Westminster College

Cambridgeshire

Westminster College

Cambridgeshire

Description

Congratulations on your engagement!

Westminster College is a magnificent grade II listed building located in the centre of Cambridge, a perfect setting for your wedding. With exclusive use of the college events spaces, our dining hall is the...perfect setting for your wedding breakfast and evening celebration, and the Assembly room and Lodge offer a quiet and elegant space for guests who want a rest from the dance floor!

Our dedicated team prides themselves in offering an attentive and friendly service to ensure your day runs smoothly. Your personal wedding co-ordinator will support you and provide guidance from the initial booking to the day itself. With our flexible approach and attention to detail we will work with you to ensure your wedding day is everything that you wish it to be.

We would be delighted if you chose Westminster College as the venue for your special day and we look forward to meeting you and showing you around!

Chapel

Built in 1921, the Chapel at Westminster College contains many beautiful features, the most apparent are the 13 stunning stained glass windows created by the famous stained glass artist Douglas Strachan. The Chapel, complete with warm oak panelled walls, organ and quaint gallery can seat up to 100 guests.

Our Chapel is available for weddings and blessings throughout the year. Westminster College is owned by and serves the United Reformed Church and therefore wedding ceremonies or other forms of blessing in the College Chapel may need to be approved by the Principal. If you are interested in having a wedding ceremony or blessing in the Chapel, please contact our wedding co-ordinator to discuss this further.

A ceremony in the College Chapel has additional hire charge of £240.00 which includes the Ministers charges (excludes organist/pianist). A registrar from the local registry office is also required to attend and interested couples should ensure the registry office is available before booking the Chapel at Westminster. The maximum capacity in the Chapel is 100 including seating in the gallery.

Civil ceremonies are not permitted at Westminster College; however the Registry Office at Shire Hall is just a short walk from the College.

Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is the signature room within the college and with the option of the grand piano playing in the background, it can seat up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast. The Dining Hall is usually set up in either banqueting or herringbone style using the original rectory tables, however round tables are available to hire at an additional cost. Whilst you relax in the Lodge, the Dining Hall will be cleared ready for your evening celebrations (up to 300 guests).


Additional rooms

Assembly Room The Assembly Room, a new function room next to the Dining Hall, was formally used as a Library and is still complete with the original oak bookcases lining the walls. The room is beautifully decorated with a spectacular chandelier inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”, large leaded windows and dark oak flooring. The Assembly room is perfect for drinks receptions and for a quiet space during the evening entertainment.

Gibson Room Named after Margaret Gibson, one of the famous Sisters of Sinai who helped to found Westminster College, this stylish room has a warm atmosphere. Featuring duck egg oak paneled walls; a stone bay window and antique furniture. The Gibson room and Lewis room (a similar sized room opposite) are both located in an area of the College known as ‘The Lodge’.

Food and Beverage

The kitchen at Westminster College is run by our Head Chef Luca Patriccioli and the team take pride in their work to ensure your wedding breakfast is everything you wished for. From canapes to the evening buffet everything is prepared and cooked on site and we aim to use fresh local ingredients where possible. Our menus are all created by our chefs and reflect their imagination and passion. We do appreciate though that every event is different and often guests have specific needs that may not be met by offering our standard menu. Please contact our wedding coordinator should you have any queries regarding the menus, wish to discuss a bespoke dish, or a full bespoke menu.

As part of our wedding package we are pleased to also offer a complimentary tasting of the wedding breakfast and accompanying wines for the Bride and Groom.

From a glass of Pimms, on the front lawn for your drinks reception, to Champagne for your toast, we have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for you to choose from. The bar will open during your evening reception where we serve a selection of spirits, wines, soft drinks and bottled beers. If you prefer draught beer we can also hire draught facilities (additional charges apply).

Please note, due to strict food safety guidelines, food and drinks not purchased from the College are not permitted on the College premises with the exception of wedding cake.


Entertainment

A live band? A Ceilidh? A DJ? A karaoke band? The choice is yours and our Dining Hall is the perfect setting for your evening reception. We also have numerous other spaces for you to use and fill with entertainment as you wish. From garden games on the lawn to a photo booth in the Lodge, from a children’s room in the Cheshunt room to a games room in the Assembly room the choice are endless. Our wedding co-ordinator will happily discuss options with you can find a list of our recommended suppliers on our website.


Accommodation

There are 38 recently refurbished en suite bedrooms within the East wing of the College. The bedrooms comprise of 5 Double Rooms and 33 Single Rooms (2 of which have disabled access/facilities).In addition there are 2 self-contained cottages on site which have a double bedroom, a bathroom with a bath and shower and a lounge/kitchen/dining area.

The accommodation is not part of the exclusive use package but can be booked directly by guests attending weddings at the College.
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Venue Details

  • Venue Type:
  • Civil Ceremony Licence
  • Exclusive Hire
  • Historic
  • Outdoor Licence
  • Landmark
  • Capacity:
  • Intimate (2-20)
  • Nearest & Dearest (20 - 40)
  • Simple Surety (40 - 60)
  • Party People (60 - 150)
  • Grand (150 - 300)
  • Accommodation
  • For Wedding Couple
  • For 1 - 10 guests (dependent on availability)
  • For 10 - 20 guests (dependent on availability)
  • For 20 - 50 guests (dependent on availability)
  • For 50+ guests (dependent on availability)
  • Nearby usually available
  • Dining
  • Seated Meal Facilities
  • Buffet meal facilities
  • In house catering
  • Alcohol licence
  • Corkage option

Additional Info

  • Evening Reception Facilities
  • Dance Floor
  • Entertainment Licence
  • Live Band Facilities
  • DJ Facilities
  • Wedding Co-ordinator
  • Master of Ceremonies / Toastmaster
  • Confetti permitted
  • Disabled facilities
  • Car parking