Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Trends to look out for in 2019


I can hardly believe that January is almost behind us. So it's about time we looked ahead to what the big ‘trends’ are going to be in 2019.

-         Coral will be one of the favourite colours this year, perfect for a sunny, bright summer wedding. Expect to see this pinky-orange hue make an appearance in bridal wear, flowers and even makeup.
 


-          Taking inspiration from Meghan Merkle, wedding dresses will be returning to a more simple design with a classic, tailored look. Make sure the dress is fitted perfectly to your shape, creating a gorgeous silhouette.
 
 
-          Wedding veils are going to get longer and more fabulous in 2019, thanks to Priyanka Chopra’s incredible 75-foot veil, which she wore during her wedding to Nick Jonas in 2018.
 

 
-          Gone are the days of the Groom wearing trainers and loose fitting shirts. 2019 will be the year of the three-piece suit. A tailored and fitted design looks super smart during the day, and when the party really starts, he can shrug off his jacket and push his sleeves up to create a more relaxed look.
 
 
-          Another trend inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle’s wedding is the use of a Gospel Choir. Not only do they sound fabulous, but they definitely have the wow factor during a Church ceremony.
 
 
-          Greenery has been a huge feature in weddings for the last few years, but we’re going up a notch in 2019 as we will see an increase in the use of trees – bringing the outside in. Either as table centre pieces or simply as additional decoration, trees & foliage will be very popular.
 
 
 
-           Cakes are going BIG! Elaborate royal icing designs will be back on trend with opulent metallic touches and fabulous sugar flowers becoming more and more popular.
 
      
 
-          Hand illustrated invitations and stationary will be a big trend in 2019. It’s a great way to create something personal and can unify the d├ęcor throughout the day.
 
-          Two words: Glitter Bar! This fabulous trend is fun, sparkly, and it gets guests mixing.
 
 
 

Monday, 3 December 2018

A Merry Christmas to you all!


Another year has passed and we find ourselves in December once more. Always a magical time of year, and this is especially true at the Castle as our wonderful couples say “I do”. The tree lights are twinkling and the fires are roaring... there really is no better place to celebrate such a special day.
 
 

It is a wonderful time to reflect on the year and remember fondly the weddings that have taken place throughout the seasons. We had the heavy snow at the beginning of the year which blanketed the Castle and grounds. Our team would not be defeated and were out shovelling pathways so that the intrepid guests could join in the celebrations.
 
 
The spring brought blue skies and our gardens blossomed in the warmer air. The lily pads reawakened as their fuchsia buds nudged out of the pond. Our couples, once again, ventured outside as they entertained their guests whilst enjoying the beautiful views over the Meadow.
 

 
 
The summer came early with unusually hot temperatures from May through to August. Ice lollies, garden games and refreshing cocktails were the must-haves. It felt more like the South Mediterranean than Gloucestershire with searing heat and bright turquoise skies.
 

 

As schools went back, and the nights drew in, autumn was a mixed season alternating between beautifully bright, and wet & windy. Thankfully, the Castle is extremely adaptable and can handle any weather condition! The fires were finally lit in November which marks the start of our final weeks, as we make our way towards the Christmas break.
 
 
 
 
It has been a truly wonderful year at the Castle, as we have witnessed 52 very special couples promise a lifetime of love and commitment to each other. We really couldn’t wish for a better job, or a more beautiful place to work #bestjobintheworld
 
 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Our favourite photos from 2018 (so far)

It is hard to portray the wonderful emotions we witness during our weddings at Berkeley Castle. The happiness, love and commitment is a wonder to behold. We love trying to capture some of the moments and we are incredibly proud of our Instagram feed. It reminds us that we probably have the best job in the world!


 


 





 

 

 

 





 

 



 
 
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Berkeley Castle Strictly Come Dancing Launch Party

We hosted the most wonderful Strictly Come Dancing Costume Exhibition launch party on Friday 31st August. Here is a little taster...
 

Friday, 7 September 2018

Trends through the decades

In the weddings department at Berkeley Castle, we love nothing more than to look at the different trends that have popped up throughout the years, and remember nostalgically all the unusual and wonderful ‘looks’ that have graced our aisle!
 
1970s
 
The 1970s was a great decade in fashion, with many of today’s wedding trends originating from this era. The Boho look really took off during the 70’s with flora & fauna being a huge inspiration. Loose fitting dresses, floral head pieces, and even bare-footed brides were widespread.
 
 
 
Garden weddings were made popular by Tricia Nixon-Cox who hosted her special day in the White House Gardens.
 
 
The 70’s also heralded the ‘wedding DJ’ with discos becoming more and more prevalent.
 
 
1980s
 

The 1980s was a decade of big hair and even bigger accessories. Wedding dresses were dramatic, with large puffed sleeves and an abundance of frills and laced cuffs.
 
 
The style icon of the decade was Princess Diana, whose dress had a 25 foot train and a 153-yard tulle veil.
 

 
Bouquets were also larger than life, and this era brought about the popularity of cascading bouquets.
 
 
Balloons were also very popular both as centre pieces and archways. Additionally, the 80’s heralded the start of wedding videography as video cameras became more accessible.
 
1990s
The 1990s were the polar opposite to the 80s. Minimalistic designs and sleek dresses were on trend, with Carolyn Bessette being the perfect example when she married John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1996.
 
 
 Slinky and sexy silk gowns took preference over the former embellished layers favoured the decade before. The 90s also saw a rise in popularity of cloned dresses, makeup and hairstyles for bridesmaids, starting the “matchy-matchy” trend.
 
 
Blockbuster films like ‘Father of the Bride’ and ‘Four Weddings & a Funeral’ produced a surge in the business of weddings. This held both pros and cons for brides & grooms as there were far more choices and an abundance of inspiration, yet the prices rose significantly.
 
 
 
 
2000s
 

At the start of the millennium, the 2000s heralded an increase in non-religious ceremonies and dresses reflected this change. Strapless gowns shot up in popularity with straight or sweetheart necklines.
 
 
Satin & taffeta were more common and crystals were used instead of lace. Destination weddings boomed as people moved away from the traditional church ceremony, and exotic flowers like hibiscus featured more frequently.
 
 
It was also the decade of the cupcake with many couples favouring these ‘fairy cakes’ over the traditional tiered cake.
 
 

 

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