Guildhall, Exeter

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£360 - £900 for Venue Hire
Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
booked
In the heart of Exeter city centre, the Historic Guildhall is a 900 year old, Grade 1, Civic Hall, that entices you to opens its ancient carved oak doors for weddings and civil ceremonies.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£360
Maximum Price
£900

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£360
Maximum Price
£900
The Great Hall – Our Opulent Great Hall can cater for large ceremonies of up to 80 people, and is available to hire for 3 hours ( 10am-2pm or 2-5pm – other timings will be considered). The Great Hall is available at £780. The Jury Room – Our Jury Room is perfect for intimate ceremonies of up to 35 – lending a impressive feel with its wood panelling. The Jury room is available at £360.
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Town Hall
Registry Office
Reception Capacity
80
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
06:00 PM
Yes

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence

Venue

City View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Exclusive Use
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Disabled Access
Bridal Changing Facilities

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Full Description
Starting your future with the enchantment of the past; In the heart of Exeter, the historic Guildhall has been the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for 800 years. Bursting with history, the Guildhall has received royalty, dignitaries and now your Ceremony can be added to the list! Step through the ancient oak doors into the Opulent Great Hall, adding a majestic feeling to your day with its brass chandelier, rich coloured stain glass and intricate panelling. The Great Hall is perfect for large weddings, and can accommodate up to 75 guests. If you are looking for a more intimate ceremony why not walk down the aisle in our Jury Room, with walls lined with 17th-century panelling, the Jury Room can host weddings of up to 35 whilst still providing all the grandeur of a larger wedding. From civil partnerships, "tying the knot" to renewing your vows you have come to the right venue. So why not add your story to the record books and become part of the Guildhalls history.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Nicola Stewart
Congratulations on your engagement, what an exciting time this is for you both! The Guildhall Mace Sergeants and I love nothing more than helping you with your special day, taking any stress away to give you the most perfectly tailored experience . From cosy quirky ceremonies, to the grandest of days we work with you to ensure your wedding is bespoke , your wishes are fulfilled and your day is how you dreamed it would be.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2012
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
Reviews
(4)
(4)
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Cordelia & Georgina
Happy couple Married on January
February 2022
Everything was so seamless
"Happy New Year! George and I want to say a big thank you for helping to make our wedding so special. The Guildhall looked beautiful and everything was so seamless, so thank you so very much"
S
Stephanie & Will
Happy couple Married on September
February 2022
We had the most wonderful day and we are so gratef
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the Guildhall team for our wonderful wedding on Saturday. We had the most wonderful day and we are so grateful to you and the team for everything you did in the run up and on the day to make it perfect. Thank you so much again, and if you ever need a couple to write a testimonial or review for you please do let us know as we would be happy to share how excellent our experience has been!
A
Anon
Happy couple Married on June
June 2018
Fantastic Day
We had the most fantastic day, everything went brilliantly. In the run up to our wedding we can honestly say that Abbie was fantastic, always on the end of the phone or an email answering all questions and giving great advice. The venue is beautiful, full of history. Thank you to Abbie and staff from the Guildhall
A
Anon
Happy couple Married on October
February 2018
Fantastic Day
What a fantastic service, professional, friendly and reliable. Abbie's communication skills are great, she always replied to emails in a timely manner and answered our queries. On our wedding day all the staff were friendly and welcoming. It was reassuring to know that Abbie was there to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Thank you.
Location & Contact Details

Address

High Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3EB, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Exeter

Nearest Motorway & Junction

m5

Nearest Train Station

Exeter Central

Nearest Airport

Exeter

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Press & Awards
(3)

Press & Awards (2)

South West Bride 2018
Devon and Cornwall Brides

Industry Awards (1)

Exeter Living Awards Finalists 2021
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

This is such a tricky one as every wedding is so special and unique, I think helping couples to get married through the pandemic has been very special and humbling, true love really does conquer all!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Try not to worry, as hard as it may be! Everything will come together in the end, and the little things will all fall into place - enjoy the build-up!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

The song choices, and the readings always so varied and often unexpected but knowing that each means so much to the couple is wonderful.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, Welcoming, Vibrant, Warm, Majestic

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The Door into the Great Hall provides a great backdrop for wedding photo's, but there are so many wonderful features of the building that lend themselves perfectly to unique and romantic photographic opportunities. One of my other favourites is the balcony in our Great Hall, you can get some lovely pictures of all your guests looking up at yourselves waving down. This year we are looking forward to our ancient prison cells at the back of the building be accessed for some really fun photos!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Every guest is a celebrity in our eyes!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Goats cheese with pear .

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

A sneaky hand made chocolate truffle - well if hotels can leave one on the pillow it must be ok?

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The Building itself! The Guildhall is nearly 900 years old and as soon as you walk under it's granite portico and step through the peacock oak door, the magical majesty of it's rich history envelops you warmly. But if I have to be pushed, the Lord Mayor's Parlour, grandly located in the portico wing, with the Lord Mayors carved oak desk taking centre stage is quite the head turner. With special permission we do allow our Couples a photo opportunity there!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Ensuring each couple can express their individuality in their wedding plans. We are so flexible as we want to ensure every wedding is about the couple, not the venue, not the staff, we are exceptionally discreet on the day, allowing our couples, their family and friends, to feel completely at home and relaxed to enjoy such a momentous occasion. The Mace Sergeants of Exeter's Historic Guildhall are so proud of the work they do, nothing is too much trouble. Our couples are always our focus and priority.