Why Getting Married at The Temple of Minerva, Bath Wedding Venue Is The Perfect Choice
Bath is a city known for its history, particularly its Roman Baths! But there’s more to this city and there are a whole host of historic spaces and venues where you can choose to celebrate your wedding day. For something a little different, The Temple of Minerva, Bath wedding venue really hits the mark. Here’s a little blog post to show you what it’s all about and why you should consider it for your Bath wedding!
A Little History
If you know your Roman gods and goddesses, you’ll know that Minerva is the Roman Goddess of healing. In Greek mythology, she’s the Goddess Athena. The Temple of Minerva isn’t quite the roman temple you might expect. In fact, it’s a very convincing replica, built in the early 1900s as an exhibition pavilion. It now lives nestled amongst the foliage at the Botanical Gardens of Bath, in Royal Victoria Park.
A Perfect Wedding Venue
While The Temple of Minerva has scope to cater for up to 100 guests, it makes a beautiful small and perfectly formed wedding venue. Inside, it sits around 35 guests comfortably.
And it’s not one of those old and cold buildings either. Oh no! The Temple of Minerva makes a great venue even in the winter months with its underfloor heating keeping you warm and toasty. And, of course, in summer it’s perfect for flinging open those three big doors and letting in the sunshine and warmth.
With its neighbouring lawn and a larger lower lawn, it can be used as a full-day venue. You would need to hire a marquee, though, unless you want to chance the English weather.
Nestled in the Botanical Garden
For a Bath city venue, you’d find it hard to imagine that you’re in the middle of a city here! The temple sits a little way from the road so, when you arrive, you’ll take a walk through the winding paths of the Botanical Gardens and through a quirky and unique wooden archway to the temple’s grounds.
The Botanical Gardens were founded in 1840 and it’s a beautiful space all year round, but especially in spring. Cherry blossoms bloom at this time of year, as well as bluebells and daffodils. But, honestly, it’s such a pretty space and if you love nature, you’ll be happy to marry here any time of year.
The gardens also feature a rock garden, roses galore, a scented walkway and a hidden tree sculpture. That means there are plenty of beautiful spots to go and wander for photos and to get away and enjoy being married for a few minutes.
And the temple itself is surrounded by a stream and a nearby pond. I can’t tell you enough how pretty this place is! I recommend going and viewing the area so you can get a good sense of it all!
Your wedding ceremony is held in the stunning temple itself. You’ll walk through the winding paths of the gardens to get to it, which makes for some wonderful photo opportunities. And, if a first look is something you’re considering, there are loads of great spots to do that in private and away from your guests.
Once inside the temple, you’ll exchange your vows in front of the three arched doors that look out over the gardens. Again, definitely a photographer’s dream!
After your ceremony is over, the hardstanding at the front of the building is a great place to gather for confetti photos. You can then move to the lawn next to the temple for reception drinks and those all-important formal photographs. There’s also plenty of room for lawn games and entertainment, such as the Jukebox Guitar like Sam and Aimee had at their wedding.
While some couples choose to move on to another location for dinner and evening celebrations, it’s totally possible to make The Temple of Minerva and Bath Botanical Gardens your whole day venue. The event coordinators recommend using the Temple Lower Lawn to set up a marquee for your evening celebrations. You’re free to source your own suppliers or they’re also happy to help you through the process.
Why choose me to capture your day
It’s a super pretty local location with all kinds of possibilities, whatever kind of wedding you want. If you’d like to speak to me about capturing your wedding at The Temple of Minerva, get in touch! I can’t wait to hear from you.
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