Want to be queen of the castle on your big day? At Berkeley Castle, your wish is their command, so we caught up with the team to check out their favourite – and most unique – weddings from last year…

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‘Steam Punk’ fun

One of our favourite wedding themes from last year was called ‘steam punk’ – an unusual choice for a castle wedding – but the bride was an engineer so it worked really well! The amazing team at Sorori Design created rustic candelabra and iron cog centrepieces resting on wedges of tree stump.

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The delicate blue and white tulips, freesias and hoarfrost blossom floral decorations added charm to an industrial display. Mini iron cogs made it into the bridal bouquet and the table names were fictional fortresses. The sky with its bluish/grey hue did not stop the joy of this wedding with warm winter Pimm’s and roaring fires taking place in the Long and Small Drawing Rooms.

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Romance at the castle

We also loved the wedding that took place on the hottest day of the year! It had a romantic theme, with baby pink bridesmaid dresses, Prosecco and strawberries on the lawn and a beautiful white and gold embroidered gown that shimmered in the sunlight. White heart balloons were released by each guest during the drinks reception, labeled with good wishes for wherever they land – a lovely gesture from a lovely couple.

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The wedding breakfast had its own individual stamp, as each guest had to answer a question about the bride and groom – a fun way for the couple to later reflect on the day. One of the highlights of this wedding was the choreographed first dance, we would not have expected anything less from a dancer, though! A mash up between Jack Johnson, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars to name a few – it was an amazing first dance that took an amazing day into the evening.

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A designer celebration

The wedding dress is a large part of every bride’s special day – even more so when you design wedding dresses for a living! Our bride in August designed her own gowns as well as outfits for her bridesmaids and the two mums. Every detail of this wedding was chosen by the bride and groom, down to the outside furniture, handmade truffles by a three-Michelin star chef, macaroons and Turkish delight, as well as the hand-decorated four-tiered wedding cake created by a national award-winning cake designer.

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The bride had two dress changes and the bridesmaids looked incredible in various shades of blue, which complemented the groomsmen’s kilts. The groom’s Scottish heritage was consistent throughout the day with a piper leading all key parts of the celebrations and a whole pipe band finalé leading into the evening’s first dance.

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Mirror pillared Champagne buckets and table names in the form of whiskey bottles delighted the guests, all made physically possible by the fabulous creative girls at Sorori Designs and LA Wedding & Event Styling. A truly exclusive wedding individually designed.

Need even more venue ideas? We’ve got everything from castles to barns in our Venues section. And if you need some top tips on how to style your reception on a small budget, click here!

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