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.
SOMETHING "OLD", "NEW", "BORROWED", AND "BLUE"
The tradition of carrying one or more items that are "old", "new", "borrowed" and "blue" also comes from English. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something old, signifying continuity, could be a piece of lace, jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief. Something new, signifying optimism in the future, could be an article of clothing or the wedding rings. Something borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be handkerchief from a happily married relative or friend. Something blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love, comes from early Jewish history. In early Biblical times, blue not white symbolized purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore a band of blue material around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence the tradition of "something blue". Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the church.