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On since 2022

Last update: September 2023

Ware Priory is a scenic wedding venue located in Ware, in the picturesque countryside of England's Hertfordshire region. Nestled on the riverside with seven acres of picturesque gardens, this Grade I listed building is a monument of historical interest. It has been carefully restored to offer the perfect location for your special day.

Facilities and Capacity

At Ware Priory, you have a distinctive choice of individual character-filled rooms with space to hold up to 120 of your loved ones for a wedding breakfast or reception dinner. The venue's modern setting, Fletcher's Lea, opened for business in 2007. This setting compliments the architecture of the historic building without dominating it. This more contemporary space offers state of the art technology and has the capacity to hold up to 160 guests for a wedding breakfast or sit down event. More intimate spaces are also available for those who have envisioned a smaller celebration. The tranquil surroundings and riverside views of this venue offer idyllic locations for your memorable photos. Whether you’re seeking a traditional, historical or contemporary setting, this property has something for everyone.

Services Offered

Couples celebrating their day at Ware Priory will get to work with the venue's friendly and professional staff. These professionals provide flexible support, tailoring their services to help you make your dream wedding a reality. They also offer a choice of exquisite food and drink, delighting even the most discerning palate. On your wedding day, you'll have exclusive use of the venue, ensuring your privacy on your milestone. Facilities are available for both a DJ and a live band.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Ware Priory

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
39 reviews
99% recommend it
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Georgie A. Sent on 15/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful day had by all!

Our wedding at the Ware Priory in was nothing short of magical. From the moment we stepped into this historic venue, we knew we were in for a day to remember. Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, the Priory served as the perfect backdrop for our wedding day, lending an air of elegance and serenity that captivated us and our guests.

The staff were phenomenal—attentive, professional, and keen to accommodate our every need. From the planning stages to the execution, they made the process seamless, allowing us to focus on enjoying our special day.

The catering (Magpie Catering; partnered with the Ware Priory) was exceptional, with a diverse menu that catered to all palates. Each dish was prepared to perfection, making the dining experience a true highlight of the day.

As for the facilities, the Priory offered a delightful mix of traditional charm and modern comforts. Whether it was the exquisite architecture of the Priory Room or the modern amenities, everything was geared towards making our wedding an unforgettable occasion.

But what truly made our day remarkable was the atmosphere. There's something ineffable about saying your vows in a place steeped in history and beauty. The Ware Priory didn't just host our wedding; it added to our story, imbuing it with a sense of grandeur and timeless romance that we will cherish forever.

In summary, if you're in search of a venue that combines historical elegance with first-class service for exceptionally good value, the Ware Priory should be at the top of your list. Thank you to everyone involved for making our wedding the dream day we had always envisioned.
Phil H. Sent on 10/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

A superb experience

We decided 5 weeks from proposal to wedding would be fine! Kat at Ware Priory was amazing before the wedding and on the day. We had 70 day and more evening guests and the ceremony room and conservatory were perfect. Nothing I could write here would be enough
Chloe G. Sent on 09/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing was too much trouble…a perfect day !

We cannot thank Ware Priory enough for delivering the perfect day !

From the initial enquiry, to booking and then the day itself it was just a breeze. We felt so lucky to have such a cooperative venue during a global pandemic and are so thankful they did everything they could to make it feel as normal as possible.

The food was great, the service was amazing, the security were friendly, the bar was so quick and Kat was just brilliant with everything and everyone had nothing but compliments! It just ran so smoothly there is honestly nothing I could fault anyone on.

We both loved every second of our day and so did everyone else, so just thank you so much !
Adalina Sent on 11/10/2023
3.2 out of 5 rating

Some issues which affected our day

We are sorry that we cannot wholeheartedly recommend Ware Priory. It is a great venue and even though it rained on our day they had a plan B for the reception and photos which worked well. The sales team are lovely and as far as wedding venues go it is good value for money.

However, we had significant issues on the day with sound systems in all three different rooms. For the ceremony the sound system at the back of the room was not loud enough - I could only hear the music walking up or down the aisle very softly and when we signed the register we couldn't hear our chosen music. Most guests said they couldn't hear this. During our drinks reception inside (conservatory) there was no music although we requested this more than once. For the wedding breakfast in Fletchers Lea we had to ask several times for music to come on, and a lot of the meal was eaten in silence. When the music was on, several speakers weren't working around the room so you could only really hear the music at one end. This was a problem for our speeches as many people could not hear them which meant they also were mostly met with silence.

There were a couple of other issues which were also disappointing - the day before the wedding we saw the room set up and emailed our events manager (we didn't have a number to contact her on before the ceremony). Some of the glasses that had been put out were smeared or dirty with lipstick on them, and there wasn't enough toilet rolls, soap and paper towels in the toilets. Unfortunately the events manager didn't read this email and these issues were not addressed.

We were not contacted by anyone at Ware Priory for feedback following our wedding, and this request for a review was the first we heard from them so our apologies to them if this is a surprise.
Sharlene A. Sent on 09/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Thoroughly splendid

We had our wedding reception here and it was a thoroughly splendid day. The venue itself is lovely, with a pretty outdoors area to spill into (we were lucky with the weather) and lots of nice backdrops for photos. The support from the venue staff (in particular Kat) both in the planning and on the day was top notch (including accommodating some specific drink requests), and the catering (provided by Gusto) was most excellent, and all quite reasonably priced.
Rachael S. Sent on 09/11/2021
4.6 out of 5 rating

A truly magical day

Myself and my now husband got married at Ware Priory in August 2021. From the first visit of viewing the venue right up until our big day (roughly 18 months) the members of staff we met were so helpful, happy to answer any question/worries we had, the communication was excellent and they were pretty quick at getting back to us. Kat made sure our day went smoothly, and ensured everything happened when/as it it should. Highly recommend for a beautiful venue, stunning grounds, and very fairly priced.
Liz M. Sent on 09/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Ceremony

Brilliant and so helpful when we had to switch venue last minute due to covid restrictions. We actually think the Priory was better than our original choice. Lots of lovely areas for photos too!
Tiffany G. Sent on 09/11/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

The ware priory

The Priority were very helpful in finding us a great space in their venue that kept within our budget and made us feel comfortable through the process of booking. On the wedding day everything went smoothly and even helped put with the music for us! Beautiful grounds
Linda Sent on 12/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for such a lovely day

Hi. I never normally do this but I was so very impressed with every member of your staff at the wedding of my friend Carly to Neil on Saturday.

The main lady, I apologise I did not get her name, was outstanding! The young ladies handing out the champagne was so quick, efficient and friendly. Once inside the main lady organised her staff so very efficiently; ensuring the meal was served quickly. Excellent.

The lady dancing behind the bar was great - how lovely to see staff enjoying themselves too but not distracting away from serving us so quickly.

I had ordered a cab to take me home to Letchworth at 11pm. When I was still waiting at 11.10, one of the workers Ray enquired and I told him my cab had not turned up and that my mobile phone was dead. He took me into reception where a lady named Donna called my cab company and got that sorted out and they then charged my mobile for me! Thank you so much to Donna and Ray for looking after me (I am a lady on my own).

I was so impressed by Ware Priory and the staff and shall certainly recommend it to all.

Thank you for such a lovely day. Everything went so smoothly.

Garry Sent on 27/02/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thanks so much

To all at Ware Priory,

Thanks so much for the celebration of life on 31/1/18. You turned a sad occasion into a real celebration.

Kind regards,
Caroline Sent on 27/02/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for making it special

I wanted to take the time to thank you both for making my Mum's 80th Birthday so special, she thoroughly enjoyed Saturday's lunch( as did everyone).

Kat, the food was super, please pass on my thanks to the chefs, a wonderful meal, well served and navigated around the boys and the speeches.

I really appreciate your help with the technical glitch! The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves ( and all slept well on Saturday night!). We all really appreciated your consideration to their energetic needs!

We are grateful and recommend the venue, everyone's overall help with planning, the super food, welcome and team involved.

With great thanks

Caroline, Steve and Rita
Gill Sent on 22/02/2018
5 out of 5 rating

It was a brilliant day and the food was excellent.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the staff for making my grandson's christening reception so lovely. It was a brilliant day and the food was excellent. A huge thanks to the girls who set the display tables up, they were perfect, everything looked amazing, we were so pleased. Many thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to planning our next function with you in the future.
Catherine Sent on 21/06/2016
5 out of 5 rating

We had an awesome day!

Thank you for all that you did for our wedding – we had a completely awesome day. We loved every second of it. It wouldn’t have been possible without all those that helped from Ware Priory. Fantastic venue, ceremony, food, staff, timing and generally all round greatness!
Debbie Sent on 21/06/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Everyone was so impressed

Thank you so much for all you have done to make our wedding day go off so well. Everyone was so impressed with the venue and the buffet. I’m sure we couldn’t have done it without you all.
Amanda Sent on 21/06/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Both food and service were fantastic!

We wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for helping make our wedding day perfect. The venue, the food and the service were absolutely fantastic and, without exception, our guests were very impressed. We have received many compliments.
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