Here's How You Can Get Married at William and Kate's Home, Kensington Palace
Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day, but did you know you can actually tie the knot at one of the world’s most famous palaces?
Princess Kate‘s stunning 2011 nuptials to Prince William led to a resurgence in long-sleeved gowns, wedding-day tiaras and a rethinking of bridesmaids’ dresses, thanks to Pippa Middleton‘s memorable look. But those hoping to capture authentic royal magic can do so by booking the ultimate venue: Kensington Palace, the official London residence of Kate and William and the former home of Princess Diana. (Dreaming about booking it is fine, too.)
The royal residence’s remarkable Orangery is the suggested spot for saying “I do.” Built by Queen Anne in 1704 as a place to “winter her orange trees,” the space instead became a popular setting for grand balls, and is now “one of London’s premiere wedding venues,” according to the palace’s booking website. The location, which in summer allows festivities to spill out onto an adjoining stone terrace and permits fireworks and amplified music (something Anne’s parties certainly lacked) has space for up to 120 guests for dinner and dancing or 300 for a standing reception.
Several other spaces, including the State Apartments, Queen’s Gallery and Sunken Gardens are available for dinners and receptions of varying sizes as well.
Prospective brides won’t be the first non-royals to use the space: American heiress Nicky Hilton married James Rothschild there in 2015.
Prices start at about $15,000 (without taxes and catering), and those wishing to get hitched at the palace must adhere to a pre-approved vendor list and nab one of the very limited spots: To protect the historical venue, only 80 events can be held there per year.