Once a royal residence to King Henry VIII and home to his daughter, Princess Elizabeth I, Ashridge House is a spectacular Grade I listed stately home in leafy Hertfordshire, only 30 miles from London and surrounded by 190 acres of beautiful private gardens. With its Gothic architecture, grand, turreted façades and historic grounds, Ashridge House is the perfect backdrop to host your wedding day. Ashridge House is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 150 guests and can accommodate 210 guests for your wedding breakfast in one room.
Each one of our nine elegant wedding reception rooms is licenced for civil ceremonies and each one offers something different. From palatial Italianate style, to art deco and impressive neo gothic, you’re sure to find the perfect space for your ceremony. You can also include a blessing in the magnificent chapel to complete the ceremony in traditional style.
The Chapel at Ashridge House
The beautiful chapel at Ashridge House is a hidden gem, perfect for blessings and Christenings. The chapel is not currently licensed for ceremonies however they are able to offer blessings, providing a romantic scene in which to set your day.
The Wedding Breakfast
Ashridge is known for our dedication to superb food made with seasonal locally sourced produce. So relax and let their talented chef create a choice of delicious and innovative fine dining menus to make your special day an unforgettably delicious one too. The experienced sommelier, meanwhile, is on hand to help you find the wines to match and the perfect champagne to celebrate your day.
Once a royal residence to Henry VIII and Princess Elizabeth I, today Ashridge House is an award winning meeting, events and wedding venue. Set in 190 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, Ashridge House is located in Hertfordshire, only 30 minutes north of London and within easy reach of all major transport connections.
Simona and Demi Ashridge House Estate, Hertfordshire Sunday 4 September 2022
Today was our first visit this year to Ashridge House which is an outstanding venue in Hertfordshire.
The Wedding Ceremony
Starting in the Main Hall with its imposing staircase we set up for the wedding ceremony of Simona and Demi. This was another situation where we were blending music together for the Bridal party entrance. Except here we had.3 pieces to blend together. The first was for the Groom and his Mother, then the Bridesmaids and then the Bride. Added to this they were all entering via the staircase from above us but from different corners. This meant we didnt have a clear line of site for any of them apart from the Groom!
Nevertheless, it is our job to manage in such situations and with a little assistance from the Registrar’s eyes, we were able to blend the songs all at exactly the right time so everyone walked in to their own songs!
The Drinks Reception
After the wedding ceremony the bridal party and their guests went to a chapel elsewhere within the Ashridge Estate for a Service of Blessing. As this didnt involve music, we took the time to move our instruments and piano shell so we were ready to play during the drinks reception.
The Wedding Breakfast
As well as music for the drinks reception we had also arranged to play a song for the Bride and Groom to enter their wedding breakfast as well as a few songs after that during the meal.
Once we had played for around half an hour, a singer then took over to provide music for the rest of the wedding breakfast.
JAM Duo at Your Wedding
Jules and Anne-Marie provide music for weddings and events all over the UK. We particularly enjoyed being part of Simona and Demi’s wedding at Ashridge House. If you are getting married there or indeed anywhere else, then we would love to hear from you. Do please get in touch via our contact page. Here you will be able to email us or contact us directly by telephone or WhatsApp.