It was my first time at Ashton Memorial situated above the city of Lancaster and I was incredibly impressed with this stunning building. At around 150 feet tall, it completely dominates the Lancaster skyline and is visible for miles, with views of the surrounding area including Morecambe Bay it is described as “England’s grandest folly”. If you’re interested in getting married at this incredible wedding venue then you can find out more about Lancaster’s Ashton Memorial on Lancaster City Council’s website.
Set in around 54 acres of beautiful woodland this wedding venue provided the perfect location for Jenny and Matty’s relaxed autumn wedding. Surrounded by their family and friends it was a lovely ceremony. Jenny, her bridesmaids and mum & dad arrived in a VW camper van and a VW Beetle – surprisingly Jenny and her dad were able to have the roof off the car because the sun was shining on this lovely bride as she arrived to tie the knot. The ceremony was lovely with three readings and some heartfelt personal vows. Once wed, it was time for confetti and some small group photos before the guests made their way to Lancaster Brewery as we spent some time in Williamson Park.
Couples portraits at Williamson Park
In late October you can expect some beautiful autumnal colours and that is exactly what we got today. Set in 54 acres of beautiful woodland this unique venue provided the perfect backdrop for some natural and relaxed couples portraits. We spent around 15 minutes in the park using this incredible venue as the perfect backdrop before heading to Lancaster Brewery.
Wedding reception at Lancaster Brewery
After tying the knot at Ashton Memorial we made the short journey down the road to the incredible Lancaster Brewery. I loved the idea that this quirky couple had of letting the guests pull their own wedding ale! Fish and Chips were on the menu for the guests supplied by the lovely Lake District Fish & Chip Van. After some drinks and food it was time for speeches and then cutting of the cake and the first dance! It was a super chilled wedding and you could tell everyone was having a great day. From start to finish I felt welcome at this wedding by the couple and the guests and I am delighted to share this blog with you.
Thanks to the following suppliers who helped make the day what it was:
Dress: Areles Bridal
Shoes: Doc Martin
Cake: Brides mum
Ceremony: Ashton Memorial
Wedding Reception: Lancaster Brewery
Useful Information about Ashton Memorial
What time can you get married?
Ceremonies are held at either 10am, 12pm, 2pm or 4pm. But can only hold two ceremonies a day. These timings are dependent on the what availability there is on that day.
How long can you hire the memorial for?
Hire of the Ashton Memorial is for 2 hours. Half an hour before the ceremony, approximately half an hour for the ceremony, and one hour afterwards e.g. 2pm ceremony, would have a booking me from 1:30pm– 3:30pm.
What is the cost of hire?
The 2019 cost of the hire is £510 (inc vat). This price includes a £100 non-refundable deposit.
How many people can you seat?
The Ashton Memorial is licensed for 120 people. This 120 must include 2 registrars and 2 members of staff.
Are their any days you don’t host weddings?
Ashton Memorial holds ceremonies every day of the week and are only closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and New Years Eve.
Can we have alcohol after the service?
Yes, they can serve wine, champagne, soft drinks after the signing of the register. This must be supplied by the couple.
Is their corkage?
Yes, the corkage charges. Speak to Ashton Memorial for more information.
Glass hire is included in the corkage price. Guests are not permitted to serve their own drinks, and glassware is not permitted outside of the Ashton Memorial.
Is their parking parking?
The Quernmore Road car park (adjacent to the café) is closed to the public, so that wedding guests get priority parking. However some spaces will be reserved for disabled visitors to Williamson Park. Car parking is free for all wedding guests and there will be a car parking attendant present to ensure that everyone is safely parked.
Only two bridal cars are allowed into the area directly in front of the Ashton Memorial at any one me. Any additional vehicles will be asked to move. Cars will be allowed to drop off disabled and elderly guests outside the Ashton Memorial but they must return to the car park after doing so. This is a safety regulation in case of emergency service access to the Ashton Memorial.
If you are have hired coaches you must inform the wedding coordinator prior to your ceremony so that we can reserve space for coach parking.
Can we supply our own Music?
The Ashton Memorial is equipped with surround sound and a music system that can accept CD’s, iPods and Laptops.
What Decorations are allowed?
Flowers and other decorations can be placed in the Ashton Memorial for the ceremony.
Restrictions: Candles and balloons are not permitted in the Ashton Memorial at anytime. You are not allowed any thing to be stuck to the interior walls of the memorial.
Are you allowed Confetti?
Confetti is permitted, so long as it is biodegradable. Confetti must not be thrown on the Ashton Memorial steps. Due to the fact that it not only stains the stone but also can become hazardous if wet.
What are the Park Facilities?
Wedding guests are more than welcome to use any of the park facilities such as the Café or Butterfly House.
The Pavilion toilets (between the Café and Gift Shop) will be open and available for use
What is access to the Ashton Memorial like?
The ground oor of the Ashton Memorial is fully accessible to all. There is a disabled li which takes disabled visitors and guests from the lower ground oor to the ground oor. If any of your guests require the use of the li please let the wedding coordinator know prior to your ceremony.
Please be aware that the Ashton Memorial is a public building and is open for public use from 10am every day.
Do you need a registrar?
Your wedding booking cannot take place without a registrar.
Lancashire County Council Registra on Services will take bookings 12 months in advance of the ceremony date. To contact them please ring the Lancashire Registra on Service on 0845 0530021.
How to Book Ashton Memorial
To book the Ashton Memorial for your ceremony please contact Beth, our Wedding Coordinator, to discuss availability either via email [email protected] or on 01524 33318.
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