Wedding Ceremonies

At Holdsworth House you can hold your civil partnership or marriage ceremony outdoors or in any room within the hotel.

same sex wedding civil partnership at Holdsworth House
© Alex Knight Photography


Holdsworth House warmly welcomes all couples to its historic halls and is proud to host many events from the LGBT community.


The Stuart Room is the largest suite in the hotel and can cater for up to 120 guests for a wedding meal and 150 at an evening party. This function room has a large, private bar, stage area, cloakroom and lounge facilities, dance floor and adjoining Colonnade Courtyard. The room is adjacent to the kitchens, so your meal will be served fresh and hot.

For the marriage or civil partnership ceremony we will create an aisle with the chairs. We've shown the aisle dressed simply with candle-filled lanterns. Once married we will turn the room round for your reception meal (usually while you and guests are having photographs, drinks and canapes).

For your reception, your chairs and tables can be set in many layouts. We've show it here in the traditional layout – round tables for 10 or 12 guests and a top table on the stage. It's possible to create a hollow-square (see our wedding gallery) or long banqueting tables. Some couples choose not to have a top table. It's best to talk to us about your ideas.

For the evening party, the tables and chairs will be pushed out to the edges of the room, revealing the central dance floor beneath the carpet. Party DJs or live bands can be positioned at the back of the room or on the stage.

Maroon Blu Photography ceremony at Holdsworth House
The Stuart Room© Maroon Blu
Large reception, Stuart Room. © Amore Photography
Large reception, Stuart Room. © Amore Photography


The Abraham Brigg Room is a large, ground-floor room located near the bedrooms, that can host up to 80 guests for a wedding ceremony.

Once married, you'll have your wedding reception meal in the Stuart Room.

The Abraham Brigg Room is a popular choice for marriages and civil partnerships of 40+ guests. Your guests get to see more of the hotel and you have a 'change of scenery' between your ceremony and reception meal.

Our chairs can be covered with sashes to match your colour scheme. The top image shows Chiavari Chairs, which are not kept in stock and need to be hired in.

Small Weddings

For small weddings you can hire The Ayrton Room or De Aldworth Room - originally both first floor bedrooms; The Beatles slept here in 1964.

These rooms are perfect for marriages and civil partnberships up to 20 guests; you might decide to get married in one and dine in the other. Alternatively the ground floor Hall with it's wooden floor, the Mullion Room with its impressive fireplace or the Panel Room are equally beautiful for smaller marriage ceremonies and receptions.

The Stone Gazebo, beside the sunken Parterre garden, is a totally unique space for weddings in warmer months, for up to ten guests. Originally a summer house or private chapel, the Stone Gazebo has stencilled walls and feature ceiling open to the rafters – just remember to duck as you go in.

Outdoor ceremony
Outdoor marriage ceremoney in The Colonnade Courtyard at Holdsworth House
Outdoor marriage ceremoney in The Colonnade Courtyard at Holdsworth House

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

The beautiful backdrop of Holdsworth House makes a stunning setting for an outdoor marriage or civil partnership.

You can tie-the-knot with up to 120 wedding guests, anytime from May to September.

Choose a Garden Wedding on the lawns for up to 120 guests or the hidden Colonnade Courtyard for up to 60 guests.