For us at Picture Us Photobooths, York holds a special place in our hearts. Not only did Katie, the owner at Picture Us live in York most of her life but it is also the place where we married ourselves and our son was born in York hospital. If you are getting married in York we provide some great advice based on our own local knowledge!
York attracts millions of visitors every year and has an amazing array of historic and picturesque wedding venues. We believe that the combination of narrow shop filed streets, artisan cafes and a history going back centuries create a romantic feel the city.
If you are new to York then certainly take time to visit the city to explore everything it has to offer beforehand. Not all wedding venues are in the city centre and it may also pay to check out the surrounding areas. The are some lovely villages, such as Aldwark that we mention below that can also create a country feel to your wedding.
If you would like to see which venues have also been approved for civil marriages to take place, the City of York council website has a list of approved civil wedding venues in York.
In this article we list out our favourites York wedding venues and also provide a few tips on organising your wedding.
Merchant Adventurers Hall is situated in the heart of York, down the busy street of Fossgate. This medieval guildhall was completed in 1361. The Great Hall within the building has a timber framed structure and is the largest such building in the UK that is standing and still used for its original purposes.
The Great Hall makes an amazing backdrop for weddings and can accommodate up to 180 guests. Once the ceremony is over, the walled garden outside is fantastic for wedding pictures, drinks and canapes in the summer.
Please note however that high heels are not allowed in the building to protect the floor, though heel protectors can be purchased at the venue.
Merchant Adventurers Hall was one of the first private venues to be licensed for civil marriages. Whilst parking on the roadside can be a challenge when busy, there are a multitude of city centre car parks close by.
If you prefer something out in the countryside, Aldwark Manor sits in 120 acres of parklands and is steeped in its own history. The manor itself was commissioned in 1865 by Lord Walsingham as a wedding present for his eldest daughter.
Nowadays, Aldwark Manor is a fantastic hotel and wedding venue. The hotel features a spa and an excellent 18 hole, 72 par golf course allowing you to relax before or after your wedding. The hotel provides a fantastic range of wedding packages and Picture Us Photobooths is proud to be a supplier to this hotel.
The Hospitium was built in the 14th century and is a listed two floor building. It set within the breathtaking Museum Gardens and is overlooked by the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. The Hospitium is a licenced wedding venue and in the summer months, the venue will rope off the paved area outside allowing you to enjoy look out on to the gardens with guests after your wedding.
The Hospitium can accommodate up to 135 guests for dinner and 200 guests for an evening reception.
Once you have chosen your venue, there are a variety of other things to consider:
Accommodation for friends and family shouldn’t be an issue as York has a multitude of quality hotels. However, for friends and family who may be travelling from further afield and excellent alternative may be to let a York holiday apartment or other property.
York holiday apartments give family and friends to stay in the same property for a few days and explore the city our countryside.
Transport links in York are very good. York bus services run from outlying areas into the city centre.
There are a variety of entertainment companies for your wedding based in York and the nearby major city of Leeds. We are certainly seeing a diverse array of wedding entertainers that provide entertainment before and during your wedding breakfast or as part of your evening reception.
If you are looking for something different we can highly recommend Mark Waddington, an excellent close-up magician based in North Yorkshire. If you are looking to provide your wedding guests with a takeaway souvenir we are seeing a huge surge in popularity of our magic selfie mirror. Our magic selfie mirror packages will provide you with a guest book full of great, fun photos signed by your guests – each guest get a picture to take away too!
Choosing your wedding suppliers for other items such as wedding cake, suits and flowers can be daunting especially if you don’t live in the area. For this reason, we highly recommend that you visit a wedding fayre organised by a reputable company.
Wedding fayres are usually held at the premium York wedding venues and feature an array of hand selected suppliers.
The Wedding Affair are a York based business who specialise in such wedding fayres. Run by Lisa and Chris Hogg, they choose only the best suppliers to feature at their events. Each event gives you the opportunity to speak to wedding suppliers in the York area direct and in one place.
Whatever you choose to do for your York based wedding, we hope you have a fabulous day.