Dating back to 1209 Cambridge is the second oldest university town in England. This historic seat of learning is a fitting location for a wedding venue when you bear in mind that marriage is nothing if not an education!
Wedding Ceremony Venues in Cambridge
If you are looking for a suitable venue in Cambridge in which to hold your wedding ceremony then the city’s numerous historic colleges is the obvious starting point. Whilst a number of Cambridge colleges hold wedding licenses only the following ones are available to non college members: Corpus Christi, Jesus, Downing, Magdalene, Newnham and Trinity Hall. It’s worth remembering that many of the Cambridge colleges are not available for weddings during term time. With limited vacation dates available it is best to book your wedding in Cambridge as early as possible. It is only possible to hold your wedding ceremony in one of the Cambridge college chapels if you are a college member.
Wedding Reception Venues in Cambridge
If you are considering one of the Cambridge colleges for your wedding reception venue then you might find the Conference Cambridge website a useful source of information. Don’t be put off by the ‘conference’ implication – the site lists all the Cambridge colleges whose facilities are available for weddings and also guides you through the various restrictions. All the colleges offer beautiful historic settings, which provide a quintessentially English backdrop for your wedding. Corpus Christi College, which dates back to 1352, has a magnificent panelled hall, which provides a ceremonial setting for a grand wedding breakfast. Another suggestion would be Trinity Hall, another of Cambridge’s oldest colleges, which has beautiful grounds and a riverside terrace. Some of the Cambridge colleges offer accommodation outside of term time if you have wedding guests who need to say overnight.
Themes for a Cambridge Wedding
Why not incorporate the colour blue in to your wedding scheme? A ‘Blue’ is the term for a university sports award and the tradition of awarding ‘Blues’ began at Oxford and Cambridge. You could have blue wedding stationery, wedding flowers in various shades of blue, blue tie backs and bows on your wedding receptions chairs, and even a blue garter! Another idea would be to name each table after a different Cambridge college or famous Cambridge alumni. During the ‘lull’ between your wedding ceremony and wedding reception you could treat your guests to a punting trip down the ‘Backs’ (the idyllic and scenic backs of the colleges). A champagne picnic punt would be nicer still.
Alternative Wedding Venues in Cambridge
If one of Cambridge’s ancient seats of learning is not for you then there are some truly stunning wedding venues in Cambridgeshire and the neighbouring county of Suffolk. In Cambridge itself you have the Hotel Felix. This contemporary country house hotel has beautiful grounds and a picturesque façade, which offers a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. If you are wanting to hold your wedding in an usual setting have you taken a look at Duxford Air Museum yet? Within 45 minutes drive of Cambridge you have three exceptional and wholly unique wedding venues which are worth looking at. Hengrave Hall near Bury has one of the best bridal suites in the country; The Rotunda at Ickworth House will ensure that your wedding photographs are unforgettable, and the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket provide a magnificent setting at the very heart of British horseracing history.
Recommended Wedding Suppliers in Cambridge
There are many excellent wedding suppliers in the Cambridge area – a few of which are particularly worthy of a mention. Firstly, have you ever come across Bespoke Design? They produce the most amazing wedding stationery – brilliantly and uniquely themed for each wedding couple. They create stunning table plans and place settings, which will become treasured souvenirs. On the wedding photography front there are many to choose from in Cambridge, however, we would recommend giving Gary Rowsel, Mark Ashworth and Lightworks Photography a closer look. Hiring the services of a personal wedding dresser is becoming more and more popular. Linda Mclaren comes highly recommended and her charges are very reasonable. Our final recommendation is for Biscotti di Debora who offer a magical array of continental style wedding confectionary that will wow your guests and give them plenty to talk about. They can also create a Croc’embouche, a continental wedding cake made out of a tower of profiteroles and Chantilly cream, which cannot fail to make an impressive statement.