Civil Ceremonies and Receptions
Many of the Cambridge colleges have opened their doors to the general public and sought to provide their unique facilities
for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Many are also licensed to hold civil ceremonies (see the list below). Each of the individual colleges can provide dedicated services and bespoke packages to suit a range of different needs.
Weddings at college chapels – only for those with a connection to the college
A college chapel is a splendid choice for a place to tie the knot in a religious ceremony. To be able to get a licence to get married there,
you do need to have a connection to the college or to the chapel, such as being a former or current member of the college, a member of staff,
the child of a member of the college etc.
There might be restrictions on the availability of the facilities during certain periods of the year.
Some college venues are only available for weddings during college vacation. Others might limit their availability during the exam periods.
However, Madingley Hall – a Cambridge University conferencing venue (not a college) - is available all year round.
What to expect
The drinks’ reception often takes place in the college’s well-maintained college grounds or gardens.
A good few colleges boast of stunning riverside grounds and you might even decide to book a punting tour for yourselves and your guests.
Colleges provide their own catering services and packages to suit different requirements.
The main reception itself normally takes place at the college hall. Many of them feature high ceilings
and intricately decorated wooden wall panelling or even stained glass windows.
The walls can display paintings of former important members of the respective college. Often there is a small podium and space for the main table.
Long tables are normally arranged in lines and on the tables you will find college-crested stationary, cutlery, china and more.
So which colleges are available to the public?
Here is the list of colleges based on what services they offer.
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