Thicket Priory is one of the finest wedding venues in North Yorkshire. I recently had the pleasure of being an overnight guest having been invited to attend an industry event for Wedding Planners.
Dating back to the 1840s and built by Edward Blore, most famous for his work on Buckingham Palace, Thicket Priory was once occupied by an order of nuns and sealed off from the outside world.
Today, the tranquil venue boasts 35 en suite bedrooms, a magnificent Ballroom that can seat up to 200 guests, a choice of ceremony rooms including a private chapel, 18 acres of grounds, a private lake, a boathouse and even a helipad. A myriad of mysterious stairs and doors make it feel even more magical.
Only 15 minutes from historic York and just two hours from central London, Thicket Priory is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships both inside the house and in the Bandstand in the gardens. Outside, the grounds provide a picture-perfect backdrop for your day.
At the heart of Thicket Priory is the awe-inspiring Ballroom where up to 200 people can enjoy a seated banquet catered by the brilliant in-house chef, Matthew Hyde, and his team. From formal wedding breakfasts to more contemporary bowl food, everything is prepared on-site using only the finest locally sourced ingredients.
The Priory is perfect for weekend weddings and with all 35 bedrooms located in the main house, there’s no need to arrange accommodation or taxis. Bedrooms and reception rooms are fully accessible, and the venue is also dog friendly.
The Priory even has its very own Rolls Royce Silver Cloud nicknamed Mervynia. She’s travelled the world, living in Hollywood and Italy, but now enjoys nothing more than showing off her elegant lines and helping couples create the ultimate wedding photographs!
On arrival, we were greeted by the team and treated to a wonderful programme of events. As well as autumnal and Halloween themed activities including afternoon tea and wreath making, we enjoyed a delicious evening meal.
I was particularly struck by the incredible high standard of décor and detail throughout. The service provided by the in-house team was impeccable and I loved the concierge approach to guest check-in.
Gorgeous key fobs directed us to our beautifully furnished rooms. Once inside, each one contained a plaque explaining the story behind its name. Rather than traditional tea and coffee making facilities, there were incredibly well-stocked communal pantries providing homely, 24-hour help-yourself access to hot beverages with real mugs, biscuits and other treats. There’s also a sewing room complete with ironing board and thread in every colour of the rainbow, just in case you encounter any mending emergencies.
It was such a pleasure to experience first-hand how the team at Thicket Priory strive to take care of every detail and make their guests feel as welcome as possible. I can’t wait to return!
Until next time,
Venue: Thicket Priory
Catering: Baba Ganoush Dining (Ashley & Matt)
Photography: Carla Whittingham Photography
Filming: Hello There Films (Craig & Charlotte)
Styling: Ambience Styling UK (Laura & Hana)
Crockery: White House Crockery
Hampers: Field & Fawcett (Peter)
Autumnal Cupcake (Hamper): Apple Charlotte Cakes (Charlie)
Pantry Gryffin Biscuits: LS Cakery (Lisha)
Floral Workshop/Flowers/Décor: Fleur Adamo (Kathrine) / Wedding Blossoms (Mandy)
Speciality Drinks/Gin Master Class: Sloe Motion Gin (Morgan & Joff)
Face Painting: Wow Face & Body Art (Sophie & Izzy)
Virtual Tour: Apollo 3D