tel:- 01707 287080
web address:- www.hatfield-house.co.uk
Hatfield House :-
licensed for civil ceremonies
Venue type - Historic Building
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 2 venues
Function room names and capacities: The Old Palace is a Grade I listed building, once childhood home to Queen Elizabeth I. It is licensed for civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 200 guests for the wedding breakfast and dancing.
The Riding School is licensed for civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 110 guests for the wedding breakfast and dancing.
Guests rooms available: N/A
Honeymoon suite available: N/A
Garden suitable for marquees: No
Local accommodation: Several hotels in the area can be recommended to guests. Preferred rates offered to guests from Hatfield House in a local hotel, only 1 mile from the venue.
Choice of wedding breakfast menus yes
Alcohol License yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Yes
Dance Floor Yes
Evening Reception Facilities Yes
Car Parking Facilities Yes
Wedding services provided: The Hospitality team is available throughout the preparation of the wedding to help brides and grooms plan their perfect day.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Yes, Hatfield Park is very large and photography is possible in the Park, in front of the House and in most of the gardens.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Yes, both venues are beautiful and offer stunning and unique features for photography.
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: Yes
Venue special features: The Old Palace is a Grade I listed building with a wonderful beam roof. The Riding School mixes historical and modern features.
Both venues are located in the beautiful surroundings of Hatfield Park.
Venue History: The Old Palace is part of the remains of the original Hatfield Palace, built in 1485 by John Morton, Bishop of Ely and King Henry VII's minister. When Henry VIII dispersed the possessions of the Church, he took it over and used it chiefly as a residence for his children and the future Queen Elizabeth I spent her childhood at Hatfield House.
Later on, James I exchanged Hatfield House for Theobalds, the residence of Robert Cecil, afterwards 1st Earl of Salisbury. The House has been in the Cecil family for 400 years and is still today the residence of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.
Other information: There is free unlimited parking on site.
The venue is located directly opposite to Hatfield BR station with links to Finsbury Park, Kings Cross and Moorgate in London.
Brightly colored veils were worn in ancient times in many parts of the world and were considered a protection against evil spirits Greek and Roman brides for yellow or red veils (representing fire) to ward off evil spirits and demons. At one time, Roman brides were completely covered with a red veil for protection. In early European history, with the advent of arranged marriages veils served another purpose - to prevent the groom from seeing the brides' face till after the ceremony was over. Brides began to wear opaque yellow veils. Not only could the groom not see in, the bride could not see out! Therefore, the father of the bride had to escort her down the aisle and literally give the bride to the groom. Nellie Custis, the daughter of Martha Washington, is credited with wearing the first lace veil.