Jemima and Jeff - The Bijou Boathouse

Jemima and Jeff were married at the Bijou Boathouse last September. 


The preparation: 

We knew we wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding but didn’t have any particular sort of venue in mind when we first started looking. We were both keen rowers at university, which is actually how we met, so when we found the Bijou Boathouse it sort of clicked with both of us that it would be the perfect location to host our wedding reception.

Mima’s mum came with us on the first visit, which was followed by a hearty lunch in the local pub down the river. We didn’t really say a word to each other for about 10 minutes. Just sat there with these silly smiles on our faces knowing that we had found our venue. 

The planning process: 

Entering the planning side of things made Mima a little bit nervous at first. Her work takes her around the country quite a bit so she was worried about the amount of time she would have to dedicate to ‘wedmin’. Then we were invited to our Wedding planning Wednesday and both our minds were put at ease. We had the wonderful Rosalind as our dedicated planning manager, who obviously knows the venue like the back of her hand. She listened to our ideas and translated them to a language the rest of the team would understand through the rather cool ‘online planning tool’.  

Of course we had the support of our friends and family throughout the process too. We both wanted to have an injection of personality in our day so we got as many of our favourite people as we could to help out. 
My sister made our wedding cake; Mima wore her Mum’s wedding dress with the addition of a new veil and accessories; and there were regular Saturday morning coffee and cake sessions making place names, table plans and favours. 

The day: 

Blissful. The sun was shining so we could have the glass doors open onto the patio for of the afternoon. 
We had all of our favourite people under one roof enjoying the finest bubbles, looking out onto a serene river Thames. 

The food was just mouth watering. We opted for the sticky beef main course followed by the treacle tart. I don’t think there was a scrap left! 

The evening: entertainment, first dance etc. 

We sort of split the evening in two; we had friends of ours, who are in a band, play for about an hour and a half then followed this with a DJ for the rest of the night. This meant our friends could then come and join us and let their hair down! 

Where was your honeymoon?

We both had to get back to work fairly quickly after the wedding day so we opted for a mini-moon to the Amalfi coast in Italy. Wow. 
We’re planning on taking a proper honeymoon later in the year, once we’ve saved up a little more. Somewhere hot!

Top tip(s) for other Bijou brides:

Don’t judge a book by its cover. We went to a number of venues, which appeared to tick all the boxes, but when we got there, there was something missing. The Boathouse was a bit different in that respect, it was a concept we hadn’t really thought of but as soon as we walked in, we could picture ourselves sitting in front of the glass doors having our wedding breakfast with that beautiful backdrop.