In the caverns of One Marylebone Road sits the ultimate one-stop nuptials shop called The Wedding Gallery. It’s a 20,000 sq ft space that offers couples an opportunity to plan their big day all under one roof.
Taking inspiration from the popularity of wedding fairs, this two-floor emporium permanently showcases over 200 bridal labels, florists, jewellers, caters, cake bakers and a gift registry. It allows the newly-engaged (or the plain curious) to immerse themselves in every aspect of the day from ceremony to reception.
To visit, parties must book an appointment (at the cost of £50) for a 75-minute tour of the ‘arcade’ led by a consultant. As they enter they will be led through each aspect, they need to consider, from on-the-day jewellery to wedding bands, beauty and hair styling, table design, floristry and, of course, bridal dresses and tailoring. With the assistance of Harrod’s Urban Retreat spa, The Wedding Gallery is offering make-up trials in tandem with dress fittings.
As for the gowns, brides can try on frothy conceptions as well as sleek separates and everything in-between from Temperley London, Oscar de La Renta, Ellie Saab, Needle & Thread and the exquisite Suzie Turner Couture. To ensure nothing is forgotten, further galleries reveal shoes and lingerie, bridesmaid dresses, headpieces and a selection of mother-of-the-bride attire as well as men's tailoring from Gieves & Hawkes, Thom Sweeney and Casley-Hayford.
The Wedding Gallery is the work of two well-versed party planners Anna McGregor and Lotte Martin of LAMP Productions who have over 30 years of experience curating international events. Using their little black book of vendors they’ve collated a library of options for venues, caters and bar services that can be pursued by couples at their comfort in the Wedding Gallery.
As guests come to the end of their visit they can either note down everything that took their fancy or begin working with one of the store’s in-house planners.