How to Tie the Knot at Kate Middleton’s Palace — Even If You’re Not a Royal

posted: 02/10/17
by: Blythe Copeland

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If your vision for your wedding is pure princess -- dramatic ball gown dress, jeweled tiara, and, of course, your own personal Prince Charming -- then booking your ceremony and reception at Kensington Palace is a no-brainer. The palace has been home to generations of royalty from its beginnings as a home for monarchs William and Mary in 1689 to its modern use as the residences for William, Kate, and Harry.

But while you may not (okay -- probably won't) have any accidental encounters with your favorite royals during the reception, the function spaces open to the public are historic, memorable, and beautiful. Hold your ceremony in The Orangery, a stunning West London building originally intended as a winter garden for Queen Anne's orange trees in 1704; then treat your guests to dinner and dancing there, or in the State Apartments, the Queen's Gallery, or the Sunken Garden. Of course, the princess lifestyle doesn't come cheap -- events in The Orangery start at more than $15,000 (excluding catering and vendors) -- and the palace books just 80 events each year, though, so you'll have to plan ahead: No waiting for your fairy godmother to snag you a reservation at the last minute.

Via Vogue