I’m always on the look out for alternative wedding venues in Oxfordshire, and The Tap Social Movement is definitely a place the alternative bride will be drooling over. Set in an industrial estate in Oxford, it’s a large warehouse, has two floors, and is perfect for hosting one hell of a big party! They don’t sell themselves as a wedding venue, although have found that couples looking for something different have been seeking them out. I caught up with Tess, the co-founder and director of Tap Social, to find out more about their story and what a wedding at The Tap Social would look like…
WHAT IS TAP SOCIAL’S STORY?
Tap Social was founded in 2016 and was driven by a passion for good beer and social justice. We’re a social enterprise providing training and employment to people currently serving and recently released from prison sentences, with programmes in brewing, business start up, hospitality, sales, and more.
We’re passionate about providing effective rehabilitation and reducing reoffending by providing valuable and meaningful opportunities to people who have found themselves in the criminal justice system.
Our warehouse at the back of an industrial estate in Oxford is also home to a taproom, coffee shop and community space, hosting a range of events including gigs, comedy nights, street food, yoga classes, seminars, conferences, weddings, private parties, fundraisers and more.
WHAT MAKES TAP SOCIAL A GREAT WEDDING VENUE?
Our space is unconventional – it’s not your typical wedding venue. We’re based in a warehouse on an industrial estate, with our brewing equipment providing the backdrop for the space. While the venue is industrial, open plan and eclectic, the space is welcoming and warm, an extension of the living room.
We’re able to be really flexible, tailoring the day to what our guests want and offering a wide range of options with the catering (from sit down Michelin starred meals to street food trucks), the music (we work with a brilliant variety of bands and DJs), the bar offerings (custom beer brewed for the wedding, specialty wine and sparkling sourced locally, etc.) and everything in between.
Tap Social is a unique and memorable space ideal for those who would like something a bit different for their wedding day.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE COUPLES LOOKING FOR THEIR PERFECT VENUE?
The most important thing to remember is that it’s YOUR wedding day; and you are the ones that need to be perfectly happy with it. Go for the options that you feel most comfortable with, and be selfish! When you’re planning, worry about yourselves and what would make you happiest on the day – your guests will recognise this and will love what you choose as a result.
If you are looking for an alternative wedding venue in Oxford and thinking of getting married at Tap Social, take a peek at our styled shoot here: AN ‘URBAN ROCK’ WEDDING SHOOT AT TAP SOCIAL
Tap Social Oxford: Tap Social Movement
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