The Cambridge Union

debating chamber wall sign at the Cambridge union

Weddings At The Cambridge Union

Set in the heart of Cambridge city, the Cambridge Union is a well-known memorable venue for famous debating chambers and hosting some of the most inspiring celebrities and they’ve opened their doors for weddings.


Whether you decide to stay local in the city or get ready at the venue, it is a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs, right through to the reception. So kick back with the girls on site and get ready in one of the rooms with their giant gorgeous windows and elegant interior throughout the building, overlooking the central garden and the historic buildings of Cambridge city.


At this particular venue, you have the choice to have the ceremony in the Keynes Library or the debating chamber, why not step into history in the debating chamber with your guests, and the area can seat up to 300 to celebrate your love story, or head to the Keynes Library with high ceilings and tall windows, which can seat up to 100 guests. During this beautiful wedding of I&R, we were blessed with the gorgeous sun that lit the Kenyes Library perfectly.


This is the perfect time for the confetti shot in the garden on the grounds, followed by some picture time with your photographer while your guests can enjoy some drinks and canapes in a location of your choice. We headed back to the Kenyes Libray during this wedding to socialise before the wedding breakfast., it truly was special and intimate, and what a perfect space to have your loved ones.


In the Fairfax Rhodes reading room, there is a beautiful set-up for the wedding breakfast that can seat up to 100 guests in a row, the room boasts high ceilings with beautiful curved wooden beams, chandeliers, and large windows that bathe the room in natural light. While the guests are seated, it is the perfect time for the Keynes Library to be set up for your reception.

Cambridge City is perfect for a stroll for couple portraits and the venue has the orator bar open to the public downstairs, which is fun for some cocktail-making with the wedding party. Let your wedding visions go wild with this venue and the perfect location for a popular city.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we use our own caterers?

Yes, on a discretionary basis, and only if they have public liability insurance and health and hygiene
certification. They must also be a UK registered company. A plate charge of 12.5% applies

Can we bring our own wine?

Yes. A corkage charge applies.

Can we cancel our booking?

Yes. Cancellation charges apply if the booking is cancelled by you the Client and all cancellations must be
made via the Event Management Team.

Can we have candles?

Due to The Cambridge Union Health and Safety regulations, candles are not allowed anywhere in the venue. LED candles only are permitted.

Can we borrow a ladder to put up decorations?

Due to The Cambridge Union Health and Safety regulations, we cannot lend you a ladder.

Can we stick anything to the walls?

The Cambridge Union cannot allow anything to be stuck to any surface of the venue as this can cause damage.

Do our suppliers/contractors need to have public liability insurance?

Yes. It is your responsibility to check that all suppliers/contractors you employ have public liability insurance, all electrical equipment is PAT tested and suppliers comply with current Health & Safety Regulations. Copies must be supplied on request. Please note that fixtures cannot be moved.

Can we have confetti and confetti cannons?

Unfortunately, The Cambridge Union does not allow confetti or confetti cannons.

Does the venue have air conditioning?


Can our suppliers visit the venue in advance of the event?

Once you have confirmed your booking, you are welcome to arrange for site visits with your suppliers. Please ensure you contact your Event Manager to arrange a convenient time.

Can we arrange a coach to drop off and pick up our guests?

Yes. Please speak with your Event Manager to discuss logistics

Is there parking on site?

There is a multi-story car park located at the Grand Arcade.


Are you loving this venue as much as I love capturing weddings here? well, get in contact with them now.

Phone – 01223 417 144
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I have had the opportunity to shoot at The Cambridge Union before, but I would love to continue to capture beautiful memories for my clients, and my work aligns with the taste and style this venue has to offer. Get in contact with me today to discuss your wedding plans.


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