As the formality and romance of days gone by makes a big return
One of the biggest wedding trends for 2014, inspired by last year's The Great Gatsby and Downton (yes, it's still a craze) is more demand for glamour and less 'bunting'. Think white-gloved waiters, and big band dancing, crystal and gold-rimmed china. The brides are still longing for that elegance of the roaring twenties. We have already featured many art-deco and 1920s inspired venues so we thought we'd highlight something completely different this time and tell you about the glorious Beaumont Estate which is located in Old Windsor, Berkshire. It has several different rooms for you to hold your wedding, our favourite of which is the unique Chapel with its intricately painted ceiling, soaring up to 50 ft high (and also tapping
Inspired by Great Gatsby fever..!
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F Scott Fiztgerald's classic tale of love and ambition in 1920s Long Island hasn't even hit the big screen yet but already Great Gatsby fever is sweeping the nation. In London's Soho and Shoreditch speakeasy-style bars are springing up faster than you can say 'mine's a gimlet'. One of our lovely venues, Claridges, has now launched Charleston lessons for would-be flappers (and those of you wishing to 'flap' your way through your first wedding dance!!) in its elegant ballroom - go here for more info. And whilst you are there you could check
Beautifully restored Hackney Town Hall is a great example
We know we keep going on about this 1920s trend but then again we keep coming up with beautiful venues that fit the theme perfectly! So once again you can pretend you are in a Scott Fitzgerald novel (The Beautiful and Damned perhaps - following in the footsteps of Kate Moss' 30th birthday theme??). Hackney Town Hall offers sumptuous grandeur in this sought-after Art Deco style, and features include a graceful curved staircase, imposing 1930s chandeliers, plus an original sprung dance floor!
For the perfect 1920s-inspired wedding
As you may well know, 1920s inspired weddings are one of the biggest wedding trends for 2013, and when we recently blogged about one of our Art Deco venues we had such a huge response that we thought it was worth highlighting this other beautiful venue from that period, Porchester Hall, in London's Bayswater. The grand entrance hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron bannisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. At one end of the main hall there is a fantastic oak-panelled stage - perfect for any wedding band - and features a stunning art deco skylight.