Ok, it’s August and we’re having a great summer, not perhaps the time to be talking winter weddings you’d think! However, if you’re going to be a winter bride then now is the time to be planning……
What could be more romantic than a candlelit winter wedding in your very own castle? Wadhurst Castle, a licensed wedding venue in East Sussex, is picture perfect all year round but in winter it takes on a truly fairy-tale quality.
Imagine yourself as a snow bride in a stunning setting with a backdrop of panoramic views over the beautiful Sussex countryside.
Georgina Hovey, the wedding co-ordinator at Wadhurst Castle, says: “The Castle is both grand and intimate. Its stunning interiors lend themselves to candlelight and lavish trimmings, so you really can create a truly magical, romantic setting for a winter wedding here. “
The castle is available for exclusive hire, so you can create your own winter wonderland theme. It can accommodate up to 100 guests within the castle itself, and there is a choice of three rooms that are licensed for marriage ceremonies: The Drawing Room; Moncrieff Room and the Winter Garden.
A special package is also available for weekday weddings for up to 30 people; there is a choice of a midday ceremony and wedding breakfast, or a 5pm ceremony followed by an intimate dinner. The package includes catering and event management with a menu of choice – anything from bangers and mash to Boeuf Wellington!
The castle also boasts a luxury 3 bedroom house in the grounds, Castle Cottage, available for short breaks and ideal as accommodation for relatives or close friends.
Aisle runners were traditionally used to protect the bride’s dress from mud and dirt, although these days that’s not usually necessary with most weddings performed indoors! However, an aisle runner can add to the decoration in a church or wherever you are holding your ceremony.
As Danni from The Sparkling Party Shop explains: Each runner is hand painted and personalised with whatever wording the bride or groom would like. They can have butterflies, flowers, hearts or any other graphic painted, crystals, glitter and pearls can also be added. There is a massive choice of paint colours and every runner is given utmost attention to detail. They come in various sizes from 5ft-100ft with prices starting at just £30. We have been providing runners since 2009 and were the first UK company to offer handpainted aisle runners. We supply many wedding planners as well as household brand names.
Usually the bride and groom names go at the top (nearest the altar) with a quote of your choice in the middle and the venue and wedding date at the foot of the runner. The runners are made from a thin rayon mix fabric with a choice of backgrounds (hearts, flowers or pain) which is ideal for putting over plain flooring or carpet, however for an extra charge the runner can be lined with some extra fabric if it is to go over a patterned floor or carpet.
Diamond Store Guarantees Ethical, Conflict-Free Canadian Diamonds
UK Diamond retailer, The Diamond Store, is the UK’s only online retailer selling conflict-free, ethical Canadian Diamonds. The Canadian Diamond is discerned as the most ethical, conflict-free diamond in the world with its unique and comprehensive registration process.
Unlike other diamonds from around the world, Canadian diamonds are fully traceable all the way from the mine; they are the only diamonds in the world that can be traced in this way.
In an effort to assist its customers in choosing conflict-free diamonds, The Diamond Store clearly labels all Canadian diamonds on its website. Called ‘the perfect ethical diamond’, the Canadian diamonds are mined, cut and polished under Canadian government supervision and come with a 100% guarantee that they are not only completely conflict-free but also have not been mined at the expense of the locals or without consideration for the surrounding environment.
The diamonds are mined in accordance with principles of sustainable development and to the highest environmental standards in the world. In turn, this has brought economic prosperity to the North Canadian region.
The Diamond Store Managing Director, Gary Ingram, is excited about the offering and knows his customers will appreciate the peace of mind. “The origin of diamonds and the process to bring them to UK shores is an ongoing concern for both The Diamond Store and its customers. It’s important to us to be able to offer an entirely ethical, conflict-free option to our clients who often express concern about the life of their diamonds before they reach them.”
The high quality diamonds are sold with a Canadian Diamond Certificate, an Independent Grading Certificate and a Unique Identification Number inscribed on the jewel that is invisible to the naked eye.
Arguably, this makes the diamonds more valuable. Ingram continued, “Should the diamonds ever be sold, the seller can not only prove the colour, clarity, carat and cut, but they can also prove the jewel’s history and pass on the diamond’s passport to the new owners.”
Owners can see the location and date their diamond was mined, its original size, manufacture date, and final weight, colour and clarity. All of this information can be found on The Canadian Diamond website.