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.
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.