Sweet Events wedding planning and event management

  Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire. Sweet Events is delighted to be working in partnership with the theatre to now offer this unique venue for wedding ceremonies.

Formerly two separate theatres, the Royal Theatre and Derngate merged in 1999 and a £15 million redevelopment project took place in 2005. This not only saw the physical merger of the two spaces, and the creation of the impressive new foyer, but also the restoration of the Royal auditorium to its original 1884 glory.

The result is an inspiring, creative event space where the spacious, contemporary hospitality areas compliment the Victorian façade of the Royal Theatre.

There are four unique spaces licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships including the wonderful Victorian stage in the Royal auditorium*.

Making your Grand Entrance
You and your guests will arrive via the original Royal Theatre entrance on Guildhall Road and you will receive the red carpet treatment from the moment you arrive. If you wish we can serve drinks to your guests in the Crown Room before we invite you to take your seats in the Royal Theatre.

Our Theatrical Backdrop
You will enjoy the thrill of celebrating with your loved ones in our magical Royal auditorium which will be the setting for your ceremony. Within the unique setting the seating capacity is versatile up to 450, you can invite as much or as little audience participation as you wish, as you take centre stage for your wedding vows. Our beautiful and truly unique Safety Curtain is one of the many stage backdrops you can choose from, plus you can further dress the stage with additional flowers and decorations if you choose**. The theatre's PA and Lighting system will help complete the setting as we play your choice of music and lights.

Clever canapés, creative cocktails and mouth-watering menus…
After your ceremony, we will invite you to raise a glass and celebrate with reception drinks in one of our contemporary dining areas. During this time, the auditorium will remain available for your photographs. We offer a comprehensive range of menus, lovingly developed and prepared on site to offer fully seated and served wedding breakfasts for up to 100. And should you wish to have a themed wedding we can work with you to create a bespoke menu.

Alternatively, after your ceremony, you may prefer that we host only your drinks reception - the choice is yours.

To give you more choices and a broader variety of menus, our catering partner here at the Royal & Derngate is the Austin Fell Partnership. They are a local family run company who specialise in using fresh local produce, providing an excellent service, and of course superb food.

Click here to download Austin Fell sample menus.

And After Dinner...
Our licensed bar will be open throughout your event and our Underground area is perfect for music and dancing through to 12.00am. We will help you source a DJ or live band or you are welcome to book your own. Sweet Events will work with you to offer a fully co-ordinated wedding service. From the time we take your booking, through until you leave us after your celebrations, we will be on hand to help your day run perfectly.

*Also for hire is the Derngate auditorium, it has a capacity of 1200 and can be easily transformed from theatre style to a banqueting suite for a wedding reception.

** Please note, no attached fixtures can be used on stage or when dressing the venue.

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I can think of few arts complexes that induce such a rush of excitement on arrival.
Sunday Telegraph