Posted: April 26th 2019
by Belle Hutton
Every culture has its own version of the wedding celebration, from religious ceremonies to specific dances and traditions for the bride and groom that go back thousands of years. Indian weddings are no exception. The team at Holkham know just how important it is to create a truly magical day for couples and how to incorporate all the deeply symbolic rituals that make up an Indian wedding.
The capacity of a wedding venue is often key for Indian weddings. It’s not unusual for there to be over 250 guests, so with the option of choosing between Holkham’s Lady Elizabeth Wing (250 people) and three marquee sites (with unlimited capacities), there is no issue of space here. You might even want to move between all of our venues, holding the Mehndi ceremony in the Lady Elizabeth Wing, before moving to the Marble Hall for drinks and canapes and then out to a marquee by the lake in the evening for dinner and fireworks.
The spacious Lady Elizabeth Wing is a beautiful backdrop for you to construct a Mandap in and its neutral colour palette means the venue won’t steal the limelight from whatever you choose to decorate it with - from flowers and foliage to the fabulous fabric. While we can’t allow open flames in the Lady Elizabeth Wing, we can have candles, which make a lovely replica for sacred fires. Another option is to perform this part of your ceremony outdoors by The Temple in Holkham’s parkland and put up a marquee for your guests.
A traditional Indian wedding lasts an average of three days, so if your family and friends aren’t from Holkham or Norfolk there’s a myriad of accommodation on the estate, starting with our boutique hotel The Victoria Inn and its adjacent Ancient House, which can be yours entirely. There’s also the stunning Triumphal Arch for the bride and groom’s first night together, as well as snug little lodges dotted around the park for wedding parties or close family. Not to mention plenty of holiday cottages for hire in and around Holkham.
Food is, of course, a very important element of an Indian wedding ceremony, which is why we work with suppliers who understand the requirements of our brides and grooms and their guests. Take Maia by The AC, for example, a specialist Asian catering branch of The Admirable Crichton, which designs delicious wedding menus. Its team of chefs are as comfortable creating amazing vegetarian canapes as they are putting on an elaborate Indian feast in the evening.
When it comes to entertainment for your Indian wedding we have local fireworks suppliers who will put on breath-taking displays to wow your guests. And Holkham being surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland means that if your groom wants to arrive on horseback – even an elephant – there’s plenty of space for him to do just that.
Catering by The Admirable Critchton - Maia by the AC
Flowers by Constance Rose
Photography by Chris Taylor Photography