When it comes to planning your wedding day, we're firm believers that the day should represent you and what you love as a couple. Your wedding day should be a perfect match for you both and that includes the venue. Choosing the venue(s) is one of the first big things that newly engaged couples decide on and then more often then not, this tends to shape the structure and 'theme' of your day.
Unfortunately there's not always a huge selection of unique venues to plan your day around and the readily available ones tend to fall into a few camps; chic hotel, rustic barn or family friendly village hall for example. But what if that's not you? We see so often couples settling for a day and a venue that's not necessarily them as there's no other choice, especially if you want to stay local. A young trendy modern couple shouldn't have to have their wedding in a rustic barn if nothing in their life resonates with this aesthetic! When I think about my local friends who live in and around Portsmouth most of them have chosen to have their big day away from their beloved home town and I wonder how much of this is because there's not much choice here, especially when it comes to reception venues.
We're blessed with a few unique ceremony options, The Square Tower, The Marines Museum and even the deck of the HMS Warrior if that takes your fancy! We're also blessed that our registry office is lovely but what happens next... where can you and your 100 odd guests head to after?!?
Luckily for me (and you) I discovered a new venue the other day (through one of my lovely 2018 brides) and I think it's amazing. It's cool, modern, unique and with excellent links to our famed nautical heritage I think it's going to be a big hit with local couples. Boathouse 4, which lies nestled in the Historic Dockyard may tick all the boxes for anyone wanting to stay local but not compromise on style or uniqueness.
Recently opened above a thriving and busy boat house the restaurant is available to hire for special events like receptions! We went down and checked it out and had to share it with you...
Firstly to get there is exciting, entering through the main gates you have to pass the HMS Warrior on your left and then heading into Boathouse Number 4 your guests can explore this active marine hub, head up the stairs there is a fantastic ariel view of the the boathouse below (sure to entertain guests both young and old) and the views from inside are pretty special too!
Once inside the decor is stunning, minimal and traditional all at the same time. Beautiful tables and chairs/benches are so on trend being a beautiful dark wood and we can't wait to style them up with lots of foliage and candles later this year! They have a capacity for 120 guests for a seated dinner and up to 200 for an evening reception.
The space is big and open plan with huge windows on both sides. The space can easily be split into bar, meal and dance floor areas making it a perfect reception venue. Also their food looked amazing... I've yet to try any but as soon as we do I will update this and you!
The staff were also hugely accommodating, friendly and flexible which is so important with a wedding venue. We're thrilled to be adding Boathouse 4 to our list of recommended suppliers and likewise are so excited to be able to help anyone with any styling or co-ordination needs going forth, please get in touch if you think we might be able to help make your day extra special. If you want to find out more about Boathouse 4 please visit the Historic Dockyard website.
So there you have it, a little recommendation from us about a fantastic new venue in the heart of our city! We hope lots of you check it out! We can't wait to work there later this year and will look forward to sharing with you some images of it all set up for a wedding! <3 For more of our recommendations please click here.