Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Zoe de Toledo and Alex Woods. They met at Oxford university and shared a passion for rowing. They both regularly attend after hour events at The Ashmolean and thought celebrating their special day at the museum was only right. It was a magnificent day.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
At the Ashmolean we know how important your wedding is, and understand that for many reasons some guests may not be able to be with you on the day. Now everyone can take part. We can help you to share this special time with your friends and family wherever they are in the world so that they can join in the excitement and emotion as if they were with you in the room. Our discrete and professional live streaming service is the perfect way to include all your loved ones and to ensure that they don’t miss a moment. The final bonus is that we give you a copy of the stream to keep forever – a wonderful way to save the memory of your perfect day! We have the experience, so leave it to us to arrange it with our technology partner.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, Stunning, historical, beautiful, romantic.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Our European Art Gallery. This spacious gallery evokes the richness of a historic art collection in an Italian palace or English country house where marble and bronze sculptures, fine furniture, Old Master paintings and imposing portraits are displayed in this stately reception room. A staircase leads down to the gallery, perfect for making your grand entrance.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
All of our guests are special to us at the Ashmolean and we are honoured to have hosted Queen Elizabeth in 2009 as she opened up the new museum.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Clerkenwell Green Events is the Ashmolean’s exclusive catering partner. Created with passion, their food is sustainably sourced, showcasing the best seasonal produce, beautifully designed and provides an extraordinary culinary experience to inspire you and your guests.
My personal favourite is Smoked Salmon Mousse Canapés.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Ice cream and melted chocolate brownies.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The Ashmolean has been telling stories since 1683 not many venues can say they have thousands of years worth of history within their walls.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Our ability to adapt. We were one of the first venues in the UK to be COVID-secure and offer hybrid weddings.