Imagine saying “I do” at 450 feet, high above the beach, as a breath-taking panorama of 26 miles of Sussex coastline gently unfolds around you. From September, happy couples will be able to do just that on British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower opening this summer on Brighton beach and one of the world’s most unique wedding venues.
The futuristic looking pod, which can hold up to 198 people for wedding ceremonies, provides 360o views through hand-crafted curved Italian glass and glides slowly up the 162m tower. There is even a Sky Bar on board where guests can toast the bride & groom with a glass of Champagne before descending gently into the beach building where celebrations can continue. “Working with the wonderful Trevor Love, Superintendent Registrar at Brighton & Hove Register Office, we are looking forward to welcoming couples who wish to hold their civil partnerships and same sex marriages in our amazing new venue on Brighton Beach,” said Eleanor Harris, CEO of British Airways i360.
Since same sex marriage became legal on 29th March 2014, Brighton & Hove has been the busiest register office in England or Wales for converting civil partnerships into marriages, with 586 couples converting. They also officiated a further 332 same sex marriages in the city by end 2015. The city is one of the most popular for same sex weddings in the UK. Couples can also take their vows in the heritage 1866 West Pier Toll Booth or choose the beachside event space, each with their own private terraces offering stunning views of the West Pier, Brighton beach and out to sea. The flexible spaces can cater for more intimate groups of 38 people to larger ceremonies of up to 202 people, including the bride and groom.
Wedding reception menus will use the finest local ingredients from the South Downs and Sussex region. For those wanting a more informal style celebration, British Airways i360 wedding packages include a BBQ and bowl food option or for a very special touch, couples can book the talented duo of Josh Stanzl and Steven Edwards, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013. Wedding reception packages start at £70 per person. Couples will benefit from the help of a dedicated wedding planner and the happy couple can even return to celebrate their first anniversary with a complimentary Champagne flight, courtesy of British Airways i360.
Said Eleanor Harris, CEO of British Airways i360, “Originally we intended to take wedding bookings from February 2017, but due to popular demand, we have brought this forward so that our first ceremonies will start from September 2016 and we have already got couples booked!”
• Beach Party Package £70.00 per person
• Brighton Classic £80.00 per person
• West Pier Banquet £95.00 per person
• Regency Gourmet £125.00 per person
• Sussex Finest £150.00 per person (Chefs: Steven Edwards and Josh Stanzl)
• 1866 West Pier Toll Booth from £500 (Max ceremony size 30)
• Beachside room 1 from £500 (Max ceremony size 90)
• Beachside room 2 from £500 (Max ceremony size 110)
• Glass pod from £3,000 (Max ceremony size 198)
For more information visit British Airways i360 and create the day of your dreams.