If you’re planning to legally tie the knot at Hylands Estate, but not sure of the requirements then relax, we’ve put together this helpful guide to see you from booked to betrothed!
A civil ceremony is a legally binding marriage without any religious content. It is officiated by a Registrar from the local county council (Essex County Council). Whilst this type of ceremony can take place at a Registry Office, they also take place at approved wedding venues such as Hylands Estate! Whilst this may all sound very formal, you do have the freedom to personalise your ceremony with readings, music and of course décor! Some couples choose to follow their civil ceremony with a religious ceremony or blessing (performed by a Pastor/Imam/Priest etc). We can help you arrange the timings if this is something you’d like to do.
This beautifully restored room complete with 24carat gold leaf detailing and silk lined walls can accommodate 100 guests and provides an unforgettable backdrop for your ceremony.
This romantic space is perfect for smaller ceremonies for up to 80 guests, this room boasts a stunning central chandelier, marble fireplace and hand-painted walls.
This exciting new addition to Hylands Estate is due to open in April 2022, it features a hand built wooden gazebo nestled into mature woodland. The ceremony garden can accommodate 100 guests and will have a built-in sound system.
If you’re planning to have an outdoor ceremony you’ll need to complete the outdoor ceremony agreement form and email it to the registrar at least 10 weeks before your ceremony. In bad weather your ceremony will need to take place indoors. If there is bad weather on the day, it is up to the registrar to decide whether to hold the ceremony outside.
To make your personal choices known to the Registrar you will need to complete a Venue Ceremony Planner (https://www.essex.gov.uk/get-married-in-essex/approved-venues) and email to the Register office at least 10 weeks before your ceremony.
Here you will be able to select your legally binding declarations as well as some additional wording that can be included should you wish. You also need to note down the music that will be played for your entrance, signing of the marriage schedule and exit.
You may also include additional readings from friends and family, these will need to be added to your Venue Ceremony Planner for approval by the Registrar.
You have the choice to exchange rings as part of the ceremony and there are some wording options for this traditional aspect too.
When the big day arrives, our Events Team will be on hand to welcome you into the venue and settle you into the Wedding Suite ahead of your civil ceremony. The Wedding Suite comprises of three separate rooms and with adjoining bathroom, designed in keeping with the abundant gardens that surround Hylands House. Find out more about the Wedding Suite here. (https://hylandsestateweddings.co.uk/hylands-estate-wedding-suite/)
Interviews: The Registrars will arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to commence and will interview both you and your partner ahead of the ceremony.
It is traditional to keep the Bride & Groom apart until the ceremony, and we are very well rehearsed in ensuring you don’t accidentally sneak a peak at your partner before walking down the aisle!
Your Duty Manager will let you know the Registrars are ready to interview you and of course if you prefer to do this together, you may. Please let us know your wishes at your final meeting.
Music: At Hylands Estate we have a portable PA system and we are always happy to manage the music for you. If you provide us with an iPad/tablet with a playlist please remember to turn the device onto flight mode and unlock any passcodes. (no one wants to receive a notification halfway through Pachelbel’s Canon in D major!)
A fun tradition that marks the end of your ceremony and the beginning of your marriage! This tradition can be traced back to the middle ages and is said to bring a lifetime of luck and happiness to the married couple… we think it also makes the best photo!
Your Duty Manager will lead your guests to the East Terrace and once in position, we will usher you through the Drawing Room and out to the terrace. The rest is down to your guests and photographer to capture the perfect moment!
We simply ask for confetti to be bio-degradable or natural flower petals so that it doesn’t upset the gardens and wildlife.
Now legally married, we hope you enjoy the best day with us at Hylands Estate, it’s an honour to be part of your plans and promise to help bring your wedding day dreams to life!
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