Weddings at The Commandery

Spend your special day in the stunning setting of The Commandery, steeped in history and bursting with character. This Grade I listed building and beautiful gardens have a thousand years of stories to tell, so why not make yours the next one?

Our experienced staff will work with you to ensure that your wedding is tailored to create an unforgettable day, enjoying the wonderful facilities The Commandery has to offer. The Commandery is located in Worcester City centre on the main A44 just a few minutes’ walk from the High Street. Excellent transport links include two train stations within 20 minutes’ walk, Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill, and easy access to the M5 motorway.

We are pleased to have reopened our museums with safety measures and visitor guidance in place which you can read through here. We are very pleased to be able to offer wedding ceremonies and receptions once again, with COVID-secure arrangements in place for any future weddings taking place. Please be advised that normal wedding packages are not currently available, but we will work with you to creat something bespoke for you making sure we keep in line with the current safety measures.

In line with government guidance wedding ceremonies and receptions can take place with a maximum of 15 people in attendance. We are reviewing our wedding offering in light of the recent government announcement and will be following the most up to date guidance. Please check this page for updates.

The Commandery is the perfect place to dedicate your love, surrounded by history in the beautiful heart of Worcester. Couples will be able to create a truly bespoke wedding that reflects them – we will work with you every step of the way to make your day your own, while keeping safety at the forefront of everything we do. Our dedicated team will be making sure the day runs smoothly, safely and in line with government guidance.

Please contact us (commandery@museumsworcestershire.org.uk / 01905 361821)  to discuss this guidance and how we can work with you to plan your special day.

Become part of history…

An inspirational setting

The Commandery has long been at the heart of momentous events, since its early days when monks sheltered travellers to the city within its walls. Features remain from its use as the Wylde family home, which saw the union between two important households – the clothier Thomas Wylde and Dorothy Berkeley of Spetchley. The combined family Coat of Arms that were once on the bedstead are still present, and include the image of three ‘martlets’ (swallow-like birds) that symbolise knowledge and adventure.

A unique occasion tailored to you

Whether you envisage a string quartet serenading you from the Minstrel’s Gallery above the historic Great Hall, or an intimate ceremony overlooking the beautiful herb garden, we will help you to plan a memorable occasion for your guests.

…your special day in a superb setting

The Medieval Great Hall

The Great Hall is at the very heart of The Commandery, featuring a traditional 15th century timbered roof and majestic Civil War armour. With light filtering in through the delicate painted glass of the Oriel window and a Minstrel’s gallery, it is a truly unique space. The hall is a versatile entertaining area which can be used for the ceremony, relaxing, dining or dancing.

The Garden

The charming enclosed gardens behind The Commandery overlook the picturesque Georgian wing and can accommodate a marquee.

The Oak Apple Suite

The Oak Apple Suite is a small, peaceful and private set of rooms that are separate from the museum’s visitor route. There is a lovely entrance hall where drinks can be served, a comfortable side room with sofas in which to relax, and the ceremony will overlook the beautiful herb garden through French windows.

The Queen Anne Room

For a more intimate ceremony, a small but perfectly formed room is available, featuring a stunning fireplace that provides a splash of grandeur to the bright and inviting space.

Pay us a visit

We would be delighted to talk through your ideas for the perfect ceremony, tailored to you, involving the combination of rooms that suits your unique requirements best. The best way to experience The Commandery’s unique atmosphere is to visit, and we would be delighted to show you around. Please contact commandery@museumsworcestershire.org.uk or call 01905 361821 to discuss further or arrange a date.

Information on Marriages / Civil Ceremonies in Worcestershire: To find out more general information on Marriages / Civil Ceremonies in Worcestershire or submit an enquiry form, visit The Worcestershire County Council Website.

Facilities & Additional Information

Location

The Commandery is located in Worcester City centre on the main A44 just three minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and the High Street. Worcester Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill stations are both 1km from The Commandery.

Accessibility

The Commandery offers a level access entrance to museum visitors, lifts and an accessible toilet and cafe.  Guide dogs and assistance dogs are also welcome.

Parking

There is limited parking to the rear of the building for up to 10 cars. Taxis and coaches may pull in to drop off or pick up guests. Dedicated parking can be arranged at a nearby council car park.

Toilets and baby changing facilities

In addition to the accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, the Wedding Suite has its own private toilet facilities.

Smoking

Due to its nature as a historic building, we are unable to accommodate smoking anywhere on the site.

Decorations

The Commandery looks stunning when dressed for special occasions, and we will work with you to ensure that although we cannot fix decorations to the walls, we can still make the building look spectacular.

Play your part to look after a special building

By choosing to get married at The Commandery, you are helping us to take care of it for generations to come, thank you!

To help us look after this Grade I listed building, we ask our guests to understand that we are unable to accommodate naked flames or decorations that pierce the walls of the building, and that smoking is not permitted on site. We also want to bring history to life for everyone, which means that we are open to visitors every day (except Mondays) until 5pm, and we adjust the visitor route accordingly when a wedding starts before this time. Finally, we respect our neighbours’ peace as we are based in a residential area and so finish our events by 11pm.

Wedding Rates at The Commandery

Great Hall, Registry Room and Walled Garden

PackageTimesPrice 2019/20
Afternoon & Evening3pm - 11pm£2200.00
Evening Only7pm - 11pm£1,250.00

Wedding Suite & Herb Garden

PackageTimesPrice
Daytime (Between 9am - 5pm)3 hours£575.00
Evening only (Between 5pm - 11pm)3 hours£775.00
Add on Great Hall (5pm - 11pm within above time)2 hours£490.00
Additional hire 2 hours£250.00
25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking, balance to be paid 8 weeks in advance.

*Except Bank Holidays / late availabilities

Add a special flourish to make your day unique

  • Set up a marquee in the beautiful enclosed gardens
  • Enhance the atmosphere with music in the minstrel’s gallery

Please email or call us to discuss the package details further commandery@museumsworcestershire.org.uk or call 01905 361821.

Weddings at the Guildhall

If you are looking for a beautiful unique location with larger capacity than The Commandery can offer, you may wish to consider The Guildhall; a stunning historic venue in the heart of Worcester. Find out more about holding your wedding in the Guildhall on their website.