St Mary’s Guildhall is something of a hidden gem, right in the heart of Coventry city centre. Dating back to the 14th century, it makes an ideal wedding venue that is steeped in history.
St Mary’s Guildhall is right next to the ruins of the Old Coventry cathedral. This pedestrianised section of the city centre is something of a quiet haven, despite it being so close to the main roads through Coventry.
The Guildhall itself is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, where there is a choice of rooms. It is then popular to take the short walk across the cobbled street to the cathedral ruins to have your photographs taken (as seen above).
After the photographs you can return to the Guildhall for the Wedding Breakfast / Reception. The main room is very stylish and you feel a real sense of history around you. Although the building was damaged in the Blitz of Coventry in the Second World War, the building has been expertly restored and now looks quite splendid.
Here is a quote from Jennie, a bride that we recently created wedding flowers for at St Mary’s Guildhall:
“The flowers were stunning – just what we’d imagined”
The building has a very interesting history that includes connections with royalty. King Henry VI and his wife Margaret stayed here during the Wars of the Roses between 1456 and 1459. Mary Queen of Scots also stayed here for 3 months in 1569.
If you’re planning on making your own little bit of history by getting married at St Mary’s Guildhall, why not contact me for a wedding flowers consultation? We can discuss the types of arrangements that previous brides have had at this venue and how to make the most of the elegant surroundings.