8 ways to have that quintessential English wedding

27 Oct 2014

8 ways to have that quintessential English wedding

There are certain key things you do need to have to capture the quintessential English wedding style. Surrounding yourself with beautiful countryside is a good start, but here is what The Deer Park Country House Hotel in Devon think are the ‘must haves’ to creating an exceptional quintessential wedding day.

Location, location - location has to be the number one, whether it’s a venue, your family home or simply a cornfield, make sure it has the right feel for you and the right look.

If you opt for a venue choose one with plenty of historical architecture to admire. Opt for a venue that has the wow factor inside and out. The Deer Park, with its grand exterior facade, high ceilings, large open fireplaces and wide selection of outside spaces is a perfect choice.

Quintessential English weddings typically have a sense of occasion, as well they should for your big day. So incorporate that into your plans, you’re your wedding day attire to making your big entrance.

Don’t be scared to show off, just a little, when it comes to your big entrance - you could arrive on a traditional horse drawn carriage or perhaps by hot air balloon. It’s your day so have it the way you want it.

Look to incorporate traditional sports and games into the wedding day activities, from vintage garden games to clay pigeon shooting. Some venues offer these services on site, but you can also choose to hire in the services and games. Remember to keep it fun, this is most certainly a day to enjoy.

When it comes to the menu, use fabulous fresh local produce, sourced from the best local growers and suppliers. You can also make use of those things grown in and around the garden. If your family garden will be ripe and ready to pick with fruit and vegetables just before your big day, use these in your menu. It makes a great talking point and gives you a great sense of achievement and delight.

Flower power - choose flowers for your bouquet and arrangements that give that fresh from the garden feel - hydrangea, lavender, peonies, roses, scabiosa, freesias and garden greenery are all great options.

Use small details like favours, table decorations, place settings and menus to make a big impression. By incorporating lace (perhaps as a table runner), using traditional writing methods like calligraphy for the place cards, collecting assorted jam jars and perhaps filling them with tea lights and cut wild flowers you will create a simple yet elegant look.

The quintessential English wedding day is all about enjoying a countryside or garden setting with your family and friends. Keep it fun, fresh and informal. Planning your wedding day can be a busy time, but keep your ideas and style clear, then just bring in key elements to make it work.

These enchanting wedding images were provided to us by The Deer Park Country House Hotel in Devon. Surrounded by cornfields this gorgeous 18th century Georgian boutique country house hotel is set in over 80 acres of countryside and boasts a walled garden, wild flower meadows, woodland walks and secluded secret garden. The perfect setting for a quintessential wedding day.


To find out more about The Deer Park Country House Hotel or to arrange a viewing please contact one of their team on 01404 41266 or visit www.deerparkcountryhotel.co.uk

Spring wedding images by Venetia Norrington of Firetop Photography, www.Firetopphotography.co.uk

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