Get Married at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond

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What are your priorities when you’re thinking about booking a wedding venue? Location? Number of guests? Food? Bedrooms for you and your guests to stay over? The ceremony space? Flexibility for creativity? Whatever your requirements, The Bingham Hotel is sure to meet them. The Bingham is a luxury boutique hotel and wedding venue tucked away beside the river in Richmond-upon-Thames, I was invited to stay last week and boy was it gorgeous! I think one of my favourite bits is the fact that you can arrive by boat, how romantic.

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I jumped at the chance to stay at The Bingham. Richmond is one of my favourite parts of London to visit and I’ve walked past the hotel on the river a number of times always pointing out to Ben how lovely it looks. It’s a Mr and Mrs Smith hotel too so I knew it was going to be rather special. We were incredibly blessed with the weather, it was the Wednesday of the April heatwave {25 degrees in the middle of April!}, England just comes alive when it’s that hot and sunny. It really felt like we’d hopped to the South of France or somewhere for the day. We sat on the terrace drinking cocktails in the sunshine watching the boats go past on the river and even ate dinner outside without feeling chilly! Let’s hope we have a whole summer full of sunshine for weddings.

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The location is absolutely gorgeous, you’re right on the river in leafy Richmond with the feel of being in London without the hustle and bustle. You can arrive by boat, London bus or vintage rolls royce. Personally I’d go for the boating option, imagine the photos rowing down the river as husband and wife for the first time! It feels more like a private home than a city hotel which would make for a unique and truly memorable day.

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Ceremonies at The Bingham take place in the beautiful Garden Rooms which can be opened up onto the riverside terrace, ideal for a champagne reception or serving afternoon tea with lawn games. How Quintessentially British! Numbers wise you can have up to 90 guests seated or 150 standing as well as smaller, more intimate weddings. If you want to get married outside {weather permitting} you can use the garden right next to the river, although this would be a humanist ceremony. There are three interconnecting garden rooms for your reception, full of natural light that are stylish enough on their own but equally good for decorating with your own style and personality if you wish.

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The food was always going to be a winner, The Bingham is renowned for it’s restaurant. We tried a few dishes from the wedding tasting menu on our visit and it was truly delicious. I love how flexible The Bingham are too whether you desire canapés, a buffet, a traditional three course wedding breakfast or a summer’s BBQ in the garden it can all be done to suit the style and feel of your day. This summer sees the launch of a 1920s ice cream tricycle too!

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We ordered cocktails before dinner from the bar, a huge lounge decorated in Farrow and Ball, with high ceilings and a gorgeous fireplace. Floral heaven too, how sweet are the little daisies?! The cocktail waiters knew their stuff and made me a refreshing Rhubarb fizz! I like the option for couples to design a signature cocktail to serve to your guests. We sat outside on the terrace to enjoy the sunshine but in the evening the candles were lit and it felt cosy. The bar is open all night long for a nightcap for you and your guests before heading to bed. Nobody wants to go to bed on their wedding night, that would mean admitting that the day is over already.

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There are fifteen stylishly designed bedrooms, the Bridal suite has a four poster bed and panoramic views through french windows up the river. The view only interrupted by a weeping willow tree. Super romantic. You can hire out the whole house creating a grown up house party feel with exclusive use of the entire property!

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In terms of attention to detail, all couples have access to an experienced wedding planner to make sure that no element of a couples big day is overlooking ensuring seamless and stress free planning. I met Amy, the weddings manager, she was lovely and stressed the importance of individuality. Every couple is different and I love the fact that The Bingham is small enough to reflect this compared to the conveyer belt feel of larger venues.

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Even if you’re not getting married, you should experience The Bingham for a night away or minimoon. We had a lovely day at Kew Gardens, which is five minutes down the road, followed by some shopping and a wander in Richmond {there’s the park, the river, a great high street and Richmond Green to wander around}, an amazing dinner and an evening walk along the river before sleeping in the comfiest bed ever. Breakfast the next morning was yummy and it just has that indulgent, luxury feel about staying there. You can even borrow Pashley bikes!

 

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The Bingham offers a choice of wedding packages for all budgets. You can find out more and book a venue visit here.

Please invite Phoebe and I though if you book a wedding here {or at least let us blog it!}. We’ll be just be in the background riding bikes and swooning over your flowers and dress. Maybe drinking a few cocktails on the terrace. A city wedding by the river. Sounds pretty good to us.

R <3 xx