There is no better cause for celebration than a wedding, and you might be keen for your special day to be the biggest and best day of your life. Read on for a guide to ensuring your wedding day is the extravagant event you’ve always wanted.
Where you choose to have your wedding will depend on the sort of celebration you have planned, but for an extravagant and striking event you’ll want to look for an equally remarkable venue. Castles and palaces are both ideal for a grand wedding, and there are all different styles of buildings to choose from.
You could opt for a medieval, moated castle as your venue, such as Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex – a magical, fairytale-style setting, or choose the equally stunning location of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, which is where the hit TV series Downton Abbey is filmed. There is a great choice of castle venues to pick from at wedding-venues.co.uk.
Alternatively, you could take a look at the sprawling Victorian mansion of Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk, which boasts beautiful staterooms and formal gardens, or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace near Oxford, which is where Sir Winston Churchill was born.
An extravagant wedding calls for a breathtaking dress, and it’s wise to start looking for your gown plenty of time in advance of your big day. Some of the biggest names in wedding dress design – such as Vera Wang, Marchesa and Jenny Packham – produce astounding creations, but they are very much sought after.
As is the case with many top designers, you can’t always simply venture online with your credit card and pick up your dress, you may need to get in touch with the designer for prices and specifications.
It can be fun to visit bridal fairs and watch fashion shows of wedding dresses for inspiration, or you might decide to design your own gown and have it made just for you.
For a truly extravagant wedding meal, you might want to choose a number of courses to treat your guests and ensure the occasion is one to remember. After the ceremony, you could serve some h’orderves alongside your champagne reception to tide your guests over. Devils or angels on horseback, avocado halves topped with smoked salmon and king prawns dipped in sweet chilli sauce are all among the appetisers you could consider.
When it comes to the main meal, give some thought to whether you want to serve up a traditional three-course meal, a number of extra courses or a more informal-style banquet. Dishes like lobster bisque, fillet steak, truffles and caviar are all among the extravagant foods you could serve to your guests for a memorable wedding breakfast.
If you really want to wow your wedding guests, you’ll need to think about the entertainment you’ll provide on the day. A DJ and dancing is commonplace for evening receptions, but you could start the entertainment early by having a magician greet your guests and perform sleight of hand tricks as they enter the venue. To accompany your vows, you might have some musicians playing quietly in the background, while a face painter can keep little ones entertained during a sit-down meal or speeches.
It’s possible to hire all sorts of entertainment for weddings, from bouncy castles and ice cream bikes to chocolate fountains, photo booths and giant outdoor games, and you could also pay for one of your favourite bands to play at your reception – if your budget can stretch to it!