Hylands House is the perfect backdrop for beautiful, colourful wedding celebrations. Throughout the year, we arrange diverse cultural ceremonies from a traditional happy British event to the brightness and gaiety of Asian, Nigerian and Turkish weddings.
The house adds to the colour and grandeur, right from that very first step into the Entrance Hall, bedecked with its marble floor. The breath-taking Drawing Room with its fabulous ornate ceilings and hand-painted wall motifs is perfect for wedding ceremonies. Then the lavishly decorated red Banqueting Room, adorned in a neo-baroque style with 24 carat gold leaf swag and scroll decorations, is a delightful place to celebrate. Our large Grand Pavilion adds to the glamour too.
All weddings have the couples own personal stamp but often cultural traditions are woven in from various countries:
• The Indian bride usually wears a red and white sari, detailed heavily with gold thread and the groom dresses in a long white, gold embroidered tunic. Their guests dress in the brightest finery.
• Hylands’ sumptuous Banqueting Room is often the No. 1 choice for Turkish couples. Gold, banknotes and the colour red are the dominating elements of a Turkish wedding ceremony. Red is the colour of good luck and fortune, therefore, the gold coins, which serve as wedding gifts, come with a tiny red silk bow and a pin attached. The bride and groom sit down at a lavishly decorated table with the witnesses by their side.
• Nigerian brides usually wear traditional tribal wedding attire. The Igbo bride has a lace blouse and a brightly coloured wrapper, and is adorned with beautiful coral beads and an exquisite head-dress. As the bride dances, the guests throw banknotes at her.
• A traditional sword dance is sometimes performed at a Scottish wedding
• In Belgium as a bride walks up the aisle she will hand a flower to her Mother and embrace her and will do the same to her Mother-in-law following the ceremony
• In Chinese weddings, a nine-course meal is popular
• It has been a German tradition for the groom to kneel on the hem of the bride’s dress to symbolise his control. Still, the bride may step on the groom’s foot when she rises to show her power.
• The first of nine sips of sake drunk by the married couple at a Japanese wedding signifies the official union of marriage.
• In Mexico, red beads are sometimes tossed at the couple to bring them good luck.
Whatever the ceremony, at Hylands, we aim to make it the best day ever for all concerned.