The Dead Dolls House – A Fun, Quirky & Super Cool Central London Wedding Venue

by Michelle

The Dead Dolls House is such a fun, unique, quirky and dynamic central London venue. Whether you’re planning a large scale wedding with a full on and fabulous party or intimate celebration for close family and friends, The Dead Dolls House is committed to creating a day for everyone to remember. With space for the smallest of weddings to the run of the entire three floors, there are options for everyone.

Inspired by stately homes it’s interiors come alive with monochrome hand painted trompe l’oeil illustrations of antique furniture and ornate frames.

The originality doesn’t stop there either; opulent furnishings, bold pops of colour and sparkling disco balls all add to the sense of drama and style of this truly individual and enchanting venue.

The in-house team are dedicated to making your day perfect from start to finish and we’ll hand you over to Emily, now to tell you more.

Tell us about your venue

The Dead Dolls House is a 3-story old Victorian building filled with a lot of character. We are seasoned professionals with hosting weddings as we are conveniently located directly opposite Town Hall which gives us load of business and they are my favourite event to host!

We have a tight-knit team that really love putting on a great day for couples. We have 4 private rooms that cater for all sizes. The House is covered in black and white hand-drawn paintings, gold mirror tables, disco balls – it’s the perfect setting for any couple that wants something different for their big day.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

No we don’t but Islington Town Hall is directly opposite us on Upper Street and The Union Chapel is also a 5 minute walk from us which both do ceremonies.

Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

We have 4 rooms for hire so it depends on how big the wedding party is. It is all up to the couple’s personal choice – some take full rein of the House whilst others choose just a couple of rooms.

We have two entrances – one goes straight up to the top two floors (Ballroom, Drawing Room and Library) so whether couples choose to take the whole House or just the upstairs they will always have their own exclusive entrance.

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

We only hold receptions, all breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the room capacities are as follows – I’ve also included what the rooms are usually best used for if couples do decide to take the whole venue.

The Parlour Bar (ground floor) holds 80 seated and 120 standing. For large weddings this room is best for the meal and then I usually suggest parties go upstairs to the Ballroom for speeches whilst we clear this room. Parties usually will then have a band or DJ play in this room as we have a fab sound system and spinning disco ball – serious party vibes!

The Library (first floor) holds 20 seated and 30 standing. We have held small intimate wedding’s in this room before as well as large weddings have broken their party up into various rooms for the meal. This room has also been used as a photo booth many times before or in the winter months a cloak room.

The Drawing Room (first floor facing Upper Street) holds 36 seated and 50 standing. For massive wedding’s this has been used as a dining room before or I usually suggest this be the cake room, sweets station or an English tea room. We’ve even had this as the donut room a life-size cardboard cut-out of Chef Wiggum greet guests.

The Ballroom (top floor) holds 52 seated and 80 standing. We host loads of weddings just in this room – the secret entrance leads straight up to this room. Alternatively, this room is great for welcome drinks and canapes before guests move to the Parlour for their meal. It is also a great space for speeches whilst we clear the Parlour after the meal so guests don’t have to see this happen.

All rooms have their own bar and sound system so couples can play their own music.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

We have two basic packages but I am always happy to create a bespoke package for couples depending what they want to offer their guests and what their budget is.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

We have in-house catering and we provide a free tasting so couples can come try the food & wine. They are welcome to give us feedback on the dishes they might not like and we’ll happily change them – we want them to be completely satisfied with the menu they want to serve on their big day.

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

We have a fully functional bar in each room so we do provide the booze! A couple of instances the father of the bride has saved a nice bottle of champagne for their special day which we have happily allowed them to bring along. The corkage charge is £20 for a standard 750ml bottle, magnums and so forth are more expensive. If couples want a wine or beer in particular served at their wedding we have numerous suppliers which we can source this from.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?

Completely free to choose their own! We have a number of great House DJ’s which we can book at an additional price and we also have recommended bands but couples can have their own entertainment. A very popular choice for the venue is a jazz quartet as it works well with the décor.

Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?

No accommodation onsite. There is the Hilton in Angel which is near us and also a Premier Inn literally a 10 minute walk away from us.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?

Yes, me! I will be with the couple every single step of the way to offer suggestions, provide advice and answer any questions they might have. I will be their first point of contact and I arrange a viewing so I can show them exactly how we host weddings, they get the grand tour of the venue so they can decide which room(s) work best for them.

I will be there for their tasting and then arrange numerous meetings to finalise every detail of their special day. I will set up their room(s) as I don’t want them to worry about doing anything on the day! I will also be there through the whole day to make sure everything runs smoothly and to give them a glass of bubbles as soon as they step through the doors!

How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?

I let couples come a couple days in advance to drop off anything they might want me to set up i.e. name cards, party favours, guest book, fairy lights,  we can even safely store flowers onsite. In terms of suppliers they can come the morning of the big day and I arrange timings for this so I can be there to meet them.

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

We don’t but we have a lovely alleyway on the side of the building which often use for photos, some with sparklers! We are also close to a couple of lovely gardens which I point out to couples for photos should they want any in a nature setting.

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

You’ll know when it’s the right venue which ticks all the boxes and meets all your needs. Don’t settle for a venue that makes you change too many of the ideas you had for your big day because of their restrictions.

Make sure they have a lovely in-house team and you’ll get the vibe as soon as you walk through the door with this. That is why we are the perfect venue – there isn’t much we say no to, lots of smiles, disco balls and fun!

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

All the couples I have worked with have been super lovely and some a little quirky which fits in well with the building. My favourite moment of any wedding is when the couple first walks up to the doors as their smiles couldn’t get any bigger, the speeches are always a favourite and the characters you meet within the wedding parties.

I honestly just love being around happy people and weddings are the perfect setting for that! From all the initial meetings to seeing all their ideas come to life is truly a pleasure.

All images courtesy of The Dead Dolls House

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