First wedding department store opens in London

The Wedding Gallery has recently opened in London’s Marylebone Road -billed as the world’s first department store dedicated only to selling wedding-related products and services.

Providing brides and grooms to-be with a one-stop-shop, The Wedding Gallery is the latest venture from George Hammer, the British businessman who developed Urban Retreat, Aveda and The Sanctuary who also happens to be the owner of the wedding and events venue upstairs, One Marylebone. His new retail space, set in the basement of the notable London building, is warm with Instagram-ready decor, the original features of the building maximised by architect Christian Lahoude who has created dozens of exclusive mini-boutiques within the brick arches.

The edit of bridal brands available is already strong, but expected to grow, with dresses from internationally renowned bridal designers like Oscar de la Renta and Elie Saab currently available alongside the best of British – Temperley London, Halfpenny, Amanda Wakeley, Charlie Brear and Hermione De Paula

Beyond finding the dress, there are individual departments open for every element of the wedding – from grooms, to shoes, to flowers and cakes, to venues and photographers. This being a Hammer production, there is also an excellent beauty wing, with services like a Jo Malone fragrance bar as well as a hair salon for styling trials.

One of the key aims for staff at The Wedding Gallery is to inspire brides and grooms to think outside the box, introducing them to suppliers who can go above and beyond to deliver things they may never have previously thought of.