Anstey Hall is licensed for civil weddings and partnerships.
The morning room caters for intimate wedding ceremonies of up to 20 guests. The library on the ground floor can accommodate 60 and the Venetian ballroom can accommodate 120.
Our staff are working throughout your day and we do not make any charge for setting up the ceremony room which is usually done theatre style with a wide central aisle for the bride’s party. Our smart silver and blue chiavari chairs look elegant but you can customize your look with chair covers and colour coordinated bows.
The Registrar has some basic rules which govern the conduct of the ceremony. You can enhance your ceremony with additional vows and/or readings of a non-religious nature which must have the Registrar’s prior approval. Background music can be played at any time by live or recorded performers. The library has a Steinway grand piano.
Video recording by one camera is permitted during the ceremony providing it is not operated by either of your two witnesses.
Guests will have time to take photographs at the end of the ceremony. We will introduce your official photographer to the Registrar on the day to establish the guidelines for his all-important work during your ceremony.
Before the ceremony as your guests are arriving our events manager will introduce the groom to the Registrar at their desk set up in the ceremony room.
The Registrar then needs to interview the bride on her own. This is most easily done if she is getting ready in the bridal suite. In this case we take her to the next door room. We do not make any charge for using the room. This does not mean that you have to get ready on-site. Indeed many brides have long dreamed of dressing for their wedding at their family home where they grew up. In this case we work closely with you to ensure that you arrive by the side entrance and up the service staircase for your interview with the Registrar so that your guests and your groom do not see you before your grand entrance into the ceremony.
Some of the most memorable photographs are of the hectic preparations with the assistance of your mother and bride’s maids with some champagne on ice in the background.