Sunday, 8 January 2012

Wedding plans

Hi everyone,

Thanks for taking the time to check out our wedding website. If you're reading this, we hope it's because you're planning to join us for our celebration and share this day with us and our family and friends.

We're getting married on 6th April, 2013. The ceremony will be held at St Mary Magdalene, 1 Munster Square, London NW1 3PT, and will be followed by the reception at The Amadeus, 50 Shirland Road, London W9 2JA. If you've received an invitation, it is for both the day and evening celebrations. We've set up this website to share information with our guests which might be of use, please do let us know if you have any more questions.

How do we RSVP and when do you need to know by?

You can reply using the little card included with your wedding invitation using the self-addressed envelope, or alternatively please let us know by email to It might be easier to email if you have any food requirements (see below for more information) or want to ask questions, alternatively if you pop a note in with your RSVP we'll get back in touch.

We would really appreciate your response before Christmas - if you're not sure because of issues with travel no problem (but please let us know when you might be able to let us know), and if only one of you can attend and the invite is addressed to both, please let us know for seating plan purposes.

If responding via email please let us know any songs you'd like the band to play or for the DJ setlist later in the evening, if you've a preference. Alternatively you can just comment below telling us if there's anything you'd particularly like to hear.

What are the timings for the day?

The ceremony will begin at 2pm, so please arrive with about 15 - 20 minutes take your seat. After the ceremony, there will be a drinks reception downstairs in the Crypt, during which the formal photographs will be taken in Regent's Park over the road for the wedding party - everyone else can enjoy the Pimms and cupcakes. The reception will begin around 5.30pm with another drinks reception before dinner and dancing. The venue is booked until 1am for those looking forward to a late night. For those who might find the short live band session a little tiring, a separate reception area is available downstairs as we've booked the whole venue for the whole evening.

How do I get to the ceremony?

St. Mary Magdalene's, a church with a long association with the bride's family, is well-located within walking distance of three tube stations serving five underground lines. It's a short walk from Warren Street on the Victoria Line (around 8 - 10 minutes), closer still to Great Portland Street on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Lines (3 minutes) and again to Regents Park on the Bakerloo Line (5 minutes). You can find the location of the church by typing the postcode into Google Maps.

How do I get from the ceremony to the reception?

The church is a five minute walk from Regents Park tube station of the London Underground. The reception venue is a five minute walk from Warwick Avenue tube five stops north on the Bakerloo line, a journey which should take between 15 - 30 minutes door-to-door - see here for the location of the church, and here for the location of the reception. Alternatively, there are frequent black cabs on Euston Road. There is limited on street parking at both the church and reception venues with a parking metre, but we'd recommend you use public transport or cabs to save any travel problems. Unfortunately we can't provide parking permits for reserved bays near either venue.

How do I get home/to my hotel?

Our caterers will be calling a local taxi firm for a number of cabs towards the end of the evening and will be happy to help if you'd like to leave earlier.

I'm vegetarian/vegan/coeliac/raw food only/have some other dietary requirement - how do we let you know? Will there be something for me to eat?

Thanks for letting us know as our caterers can ensure there's something delicious for you. Please drop Irmani an email - - to say what your dietary requirements are. We will be serving a mix of meat, fish and vegan Indian food (with several vegan choices) which will be with a range of spice levels - also if you have any spice allergies please let us know and we'll endeavour to provide an alternative.

Is there a dress code?

No - please wear whatever you like. The bridal party are in formal wear but if you show up in a kaftan or a tutu that's fine with us, although you might feel a little under-dressed in jeans. There will be dancing into the small hours (including a set by the groom and his band) so you might want to wear shoes you can dance in (or bring some to change in to).

My invitation/save the date card is addressed to my partner and I, are our kids invited too?

We are really sorry but it isn't possible to accommodate children at the reception due to the pressure of numbers and budget, and the type of venue. We hope that you can enjoy the day (and night) as a chance to let your hair down and have fun. We hope you understand, and that the advance notice means that you will be able to make alternative childcare arrangements. If you are still breastfeeding then give us a call and we'll try and work something out. Everyone (kids included) is welcome to attend the ceremony and drinks-and-cupcakes reception afterwards at the church, so we hope this might help.

My invitation is addressed only to me, can I bring a plus-one?

We are really sorry but this isn't possible as the venue will be all-seated for dinner and our numbers are really limited. We would love to invite many of our close friends and partners of those who we have invited, yet are unable to do so due to budgetary and space constraints, and so we can't host plus-ones, we hope you understand. We promise to seat you with your friends/family members! If it's not clear whether the invite is for you or for you and a plus one, please give either of us a call or send us an email. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony and a short drinks-and-cupcakes reception afterwards at the church, so we hope this might help.

Are there hotels nearby?

Yes, there are lots of hotels within a couple of miles of the reception venue. We are having our first night as Mr. and Mrs. Smallwood at The Colonnade, which is only one of two hotels which is within walking distance, the other is The Europa Apartments. However, there are two Premier Inns a short taxi ride away in Euston and Kings Cross which provide much better value, and finally a hotel which is very handy for the wedding itself is the White House. If you have any problems finding somewhere to stay, please let us know and we will do everything we can to help.

Are you having a wedding/gift list?

Firstly, thanks so much for the thought - your presence is far more important to us than presents. That's not to say that they are not very welcome - you can view our online wedding list here.