The Bedford Swan Hotel

(35 reviews) 35 4.8
The Embankment Bedford Bedfordshire MK40 1RW
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About The Bedford Swan Hotel

The Embankment, Bedford
Bedfordshire, MK40 1RW

The Bedford Swan Hotel is an elegant venue for your wedding celebrations. The hotel sits on the edge of the River Ouse at the heart of the historic market town of Bedford. The venue offers all you could need for a truly memorable and special wedding day.

The 18th-century building is full of charm and character, creating a unique ambience for your day. The historic hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, allowing you to spend your whole day of celebrations in one fantastic location. Whether you are planning a small, intimate affair or a large, lavish event, the hotel has two beautiful function spaces to choose from. We can accommodate up to 250 wedding guests for your day.

Throughout your wedding plans and preparation, our dedicated wedding team will be on hand to help. From the moment you book to the big day itself, they will offer support and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Additionally, we offer all-inclusive packages, carefully designed with weddings in mind. Each package has been created to suit a range of requirements, making the whole process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Your guests needn’t worry about hurrying away at the end of the night as the hotel can offer 113 fabulous bedrooms. Each room has been recently refurbished to provide a luxurious night’s stay.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details or to arrange a visit. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

• Newly refurbished function suites • Located in the heart of the historic market town of Bedford • Set on the edge of the River Ouse, with beautiful views • Licensed for civil ceremonies • Inclusive wedding packages available • 113 bedrooms to sleep your overnight guests

Facilities at The Bedford Swan Hotel

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Small Hotel
Large Hotel
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private 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
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

The Bedford Swan Hotel Reviews (35)

We could not have asked for a better day
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Rocks, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 02 Sep 2017

Lara, Thank you very much for all your help and support on Saturday and the months leading up the wedding. Everything ran exactly as we hoped, even the weather was kind to us. Please thank all the staff at the hotel, nothing was too much trouble for them. Special thanks for the chef for a superb meal, to Andrew for running the event smoothly and to the barman Adam for all his help on the day and again on Sunday. We could not have asked for a better day thank you all again.

Everyone enjoyed it immensely.
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By Mr Denyer, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2017

It was a beautiful day all round, I was very pleased that you were around and I was able to tell our guests that you were responsible for the fantastic event. Thanks again for a wonderful evening. Everyone enjoyed it immensely.

Efficiency was excellent
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By Mr and Mrs Wilcox, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2017

Thank you for all your attention to detail, the help and efficiency was excellent, especially in the lead up to the actual day. Please pass on our thanks to Danielle for the way she ran the event on the day, everything went very well and according to plan, the table service throughout the meal was very good. If you could say a big thank to the chef, Scott. Our food was very good. We were also very pleased with the guidance Scott provided when talking us through the menu options at the Menu tasting event, prior to the wedding. As you know we were quite anxious about how the bar tariff and service would go. The bar manager, (in a pink shirt) ran the bar very efficiently.

A great and memorable experience.
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By Mr and Mrs Rawle, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 04 Aug 2017

Lara, Just a note to say thank you for organising our daughter’s wedding and all the help you gave us. It was a wonderful day and a great and memorable experience.

We had a brilliant wedding experience
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By Mr and Mrs Turner, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2017

We wanted to pass on our thanks to you for all the help, guidance and assistance you provided over the last 15 months. The planning and preparing all paid off and we had a brilliant wedding experience at the Swan Hotel Could you also pass on our thanks to Danielle who provided us with a fantastic personal service on the actual day. Many family and friends have made positive comments on the venue and in particular the quality of the food. They have also praised the choice of music and evening buffet So all in all it went like clockwork and it all came together for one remarkable, enjoyable but most of all memorable day Thanks very much and please send this e mail up the management food chain as I feel all your combined efforts should be recognised

Big thank you to you and your team
Venue Service

By Mrs Adams, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 27 Jul 2017

I would just like to reinforce a big thank you to you and your team from the whole family for the great support you gave us for Jessica's wedding. We have had many compliments from the fantastic food, comfortable rooms and the late night cups of tea. The older members of the family really appreciated the late night tea made by Adam. My auntie and her husband have already booked to come back to the hotel for a mid week stay.

We had a fantastic time.
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By Mr and Mrs Pile, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 06 May 2017

Thank you to all at The Swan for making our day go so smoothly. We had a fantastic time.

We really had a brilliant day
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By Mr and Mrs Austin, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 13 Apr 2017

We would like to say a big thank you for all your hard work in making all the preparations prior to the Wedding and the day go as smoothly as possible .We really had a brilliant day and really do appreciate all the work you and all the staff behind the scenes put in on our behalf . A lot of our Wedding guests commented on how friendly and organised all the staff appeared . Scott and his team produced a wonderful Wedding breakfast and evening food and the bar staff were really great . Please do pass on our thanks . We will hopefully email on to people individually too. Thank you again Lara . Hope all goes well for your future events .

Completely Amazing
Venue Service

By Mr and Mrs Walker, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 18 Mar 2017

Lara & the receptionist Katherine made it very easy. The food was absolutely amazing. Thanks to everyone at the swan for making our special day completely amazing.

Everyone was so polite and very organised.
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By Mr and Mrs Temple, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 11 Mar 2017

Just wanted to say thank you so much to you and the Bedford Swan hotel staff. Everything went so smoothly and all staff involved with our wedding worked very hard, everyone was so polite and very organised. I'm biased but I don't think I have ever been to a wedding that has ran like clockwork! Thank you so much for your hospitality!

A super day
Venue Service

By Carole NaylorKing, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 25 Feb 2017

It was a super day and the staff were wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you.

Thank you all so much
Venue Service

By Helen Weston, on 18 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 18 Feb 2017

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help over the last year, you've been fantastic. The day couldn't have been any better. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Sarah and all the team on the day, and Anthony in particular. He was incredibly accommodating and kind and really put us at ease. Thank you all so much.

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