Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Well, the current events team joined Toynbee Hall as part of a major 4-year redevelopment of the site that was completed early 2020. We haven't seen a wedding just yet but overjoyed to be welcoming our first few couples in Autumn 2021.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Ben: Be sure to delegate tasks!
Whitney: Create a dedicated email address for all wedding communications that you and your partner have access to - then link it to both your calendars.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Ben: Someone brought in a tree that guests could add supportive messages to the couple
Whitney: One Father-in-Law repaired an old family bicycle to gift to the happy, bike-enthusiastic couple to use as a guest board. Fairy lights were weaved into the spokes and a craft station with; pegs, decorative card and instant cameras was set up nearby for guests to use.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Under the original arched doors, particularly in the Spring when the greenery is in full bloom.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We have an incredible history, spanning nearly 140 years, as a community hub fighting against social injustice. In that time we have welcomed many well-known individuals, including; social innovators, royals and artists under our roof.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Ben: Beef & Horseradish with Yorkshire Puddings
Whitney: Almost anything on a blini tastes delicious.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Ben: Some bacon sandwiches :)
Whitney: Is 'a clear view of the full moon' cheating?
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The Ashbee Hall - Toynbee Hall's original dining room - has golden rondels, depicting 'The Tree of Life' motif, all across it's walls. The entire room was designed by C. R. Ashbee, an Arts & Crafts designer famed for setting up the Guild & School of Handicraft in 1888.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
The frontline work that our charity is involved in, working towards creating a fairer and happier East London.