The Mansion House is a is a distinctive Victorian Manor set in its own substantial grounds on Fernwood Road, Jesmond. It was built in 1887 and used as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne. In modern times the Lord Mayor rarely stays there overnight, however, and it is regularly used to host civic functions. The guest book has included royalty, heads of state and peers of the realm. You can of course hold your wedding ceremony there as well.
The Mansion House has approved rooms for wedding ceremonies that can accommodate up to 80 guests. Three acres of landscaped gardens can provide the perfect backdrop for wedding day photographs.
There are a number of rooms licences for the marriage ceremony but most couples choose the lobby area as shown in the photograph above. It is decorated in dark wood panelling and has an impressive staircase which the bride can descend to begin the ceremony. There is also a large fireplace along one wall which is very impressive.
There is a large dining room as shown above, but in all the weddings I have attended at the Mansion House it is rarely set out with one long table like this. Usually the table is removed and drinks are served in there throughout the day.
As you can see from all of the interior photographs, the Mansion House is furnished with antique furniture, old brass framed paintings and silver and china collections. Many of them have a specific historical or cultural link to the city and have printed stories next to them. Wedding guests with an interest in local history will not get bored at this venue!
In my experience meals are generally served in the Large Drawing Room, cabaret style, as in the photograph above. I have conducted numerous wedding ceremonies in this room too. The doors you can see at the back of the room open out onto the gardens, which are surprisingly spacious.
There is a paved terrace area that leads down to a large lawn surrounded by well-tended flower beds, overlooked by tall, leafy trees. There is space on the lawn to erect a marquee.
There are five bedrooms at the Mansion House, and it is only recently that these are available to the public. Each beautifully presented like the rest of the venue, with very wide beds and period furniture.
The Mansion House is a great location for photography. The grounds are quite large and well kept, and there are plenty of quieter more secluded nooks and crannies for romantic bride and groom images. The interiors are very grand, with great fireplaces, dramatic staircases and large bay windows all surrounded by unique decor.
The Mansion House can be quite dark, though, even on a sunny day. If your ceremony is in the winter or later in the day, then your photographer may need to use flash or set up lights.
The Mansion House gives a country house feel to a city wedding, and is almost unique as a venue in that respect in Newcastle. It is reasonably priced too, so it might bring that grander feel into the price range of brides and grooms who thought that type of wedding was over their budget.
If the weather is good, you can make full use of the grounds for your wedding party and for photographs. If the weather is poor, then you may be confined to the building itself, which is quite small.
The Mansion House is only suitable for more intimate weddings of up to 80 people. Parking is limited, there are only 5 rooms and there is also a limit on entertainment due to complaints from residents.
If you can live within those limitations, the Mansion house is a superb venue.
- Easily accessible location, close to major roads, city centre and public transport.
- Beautiful grounds and opulent interiors. The closest you can get to a country house wedding in Newcastle.
- Reasonably priced given the grandeur of the setting.
- Limited parking spaces for guests, with permit parking on the surrounding streets.
- Small venue, especially if the weather is bad and you are forced to stay indoors.
- Limited options for music due to proximity to residential houses.
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