Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 98)

HMS WARRIOR, PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD 02392 891370 The pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet, HMS Warrior, offers an iconic and unforgettable backdrop for wedding celebrations. Launched in 1860, its timber frame tells more than 150 years of history and is awaiting future nearlyweds to become part of its story. Make an entrance by walking down the aisle on the ship’s beautifully restored deck, and say “I do” in Victorian splendour. Located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, take guests to the upper deck for their first glass of celebratory drink and capture the moment with spectacular views of Portsmouth’s famous harbour in the background. Ceremonies can take place on the Officers Half Deck with 100 loved ones, and couples can exclusively use the main deck for drink receptions and photographs. The space can then be transformed for wedding breakfasts with 240 people, who will have access to the gun deck and exclusive use of the whole ship from 16.00 for evening receptions with 240 people. The Captains Cabin is perfect for more intimate and bespoke ceremonies with 20 loved ones. Lovebirds can use the space for receptions, or pairs can pick The Wardroom for a fine dining experience. The venue offers virtual appointments and viewings as well as evening and weekend on-site appointments. The caterers will offer complimentary tastings to allow pairs to try delicious dishes and the team offers discounted accommodation rates with some of their partners in the Portsmouth and the Gosport area. THE GRAND MAGAZINE, PRIDDY’S HARD GOSPORT 02392 891370 Tucked away within a short drive or a few minutes boat journey from Portsmouth harbour, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower is nestled inside an 18th-century armament depot with fantastic views across the Solent and the naval dockyard. The stunning Grand Magazine, a gunpowder store originating from 1771, boasts a vaulted ceiling and beautiful Georgian wood floors – perfect for wow-factor weddings! Overlooking Portsmouth Harbour, Priddy’s Hard has spectacular vistas of the harbour and the camber. Options include using the camber basin and the inner sanctum, which offers the ideal spot for reception drinks, lawn games and picturesque photographs to treasure. The space is perfect for ceremonies with 150 loved ones, standing receptions with 180 and dinner plus dancing for 150. Couples will receive exclusive use of the versatile space to let their imagination fly to create their dream wedding. It’s also equipped with lighting and sound systems for unforgettable parties. The team can divide this flexible space so pairs can move seamlessly from their ceremony to the reception. Nearlyweds can arrange virtual or in-person viewings, and the team also offer a complimentary tasting session for couples try the delicious food. The staff will also share their recommended supplier list to help lovebirds plan their perfect day. We love… Nearlyweds get access to the venue’s bespoke list of preferred suppliers. 26