Weddings

 
 

Memorable weddings demand extraordinary locations and Blackfriars Priory makes your special day exceptional. An enchanting priory in the centre of the historical city of Gloucester, captivating architecture steeped in history, will truly delight you and your guests. The perfect backdrop for your photos and videos, all combined with delicious award-winning food and drink, delivered with impeccable and considered service.

We can assist you in making your special day perfect, from the ceremony, to the wedding breakfast, through to evening reception. Blackfriars Priory truly is a magical setting.  We offer exclusive use, so you will have the entire private venue to yourselves for the day.

 

Full Days

Receptions

Ceremonies

 
 

Full Days

With two licenced rooms and an incredible backdrop for your reception, Blackfriars is the ideal choice for couples who would like to hold their whole wedding in one magnificent setting.

 

The North Range

Depending on the number of guests in your party, your ceremony can either take place in the East Range (up to 60 people) or in the North Range. 

After your ceremony, make your way into the private grounds to enjoy drinks with your guests and photographs, while are expert team turnaround the room ready for your wedding breakfast.  

At Blackfriars, we believe your wedding should be as unique as you and so we offer you the freedom to choose your perfect catering from one of our four recommended suppliers. Whether you would like a relaxed BBQ in the garden, cones of fish and chips or a formal sit down meal, our caterers will work with you to create your perfect menu to suit your style and budget.

At night, the priory transforms into an ambient and exciting space for you to dance the night away.  Whether you would like a band, a DJ, a photo booth or a magician, we offer you the freedom to book the entertainment of your choice, ensuring you have the day of your dreams.  What’s more, we are centrally located in the heart of the City Centre and next to Gloucester Quays, where there are a number of new hotels and holiday accommodation, meaning you and your guests can easily make your way to your next destination to sleep off the party or carry on into the night. 

 

The East Range

A full day wedding in the East Range is perfect for a stunning celebration with your closest family and friends.

After the ceremony, you can make your way to the garden, North Range or the bar to enjoy the site while our dedicated team changeover the room ready for your wedding breakfast.  Up to 50 guests can be seated in this warm and inviting space, which will be lit with fairy lights and a playlist of your choice can be played for background music while you enjoy your meal.

As the evening draws in, the East Range is a lovely private space to mingle with your guest and enjoy background music, a small acoustic performance or light entertainment. Look out over the views of the garden, which will be candlelit after dark and enjoy the bar in the nearby Thomas Bell Room.

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receptions

 

Whether you would like a small and quirky reception or would like to wow your guests with a high impact setting, we can help you create your perfect day.  Our reception only packages are ideal for those who would like to say their vows elsewhere.

Make your way from your ceremony and step into the private cloister garden, where you can be greeted with a welcome drink and canapes while you mingle with your guests and have photos against the exciting Medieval Priory backdrop.  

The Wedding breakfast can be held in either the North or Upper East Range. The East Range is perfect for an intimate meal for up to 50 guests and the North Range is perfect for larger parties, with up to 150 people being able to be seated in this incredible room. 

At Blackfriars, we believe your wedding should be as unique as you and so we offer you the freedom to choose your perfect catering from one of our four recommended suppliers. Whether you would like a relaxed BBQ in the garden, cones of fish and chips or a formal sit down meal, our caterers will work with you to create your perfect menu to suit your style and budget.

At night, the priory transforms into an ambient and exciting space for you to dance the night away.  Whether you would like a band, a DJ, a photo booth or a magician, we offer you the freedom to book the entertainment of your choice, ensuring you have the day of your dreams.  What’s more, we are centrally located in the heart of the City Centre and next to Gloucester Quays, where there are a number of new hotels and holiday accommodation, meaning you and your guests can easily make your way to your next destination to sleep off the party or carry on into the night. 

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Ceremonies

Blackfriars is licensed by Gloucestershire County Council to hold weddings and civil partnerships in either the Upper East Range or the North Range. You’ll need to agree your ceremony date and time with the Superintendent Registrar, which can be done by calling Gloucestershire County Council Registrar on 01452 425060 or visiting their website.

Please note for after your ceremony we are happy for petals and bubbles to be used as confetti. Due to the nature of the building, we do not allow the use of non-biodegradable or rice paper confetti.

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The North Range

With high ceilings, exposed 13th century beams and a fully glazed wall overlooking the ancient ruin, the North Range exudes grandeur. It is perfect for couples looking for a ceremony with an impact.

The North Range ceremony only package is for up to 80 guests, however up to 230  can be seated in this magnificent space.

 

The Upper East Range

The Upper East Range is our most intimate space, ideal for small ceremonies of up to 60 guests.  The room features an original 13th century scissor braced roof, rare detailing in the stonework of the downstairs fireplace and the remains of a clay oven.

A unique and atmospheric space, the East Range is perfect for couples who would like to celebrate with their closest friends and family.

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