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If you’re an art and history lover, then Thicket Priory might just be the perfect wedding venue for you. This beautiful Grade II-listed building is one of the most magnificent wedding venues in Yorkshire and North East England. From exciting secret tunnels to opulent Victorian period features – this place is bursting with history dating back to the 10th century.

Thicket Priory - the Best wedding venue in Yorkshire and North East England. This is the Morning Room which is a light filled wedding ceremony room with a large marble fireplace, wooden flooring and wooden panels and large windows. Perfect venue for light and airy fairytale spring weddings. Styled by Flori and Fern and captured by destination wedding photographer Cristina Ilao

A Romantic Setting for Your Fairytale Wedding

  • Thicket Priory allows exclusive use of the whole property. You have a lot of flexibility when planning to get married here. You don’t need to worry about time restrictions on the use of the function rooms. There’s also no curfew to cut your evening party short. There’s even an option to extend your celebration and hire the whole property for the weekend after the wedding.
  • Whether you’re going for a religious or humanist ceremony, there’s an available option for you. Independent celebrant-led ceremonies are held in the privately-owned chapel. There’s also the Morning and Jefferson rooms that can be used for a legally binding civil ceremony.
Buckingham Suite at the Thicket Priory, best wedding venue near York and Newcastle Upon Tyne. Light bright and airy bridal preparation room with large french antique bed. In photo is French Bedroom Company Bonaparte bed with tulle drapes and french antique seats. Photo by Cristina Ilao www.cristinailao.com
  • The impressive property and surrounding grounds are elegantly presented and look absolutely beautiful in any season. You don’t really need to do a lot of decorating to make a lasting impression on your wedding guests. The classy function rooms and the light-filled grand ballroom are all remarkably spacious. The owners have painstakingly styled everything to create a classy look. For outdoor weddings, there is a charming bandstand for you to use. It has ample space for everyone to gather in the middle of the sweeping gardens. Did I mention the awe-inspiring bridal suite? Think of floor to ceiling windows, enormous space, and luxurious features. It’s the ideal place to get ready and have the most beautiful photos.
  • Fancy using a vintage Rolls Royce Silver Cloud on your wedding day? Thicket completes your fairytale wedding dreams by giving you exclusive access to this on your big day.
French crystal glass chandelier at the Thicket Priory staircase. Photography by Cristina Ilao www.cristinailao.com

Easy Access from anywhere in the UK

  • Thicket Priory is less than 30mins from the York train station. With direct links to London and the rest of the UK, York station is easily accessible to your guests. You and your guests can go for a mini-break and explore the historic York city before the wedding.
  • Whether you prefer the city or the countryside, there is something here to keep you and your guests occupied. Let’s not forget that it has the breathtaking York countryside at its doorsteps. The surrounding stunning scenery is a real treat and a welcome break from the busy city life. Go for a lovely morning stroll within the property grounds on the day of your wedding. Or, take it up a notch by venturing out into the Yorkshire countryside. The Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve is just around the corner. York city center is also nearby, so going for a quick city break is an easy option.

A Taste of English History

  • Renowned British landscape and architectural artist Edward Blore designed the property. Did you know that his most notable works include the Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, and Windsor Castle?
  • Every single room in the house has been decorated to reflect Thicket Priory’s rich history. Just imagine the elegant colour palette, ornate furniture and intricate period accessories. Everything in each room has been carefully curated by the owner.
Lady Isobel's Room at the Thicket Priory with crest on top of the linen French headboard, midnight blue themed elegant period home with painted walls and velvet pillows. Photo by Cristina Ilao www.cristinailao.com

The Thicket Priory Experience

  • The management and staff at Thicket Priory designed the venue to welcome guests and make them feel right at home. All 5 function rooms are accessible and finished to the highest standards. The venue also comes with 35 en-suite bedrooms, all located in the property’s main building, and fully accessible. The bathrooms are generously stocked with luxury toiletries and fitted with high-quality furnishings. Throughout the property, there are small pocket rooms that conveniently stock treats and essentials. Perfect if you want a midnight snack, a warm cup of tea or an emergency wedding kit
  • For bigger wedding parties with a larger guest count, accommodation shouldn’t be a problem. There’s a good number of hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments, hostels, and Airbnb options. These are all a stone’s throw away from the venue and all within York’s city centre.
Intimate wedding setup with a pink fairytale spring theme. In photo is the grand ballroom of Thicket Priory with reception setup using antique plate chargers, heirloom candlestick holders, pink tapered candles, floral centerpiece with hydrangea blush roses and eucalyptus. white Tiffany chairs and floral backdrop on top of the marble fireplace. Crystal french antique chandelier hanging from the reception room ceiling. Photo by Cristina Ilao www.cristinailao.com

Thicket Priory by the Number

  • The property has 18 acres of usable space including multiple gardens, a serene lake, a boathouse, and a bandstand.
  • There are 4 ceremony rooms and 1 grand ballroom that can accommodate from 14 to 200 people.
  • The venue has its own private chapel that can seat up to 120 guests
  • The property has a total of 35 en-suite guest rooms to accommodate up to 72 guests.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below or through email. I’d love to hear from you soon. For more detailed information about Thicket Priory, please head over to their website.

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Much love,
Cristina xx

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Meet cRiSTina

Born and raised in the Philippines, Cristina is an award-winning international wedding photographer currently based in London and Newcastle, UK. She is known for her fine art approach and light and airy photography style.

Throughout her career, Cristina has worked with distinguished television celebrities, leading UK fashion influencers and international brands, cementing her place in the UK and extending her reach to a global client base. Cristina has been featured by Nikon Europe,  Yahoo Style UK, and some of the most notable international wedding and photography magazines.

Her work has taken her to some of the most beautiful places in the world including the USA, France, Malta, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Greece, and the Caribbean just to name a few.

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