Luxury can come in small packages, you know…. and when wedding magazines quote the ‘average’ price of a wedding I always take those stats with a pinch of salt (or to be honest, a chuckle and a roll of the eyes) – because savvy brides and grooms know wedding style isn’t about having everything. It’s about carefully choosing just a few key statement pieces.
Today’s shoot looks super luxurious, but shows how a select few suppliers can turn your day into a memorable occasion. Forget stationery, forget wedding cars, forget favours and handcrafted place settings. Today’s shoot is all about the location: Cliveden House inspired every detail. It’s all about the dress, the bouquet and having a venue which doesn’t need a lot of decoration… which will cut your wedding budget massively.
Wedding planner Meghan from Extraordinary Days coordinated today’s shoot with a few key details from quality suppliers. I hope you love it: and I hope it inspires you to cut down on details and focus on elegance and simplicity in a setting which provides all the romance and luxury you could ever need.
“As a wedding planner, I am constantly on the search for the best venues for magical weddings. So each month I view 1-2 venues I haven’t been to before. On one of these visits, I went to Cliveden House. Cliveden is one of the most grand hotels and wedding venues in southeast England. It is a five star, Relais & Chateaux hotel set amongst 376 acres of National Trust Parklands. Even better yet, it is only a short drive from central London and Heathrow airport.
When I drove up the long, grand driveway and then set foot in the French dining room, adorned with green and gold paneling, I knew it was the perfect place for a wedding inspiration photo shoot. The inspiration for the shoot came from the French dining room itself. The colours and patterns can be seen throughout the cakes, chairs, and wedding dresses.
The wedding dresses were even made bespoke to compliment the location of the shoot. We really sought to have each element blend and work with Cliveden’s surroundings. As the French dining room was so ornate, it was important not to have elements that fought with it, making it look ostentatious rather than elegant.
We also loved the contrast of the outdoor photos, which show a softer side of Cliveden House. While they still show a lot of luxury in the form of manicured gardens, they are a bit more laid back as the bride and groom experience nature.
As I planned this inspiration shoot, I imagined that the bride and groom who would love this type of wedding would be a couple who loved grandeur and tradition, wanted to show their guests an amazing time, and didn’t want to DIY their own wedding details (e.g., make their own flower arrangements). The fantastic thing about this shoot is that a lot of it can be achieved on a smaller budget. The most important thing is to choose a venue which doesn’t need a lot of decoration.
Having a venue with an ornate backdrop and sweeping views of rolling hills or manicured gardens already creates a beautiful setting for your wedding as well as for your photos. A simple colour palette that works with the surroundings creates an elegant look. Here, we only had white, green, and a very subtle hint of blush.
Finally, I love the idea of having miniature cakes that serve as place cards. They can serve the purpose of place cards, dessert, and wedding favours – all of which you would have needed to buy anyways! Simply set them on a side plate or a miniature cake stand next to your guests’ dinner plates and they also make the loveliest table decoration.
Extraordinary Days provides luxury wedding planning services to couples in London and the Southeast of England. Founded by American, Meghan Fay, they specialise in planning with couples living overseas, organising international guest logistics, and multi-day weddings.
Suppliers: Wedding Planner: Extraordinary Days
Instagram: Extraordinary Days
Venue: Cliveden House Taplow, Berkshire, England
Wedding Cake Designer: Vanilla Orchid Bakery
Rings and Diamond Earrings: MBC Diamonds