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Your Ceremony at Pauntley Court

Church Ceremonies

Just a stone’s throw from saying ‘I Do’...

 We are fortunate to be able to provide you with various ceremony location choices here at Pauntley Court, including our charming Norman Church, St John the Evangelist. The perfect fusion of history and romance, Pauntley Church can comfortably seat up to 100 of your friends and family.

This 800-year-old building is on the very doorstep of the Main House, overlooking the Leadon Valley and neighbouring countryside. Spend the morning of your wedding day getting ready in one of our delightful bedrooms at Pauntley Court before enjoying a short stroll through a private gate in the gardens, where you’ll find the church waiting for you.

Mark and Melissa, the owners of Pauntley Court, married at this very church in October 1996, while all three of their children have also been christened here. Available for traditional religious ceremonies and blessings, Derek and Sue are the church wardens and are renowned for their warm, personable approach. If you would like to find out more, they welcome you to email them at pauntleychurch@yahoo.com. Our Reverend, Kat, and the wardens adore getting to know the couples who connect with Pauntley Church.

“At Pauntley church we love welcoming couples to be married in our ancient building - where couples have been married since Norman times . We enjoy working closely with Pauntley Court to ensure a wonderful day for our couples.

Many of our couple don't live in the area and we love getting to know them as they establish a legal connection with our church by attending services prior to their wedding. This means that couples getting married in the church feel like it is their spiritual home and many form a strong connection with our building and our congregation.” - Reverend Kat Mepham

If you are not a part of the parish of Pauntley, you can still get married here by attending the church once a month for six months in the lead up to your special day – something we do encourage our couples to do if you have your heart set on a religious ceremony. It is also a lovely way to get to know the church and feel part of the local community which forms the wonderful atmosphere of the Parish of Pauntley. We do also have two nearby churches, Redmarley and Dymock.

With its unrivalled views and historic connection with Dick Whittington, Lord Mayor of London four times over, (who was presumably baptised here), Pauntley Church promises a truly beautiful and magical place to get married. This ancient building is well known for its south doorway of the Dymock school of carving, while its stained-glass windows and traditional pews provide you with an intimate setting for your ceremony.

Offering our beloved family home and onsite church, our team at Pauntley Court want nothing more than to provide you with the day of your dreams, and we will always go the extra mile to do so. The connection between Pauntley Court and the Church at Pauntley, is hugely historic and you can be part of that history with a very special Church Wedding for you, your family and friends to remember.


 The cost of a wedding ceremony at Pauntley Church (including the reading of Banns) will be £512 for 2022, including:

  • An additional £16 payable after the ceremony for the Marriage Certificate
  • Organist fees of £85
  • Bell ringer fees of £60

After your traditional religious ceremony at Pauntley Church, you can take the romantic walk back through the gardens to the Main House for your welcome drinks and canapés under our stretch tent. A reception in our marquee or the Ballroom will be followed by a night of wining, dining and dancing under the stars.


Civil Ceremonies

Should you decide to have a civil ceremony, Pauntley Court offers you many special spaces both inside and out to have your ceremony.  Inside the house, the elegant, light-filled ballroom is licensed for up to 40 guests and the warm and characterful panelled room can accommodate a very small intimate ceremony of up to 20. 


If the weather is good, we are so excited that you are now able to be married outside at Pauntley Court and we have three beautiful lawns where you can have your outdoor civil  ceremony; the Quince Orchard, the Ceremony Lawn and underneath our Tentickle Stretch Tent.  All of these areas have incredible views through the hornbeam arches and down to the lake and across the rolling Gloucestershire farmland beyond.  Melissa will be able to show the different options when you come to Pauntley for your viewing.


For other details about your civil ceremony, you can contact the Gloucestershire Registrars directly on www.gloucestershireregistrationservice.co.uk

We were looking for an intimate venue where we could welcome family and friends to our ceremony, reception and offer rooms for them to stay. Pauntley Court allowed us to do this perfectly. Having the gorgeous house and grounds all to ourselves Friday to Sunday meant that guests could spend time together, and we were amazed just how quickly we felt at home.


Having Melissa and the Pauntley teams' support in planning on the lead up and being there to support us on the day meant that everything ran smoothly. We would like to say a huge thank you for helping us to have a wonderful wedding that we can look back on with beautiful memories.


Bride & Groom

September 2023

- Mel & Steve

We had simply the most magical wedding at Pauntley Court. The venue truly is absolutely gorgeous and has everything you could possibly need for your wedding weekend. We were initially drawn to the house itself but the rest of the grounds and the church being so close sealed the deal for us!

On our wedding weekend, we checked in on Friday and were warmly welcomed by Melissa, Jilly and Rachel and then spent the day setting up bits and pieces ready for our big day. We just loved being able to have our family stay over for the whole weekend and really get to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Jilly was our wedding co-ordinator and was so helpful during the whole process, from planning right through to the big day. She took away the stress of having to make decisions on the day and was just so helpful and warm to all of our guests. Jilly is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. We were so lucky to have her!

If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t change a thing!


Bride & Groom

August 2023


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- Lucy & Ryan

"Our wedding weekend at Pauntley Court was perfect in every way. We chose Pauntley as the house itself is beautiful, the interior has been restored and decorated to the highest standard and still feels super homely and comfortable. On top of this the surrounding grounds are stunning, with multiple areas filled with trees, flowers and neatly trimmed hedges to explore, it made the perfect backdrop to our wedding ceremony and reception!


Having exclusive use of the venue for 3 days, and hiring the housekeeper Rachel to help throughout, enabled us to truly relax and make the most of the wedding weekend with our friends and family. The staff at Pauntley went above and beyond to help in any way they could, both in preparation and throughout the wedding itself, and the teams warm presence really made the weekend extra special - we can't recommend Pauntley Court enough!" 


Bride & Groom

April 2024

- Macey & Logan

"Melissa is amazing, she is so friendly, knowledgeable and you can feel how much she loves Pauntley Court. The grounds are beautiful, and the rooms are just exquisite. There were so many options for the dining area, ceremony location, socialising etc, no detail was missed, and no request was too big to be accommodated. Jilly was our wedding coordinator, and she went above and beyond in terms of helping us make the most of our special day. We had numerous meetings beforehand, and she spent the whole day working away in the background making sure we had the most perfect day. Which we did! We also hired Rachel to help with tidying and washing up in the mornings, and she was an absolute godsend. Her help allowed us to just relax and enjoy our day to the fullest. She cooks a mean breakfast too 😉."

Bride & Groom

June 2023

Photo by Phil Webb Photography

- Jasmine & Adam

I'm not sure we have the words to express how we feel about our wedding at Pauntley Court. I haven't stopped crying since you came to say goodbye to us! 

It was the most magical, warm and beautiful experience, and wonderful to share it with our family. Our family were blown away by your beautiful house and gardens and just how special a place this is. 

Please say a huge thank you to Jules for allowing us to visit and pick some flowers and for arranging some flowers for our Mums. 

And a massive thank you to the wonderful Rachel. Rachel was amazing and even mind read on Wednesday morning! I was in bed thinking 'why didn't I ask Rachel to set up for breakfast, I don't want to do this' 

I walked across in my Pyjamas and there was Rachel cooking bread and potatoes. 

Her help made everything so much easier for us, and again our family thought she was fabulous. 

Thank you, Melissa, so much, you are so lovely and wonderful. 

- Clara & Jamie

I can't express how perfect the day, and the whole weekend, was! We had the most wonderful day filled with love, joy and laughter. Pauntley Court was a huge part of this. It's just the most beautiful location and we will think so fondly of it forever!

Melissa and Parky are so warm, welcoming and lovely. It was a pleasure organising the day with you in the lead up to the wedding day. 

Thank you ever so much for everything! It truly was the best day of our lives, I'm not sure my words are sufficient to explain this! 

Rachel's help was invaluable, she helped so much and meant we could focus all our time on the day and spending time with friends and family, knowing she was there was such a big bonus. The breakfast Sunday morning was great!

- Charlotte & Conor

Celebrant Wedding Ceremonies & Blessings, Vow Renewals and Anniversary Ceremonies

A celebrant ceremony is a relaxed and personal ceremony which is uniquely tailored to you and your partner. Your chosen celebrant will take time to get to know all about you both and create a ceremony that tells your story in a meaningful way.

There are no restrictions and no limitations on what you can or can’t include in your ceremony; you can choose any words, music or rituals that mean something to you.

The Ballroom has space for up to 32 guests for a ceremony, or alternatively the gardens, under the Tentickle Stretch tent, woodlands and lake offer the most tranquil and wildly romantic setting for an outdoor ceremony option. 

What could be more wonderful than having your ceremony surrounded by beautiful blooms, endless blue skies and a picturesque backdrop? 

Whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering or a grand affair, our experienced staff will help you bring your vison to reality.

Please do get in touch with us, so we can recommend you a wonderful celebrant that has worked with past couples at Pauntley Court.