See our Fort Nelson Wedding Photography Gallery
Fort Nelson is situated on Portsdown Hill just North of Portsmouth and is easy to get to from the M27. There is plenty of parking and this is definitely a venue worthy of consideration for any couple who what something a little unusual or something with a military flavour.
It is one of the 19th Century brick built so called Palmerston’s Follies built to fend off another French invasion but it is now home to the Royal Armouries Museum.
The ceremony room is intimate though a slightly odd shape, having two aisles that meet where the couple stand but it works well enough. Celebration drinks are either served outside in a courtyard which is sheltered from wind but is still open to rain, in which case drinks are served in one of the museum rooms which is very pleasant and the exhibits are very interesting.
At some point in the proceedings it’s normal for the bride and groom to fire one of the museum’s field guns which, we are told, is thoroughly exhilarating.
The bride and groom and their guests are welcome to wonder around the Fort and take in what the museum has to offer.
Some couples will then leave for another venue for their Reception meal but if you wish, Fort Nelson may also be used for the Reception meal and evening party.
The walk across the parade ground to fire the gun can be windy and is a little dusty and you may have more fun here in the Summer than in the Winter but Fort Nelson is a real venue with a difference and well worth a look.
by Steve Dunster
19 August 2014
Portsdown Hill Road
Broad Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2JE
See our Royal Marines Museum Wedding Photography Gallery
The Royal Marines Museum is the South East corner of Portsmouth and is one of the most stunning wedding venues in the area. It was formerly one of the finest Officers’ Messes in England. It has a parade ground for your guest to spill out on to, stunning stone stair cases leading up the entrance and a wonderful balcony with stone arches and a gorgeous view of the parade ground and Western sky - it is absolutely stunning at sunset.
The interiors are amazing. Big rooms with high ornate ceilings and classically elegant decor with wonderful use of the rich red of the Marines’ dress uniform.
If you want a classical wedding venue with a Victorian military feel to it that oozes the opulence of the Victorian Officer Class, then you’d have to travel a long way to beat the Royal Marines Museum.
A practical note to consider is that there are two main routes into Portsmouth: the M275 on the West, and the A2030 (the Eastern Road) on the East. If your wedding is on a Saturday, the M275 can get really congested and we strongly recommend that you suggest to your guests that they enter Portsmouth on the A2030 Eastern Road - unless there is a home football match at Fratton Park.
Whilst there is plenty of grass for children to run on, there are huge amounts of tarmac for group shots and portraits if the grass is soft or muddy. If the weather is too unpleasant for out door shooting, the rooms inside are spacious and ornate with big fireplaces and massive gold framed paintings.
Because of its elegance both inside and out, because of its strong military and historic atmosphere, and because it is so spacious inside with huge grounds and plenty of hardstanding ground for high heals if its been wet - we rate the Royal Marines Museum as both a Top Winter Wedding Venue and a Top Summer Wedding Venue.
The Royal Marines Museum has plenty of parking and great photographic opportunities both inside and out. Standing on the stone staircase, watching the setting sun behind the parade ground can really make you feel part of the elite and privileged Officer Class of a bygone era.
by Steve Dunster
23 May 2014