Spring signifies fresh beginnings and new life, so it feels like a natural and wonderful time to consider starting your married lives together. So why not melt a few chocolate hearts and bring together your closest friends, nearest and dearest for the perfect Easter egg hunt wedding?
HOW EXPENSIVE IS IT TO GET MARRIED OVER EASTER?
Easter is off-season, which means that you are more likely to get a good price from a wedding venue. Like Christmas, it is another important time of year when families get together. So, on hearing your news, your nearest and dearest will probably be happy to plan their first short break of the new year when hotels and B&Bs are not charging peak prices.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF VENUE FOR AN EASTER WEDDING?
Spring brings the promise of longer days and warmer weather, but being realistic, the weather can be unpredictable, from bursts of sunshine to downpours. So, for an Easter wedding we recommend embracing a venue where everything takes place under one roof, but one from where you can still admire the gardens and by choosing a palette of soft green botanicals for your wedding theme, you can bring the outside in.
WHAT FLOWERS SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR AN EASTER WEDDING?
Spring is a time to celebrate fabulous fresh florals. Nothing says spring quite like fresh daffodils and they are inexpensive. Tulips add a dramatic splash of colour and can add some vintage charm if placed in a battered enamel bucket. And our favourite, fantastic scented hyacinths, can look stunning in pots, on their own, mixed together in bouquets and are perfect for table centre pieces.
SO JUST HOW MUCH CHOCOLATE CAN YOU INCORPORATE IN AN EASTER WEDDING?
For an Easter wedding we believe there needs to be enough chocolate to keep you going throughout Easter Sunday and beyond. So on the day you might be tempted to include a sweetie table that might include a range of chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies, sugared almonds and soft pink and white marshmallows.
Then for guests to take away, we love the idea of edible chocolate wedding favours, and nothing says Easter more than mini chocolate eggs. Carluccio’s chocolate bunnies would make a jolly addition to your Easter themed tables. The Easter wabbit in us definitely approves!
HOW CAN WE ENTERTAIN OUR WEDDING GUESTS AT AN EASTER WEDDING?
To keep your younger guests entertained, we totally love the idea of a fun Easter egg hunt using Waitrose milk-chocolate, praline, lovely speckled ’quails’ eggs. Bonnet-making and egg-painting are all ideas to incorporate on a special children’s activity table.
WHAT COLOURS SHOULD WE CHOOSE FOR OUR EASTER WEDDING?
For a spring wedding, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to colours. You can opt for a selection of complementary colours and mix up gorgeous sugary pastel shades, or go for a melt-in-the-mouth palette of sorbet colours. Alternatively, you could choose a neutral, calming colour scheme using a palette of taupe, mushroom, cream, white and delicate greens.
We also love duck egg blue when interspersed with crisp white crockery or mixed with, the still on trend rose quartz, a warm rose pink which can bring a soft and calming appeal to your breakfast tables. For your bridesmaids’ dresses, you could mix mini egg colours like lilac, duck-egg blue, baby pink, peach, soft-lemon yellow and delicious chocolate mint and you’ve got the Easter theme spot on!
HOW WOULD YOU DRESS THE WEDDING RECEPTION TABLES?
Being Easter, it couldn’t be a more perfect time to wrap up the venue chairs like giant chocolate Easter eggs but we love the hessian bows Tania from Bows has used. For your table center piece, there is only one choice for us: Lynsey’s handmade felt Easter Jackolope. If your budget won’t stretch to every table just order one large one for your top table, after all, that is where everyone will be looking!
WHAT FOOD MIGHT YOU SERVE FOR AN EASTER WEDDING?
Easter to Touchays, our handpicked caterer, is all about spending time with family and friends, playing board games and having a roast feast for all to share. So, they would recommend setting up your top table with an old favourite table cloth, that has been in your family for generations, with your best cutlery and crockery, and if it does not all match, even better!
With so much great produce around in spring, they recommend serving wonderful fresh seasonal asparagus, with a rich butter sauce and cracked black pepper. For the mains, they would serve, their granny’s favourite, passed down recipe, of slow-cooked rosemary and garlic infused leg of lamb, alongside rich and creamy dauphinoise potatoes, with fresh mint from the garden and lots of steaming hot fresh vegetables. They would also include the underrated cauliflower served with sea salt and a squeeze of zesty lemon. For dessert, they recommend another family favourite of wonderful golden syrup sticky sponge pudding served with lots of rich and creamy custard. Their children love it. Then for the evening, along with your buffet of bacon baps and sausage sandwiches, they would suggest a delicious, steaming hot chocolate station served to go with your just-cut-up wedding cake.
WHAT SORT OF WEDDING CAKE SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR AN EASTER WEDDING?
Easter is the perfect moment to consider how you will wow your guests. We are still in love with the nearly-naked cake but have fallen head over heels with the new watercolour hand painted wedding cakes. We would treat our guests to something naughty like a three-tiered cake made up of sugary pink fruits of the forests, red velvet truffle tier, a soft yellow lemon drizzle layer, sat on a powder blue layer concealing a delicious chocolate treat interior.
THE EASTER BUNNY’S FAVOURITE MUSIC
Easter is all about bringing the family together, so Harry Kilb, our Handpicked DJ, likes to play a mix of something for everyone. He would put together a playlist where you just dare not leave the dance floor, as you know you’ll love the next track more than the last. If that is possible? His choice tracks might include Chocolate by the 1075, Garage anthem “Sweet Like Chocolate’ by Shanks & Bigfoot, Bat for Lashes – What’s a girl to do (he loves the video of hares on bicycles clapping their hands at the same time, a masterpiece from 2007) and of course it wouldn’t be Easter without something for the older generation, such as a song or two by Hot Chocolate or ‘Easter Sunday Morning’ by Nat ‘King’ Cole.
WHY BOOK HAYNE HOUSE FOR YOUR EASTER WEDDING?
With our purpose-built Orangery opening in the Spring of 2018, looking out onto the gardens, we would certainly cherish you holding, your wedding with us. So why not save the date and start off your blossoming future together with us? Just ask about our Spring dates, before they’re quickly get snaffled up!
Photos taken by http://www.seanweeklyphotography.co.uk and http://fleurchallisphotography.com
DJ by http://www.harrykilbweddingdj.co.uk
Food by http://touchays.com
Props by http://www.bigdayprophire.co.uk
Chair covers by http://www.bowschaircovers.co.uk
Jackalope by Lynsey, Creative Mash Up’s, 07952827806 firstname.lastname@example.org
Handpainted signs by @imanderweddingsigns
Flowers by http://www.dreamofflowers.co.uk
Styling by http://www.HayneHouse.co.uk