Winchester House Wedding Photography – Weddings in the Beautiful Putney
Winchester House: an Elegant & Beautiful Wedding Venue
Winchester House describes itself as a ‘blank canvas wedding venue‘. What this means is that it is minimalist but with all its charm and elegance retained to help make your wedding day special. Being minimalist means that the happy couple can mould and shape the venue into the vision they have for their wedding day. This includes adding their own furnishings, colour schemes and finishing touches.
A Brief History of Winchester House
The venue was probably built in the 1700s. I say ‘probably’ as there’s some dispute about this. The Winchester House Club states that it was built in the 17th century. They claim that Oliver Cromwell used the house for the Putney Debates and that he planted the Mulberry Tree in the garden that still fruits today.
The Winchester House Club formed in 1892 and is still active today, hosting sporting events and dinners.
Winchester House as a Wedding Venue
The house is quite secluded despite its prominent location on the Thames. With a medium-sized garden, it is perfect for drinks receptions.
Being minimalist means that the happy couple can mould and shape the venue into the vision they have for their wedding day. This includes adding their own colour schemes and finishing touches. The decor is neutral and light, so whatever scheme you choose, it will perfectly blend in and just work. The team at Winchester House are happy to help with ideas and suggestions.
The venue requires vendors to sign a risk assessment. This is for insurance purposes as they need assurance that if anything should go wrong, they are covered. However, as a photographer, I travel light with only one bag of equipment so much of it didn’t apply.
Rooms Available for Wedding Use
The ballroom seats 100 guests or caters for 150 if it’s a standing reception. There’s a stage at the front where those making the speeches after the meal may stand. A band or DJ can also set up there for the evening dancing and entertainment.
Other spaces include the bar adjacent to the ballroom. This is open throughout the wedding for guests to buy drinks and relax in if they want somewhere quieter to sit. However, the bar is very small so there’s limited space.
The library is downstairs and leads onto the garden. The bride and bridal party may get ready there if required. It’s also where the drinks are served from after the ceremony. In nice weather, the drinks’ reception is on the lawn and the couple exit the building through the library to be showered in confetti.
Guests and the couple can also use the room after dinner. As the house staff clear the tables for the dancing, guests move downstairs to relax awhile in the library before the evening celebrations commence.
A Calming, Approachable, Fun Presence…
Thank you so very much for your contribution to our wedding day at Winchester House on Saturday. You were such a calming, approachable, fun presence and we couldn’t be happier to have chosen you as our photographer. Thanks too for your amazing work on the slide show. I have already watched it 4 times! Thanks again, Guy. You have been great.
Helen & Dale
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Top Location on the River in Putney
The venue backs on to the River Thames directly opposite Fulham Palace. It is a stones throw from Putney Bridge and the underground station of the same name. It's easily accessible by bus (the 22 and 265 stop outside) and car with the M4 and South Circular being close by.
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Wedding Catering at Winchester House
The venue's caterers, Create, can provide canapés and bowl food for guests to snack on during the post-ceremony drinks on the lawn. They are also keen to create the perfect dinner menu that flawlessly suits the couple's personalities and the guests' tastes. Having personally sampled their food, I can recommend it wholeheartedly!
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