Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa in York is a fantastic wedding venue in the heart of York. It is a landmark and historic building dating back over 100 years and which holds true character inside and out. It is the former head office of the North Eastern Railway, and is carried out in the so-called Queen Anne style and was designed by the London architect Horace Field in association with the NER’s house architect William Bell. It’s a truly grand setting to host your wedding day celebrations, a unique wedding venue in York that will cater to your every need. There are ample locations for some amazing photography, with the grand décor creating a stunning back drop for your wedding photos.
“You’ve fallen in love with that special someone; now get ready to fall in love again – with your wedding venue. Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa is simply magical. Its sweeping staircases are made for sumptuous photography. Its beautiful architecture is guaranteed to impress guests. Its rooms are sanctuaries of calm and escape. We don’t do off the shelf, so your wedding will be one-of-a-kind; from the menu crafted by our Head Chef to the personalised stationery, designed with you in mind.
We know how much your big day matters, which is why we have a wedding team who will be with you every step of the way, answering every need and anticipating every requirement. The Grand will be your fantasy kingdom for a day – and a very special place to return to for anniversaries in years to come. Can you think of anything more appealing than that? We don’t do off the shelf, so your wedding will be one-of-a-kind; from the menu crafted by our Head Chef to the personalised stationery, designed with you in mind.
Your day begins with a red carpet arrival. You’re greeted by door staff in traditional attire and offered a glass ofChampagne. You and your guests then move to the drinks reception in the lounge or Grand Bar. The sense of anticipation is growing and the lavish setting only adds to everyone’s sense of how special the day is. You have your photographs taken on The Grand staircase – one of the most beautiful settings in the city – and then receive your guests on the circular ﬁrst ﬂoor landing. When you enter, you’ll notice how light simply ﬂoods into the room, illuminating the immaculate table settings and creating a wonderful sense of space. The speeches won’t be the ﬁrst given in these rooms – they were designed for rhetoric, so your guests will be able to hear every word. If you choose to extend your day into the evening, you and your guests can continue into The Grand Bar or lounge, while we prepare the room for your evening celebration.
At The Grand, ‘off the shelf’ simply isn’t part of our vocabulary. To us, a wedding can’t be packaged, only sketched. It’s you who adds the colour which brings the day to life – though, of course, we’ll help you every step of the way. Our Head Chef will create a menu with you. That’s right, ‘create’. Think of your favourite restaurant, a cherished holiday, a shared culinary passion and then see it brought to life as your fantasy wedding menu. Our Wedding Planner has years of experience of planning perfect days and they’ll make sure that everything goes smoothly. Every detail will be taken care of and every moment of the day planned to perfection. On the day itself, you will experience service that simply isn’t a part of everyday life. Everyone from the doorman, to the all-knowing concierge, to the immaculate waiting staff will add another touch of the unexpected, the unforgettable and the unique. You will experience service that simply isn’t part of everyday life. The pictures of your big day are so important. They are where your memories will live for years to come. You’ll look your best, of course, but will the setting? Choose The Grand, and the answer is unquestionably ‘yes’. The Grand was built in 1906 and it was a ‘no expense spared’ project. You’ll see that in the mosaic tiling, the oak-panelled walls and the decorative stonework. We’ve carefully modernised the building, retaining that character but enhancing it with contemporary colours, furnishings and artwork and a gorgeous terrace which overlooks the York Wall. Should you want pictures with a back drop that reaches even further into history, you have a whole host of other possibilities – all of them just moments away. For landscaped gardens there’s the grounds of St Mary’s Abbey, for majesty there’s the York Minster, for character there’s the Shambles and for a photograph with a view, there’s the City Wall, which runs alongside The Grand itself. Our wedding planner can also make arrangements for that journey – how about being chauffeur driven or travelling by horse and carriage?”