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Last update: November 2023

The Bowdon Rooms is a unique and sophisticated wedding venue with an abundance of authentic Edwardian character, located in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. Established in 1903, this award-winning venue is ideal for an exclusive wedding filled with historic charm. Your special day will be unforgettable with a wealth of original architecture, beautiful features, and elegant grandeur.

Facilities and Capacity

Fully licensed for ceremonies, to-be-weds can spend the entire day at this extraordinary venue. Say your vows in either the intimate executive lounge or, for larger weddings, in the glorious Edwardian ballroom. This grand banquet hall offers glamorous chandeliers suspended from the dramatic 40-foot dome ceiling and original Edwardian features, including quaint alcoves, balustrades, and pillars. Couples will also find many wedding photo opportunities here. The Bowdon Rooms offers a variety of stylish and comfortable spaces where you and your loved ones can mingle. A premier music venue, The Bowdon Rooms boasts an impressive stage with ultra-high specification digital lighting and sound, enhancing your evening entertainment for a night to remember. Furthermore, the stage area features a green room and dressing room, complete with full-length and professional makeup mirrors and bathroom facilities.

Services Offered

As a family-run business, the dedicated team at The Bowdon Rooms is a select group of experienced and amiable event managers and wedding planners. They will work with you and be on hand to help create your dream day, adding a personal touch for which the venue is renowned. A professional coordinator will guide you every step of the way, and a master of ceremonies can ensure the smooth running of your momentous occasion.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Historic
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Hairdresser
Beautician

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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100% Recommended by couples

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Lisa
Lisa J. Sent on 18/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Vow renewal

We had the most perfect day, it was just over so quickly 😟

Honestly guys i cant even tell you how many comments we had on the room, we had a lot of comments saying that as soon as they walked in and saw the set up they were very emotional, so that was really nice and the effect we wanted, honestly it was beautiful.

Helena was great, she not only coordinated everything perfectly, she also offered moral support (to mike, who was close to a nervous breakdown on the day with nerves lol) and she even laced up my dress, you dont get that everywhere lol, nothing was too much trouble, we honestly felt so comfortable.

I honestly think the difference with you guys is we met you as a service provider but it honestly feels like you became our friends, you shared and encouraged (again, michael lol) our vision to enable us to have the most perfect day.

We honestly cannot put into words how perfect it was and how much we appreciate you guys for all you did

I can honestly say i wish you all to have the family, happiness and love myself and Michael have for each other, as with that you can take on the world

Again, many thanks to allison, helena and all the team, you were honestly great x



Marilyn
Marilyn O. Sent on 08/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An amazing venue

10/10 cannot recommend The Bowdon Rooms enough. We had our wedding here last month and from start to finish, Allison and the team were outstanding.

From the moment we arrived at the venue, the staff were amazing. They made sure that ourselves and our guests felt welcomed and made the day flow effortlessly and smoothly. They were so organised with timings and with following the order of the day. The venue itself is beautiful both the outdoor space and inside.

Also, catering provided by Herbs and Spices was incredible! We opted for a buffet and every dish was delicious. We had guests commenting on how nice the meals were and one even said how “it was the best food” she’s had at a wedding.

Thank you so much, Allison, Ed and everyone at The Bowdon Room for making our wedding a day to remember.
Anne
Anne M. Sent on 17/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful wedding venue

From the minute we contacted the Bowdon rooms to the day of our wedding we received the best 5* service from Allison and her team.
They helped every step of the way planning our special day and ensuring we had everything we needed.
The room look stunning on the day and staff were amazing looking after us and our family and friends.
So much better than a corporate venue, such a personal service.
We loved every minute of our celebrations at this special place.
Susie
Susie A. Sent on 21/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant experience

Fantastic experience from start to finish with the Bowdon Rooms .
From our initial enquiry through to our wedding day we have received the best service from Helena and the team.
Nothing was too much trouble and it’s like having your own personal wedding planners to organise every minute of the day so you can relax . Hugely experienced team and could not recommend enough .

Thanks so much

Susie & Graham
Zoe
Zoe G. Sent on 16/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply unbelievable; faultless

11/10! Cannot recommend highly enough.

We recently celebrated our wedding at the Bowdon Rooms and honestly we were blown away with how utterly amazing the staff were.

We knew they are amazing from planning our wedding (in 6 very short months) but when your guests are taking the time to comment on how great they all are, you know that it’s special.

From the minute we viewed this venue (which is spectacular- it speaks for itself) we were met with warmth and professionalism. Absolutely nothing was too much for Allison, she is just simply wonderful. Aside from providing absolutely everything we needed and more, Allison is hilarious and we have really enjoyed working with her. I have been asked hundreds of times whether I am stressed or anxious in the planning of our wedding and honestly I can’t say that I’ve felt anything but calm and confident purely thanks to Allison, Ed and Helena. They have bent over backwards, been excellent at staying in touch and just generally made us feel super special. It’s just all been so easy and I can’t thank the team enough for that.

Fast forward to the day and we were treated like royalty. The attentiveness is actually mind blowing. We didn’t have to do a thing, we brought our things and they just ‘magically’ appeared in all the right places. Anything we didn’t have was sourced and sorted out. The attention to detail is just stunning and everything looked perfect.

I wanted access to the venue really early to get ready with my girls. This was no issue what so ever. We were provided with a beautiful room, champagne flutes, coffee, anything we could have needed. This started the day off so wonderfully and made it really special. The level of service is honestly astounding. Special thanks to Helena playing with our children and keeping them safe while we were eating… I really mean it when I say nothing is too much. Even at the end of the night when we were waiting for our car home, Ed was busy making us cups of tea, etc. I simply cannot fault them in the slightest. I love that everyone takes the time to know the names of bridal party, parents of the bride and groom etc, that level of personalisation meant a lot to us.

I also want to thank Rosie, Jim and all the bar staff who were absolutely lovely and worked tirelessly to help our day run so smoothly. The professionalism is next level and the amount of confidence I felt in each staff member was just so reassuring. The whole team never stopped all day and I mean ALL day, but never once did there feel any stress or rush. It’s all down to a very fine art! The bar was great, there was a lot of people there and not once was there a queue… don’t think I’ve ever experienced that!

Thank you so deeply from the bottom of our hearts. You made our perfect day so perfect and we will always be grateful.
Jack
Jack J. Sent on 09/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best, unique day ever. Stunning from start to finish.

For the most fun, personalised wedding that feels unique to you, then you don’t want to look elsewhere.

You will not find a better venue with more accommodating, experienced and professional staff in Cheshire.

From the moment we saw the ballroom (and stage) we knew that we could throw the wedding celebrations of our dreams, It combines the glamour of a ballroom and a wedding venue, the fun of a village hall wedding, and the party vibes of a cool-inner city music venue.

Allison was the most incredible supporter of our creative vision and hyping up our colorful dream. She took us through every step of the journey and was always available to email or meet. She made planning both fun and exciting. It felt like we met family rather than someone who was paid to plan our day. It was amazing to find someone who cared as much about our day as we did. We’ll miss our meetings!

Some of the touches they were able to do included our own personalized drinks reception (corkage meant we could have my wife's favorite cocktails), our custom food menu from the in-house caterers (more below), drinks brought in by the bar manager (craft beer, my favorite hard-to-source beer and even gluten-free lager for guests) and unique props that other venues would panic over. They also seamlessly brought together our wide array of external venues (florist, DJ, band, tables, chairs).

We were absolutely blown away when we walked in on our wedding day to see it come to life, the stunning ballroom was transformed with the most incredible glow-up, that looked like it had been professionally styled (A special mention to Helena who followed my wife’s table plans to the letter which was just as good as a professional stylist)

Even with all the fun personal touches, it still felt like a beautiful wedding throughout.

The in-house caterer of Herb and Spice is a hidden gem. If like us you’re a foodie, and food is vital to the day, book this venue. Amy and the team allowed us to serve whatever we wanted (Antipasti, Souvlaki, Wedding cake followed by pizza). The food was the quality of great restaurants, with the portion size of a pub, which was the complete opposite of every wedding meal I’ve ever had.

We booked a band and DJ who play across the North West at some of the region's biggest venues and were so hyped about the set-up, staff, and venue. They said it was the best venue they played at.

The venue seated 68 for the day and 20 for the evening, which we felt might be too small for the space, but the way it was laid out, made us feel like it was a room full of love.

From a fun drinks reception, followed by a romantic dinner, followed by the best party I’ve been to.

Here are a few quotes from our guests:
“After coming to your wedding, I finally understand the hype of weddings”
“The staff treated you like a celebrity”
“A day we’ll never forget. The best from start to finish, it felt like your own venue”.
“The staff were amazing and couldn’t of done enough for all us guests’
Kerry
Kerry G. Sent on 31/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Seem less perfection from start to finish

I don’t even know where to start.

This place is everything you could ever want.

Allison and Edward, Helena, Rosie and Hannah all went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect from start to finish. It has been 2 years in the planning and every single aspect of the day was arranged so we had the perfect day in every single way.

The attention to detail and the unwavering support of every single member of the team meant that we had the most magical seamless day. Thank you so so much.

Everyone at our wedding commented on how beautiful everything was. We couldn’t of asked for more, you exceeded all our hopes and dreams and we are so truly grateful.
Charlotte
Charlotte B. Sent on 13/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Out of this world!

Now I am not Bias BUT I had the most fantastic day int he most beautiful venue, the staff I could not fault one bit, myself and my other half felt they catered to everybody they were efficient young professionals and were absolutely fantastic at what they do.

The owners could not have made us feel anymore welcome when we first went to view the establishment and then proceeded to answer all questions promptly and professionally, they stayed in touch all the way through and had meetings to help get the day organised and also giving ideas and opinions that you may want to listen to as you don’t think of everything.

This place truly is exceptional, beautiful, professional and if it wasn’t for them and the staff my day would not have gone as perfect as it did, I cannot recommend them enough at all!
Gemma
Gemma P. Sent on 28/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Alyson and Ed are an absolute dream team!

We celebrated our wedding at the Bowdon Rooms in April and can not thank Alyson and Ed enough. Alyson is phenomenal at planning, supporting and managing suppliers, timings and the whole day and Ed is equally fabulous at running the bar and evening events. Alyson genuinely helped make our wedding planning experience so much easier- she is truly amazing at her job! Thanks you so much from the Emmotts! If you are after a fun venue to party your wedding day/night away at, we cannot recommend the Bowdon Rooms enough.
Rose
Rose C. Sent on 11/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dreamy experience!

Our entire experience - from beginning to end - was perfect. Helena, Allison, Edward and the team went above and beyond to help us have the most amazing wedding reception. Our meetings beforehand were detailed and organised and put our minds at ease that they would have everything in hand on the day ... and they did! We felt that they genuinely cared about providing us with a fantastic wedding day. Our guests unanimously said they had a brilliant time. We honestly can't think of anything that could have been better. We can't recommend them highly enough!
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Allison P. Sent on 17/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

If you want an amazing wedding, book here!

We honestly don't know where to start.. so my husband and I got married here on 5th April 2023 and from the moment we met the staff at The Bowdon Rooms we were blown away with their kindness and professionalism. This was the 1st and only place we viewed and we are so glad we chose you guys. Allison, Ed, Hèlèna and Amy at herb and spice were all amazing and couldn't do enough for us from planning meetings and making sure the day ran smoothly and even going the extra mile to make us feel super special. We have absolutely no regrets and so glad we got married here. We would strongly recommend anyone who wants a special day to book here. We cannot thank you all enough and are eternally grateful for everything you guys have done for us. We want to do it all again 😊
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Deborah M. Sent on 14/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding day ever

We honestly don't know where to start.. so my husband and I got married here on 5th April 2023 and from the moment we met the staff at The Bowdon Rooms we were blown away with their kindness and professionalism. This was the 1st and only place we viewed and we are so glad we chose you guys. Allison, Ed, Hèlèna and Amy at herb and spice were all amazing and couldn't do enough for us from planning meetings and making sure the day ran smoothly and even going the extra mile to make us feel super special. We have absolutely no regrets and so glad we got married here. We would strongly recommend anyone who wants a special day to book here. We cannot thank you all enough and are eternally grateful for everything you guys have done for us. We want to do it all again 😊
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Gillian W. Sent on 24/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

We had an absolutely amazing day!

We got married on 28th May 2022 at The Bowdon Rooms, and what an amazing day we had from start to finish. From the moment we viewed the building inside and out; we fell in love with it and knew it was the right place for our special day. The room was stunning and romantic for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, which was then turned around to accommodate our band on the stage and dramatically transformed the place into a brilliant party atmosphere. Our guests certainly got some use out of that sprung dance floor!!!
From our first meeting with Alison & Ed to our wedding day, they couldn’t do enough for us. We had several meetings and the communication was fantastic. Alison sent the event details which were meticulous and professional, plus I had regular updates leading up to the big day. They helped our vision of our wedding become a reality. When the day finally arrived, all the staff were absolutely amazing and everything went without a hitch. They were so accommodating and helpful when it came to choosing our wedding music and playlists throughout the day. They communicated and looked after the band members and photographer prior to, and on the day. All of our guests said what a fantastic venue and what an amazing time they had, it was just perfect.
We could not fault anything and would like to thank Alison, Ed and the team for making our special day absolutely fabulous.
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David A. Sent on 21/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Event Review October 2023

The Bowdon Rooms is a lovely wedding venue. The interior is fresh and attractive with plenty of space for guests and evening entertainment. The events manager guided and supported us through the options available in hiring the venue. We choose a package offering with catering included and on reflection, we have no regrets in that selection. The included on site catering was excellent and the events manager communicated and worked with us very well very in organising our day at the venue. This included accommodating a piano player and a 35 piece showband in the evening. The catering and staff at the venue are excellent. If you looking for a wedding venue go have a chat with them and they’ll arrange to show you around the venue.
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Glen R. Sent on 18/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding day

My partner and I got married here in November 2023 and we could not be happier with how the day went!

We fell in love with the venue on our first visit. Its location and the unique character of the building made it stand out from others that we had viewed.

From viewing the venue, right up to the big day, Helena and the Bowdon Rooms team were incredibly helpful and were always on hand to answer any questions we had, no matter how small. We were made to feel at ease throughout the whole planning process. Helena made every effort to ensure that each and every small detail was captured and communicated to everyone. As a result, the entire day was amazing and ran smoothly from start to finish.

All of the guests at our wedding commented on how professional and friendly the team were and we could not agree more. The venue looked amazing and was decorated beautifully for all aspects of the day, from the ceremony, wedding breakfast and the evening reception.

Honestly, if you’re even thinking of booking this venue for your wedding (or any other event) don’t think about it….just do it. We cannot recommend this venue enough. Thank you so much to the Bowdon Rooms team for all of their hard work to make our day truly magical – it was perfect! It’s definitely one we’ll never forget.
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