tel:- 01603 218 300
fax:- 01603 766 032
web address:- www.cathedral.org.uk
Norwich Cathedral :-
Venue type - Restaurant
Venue type - Church
Venue type - Historic Building
Number of function rooms available for weddings: Weddings are held in the Cathedral but there are usage restrictions. Function room names and capacities: Wedd receptions can be held in the Refectory Restaurant & Coffee Shop (capacity 100 seated banquet style)
Local accommodation: Maids Head Hotel, Tombland, Norwich
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - Yes
Alcohol License - Yes
Evening Reception Facilities - Yes
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: The Cathedral cloister offers a beautiful backdrop for wedding photographs. We also have 44 acres of picturesque private grounds. Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography...: The Cathedral cloister. Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography...: Pulls Ferry by the river Wensum.
Venue special features:
award-winning 21st century facilities
a stunning 11th century setting
44 acres of picturesque private grounds in a city centre location
close to parking, rail station and hotels
Venue History: Bishop Herbert de Losinga laid the foundation stone for Norwich Cathedral in 1096. The building was consecrated in 1101 and it served as a Benedictine priory until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538. Today the original Norman ground plan is virtually intact, despite devastating gales, fires, riots and wars over the centuries, and the importance of the Cathedral chiefly rests on the scale of the original Romanesque building and the completeness of its survival.
Other information: The Cathedral has the largest surviving monastic cloister in England, built between 1297 and 1430, and boasts England's second tallest spire.
Brightly colored veils were worn in ancient times in many parts of the world and were considered a protection against evil spirits Greek and Roman brides for yellow or red veils (representing fire) to ward off evil spirits and demons. At one time, Roman brides were completely covered with a red veil for protection. In early European history, with the advent of arranged marriages veils served another purpose - to prevent the groom from seeing the brides' face till after the ceremony was over. Brides began to wear opaque yellow veils. Not only could the groom not see in, the bride could not see out! Therefore, the father of the bride had to escort her down the aisle and literally give the bride to the groom. Nellie Custis, the daughter of Martha Washington, is credited with wearing the first lace veil.