Getting hitched in Stokey? Here's how...
By vardebedian | Monday, September 13, 2010, 16:43
The wedding season may
Some people getting married in Stoke Newington or thereabouts
be coming to an end but for those with their happy day still on the horizon
I've had a little look at some wedding services in Stokey...
The grade II listed Stoke Newington Town Hall has recently been restored to all its Art Deco
glory and is a great place for large wedding receptions - or even the ceremony
itself. It's the biggest venue on offer in Stokey, with two rooms available
holding between 300 and 550 guests. Clissold Park, at the building's back door,
provides a great setting for photos.
If country-gothic sounds more your style then why not check out Abney Public Hall, tucked away on Church Street. Described in
one review as "the perfect place for a family
knees-up", the space is bright with huge windows and beamed ceilings.
Despite owner Hasan also being the man behind the neighbouring restaurant,
Homa, Abney Public Hall welcomes external caterers - although food is available
if desired. It holds between 180 and 250 guests and the gothic style can be
continued in your wedding photos by shooting in Abney Park Cemetry, opposite.
Hire rates for Abney Public Hall start at £1,100 .
For a touch of the exotic, Yum Yum Thai restaurant offers various rooms for
hire. Their main lounge houses up to 150 people and costs around £200 plus a
minimum spend behind the bar (this is reduced when guests eat in the
restaurant). Catering for the venue is offered solely by Yum Yum, but judging
by their reviews that hardly seems like a problem! The entrance
and grounds are a great place for a photo session.
And for those after a slightly more unusual venue visit the West Reservoir
Centre: plonked right
on the waterfront, in the midst of the Stoke Newington Reservoir Conservation
Area the main hall holds up to 150 people. The Centre welcomes external
caterers for functions and charges by the hour for the space, with prices from
£130. Again, superb photo opportunities by the water if you're lucky enough to
have the sun on your side.
Probably the most important part of the whole shebang - the dress! The
biggest range available in Stoke Newington can be found at TAC Wedding Warehouse on the High Street. Calling themselves a
"one stop wedding shop" TAC stock a wide array of wedding and
formalwear for the big day, for bride and groom through to the family party and
guests - they even offer a wholesale option for those who find themselves with
more bridesmaids than they bargained for!
Losners on Stamford Hill Broadway is another option:
they offer unique dresses from 15 designers ranging from sexy mini-dresses and
lattice bodices through to more traditional styles. Catering for plus sizes and
petites, Losners also provide an alteration service and have a limited number
of dresses available for hire. They also sell groomswear from award-winning Tux 'n' Tails and have the facility to send both suits and
dresses abroad for those jetting off to celebrate their big day.
If you're looking for a touch of vintage glamour as you walk up the aisle then Olive and Daughter may be just the place for you. Slightly off
the beaten track in Watermint Quay, this gem of a boutique offers one-of-a-kind,
bespoke bridalwear including headdresses and tiaras, but no menswear.
Now you've got the dress the big question is what to wear underneath it....
Tulips at Stamford Hill disguises itself as a
relatively conservative clothing shop, but in fact it's also an underwear shop
stocking bridal lingerie and specialising in imported brands. It's been going
for over a decade and prides itself on its top-notch fitting service which is
free and can be booked online.
The other option for bridal lingerie in Rosa on Church Street. Again, they offer a free,
professional fitting service (I can vouch for this, having had one there
myself). They have a surprisingly large range to choose from given the snugness
of the shop and can also order items in.
pictures prior to the actual ceremony, or they can have a photographer sent to
The other local option is Coban
Photography further up
the High Street, near Church Street. Coban have an extensive online
portfolio so you can
check out their skills in practise. If you find yourself tempted then they
tailor packages to suit your budget and requirements. These can include
traditional photo albums or, for the more technologically-minded, picture
discs. To book an appointment call or book online.
But, after all this I must make a confession: I am yet to walk up the aisle...
so does anyone with a little more first-hand experience of planning for the big
day have any suggestions to add to my pit-stop tour of N16's bridal gems...?