RWA weddings

Weddings

The Royal West of England Academy provides a uniquely sophisticated setting for bespoke intimate Bristol wedding celebrations. Located in the heart of Clifton, this beautiful Grade II* listed historical art gallery, with stunning foyer and balcony, can be hired exclusively for exceptional evening wedding receptions. 

Our dedicated Events Manager will work closely with you, offering advice and support to help plan the perfect day.

 

Hire Fees

Please contact Rachel Hinds, Events Manager, on events@rwa.org.uk for your customised hire quote. 

 

Catering

We wholeheartedly recommend local artisan food experts Papadeli as our preferred caterers. See below for some beautiful sample menus, they can provide you with a customised quote to suit any requirement and taste. Our recommended wine provider is Bristol Fine Wine, who will work with you to supply to perfect wines for your guests to enjoy. 

 

FAQs

What is included in the venue hire?
The hire fee includes exclusive use of the balcony and marble landing, staff to welcome and invigilate the galleries, plus set up and installation of your event. We also offer a complimentary welcome and introduction to the galleries from the RWA Director at the start of your event.

Is the RWA licenced for civil ceremonies?
We are not licenced but we can suggest multiple nearby venues for your wedding ceremony.

What is the venue capacity?
The Sharples & Winterstoke main galleries can seat up to 150 guests for dinner, and 300 for a standing only evening. These numbers are dependent on the current exhibition. 

Do you have in-house catering?
We do not have in-house catering, however we have recommended caterers, drinks suppliers and waiting staff providers who hirers can work with directly. 

How can we decorate?
The stunning array of artwork lining the gallery walls provides a unique wedding decor for your special day, however you may chose to add additional decor should you desire. We ask that this be kept to table decorations and centre pieces, to protect any damage to our artwork on the walls. Please note, we cannot allow any naked flames within the building, so all candle light must be artificial. 

Can we have a live band or DJ?
The acoustics of the space lend itself well to a live band. Should you require a dance floor, we recommend that this is hired from our recommended provider, both for aesthetic and preservation purposes. 

 

For more information, please contact Rachel Hinds, Events Manager, at events@rwa.org.uk or call 0117 906 7609.

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