*Unique Weddings at The Ashmolean*

Posted in: Pearls of Wedding Wisdom, Venues On: July 19, 2016

We have a fabulous unique wedding venue on the blog today with The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

I adore unique wedding venues and that is what we certainly have today; The Ashmolean Museum is a spectacular building with the most extraordinary collection of art and artefacts. For a civil ceremony with a splendid backdrop or a wedding reception in the most distinctive of settings, one thing is guaranteed, a truly wonderful experience and gorgeous wedding photos!

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Martin Phelps Photography

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Martin Phelps Photography

Being a museum, there are a plethora of interesting areas for you to explore and thus multiple venue options, which means you can select the appropriate space that is right for you:

Atrium | Cafe | Cast Gallery | Dining Room & Terrace Mallett Gallery | Randolph Sculpture Gallery 

Located in the heart of the beautiful city of Oxford, there are ample photo opportunities with the plethora of magnificent historic buildings in close proximity. With fantastic transport links and an excellent range of accommodation options, The Ashmolean is a brilliant wedding venue choice.

You will be looked after by the lovely Stacey, The Ashmolean Wedding and Event Planner. She will help you to plan the most perfect day that you and your partner could wish for, helping to take the stress out of your planning. Her lovely nature and helpfulness means you are in very safe hands!

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Christina Savage Photography

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Christina Savage Photography

If you are tempted by this charming venue, then why not visit The Ashmolean Wedding Showcase on Sunday 16th October?! With free entry, it is a great opportunity to browse round the venue and see the possibilities of hosting your big day there and to meet the fab event manager to discuss your questions in person.

For more info, please see *The Ashmolean Wedding Showcase*

The lovely Stacey Puffer, the Ashmolean Events Manager, has provided today’s Pearls of Wedding Wisdom…

*What is the history of The Ashmolean?*

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.

The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many riches we have the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world.

*Whereabouts is The Ashmolean located?*

The Ashmolean is located in the heart of Oxford:

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

University of OxfordBeaumont StreetOxford | OX1 2PH

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Christina Savage Photography

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Christina Savage Photography

*What makes The Ashmolean a unique wedding venue?*

If you’re looking for a unique, memorable wedding venue in Oxford, look no further than the Ashmolean. The Ashmolean collection and stunning backdrops for your photos set it apart…

*What kind of experience do you hope that you provide for couples?*

We appreciate that planning your wedding can be stressful. With our dedicated Wedding Planner, will be there with you every step of the way to guide you, offer you support and to ensure that you enjoy the planning process. Creating that unforgettable and magical experience.

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Christina Savage Photography

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: Christina Savage Photography

*Wedding Ceremonies*

All galleries are licensed which allows us to accommodate smaller and larger weddings. Our largest gallery for ceremonies can accommodate up to 150 guests. Please visit our Venue Page to view a wide range of our galleries and their capacities;  www.ashmolean.org/weddings

*Wedding Receptions*

The Ashmolean offers many possibilities for a wedding ceremony and reception. Your big day will have a truly spectacular backdrop no matter how big or small. Our largest gallery for a wedding reception is our stunning Randolph Sculpture Gallery, which can accommodate up to 150 guests for a dinner.

©Ashmolean Museum Events

©Ashmolean Museum Events | SLR Photography

*Could you please tell us about your various catering options? *

We work with our exclusive catering partners, Clerkenwell Green. Clerkenwell Green offers a wide range of catering options for all different wedding styles and budgets, from canapés & bowl food to a formal buffet or a high end four course meal. Not forgetting those late night snacks or cheese & charcuterie boards for when your guests start to get peckish later in the evening. Clerkenwell Green works in venues such as the VNA & British Museum in London.

*What local accommodation would you recommend for wedding guests?*

The Randolph Hotel is conveniently located right across the road, whilst the Malmaison offers a quirky twist on the concept of a night in a prison. The Old Parsonage is also another favourite in Oxford.

*What wedding photo opportunities are there in the museum?*

We truly have a world of opportunities with our galleries, including our Cast Gallery which is host to the largest and best preserved casts of Greek & Roman sculptures in the UK and our Egypt Gallery hosting amongst the most extensive collections in Britain . A perfect opportunity to capture your special day.  Your photos, your world!

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: David Bostock Photography

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: David Bostock Photography

*What are your top 3 tips for couples searching for their wedding venue?*

Does our venue make you feel like:

* ‘I would rather face one lifetime with you than face all ages of this world alone’ – Lord of the Rings

* Make of our hands one hand. Make of our hearts one heart. Make of our vows one last vow. Only death will part us now.” – West Side Story

* Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.” – Hitch (2005)

©Ashmolean Museum Events

©Ashmolean Museum Events | Image: David Bostock Photography

A huge thank you to the lovely Stacey of The Ashmolean for providing today’s Pearls of Wedding Wisdom. We utterly adore her top venue tips, what lovely advice for selecting a venue. The Ashmolean certainly takes our breath away!

*Contact*

*Website: www.ashmolean.org/weddings

*Email: events@ashmolean.org

*Wedding Showcase: www.ashmolean.org/weddings/showcase

*Social Media: Facebook Instagram Twitter

*Photography Credits*

*Christina Savage: www.christinasavagephotography.co.uk

*David Bostock: www.davidbostockphotography.co.uk

*Michael Phelps – www.weddings.martinphelps.com

*SLR – www.slr-weddingphotography.co.uk

Sparkles,

Klee x

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