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Weddings at Bedford School

Reception Venues

Set in an elegant estate of some 40 acres, a few minutes walk from Bedford Town Centre, Bedford School offers a unique environment for your wedding. A truly magnificent setting steeped in history and tradition with the impressive main School building at its heart.
The town enjoys superb transport links and the School itself is within easy reach of a wide selection of hotels and guest houses.

Superb Facilities

Whether you are looking for a reception venue, the perfect location for a civil ceremony or seeking to combine the two, Bedford School offers a choice of 3 highly individual rooms, all of which are fully licensed for civil ceremonies.
The School estate combines traditional architecture with state of the art buildings providing a superb choice of historic and contemporary settings. The immaculately groomed tree-lined grounds with their shrubs and borders provide a glorious backdrop for photographs.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall, located on the first floor of the main building, can seat up to 220 people for banqueting. The Hall provides a unique and elegant setting for a wedding with four large stone arched windows that flood the room with light and provide a pleasing vista across the School playing fields. The sophisticated light wood interior of the Great Hall delivers a simple elegant setting with the flexibility for you to add your own decorations and adorn the room to your taste.
The grounds immediately adjacent to the main building provide an attractive location for serving reception drinks and canapés, with many couples choosing to book a gazebo on the lawn. With the back drop of the main building you may also want to use this area for photographs. In the event of wet weather, the Foyer with a double staircase leading to the Great Hall provides a suitable alternative.
The Erskine May Hall

Located at the heart of the Preparatory School, this modern facility with its beautiful stained glass windows, the Erskine May Hall is the perfect environment for a large civil ceremony, capable of seating up to 450 people (using the balcony seating area above). The room can seat up to 80 guests for banqueting. The foyer to the Hall provides an ideal venue for the pre dinner drinks as do the grounds beyond.

Flexibility and Choice

The booking price includes the use of the chosen room(s) plus the use of surrounding grounds. Additional items can be provided by the School including gazebos, garden furniture and colour co-ordinated banqueting chairs. The Grand Piano is available for hire and we can recommend a number of talented musicians, including string quartets who can provide soothing music for you and your guests. You have the freedom to choose your own decorations and entertainment although we are more than happy to offer advice.
A selection of delicious menus are also available for you to tailor. From wedding breakfasts and evening buffets to simple canapé receptions, all of our menus are freshly prepared by our highly experienced and professional chefs.

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Our team of highly experienced staff are happy to guide you around the School, discuss the booking procedures, advise on options and confirm availability.

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Sustainability Initiatives

Bedford School strives to operate within a sustainable and ethical environment.
Our initiatives include:

Food prepared freshly on-site
Use of free range eggs
Whenever possible use of local Suppliers to reduce road miles for delivery
Whenever possible food is approved by Red Tractor Assured; the Rainforest Alliance and fish is MSC certified
Water is filtered and bottled on site in reusable bottles
Operation of a no nuts policy to reduce the risk for allergy sufferers


Tel: 01234 362204




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