Your Wedding - your most special of days
Markenfield Hall is not just a wedding venue – it has 700 years of history held within its walls – why not add your slice of history to ours by holding your most special of days here?
Why not begin your day by using the Hall’s Four Poster Bedroom to change in?
Dresses, shoes and other necessities can be brought to the Hall the previous day and left safely overnight allowing you a stress-free start to the day.
The Bride and Bridesmaids can arrive with hair and make up in place, or arrange to have a hairdresser and beautician come to the Hall and help with the preparations here.
The room has a small en-suite bathroom, power points and lots of natural light making it an ideal place for the finishing touches!
The Civil Ceremony
Once the Bride and Groom have spoken to the Registrars (either separately or together) the Civil Ceremony can begin. The Bride can either walk into the Ceremony on the arm of a loved one in the traditional manner, or with the Groom if tradition is not being followed as closely.
The Civil Ceremony takes 30 minutes, and can contain readings and music. All details will have been previously agreed with the Registrars – they are lovely ladies and they will talk you through each step of the Ceremony.
Service of Blessing
Markenfield is uniquely placed in having a Chapel at its heart. The Chapel is available for a Service of Blessing after the Civil Ceremony, allowing The Church to bless the marriage.
Services are usually taken by a Celebrant from nearby Ripon Cathedral, but should you wish to have your Blessing conducted by your Parish Priest that can be arranged.
The Service of Blessing usually lasts between 20 to 30 minutes and allows those who could not, or chose not to, marry in a Church to dedicate their marriage to God.
Drinks can be served throughout the day – from a welcoming cup of freshly brewed tea and a homemade biscuit on arrival to a glass of celebratory champagne after the Ceremony – our Caterers will be able to keep the Bride, the Groom and their guests refreshed throughout the day.
Drinks can be served throughout the house – with a couple of exceptions. The Drawing Room, which is available only for the Civil Ceremony, and the room in which you choose to hold the Civil Ceremony – but only before the Ceremony itself. This is a rule of the Registrars, to help maintain the dignity of the Ceremony and the room in which it is to be held.
In winter months the roaring fire in the Undercroft is a focal point, and in summer months guests are welcome to take drinks out to the Gardens and Orchard. Our Caterers will serve canapes and top up glasses whereever you are.
... and Photographs
Whilst drinks are being served after the Ceremony, should you choose to have a photographer they will be hard at work recording memories of your special day.
We are incredibly lucky to have had a number of fantastic photographers work at the Hall over the years and we are more than happy to offer our recommendations. You would however be more than welcome to bring your own photographer, and we would be more than happy to show them around the Hall prior to the wedding so that they too can find the hidden nooks and crannies that provide the perfect backgrounds for stunning shots.
Depending on the size of the wedding party we normally recommend allowing between 60 and 90 minutes for photographs.
The Wedding Breakfast
All wedding catering at the Hall is carried out by The Dusty Miller. The Wedding Breakfast is a time for guests to relax and simply enjoy the surroundings of the Hall.
The Wedding Breakfast can be held in one of two rooms – the cosy surroundings of the Undercroft with its low ceiling and roaring fire, or the baronial splendor of the Great Hall under the watchful gaze of 3rd Lord Grantley.
Speeches are traditionally given after the Wedding Breakfast, but more often than not than not, these days they are given before the meal to allow all guest to relax and to not have the worry of a perfect speech hanging over them and potentially spoiling their appetites. This also gives a chance for the cake to be cut.
Because Markenfield is a private family home we ask that carriages be no later than 6:00pm. This allows time for guests to go on to an evening reception at a different venue – be it a disco for 500 evening guests, or an intimate evening in the snug of a nearby hotel – we are happy to suggest suitable local venues.
If you would prefer that your guests did not have to drive to the evening reception it is quite possible to fit a coach up the driveway at Markenfield.
There are three essentials to book when you are arranging your wedding here at the Hall – us, the Registrars and the Caterers – and it is entirely possible to hold your wedding with just these three elements. You can however add as much extra detail as you like, including a florist, photographer and even musicians (acoustic please!).