The Mary Rose Museum – Celebrate Alongside a Unique Piece England’s Maritime History

by Michelle

If you’re looking for a truly unique and magical wedding venue, steeped in England’s maritime history, then the Mary Rose Museum is the only place for you.

The Mary Rose Museum provides an outstanding wedding venue for your special day. Surrounded by the many treasures recovered along with Henry VIII’s magnificent flagship, you and your guests can enjoy the fascinating world of the Mary Rose.

This includes exclusive evening access to all three floors of the museum, where knowledgeable staff and volunteers give a fantastic insight to this Tudor warship.All  venue hire packages also include exclusive access to the  Bridge Balcony, which offers stunning views of HMS Victory and the harbour. It is a perfect location for your guests to enjoy a glass of champagne while soaking up the atmosphere.

To gain more of an insight into how your wedding celebrations can be enjoyed in such a special setting, we’ll hand you over to the Events Team to tell you more.

Tell us about your venue

The Mary Rose Museum provides a unique wedding venue for your special day. You and your guests can experience this enthralling piece of history, being surrounded by many treasures recovered along with Henry VIII’s famous flagship.We are located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard by the water’s edge and provide a huge part of England’s maritime history, making us an ideal setting for creating treasured memories in a magical and unique location – we let the history do the talking.The stunning Admiral’s Gallery is an intimate space, ideal for evening ceremonies and celebrations, and an exciting space for dinners, drinks and dancing – the museum’s beautiful event spaces really do create a magical location in which to celebrate your special day.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Yes, we are licensed to hold civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies here at the museum.

Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

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We offer exclusive evening access to the Museum after 6pm including our stunning Bridge Balcony, offering views of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory.This is a fantastic opportunity for guests, who will be able to wander throughout the Museum before and after the ceremony, immersing themselves in the history on all three floors.

Our staff and volunteers here give a fantastic insight to this Tudor warship, an educating and fascinating experience for the wedding party.

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

Our day-time ceremonies take place in the Wardroom Suite, which has a capacity of 16 guests sat around in an informal setting.

Evening ceremonies take place in The Upper Deck, holding up to 40 guests, and the Admiral’s Gallery, with a capacity of 100 guests.

Evening receptions will take place in the Admiral’s Gallery, providing an ideal backdrop for the wedded couple and their guests to celebrate. The gallery can cater for 100 people for a formal dinner and 100 for a relaxed buffet.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

From an intimate ceremony in the Wardroom to a grand event in the spectacular Admiral’s Gallery, there is something to suit every couple’s individual and unique needs. The events team can tailor the venue to your exact needs.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

At the Mary Rose Museum, we currently work with five approved caterers which we recommend to you on your special day.

Can couples supply their own alcohol in the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

All of our catering is carried out through our list of approved caterers who would be delighted to discuss with you the various options.

Corkage is certainly available through all our caterers, however individual companies have their own costings.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment and do you have a specific sound system?

Yes, couples are completely free to choose their own entertainment.We do also have a variety of recommended suppliers for entertainment including singers, bands and DJ’s should the couple wish to use these. The choice is entirely the couple’s and the possibilities are endless.

Do you offer accommodation on-site? If so, for how many guests?

Unfortunately we do not provide on-site accommodation, however, being located in the bustling city of Portsmouth, there is convenient access to a wide range of hotels in the area for yourself and your guests.

Do you have an in-house wedding planner?

Yes, our couples are provided with a dedicated Events Team that will be on hand from the moment you book until the last guests leave, who will help, advise and ensure the wedding day goes smoothly and every last detail is perfect.

How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue to decorate it?

Couples will have enough time before the wedding to make sure the venue is decorated exactly as they desire. We have an in-house team who will sit down with the couple prior to their special day and ensure everything runs smoothly in the set up.

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

While there are no gardens, all venue hire packages do include exclusive access to the stunning Bridge Balcony – a perfect location for your guests to enjoy their glass of champagne while soaking up the atmosphere.With the backdrop of the gorgeous Portsmouth seafront, this an ideal setting for photographs of the special day.

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

It’s important for couples to follow their instincts and go with a venue that can be completely adapted for their needs and preferences.

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?

One of our stand out memories of a wedding hosted here at the museum has been Face Timing a bride’s father who had been too sick to travel for the wedding.

We ensured he was able to watch his daughter walk down the aisle, enjoy the speeches and first dance. We even helped the couple with a hamper sent to him so he could ‘enjoy’ a similar selection of food as the other guests.

All images courtesy of The Mary Rose Museum


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