Historic Royal Palaces will play host to luxury wedding summit Engage!19 London Experience, alongside Rosewood London and Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations.
This will be the first time that independent stewardship charity will host the summit. The charity looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland, and will provide their venue portfolio to attendees, in collaboration with wedding and party planner Sarah Haywood Weddings & Celebrations.
Taking place from 28-31 October, Engage!19 London Experience aims to connect, educate, and inspire the world’s top wedding industry and event professionals with keynote sessions and panel discussions hosted at Rosewood London. Following the conference each day, attendees will be able to network, as well as being able to explore HMTower of London, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace.
The event will begin at HM Tower of London, and themed in keeping with the Tower’s almost 1,000 years of history. Guests will be escorted by the Yeoman Warders into the inner walls of the Tower, before beginning an evening of enjoyment. The night will include a private viewing of the famous Crown Jewels, and will explore the historic spaces available for events and celebrations throughout the fortress, including the Medieval Palace, New Armouries and the White Tower.
The next day will be held at the Banqueting House, the last remains of Whitehall Palace, where attendees will experience a formal dinner held in the original ‘party palace’.
The final evening will take place at Kensington Palace, within the King’s State Apartments. The State Apartments recently hosted the first wedding at the palace since 1828, and the first non-royal wedding in the palace’s history, following its newly acquired wedding licence.
Attendees to the Engage!19 summit London Experience will have the opportunity to spend the day at Hampton Court Palace on 31 October thanks to Historic Royal Palaces. The experience will include themed tours of the palace, followed by a lunch hosted for the first time ever within the Cartoon Gallery. Surrounded by Raphael works, the Cartoon Gallery was the setting of Privy Council meetings and more recently was used as a film location in the Oscar-winning film about Queen Anne, The Favourite.
Business Development Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, Milan Thakrar, said: “We are delighted that the time has come to welcome the Engage!19 Summit to London and to open the doors of our iconic palaces to industry leaders from all over the world. After months of planning, we are thrilled to be showcasing the best of the British wedding industry with our incredible accredited suppliers.
“It is also an opportunity to raise awareness that income raised from events at the palaces, including venue hire, is reinvested in conservation and education activities, to ensure they remain well maintained and open for all to enjoy.”