C and P set up (3)w

Thank you so very much for helping me and Dan to have the best day of our lives. It really was exactly how I imagined it and a lot of that was down to the fabulous venue, the atmosphere it creates and the help we got from everyone. I have received so many messages praising the barn and the day as a whole….we hope we get a chance to come back to the barn for some kind of event in the future. You should definitely advertise handfastings! I will recommend it to any pagan friends of mine who tie the knot. Dan & Liz, September

Hilary & Ben Golding Apr 09 under beech 3 (Small)

Humanist ceremonies & handfastings in the gardens

Some couples choose to get legally married at the local registry office and then follow this with a humanist ceremony, handfasting or DIY gathering outside in the garden – on the lawn or under the copper beech tree. Obviously if it decides to rain, your backup plan is moving into the Tudor barn!


Some people don’t realise they probably are humanists. Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. They seek to make the best of the one life they have by creating meaning and purpose for themselves. They take responsibility for their actions and work with others for the common good. The British Humanist Association has a network of accredited officiants or celebrants who are qualified to conduct humanist namings, weddings, civil partnerships and funerals. Check out the British Humanist Association for more information


A handfasting is an ancient nature-related spiritual ceremony of commitment. During the ceremony hands are bound together, sumbolic of couples’ lives and spirits being joined in a sacred union of joy, love, trust, and mutual support. This practice gave way to the expression "tying the knot" which has come to mean getting married or engaged.


Where do we start with saying thank you? … how much your support, care, enthusiasm and advice has helped us through the many months of wedding preparations – we really could not have done it without you! … It is easy to say that it could not have been more perfect – it was everything and more that we could have dreamt of. And everyone has said how much they enjoyed it and what a beautiful setting – we’re already talking of a wedding anniversary back at Milden Hall in 3 or 4 years time! With all our love and a million thank yous. Susie & Mickey, June 


Thank you so very much for making our wedding the best ever day in my life. Your wonderful barn was just the perfect location as many, many people commented... Paul & Sarah, July


Thank you so, so very much for allowing us the privilege of having our wedding at the Hall. You and your family were all charming and very accommodating! We had an absolutely perfect day … we had so many compliments about the barn and garden from guests – the photos of it look stunning…. Tom & Hannah, July


Juliet and Christopher Hawkins, The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
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