The Monastery Manchester – A Unique & Stunning Venue

by Michelle

The Monastery Manchester is a breathtakingly romantic and visually stunning wedding venue. Holding your wedding here will give you the most impressive backdrop for a day to remember.

Both large and more intimate weddings can be accommodated in style at The Monastery Manchester with The Great Nave providing an impressive setting for medium to larger wedding parties, whilst the Private Chapel is such a lovely setting for more intimate weddings.

Not only do you have a choice of venue spaces at The Monastery Manchester, but there’s also a charming walled garden, which is such a bonus and a great place for just the two of you taking time out, and of course all your outdoor photos both during the day and into the evening.

We’re also super impressed with the range of wedding packages on offer as they’re so thoughtfully designed to ensure you and your guests get the most out of the day.

Your own wedding planner, fantastic in-house catering and special arrangements with several local hotels for your guests are just some of the benefits which are all part of the high level of service you can expect in order to make your day truly special. Over to the team at The Monastery Manchester now to tell us more.

Tell us about your venue

The Monastery Manchester is a beautiful and unique Grade II* listed venue. The Great Nave’s architecture from the High Altar to the 29m high ceilings comes together to create a venue like no other for your special day.

With the addition of the Welcome Wing as well as well as the beautifully walled garden, we are positive that these settings will create the magical atmosphere and fantastic photo opportunities that you are looking for.

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The Monastery Manchester gives you that feel of a church wedding yet the flexibility to have your full day’s celebrations all under one roof as we are no longer a religious building.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Absolutely, we are licensed to offer civil ceremonies on site in both The Great Nave and The Private Chapel. Alternatively couples may wish to have a celebrant come and conduct their ceremony in order to offer something more personal and bespoke. We are always happy to discuss options with couples to find something that works for you.

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

If having your full day celebration with us we do not sell the space for any other events, rest assured that we only ever have one wedding taking place at any one time. We do not offer exclusive use however as we have a small café and are open to visitors Sunday – Friday.

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

The Great Nave can accommodate up to 400 guests for a seated wedding breakfast however wedding of 50-100 work equally as well in this space, giving you more room for dancing! The Private Chapel is perfect for a more intimate affair seating up to 60 for a ceremony and 40 for a seated wedding breakfast.

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

We offer a range of packages, whether it is a full day celebration you are looking for or something quite simple with just a handful of your nearest and dearest.

We also offer Twilight wedding packages for a later ceremony and straight into your evening reception. As well as intimate wedding packages for the parties with smaller numbers.

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We can work with most budgets to create a package tailored to each individual couple. The Monastery offers a beautiful flexible space so we can cater for whatever people want.

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

We have a fantastic team of in house chefs, who offer lovely French and English menus.  Couples are invited to come in for a menu tasting before their big day to make sure everything is absolutely perfect.

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

The Monastery is a licensed venue and we offer a fantastic selection on our bars. We also offer corkage for a fee.

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

You are more than welcome to bring in your own entertainers, and we are more than happy to help you arrange entertainment as well.  We have a PA System which bands or DJ’s are welcome to plug into.

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

We do not have accommodation on site, but there are a variety of hotels we recommend and have agreed rates with.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?

Yes, each couple has a wedding coordinator they will work with from the initial enquiry stage right up to the event, and we have dedicated  Operations Manager who run the wedding and make sure every detail is looked after from start to finish.

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

Usually suppliers have access from 9:00 am, so they have plenty of time to get everything in place for the guests’ arrival

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs

We have a beautiful walled garden, which is perfect for photos as well as drinks and canapés, after the ceremony.  You and your guests will have access to the gardens all day, so you can take beautiful photos in the day light and you are welcome to bring sparklers for the evening.

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

Choose a venue that is right for you.  Don’t worry about your family or friends, it is your special day and you deserve the venue of your dreams!

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

Every wedding and couple is so special and individual, our favourite moments are seeing the couple after the wedding, and hearing about how amazing the day was, and how much fun they had!

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All images courtesy of The Monastery Manchester

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