Finding the right wedding venue can be one of the most challenging parts of the wedding planning process. At Ware Priory we tailor your wedding especially for you from every last detail to every finishing touch. Whether you are looking for a historic or contemporary setting, wanting a civil ceremony, a wedding reception or perhaps both, then we are here to make sure you have the perfect day.
Perhaps you want to begin your married life almost immediately or you are looking slightly further ahead, maybe you are planning a spectacular celebration or an intimate gathering with close friends and family. Whatever your decision, your wedding is one of the most treasured, special and important days of your life and our experienced and dedicated team will help you plan your day ensuring it runs as smoothly as possible.
Ware Priory offers two fantastic venues in which to hold your wedding or celebration.
The historic Ware Priory offers a venue steeped in atmosphere with period architecture dating back to medieval times. The Priory Hall features gothic stone arches, stained glass windows and has the remnants of a Victorian Trompe-l’oeil. You enter through the Jacobean front door at the corner of the old cloister arcade and then, after the ceremony, meet your guests as newly-weds through a beautiful wisteria archway before entering the Priory Gardens.
For more intimate ceremonies there is the Hadsley Room, with its late-medieval roof beams and crown post roof. The room boats a 14th Century refectory table, which is believed to be a survivor from the original friary. Our Conservatory offers a bright spacious interior with an intimate atmosphere at night. Large French windows open on to the gardens with access to the River Lea, where wooden bridges access the Priory Island.
If you are looking for the ideal spot for photographs then we have several to choose from: arriving at the front of the Priory with your wedding car, signing the register in front of the stained glass windows in the Priory Hall or using the 14th Century refectory table in our late-medieval Hadsley Room. There is confetti time under the wisteria archway or several idyllic spots in the gardens and by the river.
We can also offer exclusive use so you, your partner, your family and friends can enjoy the celebration without any interruption.
You will need to arrange for the Registrar, as we cannot do that for you, so you should make contact with them directly for their availability. You can find the contact details here
Arrival and Photographs
All Brides and Grooms, whether married here or arriving after a church or registry office ceremony, will start the occasion with a drinks reception in our wonderful riverside gardens, which also provide the perfect setting for your photographs, whether in front of the Priory itself, in the beautiful landscaped gardens or by the river.
The Wedding Breakfast
The wedding breakfast will be served in your chosen room and can be a formal sit-down meal or an informal buffet or barbecue, all prepared and served by our highly skilled in-house catering partners. We can accommodate a small gathering in an intimate setting or a large number of up to 160 of your guests. You can view our current here Wedding Menu Selector (April 2015)
When the speeches are over and the cake has been cut, you and your guests can enjoy the full party atmosphere, dancing and socialising well into the night, and still enjoy our gardens and river views. Whatever you decide, our services include the full management of your day. All we ask is that you enjoy the weeding that you have long dreamed of!
We have a number of venues to choose from:
The Priory Hall
The Priory Hall is situated in what were the cloisters of the original Friary. You enter the Priory through the main door, which dates from the late Tudor or Jacobean period, into a small reception area before entering the main Hall itself. As you enter the Hall, there are stained glass windows to the left and front and to the right a series of French windows that open on to the riverside gardens.
The Conservatory offers a bright and spacious interior with easy access to our riverside gardens. Although licensed for civil ceremonies, the Conservatory is ideal place for your wedding breakfast or reception and can accommodate up to 120 guests. It also provides an fun atmosphere at night when you can have up to 140 guests for an evening reception. The Conservatory was completely rebuilt during the extensive renovations in the mid-1990s.
The Hadsley Room
The Hadsley Room, part of the Lady Suite, dates from the 15th Century and is understood to have been the Abbot’s lodgings originally. It is situated on the first floor. It boasts a superb example of a crown post roof and has a vaulted ceiling. The large refectory table in this room, used by the Registrar to conduct the ceremonies, dates back to the 14th Century and is believed to be from the original Friary. The room is named after Robert Hadsley, who purchased the Priory in 1685; his family owned the Estate for the best part of 200 years.
The Council Chamber
The Council Chamber is situated in the same wing as the Hadsley Room and is also available for civil ceremonies, although it holds no more than twenty people and is therefore for very intimate gatherings.
The Riverside Suite
The Riverside Suite, within Fletcher’s Lea, is also ideal as a larger venue for wedding receptions and celebration parties and can accommodate up to 160 guests for dining and 220 for a buffet setting. Fletcher’s Lea is a standalone building which affords exclusivity as all catering and bar facilities are housed within it. Additionally, there is a private terrace offering views over the River Lea as well as access to all the gardens within the Priory Estate.
Tailored Wedding Packages
Here at Ware Priory we tailor your wedding especially for you from every last detail to every finishing touch. Whether you are looking for a historic or contemporary setting, wanting a civil ceremony, a wedding reception or perhaps both, then we are here to make sure you have the perfect day.
Your wedding should be exactly how you both want it to be and so you, together with our dedicated team, can create a bespoke wedding to suit your every need.
In order to make the planning of your special day as simple as possible, we have designed a series of wedding packages for you to view. Additional packages are offered from time to time on our News & Offers page. Please make sure you take a look!
Each wedding package includes everything you require to make your day as memorable as possible and includes:
|A dedicated events manager to help you plan and host the day
|Use of the Priory and grounds
|Welcome drink for each guest
|Half a bottle of wine per guest
|A glass of sparkling wine for your speeches
|Cake knife and stand
|Table plan stand
|White table linen, glassware and china
|Silver service in-house bar and waiting staff
|Free parking for up to 55 vehicles
Catering for your wedding is managed by our partners, Seasoned Events. For more information on the menu options and to discuss various drinks packages click here.
We have put together a list of approved suppliers to help when planning your event, which is updated and added to reguarly. Click here for the full list.