Wed and board

COUPLES can now make the biggest decision of their lives in a room specially created for big decisions.

The Grand, York, was built in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for the North Eastern Railway Company, then one of the richest businesses in Britain.

And its Boardroom, which played host to some of the 20th century’s most important figures, is now a sought-after venue for couples wishing to exchange their vows in a sophisticated setting.

Panelled in oak and lit by vast chandeliers, the Boardroom has spectacular views over the ancient city walls and is licensed to hold weddings and civil ceremonies.

To echo the grandeur of the Boardroom, the Grade II-listed venue – which is the city’s only five-star hotel – has compiled two wedding packages along with a menu of bespoke features, such as a horse and carriage for the happy couple’s arrival.

The Exquisite package comprises arrival canapés and a four-course wedding breakfast created by the hotel’s team of chefs, Champagne on arrival and for toasts and free-flowing house wine throughout the event.

The bridal couple can also round off their perfect day with an overnight stay in a Grand Heritage Suite as part of the package, while the Elegance package is broadly similar but with a three-course wedding breakfast and Prosecco instead of Champagne.

The Grand, York is far more than just a hotel,” said wedding coordinator Megan Coward. “Because no expense was spared in building it, or in renovating it, everything is of the most exceptional quality.

“And a wedding here – whether a small, intimate affair, or a more lavish celebration – is always incredibly special.

“From the concierge welcome, to the food, wines and service, wedding couples know that quality will be consistently high throughout.

“The hotel also in a fantastic position, close to the city walls and Museum Gardens, which is ideal for photographs.”