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Contents Romantic York 04 York Register Office 06 Approved Venues 08 Religious Ceremonies 10 Things to Know 12 Celebratory Services 14 Unique Venues 16 Hotels 26 Support Services 31


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With secret snickelways, the majestic York Minster and enchanting riverside walks, York is a city of romance. Crowned ‘Britain’s most beautiful city’, it’s no wonder that York is one of the most idyllic places in which to be married.

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Romantic York


York is the perfect setting for the day of your dreams, whether your idea of romance is a traditional white wedding with plenty of guests, a small and intimate ceremony or something entirely different.

For a ceremony in the heart of the city, look no further than York Register Office. Centrally located just a few hundred yards from the Minster, this elegant Georgian building is perfectly placed for those travelling from far and wide to see you on your special day. Stylishly furnished and surrounded by tranquil gardens, it is the ideal option for smaller weddings of up to 50 guests. Alternatively, choose from the endearing selection of licensed venues within the city. From medieval guildhalls and quirky attractions to grand hotels and stately homes, there are plenty of unique options so you’ll be

sure to find one to suit you. Explore a little further to find magnificent country houses with breathtaking views, dramatic ruins and beautiful formal gardens, all providing an unforgettable backdrop for your big day. York is filled with attractions and must-see scenery so why not carry on the celebrations and stay a little longer? Come and speak to the team at the Visit York Information Centre. We offer a first class booking service and can source accommodation close to your chosen venue for family and friends. With expert local knowledge, the team can suggest activities and excursions to keep everybody entertained.


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York Register Office is considered to be one of the finest in northern England. Helpful, friendly and experienced staff are on hand to advise and ensure everything runs smoothly on your special day. Planning your big day? It is important to know where you can get married and how the process works. One of the main things to know is that you can marry at any register office or approved venue in England or Wales if you are a resident in either of these countries, and marriage can be between two people of the opposite sex or two people of the same sex. York Register Office offers a truly magnificent venue for your day. It is situated in a wide, elegant city centre street, close to the iconic Minster and you can choose from two rooms, depending on your personal choice and the number of guests. There are two suites within Bootham. The bigger Bootham Suite is perfect for larger ceremonies, a formal ceremony room that seats 50 guests comfortably with additional standing room. This room combines modern technology with a red carpeted aisle, Yorkshire stone floor and French windows which open onto the landscaped gardens, providing the perfect backdrop for photographs. This can also be used by smaller parties and is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

style in keeping with the Georgian architecture. Most importantly, York Register Office’s team can tailor your day to suit your needs. Walk down the aisle to music of your choice, customise your ceremony with poems and readings or make your day truly personal by composing your own vows. Involve those most dear by having them give away the bride or bring forward the rings. To make your day truly special, the format and content of the ceremony can be adapted and personalised to suit you both, as long as any changes comply with the legal restrictions which do not allow any religious reference.

York Register Office Contact the team or pop into the office at 56 Bootham, York YO30 7DA Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm and by appointment Saturday 10am - 3pm 01904 654477 For a virtual tour go to

Should you want a more intimate wedding ceremony, the smaller Bootham Suite is less formal and accommodates up to 10 people including the bride and groom. Both rooms are elegantly decorated, retaining a classical


Choose your Venue As well as marrying or forming a civil partnership at York Register Office, you can choose one of these approved licensed venues for your ceremony.


Approved Venues Bedern Hall Bartle Garth, York YO1 7AL | 01904 646030

Mansion House St Helen’s Square,York YO1 9QL | 01904 552036

The Principal York Station Road,York YO24 1AA 01904 653681

Bell Hall Escrick,York YO19 6HL 01904 720489

Marmadukes Hotel 4-5 St Peters Grove,York YO30 6AQ | 01904 640101

Thirteen Thirty One 13 Grape Lane,York YO1 7HU 01904 661130

Churchill Hotel 65 Bootham,York YO30 7DQ 01904 644456

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall Fossgate,York YO1 9XD 01904 654818

Villa Farm Wigginton Road, Wigginton,York YO32 2RH | 01904 487129

Deighton Lodge York Rd,York YO19 6HQ 01904 720191

Merchant Taylor’s Hall Adlwark,York YO1 7BX 01904 624889

York Castle Museum Eye of York,York YO1 9RY 01904 687671

The Grand Hotel & Spa Station Rise,York YO1 6GD 01904 380038

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Shipton Road, Skelton, York YO30 1XW | 01904 670222

York Marriott Hotel Tadcaster Road,York YO24 1QQ | 01904 701000

The Grange Hotel 1 Clifton,York YO30 6AA 01904 644744

Middlethorpe Hall Hotel & Spa 57 Bishopthorpe Road,York YO23 2GB | 01904 661301

York Maze Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York YO19 5LT | 01904 607341

Grays Court Chapter House Street York YO1 7JH | 01904 612613

Middletons Hotel Skeldergate,York YO1 6DS 01904 611570

York Pavilion Hotel 45 Main Street, Fulford, York YO10 4PJ | 01904 622099

Hilton York Hotel 1 Tower Street,York YO1 9WD | 01904 648111

Monkbar Hotel St Maurice’s Road,York YO31 7JA | 01904 638086

York Racecourse York YO23 1EX | 01904 638971

Hospitium Museum Gardens,York YO1 7FR | 01904 687671

National Railway Museum Leeman Road,York YO26 4XJ 01904 686226

Hotel du Vin 89 The Mount,York YO24 1AX | 01904 405260

Park Inn by Radisson North Street,York YO1 6JF 01904 459988


Religious Ceremonies


York in the Middle Ages was a city of churches, with 47 of them standing within the city walls. Many were demolished in the time of King Henry VIII but most of the surviving churches are still used today. From the magnificent Minster to medieval town churches and tiny places of worship enclosed by winding lanes and alleys, York is full of characterful religious buildings in which you can be married. If you wish to have a Church of England wedding, you should speak to the vicar of the church of your choice. There is no need to contact the register office unless the vicar advises you to do so. To be married or form a civil partnership in a church or place of religious worship other than Church of England, you should first contact the minister or person in charge of marriages at the building. If you are planning a religious ceremony that is not Church of England, you must give notice of intention to the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which you live unless one or both of you are subject to immigration control. Both parties must be present if attending York Register Office and should ring 01904 654477 to make an appointment.


Things to know before you marry

In order to marry in a venue other than the Church of England, you must undergo certain preliminaries. The following legal procedures must be in place before you can tie the knot. 12

Intention to Marry

Civil Partnerships

Both of you must give notice of your intention to marry, in person, at the District Register Office at the place in which you usually reside. If one or both of you is subject to immigration control, you must go to a specialised Register Office.

Couples of the same sex can now legally be married, however couples can still opt to form civil partnerships should they wish to. Get in touch with the team at York Register Office to find out more.

Please note: You must both have lived a minimum of seven clear days in a Registration District in England or Wales immediately before giving notice at that office. Both of you must attend to give notice and this should usually be done by making an appointment to attend at the same time. Notice cannot be given on behalf of a person, or by post, phone, or email. You both have to give notice at least 28 clear days (in some circumstances this number of days may be longer), and not more than a year before the date of your marriage. When giving notice, you must provide evidence of name, surname, nationality, date of birth and place of residence. For people who have legally changed their name, documentary evidence in the form of a name change document is needed. In the case of any queries regarding foreign documents, please contact the Register Office. All documents should be certified or sealed. Photostat copies are not acceptable. Parties to a marriage or civil partnership who are under 18 years of age should contact the Register Office in advance of their notice to ensure that they can provide the correct documentation.

Please note: this booklet is for general information and is not a complete statement of the law. It must be stressed that the marriage cannot go ahead unless the legal formalities have been completed. A provisional booking is simply that, and does not guarantee that the marriage will go ahead until the legal notice of intention is given. Notices cannot be given on behalf of a person, or by post, phone or email.

Fees: From 1 January 2017 The fees to give notice are set nationally by the Government and are currently £35 per person. In addition the following applies: Bootham Suite’s large room: Mon - Thur: £245, Fri - Sat: £330 Bootham Suite’s small room (8 guests): Mon - Thurs: £140, Fri - Sat: £195 In an approved venue: Mon - Thur: £510, Fri - Sat: £590, Sun/Bank Holiday: £640 The above fees are subject to change. Go to to check for up-todate information.


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As well as civil weddings and civil partnerships, City of York Registration and Celebratory Service also offers a range of services.

Renewal of Vows For married couples or civil partners who wish to celebrate their union in a unique and personal ceremony, York Register Office offers a Renewal of Vows ceremony. It is common for a renewal of vows to be associated with a special anniversary but it can take place at any time. Couples who have married or formed a civil partnership abroad often choose to renew their vows to celebrate their union with family and friends. Couples who have been through a period which has put strain on their relationship may choose the ceremony to celebrate their renewed devotion to one another. The content and format of the ceremony is tailored to suit each individual couple.

Naming Ceremonies To celebrate the birth of a child or welcome into the family the arrival of adopted or step children, York Register offers a Naming Ceremony. It is an opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be as good a parent as you can be and friends or relatives chosen by you to be supporting adults can pledge their special relationships with your child. Children of any age can have a ceremony; it’s not just for babies.

For further information on any of these ceremonies, please contact us on: 01904 654477 or visit


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Castle Howard

Bedern Hall Bartle Garth, York YO1 6HL | 01904 646030 | | Experience the medieval splendour of Bedern Hall, a beautiful stone-built 14th century building in the centre of York. Bedern Hall is the ideal venue for those looking to put a personal stamp on their special day, offering the perfect setting for an intimate and individual occasion. Nestled in the centre of York, just minutes from York Minster, Bedern Hall is a stunning space with a soaring beamed ceiling, arched windows and warm stone walls. Our friendly and experienced in-house catering team invites couples to create their own individual wedding menu using locally-sourced, seasonal produce.

Escrick Park Estates York YO19 6L | | 01904 728252 | Yours naturally‌ Beautiful outdoor venues for marquee receptions, civil ceremonies, & celebrant woodland weddings. Parkland or garden locations just off the A19 south of York. Unique venues to allow you freedom to plan your day – your way. Escrick Park can guide you with lots of help and advice and we work with many reliable and recommended suppliers. Images by Charlotte White Photography and Wynne Davies Photography


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Weddings at York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum provides a perfect venue for evening wedding receptions and ceremonies, giving your special day a warm, nostalgic feel which is sure to be enjoyed by family and friends alike.

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A charming and atmospheric evening venue for wedding receptions and ceremonies.

The Museum’s recreated Victorian Street, Kirkgate, can host seated banquets for up to 70 guests, with the tables arranged on the main street. Your reception will be set against the unique backdrop of our authentic shop fronts, packed with historic goods, perfect for memorable photographs.

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The Museum can also host buffet receptions for larger numbers of guests and a site visit is highly recommended if you are interested in this venue.

01904 687 671 Email: Or visit

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For more information please call our dedicated wedding team on:

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Weddings at the Hospitium

Let our unique and historic venue create a magical setting for your perfect day This stunning 14th century listed building situated in the beautiful Museum Gardens is the ideal location for your special day. The Hospitium is set over two floors offering you and your guests an exclusive location to celebrate all aspects of your day. The venue is overlooked by the striking ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, providing the perfect location for your wedding photographs. The Hospitium is licensed to host civil ceremonies and provides a peaceful and private setting.

For more information please call our dedicated wedding team on:

01904 687 671 Email: Or visit

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York Maze Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York YO19 5LT | 01904 607341 | York Maze is a fantastic rural venue, perfect for the less formal wedding or reception. Set in open countryside close to the city. Our aim is to give you the Wedding you wish for, with the freedom to create your own special day. We have the ideal setting and flexibility to make your wedding Amazing. As an approved venue for civil marriages, you can tie the knot and dance the night away in rustic style! You can decorate the barns to your own taste, and even let your guests camp over for the night! If you have the imagination, we can make it happen, at York Maze!! For more information please contact Vikki at

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A truly unique setting for your special day The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall provides a beautiful and truly special venue for your wedding celebration. Offering exclusive use, the Hall and its secluded walled garden is a stunning backdrop for ceremonies and receptions

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Chris Milner Photography

For more details or to book a viewing call us on 01904 654818 or email


The Merchant Taylors’ Hall Aldwark, York YO1 7BX | 01904 624889 or 01347 878628 | | Set in the heart of the city, this 14th century medieval hall, with its beamed ceiling and beautiful gardens – perfect for photographs and drinks receptions – will provide a stunning backdrop for your special day. The Small Hall can hold up to 60 for a ceremony and dining for 30. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 150 for a ceremony and dining for up to 130. Both are licensed for civil ceremonies. York-based Poppy Caterers offer a unique bespoke service to assist you with planning and tailoring your wedding to reflect your individual needs and tastes. A beautiful venue with bespoke dining for that special day.

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your wedding reception

The National Centre for Early Music, a magnificent Grade I listed building based at St Margaret’s Church, York, close to the city centre, offers an ideal venue for your wedding reception. The NCEM seats 120 guests for a sit down meal or a buffet and the acoustics are perfect for live music.

Please note this venue is available for wedding receptions and not wedding ceremonies

For further information: Tel: 01904 632220 | Email: |

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 01751 472508 | | When it comes to choosing a venue for your celebration, few can beat the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the amazing Yorkshire scenery. Choose to celebrate the happiest day of your lives with us and surprise your guests with a steam train adventure. The beautiful evolving scenery of the North York Moors and delicious food will mean your wedding is the one your guests will talk about and remember for years to come. With our combination of exquisite catering, experienced staff and unwavering attention to detail your day here will surpass all expectations.


The perfect platform for your dream wedding

At the National Railway Museum, our world-class venue and events team will ensure that your special day is all you dreamed of and more. Our stunning halls provide an atmospheric setting for intimate to large-scale ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. The museum’s iconic collections offer a magnificent backdrop for your photographs and will truly wow your guests. T 01904 686 226

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York Racecourse We'd love to discuss your plans | 01904 638971 | York Racecourse's award winning facilities offer a lovely setting for civil ceremonies and receptions with extensive grounds offering beautiful photo opportunities. We have a choice of banqueting suites, most with spectacular views, guaranteed to add extra charm to your special day. Our high quality catering team are renowned for providing first class hospitality and attention to detail, giving you every confidence your wedding celebration will be one to cherish and remember.


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Unique - for the day you want, the way you want. Flexible - giving you the chance to make your dream wedding a reality. Incredible value - venue hire including luxury on site accommodation for your

wedding party or NEW now offering a field hire only option.

To discuss how best we can help, call us on 01904 487129 or e-mail your enquiry to Villa Farm, Wigginton Road, Wigginton,York YO32 2RH


Middletons Hotel

The Grand Hotel & Spa Station Rise, York YO1 6GD | 01904 380038 | | Celebrate your wedding in style at Yorkshire’s only 5-star hotel, The Grand Hotel and Spa, York. An elegant Grade II listed building full of history, The Grand is the ideal setting for your big day. With Edwardian architecture, a unique ambience, and sweeping staircases perfect for sumptuous photography, it’s guaranteed to impress. From the red carpet welcome, right through to your beautifully appointed bedroom at the end of the day, your wedding will be a truly unforgettable experience. The hotel’s wedding co-ordinator and their team will make sure your day runs seamlessly and your wedding is truly bespoke. 26 | Hotels

The Grange Hotel 1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA | 01904 644744 | | A special venue... for your perfect day. The Grange Hotel’s fine Regency reception room has been luxuriously decorated with elegant fabrics, soft furnishings and antique furniture to reflect its classical period. Licensed for civil weddings and conveniently located just 5 minutes’ walk from York Registry office. Whether it’s a small intimate gathering or reception with up to 110 guests, our wedding coordinators would love to make your dream wedding become a reality. All inclusive packages from £3400.

Grays Court Chapter House Street, York YO1 7JH | 01904 612613 | Dating back to 1080 and nestled in the heart of the exclusive Minster Quarter, Grays Court is a true hidden gem. A family-run business and proud two-time regional winners of Best Town/ City Venue at the Wedding Industry Awards, Grays Court specialises in personal and bespoke weddings. We’re one of the few city centre venues licensed for outdoor ceremonies in half an acre of garden, and offer an array of stunning rooms to celebrate in, as well as eleven luxurious en-suite bedrooms to make the hotel yours for the day and night.


Hotel du Vin 89 The Mount, York YO24 1AX | 01904 405260 | | Hotel du Vin York provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and civil partnerships as you glide elegantly from ceremony to celebration and beyond - all orchestrated flawlessly by your own personal wedding planner. Located in The Mount, a tranquil area close to the historic city centre. Hotel du Vin York is a beautiful Grade II listed building that dates back to the early 19th century. Formerly a private home and an orphanage, the hotel houses 44 stylish bedrooms & suites, a trademark bistro, bar and private dining rooms, along with an outdoor terrace and open top courtyard.

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Shipton Road, York YO30 1XW | 0844 815 9038 | Mercure York Fairfield Manor hotel ensures your day is uniquely yours with a one wedding per day policy. The hotel has the perfect blend of modern amenities with the old world style of an original 18th century Georgian Manor House. 6 acres of beautiful private grounds provides you with the perfect backdrop for your photographs. 89 stylishly decorated bedrooms ensure your guests can unwind after the celebrations. Licensed for Civil Ceremony Weddings, we can cater for up to 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 guests for an evening reception. 28 | Hotels

Middletons Hotel 57 Skeldergate, York YO1 6DS | 01904 611570 | A perfect setting for a smaller, intimate wedding in the centre of the City of York with beautiful grounds and historic buildings as a backdrop. Ideal for parties of up to 40 guests, you can take your vows in one of the private suites, and then celebrate the occasion with a fabulous wedding feast. We’ll tailor menus to suit your budget and work with you to create the day of your dreams.

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 2GB | 01904 661301 | Congratulations! You have found your perfect partner, now Middlethorpe Hall offers the perfect venue to fulfil your dreams for your special day. Set in its own beautifully maintained grounds, The National Trust’s Middlethorpe Hall summarises the quintessential country house, offering elegance and romance in an idyllic setting. A perfect backdrop for ceremony and celebration, and a photographer’s dream to create lasting memories of each precious moment of the day.


York Pavilion 45 Main Street, Fulford, YORK YO10 4PJ | 01904 622099 | The York Pavilion is a privately owned hotel in the historic City of York, where couples will find that we make their dreams come true! We listen, we guide and we deliver – to make sure that your perfect day is just that from start to finish. Once home to John Barry, the house is full of atmosphere and charm and has elegant gardens for memorable photographs. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships, we would love to look after your special day whether it is a small private family affair for twenty guests, or a grand occasion for up to 110 guests with numbers for the evening up to 150 guests – this is the perfect choice. We have wedding packages to suit your day, and you will find that we are adaptable and flexible to ensure that everything works just the way you want it. Come and see us soon – meet the team who will care for you – and choose the York Pavilion with confidence for your special day.

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Support Services 1645 Fizz Bar 07525 912452 | Serving Frizzante and Peroni on tap from a beautifully converted mobile Prosecco bar is an alternative option for any function, inside or outside, and a unique and memorable way to make your Wedding stand out.

Azendi 50 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HZ 01904 571160 | Beautiful bridal jewellery and keepsake bridesmaid gifts. Free one-to-one consultation or book an exclusive bridal party. Plus, receive 15% off bridal jewellery with this voucher.


Acomb Travel 41 Front Street, Acomb, York YO24 3BR | 01904 782401 | Acomb Travel has built a fine reputation over the past forty years for a highly personal and independent service. This is based on their exceptional knowledge and first-hand travel experience to provide just the right sort of holidays to suit tastes, requirements and importantly your budgets. We can offer you the best in: Pre Wedding Arrangements: Short Breaks, UK and overseas, Make Up and Photo Shoot, Golf Breaks... Overseas Weddings: Cyprus, Greece, Carribbean, Indian Ocean‌ Honeymoon... Anywhere you choose to go!!!!

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KL Photographers 128 Boroughbridge Road, York, YO26 6AL 01904 792338 | | Our friendly and relaxed photographer has over 14 years’ experience capturing wedding days. In a free consultation we can chat about everything from the photos you like best to a package tailored for you.

ibloomflorists 35 The Village, Wigginton, York YO32 2PR 07748 142078 | At ibloomflorists, we offer a truly individual experience. Our customers need a wedding florist who can translate their ideas and give them the 'WOW' factor on their big day.


Omega Photobooths 0800 0468016 | All-inclusive packages with no hidden extras We can customise and personalise your package at no extra cost to make your day extra special. Photo album and images on USB included.

York Pullman 01904 622992 | Arrive in style on your special day in one of our Heritage fleet vehicles. Please contact us for a hassle free, no obligation quote and let us take care of your wedding day transport requirements.

Star Inn the City Museum St, York YO1 7DR 01904 619208 | The ideal venue for intimate wedding breakfasts and gatherings. Set menu choices, extensive wine list and two private rooms to hire for up to 36 guests.

Streamline Taxis Cumberland St, York YO1 9SW 01904 656565 | Established in 1937 and with the benefit of over 80 years experience, we have established an unrivalled reputation in York as the premier taxi provider of the city. Download our spp! 34 | Support Services

Poppy Caterers 01347 878628 | | Poppy Caterers & Marquees offer a unique service of bespoke catering and marquee design to suit every client’s particular tastes and needs. Poppy Offer: • Bespoke Menus using only the Finest & Freshest Local Ingredients • Marquees of distinction • Licenced bar facilities • Venue sourcing • Entertainment • A dedicated team who look after you from your initial enquiry


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York Wedding Guide 2017/18  
York Wedding Guide 2017/18