The one-stop shop for your wedding doesn’t have to mean cutting corners or opting for convenience over elegance. What Lancashire’s Samlesbury Hall offers is a wedding “Eureka!” moment, where you realise that you’ve found the ideal venue where you can stage your dream wedding, with everything you need in one place. Just remember to invite along your wedding filmmaker.
History and Sheer Presence
In 1314 the first hall at Samlesbury was destroyed during the Battle of Bannockburn. Fortunately Gilbert de Southworth rebuilt it in 1325. The Great Hall has been the backdrop to dramatic historical and cultural changes, from the schism of the English Reformation to accusations of witchcraft and family intrigue.
The Hall was briefly a boarding school for girls in the mid-19th century and following its decline, it was eventually rescued and administered by the Samlesbury Hall Trust in 1925. In its current incarnation, Samlesbury Hall is open to visitors as a key heritage destination.
The good news for anyone planning a wedding is that this eye-catching, elegant location can be hired privately as a wedding venue. It simply resonates with history, from the half-timbered medieval house to the beautifully maintained grounds.
Fully Functional for Weddings
Besides its unique character, the real advantage Samlesbury Hall enjoys as a venue is its self-sufficiency.
You can hire the Great Hall, the more intimate Whittaker Room and the grounds for your own exclusive use on your wedding day. Essentially this means your own stately home in which to get married. The Whittaker Room holds up to 90 people and the Great Hall up to 120, and both are licenced for civil ceremonies.
The Great Hall provides the ideal location for the wedding breakfast, and Samlesbury Hall offers a great range of catering options, from a full wedding breakfast and afternoon tea menu, to an evening buffet selection. You can also opt for canapés immediately after the wedding ceremony.
The happy couple can also stay in the beautiful, stand-alone Bridal Lodge in the Hall’s grounds, to mark the perfect end to their wedding day.
A Visual Feast
Overall, the Hall and its grounds are visually stunning. The grounds provide a sedate rural setting, and the hall itself is full of historical character, from its heavy wooden beams to its stained glass windows, grand fireplaces and ornate yet substantial fittings and furnishings.
We are In Love Wedding Films and as professional wedding filmmakers, we appreciate the power of a great location and how it adds a whole extra layer of drama to the narrative of your wedding day. We film weddings across Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire, and we love to be able to tell a good story on film, with the setting to match the emotions on display and add a sprinkling of magic to the spectacle. So get in touch about your Samlesbury Hall wedding.