Advice for getting married in Windsor
Windsor is a great town to get married in. Alongside the churches of Windsor, The prime wedding venue in Windsor is the Guildhall on the High Street. Most notably the venue for Prince Charles’ marriage to Camilla, the Guildhall is available to anyone. In fact, six months to the day before the royal wedding, my wife and I were married there.
More recently Sir Elton John used the Guildhall for his civil partnership ceremony to David Furnish.
Windsor Wedding Venues
As you can see, the Guildhall has a splendidly elegant interior and provides the right sense of occasion for a wedding. It was originally completed by Sir Christopher Wren and is a classic of English period architecture. One issue to be aware of is that there is a flight of steps in the Guildhall and no lift, although there is a stair lift. If you want lots of wheelchair bound people to attend your wedding then make sure you are happy with the facilities before booking.
Other local venues licensed for marriages include
- The Castle Hotel (in the heart of Windsor),
- Oakley Court,
- Royal Windsor Racecourse,
- Dorney Court (a beautiful ancient manor house)
- Sir Christopher Wren House Hotel (right beside the river)
- Taplow House (high on an escarpment overlooking the thames valley).
- Manor Hotel Datchet
Beaumont House in Old Windsor is also lovely, although for your guests to get taxis from the Windsor train stations will cost around £8.00 per car. I went to a wedding at Beaumont recently and heard two complaints from people who didn’t realise how far Windsor is from Old Windsor.
If you are looking for a wedding venue that is a bit different, then Legoland could be right for you. If you have young children from an earlier marriage, or lots of nieces and nephews coming to the ceremony, you might want to pick this venue so that they can play in the fun park while the adults get on with the marriage ceremony.
Getting married in Windsor
If you are having a civil wedding, you will of course need to contact the registrar.
The Register Office
St Ives Rd
Tel: 01628 796422 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windsor Wedding Reception Venues
As for the reception, anything from an intimate meal in a local restaurant, a river cruise or a full on banquet and party for thousands of guests can all be catered for in the Windsor area. Take a look at our hotels for places to suggest to your guests or think about hiring a wedding boat and having a wedding reception afloat. Our friends did this and it was a great success.
Windsor Wedding Services
Bridal wear, suit hire, car hire and all other wedding related services are available from a long list of respected local companies in Windsor and Maidenhead.
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Town Crier
The RBWM Town Crier is available to perform cries at your special day – a unique and memorable way of injecting fun and colour to your wedding. Wake up calls for the bride and groom, proclaiming your guests welcome at your reception, introducing speakers or thank you messages for family and friends.