Ashridge House offers every bride something truly unique
If you are looking to make a grand entrance on your special day, the stunning cantilevered stone staircase that majestically winds its way around the central tower is hard to beat.
If escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life is your number one priority, you would struggle to find a more peaceful location that is so well connected to main transport routes.
If you or your other half are green-fingered, the 190 acres of beautifully maintained formal gardens will tick all of the right boxes plus they provide a stunning backdrop for your formal photographs.
If you are something of an amateur historian, the house has a fascinating past. Founded as a monastery in 1283, it has since been a hunting lodge, royal residence, family home, training camp for soldiers, military hospital, finishing school, Conservative party training college and a world-renowned business school.
At every turn you will discover an interesting fact about the building or one of its previous owners.
If you are a connoisseur of fine dining, the extremely talented team of in-house chefs will cook up such a storm that your guests will be talking about their meals for a long time to come.
As you approach the imposing neo-gothic mansion with its turrets and crenulations, you wouldn’t be the only one to think that you would need hundreds of guests to fill its grand rooms. Yet you couldn’t be more wrong.
Ashridge House may well have the capacity to comfortably fit 400 for an evening reception, but it was built first and foremost as a family home so its softer side makes it a wonderful venue for weddings of all shapes and sizes.
“Despite having worked here for over five years now, I am still continually surprised at just how different every wedding at Ashridge House is” says Naomi Philp, Hospitality Director.
Although the magnificent function rooms with their ornate interiors never fail to impress, visiting couples quickly realise how the various spaces can be moulded to reflect both their personalities and how they want their day to look and feel.
If you don’t want to build a theme around gold leaf adorned ceilings and marble statues, there are plenty of other rooms with more masculine décor or a more informal ambience.
On a beautiful summer’s day you can open the doors of the Old Library and let the outside in.
As Naomi says, “We have hosted incredibly lavish dinners with huge floral displays and intricate table decorations that wouldn’t look amiss on film sets one weekend, yet the next weekend an informal BBQ and steel band commandeer the South Terrace and guests flock outside to play lawn games for the entire afternoon.”
Bringing this variety of experience to life is the job of a small team of professional Wedding Coordinators.
Whatever the request and however unusual it may seem (owls delivered the wedding rings on one occasion), this dedicated team work tirelessly with couples to make sure that their dreams become reality.
So, whether you are wishing to capitalise on the house’s royal connections, roll out the red carpet and host the party of the century, or you simply want to use the beautiful buildings and gardens as the backdrop for a smaller, more intimate event, please do not hesitate to contact them on 01442 841027 or visit www.ashridgehouse.org.uk/weddings