It’s not just numbers of guests that differentiate Asian weddings from other cultures. They certainly tend to be bigger in terms of guest list but there are cultural requirements involved that not all venues are accustomed to accommodating. What’s more, every couple, whatever their faith and background has their own specific needs and ideas when it comes to décor, timings and experience. This is one of the gaps in the market The Ariana Group have sought to fill over the last few years. Their two venues Ariana Banqueting Hall and Ariana Gardens are flexible spaces and rather than offer restrictive packages, every couple’s wedding is created bespoke to meet their personal budget. Group Director Thufayel Ahmed explains more about their unique ‘make it your own service.’
‘Back in the day Asian weddings were all about big meals for all the community. If you were getting married you needed to find a hall that everyone would fit in and you may have had to do two services of lunch. Today things are different, couples still need space but they also have a vision of a day that’s uniquely theirs. So at Ariana Gardens we give you the space, inside and out, but we also create the day of your dreams. Our in-house wedding planners are experts in Asian weddings and will ensure your day runs smoothly. They can also arrange aspects that are more sensitive such as segregated spaces and even have a prayer room for guests. Ariana Gardens is split over two floors allowing your guests to enjoy two different atmospheres. The entire venue is licensed for civil ceremonies so you could have your ceremony alfresco in our scenic gardens, invite guests to a drinks reception on the ground floor, or treat them to an afternoon tea before you head upstairs for a full evening reception meals. Guests also have the option of a covered seated conservatory area that you can either turn into a chill out zone or shisha bar – the choice, as with everything, is yours.
Food is a priority at any wedding and at Ariana we have kitchens that your caterer can use as they wish or if you need a hand we’ll suggest caterers from our approved list. Plus don’t forget the décor. The venue is beautifully designed but if you want to bring your own touch, we welcome props, themeing and décor so you can truly create the day you want; we’re just there to help make it happen.’
Ivy Barn Lane, Margaretting, Chelmsford, Essex CM4 0EW
T: 01277 356 108
Capacity: 650 seated plus conservatory
Facilities: Licensed for civil ceremonies, on-site parking for 300 cars, bar area, bride’s room, kitchen, air-conditioning, prayer room, full segregation available, in-house wedding planner, lighting & AV, security and gardens