industry insiders argue the cases for and against a professional organiser.

1920s photoshootDress trends: 1920s

Our London fashion shoot is inspired by the golden age of The Great Gatsby and speakeasy glamour. Of all this year’s bridal fashion trends, none fits the occasion – and the dancefloor – quite like this one: fringing that swings to the music, beading that catches the light, figure-skimming silks, tantalisingly bare décolletage. Soft eyes and tousled hair keep it contemporary.

Smythson Station master

For wedding stationery with class, check out Smythson’s new range. The quintessential English store has specialist consultants who work with couples to create a bespoke design.

DorchesterBridal treatments

Confirm your wedding at Coworth Park or The Dorchester before 1 April 2013 and receive complimentary pre-wedding spa treatments to the value of £350.

Two BirdsLess dress stress

End the bridesmaid dress search with a call to newly launched Maids to Measure , which offers tailor-made dresses from a budget-friendly £195. Or decide on the day with one of Two Birds multi-way gowns, which come in a range of flattering colours and can be worn in 15 different ways.

Senate House WeddingsNew licence

Senate House has opened its doors to wedding ceremonies thanks to a recently acquired licence. The art deco venue in Bloomsbury has four spaces in which you can exchange vows.

Wedding magazineSquare Meal Weddings

Light a rocket under your wedding plans with our spring wedding magazine, containing 112 indispensable pages of news and ideas including vintage fashion, hot accessories, colour palettes, style trends, real weddings and – of course – catering inspiration, as well as the coolest town and country venues. Still hungry for more ideas? Click through the Square Meal website to search for restaurants, venues and suppliers in London and the rest of the UK.

Wedding magazineSquare Meal Wedding Magazine

Light a rocket under your wedding plans with our new wedding magazine, containing 112 indispensable pages of news and ideas including vintage fashion, hot accessories, colour palettes, style trends, real weddings and – of course – catering inspiration, as well as the coolest town and country venues. Still hungry for more ideas? Click through to read the online editon. If you need help choosing venues or some wedding planning advice, drop us an email

Sarah HaywoodQ&A with top wedding planner Sarah Haywood

Sarah Haywood, one of the world’s most renowned wedding planners and author of The Wedding Bible, sends us off with her favourite experiences and expert tips for a winning wedding day

Supplier Spotlight The Wedding Dress Designer

The wedding dress search is likely to be the most important and exciting experience of a bride-to-be’s wedding planning schedule.

Supplier Spotlight: The Hair & Makeup Artist

When it comes to planning for the big day, many brides will choose to forego hiring a professional hair and makeup artist as they’re often unsure about whether it’s a worthwhile investment.

Supplier Spotlight: The Wedding Cake Designer

If you’re a bride-to-be with a sweet tooth, choosing a wedding cake is likely to be one of the best parts of your wedding planning schedule.

Supplier Spotlight The Florist

It’s likely that you’ll purchase more flowers for your wedding than any other occasion in your life, so if you’ve started the planning and prep for your big day, it makes sense to enlist the help of a knowledgeable florist.

Old Royal Naval College 2014Wedding showcase at Old Royal Naval College

The Greenwich venue is set to host its annual autumn wedding showcase on 11 October. The event will give future brides and grooms the chance to take a look at the magnificent Painted Hall, Admiral’s House and vaulted King William and Queen Mary Undercroft, as well as sampling the wares of the venue’s preferred suppliers. Attendance is by appointment only – please contact the venue for details.