10 REASONS COUPLES CHOOSE THE ATHENAEUM AS A WEDDING VENUE
There is a lot to consider when planning a wedding and one of the decisions that can make or break the day is the venue. With so much choice out there it can seem like a daunting task, but the decision is easy because The Athenaeum ticks all the boxes.
- FANTASTIC LOCATION
Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful, historic Market town and The Athenaeum is situated in the very heart of it. The picturesque town won the award for ‘Best Large Town’ at the 2017 Anglia in Bloom competition and is home to a number of much-loved attractions, including the beautiful Abbey Gardens.
- STUNNING BUILDING
As well as the award-winning surrounding area, The Athenaeum itself is an elegant Georgian masterpiece. With white pillars, high ceilings and a spectacular ballroom – complete with ornate chandelier – this is a venue that guests will always remember.
- VENUE WITH HISTORY
The building has been at the heart of the town since the early 1700s and has hosted many many weddings and celebrations over the years. Purpose built in the early 18th century as The Assembly Rooms, the Grade I listed venue changed its name and became The Athenaeum in 1854, which makes it the perfect setting to add your own story to the history of the building.
- A VERSATILE VENUE
Whatever the size of your guest list, there is a space for them at The Athenaeum. The ornate Ballroom can host a wedding from 60 up to 180 guests, while the first floor Lounge and Reading Room are perfect for more intimate receptions from as few as 10 people.
- TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
Both The Old Billiard Room and The Library are used officially by the Suffolk Registration Service for ceremonies, making it ideal for couples who want to hold their ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception all under one roof. Not only does this make the day more fluid, but it reduces carriage costs for your guests, flowers and cake etc between venues.
- YOU CAN MAKE THE DAY TRULY YOUR OWN
There are a range of wedding packages available at The Athenaeum but those with specific ideas can request a bespoke quote tailored to their requirements and budget. Quality will never be compromised in order to have all the important aspects taken care of on such a special day.
- CREATIVE CATERING
Catering and events at the venue are provided by the UK’s leading event managment, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events. Providing hospitality at some of the country’s most prestigious events, including Royal Ascot, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Henry Royal Regatta, you can rest assured that you are being looked after by the best.
- EASILY ACCESSIBLE
If members of the guest list have a long journey for the event, then happy couples will be pleased to know that the venue has fantastic transport links. With good local bus and train services and the main A14 just two miles north of the town, there is no need to worry that anyone should have to miss out on the special day.
- PICTURE PERFECT
As well as the beautiful building itself, The Athenaeum stands opposite the award-winning 14-acre Abbey Gardens. The site of a former Benedictine Abbey, the gardens provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs and in the warmer months, reception drinks can be served in the Rose Garden before heading back to the Athenaeum for your wedding breakfast.
- STAFF WHO WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE
Last but never least; The Athenaeum has an enthusiastic, committed team who are dedicated to making sure your big day is as special as it can possibly be. From accommodating specific requests to just making sure the day runs smoothly and without a hitch, the team at The Athenaeum are on hand, going above and beyond, to make sure you feel completely at ease and enjoy your special day.