Our Guide to Wedding Planning and Pre-Wedding Parties

The Chapel Bar I Our Guide to Wedding Planning and Pre-Wedding Parties

Our Guide to Wedding Planning and Pre-Wedding Parties

At this time of year we are really starting to feel the wedding planning season come into its own. If you haven’t got your wedding venue organised and are looking for the perfect venue to bring all your dreams into fruition, then you need look no further. We cover everything related to your big day and much much more. But our belief is that your wedding celebrations don’t need to start and end with the big day itself. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in the lead up to tying the knot and even to relive your magical day in future years. Let’s take a look at some of the best pre-wedding celebrations to keep everyone in the mood to party.


Bridal Showers

Bridal showers are all about ‘showering’ the bride with luck, love, well wishes and gifts. Organising the perfect bridal shower doesn’t need to be a headache and it certainly doesn’t need to break the bank. If you have been tasked with setting up the perfect bridal shower, you can consider our handy tips to make sure it all flows smoothly. Keeping decorations to a minimum allows you to focus your time and efforts on the more important points of the experience. Instead, focus on providing a good balance of activities to make the day great. Party games always go down well, so why not think about personalising these for the happy couple. Great ideas often include bride-and-groom trivia, childhood photographs and trips down memory lane. Add in a few yummy treats and well-earned cocktails and you’ve got a shower that is sure to be a hit.


Stags and Hens

Bachelor and bachelorette, Jack and Jill, Stag and Hen, Buck and Doe. Whatever you call it, as the wedding draws closer, we all know that the time has come to wave a final farewell to single life. So here we have highlighted some of the more modern approaches to celebrate heading into marriage.

Joint stag and hen parties, Hags or Stens, are becoming increasingly popular as couples are looking to share the experience of their last nights before the wedding. These joint celebrations are becoming a firm favourite, in particular, with couples who share the same friendship groups. In recent years there has also been a shift in what is expected from these events. Many couples are now opting to forego the traditional events of getting unabashedly drunk; and instead choosing a more structured approach to partying. The choice of stylish surroundings, luxurious food, team-building games and great music, all come together to create a memorable experience. Of course we also love the tradition of enjoying a wild night out to end your single life. It is of course, all down to personal preference.


Rehearsal Dinners

One of the most important pre-wedding events is the rehearsal dinner and the night before the wedding is the ideal opportunity to raise a glass and toast to the Bride and Groom. This is the time when the happy couple will enjoy an evening of celebration with their closest friends and family. The event focuses on bringing the wedding party together for one final gathering before the big day. It is a great time to get to know each other better and go over the final pre-wedding details. This is also perfect to squeeze in some last minute relaxation before things really get going. Our venue in Islington offers versatile surroundings for you to throw your rehearsal dinner in style. Why not drop us a line to see how we can make this time even more enjoyable for you.


The Reception

Hurray, it is your wedding day. FINALLY! After the wedding ceremony, many couples opt for a sit down wedding breakfast, followed by the evening reception and buffet. Not to mention getting the drinks flowing. There is so much to organise, from catering to your wedding colour scheme and theme; and from party favours to entertainment.  Your big day will fly by so you don’t want the added stress of organising everything without any help. Don’t worry, we’ve got it all covered for you.

Your wedding day is really special and we can help you to bring everything together without a hitch. We specialise in helping to plan and organise every part of your big day. Our venue creates the perfect backdrop to your celebrations and our staff are on hand to make sure everything is exactly as you would expect and more.



After the excitement of your wedding has faded, some couples think about recreating the romance and celebrations of the day for future anniversaries. Why not consider recreating your wedding breakfast meal with close family and friends or enjoy a screening of your wedding video with your guests. What a fantastic way to remember those first few magical hours as husband and wife. You can take elements from your big day to help relive your special day all over again; or you can simply bring everyone together in an informal gathering to celebrate your lasting union.

You can take a look at our venue gallery here. Alternatively, why not come and take a look for yourself with a private tour. For an informal chat and to find out all of the ways we can help to organise every aspect of your upcoming nuptials, send us an email via info@thechapelbar.co.uk or give us a call on 020 7833 4090.

Our reviews

What a great night. Everything went brill! Your staff were superb. Completely unobtrusive but they managed to be very attentive at the same time. The food was great and the drinks flowed. Having the license for the balcony until 1 am was amazing. Everyone commented on what a great venue we had chosen so I can't recommend it is highly enough. Once again, many, many thanks.

Cheryl Walton

Great Success. Very helpful staff, very friendly security (this isn't very common) and everyone was really accommodating. I would highly recommend.

Chris Topper

We had our Wedding Reception at the Chapel Bar; what a fantastic night. The food was absolutely delicious with plenty for everyone, the bar and door staff were absolutely wonderful and the venue brilliant. We have received loads of excellent feedback about the venue, food and staff. Thank you so much for making our night such a memorable experience.

Mary & Allan Stewart

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