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Get Married Like a Movie Star

Stage your own show with a BAFTA wedding

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BAFTA as your wedding ceremony and reception venue

Channel big-screen glamour on your big day by getting married on-stage at 195 Piccadilly, BAFTA’s London home.

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Attention-loving brides will adore being in the spotlight as they descend Oscar-style down the stairs to the stage of the venue’s sumptuous Princess Anne Theatre – a private screening room with red velvet seats that’s endorsed by film legends including George Clooney, Madonna, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dame Judi Dench.

Steal the scene

Choose to wed here, and everyone gets a perfect view of the ceremony from raked cinema seating, so it’ll be all eyes on you and your groom as you take your vows. We’re thinking Oscar-quality lighting, red carpet, popcorn, and BAFTA mask-shaped chocolate table favours. Hollywood, eat your heart out!

Hire out the whole venue for £12000 (max capacity 300), or pick and choose from three licensed rooms plus other areas for canapés, a sit-down meal, DJ sets and dancing.

A-list only

The Run Run Shaw (named after a Japanese film director) is a more intimate mezzanine space (for up to 60) overlooking BAFTA’s Members’ Bar; combine a ceremony here with a special dinner for nearest and dearest in a luxe private dining room in a cube suspended above the bar below. Or make the cube a chill-out room, and site a DJ on the mezzanine while you and your guests throw some wedding-party shapes on a raised dancefloor to the rear of the bar area.

Supporting cast

Also at 195 Piccadilly, BAFTA’s David Lean Room offers space for a ceremony and reception for up to 200 guests, but would not feel over-large for a smaller party of 100-180. With huge windows on three sides, which overlook a secluded garden for your ceremony and busy Piccadilly for city chic while guests enjoy drinks and canapés, this room is available from £3500.

Minimalist décor throughout the venue channels movie-star luxury, and in-house caterers offer the most stylish take on contemporary British cuisine.

Wrap party

Got married abroad and looking for a London venue for your post-wedding party? Wow your guests with a private screening of your wedding movie in BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre, which seats 227 and boasts what it calls the best cinema facilities in London.

It offers top-of-the-range 3D with the recent installation of the brightest digital cinema projector in the world (officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records) – the only venue in the capital with such up-to-the-minute technology.

So if your wedding was filmed in 3D, guests viewing it at your party will almost feel like they were there. Unless they think they’re at the Oscars; not such a long shot at 195 Piccadilly; a central London venue that simply oozes star quality.

Want to know more? Visit bafta.org/195-piccadilly

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By Nicola Davenport