June 22, 2018 Your Complete Wedding Planning Guide If you want your big day to celebrate English tradition, then read on for some inspiration! Are you planning a wedding? Then what better thing to be inspired by than the beautiful English summer? Yes, we know the weather can be temperamental but there’s no place quite like the English countryside when the sun is shining. If you’re not sure where to start, then don’t worry. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about putting together the perfect English summer wedding – from the location to the flowers. Who needs a wedding in a far flung exotic location when you can enjoy a beautiful day here in the UK? A beautiful venue For a beautiful English summer wedding, you’ll need the perfect venue. West Lodge Park is one of the most popular locations for weddings in Hertfordshire, and it’s not hard to see why. With beautifully decorated function rooms and breathtaking grounds, it’s an all-weather venue that will look incredible in your photographs. Plus, it’s a stone’s throw from Central London! A traditional gown One of the most exciting things about getting married is being able to wear a beautiful dress for a day! When it comes to English summer weddings, there’s a particular look that brides go for. Pearls and lace play a big part, as do relaxed, understated silhouettes. English wedding dress designs tend to be more demure and low-key than their American counterparts. Think of how royal brides like Kate and Meghan dressed, and you’re on the right track! British blooms Flowers play a big part in English summer weddings. Wildflowers are always a popular option, and will help you to create a sweet, rustic look. You can’t get more English than beautiful roses, so be sure to include those in your bouquet too. Don’t be too restricted by colours or a theme – the aim is to look as if you’ve just picked your bouquet flowers from a country field. Classic cuisine The easiest way to wow your guests is with some great food. Draw on some classic British dishes for inspiration – think mini portions of fish and chips or roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. For your sit down meal, why not opt for a roast chicken served with a light salad and some new potatoes? As for pudding – well, there are so many options. Afternoon tea is very in vogue though, so take some inspiration from that. Wholesome entertainment When it comes to entertaining your guests, think of some traditional games that will get people of all ages laughing and having fun together. Party games like Musical Chairs and Blind Man’s Buff might seem corny, but they’ll help to break the ice at your reception. Bowling and croquet are great options for a venue with outdoor space too. Sometimes, the most old-fashioned kinds of entrainment are the best. It’s time to get planning! So there you have it – your guide to organising the perfect English summer wedding. There’s something comforting about tradition, and bringing some old-fashioned English charm to your big day will make it an occasion that everyone enjoys. If you haven’t booked your venue yet, enquire at West Lodge Park so that you can start to plan your big day in earnest.