Set in 20 acres of lawns while remaining in the heart of Cambridge, ż is an idyllic venue for your Wedding day. With a combination of beautiful architecture, tranquil gardens and landscaping, our wedding couples can relax and enjoy their day knowing they are in safe and experienced hands. The College and its grounds are available for a limited number of weddings in July and August.  

Your Wedding Coordinator

Kerry-Ann, our experienced and dedicated Wedding Coordinator, prides herself on ensuring she can create your dream celebration, paying attention to the finest of details to make sure everything runs smoothly. From the initial enquiry to your big day, you will be looked after and cared for. Kerry-Ann is there to answer all your questions no matter how big or small.

Your Ceremony

The Howard Building offers a classical and elegant venue for your Civil Ceremony. The Assembly Room, which is situated on the first floor, is a spacious room with decorative scrolls, an abundance of natural light and a balcony overlooking the West Lodge Garden. Situated on the ground floor is the Drawing Room with patio doors opening out on to the West Lodge Garden. An ideal area for a drinks reception and photographs following your ceremony.

Your Intimate Ceremony

For a beautiful intimate ceremony, ż offers the West Lodge and Maitland Room. Two adjoining rooms full of character decorated with decadent chandeliers and large mirrors, these rooms offer you an intimate space for the ceremony. The light and elegant rooms overlook the West Lodge Garden and is a perfect space to officiate your marriage before continuing your celebrations. These versatile rooms can also be transformed into a beautiful function room for your Wedding Breakfast.

The Hall

Couples have the opportunity to enjoy their Wedding Breakfast in our stunning neo-classical College Hall.  Seating up to 140 guests, you can dine in a beautiful, vibrant and warm room filled with rich character. After your four course Wedding Breakfast is served, we invite our guests to then enjoy a drinks reception in the Senior Combination Room and the Fellows Garden to further unwind before the Hall is transformed into an evening entertainment venue.

Please see a list of Frequently Asked Questions and please do not hesitate to call us on 01223 334860 or email us to request our wedding brochure, arrange a show round or discuss questions you may have. ż is now fully booked for 2024 but we would be delighted to speak with you about your wedding plans for 2025 and beyond. Downing only hosts weddings for College alumni, Fellows, current members and staff.