Never thought of getting married in a greenhouse? Well, this gorgeous venue will change your mind. Paradehuset—which means orangery—is located in the charming Frederiksberg neighborhood of Copenhagen as part of The Royal Danish Gardener’s Garden (seriously, book it just for the name!). Complete with stunning garden grounds for roaming that are well over a 100-years old, with this much surrounding natural beauty there’s nary a need for any additional décor—though we won’t blame you if you still want to go overboard on the florals.
We had a chat with the beautiful bride, Bo (featured in these photos) who shared a bit more about her destination Danish wedding with her handsome groom, Tobias, and the inspiration for the day.
What in particular drew you to your venue, Paradehuset?
Bo: "The Paradehuset greenhouse felt 'hyggelig,' which was important to us. We wanted the experience to be cozy and intimate with a small group of our loved ones. Since it's a destination wedding, many of our friends will be traveling with their kids. The lush garden provided them a space for a breather. And most importantly, Paradehuset had late night partying hours! This was quite challenging to find in the States. We did not want to stop the fun! That alone made it easy to go with the venue."
Tell us about your inspiration for your wedding—we love the natural simplicity and elegance that is evident throughout.
Bo: "Yes! Aside from being hygge, we had hoped to keep it simple, personal and natural. The venue itself had lots of bright natural light, so we didn't really have to do that much in terms of decoration. This was ideal as we would have to had to either make arrangements or lug the props over. In the end, we just opted for white paper lanterns and floral arrangements to keep it simple and elegant."
Who was involved in making your beautiful day come together?
Bo: "We tried to stay within budget by doing things ourselves, such as designing the menu, signage and website. Our friends and family were generous in offering us help to arrange flowers, snack bags, and setting the space up. It really took a village!"
Can you share what your favorite part of the wedding day was?
Bo: "The Danish 5-hour-long meal with the speeches! You always hear that couples don't get to eat at their own wedding, but it wasn't the case for us. The food, which was catered by Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, was not only gorgeous but also incredibly tasty! Our friend who also attended Chelsea Clinton's wedding said the food at our wedding was better. As a food enthusiast, that made me quite happy. Taking in the delicious food while receiving all the love from our friends and family made for a very memorable experience."
Just as dreamy as the name sounds, an orangery is a special greenhouse dedicated to growing citrus. This particular one also happens to be one of the oldest greenhouses in all of Denmark. With orangey-ochre walls that live up to its name, this petite room is the perfect place for an intimate ceremony or small reception. Though no longer fulfilling its original purpose, this light-filled space is an enchanting spot for exchanging vows while overlooking the garden, or celebrating late into the night tucked in a warm glow. The orangery can accommodate up to 75 people.
If you can’t quite trim your guest list down to 75 (we feel you), opt for the Well Hall instead. This space with floor to ceiling windows is the perfect marriage of Danish simplicity and old-world majesty. With blog-worthy wide-planked wood floors and doors leading straight out to an open courtyard, this is the optimal spot for transitioning between an indoor-to-outdoor affair. The well hall can accommodate up to 180 people.
Whether it’s a carefree wedding you’re after with a handful of witnesses or a grand shebang, the garden grounds adjacent to the Orangery and Well Hall are an ideal locale for your nature-inspired nuptials. The formal gardens are the second oldest in the world (second only to the English) and provide a beautiful foliage-filled backdrop for your ceremony and special day. Ramble around to find your perfect open-air spot, or plan for a large tent to safeguard against any rainy day spoils.
Not to worry if you’re not in the market for getting married; Paradehuset hosts any kind of event from fashions shows to corporate retreats to children’s birthday parties. It’s an exceptional space for any and every kind of celebration.
Venue: Paradehuset | Photography: James Moes | Florals: Homemade | Dress: Houghton NYC League of Her Own | DJ: Kwame Owusu | Catering: Mielcke & Hurtigkarl