What is included in the wedding venue cost?
Our standard rates for evening hire include exclusive access to the whole museum for the evening, your events manager in the run up to and on your special day, plus museum staffing and security throughout the event.
How far in advance should we book a wedding venue?
You’ll want to book the venue near the beginning of your wedding planning, at least 9-12 months before the wedding date. The sooner you book your venue, the easier everything else will be to plan. We sometimes have late availability so it is always a good idea to give us a call to check your preferred date in the diary. Weddings website confetti.co.uk provides some excellent tips for planning your wedding
How long can we provisionally hold a date for?
We normally hold a date for up to two weeks to give you some time to look around and think about the venue that’s right for your special day.
How do I book a registrar for my wedding or civil ceremony?
As weddingideasmag.com explains, when your mind is busy with outfits, décor and venues, it is all too easy to let the more technical aspects of getting married slip. Once your date is confirmed, you will need to contact the Camden registrars directly to make arrangements. Their contact number is 020 7974 4444. You can book your registrar and the date of the ceremony up to one year in advance.
How do we book and secure our date?
Once your date has been confirmed with a member of our dedicated events team, we will issue a contract to fully secure the date. We request a 50% deposit within one month. The remaining 50% balance will be required one month before your wedding date.
Do we need wedding insurance?
We recommend that you take out appropriate personal wedding insurance to cover any unplanned incidents.
How long is the hire period?
Hire is available from 17:00 Tuesday – Sunday and from 12:00 on Mondays. Earlier hires can sometimes be accommodated, please call to discuss your requirements.
What time can we arrive at the Museum on our wedding day?
All of our weddings are bespoke, and we try to work with you to create your perfect day. As we are open to the public until 17:00 we are usually unable to allow events to begin earlier than this time. However, we can on some occasions allow for a 16:30 closure time so that guests can arrive at 17:00. On Mondays we are closed to the public enabling events to begin from 12:00.
Are there areas for the bride and groom to get ready?
Although we do not have a dedicated bridal suite, we can make rooms available for outfit changes during the evening.
Can we drop anything off the day before our wedding, or store our wedding gifts overnight?
As a functioning museum, we have limited storage space available, although we will always try to accommodate any special requests.
Do you allow children at the Museum?
Yes, we certainly welcome children at the Museum.
Do you have any high chairs we can use?
Yes, we have three high chairs that you are welcome to use.
Will we need a microphone for the speeches? If so, do we have to provide our own?
We are very happy to provide up to four wireless microphones for you to use for your speeches. These can be added to your invoice.
Do you have a cloakroom we can use?
Yes, a cloakroom is available for your use.
What time will our evening reception need to finish?
The usual end time for events is 23:00, although we can extend this until midnight for an additional fee. If you would like your event to run past midnight we will need to apply to the local council for an extended licence – nothing can therefore be agreed until approval has been granted. An additional fee will apply.
Do you have recommended places to stay overnight nearby?
We work with a number of local hotels to offer preferential rates to you and your guests for overnight stays. These are all within walking distance of the venue.
Do you have a car park?
We have limited spaces that can be offered to one or two guests, although unfortunately we are not able to permit cars to remain on site overnight. The Museum is a short walk from Russell Square, Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras stations. There is also room for a coach or bus to arrive outside the venue to drop off your guests. Alternatively there is an NCP car park available at the Brunswick Centre, a two minute walk away.
Do you have disabled access?
Yes, the Museum is fully wheelchair accessible with ramped access and a lift to all floors, as well as accessible toilets. A wheelchair is available on request.
Will I have a point of contact in the lead up to the wedding and on the day itself?
Absolutely, we will provide you with a dedicated events manager every step of the way, from your initial enquiry up until the moment you say ‘I do’.
How do I choose a wedding caterer?
Choosing the right caterer for your special day is one of the most important decisions in your wedding planning. The main aim of the wedding caterer is to turn your vision into the dream day that you and your guests will enjoy and remember for years to come. That’s why we work closely with some of London’s leading caterers, providing excellent quality and originality, so your day is just perfect.
From cocktails and canapés, to spectacular three-course feasts, our approved caterers can satisfy a range of tastes and budgets. Browse our list of suppliers to find out more. We prefer that clients use these accredited suppliers as each has been chosen for their high quality of service and their experience of working with the Museum.
How do I book a wedding caterer?
Your dedicated events manager will be able to point you in the direction of the right caterer for you. We tailor our proposals based on budget and taste so there’s an option to suite everyone. Caterers will normally ask you and your partner to attend a food tasting, during which you’ll sample some of the delights your selected supplier has to offer. Food tastings are usually organised once a caterer has been confirmed. If you need some further inspiration, here are some of the current wedding food trends explained by theknot.com.
What does the average wedding caterer cost?
It can be difficult to give approximate costs as everyone has different requirements for their catering. As good rule of thumb, if you are looking for a drinks reception with canapés followed by a three course dinner with coffee and chocolates, the cost will be between £80-£160 per guest. All of our caterers will be able to give you a breakdown of the elements of your day so you can make changes easily.
Can we bring our own drinks?
Yes, as a venue we do not charge corkage. We work with a select group of suppliers who can cater for your day and who usually apply a service charge to cover the cost of glassware etc. If you are having a reception only, we are happy for you to provide your own drinks and glassware. Please note that you would be required to remove all dirty glassware and rubbish at the end of your hire. Limited onsite refrigerators are available to chill drinks – please speak to a member of the team to find out more.
Why can we not have red wine outside of the wedding breakfast?
Red wine can be consumed throughout your wedding breakfast but we don not allow it to be served during standing receptions. This is because it can stain our precious floors and furniture if spilt, causing permanent damage.
What music do I need for a wedding ceremony?
In the midst of all the planning, your ceremony music is yet another aspect of your special day. You’ve probably thought about the music you’ll walk down the aisle to, but it’s helpful also to consider the bigger picture. Traditionally there are three types of songs for a wedding ceremony: the preludes, the processionals, and the recessionals. The preludes are the songs that you play to entertain your guests whilst waiting for the ceremony to start. A processional song is the music that the wedding party walks down the aisle to – you could have the same song for everyone, or you could have a tune all to yourselves so each of you can make your grand entrance. Lastly, at the end of the ceremony the recessional song is the one chosen for your and your partner to leave the venue with, and tends to be more upbeat than the processional. However, no ceremony is the same and the music is an opportunity to set the tone and put your personal stamp on your day. For inspiration, have a look at this list of 12 wedding ceremony songs put together by weddingideasmag.com
At the Museum there are two options. You can either book musicians to serenade you and your guests, or you can use our Sonos system to pipe the music of your choice in your ceremony room or throughout the whole venue. We work closely with the Royal Academy of Music who can recommend musicians for your event, as well as independent musician Christina Coronel, a multi-talented pianist, guitarist and singer with a vast and varied repertoire which she adapts for any occasion. For more information and contact details for both, see our approved suppliers. Alternatively, you may wish to bring in your own choice of musician which can be discussed with a member of our team.
How much does a wedding music band cost?
The Royal Academy of Music offers a great variety of musical options, from jazz trios and solo pianists, to harpists and brass ensembles. Prices vary, although a breakdown of these costs can be sought by discussing requirements with the Royal Academy of Music directly.
Do you have a piano on site?
Yes, we are proud to own a 1923 Broadwood piano, located in the Picture Gallery, that can be used for your special day. Please ask a member of the events team for further details.
How do I hire a wedding photographer?
Photographs from your special day will be treasured for years to come, both by you and your family and friends. That’s why it’s important to choose the right photographer to capture those poignant, special moments. It’s crucial to find a professional who can understand your needs, who you feel comfortable with and who will present you with something you’re happy with. To help with this task, we work with several approved photographers who are experienced and know the Museum well. See our list of approved suppliersto find out more.
Need help planning your shot list? Take a look at this helpful checklist from bridalguide.com
How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?
When you’re planning your wedding, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. It is recommended that you book your preferred photographer up to a year before your special day, to avoid any disappointment.
Can we have dancing?
Yes, we allow dancing to take place in our Study Studio on the ground floor which can be transformed into a dancing area. You will be required to hire a dance floor as we cannot allow dancing to take place on the original flooring.
How do I decorate my wedding venue?
With its stunning eighteenth-century interiors, the Museum doesn’t need much to bring the romance and beauty of the space alive. Floral displays, lighting and accessories can all add elegance and glamour. However, we understand that with no rules when it comes to decorating a venue, it can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we work with a carefully-selected group of suppliers who can help create your perfect day – from florists, lighting and production companies, to one of London’s leading wedding planners. See our list of approved suppliers to find out more.
Can you help with wedding decoration ideas?
Although we are a dry hire venue, we’ve seen lots of weddings in our time and can help guide you to the look that’s right for you. Need inspiration? Take a peek of of our favourite Pinterest pages and online galleries:
Alternatively, browse photographs of past Foundling Museum weddings to get some inspiration:
Is confetti allowed?
We allow confetti to be thrown outside of the venue, as long as it is real petals in a natural colour. We do not allow any paper confetti to be thrown onsite.
Can we have candles on the tables?
There are some beautiful flickering faux candles that our suppliers will be able to offer you that are just like the real thing. Unfortunately, we can’t have real candles due to the risk of fire in the building.
The Foundling Museum is a truly unique wedding venue. Should you wish to arrange a visit, one of our team members will be happy to talk through your plans and explain how we can make your wedding or civil partnership extra special.
To arrange a visit please call 020 7841 3616 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org