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My top 5 Hertfordshire venues: That work for alternative AND Traditional wedding styles!

Updated: Apr 2


I love a big grand venue. They just look so beautiful. Although I do love any venue when you put your style and personality into it, but I wanted to show you my top 5 wedding venues that would be the perfect fit for your wedding, whether you’re going for traditional, or a little more alternative. As you’ll see from my gallery style, I love both! So in no particular order, here’s my top 5…


Number 1 - Shendish Manor


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“Shendish Manor Hotel in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, is a hidden gem that combines the charm of Victorian architecture with the serene beauty of the surrounding countryside. It's the perfect spot for couples looking for a laid-back yet elegant wedding venue. With its sprawling, well-kept gardens and the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the interiors, it offers a relaxed setting that feels both luxurious and homey. Whether you're planning a grand celebration or a more intimate affair, Shendish Manor provides a flexible backdrop that can be tailored to suit your style, ensuring your special day is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible” - Sounds good to me!!



Number 2 - Astridge House 


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“Ashridge House in Berkhamsted is a real-life fairy tale location, offering a laid-back yet breathtaking backdrop for weddings. This historic estate, surrounded by acres of lush greenery, blends grandeur with a welcoming atmosphere, making everyone feel at home. Its stunning Gothic architecture and opulent interiors provide a unique setting that’s both impressive and inviting. Ideal for couples seeking a serene, yet majestic vibe for their special day, Ashridge House promises a relaxed celebration amidst its enchanting grounds and cozy spaces, where every moment feels effortlessly beautiful.” - It had me at fairytale and gothic!! Two of my favourite words haha.



Number 3 - Fanhams Hall


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“Fanhams Hall in Ware is a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern elegance, setting the stage for a relaxed and memorable wedding day. This enchanting Jacobean mansion, set within acres of stunning gardens and picturesque landscapes, offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its unique blend of traditional architecture and contemporary design, Fanhams Hall provides a cozy yet stylish backdrop for your special day. Whether you're exchanging vows in one of its light-filled rooms or strolling through the peaceful Japanese garden, Fanhams Hall makes every moment feel intimate and laid-back, ensuring a celebration that's both beautiful and blissfully stress-free.” - Ok I said in no particular order, but technically this should be my number 1 as I got married here! It is gorgeous though!



Number 4 - Hengrave Hall


Gothic style wedding venue

“Hengrave Hall, located in the serene Bury st Edmunds countryside, is a magnificent Tudor mansion that exudes history and elegance at every turn. This exclusive venue, with its breathtaking architecture and stunningly preserved interiors, offers a spellbinding setting for a wedding. Its sprawling grounds feature meticulously landscaped gardens and a quaint church within its estate, providing a variety of enchanting backdrops for ceremonies and photographs. Hengrave Hall is not just about its grandeur; it's about creating intimate, heartfelt moments. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, it ensures that every wedding is personalized and memorable, making it an idyllic place for couples looking for a day filled with romance and timeless beauty.” I’ve worked at this magnificent venue a few times and it’s just…wow!



Number 5 - Knebworth House


Gothic style wedding venue

“Knebworth House, a remarkable gothic mansion set in the heart of Hertfordshire, offers a truly unique backdrop for weddings. Known for its dramatic architecture and sprawling estate, which includes 250 acres of parkland, this venue blends historical grandeur with the wild beauty of its gardens and grounds. Knebworth has played host to rock concerts and public events, yet it retains an intimate charm that feels personal for wedding celebrations. The estate boasts a variety of settings for ceremonies and receptions, from the stately rooms within the house to the serene gardens outside. Knebworth House is the perfect choice for couples seeking a blend of romance, history, and a touch of adventure for their special day” Yet another one with multiple ticks on the list. Just a stunning venue



So there you have it, my top 5 Hertfordshire (and one in Suffolk, but not far from the border of Hertfordshire, promise) wedding venues, all within an hour or so from me and perfectly suitable for a Gothic, Fairytale, Traditional, Elegant and magnificent wedding style. What more could you ask for! (please note, all images of venues taken from google images)


Check out my other tips in my other blog posts and don’t forget to follow me on instagram for regular tips, tricks and advice for your wedding hair and makeup instagram.com/carter_hair_and_makeup


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