London Canal Museum is a unusual and attractive place for your wedding. There is something about water that adds extra romance to the most romantic day in your life - your wedding day! During the coronavirus emergency the museum is well-equipped as a venue for wedding ceremonies that conform to the restrictions of the coronavirus emergency.
Guests will arrive on the ground floor and leave coats on the coat rail provided. When we are ready, they will be asked to take their seats on the first floor. This is where the ceremony takes place, with ample space to arrange socially-distanced seating and for the ceremony to take place with social distancing maintained.
After the ceremony, guests leave.
The museum is open to visitors until 1630 (except on Mondays) so weddings don't start until that time. For a while, the museum is also closed on Tuesdays to Thursdays, so earlier ceremonies may take place on those days if we agree to the dates.
Government guidance is regularly updated. There may be changes to what we can offer in the light of these changes.
After the ceremony is over we expect to be able to host a meal for 15 guests. Normal capacity is 120 people so social distancing will be achievable for 15. Seating will need to be planned in advance so that households and linked households (aka bubbles) are seated together and nobody sits close to anyone who is not in their own household or a linked household. This is complicated but achievable.
An external caterer (or family member) will be needed to provide food. A self-service buffet won't be possible. The reccommended style will be cold platters prepared in advance for each guest but other formats may be possible. Caterers will be able to set up a servery including for hot food in the same room as the guest seating. They layout of the building means that it won't be possible to have waiters passing to and from the kitchen on a frequent basis without encountering guests. Some guests may be seated at oblong tables, all facing the same way, whereas household groups may be seated at round tables for up to 8 people.
Access to the toilets on the first floor will be regulated by an attendant to ensure social distancing
The museum can provide wine and drinks waiters - there will be no bar service. A drinks reception may be possible on the ground floor after the ceremony with waiter-service drinks and social distancing maintained. Weather permitting this can include use of the outdoor area where the probability of the spread of the virus between guests is much lower.
You will be able to book this as an addition to the £349 package, to include:
for a supplement of £175 including VAT (applies in 2020 only)
We can also provide table covers, glassware, decorative lighting, ice supplies, and other extras if wanted at the usual charges.
Note that dancing is not currently permitted at any venue