After theatre, opera, dance, comedy, musicals and gigs, weddings take to the Grand Opera House stage from August

Walk-on part in the wedding drama at the Grand Opera House, York. All pictures: Joe Strange

IT’S official! The stage is set for weddings at the Grand Opera House, York’s new home to your match of the day.

The Cumberland Street theatre has received its licence to hold wedding ceremonies, creating a dramatic setting for couples to tie the knot.

“York is a popular destination for weddings and the team at the Grand Opera House are excited to be opening the building for couples to wed for the first time in recorded history,” says theatre director Laura McMillan of a theatre that opened in 1868.

 The Grade 2 listed building can accommodate wedding ceremonies for two to 200 people. Packages include the use of the stage for the wedding, access to dressing rooms for important pre-ceremony touch-ups, drinks in the refurbished bars and exclusive use of the newly launched Ambassador Theatre Lounge.

The bride’s eye view from a box at the Grand Opera House

Couples then will have the option to have their reception and wedding breakfast at “one of the many extraordinary venues across York”.

Laura says: “We are thrilled to provide couples with the opportunity to wed in the iconic surroundings of the Grand Opera House. Our stage has hosted stars from Gary Barlow to Vivien Leigh and is a truly dramatic place to get married.”

Dates are available from August this year and any interested couples are encouraged to contact for more information and to arrange a site visit.

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Wedding belle taking centre stage at the Grand Opera House