The castle style (part 2)

An aesthetically generous style, for a castle themed wedding there is no better place to have it than at Clearwell Castle, a historic and sublime slice of fairy-tale architecture, nestled in the glorious Forest of Dean. Home to several grand reception rooms, a 75-foot-aisle and ample room accommodate a bevy of guests. This multi-award-winning venue offers a truly magnificent backdrop.

Clearwell Castle view

1. Heraldic symbolism

Conjuring up images of heraldic emblems and splendid gothic style at Clearwell Castle, with it’s mix of Victoriana and High Gothic, your reception room of choice will be like an already painted canvas that you can add your own inspirations too.

First off, focusing on the heraldry aspect, find some plush velvet cushions in maroon red or regal purple, festooned with heraldic symbolism, like the quintessentially Medieval fleur-de-lis, a nod to the French kings of yore. There’s literally dozens of heraldic symbols you can choose from, many of the Medieval symbols were very elaborate and fantastical, from griffins to two-headed snakes!

2. A touch of fairy tale

The castle theme is quite diverse in a sense. Ff you wish to make it more cinematic, then you can add a touch of the breathtaking Game of Thrones, or you can add the traditional fairytale components. We adore this idea from Bridal Guide, mixing the rustic Medieval style with the dreamy fairy tale. A mix of wood and paper flowers, in Bridal Guide’s words: “Your guests will adore this charming seating chart.”

3. Glorious gold

If it’s a castle wedding, then it would be unthinkable not to have a little bit of ornate gold here and there. Such as an elaborate vintage candelabra, that will instantly brings to mind that Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It’s not just gold candelabras you can add, but intricate gold bowls to place some fruit or flower heads floating in water, which really brings to life that historical decadence.

4. Let there be light

Candle lighting

One decoration you simply cannot do without for a castle theme wedding is candles, the more differing in size the better! Church candles should be your first go-to, as these giant beauties can be placed on separate, smaller tables, dotted around the room. Next go for the smaller candles, as well as tealights. As you get further into the evening, have them lit around the floral centrepieces, illuminating them. This will create an instantly romantic atmosphere.

These are just a handful of ideas you can incorporate into a castle themed wedding, we really hope that you enjoy them and get some inspiration for your own wedding.

If you would like some further details about hosting your wedding at the grand Clearwell Castle, please don’t hesitate to ask. A member of our friendly team will be more than happy to assist you with anything you wish.

If you have any questions relating to having your wedding at Clearwell Castle, please don't hesitate to call Laura via the contact details below:


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