National Centre for Early Music

St Margaret’s Church, York (North Yorkshire) YO1 9TL Map · Telephone · Website
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Starting at £800
Number of guests 30 to 150
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About National Centre for Early Music

The NCEM provides a stunning and unusual venue for your wedding reception or celebration event. Our medieval, grade one listed building is set within private and peaceful gardens, and can offer the perfect setting for your special occasion.

We can accommodate up to 130 for a seated meal and 150 for an evening/informal reception. We work with Bradshaws of York, Caterers of Distinction, who will be on hand to create delicious dishes for your sit-down meal or buffet. They offer an extensive range of options for food and wine to suit your tastes and can cater for any special dietary requirements.

On the day you will have exclusive use of the venue and our friendly and welcoming staff will work with you to ensure that your occasion runs smoothly and is enjoyed by everyone. You might choose to enter through our stunning Norman arch on the South side or via our contemporary foyer with views of our beautiful private garden.

With plenty of natural light, the church offers a bright, welcoming atmosphere, and the wrought iron candelabra and stone arches give a sense of grandeur. At night, the candlelit church offers a beautiful and intimate setting for dining or dancing and the excellent acoustics are perfect for a live band or DJ.

The idyllic setting, both inside and out, provides a perfect backdrop for all your memorable photographs.

**COVID-19 UPDATE**

Our team are still working hard to respond to enquiries and can provide you with any information about weddings at the NCEM. To help keep our staff and clients safe, we are delighted to be able to offer a virtual tour of the venue. Please get in touch if this is something you’re interested in or if you have any other questions. You can contact Emily and Hannah at events@ncem.co.uk.

  • A truly unique venue set in the heart of York
  • You will have exclusive use of the venue for your wedding celebration
  • The beautiful gardens and magnificent 12th Century porch provide a stunning backdrop for photographs
  • Our dedicated caterers can provide an extensive range of menus and will deliver exceptional service to you and your guests.
  • We can accommodate up to 128 for a seated meal or 150 for a drinks reception.
  • Our friendly and experienced staff will ensure that your day goes without a hitch!
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Recommended by 100% of couples


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  • Value for Money 5.0
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    Rose Hall & Adam Isip · Married on 17/08/2019

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    Magical hidden venue with sublime service

    A huge thank you to Hannah, Mark and Lindsey for making our day beyond perfection. They really do go above and beyond to make your day as special and stress-free as possible. The caterers Bradshaws were also incredibly easy to work with and accommodating to our needs. All our guests were wowed by the space, and incredibly complementary about the NCEM, how beautiful it is, the location, the garden space and of course the staff! We could not recommend the NCEM enough! Thank you for the perfect day!

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    Andrew and Grace Harman · Married on 27/07/2019

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    Perfect venue for our evening reception!

    We booked the NCEM as our evening venue (they also offer full day hire) and were immensely satisfied. Very conveniently placed just inside the city walls, with a beautiful old church hall as the main space. All the staff were wonderful from the beginning when Hannah looked after us as we toured the venue, and then Mark and Lindsay looked after us so well ok the night. The venue is very well cared for and they have a number of decorations in house that you can discuss with them such as fairy lights and up lights which they can help you set up.

    All in all we had a fantastic day and the NCEM and all their staff played an important part in making it so!

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    Ilona and Lukasz · Married on 07/04/2018

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    It really could not have been better!

    From the beginning, the communication was excellent and we were positive that the NCEM was the perfect venue for us. The help from everyone before the Saturday was appreciated and it meant we could relax and enjoy our big day knowing everything was completed or in safe hands.

    On the day, all staff were professional, willing and good humoured, even when some guests were lingering at the end of the night! We also had a lot of guests remarking how kind and helpful all the staff were, in particular Mark who helped a guest with her young baby.

    We had such a fantastic day celebrating with our friends and family and it really could not have been better. Thank you to you and your team at the NCEM for making our day so special!

    Sent on 27/04/2018

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  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    Unusual Weddings
    Historic
    Landmark
    In the City
    Church
    Outdoor License
    Unique Weddings
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Corkage Option
    Alcohol Licence
    Buffet Meal Facilities
    In House Catering
  • Evening Entertainment:
    Dance Floor
    Entertainment Licence
    Evening Reception Facilities
  • Venue Staff Assistance:
    Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Changing Room for Guests

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