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 INSIDE THE EXPENSIVE WEDDING VENUE BLENHEIM PALACE WHERE FOLARIN ALAKIJA GOT MARRIED

£10MILLION (N2BILLION) INSURANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED TO BOOK FOR WEDDING

 

 

The venue of the much talked about lavish wedding of Africa’s richest woman Folorunsho Alakija’s son Folarin and his Iranian wife Naza was the Blenheim palace, Oxfordshire. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture and the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is a perfect place to celebrate your wedding, with more than six venue options suitable for up to 2000 guests. Blenheim Palace is Britain’s Greatest Palace and a world heritage site that offers visitors a precious time.The Palace was built between 1705 and 1733 for John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough to celebrate his victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704.Over the past 300 years Blenheim Palace has been the home of the Dukes of Marlborough and is home today to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their family. As well as a private home, the Estate has been used for a huge number of other purposes throughout history, including a hospital for wounded soldiers during World War I and a home for evacuees in World War II. In 1950, the 10th Duke of Marlborough opened Blenheim Palace to the public for the first time, and since then millions of visitors have passed through its doors establishing making it one of the finest heritage attractions in the UK.A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. It has Cafés & Restaurants, Park & Gardens, Shopping malls, and several other centres of attraction. The picture-perfect British stately home of Blenheim Palace sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens. The inspired work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has created a lasting legacy in the Park at Blenheim Palace. The visionary master landscaper constructed the Great Lake and planted thousands of trees in his ten-year tenure here, engineering a landscape that appears natural but is actually ‘contrived to pleasing effect’. The Park is now home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the Great Lake and the ancient oaks in High Park. Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.

 It is unique in its combined use as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Following the palace’s completion, it became the home of the Churchill, later Spencer-Churchill, family for the next 300 years, and various members of the family have wrought changes to the interiors, park and gardens.

The palace, park, and gardens are open to the public on payment of an entry fee (maximum £24.90 as of October 2016). Separation of tourist entertainment attractions (the “Pleasure Gardens”) from the palace ensures that the atmosphere of a large country house is retained. The palace is linked to the gardens by a miniature railway, the Blenheim Park Railway. The progression from home to business has been essential to the palace’s survival in the 20th and 21st centuries. Varied commercial concerns include a maze, adventure playground, mini-train, gift shops, butterfly house, fishing, cafeteria and bottled Blenheim Natural Mineral Water. Game, farming and property rentals also provide income. Concerts and festivals are staged in the palace and park. Blenheim Palace is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding, with more than six venue options suitable for up to 2000 guests. For weddings , you can have the celebration at the Orangery, the heart of the palace or you set up a marquee at the garden and all of this comes with its fees. For Car Parking, Guests can be dropped and collected from ‘Flagstaff ’ Gate. Guests’ cars are to be parked in the designated car park and can’t drive into the palace. All external contractors or vendors who will work at your wedding must • Company Health and Safety Policy,• Relevant Risk Assessment Documentation,• Relevant Method Statement,• Copy of Public Liability Insurance. The inclusion of a fireworks display at Blenheim Palace is subject to approval and a facility fee of £6,000 (and a returnable grounds damages bond of £1,200 are required). For your wedding celebrations in the Palace, flambeaux in the Great Court are spectacular, lighting the front of the Palace entrance to the Great Hall as your guests arrive. Alternatively, on your departure you can enjoy flares lining the main drive (additional fee will apply). .Food is served by the approved caterers Searcys with Menus starting from £52 (per person for three courses with coffee. Public Liability Insurance is required for all events within the Palace. A copy of the insurance certificate for cover of £10 million (N2billion) is required prior to the event taking place. Photographs at some designated areas in the palace is also valued at 30 minutes: £88 per couple, 30 minutes with a bottle of Blenheim Palace Champagne: £170 per couple For all evening events at Blenheim Palace security is provided as required by the Estate for the duration of the event. If an additional security guard is required then a minimum charge of £300,is payable based upon a minimum six hour period. ,Blenheim Palace stationery like menu, name tag etc. for your wedding is also valued at Blenheim Palace Printed Table Plan – £24 each,• Hand Written Calligraphy Blenheim Palace Name Cards £2.70 each,• Blenheim Palace Printed Menus £3.30 each, Wines are also provided at charge but If you wish to provide your own wines, corkage is charged at £15.00 per bottle of wine, or£16.80 for sparkling wine and £20.00 per bottle of Champagne based upon 75cl bottles. Events can hold at The Palace & State Rooms with Maximum capacity 150 guests for ,Sunday – Thursday £16,560, Friday, Saturday and Sunday £22,000 and for Maximum capacity 300 guests. Sunday – Thursday £29,520, Friday, Saturday and Sunday £33,000.There are also higher fees for Ground Hire for Marquees For weddings exceeding 300 guests.

VIVIAN ONUORAH

 

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