Click on my video as I take you on a tour of Missenden Abbey in Great Missenden, Bucks where I visited recently. It is truly a lovely venue to hold a wedding that gives you exclusive use of the Abbey and 10 acres of picturesque grounds. I hope you enjoy the video and join me at new Fairs and venues in the up and coming months ahead.
Check out the websites of some of the suppliers I spoke to who will make your wedding day even more memorable for you, and your guests.
WEDDINGS AT MISSENDEN ABBEY
Missenden Abbey dates back to the 12th Century and is as unique as it is historic. Based in the heart of the Chilterns within 10 acres of picturesque grounds, it truly creates the perfect setting for your special day.
Couples will have exclusive use of the main Abbey and the grounds. It is important to us to make sure our couples feel at ease knowing that the Abbey is theirs for the day.
Your ceremony will take place in our Garden Room which is licensed to hold up to 100 people. Their Library can also be opened to accommodate additional guests.
This is where you will make your grand entrance with your bridal party down our staircase while the sunshine beautifully cascades through our contemporary stained-glass windows.
THE WEDDING BREAKFAST DINING ROOMS
Wedding celebrations continue into their adjoined dining rooms with magnificent high vaulted ceilings. You will have the option to seat all guests in one dining room which accommodates up to 60 people or over three dining rooms to seat an additional 66 people.
THE WEDDING BREAKFAST MARQUEE
You may wish to choose to hold your wedding breakfast in our seasonal marquee with its starlight canopy overlooking our impressive country views. Their marquee can accommodate up to 150 guests and is the perfect blank canvas to decorate as you wish.
And then the party commences…
Celebrate with your guests and enjoy your first dance as a married couple. With their preferred suppliers available to help you from photobooths, to fireworks and much more, we guarantee you a night to remember.
Missenden Abbey: https://missendenabbey.co.uk
This 12th Century abbey makes for the perfect wedding and party venue, with vaulted ceilings and dramatic landscape, catering for large events to intimate family gatherings.
Paul Megram: https://paulmegram.com
Close-Up Magician. Specialist in wedding entertainment. Amazing guy. Certainly left me astounded. Paul provides the very best in magical entertainment. He will charm and delight your guests with his unique blend of close-up magical artistry, leaving everyone amazed, bemused and bewildered but above all thoroughly entertained. Whether it be mix and mingle or table magic, it’s the perfect complement to your special occasion. Paul has been awarded the British Magical Champion, the Magic Circle Silver Star & WAM Close-up Magician of the Year.
Total Pyro: http://www.totalpyro.co.uk
With over 17 years’ experience of the firework display industry throughout the UK, Total Pyro Ltd still continues to astonish audiences with its awesome professional firework displays. Whether it be the effects and format of the products we manufacture, or the electric firing systems and software we operate, Total Pyro are innovative and always pushing the envelope to create ever more imaginative displays – never a dull moment!
The Best Photobooth: https://www.thebestphotobooths.co.uk
The Best Magic Mirror: https://www.thebestmagicmirrors.co.uk
This company really has a lot to offer when it comes to leaving you and your guests with lasting memories of your special day. As you walk up to the mirror, colourful animations and voice guidance invites you to engage in a magical, interactive “selfie” experience and gives you a printed photo to take home.
Allerston Taylor & Regency Carriages: http://www.regencycarriages.co.uk
Arrive in style driven by your own uniformed chauffeur. WOW! What a fleet of Vintage and Classic cars. Lovely talking to Andrew from the company.
He informed me that some of the cars were used in the Netflix series of
Mobile Hairstyling: https://www.mobile-hairstyling.com
Specialised in wedding hair for the last 15 years. Photoshoots, magazine front covers, editorials, catwalk shows, and bridal shows. Awards for my bridal and prom work. Collaboration with brides in finding the perfect style for her big day & to create effortless beautiful styles ensuring my bridal parties feel and look the very best on their special day.
Feel Beautiful: http://www.feelbeautiful.me.uk
Trained as an I.T.E.C beauty therapist and qualified in 1992. Trained in new products and introduced new treatments such as Artistic Gel Nails and SiennaX Spray Tanning. Doing a variety of treatments and meeting not only regular clients but also many new clients like brides and their bridal party. Regularly involved in various photo shoots, working with other local professionals such as photographers, hairdressers and bridal houses.
Hire Haven: https://www.hireheaven.co.uk
Hire Heaven appreciate that every wedding is unique. Their qualified florist with over 20 years’ experience will advise, inspire and create floral designs that reflect your venue your wedding theme as well as you as an individual. From small classic arrangements to elegant candelabras. Hire Heaven can advise on a range of different table centres which can be complimented by any of their hired items or floral designs. From chair covers and sweet carts to decorative birdcages and Ferrero Rocher Towers, their venue styling options are guaranteed to add that unique touch to your special day.
(CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PUBLISH 08/03/2022)
BOOKING PROCESS FAQ'S
CAN I PROVISIONALLY HOLD A WEDDING DATE?
Yes, we can hold the date for you for up to two weeks.
DO I NEED TO COMPLETE A CONTRACT?
Yes, we will need a returned signed booking form/contract in order to confirm your wedding date.
HOW MUCH DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO BOOK MY WEDDING?
A £1,500 deposit is required to secure your preferred wedding date.
IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN OPTION AVAILABLE?
No. we don’t offer payment plans. We ask for two payments, one of which is the deposit to confirm your booking and second is the final invoice payment which is due two months before your wedding day.
WHEN DO I PAY THE FINAL BALANCE FOR MY WEDDING?
The final invoice payment needs to be paid two months before your wedding day.
WHAT IF MY NUMBERS CHANGE AFTER I BOOK?
That’s fine, you will have up until two months before your wedding day to provide final numbers as this is when the final invoice is due.
CAN I ADD THINGS INTO MY PACKAGE AFTER I BOOK?
Yes you can, please liaise with your wedding coordinator.
WHEN WILL I BE ASSIGNED MY WEDDING COORDINATOR?
Your wedding coordinator will be in touch with you within 6 months before your wedding date.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Please refer to our terms & conditions or speak to your wedding coordinator.
WILL THERE BE ANOTHER WEDDING TAKING PLACE AT THE ABBEY ON MY WEDDING DAY?
No, you will have exclusive use of the main Abbey.
WHO ORGANISES THE REGISTRAR?
The couple will need to liaise with Beaconsfield Registry Office to book the registrar. Details of the registry office can be found in our wedding brochure.
CAN WE DECORATE THE VENUE THE DAY BEFORE?
If there is a wedding held at the Abbey the previous day, then you would need to set up the venue on the day, however if there is no wedding the previous day, you will need to organise a time with your wedding coordinator to come in the night before.
ARE WE ALLOWED BALLOONS AND CANDLES?
No we do not allow balloons. Candles are only allowed in a tall hurricane lamp, however LED candles are fine to use.
DO YOU SUPPLY A CAKE STAND AND KNIFE?
Yes, we have a cake knife and a selection of cake stands for you to choose from.
WHAT DOES THE MARQUEE HIRE INCLUDE?
The marquee hire includes chandeliers, champagne coloured carpet, tables and chairs for up to 120 people, covered walkway from the Abbey to marquee, ivory pleated lining.
CAN WE BRING OUR OWN DJ OR LIVE BAND?
Yes, however they must provide us with public liability insurance.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT WEDDING INSURANCE?
Yes it is always strongly advised and safer to take out wedding insurance but it is to your discretion.
CAN YOU HELP WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS, CAKE, ENTERTAINMENT ETC?
ARE FIREWORKS ALLOWED AT THE ABBEY?
Yes, fireworks are allowed at the Abbey up until 10.30pm.
DO WE NEED TO SET UP OUR OWN PLACE CARDS AND WEDDING FAVOURS?
No you can give us your place cards and wedding favours the day before your wedding. They will then be set up for you by our hospitality team.
WHERE CAN WE PUT OUR CARDS AND GIFTS?
We will provide a table for your cards and gifts to go on, but it the responsibility of the couple to ensure they are kept safe. We advise you to nominate a member of your bridal party to take them at the end of the night and keep them in a safe place. Missenden Abbey cannot look after these for you and we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss or damage of these.
THE WEDDING BREAKFAST
WHAT IS YOUR MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOR THE WEDDING BREAKFAST?
The main Abbey can accommodate a maximum number of 115 people. The marquee can accommodate a maximum number of 150 people without an extension and 200 people with an extension.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I HAVE AT A TABLE?
This will depend on your chosen seating plan, please liaise with your wedding coordinator.
WILL YOU SEND ME A SEATING PLAN?
Yes, we have a selection of seating plans that your wedding coordinator will go through with you.
AM I ALLOWED TO BRING EXTERNAL CATERERS TO DO THE FOOD FOR MY WEDDING?
External caterers are allowed to be brought in for specialised food e.g, Indian, in this case the Abbey will be booked on a dry hire basis.
DO WE HAVE TO HAVE THE SAME FOOD FOR EVERYONE?
Yes you will need to choose, one starter, one main & one dessert from our wedding menu.
DO YOU OFFER A WEDDING TASTING?
Yes, please liaise with your wedding coordinator to discuss availability.
CAN WE BRING OUR OWN ALCOHOL?
Yes you can, however there is a large corkage charge per bottle. But with our long wine list menu we’re sure we have something for everyone.
DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIETS?
Yes we cater for all dietary requirements, provided they are given to us in advance of your wedding day.
DO YOU PROVIDE HIGH CHAIRS?
Yes we do provide high chairs. Please liaise with your wedding coordinator as to how many will be required.
WHAT SIZE ARE YOUR DINING TABLES IN THE MAIN ABBEY DINING ROOMS?
Our dining room tables are 6ft long x 2_ft wide.
IS THERE ONSITE PARKING?
Yes there is complimentary parking onsite for all your guests.
WILL THERE BE STAFF MEMBERS ON SITE FOR THE ENTIRE CELEBRATION?
Yes there will always be staff members on site for your entire celebration. Reception is manned 24/7 and our security team are at the Abbey everyday between 9pm – 7am.
DO WE HAVE TO CLEAR UP AT THE END OF THE NIGHT?
No, we have a team of staff members who will clear up at the end of the night. If you are bringing your own items/decorations etc, please let your wedding coordinator know so that these items can be put in a safe place for you to collect the next day.
IS THERE WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS?
We have an accessible bedroom and accessible access throughout the Abbey.
WEDDING ACCOMMODATION FAQ’S
IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THE BRIDAL SUITE?
The bridal suite is complimentary on the night of the wedding. If you would like the bridal suite the night before the wedding, this will be subject to availability and there will be an additional cost of £120 for the night.
HOW MANY BEDROOMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS?
We have an additional 56 en-suite bedrooms on site. 30 of these bedrooms are reserved for wedding guests; any extra rooms needed are subject to availability.
ARE THERE FAMILY ROOMS AVAILABLE?
Because we are a conference centre and not a hotel we don’t have any family rooms to offer, however, we do have a few rooms where we can accommodate an extra single bed or travel cot.
CAN MY GUESTS CALL INDEPENDENTLY TO BOOK A BEDROOM?
The wedding couple must coordinate the bookings of all bedrooms that are required. We are not able to take bedroom bookings from individual guests.
IS BREAKFAST INCLUDED?
Yes, breakfast is included in all room rates. Breakfast is served from 7am – 9.15am.
WHAT TIME IS CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT?
Check in is from 1pm and check out is at 10am.
DO YOU HAVE TRAVEL COTS AVAILABLE?
We have 3 travel cots, 4 camp beds and 1 blow up bed available for you to use (subject to availability). Please liaise with your wedding coordinator in advance of your wedding day.
IS THERE WI-FI IN THE BEDROOMS?
All rooms have free Wi-Fi access.
I NEED MORE ROOMS. IS THERE OTHER ACCOMMODATION NEARBY?
Yes, the nearby places that offer rooms are The Nags Head in Great Missenden, The Crown in Amersham and The Red Lion in Wendover.