I am delighted to feature one of Oxford’s most iconic buildings, the Ashmolean Museum as a distinctive wedding venue on this weeks blog.
The Ashmolean welcomes couples for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and wedding receptions – you can choose to host one aspect of your celebrations there, or the whole shah-bang. With ceremonies taking place at 5.15pm, once the museum is closed, your wedding is a seamless and smooth affair in the stunning location of the world’s oldest museum.
Surrounded by the rich collections of art and archaeology and the magnificent architecture – there are countless backdrops to choose from for your photographs leaving you with unique and lasting memories of your day.
The Mallett Gallery
Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests, the Mallett Gallery emulates a style reminiscent of an 18th Century English Country Manor. Furnished with antique chandeliers, a Kirkman harpsichord and paintings by the Old Masters, it is a truly awe-inspiring location for your nuptials. For larger or more intimate, ceremonies the Ashmolean will be licencing further galleries later this year to offer alternative venues for this part of your day.
Celebrate as newlyweds with a glass of fizz in the Atrium, which features an iconic, cascading staircase right in the heart of the new Museum – which can double-up as a natural stage for speeches. Surrounded by galleries featuring themes of Exploring the Past, Human Image, Conservation and Money there are a lot of talking points and ice-breakers for guests who may not know each other well. Make the most of the drinks reception and steal fifteen minutes to have photographs of just the two of you in some of your favourite galleries – safe in the knowledge that your guests will be drinking in their surroundings as well as their fizz!
The Randolph Sculpture Gallery
Invite guests through to the Randolph Sculpture Gallery to enjoy a wedding feast to remember. Lined with the oldest collection of Greek and Roman sculpture in the UK, it is a beautiful backdrop for dinner.
The Vaulted Café
Continue the evening in the vaulted Café, where we can welcome bands, DJ’s or even jukeboxes. Housing an evening bar and areas of seating, everyone can enjoy the atmosphere in the vaults.
The Dining Room
Featuring a rooftop terrace, the Dining Room is available for more intimate wedding receptions. With a more contemporary feel, enjoy dinner and dancing in this modern space.
The Ashmolean has an exclusive partnership with Clerkenwell Green Event Caterers, and would be delighted to tailor the food to your tastes – from tempting canapes to sumptuous banquets, their talented Chefs can create an inventive wedding feast to remember!
The events team are dedicated to playing their part in making your wedding day the best day of your life; you will be looked after by Anna who manages all the weddings at the museum. Further information is available on their website or contact the team to arrange a personal tour of the wedding venue.
I love the Ashmolean Museum, it really is a stunning location for a wedding with so much history and so many wonderful photography opportunities – your photographer will be in heaven!
Lots of Love