Taunton School Events have successfully planned and managed over 700 weddings at Taunton School over the past 15 years, making it one of the finest wedding venues in Somerset.
This professional and experienced team offer the full package of service from your initial meeting to the elegant running of your special day.
Historic Taunton School not only provides the most beautiful wedding venue for such an important event, the school also provides peace of mind as all couples are able to plan every detail of their dream day with a dedicated wedding planner.
Take time to browse this site then come and visit Taunton School to see how we can help you create your dream wedding in Taunton, Somerset.
We also have a number of special Wedding Venue Offers available for selected dates next year.
And we are now booking for 2015 dates ... so if you are looking for the perfect wedding venue in Taunton, Somerset, don't miss out!
Our 2016 Wedding Fair takes place on February 21st next year ... click here
Founded in 1847, Taunton School is set in a beautiful 50-acre site in one of the most attractive counties in England. It boasts a fine range of high quality 19th century Gothic Style buildings complemented by 20th century additions, creating the perfect wedding venue in Somerset.
The Chapel, built in 1907, seats 300 comfortably in Collegiate style pews. The large Chancel and Apse have moveable padded individual seating and an Organ.
The Chapel is a beautiful venue for a Christian wedding and offers a stunning venue in which couples can cement a promise made in a Civil Ceremony with a blessing of their marriage.
A large and stunning, wood-panelled room adjacent to the main driveway.
This room has a maximum capacity of 130 for formal wedding receptions and offers a beautiful flexibility for evening and more informal celebrations in combination with the Arts Centre Foyer for up to 300 guests. This venue is licensed for Civil Marriages for up to 140 guests. The venue offers an integrated PA System for ceremonial music.
A light and spacious reception area adjoining both the Old Library and the Theatre. This room is usually chosen with its full bar facilities for an evening reception and is an ideal venue for reception drinks during photographs.
The Theatre is a large modern venue licensed for Civil Marriages. It is an ideal function room when used in combination with the Old Library and Arts Centre Foyer and is only needed for numbers in excess of 450. Integrated PA System.
A purpose built banqueting area ideal for formal wedding receptions. This room has a stunning ambience with its stained glass windows and views of the school’s beautiful front lawn. This room seats a maximum of 180 guests and boasts an integrated PA System for music over the wedding breakfast and for speeches. Licensed for Civil Marriages.
Old Library: £895.00
Winterstoke Room: £265.00
Meeting Room: £265.00
Upper Banqueting Suite: £610.00
Chapel Weddings Ceremonies: £530.00 (Plus Minister & Registration fee)
Chapel Blessings: £420.00 (Plus Minister fee)
Civil Wedding Ceremonial Hire from £500.00
2014 Minister Fee - £350 + VAT
2014 Registration Fee - £350 + VAT
'Thank you for all your hard work to make our day truly perfect. The feedback from our guests has been incredible! The Chapel is a stunning setting and the whole day was everything we had hoped for.’
‘Thank you so much for all your help in organising our wedding on 31st May, 2014, at Taunton School. Thank you for your support and patience leading up to the wedding and to you and your team for making everything run smoothly on the day. Our wedding really was a dream come true and was better than we could ever have wished for.'
'Thank you to everyone at Taunton School for making the reception such a memorable event. Your staff were efficient, courteous and helpful and the food was excellent. The Old Library was a lovely venue and laid out so beautifully – we will certainly recommend you! We all had a wonderful day and Abbi and Errol were delighted with everything.'
Fiona and Martin Murphy wrote to us about there wedding experience at Taunton School and you can read about it here.
Please contact the Events Team for further information about weddings bespoke to your requirements or to request a wedding pack. Our aim is to provide you with the perfect wedding venue in Taunton, Somerset.
The Events Team are always on hand to discuss your requirements and are always happy to meet with you at a pre-arranged time so you can view the venue.
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Taunton School has six suites approved for Civil Wedding Ceremonies in Taunton. These ceremonies are performed by Taunton’s Superintendent Registrar, who can be contacted at The Registry Office
The Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton TA1 4AQ.
Tel: 01823 282251
Once you have decided on your Civil Wedding Venue in Somerset, all arrangements should be made directly with the Registrar, who is able to take a provisional wedding booking up to two years in advance of the wedding date.
Taunton School – the best venue for civil ceremonies in Somerset.
Taunton School has a magnificent Chapel on site offering the opportunity for couples to have a Christian wedding service conducted by a Minister. Taunton Schools’ own Chaplain is very happy to meet with any interested couples.
On deciding to continue with this type of wedding, couples should contact Taunton’s Superintendent Registrar to give notice of marriage. The fee for this is £35 per person payable direct to the Registry Office.
Taunton School's historic and beautiful buildings make it the perfect venue for weddings in Somerset. The central location make it the most convenient and stylish wedding venue in Taunton. Call us now on 01823 703111 for more details and the latest availability information.
Taunton School Chapel is a beautiful venue, offering couples the opportunity to cement and underline the promises made to each other in a Civil Ceremony. This is a wonderful addition to a memorable day.
Blessings can follow Civil Ceremonies which take place at the Taunton Registry Office or at Taunton School.
Formal receptions for up to 180 guests can be catered for in one banqueting room.
Delicious menus produced by our professional chefs are themed to the season in which your wedding takes place. A range of wines can be selected from our banqueting list and a full bar is available for the event.
All types of entertainment can be arranged on your behalf along with assistance in arranging any other associated services.
Looking for a more informal day or just evening celebrations? Taunton School offers a wide range of catering services from canapés to formal wedding breakfasts and buffets.
Whatever your needs, our professional wedding team can tailor Taunton School's services to create your dream.
Weddings at Taunton School – Legal Considerations
In order to get married in Taunton School Chapel (a Christian wedding service), couples who live in Somerset * must undertake the legal preliminaries at their local registry office.
This is called giving notice of marriage and may be done at any time during the year leading up to the marriage. The ‘authorisation’ which follows such preliminaries must be given to the Taunton School Authorised Person before the wedding.
The Wedding Team at Taunton School and Taunton’s Superintendent Registrar will be pleased to advise on the legal preliminaries. It is important to do this in plenty of time – if they are not properly completed the marriage may not proceed.
On the day, your marriage will be registered in the Taunton School Chapel registers and Taunton School will provide you with your marriage certificate. Authorisation for marriage should be brought with you on the day and given to the Authorised Person (this is the person completing the registers for Taunton School).
Weddings held in Taunton School Chapel are of a religious nature. Civil ceremonies cannot be conducted in the Chapel.
Wedding Blessings taking place in the Chapel do not require the above as the wedding has already taken place and the couple are already legally married. Chapel hire rate and Ministers fee is still payable.
*For couples who do not live in Somerset who wish to marry in Taunton School Chapel - either the bride or groom must be permanently resident in Somerset or be willing to become resident for clear seven days before the legal preliminaries take place.
Guidance for those who wish to marry on Approved Premises – the Civil Ceremony
Booking the Registrar
As soon as couples have made provisional arrangements for the date and time on which they wish to be married in approved premises they should contact the Superintendent for the district in which the premises are situated.
Without the presence of this Superintendent Registrar and a Registrar there can be no marriage. It is therefore essential that couples immediately make a booking with the Registrars for attendance at the proposed marriage.
For this attendance, fees will be payable to the Superintendent Registrar. Fees for 2014 are as follows: Monday-Thursday, £420; Friday and Saturday, £450; Sunday, £500; Bank Holiday, £600.
It is the responsibility of the couple (not of the proprietors of the approved premises) to make the necessary booking with the Register Office serving the approved premises.
Giving notice of where the couple live
Before a marriage can be solemnised, the bride and groom must make certain legal declarations in front of a Registrar. This is called Giving Notice of Marriage. The couple must each give Notice of Marriage to the Superintendent Registrar(s) of the district(s) in which they live. If the bride and groom live in different districts, a separate notice must be given in each district. The Notices must be given in person by both the bride and groom and cannot be given more than 12 calendar months before the date of the wedding. The Superintendent who is to perform the ceremony will tell the bride and groom what local arrangements are for the timing of the Giving of Notice. In Taunton, we ask for Notice to be given about three months before the marriage. It is entirely the responsibility of the couple to ensure that Notice is properly given. A fee of £35 is payable for each Notice of Marriage given.
Collecting the authority
When notice is given in a different registration district from the one where the marriage is taking place, the couple will have to collect the authorities for marriage from their local Registry Office and make arrangements to deliver them to the officiating Registrars at least two days before the marriage.
Form of Ceremony
Most Superintendents will spend some time deciding with each couple what sort of ceremony they would like to have, but it is important to note that only a civil, non-religious ceremony can be permitted by the Superintendent Registrar. Any music, reading, words or performance which form part of the ceremony must be secular. The content of the ceremony must be agreed in advance with the Superintendent Registrar who will be attending the ceremony. Once the Registrars have left the approved premises, the couple can continue their celebration by having a blessing or other religious ceremony if they wish.
Any rights of copyright for music, readings etc permitted at the ceremony are a matter for the couple and the holder of the approval.
A set wedding menu comprising a starter, main course and dessert to be chosen from the seasonal menus shown here. Set price of £39.95 per guest. (Rate current for 2014)
Main courses can be chosen from the Premium courses menu as an alternative to the main courses offered, this will incur a supplementary charge as stated on the Premium menu.
Couples are welcome to look at other options for catering at their wedding, from afternoon tea through to evening celebration menus.
Contact our Taunton School Wedding Planner to discuss the right menus to create your dream ...
Spring and Summer Menu
Buffalo Mozzarella & Vine Tomato Salad with Mixed Olives, Sun Blushed Tomatoes & Pesto
Air Cured Parma Ham, Mango & Rocket Salad dressed with Balsamic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Red Onion
Pea, Mint & Spring Onion Soup with Cheesy Croutons
Marinated King Prawns with Fresh Coriander & Lemon served on a Bed of Baby Leaf with a Thousand Island Dressing
Wild Mushroom Soup finished with a Swirl of Cream
Game Terrine – layers of Venison, Pork & Duck wrapped in Bacon served with a Cumberland Sauce
Chilled Potato Soup with a Watercress Pesto & Goats Cheese Crostini
Rose of Melon served on a Bed of Seasonal Fruits
Roasted Topside of Local Beef served with a Yorkshire Pudding & Rich Red Wine Jus
Fillet of Salmon presented on a Bed of Creamed Leeks
Lemon Roasted Breast of Chicken with a Creamy Crème Fraiche & Crispy Bacon Pieces
Loin of Pork with a Crunchy Topping and an Apple Cider & Thyme Jus
Breast of Chicken finished with Mascarpone, Olive & Sundried Tomato
Braised Spring Lamb with Coriander & Cumin
Triple Chocolate Brownie served with Chocolate Sauce
Fresh Strawberries and Cream
Lemon Posset finished with Seasonal Berries
Baked Cheesecake garnished with Blueberries and Raspberries
Pot au Chocolate finished with Cream
Sticky Toffee Bread & Butter Pudding
West Country Cheese & Biscuits (£4.00 supplement per guest)
Coffee & Mints (included)
Autumn and Winter Menu
Roasted Tomato Soup With a Pesto Crouton
Smoked Salmon & Prawns With Horseradish & Lime Dressed Leaf
Prosciutto accompanied by Marinated Melon Finished with Wild Rocket
Leek & Sweet Potato Soup Finished with Cream & Parmesan Croutons
Rose of Melon Served on a Bed of Seasonal Fruits
Warm Tartlet of Prawns & Dill With a Citrus Dressing
Gorgonzola & Mascarpone Cheesecake With Caramelised Onion Chutney
Wild Boar Terrine Dressed with Cranberry & Orange Sauce
Rump of Beef Braised with Wild Mushrooms & a Rich Red Wine Jus
Roast Breast of Chicken Served with a Light Tarragon Cream
Slow Roasted Shank of Lamb With a Rosemary & Redcurrant Jus
Confit of Belly Pork With a Honey & Cider Sauce
Loin of Cod topped with a Walnut Crust Finished with a Light Lemon & Tarragon Cream
Roast Topside of Local Beef Served with Yorkshire Pudding & Rich Red Wine Jus
Breast of Chicken Served in a Chorizo Olive & Tomato Sauce
Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Baked Cheesecake Served with Mulled Berries
Mocha Pot au Chocolate
Sticky Toffee Pudding Served with warm Toffee Sauce
Taunton School Mess – a delightful mix of Sticky Meringue & Raspberries & Cream
Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake Served with Cream
West Country Cheese & Biscuits (£4.00 supplement per guest)
Coffee & Mints (included)