ASHRIDGE HOUSE; A unique wedding venue

Take a journey around this beautiful and unique National Trust location in Hertfordshire a truly wonderful venue for your wedding or celebration with Sugar Designs couture cakes and other Ashridge House preferred suppliers sharing highlights of this special venue.

Sugar Designs are proud to be preferred suppliers for wedding cake at the beautiful and historic Ashridge House, where we have enjoyed the pleasure of being involved in many fabulous weddings of different sizes, themes and cultures in recent years and love how adaptable the house is. We wanted to share our experience of the venue if you are considering the luxury of Ashridge House for your very special celebration or wedding.

With 190 acres of stunning gardens and located in the Hertfordshire Chiltern hills, Ashridge is surrounded by National Trust woodland providing wonderful photograph opportunities. The site was originally a Benedictine Monastery, until it became one of King Henry V111 favourite hunting lodges. This grand house is a grade 1 listed country mansion, originally built as a family home in 1814 on a site of historical events dating back to 1283! The house has a fascinating history having also been a Monastery, a wartime hospital and a finishing school – it is now a world-renowned business school and also a stunning wedding venue, which is licensed for civil ceremonies up to 170 guests and can seat up to 190 for a wedding breakfast.

The Main Hall

The stunning cantilevered staircase looks spectacular when decorated with flower displays and candles or even left natural, the hall area is breath-taking and is frequently chosen by couples for their wedding blessing or civil ceremony. The secret passageway to the stairs is often used by couples to keep their entrance a secret until they appear at the top of the staircase.

The fireplace in the main hall is another lovely location for your wedding cake especially when it is beautifully dressed with wedding flowers like this cake, which I created to include a personalised monogram this couple had designed.

Your wedding morning

We love popping in to see the wedding party getting ready in the relaxed Dukes sitting room when we arrive to deliver the cake, and often help to lay out the favours on the tables. It’s so lovely to see all the wedding outfits hung up with make-up artists, wedding photographers and of course special treats to eat and drink whilst everyone is preparing for the main event. This is also the room which has a secret route to the staircase in the main hall, which is a real asset to maintain the element of surprise!

The function rooms

Many of the function rooms at Ashridge House interconnect seamlessly, elegant and welcoming and licensed for civil ceremonies.

The Lady Marion Alford room has fabulous views of the south lawn and is opulently decorated – its namesake loved to travel and entertain making it the perfect location for your wedding breakfast.

This cake was inspired by a couple who

loved the stunning ceiling in the Lady Marion room and also had a love of Wedgewood china.

The Wyatt room was originally a dining room, dramatic oak panelling was added in 1863 and the ceiling is an intricate design based on the design of the Doges golden staircase in Venice. Our wedding couples have enjoyed relaxed evening gatherings in the Wyatt room – sometimes just choosing to have no evening entertainment, just great food, time with family and lots of laughter and love.

This was a Christmas wedding in the Wyatt and I loved creating a dessert table in the wedding theme colours of gold, pink and burgundy.

The Anteroom is a perfect backdrop to display your wedding cake in front of the fireplace framed by the garden doors shown below, the cake looks beautiful as the setting is visible from the main walkway through the great hall – a real destination point.

The three carved oak doors open out fully to allow plenty of space for all of your guests to enjoy the cake cutting celebration with you.

It is also where you enter the dining room for your wedding breakfast to the sound of clapping and a warm welcome from your guests. The Old Library opens directly onto the South Terrace with a wonderful view of the Italian garden and is a lovely room for either a civil ceremony or hosting your reception drinks. It also leads to a wonderful loggia – a perfect photo spot!

The gardens

In 1813 Repton the renowned garden designer of that time, designed the formal Ashridge gardens and the basis of that design remains today. Lady Marion Alford created the Italian garden and Arboretum, as well as the rhododendron walk. We always know summer is on its way when the corridor of rhododendrons burst into flower.

Cutting of the cake on the staircase

The cast iron balustrade, vintage brass handrail and the twin lanterns which frame this spectacular staircase was the vision of Benjamin Wyatt – today as well as being a beautiful place for a civil ceremony with all the guests seated below it is also a wonderful setting for your cake cutting.

Ashridge House is a very special beautiful venue and one I truly love working with as the team are delightful and very professional, so if you are considering this as your special location, I would love to speak with you about designing a couture wedding or celebration cake - uniquely designed for you as all the cakes in this blog are, please do get in touch: or via my website:

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To talk to the team at Ashridge weddings call 01442 841027 or:

With special thanks to other preferred suppliers at Ashridge House for sharing their work with Sugar Designs: Photographer: Kate Hopewell-Smith. Videographer: byLumiere & Floral Designer: Rebecca Marsala

Disclaimer: All the information in this blog is published in good faith & for general information purposes only. Sugar Designs does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability & accuracy of this information.

July 2020

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