Are you dreaming of a laidback unconventional wedding where you can let your hair down and party the night away? It might be worth taking a leaf out of Tommy and Caz’s book. This party duo stripped back tradition and made way for an unforgettable evening wedding at The Anthologist in central London.
Caz and Tommy met by fate on a train back from a music festival, and in true party spirit, they wanted a wedding that reflected their love of music, cocktails and clubbing. Classical midday-to-midnight weddings didn’t fit the bill, so they thought outside of the box and booked an evening wedding instead. They wanted to celebrate the ceremony and standing reception under one roof, then head on to a club for an epic after-party.
Since Caz worked as Events Manager for Drake & Morgan, choosing one of their venues was the ideal choice. The Anthologist is one of their largest restaurants that features a fully stocked bar, a contemporary British restaurant, and a wedding ceremony licence. Her work colleagues made sure the day ran without a hitch, and afterwards they had a rave at Cell 200 in Kings Cross for 150 friends. Their creative approach pushed custom aside, and they embraced what they loved the most: family, friends, and having fun together.
Real Wedding Venue Highlights
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Anthologist
Location: 58 Gresham St, London EC2V 7BB
The Anthologist Capacity: 200 seated or 350 standing
Wedding style: Casual, Party, Evening
Venue Type: Fun Laidback Restaurant
Photos courtesy of Amy Sanders
Tell us a little bit about how you met and when you decided to tie the knot?
We met on a train in 2013 by chance. We both had attended the same festival, Eastern Electrics, and we were sitting near each other in the carriage. I befriended my now sister-in-law, and we all continued the party back at her house. Tommy and I kept in touch but only as friends. Fast forward four years, and we knew there was something very special between us.
There was no proposal; instead, we had a ‘wedding meeting’ on the dancefloor! It sounds very unromantic, but neither of us wanted to make a big deal out of it. I’m not a big jewellery person, so didn’t want the fuss or expense of an engagement. We had the ‘let’s get married’ chat and gave ourselves six months to sort everything. We Whatsapp’d all our guests to invite them, which was fun because it was a huge surprise for all our friends.
What was your wedding vision, and how did you bring it to life?
When planning, we found we both wanted the same thing — to share a fun day with family and friends, have a massive rave afterparty and not spend a huge amount. We didn’t feel the need for hen or stag dos, but our friends surprised us with fun nights out the week before.
The night before the wedding we wanted an immediate family celebration. We booked the private room at Luca and had a delicious set menu followed by cocktails at Zetter Townhouse because it was within walking distance. We loved staying at The Ned the night before for drinks in the vault and waking up in a gorgeous suite. On the morning of the wedding, we swam on the rooftop and relaxed in the spa.
We wanted to strip away all traditions — no invites, no bridesmaids or groomsmen, no seated meal, no cutting the cake, no first dance and only Tommy made a speech. We didn’t have any readings during the ceremony, but my sister read a lovely funny poem that she’d written herself.
What made The Anthologist the best London venue for you?
We liked that the ceremony, drinks reception and nibbles could be held under one roof. The bar looks great with a modern, slick feel to it. Neither of us wanted the formality of a three-course seated meal, so we had standing nibbles and bowl food instead. We had a mixology cocktail making station and a tower of Jägermeister instead of a cake. For the music, Tommy and I chose our favourite house music tracks and he pre-mixed them for the 3-hour reception.
We chose The Anthologist because I work at Drake & Morgan, but we also love the venue. We felt that out of all the D&M venues, it was the perfect fit for us. We wanted to get married in a bar because we thought it would be fun and casual. We didn’t want to spend any money on decorations and didn’t need to with this venue because it looks pretty as is.
All we did was ask the venue to keep wine bottles that week, and we filled them with fairy lights for the aisle. The only flowers we ordered were my bouquet and Tommy’s buttonhole. Next to our guest book, we had a polaroid camera and bought two blackboards to signpost this and the cocktail making station. We bought a pinboard from home for photos and a wooden box for cards.
What made your London wedding so memorable?
Our wedding day at The Anthologist represented us as a couple perfectly. It was just how we wanted, not influenced by anyone else and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I think our wedding was the most ‘un-wedding’ any of our guests had ever been to, and everyone told us afterwards how fun and relaxed it was, which is exactly what we envisaged for the day.
Top four things that Easy Weddings love about this vibrant party wedding in London:
The atmospheric setting. The Anthologist is a blank canvas with an industrial edge. It features high ceilings, exposed pipes, parquet floors and ambient mood lighting.
The central location. London Liverpool Street station and St. Paul’s tube stations are a 10-minute walk from The Anthologist. It’s close to churches and after-party venues too.
The flexible room layout. You can celebrate all aspects of your wedding day until 1am at The Anthologist. It has a ceremony licence, a restaurant and chic, moveable furniture.
The interactive experiences. The only limit is your imagination at The Anthologist. The on-site wedding team can organise cocktail mixology stations, grazing tables, and more.
To book The Anthologist for your upcoming London wedding, visit the website today.
Venue: The Anthologist, Drake & Morgan / Photographer: Amy Sanders photography / Caterer: The Anthologist, Drake & Morgan / Registrar: Islington / Flowers: Isle of Flowers / Bride Attire: Little Black Dress & Little Mistress / Bride Shoes: TK Maxx / Hair & Makeup: Blow Ltd / Groom Attire: Moss Bros / Groom Shoes: Next / Rings: E Katz & Co Ltd