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This week I want to share with couples planning their own wedding all there is to discover at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. There's something about a golf club that I love as a wedding venue. Golf clubs offer gorgeous grounds of rambling fairways, exciting water features and beautifully manicured greens - all of which make for stunning backdrops for wedding photographs, yet there's always something else that a golf club seems to offer too.
Compared to some golf clubs, Aldwickbury Park Golf Club is a relatively new wedding reception venue. I've known about Aldwickbury for around 7 years but only really visited for the first time in 2018. The great thing about newer venues is that they're often built with weddings in mind and this club was very well though out. All the areas your wedding guests need access to are on ground level and the function suite is adaptable depending on the size of your guest list. Smaller ceremonies and receptions can be accommodated for around 60-80 guests or you can opt for a wedding breakfast or evening reception for up to 250 people!
The driveway to Aldwickbury is stunning, so your guests get a great approach to the venue, and there is ample parking for your wedding guests cars. If you chose to use a larger wedding car or even a coach/bus, the access to this venue should be easy enough. The entrance is welcoming and guests will easily find their way to the reception room. The bar is fantastic - it has a wide variety of drinks available for even the fussiest of guests and is well laid out, but not intrusive to the space.
Because of the divide-able space I'm sure it would potentially be possible for smaller ceremonies and wedding breakfasts to be set up across the two areas, which gives you the opportunity to really go for decoration if you wish to. The main feature of either of these rooms is the sweeping views from the windows, which make a beautiful back drop to your marriage vows and reception top table. And they lead out to a 'private' terrace - I say 'that' because obviously during the day the golf course is in use, so nothing is 100% private until after the club closes to golfers.
What you've really got here is a main bar that the golfers use during the day and two adjoining rooms with dividing walls that can be retracted - a great example of planning for the functionality of the space/s when it was being built! Yes during the day you and your wedding guests may need to walk past the golfers sat having their end of round drink but, you'll be well looked after and the regulars are a friendly enough bunch, at least that's what I've found.
Aldwickbury's wedding breakfasts and buffets are nice enough, probably the style and price that you'd expect for this type of venue. There are definitely bargains to be had for off-peak weddings (a comparable venue comes in only slightly cheaper for the number of guests but here you get the added bonus of their in-house DJ). The superior wedding package though includes a complimentary stay at the nearby Luton Hoo Hotel and a lot of other added extras! Not to worry though if that package is beyond your budget, they also offer evening reception only, or as I say you could opt for one of their off-peak dates.