About The Athenaeum
Today, The Athenaeum can still be used for its original purpose and is a spectacular wedding setting bursting with Georgian elegance and grandeur. The impressive Georgian Ballroom provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning wedding for 60 to 180 guests with a wonderful sweeping staircase for that unmissable fairy tale entrance. Alternatively, the inter-connecting Lounge and The Reading Room on the first floor of The Athenaeum are full of character and charm, overlooking Bury’ s Georgian square, and make the perfect setting for smaller, more intimate receptions from as few as 10 people.
Both the Billiards Room and The Old Library on the ground floor of The Athenaeum are used officially by the Suffolk Registration Service for ceremonies, making it ideal for couples who want to hold their ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception all under one roof. All of our rooms can be hired individually or in combination allowing optimum flexibility for every couple for ceremony only, reception only or both together.
Furthermore, The Athenaeum is conveniently situated on Angel Hill and a very short stroll to the award-winning Abbey Gardens, which provide a stunning backdrop for unforgettable wedding photography. During the warmer months we are also able to offer reception drinks and canapes in the Water Garden before making your way over to The Athenaeum for your wedding breakfast.
Last but never least; The Athenaeum has a talented team who will personally help you create your dream wedding day. From accommodating specific requests to just making sure the day runs smoothly and without a hitch, the team at The Athenaeum will always be on hand, going above and beyond, to make sure you feel completely at ease and enjoy your special day.
The Suffolk Wedding Fair at The Athenaeum
This stunning Georgian house offers exquisitely decorated rooms for this Wedding Fair.
The Suffolk Wedding Fair is the perfect place to start planning your wedding. Packed with leading inspirational exhibitors from across Suffolk and beyond offering services and products covering every aspect of your wedding and those that you might not have considered. Whether you are seeking a highly skilled photographer, a gorgeous cake or just advice, help is on hand.
Often with fashion shows throughout the day (usually at 12:30pm and 2pm) on our signature catwalk featuring the latest bridal gowns and often menswear too. Plus, you can relax and listen to great live music and entertainment.
Knowledgeable staff from The Athenaeum will be present to show you around and to discuss your wedding plans and ideas.
The Athenaeum is an elegant and centrally located wedding venue offering weddings for up to 250 people.
Admission and car parking are free of charge. Open 11.00am – 3.00pm
We look forward to meeting you.
Angel Hill Town Centre, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LU