Intimate Weddings, Bridgerton-Style
Updated: May 26
As Bridgerton hits our screens for its third season, we are once again treated to a symphony of pastels: be it in the decadent floral arrangements, the glamorous Regency costumes and striking jewellery. Just like the light that first season shone on our screens during the dark days of Lockdown, Bridgerton once again delivers romantic Regency and intrigue at it's best and has had us all hankering for a Bridgerton Wedding. In case you'd forgotten here's a refresher...
We're feeling elegant, classic and impressive vibes that, alongside playful frills, lace and elaborate bejewelled hair-ups fit for Queen Charlotte and the gossipworthy of Lady Whistledown's column. Think horses, carriages, sparkling tiaras, men in white tie, chandeliers, swirling cloaks, champagne towers and decadent painted-cake with tiers piled high and dancing, lots of dancing. Creating your very own version of a Bridgerton wedding is actually far easier than you might expect. Here's our guide on how to achieve this, easily.
Keep things intimate
In the show, marriage ceremonies take place in relatively small spaces. This is a great trick for TV, but also relevant to your wedding plans. A smaller space can be made to look amazing due to the intimacy this small space offers. Filling a smaller wedding venue space with flowers not only looks impressive, it's actually do-able at an affordable price as you are not looking to fill a huge space. It's easy to transform a smaller space with florals, props and people to create your own unique look.
Be bold, embrace the whimsical feel of Regency romance in both your wedding day itinerary and your look and feel. We suggest:
- Wear any colour wedding dress - Royal brides wore white wedding dresses and these were a real status symbol in Georgian times. The expensive process of whitening in those days made it a big cost, and of course, no Royal wedding in "The Ton" would be complete without the bride wearing white. That said, Royal bridal gowns were also made of silver tissue and lace, and for a short time regency brides preferred to wear yellow bridal dresses over other colours. This gives you free-rein to make a real statement with your choice of Georgian wedding gown.
- An abundance of flowers in pastel shades is signature look in Bridgerton. They served a practical purpose in times gone by disguising the smell of the people, and of course they look absolutely stunning too.
- Big hair-ups, hats, tiara's or hair adornments are an absolute must to capture the glamour and opulence of the Regency era.
- Make your music live and dance to it. You could consider a string quartet or harpist for your ceremony and meal, moving on to something a little more upbeat for your evening celebrations.
- For food, think long banqueting tables piled high with sharing plates of your favourite foods alongside, candles, flowers and plenty of wine. Try and pick simpler food with lots of colour and flavour designed to look amazing and taste delicious too.
- Accommodation Bridgerton style could include a four poster bed, free-standing bath, open fires, ornamental gardens combined with up to date modern comforts.
-Fireworks - the Georgian's loved them and we feel they are the perfect way to end your wedding night celebrations.
Location, location, location
Above all else finding a suitable period property for your wedding stands out as the lynch pin to achieving the ambitious vibe a Regency style weddings demand. Think grand stairway entrances, gorgeous grounds, high ceilings, and large windows letting the light flood in. On a practical note there should be oodles of bedrooms to accommodate your guests!
We are lucky enough to work with three stunning late Georgian/ early Victorian intimate wedding venues that are just perfect for your fairy-tale wedding day. These properties were designed with family gatherings, entertaining and decadence in mind. The perfectly preserved Bridgerton-style venues have all been modernised sensitively to offer you the perfect backdrop to a Bridgeton-style wedding, yet with all your modern-day comforts catered for and more.
The Manor Holcombe - Somerset
You'll find this amazing small exclusive hire wedding venue in a picture-postcard English Somerset village. Secreted the privacy of it's own gardens you will be assured of total privacy on your wedding day and for the duration of your stay. To ensure your feel totally pampered you'll also find modern day comforts such as a private heated outdoor pool; hot-tub: treehouse; children's playground; gym and games room at the property. These thoughtful additions make it a fantastic choice for a small wedding stay with friends or family of all ages.
The Manor a short stroll from a Michelin rated restaurant that also offers great accommodation for additional guests to stay locally and a proper local pub.
Whilst staying at The Manor you'll be treated like kings and queens: you can expect the highest level of personal service from the team of discreet staff who ensure the house and grounds are in tip-top condition for your stay and will provide help and support on your wedding day. The venue work with their recommended a professional wedding planner who you will work with to bring to life your wedding arrangements which will be carefully planned and expertly managed on the day.
This Georgian manor house sleeps up to 24 guests for a minimum stay of three nights, and up to 50 guests in total can join you on your wedding day. If you'd like to see this amazing place yourselves, there's a date for your diary too: The Manor Holcombe are planning an open day from 10am to 2pm on 1 September 2024.
Porthpean House, Cornwall
If you'd like to take your Bridgerton wedding a unique location - why not go to the seaside? Porthpean House is a beautiful late Georgian designed venue the ultimate small wedding house by the sea. This exquisite Regency period house sits in beautiful gardens featuring: manicured lawns (there's even a croquet lawn), woodland, a huge collection of camellias that thrive in the clement Cornish climate and hidden paths. One of these hidden paths leads you neatly to the beach below – just perfect for wedding day photography, old fashioned beach games and even a wedding day dip in the sea if you feel your inner wild child rearing its head.
Porthpean House is packed with authentic character and original period features. It’s lovingly cared for by Martin Petherick, the 5th generation owner of this idyllic intimate wedding venue by by the sea. It's perfect for extended families and groups of friends to enjoy intimate weddings in decadent surroundings on an exclusive-hire basis where couples can combine exclusive hire for their wedding day with a 3 or 4 night stay for you and your guests, your legal wedding ceremony and celebrations. The main house sleeps 21, and The Lodge next door sleeps 6 and weddings for up to 80 can be accommodated with glamping available on site and other great accommodation close-by.
Casterton Grange, Lake District
Set in 52-acres of gorgeous privacy you’ll find Casterton Grange between the epic landscape of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. It's easily accessible by road and rail, this picturesque country estate offers exclusivity, privacy and romantic setting that’s just perfect for intimate weddings. The estate includes tennis courts, a walled garden, charm-packed cottages with hot tubs, the photogenic lake and there’s even a marquee site if required, as well as a choice of beautiful inside spaces offering a range of options for your accommodation, ceremony and celebrations.
Casterton Grange is an exquisite early-Victorian mansion, designed by 19th Century architect Ewan Christian specifically with entertainment, comfort and relaxation in mind. Today you’ll find many of the original features of the property blending seamlessly with modern day luxury to provide a totally fabulous and unique wedding stay experience that’s just perfect for couples seeking to create life-long magical memories for themselves and their guests in unapologetic luxury!
Your arrival at Casterton Grange through the impressive wrought gates and along the private driveway leading to the main house sets the scene: you are stepping into another world where the highest standards of care, attention to detail and total focus on you and your guests for the duration of your wedding stay comes as standard with the wonderful team at Casterton Grange.