Silchester House teamed up with Sonning Flowers, Ambience Venue Styling and Laura Anderson Photography to style the venue with the ultimate country house glamour theme throughout.
Silchester House, located on the border of Berkshire and Hampshire, is a dream wedding venue with plenty of scope to add your own touch of country house glamour.
At the end of February 2017, we teamed up with wedding stylist and Bijou Partner, Ambience, Bijou’s florist, Sonning Flowers and wedding photographer Laura Anderson to create a vision of how wedding planning couples can transform our bright and airy wedding venue in to a dream country home for their special day. With the sun shining and an abundance of space to get creative, the team set to work and produced a magnificent collection of glamourous wedding ideas to encourage couples to let their imaginations run wild. We styled an indoor wedding ceremony set up, various wedding reception tables, the grand staircase and two of our wonderful fireplaces all based around a country house glamour wedding theme.
Transforming a Staircase
Leaving the bridal suite and walking down a beautiful staircase and into the ceremony room is one of the most anticipated moments for a bride. Being such a special moment and with so many emotions running high, we believe that decorative inspiration for a staircase is important. From the large entrance hall, Silchester House boasts a wide, wood panelled staircase leading up to a choice of two wonderful bridal suites and 12 further bedrooms; all quirky and unique in their own way. Sonning Flowers got creative with the styling of the staircase and decorated the banister from top to bottom with fresh green foliage and elegant floral arrangements featuring pheasant feathers, positioned in hammered gold pots. Small tea light candles in speckled gold votives added a hint of sparkle to the truly stunning staircase.
Enchanting Wedding Ceremony Inspiration
The Music Room at Silchester House lets in an abundance of natural light across the entire floor space. Its elegant chandelier, polished wood flooring, panelled walls and over-sized fireplace welcomes an array of colour scheme combinations. Wedding ceremonies in The Music Room at Silchester House are set up with ice chiavari chairs that some couples may think don’t even need decorating due to their style and beauty. However, on the day of our styled shoot, Claire from Ambience Venue Styling, Reading, decorated the aisle line of chairs only, with chestnut coloured sashes, tied to the side. Bijou’s white aisle carpet led to the registrar’s table where two elegant hurricane lanterns stood in front of a large, floral moon arch, in place for the ultimate back-drop. This new and exciting floral moon arch can be hired directly from Sonning Flowers and could also work perfectly during the summer months if you choose to get married outdoors. Aside from being the ultimate backdrop for your wedding ceremony, it could also double up as an amazing photographic feature. We’re sure that your friends and family will love to pose with you under this mega-stylish floral arch.
Top Tip: Try and visit your wedding venue with your florist and/or wedding stylist ahead of your wedding to explore and discuss various decorative options and possibilities.
Stylish Wedding Reception Tables
Silchester House can seat up to 92 guests at a wedding banquet in The Music Room. Round tables are extremely social and are the best way to seat this number of guests comfortably. Ambience Venue Styling and Sonning Flowers collaborated to set a collection of ultra glamorous wedding reception tables to inspire future wedding planning couples.
Glittery rose gold table cloths with gold cutlery and personalised gold name tags looked truly divine; especially when the sun shone through the large bay windows and on to the tables. Table numbers in pretty white frames, old books, vintage lace doilies and peach coloured candles off centre all added to our first glamorous table design.
Our next wedding reception table design was inspired by the launch of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ hitting cinemas on March 17th, 2017. Silver tea pots filled with peach coloured roses, chrysanthemum, foliage and Anemone looked fabulous sat on a colour coordinated sequin table runner. Candle sticks added to the theme and luggage label style place names complimented the table perfectly.
Couples looking for a single floral centrepiece for each table as opposed to multiple arrangements, may take inspiration from our next setting. Sonning Flowers created a large but low arrangement sat in a silver bowl. Bursting with a variety of different blooms and finished with pheasant feathers, this luxurious floral centre piece fit our country house glamour theme perfectly.
For wedding planning couples dreaming of an elegant grey and white wedding colour scheme, our next design is one to admire. Grey church candles stood tall on chunky candle sticks; crystal tea lights added a glimmer of light and long strands of pearls completed the look. Each chair featured a chiffon sash which pulled the grey hues of this wedding design together perfectly.
A simple yet fun way to add character to your wedding reception tables could be to fill old crystal decanters with floral stems. In our next example we combined pale pink roses with pheasant feathers, a blush table runner and old books; a simple and affordable, yet elegant way to style your tables. Hire chair sashes to add an extra splash of colour to the room.
The Music Room at Silchester House features a grand fireplace which you could also use to display candles, mirrors or decorative accessories to enhance the room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match; we used a combination of candle sticks, decanters filled with feathers, rose bowls and tea light candles to set the tone. Our final table took on a vintage-glamour theme. A pink table runner with a lace over-lay sat beneath vintage tea cups filled with pink flowers and a mirrored tray on which stood glass candle sticks. A glittery gold table number was accompanied by a deep pink rose and tea lights in speckled gold votives gave this table design a touch of romance.
Whatever month you choose to tie the knot, there’s always room to decorate a fireplace whether it’s lit or not. In The Hall we chose to take advantage of the space and placed an old vintage vanity case on a small round table as our card box. Teamed with a gold sign and chiffon sash, our table looked welcoming and would give clear direction to guests as to where they should place cards and gifts. Alternatively, Bijou offer a tall, cream, metal post box available for hire if you’re heading towards a more traditional or British way to display your card box. A mantle piece is a great platform to house beautiful accessories; from candles to vases filled with flowers, feathers and more.
Top Tips for Styling your Country House Wedding Venue
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match. If you’re hiring various vintage accessories you may not find more than one of any particular item.
- Take advantage of the interior and exterior space at your wedding venue. If one room is being transformed from ceremony to banquet, invite your guests to enjoy the gardens, grounds and comfortable lounge areas throughout the house.
- Dare to be different. If you think that decorating a staircase, for example, isn’t worth the effort, think about how incredible your wedding photographs will look as you’re making your way to your wedding ceremony. Your guests will be super impressed and may even steal your ideas for their own special occasions.
- If you choose a wedding venue with multiple fire places, don’t be afraid to ask to have them lit, whatever the season. Even during the summer months, the evenings can get chilly. Lighting a fire can change the ambience of a room in a matter of seconds.
If you can see yourself getting married at Silchester House, please give our Wedding Planning Management team a call on 0345 130 9966 to chat about your dream wedding ideas. Alternatively, please request a brochure or email us to book an appointment to come and see our lovely, country house wedding venue.