Warehouse Wedding Inspiration
Wedding season is well and truly upon us. Though it may be a little late in the day to be suggesting venues if you’re planning on tying the knot this year, we know it never hurts to share a pretty special wedding venue!
First Option Studio is a little hidden gem, set within a large private cobbled courtyard in the heart of Shoreditch. A converted Victorian zip and suspender factory, the venue is filled with beautiful original features, from original brick walls to high pitched roofs with exposed wooden trusses. The cobbled courtyard outside is the perfect setting for wedding drinks and canapés, while the interior of the warehouse can be transformed into a romantic setting for the wedding breakfast. After dinner, why not arrange for cocktails to be served in the enormous kitchen! Disappearing Dining Club, the team behind London’s coolest pop-up bars and supper clubs, can create mouthwatering menus for the perfect party.
We spoke to First Option’s Location Manager Crystal to learn more about what makes a warehouse wedding so special.
Tell us a bit about your wedding services!
We hosted our first wedding here in our converted Victorian factory back in 2012. It was a fantastic experience to see our location transformed in such unique and special ways and, to be honest, the thrill hasn’t diminished at all for any one of the weddings held here since.
What has been the most memorable wedding you’ve hosted so far?
It’s really impossible to choose a favourite or a most memorable wedding. Highlights have included using our Allen Jones sculpture as a stage for musicians, installing a movement responsive dance floor, manoeuvring a baby grand piano up the staircase and of course styling more flowers than you could shake a Hydrangea at!
Why do you think warehouse weddings are so popular at the moment?
It’s more that I can’t believe warehouses haven’t always been used for weddings! They’re so perfect! They offer height, space, light, character and of course they’re very much built to last! Everyone wants their wedding day to be unique and special – and these heritage buildings offer the opportunity to do something that the bride and groom, and all their guests, will always remember.
How do you approach working with a couple on their wedding?
We have always worked directly with couples and their wedding organisers and catering teams, because a wedding generally only works as a collaboration between many people. Clear communication is crucial, perhaps even more so with a warehouse wedding because you’re taking what is in effect a blank canvas and creating your own unique environment within it. There could literally be thousands of options… It’s our job to have all of the answers and help make them a reality!
Take a look at the First Option website to learn more about their remarkable venue and their wedding services.
After talking to First Option, we felt a little loved up and misty eyed…and couldn’t resist the temptation to put together our own warehouse wedding moodboard. So, here are just a few of our tips for channeling an industrial chic touch at a wedding or party!
1. Pendant lighting
We love that this more rustic, outdoors wedding has been given an immediate industrial touch, just by adding in a few decorative details. The lights are simple yet effective; by an abundance of industrial pendant bulbs on black cord, all displayed at different lengths, the lighting becomes a feature! These have been strung up from a metal frame that surrounds the table – a simple industrial touch that has an amazing result!
Get The Look:
For authentic filament pendant light bulbs, we recommend Factorylux’s offering. With a wide range of bulb shapes and filament styles to choose from, their exceptional quality means you’ll be able to showcase them in your home for years to come! They would also look amazing with a few bunched together over wedding tables.
Traditional filament bulbs, from £10.80, Factorylux
For a more affordable alternative, we love these festival lights from Rockett St George. With 10 bulbs per battery operated chain, they’re perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle to a wedding!
Clear festival light chain, £10, Rockett St George
2. Marquee lights
Another form of lighting that is sure to create a statement at all wedding styles are marquee lights. They’re so versatile and are available in a wide range of variations, from individual letters and pre-formed words to shapes. To incorporate them in an industrial wedding, showcase them against a warehouse brick wall, like in the photo above, or style up in front of metal industrial table and chairs. We also love how the marquee lights have been used in the wedding above to showcase the bar – we’d use them for the cake and sweets stand!
Get the Look:
We look to Made.com for their star and arrow shaped marquee lights, display them on a feature wall, against the floor to light up the space, showcase a special table or behind the ceremony.
Broadway lamp, £89, Made.com
If you’re looking for letters, Rose & Grey have Vegas style metal lights – either choose individual initials to celebrate you and your other half, or make up a full word!
Vegas Metal Letter Lights, £315, Rose & Grey
3. Bell Jars
Bell jars are a versatile little gem for industrial weddings – they can positioned in a corner to light up an area, used as a show stopping centrepiece or placed on the dessert table as a quirky way to display cakes! We also think that they would create a personal touch if dotted around displaying the wedding flowers.
Get the Look:
Graham & Green have glass display bell jars in three different sizes, so you could use them to display different things throughout your venue, from lights and flowers, to personal items such as photos or mementoes.
Glass display bell jar, from £12.95, Graham & Green
Or for an alternative take on the bell jar, how about styling these statement lights around the reception venue? If you’re looking to combine centrepieces with lights, we think the new offering from The Light Yard would be a great addition, with a much stronger industrial appeal and large filament bulbs!
Alchemist filament grande table lamp, £456, The Light Yard
If you’re currently planning your own warehouse style wedding, or just feeling inspired by these romantic industrial schemes, take a look at our dedicated Warehouse Wedding Pinterest board!
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