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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.


St. John the Evangelist Church next door 

Church weddings gallery

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 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


Photo by Dearest Love Photograpy

- Lucy & Ryan

Pauntley court was an amazing venue for our intimate wedding in April 2024. We had a total of 16 people, we viewed a few venues that could have catered for us but Pauntley stood out as the best and we are very pleased we chose this one. The entire day went smoothly and this is thanks to Melissa and Jilly who were extremely helpful and very friendly throughout the planning process and on the day. We were lucky with the weather which meant we could utilise a lot of the fabulous grounds as well as the beautiful house over the weekend. Elinor Fettiplace is a separate wing of the house which we used as the bridal suite and also where all the girls got ready. This has all the facilities you could want with a full kitchen, living room and enormous bathroom and bedroom.

We were married in the panelled room in front of the fireplace which was incredibly romantic and worked perfectly and I would highly recommend for an intimate wedding.

We used a number of the suppliers from the list provided by Melissa and Jilly from caterers and florists to babysitting services and we were extremely pleased with them all. The venue also has a housekeeper, Rachel, who is very friendly. Rachel helped us tidy up and prepared an amazing cooked breakfast for us all on the Sunday morning which really went down a treat.


Bride - April 2024

- Louise & Graham

Our wedding at Pauntley Court was all we could have imagined and more. It was the only wedding venue that felt personal, special and this was down to the obvious beauty of the house and grounds, but also Melissa and the wedding coordinator team's friendliness, knowledge and want to help in any way to make the weekend special and unique to us. It was perfect to have the venue Friday to Sunday meaning 20 people all staying at the venue could spend lots of time together pre and post wedding. The options for the wedding ceremony and meal setting at the venue were endless too making it feel personal to what we wanted. Finally, the suppliers that Melissa recommended were incredible in quality and friendly service. This helped for very easy planning and on the day, things running so smoothly as all the suppliers knew one another so just got on with setting up etc! We can't recommend Pauntley Court and Melissa's family and team enough for weddings or staying at the beautiful venue!! 

- Lucy & Theo

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 were lucky enough to have amazing weather on our wedding day and had our ceremony outside on the ceremony lawn. It truly felt like we were at a destination wedding due to it being such a beautiful venue and location - so many guests said they felt like they had been transported to Italy or France!  Melissa the owner is so lovely and always happy to help. Rachel the housekeeper is an amazing asset to the team and definitely saved the day at one point! We had Holly as our wedding coorindator and she was absolutely incredible, she made me feel so calm and comfortable on the day knowing it would all run smoothly in her safe hands. We couldn't recommend getting married at Pauntley enough - thank you so much.'


Laura & Tom

Bride & Groom

June 2023



- Laura and Tom

We wanted a fairytale wedding, and if that's what you're looking for then look no further than the beautiful Pauntley Court and its stunning grounds. 

Melissa was so enthusiastic about our wedding  and really went the extra mile to make us feel special. To work in the industry, but retain such an infectious enthusiasm for it, is another incredibly rare trait, and something which we are thankful for. We will always be grateful to her and the team for making our day truly the best of our lives.


August 2023


Photo by Shill Photography 

- Cat & David

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.