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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.
SOMETHING "OLD", "NEW", "BORROWED", AND "BLUE"
The tradition of carrying one or more items that are "old", "new", "borrowed" and "blue" also comes from English. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something old, signifying continuity, could be a piece of lace, jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief. Something new, signifying optimism in the future, could be an article of clothing or the wedding rings. Something borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be handkerchief from a happily married relative or friend. Something blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love, comes from early Jewish history. In early Biblical times, blue not white symbolized purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore a band of blue material around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence the tradition of "something blue". Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the church.
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