Any bride can buy a tiara or even rent a horse-driven carriage to look like a princess on her wedding day. How about a real-deal palace? No kidding: the place where Kate Middleton and Prince William live actually provides space for rent.
You can book Kensington Palace, literally, for any event, even a year-end office party if you fancy that. Wedding bookings prevail (remember Nicky Hilton getting married in Kensington Palace in 2015?) Although you can’t hold the reception in actual apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or those of Prince Harry, there are plenty of other options available.
For example, an outdoor reception can be held in any lawn or garden around Kensington Palace, like the East Front Gardens, the Sunken Garden, and the Orangery Lawn, which has enough room for up to 1000 guests. For winter time ceremonies, the Palace can offer Entrance Hall with a platform for speeches and Cupola Room with a trompe l’oeil ceiling mural. King’s Gallery and King’s Drawing Room are open for booking too.
According to English laws, wedding ceremonies can only take place in religious institutions, like churches, or authorized civil locations. The Orangery at Kensington Palace is the location authorized for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies. This stunning building was erected in 1704 for Queen Anne to grow her orange trees and has hosted a large number of royal parties and balls. The Orangery can be booked year-round for limited day or evening, either for ceremony or for reception. It can fit up to 300 guests.
Those who want to book Kensington Palace for a wedding must use only preapproved vendors, but 13 caterers, florists, and fireworks companies offer a good choice.