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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Second royal wedding, but which unusual places can you get married

LONDON — Britain will celebrate its second royal wedding of the season Saturday, with equestrian star Zara Phillips — eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II — taking center stage as she marries England rugby stalwart Mike Tindall.
A regal supporting cast is expected as the queen leads her extended brood to Edinburgh, Scotland for the private festivities. Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expected, along with Prince Harry (still single) and bright lights from Britain's sports and show business worlds.
The nuptials of Phillips, 30, and Tindall, 32, are expected to be far more low-key than William's wedding in late April, which was watched live on television throughout much of the world. Phillips — who does not carry a royal title — and Tindall prefer to stay out of the limelight when they are not competing, and the wedding has been organized to reflect their desires.

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips and England rugby star Mike Tindall will be married in the beautiful Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, with their reception in the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish residence of the Queen.

But not all of us can afford a castle wedding, so what unusual alternatives are there and can you afford them?

Because the prices for all the venues vary so much according to the size of your party and the type of reception you have, I've put them in price ranges as a guide. Most have various options so if you have a smaller party you can hire out a section of the venue, cutting your costs slightly.

On a ship
HMS Belfast: Right on the Thames and with spectacular views of Tower Bridge and London Bridge, a wedding on this now famous London landmark could be something very special and unique. Voted the eighth most popular wedding location in the world, you can have both your ceremony and reception on board, with a maximum of 450 guests in total.

By the seaside
For something really different, you can get married on Brighton Pier - serve your guests fish and chips, have your wedding photos on the Carousel - there are endless options for your big day here.

At a classic sporting venue
Mad about cricket? Then Lord's cricket ground is a perfect option for you. An iconic ground and a Grade II listed Pavillion, there are various options for different sized receptions and services - the largest being the famous Long Room which can hold up to 230 guests. £££

On an island
No, not a tropical island, an island on the Thames. Temple Island in Henley to be exact. The location for the start of the Henley Royal Regatta this is a beautiful and very intimate location better suited to smaller parties. The ultimate novelty for the bride and groom ? Arriving at their reception by boat.

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