With spring nearly upon us, we’re dreaming of rural weddings at Pentney Abbey, surrounded by acres of Norfolk countryside. If you’re in the midst of planning your seasonal celebration, we hope you’ll be inspired by some of our spring wedding ideas.
Design and Décor
When it comes to your wedding style, look to nature for your colour palette and style ideas. Bring the outside in with spring pastels or bright yellows and greens, introduce colour to your table linens and glassware and welcome the arrival of the season.
Embrace the beauty of the medieval Gatehouse with pretty floral arrangements and line your aisle with delicate spring posies. Continue your floral theme through to the Main Barn, adding candlelight and fairy lights for a romantic ambience when the sun goes down. If you’re marrying close to Easter, you might like to introduce it as a theme, incorporating eggs into your decorations and planning an Easter Egg hunt!
Of course, the most important thing about your dress is that you choose something you love and feel comfortable wearing. This year sees a trend for lace and embellishment and the beautiful boho style works perfectly with the romance of Pentney Abbey and the informality of seasonal flowers. From a practical perspective, it’s wise to have a shawl or jacket that you can wrap around your shoulders if the temperature drops a little in the evening, especially if you’re planning outdoor games or drinks on the terrace.
Pastel colours are a lovely choice for bridesmaids – perhaps choosing different shades or an ombre look. And, if you’d like to add a little glamour, how about gold or silver shoes?
Your groom might choose a more formal suit or decide a slightly more relaxed look, making a nod to the countryside setting with a tweed waistcoat. Suggest a tie or shirt colour that ties in with the bridesmaid dresses.
Nature has so much to offer at this time of year. When it comes to flowers, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Peonies, raunuculus, roses, hydrangeas and tulips are just a few of the beautiful blooms in season, and they come in a variety of colours to suit your colour scheme, just the thing for a rural wedding. Of course, you might also like to consider narcissus as the ultimate spring flower, alongside an array of lush foliage.
Food and Drink
At Pentney Abbey, executive chef, Keith McDowell and his experienced team at Manor Cottage Catering, will work with you to create the perfect menu, using seasonal produce wherever possible. From delicious canapés to your exquisite wedding breakfast and evening dining, we’ll make sure your food reflects the season.
Don’t forget to consider your drinks – guests will love a personalised spring cocktail.
All About Cake
Your wedding cake gives you the opportunity to display your wedding colour scheme and style. For classic elegance, you might choose a traditional stacked cake with pure white icing, decorated with fresh or sugar spring flowers. Alternatively, it’s the perfect time of year to welcome a naked or semi-naked cake, lavishly adorned with fresh fruit and flowers. If you’re looking for something completely different, how about a stack of donuts or a chocolate extravaganza?
The Great Outdoors
As we welcome spring, it’s time to make the most of the glorious outside spaces at Pentney Abbey. You might marry in the Rose Garden and celebrate with welcome drinks and canapés. The flat lawn in front of the Main Barn is ideal for garden games and there’s nothing to stop you flinging the barn doors open and letting your celebrations spill out on to the terrace and the gardens beyond. Pentney Abbey is, of course, exclusively yours on your special day and we hope you’ll enjoy everything it has to offer.
If you have yet to visit Pentney Abbey, we would love to show around this exciting Norfolk wedding venue. Simply call our friendly team on 01485 500292 or contact us online.