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Spring – New Life and New Love

Last weekend really felt like Spring had arrived and in this weekend of new life and Spring-time sunshine, Glemham Hall, which dates back to 1560, had something new to celebrate too – our first same-sex marriage. We were proud to welcome the friends and family of Daniel Mack Shand and Jason Lee Rodger on Saturday 2nd April to celebrate their marriage.

Now living in London, Jason proposed to Daniel surrounded by their friends and family at Jason’s own surprise 30th Birthday party which had secretly been arranged for him by Dan. The spontaneous (but incredibly smooth) moment was captured on camera and received over 160,000 views on Youtube, has been featured in various blogs and even reached as far as Australia! (See the video here)

Dan & Jason - Martin James Photography

Photos © Martin James Photography 2000 – 2016 www.Martin-James.co.uk

The couple returned to Suffolk for their wedding day, surrounded by the very same crowd of family and friends. The emotional ceremony, where their friends sang (and cried!) them down the aisle was followed by cocktails in the rose garden, under beautiful blue skies. The happy couple met through their love of musical theatre so it was quite fitting that guests received tickets to their ‘show’ and took their seats to enjoy the performance of Daniel and Jason’s lives.

We would like to wish Dan and Jason a lifetime of happiness and health, and thank them for letting us share in their wonderful day; an historic moment for Glemham Hall.

Tori and Donna xx

For information about getting married at Glemham Hall visit www.glemhamhall.co.uk or call 01728 746704

Photos www.Martin-James.co.uk

She Asked, He said Yes!

The tradition of turning tables with the proposal game was first introduced at a time when women quite simply were forbidden from proposing to men. At the very same time, the 29th February was a date totally unrecognised by the nation and thus it held no lawful status. So our savvy (and wonderfully gallant) sisters of the past took the opportunity to defy tradition and ask their man to marry them. With the added bonus of a refused proposal resulting in a new pair of gloves to hide their ringless hands!

Today, of course, women have the freedom to propose whenever they desire (phew). However, this quaint custom has held its place in our hearts and minds and is often adhered to, even now – I like to think of it honouring those first brave ladies who went down on bent knee! So with 2016 marking another leap year and, with it, a chance for you lovely ladies to take control and ask your S.O, we are sending some advice your way on how to make it the perfect proposal!

Make it nostalgic 
If pure movie-worthy-romance is your love’s ideal, why not use a memory within your proposal. Return to where you had your first date, or the place you met and use that as your setting, because who doesn’t love to reminisce!?

Make it about them
It will be easy to watch some timeless romcoms with the girls and be inspired to create the most romantic proposal with flowers, chocolates and a string quartet but even if that is your dream proposal, it might not be your sweetheart’s! Think about tailoring it to them, which could mean avoiding tradition! If all they ever want to do during their down-time is get outdoors, head outdoors yourself! Go for a walk in that forest they love and hide a sign asking them to marry you at the end…It’s time to get creative but also time to show them just how much you care.

Make it memorable
This is an important day in both of your lives so make it memorable – but what’s important is making it right for you both. Memorable doesn’t have to mean lavish – yes, you could rent their favourite sports venue or maybe a museum, ask the question and then have all your family and friends there to celebrate with you, a proposal and engagement party in one! But if they’re the type to appreciate the little things, maybe a treasure hunt, taking them to all the places important to you as a couple and finishing with a proposal is the way to go. The main thing is that you put thought into it, whether it’s in your humble abode after a home-cooked meal, or in front of everyone you know with a photographer at the ready. So make it right for you, because you will love remembering it for the rest of your lives.

Valentine’s Traditions You’ll Want at Your Wedding

The back story… It’s a day we all know and love, but how St Valentine’s day started is a lesser known tale. Valentine was the hopeless romantic who conducted secret marriage ceremonies when Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage, because he thought married men were bad soldiers. When his secret soft spot for love was discovered, Valentine was sentenced to death, but, as a true romantic would, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. On the day of his death (14th February, of course) he sent a love letter, signed ‘from your Valentine’.  Celebrating Valentine’s Day, to honour this lover-of-love is thanks to the church though. It became a Christian festival that actually originates from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. During Lupercalia boys drew names of girls from a box to decide who they would court during the festival and often they’d get married after. The church took on the celebration and tied dear old St Valentine to the festivity, due to his fondness of romance!

Being the day of love, Valentine’s of course comes with some gorgeous traditions that suit the wonderful world of weddings perfectly! So I’ve compiled a little list of love day musts that would make for the sweetest addition to your wedding day…

Love letters
There’s nothing like a beautiful centrepiece at a wedding reception, and if you’re opting for some lovely table number stationery, why not include an old-school love letter. One side is your number and on the back a letter of sweet-nothings for your valentine! Alternatively, a scribble of lover’s words can make for a romantic background behind your bright and beautiful number! PLUS It’s a great theme you can carry through all of your wedding stationery…from the save the dates right through to your thank yous!

Single Red Rose
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a single red rose, so why not use them as your wedding favour AND escort card. I love a gift for those guests you hold so dear, and wedding favours can be practical too when you let them replace the traditional table plan and become escort cards. A red rose with a little note attached telling your guest which table is theirs – romantic and practical too!

There is an old Valentine’s tradition that involves sprinkling rose water and bay leaves on your pillow and wishing for Valentine to let your love ‘see’ you, and we can’t think of a better way to include humble rose water in your wedding than in an array of delicious cocktails! Pairing perfectly with gin, vodka or champagne to name a few, rose water is a delicate flavour reminiscent of a loving tradition, that will work perfectly at any reception!

Getting married? Click here to see all that Glemham Hall can offer you for your wedding day…

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…

RSVP: weddings@glemhamhall.co.uk

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.

flyer for truly vintage


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

Open Day Jan14-300