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.
 
 

Monday, 16 July 2018

How to make your wedding unique


 
 
It is all very well seeking ideas from Instagram and Pinterest, and we actively encourage our clients to do so, however, why not step away from all the ‘latest trends’ and create a day that is exclusively about you and your partner. Here are some suggestions to help you create a completely unique wedding.
If you have decided to have readings during your Ceremony why not take inspiration from your favourite children’s book, or maybe a much-loved poem. And consider writing your own vows where you can include promises that mean the most to the two of you.
 
 
 
 

When selecting your music, choose particular songs that evoke certain memories, or that even make you laugh. Are you a huge Disney fan, or is there a classic pop song that people would associate with you? Think outside the box.

 


Choosing your drinks is also a great chance to express your individualism. Have you got a favourite drink that everyone knows you love? Maybe a Cosmopolitan, or a particular cider is your tipple of choice. Your guests will love these individual touches.

 



When deciding upon favours, you could take each guest and think of something that is personal to them. Is there a private joke between you that you can use as a little gift? If one of your guests is known for loving a certain type of crisp, for example, you could put a bag of them on their seat. You can guarantee that your guests will enjoy both your humour and thoughtfulness.

 
Speeches also offer the perfect opportunity to get really personal. You can share your memorable moments with your guests, and the funny little oddities which made you fall head over heels for your partner. Having the traditional Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man speeches means that every angle of your lives together can be captured. It is now more and more common that the Bride or a bridesmaid will speak too.


 

If you are very creative, you can use your skills to design your own ‘wedding brand’. This could be a symbol or image that you can print on all your stationary from the invitations to the name places and table plan. You could add objects to your flower arrangement, or even onto your cake, which can all tie into one specific design. If you love pineapples, for example, you can find a print that you love which shouts tropical, or if butterflies are your thing, why not find a species that matches your colour theme and go from there. 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 29 June 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Looking Amazing in your Wedding Photos


Your wedding photos are some of the most important keepsakes from your big day, and will be the constant reminder of such a special event in your life. Although we all love the ‘natural’ shots, which capture the fun and spontaneous moments, it is always good to be fully prepared for your big day so that each and every photo makes you go “wow”! Here are a few tips to capture that perfect shot:

 

Before the wedding:

©       Practice your smile. I know this sounds a little ridiculous but the more your practice, the more natural your smile will be and you will feel completely comfortable when the camera is pointing your way.
 
 

©       Research your photographer. Have a look at their gallery and see which of their photos stand out. Each photographer has their own style so it is good to be prepared.

©       Have a hair and makeup trial. It is really important that you feel comfortable on your special day so you need to ensure you are happy with how your hair and makeup looks and feels. Take some photos to see how your ‘look’ translates into digital pictures.


©       Book a manicure. Your rings deserve a photo too so make sure your fingers as pretty as possible!


 

On the big day:

©       Achieve the best pose. Like all celebrities on the red carpet, you can make sure you show off your best side and strike the most flattering pose. Try angling your body so you are not straight on to the camera, and put your weight on your back foot. This creates a slimmer profile.
 
 

©       Smile with your eyes. Make sure you connect and engage with the camera.
 
 

©       Elongate your neck to avoid slouching, and lift your chin slightly. This will lengthen your body and produce a beautiful silhouette.

©       Hold your bouquet at your hip. This will ensure your dress is in full view and by keeping your forearms at a 45 degree angle, you will make your body look long and lean.
 
 
 

©       Most importantly, enjoy every minute of your special day and your love and happiness will create the best possible photos to appreciate for a lifetime. 
 
 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Day in the life of a Wedding Co-ordinator



Being a wedding co-ordinator is a truly brilliant job. We are able to be part of one of the most important days of someone’s life. We are involved in the minutest detail and are witness to the happiest of moments. However, it is not all glamour and giggles…there are many jobs we are required to do, some are mundane, others send our stress levels over the edge, and many which you would never even imagine!

 
Before we meet a potential couple, we will have corresponded with them via email, and most probably sent them a brochure in the post. A viewing is the next step and finding an available spot in our diary can be more challenging than you’d think! There will be much toing and froing until a date is decided. Once we meet a couple, we can show off the Castle and really get to know the people and what they are looking for. The average couple will visit 3 venues in person so the conversion rate to booking is quite high.
 
 
 
 
One of the most important aspects of our job is in the lead up to the big day. Making sure we are in constant communication with each couple, reassuring them that we are here when they need us, answering all sorts of questions (reminding them that there is no silly question) is all integral to the job. Every bride & groom are different – we have couples that need a lot of support and will meet with us a number of times, and those who are happy to take charge and organise everything without assistance.
 
 
On the day itself, we will be on site to manage the entire day. It is our responsibility that each element of the wedding and reception are held on time and that guests are where they need to be. It is a very long day and can be exhausting, but watching a couple say ‘I do’, surrounded by those that love them most, will never get boring.  The team we work with are incredibly important and without their support, our job would be impossible.
 
 
As with any job, there are good days and bad days but working in the wedding industry is unbelievably positive and full of joy and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
 

 
Some of the more interesting requests we’ve had at the Castle:
 
-          Camel racing on the Lower Lawns (the answer is yes FYI – what a great Instagram opportunity!).
-          Owls delivering rings (again, the answer is yes…just make sure you have no one who is ornithophobic!).
-          Real ducks to scatter petals for the bride’s arrival (yes, real ducks!).
-          Topiary (if you bring your own bushes!).
-          Dancing Chinese dragons with fire breathing acrobats – quite sensational in the Courtyard.
-          Singing waiters (yes yes yes, we love this idea).




 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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