FAQs

FAQs

♡ Can we have our Wedding Ceremony at Westminster College?

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 holding your ceremony elsewhere, Westminster College is the perfect place to bring your guests back to for the reception and evening celebrations.

Weekday weddings are available during vacation periods; please speak to us for availability and options. For exclusive hire of the college, weekend dates are available throughout the year.

♡ Are we able to have a Civil Service at Westminster College?

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

♡ Will we have a wedding coordinator?

We have a dedicated wedding coordinator, Hannah, who works full time at Westminster and will be with you from the very first meeting right up to the big day. If you have any concerns or queries, Hannah will right at the end of the phone or email to assist.

♡ What is the maximum number of people we can have at our wedding?

Our wedding packages cater for up to 120 people for the wedding breakfast, and up to 300 for the evening reception. If you require the chapel, this can seat up to 100 guests.

♡Are children allowed?

Children are welcome to attend wedding celebrations. With exclusive use of the college you can dedicate one of our rooms for children to play in. The children’s menu and prices can be found in the wedding brochure. We also have five highchairs that can be used if needed.

♡ Is there parking available at the college?

Yes. The college has free on-site parking with overnight stay, which is provided on a first come first serve basis.

♡ Is there accommodation for guests?

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. Rooms are not part of the exclusive use package but can be booked directly by guests attending the wedding.

♡ Is there a room to change in before the ceremony?

Yes, there is a bridal changing room available for the day from 12 midday.

♡ Do we provide our own catering?

Westminster College has its own extremely talented kitchen team, who provide everything from canapés to wedding breakfast, to evening buffet food. This is included in each wedding package. The team are happy to discuss bespoke menu choices if you require them.

♡ What music and entertainment is available with Westminster?

A live band? A Ceilidh? A DJ? A karaoke band? The choice is yours. 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 choices are endless. Our wedding co-ordinator will happily discuss options with you and you can find a list of our recommended suppliers on our website.


♡ Do you provide photographers/DJs etc or should we source our own?

We have our own recommended suppliers list with companies we have worked within the past based around Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex, which we are happy to sort with you. However, you are free to source your own suppliers if you wish. Our Grand Piano located in the Dining Hall is available to use, however the Musician fee is not included in the exclusive package.

♡ Do we need to provide our own microphones for the speeches?

No, a PA system is provided as part of your package.

♡ Can we throw confetti?

Confetti may be thrown if biodegradable.

♡ Do we get to taste the food ahead of the big day?

Of course! We include a free tasting in all of our packages and we also do some wine tasting!

♡ What time does the wedding finish?

All wedding parties must be finished by midnight.

♡ Do we have to layout our own place cards and favours?

We are happy to do this for you on the morning of the wedding provided they are given to us in order. However if you prefer to do it yourself this can of course be arranged.

♡ Do you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, and the kitchen have lots of experience in this!

♡ Can we have candles?

Yes, but in certain places they will need to be covered.

♡ Do I need wedding insurance?

This is strongly recommended. Please bear in mind that both deposit and balance payments are non-refundable. To compare wedding insurance prices please visit: www.compare-weddinginsurance.