Why I Love The Mary Rose… | The Mary Rose
Why I Love The Mary Rose…
Venue hire | 24 Mar, 2018 | The Events Team
Emma and Tom Cripps held their Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception at the Mary Rose after tying the knot at Southsea Castle. Here Emma, from Southsea, describes her memorable day.
Emma and Tom at The Mary Rose

What was the event you held at the Mary Rose?

 We held our Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception at The Mary Rose on November 25 in 2017. We held our wedding ceremony in the afternoon at Southsea Castle, and so celebrated our marriage at The Mary Rose Museum.

How many people attended?

We had 65 people for our Wedding Breakfast, of which 11 were children. For our evening reception, we had an additional 14 people attend.

Which of the Mary Rose event spaces did you choose for your event?

Our guests were able to enjoy the museum, going through the various galleries upon arrival before we held our Wedding Breakfast in the Admiral's Gallery. After our Wedding Breakfast, we met our evening guests on The Upper Deck where we were all able to view a projection show detailing the history of The Mary Rose. Our evening reception then took place in the Admiral's Gallery with a Photo Booth and quiet space for games on The Upper Deck.

Tell us about your event?

We had drinks upon arrival at The Mary Rose Museum, followed by a three-course meal catered for us by Vanilla Catering. We had a DJ who provided music throughout the wedding breakfast, and we used the projector to show pictures of Tom and I growing up, and of our families. The DJ continued to provide music for our evening reception. We had cheese, supplied by The Fine Cheese Company (Bath) for our evening reception, along with a sweet table, and a wedding cake made by myself. Vanilla Catering supplied a bar for us. We also had a photo booth (My Photo Booth Experience) on The Upper Deck. Our photographers were The Springles, who took some absolutely stunning photos of us and our guests while at the venue.

What made the event so special for you?

Tom and I had been engaged for almost two and half years before we got married, and we had been planning our wedding at The Mary Rose Museum for almost two of those years. We felt we had become part of The Mary Rose family, being able to share our exciting plans and details for the big day with Becky and Andy from the events team, and hearing how excited our friends and family were about going to the museum to share in our special day.

Having waited and planned for so long, when we arrived at the museum, we were both relieved to have had all of our plans come together, and see the excitement and interest on our friends and families' faces, and their wonderment at such an amazing venue. Tom and I never wanted a traditional wedding, we wanted something different, that people would remember, and we were so lucky to be able find and have that at The Mary Rose. It is truly a unique venue, one we have seen change for the better since first visiting, and we are already planning on returning for our first wedding anniversary to celebrate our special day and our extremely memorable and unique wedding.

Emma and Tom at The Mary Rose
Emma and Tom wedding at The Mary Rose

Why did you choose the Mary Rose?

Tom and I first visited The Mary Rose Museum one year during the Victorian Festival of Christmas, an event that we have gone to every Christmas since we first got together. The first time we were able to go into The Mary Rose Museum we spent hours walking around the galleries, discovering the history of the men on board, and who sadly lost their lives. I was particularly fascinated by the gallery showing the fire place for cooking meals, and was in disbelief that they actually had these huge fires on a wooden ship.

During our visit in 2015, again, while attending the Victorian Festival of Christmas, Tom saw a notice advertising events and weddings at The Museum. We had previously been to a couple of stately homes and hotels, where upon entering we felt quite intimidated, and felt the need to whisper to each other. We were struggling to find a wedding venue that suited our personalities. Tom was somewhat reluctant at first to suggest The Mary Rose as a wedding venue, as he thought I might not like it, but upon meeting with Becky from the events team, and hearing the description of what could be done for our wedding, I was immediately sure it would be perfect for our wedding.

When we were invited back in the summer of 2016 to see the changes that had taken place inside the museum, were were both excited, and somewhat nervous to see what had changed. But upon entering the Museum space, and seeing The Mary Rose behind huge panes of glass, and for us, the first time in full view, we knew we had chosen the perfect venue for our wedding. The transformation to the museum, and the way The Mary Rose is displayed is absolutely stunning, and being able to see everyone walking around the museum through the glass is one of my favorite aspects of the Museum.

Tom and I both love winter and Christmas, and knew we wanted to have a winter wedding. We wanted it to be held somewhere that invited people in, encouraged people to talk (not in whispers) and to have something special that would make people remember our special day. Holding our Wedding Breakfast and Reception at The Mary Rose Museum certainly allowed us to do that.

Would you recommend the Mary Rose to others, and why?

Yes! If anyone is considering holding an event there, I would again highly recommend it. The venue itself is so unique and different from any other wedding venue we have seen or been to, and the ability to allow guests to explore the museum is a fantastic talking point, both before, during and after any event. The event staff are so supportive, helpful and accommodating, and they really made our day that much more special by ensuring it went as smoothly as possible. We really couldn't have asked for a better location, or a better group of people to work with.

Why do you love the Mary Rose?

When I think about The Mary Rose , I think about Tom. I think about all the wonderful times we have spent together. I think about when he proposed, when we decided to hold our wedding at The Mary Rose Museum, when Tom gave his speech, our first dance, and all of the other wonderful memories I have from our wedding day. When I think about The Mary Rose, I think about the happiest day of my life, and the man I married, the man I love. I love The Mary Rose, and the museum, because it allowed me to celebrate my marriage to Tom in my own unique way.

Why did you choose the Mary Rose?

Tom and I first visited The Mary Rose Museum one year during the Victorian Festival of Christmas, an event that we have gone to every Christmas since we first got together. The first time we were able to go into The Mary Rose Museum we spent hours walking around the galleries, discovering the history of the men on board, and who sadly lost their lives. I was particularly fascinated by the gallery showing the fire place for cooking meals, and was in disbelief that they actually had these huge fires on a wooden ship.

During our visit in 2015, again, while attending the Victorian Festival of Christmas, Tom saw a notice advertising events and weddings at The Museum. We had previously been to a couple of stately homes and hotels, where upon entering we felt quite intimidated, and felt the need to whisper to each other. We were struggling to find a wedding venue that suited our personalities. Tom was somewhat reluctant at first to suggest The Mary Rose as a wedding venue, as he thought I might not like it, but upon meeting with Becky from the events team, and hearing the description of what could be done for our wedding, I was immediately sure it would be perfect for our wedding.

When we were invited back in the summer of 2016 to see the changes that had taken place inside the museum, were were both excited, and somewhat nervous to see what had changed. But upon entering the Museum space, and seeing The Mary Rose behind huge panes of glass, and for us, the first time in full view, we knew we had chosen the perfect venue for our wedding. The transformation to the museum, and the way The Mary Rose is displayed is absolutely stunning, and being able to see everyone walking around the museum through the glass is one of my favorite aspects of the Museum.

Tom and I both love winter and Christmas, and knew we wanted to have a winter wedding. We wanted it to be held somewhere that invited people in, encouraged people to talk (not in whispers) and to have something special that would make people remember our special day. Holding our Wedding Breakfast and Reception at The Mary Rose Museum certainly allowed us to do that.

Emma and Tom wedding at The Mary Rose
Emma and Tom wedding at The Mary Rose

Would you recommend the Mary Rose to others, and why?

Yes! If anyone is considering holding an event there, I would again highly recommend it. The venue itself is so unique and different from any other wedding venue we have seen or been to, and the ability to allow guests to explore the museum is a fantastic talking point, both before, during and after any event. The event staff are so supportive, helpful and accommodating, and they really made our day that much more special by ensuring it went as smoothly as possible. We really couldn't have asked for a better location, or a better group of people to work with.

Why do you love the Mary Rose?

When I think about The Mary Rose Museum, I think about Tom. I think about all the wonderful times we have spent together. I think about when he proposed, when we decided to hold our wedding at The Mary Rose Museum, when Tom gave his speech, our first dance, and all of the other wonderful memories I have from our wedding day. When I think about The Mary Rose, I think about the happiest day of my life, and the man I married, the man I love. I love The Mary Rose, and the Museum, because it allowed me to celebrate my marriage to Tom in my own unique way.