Unique weddings at Hale Park
Hale Park sits at the top of a hill in a quiet, hidden corner of the New Forest where Thomas Archer, the well-respected and successful Georgian architect, built a home for his family in 1715.
You can be married or have your licensed, civil ceremony conducted in Hale Park's stately drawing rooms which lead on to magnificent gardens with beautiful views of the River Avon and the Avon Valley.
You can also be married in St. Mary’s, a Church of England church situated within Hale Park's gardens giving you just a five minute walk to the house for your reception.
Alternatively, you can have your own Independent Celebrant read your own vows at any other location within Hale Park's gardens.
Our past, your future
There is a very fine church set in the gardens of Hale Park. It was first erected in the 14th Century, re-built in 1631-2 and then again in 1717. Recent research has confirmed long-held rumours that Inigo Jones was involved in the 1631 rebuild: he also designed Banqueting House, London and the Piazza in Covent Garden. There is more detail on Church weddings at Hale Park here.
Celebrating at Hale Park
Your wedding at Hale Park can be conducted as you wish.
A church service under the auspices of the Church of England. The church is a five minute walk from the house and is literally in the garden, between the orchard and the river.
Hampshire County Council Registrars will conduct civil ceremonies for any faith and partnerships in the Approved Rooms of Hale Park. These are the Drawing Room (cap. 104), the Morning Room (cap. 22) and the Music Room (cap. 14). Total capacity is 120 people including Registrars, photographers, Bride and Groom.
As well as the Drawing Rooms, we have many spaces in the gardens within which you can design your own celebration with an Independent Celebrant. Capacity is flexible in the garden depending on which space you want to use. Please come for a tour to find out more.
There is no restriction on tents, trolleys and mobile ovens in the gardens. We will work with couples to find the best regional caterers, barkeeps and more to create the party you have always dreamed of.
Church of England marriage ceremonies conducted by one of the priests in our Avon Benefice. St. Mary’s Hale seats about 90 + more outside and is a five minute walk to your reception through the garden. The path itself is a beautiful meander up a gentle hill, past the orchard and the Wollemi tree. Photographers at the top have a great view of the wedding party!
Hampshire County Council Registrars will conduct civil ceremonies for any faith and any partnerships in the Approved Rooms of Hale Park. These are the Drawing Room (cap. 104), the Morning Room (cap. 22) and the Music Room (cap. 14). These rooms are all connected through large doorways. Total capacity is 120 people including Registrars, photographers, Bride and Groom. Dress as you wish but religious symbolism is not permitted.
Independent Celebrants will conduct a celebration of your choice and design anywhere in the Drawing Rooms or Gardens.
Your day – your way
Here at Hale Park we want you to have an memorable and unique celebration. Every bride and groom is different and we want to highlight what makes you, you. Surrounded by incredible views, stately gardens and bright, airy rooms, we will work diligently with each couple to create the wedding of their dreams.
It all starts with the warmest welcome
A memorable occasion needs planning to be a success and we will work with you before your big day to make sure that it is. We are happy to share and discuss our list of preferred regional suppliers and we will accommodate your requirements within the limitations of a Grade 1 house and garden and Health & Safety rules.
We are partnering with Bellissimo Weddings to ensure that your day runs smoothly. Please take this as an assurance that we value your happiness and satisfaction above all else.
Getting set for the big day
If required, a Bride’s changing room is located in the South Wing on the first floor. There is a kitchen and a bathroom. It is away from prying eyes but close enough to walk to anywhere in the Grounds. The South Wing is the perfect place to get ready in comfort and peace.
Let the celebrations commence
The gathering of the clans
Offering your guests food and drink is an integral part of a wedding gathering. After the vows and solemnity are done, it is time for joy and feasting! While Hale Park does not currently provide catering facilities, we will work with you to find your perfect caterer who will provide their own mobile kitchens of proven reliability and high standards of hygiene. Let’s discuss our list of preferred regional suppliers.
Tripping the light fantastic
We want to encourage you to enjoy the gardens and grounds as well the drawing rooms and if this means croquet, cricket or dancing bears then you’re welcome. We have space for all, including a marquee. We do ask that you and your guests respect the grounds, adopting a
“leave no trace” attitude.
Nestled in the New Forest
Situated 100 miles from London and within a one hour drive of Winchester, Portsmouth, and Southampton; and a two hour drive from Reading, Bristol, Bath, Chichester and Petersfield, Hale Park is central to a Dorset, Hampshire or Wiltshire wedding. The New Forest is accessible from the M27 via the M3 with feeds in from the A34, A33 and A346; also the M5 and A303.
Trains run direct from London to Salisbury, Southampton Airport Parkway; also direct from Exeter and Reading. All major airports connect through either London or Woking and regional airports include Southampton, Bournemouth, Bristol and Bath, all with many and growing connections to Europe.
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