Abbey Manor is a firm favourite for couples wanting to get married in the South Somerset area. Combining a fantastic sense of history and surprisingly affordable prices, it’s no wonder that it’s such a top pick for weddings.
Historic Abbey – A Real Yeovil Treasure
Originally called Preston Great Farm, it was the manor house of Preston Plucknett and was built in around 1420. It’s had a long and interesting history, which you can read more about on the Yeovil History website – including how it had its name changed in the 1800s as part of an effort to avoid paying tithes by the owner Lady Georgina Fane!
Abbey Manor Ceremonies
The buildings are now known as Abbey Manor Business Centre, and are a hub for conferences, office space and cafe. Somerset Registration Service hire the historic barn on selected Saturdays throughout the year so we can provide full ceremonies, in addition to the simple statutory ceremonies held at the registration office at Yeovil Library. A full ceremony at Abbey Manor currently costs just £220, giving you the chance to wed in a little piece of medieval grandeur with readings, music and personal vows without breaking the bank. Couples have a 45 minute booking – the ceremony normally lasts for around 30 minutes, leaving plenty of time for photos outside with the gorgeous ham stone buildings as a backdrop. While the venue isn’t actually a register office, we are able to hold up to 6 ceremonies a day there in a register office style. This means more of you can have a booking, and at a great price! Abbey Manor have a no confetti policy, so please let your guests know. On the plus side, that’s another way to keep the budget down.
The Perfect Yeovil Ceremony Location
Situated within Yeovil, not far from the town centre, it’s an ideal location for ceremonies before moving on to a reception venue in the town or further afield. Ceremony times start at 10am for couples who want to spend the rest of the day celebrating, with the latest starting at 4.30pm for those who’d prefer move straight on to an evening do. Most Saturdays during the summer are available, dropping down to 1 weekend per month during the winter season. Fill in a booking enquiry form with your ideal date and our team will call you back to discuss availability and alternative dates if your first pick isn’t an option.
Here’s a link to a 360 degree tour of the ceremony room: Abbey Manor 360 Degree Tour
The Mandeville Room
With original stone walls, medieval doorways and period themed furniture, the Mandeville Room is a stunning pick for a ceremony. Located on the ground floor, it has good disabled access and plenty of space for up to 40 guests. We had previously also had access to the slightly smaller Plucknett Suite upstairs, which many of our customers have fond memories of, with its distinctive beamed ceiling. However, since the advent of Covid, we’ve had to change our arrangement with the business centre and move all ceremonies to the Mandeville Room. We know you won’t be disappointed with the switch though! The downstairs room provides a much smoother ceremony experience and is so much easier to access for anyone in your party with mobility issues or young children. We dress the room for ceremonies, so there’s no need to worry about decorations – just bring yourselves and your guests, ready to say “I do” with our registrars.
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