Bedford School

(10 reviews) 10 5
De Parys Avenue Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 2TU
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About Bedford School

De Parys Avenue, Bedford
Bedfordshire, MK40 2TU

Bedford School, a stunning building steeped in history and tradition set in elegant estate of 40 acres is the perfect unique setting for your wedding ceremony or reception. 

With it's incredible grounds and traditional architecture, the School gives you endless backdrops for beautiful wedding photos you will treasure forever. Not only that, we offer a choice of rooms at the venue which are both licensed for your civil ceremony. Just a few minutes walk from Bedford Town Centre with great transport links the school is also within easy reach of a selection of local hotels for your guests. 

The Great Hall can seat up to 500 guests for a civil ceremony or up to 220 guests for banqueting. Located on the first floor in the main building this space provides an elegant setting for your wedding. Boasting large, stone arched windows which flood the room with light, the Great Hall looks out onto spectacular views of the school grounds. Add your own decorations and have a wedding perfectly suited to you by adding your touch to our sophisticated light wood interior. 

You can serve reception drinks and canapes on the grounds of the school adjacent to the main building or even book a gazebo on the lawn. Should the weather not allow you to take advantage of the stunning building facade for photos then our grand Foyer with a double staircase provides a more than suitable alternative.

The Recital Hall is part of the new, award-winning Music School that was opened in 2006. Renowned for its stunning architecture, the building houses the magnificent red Recital Hall with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the School's playing fields and cricket pavilion. With a backdrop of the adjacent 19th Century Chapel, this is a truly dramatic location for your civil ceremony, seating up to 120. The grounds surrounding The Music Recital Hall provide an attractive location for reception drinks and canapés.

Bedford School’s historic Chapel is available to members of the School community and Old Bedfordians for Weddings, as well as christenings and remembrance services. The beautiful grade II listed chapel, with its intricately carved pews, stunning altar and decorative ceiling, provides a traditional and truly memorable setting for weddings. The School’s Chaplain can be contacted through the School for more information and guidance for those considering getting married at the School.

We pride ourselves on offering flexibility and choice here at Bedford School. The booking price will include use of your chosen room and the school grounds. We can alslo provide additional items such as garden furniture, gazebos and colour coordinated banqueting chairs. You can choose your own decorations and entertainment although we are more than happy to offer advice. We can even recommend a number of talented musicians to help make your day extra special.

Our highly experienced chefs can create wedding breakfasts, evening buffets and canapes just for you. We offer a selection of tasty menu choices which you can tailor to suit your day!

• Wedding breakfast seating for up to 220 guests. • Stunning traditional building with 40 acres of land. • In-house chefs offer a selection of delicious menus which you can tailor. • Team of highly experienced staff. • Add your own decorations to make it unique to you. • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships.

Facilities at Bedford School

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

Bedford School Reviews (10)

Mr and Mrs English's wedding
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By Melissa English, on 27 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 23 Sep 2017

Honestly I could not recommend this place to have your wedding enough, we were blown away by the school and Chloe and Alex, they made our day effortless and and absolute dream. Nothing was too much trouble and from start to finish they were on hand for anything and everything ensuring our day was just perfect. The venue speaks for itself when you go and see the great hall. Everyone at our wedding loved the venue and the food was out of this world. We had a selection of choices for our food and it was still absolute perfection. I would recommend that anyone looking at a place to hold there wedding to go and look around bedford school it really is an incredible place to get married and Chloe and Alex are amazing to deal with I promise you won't regret considering this school as avenue choice chloe and alex are amazing at there jobs and really will make it the most perfect day you want.

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By Helen & Tim, on 28 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 22 Jul 2017

We would just like to take the time to say how fantastic Chloe and Alex were before and on the day itself. They both went above and beyond to help us decorate the venue and ensure that all of our guests were catered for. The food was outstanding and all of my guests have commented on how delicious our meal choices were. Chloe took so much time to help us organise our decorations and nothing was too much trouble. Bedford School provided an outstanding service and I would not hesitate to recommend the venue to others. They made our day a truly special one. Thank you.

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By Sarah & Bryan, on 24 Jan 2017Date of Wedding - 22 Oct 2016

Chloe was amazing from showing us around to her help on the day. Chloe communicated everything, never kept us waiting and helped however she could. Claire who dealt with the invoices was also really helpful and made payments easy. Everyone had an amazing day and having the ceremony at Bedford School was perfect. Thank you!

Blown away
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By Andrew & Michelle, on 24 Jan 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Sep 2016

We were blown away with the finished look on the day. Our guests loved the attentiveness of the staff on the day and the venue was given a thumbs up by all.

The most amazing day
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By Lottie & Harry, on 21 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 13 Aug 2016

The School is such a beautiful venue, but more importantly the staff were extremely helpful and really went out of their way to help the day go smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble, and they were all unfailingly polite, cheerful and helpful - particularly Chloe and Alex. The food was exceptional and efficiently served. We really appreciated the use of the conference room as a place to get ready and for guests to chill out too. The little extra touches from the school, like the two glasses of prosecco with strawberries especially for the bride and groom on arrival were particularly touching. We loved every minute!

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By Faye & Tom, on 21 Sep 2016Date of Wedding - 30 Jul 2016

Chloe was extremely helpful in answering all my questions running up to the big day. She returned my calls and emails quickly and efficiently - thank you so much.

Absolutely amazing
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By Rebecca & Chris, on 24 Jan 2017Date of Wedding - 16 Jul 2016

Chloe and Alex were absolutely amazing - both went above & beyond on the lead up & on the day. Nothing was ever too much & we were made to feel so special. They are both a major asset to the school! Thank you very much!

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By P. K., on 25 Jul 2016Date of Wedding - 08 Jul 2016

From our first phone call right through to final packdown the school's staff have been incredibly professional and helpful. As an organistion you should be immensely proud of them.

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By Elliott & Gill, on 25 Jul 2016Date of Wedding - 19 Mar 2016

The whole event could not have been organised any better. Despite us only having our ceremony there, we felt like our day was very special to you. Chloe was incredibly helpful, always answering emails promptly and giving us her time especially during the final few weeks. On the day itself we felt very well cared for and everything was so well organised. The catering team were very kind and everyone loved the day! Overall we would recommend to anyone this amazing venue & Chloe especially was complete star!!

Fabulous venue run by a brilliant team
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By Clare Taalab, on 20 May 2016

We chose Bedford School for our civil ceremony and wedding reception and from start to finish, our experience of working with the team at the school, as well as the day itself, was nothing short of brilliant. I'd been disappointed by the attitude of other wedding venues we'd visited. This may be something they do hundreds of times a year but this is something we'll do only once and I wanted to work with people who created that sense of something special. We found this in the team at Bedford School. Chloe the Events Manager, Alex the Catering Manager and their team were responsive, friendly, professional and really showed us that they cared about making our day perfect. Nothing was too much trouble and it was a pleasure working with them both on the planning, and then catching up with them on the day itself - they were super flexible and helpful and made the day run without a hitch. A particular mention should be made of the menu tasting which the school work hard to make a really special experience. The venue itself is stunning - everyone remarked on how beautiful the setting is and the Great Hall makes for spectacular pictures. The flexibility of the space and the staging meant that the transition from Wedding Breakfast to Evening Reception was super easy and the stage for the band really helped to add to the sense of occasion. The suppliers that the venue use are top notch - Concept did a wonderful job with the added decorative touches and the catering from the team on site was superb. Everyone remarked on how delicious the food was and the flexibility of being able to bring our own drinks with corkage at a reasonable price was a real bonus.

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