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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.
WHY IT BECAME "BAD LUCK" FOR THE GROOM TO SEE BRIDE BEFORE THE CEREMONY
Until relatively recently, brides were considered the property of their father. Their futures and husbands were arranged without their consent. The marriage of an unattractive woman was often arranged with a prospective groom from another town without either of them having ever seen their prospective spouse. In more than one instance, when the groom saw his future wife, usually dressed in white, for the first time on the day of the wedding, he changed his mind and left the bride at the altar. To prevent this from happening, it became "bad luck" for the groom to see the bride on the day of the wedding prior to the ceremony.