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Arley Hall :-
Historic splendour and magical gardens are not the only reason Arley Hall is one of the finest venues in Cheshire for civil marriage ceremonies and wedding receptions. The main attraction is that the Hall is exclusively yours for your special day!
Bridal parties are invited to arrive in the morning to oversee the final preparations and to relax in the private bridal suite. Civil marriage ceremonies tend to take place either in the Drawing Room (100 capacity) or the Front Hall (80), with the bride making a dramatic entrance down the main staircase. Once the vows are exchanged, the library offers intimate place and a magnificent backdrop for the signing of the register.
On a fine day, guests can enjoy a champagne reception in the gardens and the bride and groom can be photographed against the backdrop of the herbaceous border, Ilex avenue and walled garden. Alternatively, the four principal rooms in the house offer a series of charming backdrops and each contribute to the ambiance of the reception.
The wedding breakfast tends to take place in the oak panelled Gallery (100 capacity), and then after dinner, guests are invited to the Tudor Barn (125 capacity) for the evening dance party.
The term originates from the sixteenth century. At that time a small piece of bread would be placed in a goblet of wine. The goblet would be passed from guest to guest until it reached the person being honored who would drain the goblet and eat the morsel of bread in the bottom. This tradition is practiced at weddings today - usually in the form of one or more champagne "toasts". The best man has the honor of giving the first toast. Usually the bride and groom remain seated for the toasts while all the guests are usually standing to honor them. The couple may then make a few remarks thanking their families, wedding party members, and guests. They may also "toast" each other or share a "toast" together. Often special glass or silver goblets are used by the bride and groom.