The art of saying ‘I do!

The upper gallery at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath.

Couples can now have a picture perfect wedding at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Victoria Art Gallery.

The Gallery, near Pulteney Bridge in Bath, has been granted a licence to host weddings and civil partnership ceremonies amongst its breath-taking backdrop of classic and modern art.

 

The new look upper gallery at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. May 4th 2012. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:07875514528
The new look upper gallery at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. May 4th 2012. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:07875514528

Couples can say “I do” surrounded by wonderful works of art including originals by Gainsborough, Klee and Vlaminck and a fabulous collection of jewel-like coloured wine glasses. The romantic High Victorian setting of the Upper Gallery was once described by Anthony Green RA as “perfect for courting couples.”

This unique setting is available for such occasions when the Victoria Art Gallery is normally closed to the public: Tuesdays to Sundays; 6pm-10pm and Mondays; 10am-10pm.

On arrival at the Gallery guests can be greeted with drinks in the Rotunda at the top of the grand staircase, before they proceed to the beautifully displayed Upper Gallery for the happy event. Afterwards, you can enjoy a drinks reception for up to 100 people at the Gallery and book into the nearby Pump Room for a celebratory meal or dinner dance.

The Rotunda at the top of the staircase.
The Rotunda at the top of the staircase.

Cllr Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “In association with Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Registrars, we’re delighted to make the Victoria Art Gallery available for weddings and civil partnerships for the first time in its 113-year history.

With such beautifully plush Victorian architecture and furnishings, complemented by vast array of outstanding works of art – both vintage and modern – it truly is an exquisite way to celebrate your big day in style!”

Anyone wishing to enquire about booking the Victoria Art Gallery for their wedding or civil partnership ceremony can call 01225 477782, email bath_venues@bathnes.co.uk or find out more at www.bathvenues.co.uk.