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The answer’s YES…if you’re asking!

So today is finally here, the 29th of February, where we’re reminded of that oh-so- rare opportunity for us girls to pop the question to that special person in our life.

So why is February 29th so significant as the one day, every four years, we’re ‘granted permission’ to propose? According to the history books (also known as google) here is how this tradition started and why:

The tradition dates back hundreds of years, to when the leap year was not recognised by English law; the day was simply “leapt over” and ignored. Since it had no legal status, formal traditions did not apply on this day and consequently, women who were not content to wait for a proposal took advantage of this anomaly and popped the question themselves. It was also thought that since leap year corrected the discrepancy between the calendar year (365 days) and the time it takes for the earth to complete one orbit of the sun (365 days and 6 hours), it was an opportunity for women to correct a tradition that was one-sided and unfair. Go ladies of yore!

Thankfully, rules of courtship are quite different these days and much less strict. When asked, most girls would prefer that the guys go down on a bended knee; mainly because of traditional values and the romanticism of the proposal itself, it would seem…and we wouldn’t want to be associated with ‘nagging him into it’ now, would we?

The proposal of marriage is a tradition that we’ve come to adore and whilst we’re all for equality, there are some traditions that still have their perfect place in modern society. Relationships come in many guises. Couples that have been together forever, have the house, the kids, the dog and the X-box – often the proposal doesn’t even get a look-in. More a conversation that just took place one evening, rather a matter-of-fact “Well, I suppose we could, couldn’t we?”


I know of a gentleman who’d been in a relationship with a lady for a few years and on 29th February, sent her a card in the post saying simply…”The answer is YES…if you’re asking!” They were married later that same year.

So ladies, we’re constantly surrounded by messages of empowerment, equality and if a man can do-it/have-it/want-it…then so can we! and the same can be said of the marriage proposal. In my job, one of the questions I ask brides-to-be at viewings is ‘when did you get engaged?’ (gotta love a love story!) closely followed by ‘was it a complete surprise?’ Quite often the response is an emphatic yes…with the addition of ‘well, we’ve been together for so long, I was kinda hoping it would happen soon’

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with – why wait for him to propose? and second to that, certainly don’t wait for this elusive date on the calendar once every four years! Time to turn the tables – how do you think you’d envisage the perfect proposal to your partner? Would it be a conversation that just evolved one day, or a spectacular display of your undying love?

Stopping to consider this for myself, I can only imagine the nerves and anxiety that our male counterparts go through during this highly charged life-changing moment. I’m not sure what my proposal would be like. I’d rather hope that it would be a quiet, gentle affair that allowed me the confidence to go for it, with enough re-assurance that the outcome would be a positive one. No fireworks. No aeroplanes drawing heart-shapes in the sky – just a simple ‘will you?’ Maybe that would be about all I could manage!

Ladies, I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavours…xx

Wedding Open Day – Sunday 1st February 2015

Are you planning a wedding in Suffolk for 2015 or 2016? If so, you might like to make a date to visit Glemham Hall on Sunday 1st February when we’ll be opening our doors to reveal exactly how the venue looks when dressed for a wedding!

Open Days are a great opportunity when searching for the perfect venue. There’s no hard-sell, we simply welcome you in and we hope that you’ll instantly feel at home. We’re open from 11am-3pm giving you plenty of time to view the Grand Hall, the bridal suite, the gardens and marquee.

The nice thing about Open Days is that you can wander around the venue at your own pace and you can bring your friends and family too! Every area that we use for weddings will be dressed to impress, creating a perfect scenario for you to visualise your own wedding.

Some of our favourite suppliers will be here on the day to offer advice and ideas. There will be tea, coffee and refreshments available from the marquee so that you can sit, relax and absorb the surroundings!

We know how important it is to visualise how a venue will look on the day of your wedding and to be able to look around the venue in your own time. Our Wedding Open Day is the perfect opportunity for you to do that!

You’ll be invited to wander through the Grand Hall, view the beautiful oak staircase, the Drawing Room and Marquee – not forgetting the Gardens and our new outdoor venue, the Summerhouse.

Donna, our wedding planner, will be here to answer any questions and to talk you through our wedding packages. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to hold just the ceremony, the reception or both, we have packages to suit all weddings!

A special 10% discount on venue hire is available to those who book within 2 weeks of visiting our Open Day! This is applicable for all  remaining dates in 2015 & 2016.

Wedding Suppliers confirmed so far…

For Dresses…The Bridal Lounge

For Stationery…The Leaf Press 

For Catering…Jam Tartz and Events Couture

For Music…UK Harpists

For Photography…Patrick Stockley Weddings

For Honeymoons…Honeymoon Escapes

For Chair Covers & Decoration…ExtravOrganza

For Lighting and Music…My Big Fat Wedding Disco

For Cakes…Amelie’s Kitchen

To pre-register and to save time on the day…


We hope to see you at Glemham Hall in February!

 – Donna xx


‘Truly Vintage’ Wedding Fair at Glemham Hall

We’re very excited that the ‘Truly Vintage’ Wedding Fair will soon be upon us! Now in it’s fourth year, this very popular fair continues to grow and grow! With 30+ professional wedding suppliers ready and waiting to exhibit their services, we assure you that you’ll only be meeting the very best in the business!

From cake makers to florists, wedding dresses to photographers – we’ve got some fantastic exhibitors lined up ready to meet you – and some very unusual ones too! If vintage style is your thing and it’s the chosen theme for your wedding, then come to Glemham Hall on Sunday 22nd June for a fantastic day out.

Of course, if you’re still searching for the perfect venue for your wedding…you’ll also be able to view the Grand Hall & Summerhouse dressed for a ceremony and the Drawing Room dressed for a vintage style Afternoon Tea. The Bridal suite will be available to view too!

New for 2014…

This year you’ll be able to join one of our bridal workshops. There will be three sessions throughout the day with expert paper-cutting artist Emma Daniels! (Emma designed the flyer for this years’ fair – see below).

Learn the amazing techniques for paper-cutting and get ready to do some DIY crafting for your own wedding. Emma will be offering three sessions where you’ll learn how to create something really stylish for your wedding. Whether it’s place-cards, invitations or a gift for your groom-to-be, you’ll be creating something really stylish, on-trend and a truly personal touch for your wedding! To be inspired and see more of Emma’s work, please visit her website.

Tickets: £20 per person for a 1.5 hour session. Includes all materials.

To book your place onto Emma’s workshop, please email us or telephone 01728 746704.

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When Boden came to Glemham Hall…

I was so excited to see the new Spring catalogue from Boden, have you seen it yet? It features Glemham Hall as the backdrop for their Great British Spring collection…see us on pages 147-171.

All these lovely spring-like images were shot in just one day back in October with a crew of 10-12 people – it’s amazing how many people are involved for a one-day shoot!

It’s not the first time Boden have been to Glemham, they first arrived back in April of last year to shoot their Women’s Autumn/Winter range. I love their simplistic style of photography allowing the gorgeous clothes to do the talking! (no, I didn’t get to try any on but it was fun getting a sneak preview of the next season’s clothes!) Needless to say, they loved the house with it’s painted panelled walls and floral furniture. Hope you enjoy looking through the images!

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A little bit of…. ooh la la!

Back in November we received a knock on the door from photographer Richard Burns who, like so many people I meet, said “I’ve always driven past and wondered what it’s like inside” So, he came in and I showed him around. He’d been looking for a location for a story that he’d been planning for a while and Glemham looked like it could be ideal.

With panelled rooms and huge sash windows, the period of the house was perfect for the style of shoot he had in mind. The great thing about Glemham is that wherever you look, there are many perfectly formed scenarios just waiting to be photographed.

So last week Richard arrived with a small team comprising of model, stylist, hair/makeup and florist and they set to work to create the following pictures. It’s a very glamorous set of images with a little bit of ooh la la! for good measure. Enjoy looking through them and if you like them, please leave us a comment!

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Wedding Open Day – THIS Sunday!!

I’m so pleased that our new website is ‘live’ – just in time for me to tell you about our Wedding Open Day on Sunday 26th January 2014!

It’s a perfect opportunity for you to see this beautiful Suffolk venue dressed for a wedding, to get a real understanding of how it can look on the day itself. Our recently refurbished marquee will be set up for a wedding reception and will play host to some of our favourite wedding suppliers. They’ll be on hand to showcase their talents and offer you good advice & ideas for your own wedding plans.

Head over to the Grand Hall to see how it looks when dressed for a Civil Ceremony and you simply must take a look at the Grand Staircase too. This leads directly into the Hall and makes for quite a fairy-tale entrance!

For more intimate weddings, you’ll want to have a look in the Drawing Room. This room is perfect for the smaller wedding – anything from 2 – 40 guests! Sunday will see the Drawing Room dressed for a vintage afternoon tea, a sight not to be missed!

Won’t you stay for a cuppa? We’ll have proper tea & cakes in the marquee. Serendipity Street will be waiting to serve you some fine teas, coffees and a selection of homemade cakes & biscuits.

Open 10am-4pm. Free Entry and All Welcome! Postcode for SatNav is IP13 0BT

Hopefully see you there!

Donna x

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The first post…

I’ve wanted a blog for our website for some time now and the day has finally arrived where I can write my first post….and what’s happened? I’m sat here scratching my head trying to thin of a witty opening line.

My name is Donna, I look after weddings & events here at the Hall. Through this diary, I’ll be keeping you updated with what events are coming up, photos from recent weddings, notes from ‘behind-the-scenes’ and an introduction to the people that live & work here – all sorts really!

It’s a great big house, a mystery to some, a local landmark to others…and for me, a true pleasure to work in everyday! I hope you’ll enjoy reading our blog and getting to know this beautiful house. You never know, I might even take time to count the windows for you!

Donna x