tel:- 01442 841107
fax:- 01442 841 010
web address:- www.ashridgeweddings.org.uk
Ashridge House :-
Venue type - Historic Building
Guests rooms available: 190 bedrooms
Garden suitable for marquees: No
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - Yes
Alcohol License - Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available - Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies - Yes
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted - Yes
Dance Floor - Yes
Evening Reception Facilities - Yes
Car Parking Facilities - Yes
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Steeped in history and nestling in a 190 acre estate in the Hertfordshire countryside, Ashridge sets the scene for your wedding perfectly.
Venue special features: Licensed for civil marriage/partnership ceremonies for up to 110 guests, couples may exchange vows on the sweeping staircase, or with beautiful garden views from the South Terrace. Each element of your special day will be hosted in a unique room, providing that special “wow!” factor every time a door opens.
Venue History: This spectacular country house has a rich history spanning over 700 years. Once a monastery for Benedictine monks, it became a residence for the children of King Henry VIII, and then passed into the hands of the Dukes and Earls of Bridgewater, finally to become the home of Ashridge Business School.
GARTER AND BRIDAL BOUQUET TOSS
In parts of Europe during the 14th contrary, having a piece of the bride's clothing was thought to bring good luck. Guests would literally destroy the brides dress by ripping off pieces of fabric. In order to prevent this, brides began throwing various items to the guests - the garter belt being one of the items.In order to avoid this problem, it became customary in the 14th century for the bride to toss her garter to the men. Sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient, and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom evolved for the groom to remove and toss the garter. With that change the bride started to toss the bridal bouquet to the unwed girls of marriageable age. Tradition says that whoever catches the bouquet shall be the next to marry. She keeps the bouquet to ensure this destiny.