Getting married is supposed to be the happiest, most memorable time of your life. Here at Country House Weddings, we see a wedding day as a celebration; it marks two people coming together and pledging themselves to one and other for the rest of their lives. But, how can you make the most out of our services? Read on for some top tips on your wedding ceremony!
There are different types of wedding ceremonies available at our four venues. A civil ceremony takes place in an approved venue and is a non-religious affair, performed by a government figure or functionary, usually referred to as a registrar. Humanist ceremonies, also non-religious, give you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want and how you want. A humanist ceremony is typically used if the couple want to celebrate their marriage with families and friends without legally registering it, as they may have done that abroad already. The third ceremony available is the blessing service, a religious ceremony whereby a priest or minister attends and blesses the couple and their marriage.
Our four venues are all licensed for the services listed above. Lee Priory, Gosfield Hall and Clearwell Castle have licensed locations both indoors and out, meaning that (in good weather) the ceremony can be conducted in the grounds. In this case, the ceremony must take place within a permanent structure, so set areas are made available for the outdoor ceremony. Our indoor ceremonies, similarly, are only licensed to specific rooms, so choosing the right room for you is essential.
The actual ceremony is the most important part of the day; not only does it unite a couple together, it also acts as the building block that the rest of the day is built around. All timings of the day, from canapés and champagne to dancing wildly at the disco, revolve around the ceremony. Ensuring that you choose an appropriate time for the ceremony is essential, as it could jeopardise the rest of your day!
A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without the ability to customise. Making the day your own is important, as not only does a piece of you live on through the service, but it also makes the day memorable for all your guests. All of our venues allow customisation to suit your personal needs, varying from decorations to specific themes; however, with a civil ceremony certain restrictions (notably location and legal matters) are imposed and cannot be personalised. Ensuring you get the most out of your ceremony though is what we’re here for!
For more information about our ceremonies, and how to arrange one please don’t hesitate to contact us.