When couples decide to tie the knot, some prefer to keep things low-key with small, intimate ceremonies and receptions. They might even decide to skip all of the pomp and circumstance with a courthouse elopement. On the other hand, there are those couples who splash out on the most extravagant nuptials their money can buy. If you know any lovebirds who fit into the latter category and are looking for the perfect place to say “I do,” you might want to recommend they check out Kensington Palace. That’s right, the literal palace and home to royals can be rented as a wedding venue — no relation to Queen Elizabeth required.
Current residents include Prince William and Kate, all three of their little ones, Prince Harry and Meghan (until they move to Frogmore Cottage sometime this year), and Princess Beatrice and her new husband, Jack. The palace was previously the home of Princess Diana even after her separation from Prince Charles. Before that, it was where Princess Margaret (Elizabeth’s sister) and her husband resided. Clearly, there is plenty of regal history behind the walls of this abode that would make any couple feel like royalty themselves.
Of course, it’s not the most budget-friendly option available. Aside from the plane tickets to trek across the pond, booking the palace for a weekend wedding could set a couple back about $23,100, according to a report from E! News. The Orangery, an adjacent building on the grounds, is listed as a slightly more manageable $15,800 fee, but you’ll have to enquire on the palace’s official website for a better estimate of cost. Keep in mind, we’re not even taking into account all of the other expenses like flowers and a photographer that come along with most nuptials. Still, there’s no denying that a wedding at Kensington Palace would certainly be memorable for the bride, groom, and guests alike. Chances are sadly slim that you’d actually run into any royal faces while attending a wedding at this venue, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to think about.
The palace’s official website lists its capacity as up to 100 guests for a dinner in the state apartments and up to 300 guests in the Orangery. As they describe in their brochure, “Located within tranquil Kensington Gardens, the palace’s inspiring venues are some of the most beautiful in London. Whether it is the glorious Orangery, immaculate palace, or wondrous state rooms, the romance of Kensington Palace promises you and your guests an unforgettable atmosphere — a day forever remembered.” Or, as they also put more simply, “love reigns” when it comes to weddings at this royal residence.