Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
We remember with awe a particularly dazzling wedding from last summer, on a steamy summer day, that very well suited the magical Alice in Wonderland themed extravaganza. Self-supporting floral displays adorned the huge picture windows of the Great Drawing Room - appearing to be growing organically from the historical architecture. Guests enjoyed miniature bottle party favours of the couples signature tipple and of course there was croquet on the lawn! A wonderful couple and an unforgettable day for the guests and also our staff.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Remember the day is for you - make sure it is everything that you dreamed of and more. Speak to our highly experienced wedding coordinator about the schedule for your day. They really are the experts and will never steer you wrong!
Have a wet weather contingency! We are in the UK after all....
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
A couple who had met whilst travelling in China, handed guests personalised fortune cookie favours!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Our extensive grounds make for the perfect outdoor photo spot, whether you prefer the rose archway, our sculptures and statues, or in front of the ivy-clad gables.
The photographer can also access the second-floor window to take a photo from above of all the guests on the front lawn.
The other two areas that are popular with brides are the beautiful staircase and the orangery with the gardens in the background.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
Yes, but we never reveal that!
What’s your favourite canapé?
It depends on our mood, but we are very fond of the crayfish and lemon mayonnaise canapes, or the avocado smash and roasted cherry tomato crostini for a fresh summer treat. Alternatively, our pork and sage bon bon with apple chutney is a great winter warmer!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
The ever popular fish and chip cones!
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The historical significance of the estate and our unique place in the history of agriculture is felt when you gaze out over the sweeping landscape. Who wouldn't want that to be the backdrop to the best day of their lives?!
What part of your business are you most proud of?
We are especially proud of the fact that our venue is based on strong sustainability principles. Our income is invested back into the ground-breaking and world-renowned agricultural research that takes place at Rothamsted, into tackling climate change and focuses on food security to help feed the world from less land.