Booking your wedding photographer!

Written By Amy Brown

They say a picture has the magic to make a moment last forever, so picking the perfect photographer is paramount.  We’ve reached out to G5 Studios to offer some top tips to consider when looking for your wedding photographer!

WHERE DO I START?

Speak to friends and family to understand their experiences with photographers and have a look over their wedding images and albums. You could then follow up any suggestions online to see larger galleries of work on the photographers website and be sure to pop over to their social media sites to see how active they are there. A good photographer will want to showcase their work regularly to their audience.

Here’s what Syed at G5 Studios has to say: “Word of mouth or direct recommendations are usually the best, as someone has already had a great experience.
Your personal choice will more than likely be influenced initially by the style of photography or cinematography you like.
There are many examples of photography and cinematography you can find online. If one stands out look further into that company and maybe consider browsing their website and arranging a call. Photo and Video companies come and go all the time, if the company you are considering has been in the game for good while, take that as a big positive.”

WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO OBTAIN A QUOTE?

As with booking all wedding suppliers, you’ll need to have some basic details ready in order for your chosen photographer to be able to assist you, these could be:

1. Date/s of your event
2. An estimation of the hour of your event/s
3. Name and address of the wedding venue/s
4. An idea of your guest numbers
5. Your budget and expectation

TIMINGS AND CONSIDERATIONS

We asked G5 Studios what things are important to consider when planning your wedding day timeline.
“We know it can be difficult to factor enough time for each element of your wedding but it’s important to save time to capture the precious images that will stay with you long after the day has ended!
As we will be capturing images throughout the day the only time that we require some dedicated time to photography is for the couple shoot. The length of the couple shoot can vary but on average we could need anything from 30 minutes to an hour. What the venue has to offer and the size of the venue can greatly affect the time needed for couple shots. We have an advantage at Hylands Estate because of our experience of shooting many weddings at this amazing venue, as we have already scouted the best places to photograph, this will save a lot of time.
We work with our couples, so we fit around you, all the while ensuring the most important aspects of your day are captured artistically and intimately.”

“There will be many elements of your big day that will require planning to ensure it runs smoothly and in a timely manner. As you will be under time constraints from the various suppliers, it is important you stick to your itinerary as close as possible. Out of all the suppliers the one that will be with you from start to finish is the photographer. We always liaise with our couples to ensure your event moves on time.”

G5 STUDIO SPOTLIGHT

“We would describe our style of photography as a natural photo journalistic approach. We only really require posed shots for the couple shoot. Don’t worry if you are nervous in front of the camera or not an expert at posing. We like to build rapport with our couples, making it fun and easy to be natural in front of the camera.

One recommendation we ask all our couples is to consider allocating the couple shoot time during Golden Hour. About half an hour before Sunset is when the light is at its best and can make for magical photos!”

PICTURE PERFECT HYLANDS

“Hylands is a marvellous venue, it is a classy backdrop that sets the stage for a memorable and grand wedding. There are many spectacular locations from the Banqueting Room to the Grand Staircase, to the Pleasure Gardens a short walk from the venue. Our favourite location would be at Sunset at the front of the house, when the lighting is right it is magnificent sight to behold!

It’s always a pleasure to work at Hylands, the staff make everyone’s life easier on the day and their hospitality is second to none.”

To speak to Syed at G5 Studios

To find out how to book your own Hylands Wedding contact the team on:
hylands@chelmsford.gov.uk | 01245 605500 | www.hylandsestateweddings.co.uk

Your Summer Wedding at Hylands Estate

Written By Amy Brown

Allow me to set the scene: The warm summer sun is shining and there’s a welcome light breeze in the air. Your family and friends are mingling outside on the patio with a fruity cocktail in hand, dressed in their finest, all set to enjoy a day of celebration. Uncle is playing lawn games with the children and your friends are laughing about times enjoyed together. Today is your wedding day; and what better way to celebrate, than at a grand mansion house nestled in acres of rolling parkland in the middle of summer! (Ok sometimes it does rain in the summer but Hylands House provides so many amazing photo backdrops that it doesn’t really matter, but for the purposes of this blog, the sun is shining!).

Now, back to the sunshine… we’ve put together some great ideas to create that added wow factor for your summer wedding here at Hylands!

SUMMER COCKTAILS (OR MOCKTAILS)

The benefit of hosting your wedding at a venue like Hylands Estate is that you can hire your own suppliers to help create a truly bespoke event. How about hiring cocktail makers to offer fruity favourites like Strawberry Daiquiri, Raspberry Mojito and Passionfruit Martini. Why not see if they can create a unique cocktail in your name to add a real personal touch!

We adored this adorable bicycle bar from the Jolly Jockey!

www.thejollyjockeyuk.co.uk

How about setting up a Gin bar or Prosecco station with fruit garnish, flower petal ice cubes and brightly coloured straws and umbrella’s for a full on summer vibe!

GARDEN GAMES

Keep your guests entertained with some simple garden games such as giant Jenga, ring toss, hop scotch, croquet or even cricket (towards the back of the lawn please!).

SUMMER COLOUR SCHEME

Incorporate a range of vivid colours into your décor, bridesmaid dresses and/or florals. Nothing says summer like bright colours! The Grand Pavilion is your blank canvas, so go bold and add your summer styling to bring the outdoors in! The great thing about the Grand Pavilion is that whilst it may be 30’c outside, the air conditioning will be a welcome break inside!

SUMMER FLORALS

Following my point above, the simplest way to celebrate the summer is to use fresh seasonal flowers, all grown under the summers sun! Think about using giant heads of hydrangea, stunning dahlias in their glorious range of shapes and colours, English roses, sweet pea, larkspur and stock. Not only do fresh flowers look sensational but they smell delightful, adding to your perfectly curated summer theme.

SEMI-NAKED WEDDING CAKES

Your guests will love tucking into a plate of light sponge cake topped with fresh fruits, the perfect alternative to a traditional heavily iced wedding cake. The joy of these cakes is that they can be dressed with fresh flowers to match your décor and fresh seasonal fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and red currants. You can relax knowing that the Grand Pavilion is perfectly cool enough to stop your buttercream from melting! #winning!

COLOURFUL CONFETTI

Create a burst of summer colour with bright (bio-degradable) confetti or real petals out on the East Terrace! We guarantee this will be an image that makes you smile for years to follow, a true celebration of love!

You’ll also be pleased to know that the Gardener’s at Hylands Estate take great care of the parkland and gardens, which provide yet more wholesome settings for your summer wedding photos! Be sure to head over to the Pleasure Gardens for a drop of English Country Garden charm and the One World Garden for more exotic floribunda!

If you’d like to know more about booking your own summer wedding at Hylands Estate, please contact the team who will be ready to help you bring your dreams to life! Hylands Estate is a pretty awesome wedding venue for every season …. in case summer isn’t your thing!

hylands@chelmsford.gov.uk | 01245 605500 | www.hylandsestateweddings.co.uk

Elaina & Pani’s Big Fat Greek Wedding!

Written By Amy Brown

As far as decision making goes, selecting the perfect wedding venue is usually the biggest decision to be made, and normally one of the first steps on your planning journey! Nothing like jumping in at the deep end! You may have a long list of requirements or you may let your heart make the right decision, Elaina & Pani knew they needed somewhere special and somewhere that could comfortably accommodate their guest number.

“We were looking for somewhere different with the wow factor. That was our main ‘want’ but of course we also needed somewhere that would accommodate the amount of guests we had (around 250 people)”.

“We knew Hylands was ‘the one’ when we saw how unique and beautiful the House and Grand Pavilion were. It couldn’t have been more perfect”.

Elaina and Pani chose to marry at a Greek Orthodox Church in Brookman’s Park before making their way to Hylands Estate for their Wedding Reception.

Guests were able to enjoy a drinks reception upon arrival at Hylands House, allowing them a chance to enjoy the lavish décor and magnificence of the neoclassical venue before heading into the Grand Pavilion for the Wedding Reception.

“We felt amazing, it truly was the happiest day of our lives. I think one of the best moments was walking into the pavilion for the first time to see everything we visualised put in to place so perfectly”.

Elaina and Pani’s top table

The newly-weds are big fans of Disney, so they chose to include some magical Disney touches along with hints of blue. Elaina’s bridesmaids wore navy blue and the internal lighting inside the Grand Pavilion was lit to match!

The subtle uplighters are a great bonus, they can complement almost any colour scheme to add a little extra to your evening reception!

“We made our own centre pieces and done a lot of bits ourselves, so that was really special to see it all come together. We actually really enjoyed the whole planning process. We managed to arrange our whole ‘big fat Greek wedding’ in 7 months. We got married in February so availability for suppliers wasn’t something we needed to worry about (as it was off peak). Selecting suppliers was easy too and we were very happy with everyone we went with”.


It’s fair to say Elaina and Pani had an amazing day, here’s what they said when we asked how likely they’d be to recommend Hylands Estate to other couples trying to find their dream wedding venue:

“Absolutely, not only is it sooo beautiful, it perfectly accommodates for anything you might need. The staff were incredibly helpful and professional and sorted anything we needed. Our guests were honestly amazed at the beauty of the place and the fact you get the whole house and pavilion is brilliant. I also really like the fact that we can visit Hylands at any time to go for a walk around the grounds and show our kids where we got married”.

Mr & Mrs Georgiou | Saturday 29th February 2020 | Hylands Estate

Caterer: Pitselis Catering |Décor: Milana Events & KMS Hire | Entertainment: Cleopatra Band | Photographer: Evagoras Mandrides | Videographer: Esanfilms |Florist: Andri London | Wedding Cake: Friddles Cakes | Sweet Cart: Jamboree Carts

Hylands Estate Wedding Suite

Written by Amy Brown

It’s a pretty special moment for us here at Hylands Estate; for months we have been piecing together a masterplan to create an incredible Wedding Suite for our couples to enjoy on their wedding day. With the expert help of Liz at Knight Design Interiors and many other incredible suppliers, the new Wedding Suite is now complete!

As a Grade II* listed building, we need to be considerate of the heritage and history embedded in our beautiful venue, carefully curating new designs with guidance from industry experts to ensure we remain complimentary of the buildings interiors whilst offering an exciting contemporary twist.

The new Wedding Suite comprises of four luxurious rooms, all available within your wedding hire. Hylands Estate is an exclusive dry hire venue offering you the flexibility to select your own caterers and contractors to create a day bespoke to you. We offer a complimentary hour ahead of your hire time to use the Wedding Suite for your bridal prep. You’ll have the freedom to pop back as many times as necessary throughout the day to freshen up, change outfits, or simply to take a moment for yourselves!

Some room highlights:

  • Coded door access to each room
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Refrigerator – you can supply your own cold refreshments
  • Coded safe for valuables
  • Ample wardrobe space
  • Stunning views over the parkland
  • Plenty of Instagram-able backdrops (taking #mirrorselfie to the next level!)
THE WISTERIA SUITE

There really is nothing more exciting than arriving at Hylands House on the morning of your wedding with your entourage of bridesmaids. Dashing up the Grand Staircase with bags and dresses in tow, leaving your Bridesmaids in the Rose Room and heading into your own stress-free space!

This is your time to unwind and relax whilst your hair and make-up team make you feel like a Princess. Your Photographer pops in to capture those precious early morning moments and before too long it’s time to put on your dress and prepare to celebrate with your loved ones!

The wisteria pergolas in the Pleasure Garden are a real gem in our Crown and so it felt only right to incorporate them into the bridal suite. The Degournay silk feature wallpaper within the bay window really is the ultimate photo backdrop!

We’ve thought of everything in this space, from comfortable seating, to refreshment facilities, storage space to a place to hang your wedding dress.

Wallpaper by Degournay | Fabrics from Arley House and Lindwood Fabric |Sofa from David Seyfried| Gilded Mirror by Verityas

THE ROSE ROOM

Perfectly designed to allow your Bridesmaids plenty of space for hair and make-up, including three vanity stations complete with storage drawers, marble worktops, gilded mirrors and plenty of lighting!

With so much space to relax, your bridal party can enjoy a morning tea (or glass of bubbles!) whilst gazing out over the parkland from the sumptuous window seats, allowing you to enjoy your own space just next door in the Wisteria Suite!

Along with the highlights listed above, this space also boasts a stunning full-length gilded mirror (essential to any good wedding), handmade furniture and luxurious wallpaper, all of which a subtle nod to the Rose gardens here at the Estate.

Furniture handmade by Charlotte James Furniture | Fabrics from Arley House and Lindwood Fabric | Round Table by Scumble Goosie | Wallpaper by GBJ Baker | Gilded Mirror by Verityas

THE REPTON ROOM

Whilst we know the Bride is the real star of the show, we haven’t forgotten the Groom. By offering three individual rooms we’ve ensured that the Groom can also relax in his own space along with his Groomsmen.

We’ll supply the hot drinks and all you need to do is relax, not lose the rings and be ceremony ready at just the right time!

Humphry Repton was an architect and landscape gardener commissioned by previous owner Cornelius Kortright during his ownership in the early 1800’s. His designs are the blueprint of the house and gardens you see today at Hylands Estate and so it felt only right to name this space after such an important influence on the Estate.

Wallpaper by Colefax and Fowler | Feature wall by William Morris & Co | Furniture handmade by Charlotte James Furniture | Fabrics from Arley House | Gold mirrors by Anthropologie | Lighting by Pooky Lights

THE LOBBY & BATHROOM

Nestled between the Wisteria Suite and the Rose Room is this perfect washroom with spacious shower enclosure, bespoke vanity unit by Vanity Flair Designs and gold mirrors by Anthropologie.

We’ll provide you with fresh white towels and toiletries galore.

Wallpaper by Soane Britain and GBJ Baker| Lobby Console Table by Chelsea Textiles | Tiles from Fire and Earth UK |Bespoke Vanity Unit by Vanity Flair Designs | Mirror from Anthropologie | Bathroom Installation by MGC Bespoke

We truly believe that the all new Wedding Suite will be a haven to our wedding couples, the perfect place to make memories, capture precious moments and to prepare for what will be, one of the most important days of their lives.

To book your Hylands Estate wedding, contact the team who will be delighted to show you round this magnificent venue.

Special thanks to the incredible team of talented suppliers who helped to bring the plan to life.

Edd Price for expert project management. Liz at Knight Design Interiors for the design work. Charles Cooper Ltd our artisan decorators. Burlanes Interiors for the fitted furniture.

hylands@chelmsford.gov.uk | 01245 605500 | www.hylandsestateweddings.co.uk

Your Guide to Fresh Wedding Flowers

Written By Amy Brown

When thinking about your wedding theme and colour scheme, you’ll probably focus on flowers!  In this guide we’ll take a look at fresh flowers, and everything you’ll need to think about when booking your florist and picking your florals!

Before reaching out to your favourite florists, it’s good to have an understanding of your preferred colour schemes, a few images for inspiration and most importantly, your budget!

FINDING A FLORIST

Picking the right florist for your wedding is super important, your flowers will set the tone for your entire day. A great florist will be able to transform a blank canvas such as the Grand Pavilion into a spectacular space that your guests will not forget.

Ask friends and family for recommendations and be sure to check out your potential florist on social media. This will give you a true insight into their work and you’ll quickly get a feel for their personal style.

Here are some things to check with your florist:

  • Check their availability for your wedding date
  • Find out how many weddings they can accommodate on one day
  • Is there a minimum spend?
  • Have they worked at your venue before?
  • How much will delivery cost?
  • Will you be able to see a mock-up of your bouquet or centrepieces in advance?
  • How long will set up take?
  • Do they have any other items of décor that you can hire?
  • Are they able to collect their rented décor at the end of the evening (If you’re marrying at Hylands Estate, all items need to be removed at midnight)
  • What are the payment terms?

SEASONAL FLOWERS

It may come as a surprise, but your favourite flowers don’t grow all year round! So, unless you’re prepared to pay a premium to have your flowers imported from abroad, you’ll need to consider flowers that are seasonal to your wedding date. For example, Peonies are often a favourite for Bridal bouquets, but they are only available from mid-May to early-July.

Spring offers an abundance of choices such as Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, Ranunculus, Roses and Sweet Pea to name a few. Whilst spring flowers tend to be pastel shades, you can also find bolder colours too.

Your choice of flowers throughout summer is vast, some “go-to” choices would be: Peonies, Stock, Roses, Orchids, Dahlia, Lisianthus and Astilbe. Colours will range from soft and subtle to vibrant like a summer’s day!

Autumn offers rich indulgent tones, often jewel like! Consider using Roses, Dahlia, Lilies, Lavender, Amaranthus, Berries and lots of lush foliage. For more Autumn Inspiration read our blog: Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Your wedding flowers can be just as incredible even in the depths of winter. Consider using Roses, Anenomes, Dahlia, Amaryliss, Ranunculus and Hellebores teamed with long silvery Eucalyptus foliage.

Also bear in mind that if your wedding date is close to a national holiday such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even Christmas Day, you may find that the cost of flowers is higher and that your florist has very limited availability.

VENUE DECOR

Your Florist will be able guide you in terms of venue décor and centrepieces, paying attention to the size of your reception room, venue décor and incorporating any themes you may have in mind.

For an informal boho vibe you may look to use small mismatching vases with seasonal flowers and lots of foliage, whereas with a black-tie formal affair you might be looking for an abundance of plush white flowers with a tight arrangement and very little in the way of foliage.

Tall centrepieces will help fill a vast space or room with high ceilings, providing a boost of colour and immediate interest as you enter a space, whereas low level centrepieces work well for smaller, more intimate spaces.

There are many floral arrangements that can be re-used on the day, making budget savings too! Move any floral displays from the ceremony table to your top table and pop bridesmaid’s bouquets on your cake table in a vase!

You could even extend your fresh flowers into your wedding cake design, whether that’s to use fresh flowers on your wedding cake or asking your cake designer to recreate your fresh flowers in sugar!

With a great florist by your side, you really can create your dream wedding. Your Florist will bring your vision to life, as long as your budget allows!

Top 12 Awesome Wedding Favour Ideas!

Written By Amy Brown

These thoughtful tokens of appreciation are a much-loved delight at most weddings. Whether you invest your time creating DIY favours or splash the cash on something more extravagant, no wedding is complete without favours!

As a well-established wedding venue, we’ll let you into a secret …. those personalised candles and keyrings you’ve been deliberating over: they’ll get left on the table by most of your guests. However, we’re yet to find a cookie, cupcake or bag of sweets left at the end of the night! So, if you’re asking us for advice, we’d say edible favours are a no-brainer!

SWEET TREATS:

Bespoke cookies make the perfect favours, they can be designed to match your colour scheme and compliment your wedding theme. These edible delights will look beautiful on your tables and can be personalised with guest names to double as place settings! You could also think about adding guest name tags or incorporating your wedding details.

Depending on how much time you have, you may like to bake and decorate them yourself! A good vanilla sugar cookie recipe will give your cookies a month-long shelf life, giving you plenty of time to decorate them ahead of the big day!

For something a little different and a little more delicate, how about these floral lollipops? They offer a luxurious twist on a traditional sweetie favour and could be made to match your centrepieces or bouquet!

Here are some of our other favourite edible wedding favour ideas, don’t forget you can make them more personal by adding tags to include your wedding details, or guest’s names:

DRINK UP:

Whether your wedding is a glamourous black-tie affair with personalised cocktail favours or a more boho style set up with unique tea blend wedding favours, guests will be sure to enjoy a little drink!  

CUTE KEEPSAKES:

If edible favours don’t excite you, then we’ve put together our favourite keepsake ideas!

These adorable laser-cut place settings can be taken home and treasured forever! You can find these in almost any colour on www.notonthehighstreet.com.

If it’s all about the party then how about these fun personalised sunglasses, they’ll make for some great photos in the photobooth and memories to laugh about for years to come!

These gorgeous Agate coasters have been personalised with guests’ names making them a beautiful addition to your tablescape as well as a wonderful keepsake for your guests! Agate comes in many colours and for a more uniform look you could use an acrylic version.

BUDGET BUSTING IDEAS:

If a DIY wedding was never part of the plan, but you need to make some savings somewhere in the budget then wedding favours are the perfect place to save money.

You could bulk buy your favourite sweets and share out into favour boxes or bags, handwrite some tags and tie onto your favours. Alternatively, you could think about making homemade jams or chutneys. Fill up mini jars with your homemade recipes and add personalised tags.

Wish your guests good luck with lottery scratch cards! These are a great low-cost idea that may bring in a bounty! You can create presentation cards with personalised details too!

We love these thoughtful and eco-friendly little seed packets! Make these more personal by offering seeds from the flowers in your bouquets, or by sourcing local seeds that mean something to you. Guests will remember your special day every time they see the flowers that grew.

Divij & Tanpreet’s Disney Themed Wedding!

Written By Amy Brown

Once upon a time, in a grand white mansion house nestled in the heart of Essex, two people celebrated their love surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Tanpreet and Divij chose to host their civil ceremony in the Banqueting Room. Like most couples, they were blown away the moment they walked in!

“I knew as soon as I saw this room that this was where I wanted to get married and it was everything I had expected it to be.”

Choosing a theme or even a colour scheme can be difficult, but it really helps to create a personal experience for your guests. For some, selecting a theme is simple, and when you have a strong vision like Tanpreet, you just need the right team to bring it to life! The couple worked with Monika from Spellbound Décor and we think you’ll agree, the hard work paid off!

I had Disney themed tables for our wedding reception, I had been planning these tables for 2 years, gathering everything I needed to bring my vision to life.

They looked absolutely amazing and I loved them! To this day people still tell me how good they looked and how different it was to have something a bit more personalised to us.”

Planning a wedding, and all its details can be stressful, but with a great team behind you, you’ll have things under control in no time! Tanpreet had her suppliers figured out from the very beginning and found that things fell into place seamlessly once the ball was rolling.

The last 2 months or so were definitely the most stressful! Finalising Lunch and Dinner menus, making sure there was nothing missing from our table decor, dress fittings etc, it all takes time and so much planning but everything worked out and I wouldn’t change it for the world. If I could do it all over again I would!”

Tanpreet & Divij asked Saheli Events to help co-ordinate their special day. This took the pressure off and ensured that everything ran smoothly.

The events and weddings team are experts in dry hire weddings, and provide a dedicated service, as Tanpreet & Divij can vouch for!

“I had no issues on my day and before that the team were so helpful. The venue is absolutely beautiful! I’m still in love with it. When we were searching for venues it took a long time for us to fall in love with somewhere but as soon as we started the drive up to Hylands I fell in love and I told Divij that this was the place before we had even set foot into the building! It’s true what they say- when you know, you definitely know! “

Photography: Samir Arun | Table décor: Spellbound Décor | Wedding Planner: Saheli Events | Caterer: Citi Kitchen | Videographer: Shavina Ltd |DJ & Dancefloor: DJ Harms |Florist: Blossoms in Bloom | Wedding Cake: Chins Kitchen | Photobooth: Krystal Photobooth | Dhol Players: The Dhol Company

And they Lived happily Ever After!

Newly Engaged amidst a Pandemic!

Written By Amy Brown

The world may be mid-pandemic, but you’re newly engaged & if that excitement is all that keeps your spirits high, then that’s something to celebrate right?!

So where do you start? Let’s assume you’ve already told your loved ones, posted pics of your new bling on social media & enjoyed the buzz for a few days before you found this blog…

1. Searching, scrolling & clicking

Gone are the days of running to the local newsagent for a glossy magazine (although it’s still lovely to flick through those colourful pages filled with inspiration!). You may start by googling wedding venues or maybe opening a Pinterest board to build your ideas into your dream wedding.

Join wedding planning websites like Bridebook or Hitched, you’ll find these a wealth of information & inspiration, as well as being able to search & filter wedding venues and suppliers.

SOCIAL MEDIA: The obvious choice is to browse Instagram either via hashtags or by searching for your potential venues and suppliers. Here at Hylands Estate we keep our Instagram profile updated almost daily, posting sneak peaks of renovations, behind the scenes action & cherished moments on our stories & inspirational images on the grid.

Don’t miss our Facebook and Linkedin profiles for events and updates too!

So even with most of the country in some form of lockdown, you’ll still be able to search for your venue and build your ideas from the comfort, and safety of your own home!

Aaron Crowe Photography | Edward Price

2. Planning to plan

This may sound silly, but before you can really plan your wedding, you need to plan a few things:

  • Guest numbers: venues will have very specific capacities and pricing based on guest numbers, so it’s good to have an approximate idea.
  • Budget: even if this has some flexibility, be sure to set some boundaries. Believe me it’s easy to get carried away! Before you know it, you’ve booked a helicopter arrival and a 12-tier wedding cake!
  • Style: this doesn’t need to be final, but if your dream is to have an elegant black tie event, then you may not want to spend time looking at barn venues, equally if you’re hoping to put on your own wedding festival, you may not want to look at hotel venues. Your venue can play a huge role in setting the scene for your styling.
  • Bridal party: pick your dream team, this will allow you to call on them for guidance ….. or maybe just offer you the perfect excuse for lunch dates!
  • Seasons and dates: narrowing down your preferred wedding season or date is also a crucial step ahead of contacting venues and suppliers. Check out our blog Dates: Choosing them, Booking them & Sending them.
Lavenham Photographic

3. Booking your venue

This step may be trickier than usual, the fact that venues are unable to offer private viewings due to the ongoing restrictions may mean it’s harder to pin down your favourites.

Here at Hylands Estate we are able to offer a virtual show round via Microsoft Teams, you can book a meeting with a member of the Events & Weddings Team, who will guide you around the magnificent venue and help you visualise the perfect day!

We also have a virtual wedding preview day available to view on YouTube!

We have a whole blog dedicated to helping you book your dream wedding venue: 4 Top Tips to Choosing Your Wedding Venue. Everything you need to know is right there!

At this stage we’d also advise taking out wedding insurance, which can give you some added peace of mind when confirming contracts and paying deposits.

With your wedding venue booked & your budget set, you’re good to go! Why not treat yourself to a beautiful wedding planner or diary to help you keep track of payments, supplier details and your ideas.

4. Celebrate

The pandemic may have put celebrations on the back burner, but you could think about arranging an engagement party for the summer, or even a private photoshoot to grab some special memories. Check out our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Offer!

Lavenham Photographic

5. Enjoy the journey!

Wedding planning should be fun, enjoy the journey. Ask for help, but remember it’s your special day!

To speak to us about viewing Hylands Estate for your wedding, contact the team today on 01245 605500 or by email hylands@chelmsford.gov.uk

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Intimate Weddings at Hylands Estate

Written By Amy Brown

Its true that 2020 has forced us to change many things, including the way we celebrate (temporarily) and whilst this hasn’t been a welcome change, it has shown us how creative we can be when put under pressure!

Hylands House has welcomed thousands upon thousands of people through its doors and seen them celebrate in their own unique way, usually with hundreds of family & friends. And yes it’s true, the venue can accommodate up to 300 guests, but equally the house can offer a cosy yet elaborate setting for the most intimate of celebrations!

From Wednesday 2nd December 2020, wedding ceremonies & seated meals are allowed to take place within Tier 1 & 2 areas of the UK, this is expected to be the case until March 2021. At this stage we don’t know what capacity restrictions will look like but are hopeful that Government will allow Covid Secure Venues to operate within a percentage of their normal capacity until such time as all restrictions are eased.

HYLANDS ESTATE WEDDING OFFER

Our innovative Wedding Offer allows you to book Hylands House for your intimate wedding using an hourly hire charge. Times are fully flexible and you’ll benefit from a complimentary hour ahead of your hire to use our brand new Wedding Suite for changing and getting ready!

You have the choice of one of two licensed rooms for your civil ceremony, the Drawing Room with its stunning chandelier and soft colour palette provides a romantic idyllic setting, and the lavish Banqueting Room which is set to impress your guests. You have exclusive use of the house to continue your celebrations with your guests and can even host a seated meal inside the newly refurbished Terrace Room overlooking the back lawn, or the extravagant Banqueting Room where you can dine like Royalty surrounded by silk lined walls and 24ct Gold gilded ceilings.

Lavenham Photographic

WHY LESS REALLY CAN BE MORE

Whilst your guest list may be smaller than imagined, the experience doesn’t have to be any less magical. In fact there are many advantages to having a smaller guest list:

  • Lower catering/per-head costs can be used elsewhere in the budget
  • Spending more of the budget on your dream wedding venue  
  • Creating a much more personal experience
  • More time to spend with loved ones on the day
  • Going all out with décor and finishing touches
  • Using bespoke stationery and favours
  • Selecting rare wines and luxurious menus
  • Booking unique entertainment

EXTRAVAGENCE

Hylands House is known for its opulence, its history and its charm. Having your guest list cut from 300 to less than 30 means you can make use of each room within the house enabling you to really impress your guests. Imagine taking your vows inside the Drawing Room, looking out over the East Terrace, your guests seated under the incredible chandelier. Drinks and canapés flowing in the Terrace Room followed by an exquisite meal seated inside the Banqueting Room. Each room a new and magical experience for your guests.

Benni Carol Photography | Lavenham Photographic

INSPIRATION

With lower guest numbers you have time to use more personal touches for your guest experience. Why not create bespoke table settings and favours for each guest, a personalised glass, or napkin holder, or gifts that remind them of family traditions.

Reimagine the standard round table set up and create wow factor with a banqueting style set up. Think about long table runners and fresh flowers which your budget may not have allowed for with larger guest numbers. The bonus of hosting your intimate wedding at Hylands House is that each room is so ornate you really can concentrate on the smaller things and allow the house to provide the perfect setting.

Lavenham Photographic

BOOKING

The team here at Hylands Estate are available to guide you through booking your wedding, from your initial enquiry to the big day itself. No matter the size of your guest list, we guarantee it will be a day you’ll never forget. Contact us today to book your viewing, we offer a video meeting with virtual show round ahead of a private viewing of the venue and will guide you through the process every step of the way.

Your Sixth Month Check List

Written By Amy Brown

So here we are with 6 months until the big day, it seems like a long time but there are still some key things to tick off the list!

You’ve already made big decisions such as booking your venue and securing your main contractors, namely your Photographer, Caterer and Décor team ….. and if you haven’t then please add them to the list, right to the very top of the list, maybe even highlight them in fluorescent yellow too please!

1.Book Your Contractors

If you have your hopes set on particular contractors, then it’s best to make contact with them as early as possible to secure their services. 2021 looks to be a super busy year due to the postponements sadly bestowed upon 2020, so act fast! Highly sought-after contractors will be difficult to secure the closer you get to your wedding day! You’ll want to think about booking the following:

  • Florist
  • Wedding Cake Maker – also book your cake tasting
  • Hair Stylist – book in your hair trails
  • Make-up Artist – book in your make-up trials
  • Videographer

*Remember to add Photographer, Caterer & Décor team right to the top if they haven’t been secured!

The Events & Weddings team at Hylands Estate will ask for a list of your contractors at this stage, this is so they can make contact with them to request any required documentation. For example, your Caterer will need to have a minimum 4 or 5* Food Hygiene Rating set by the FSA, together with Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of £5M as well as other potential requirements such as Personal Licences to sell/serve alcohol and PAT test certificates for any electrical equipment.

Fraser Parry Photography | Jennifer Moyes Photography

2. Budgets, Spreadsheets & Payments

Number crunching may be boring, but it’s super important to keep a list (or highly detailed spreadsheet) containing your budget plan, deposit amounts (paid or pending) for your contractors, and due dates for instalments or final balances.

If you’re lucky enough to be marrying here at Hylands then please note that your second payment (40% of your hire fee) will be invoiced to you 6 months in advance of the big day.

3. Order Bespoke Items

If you’ve chosen to design your own wedding rings, or would like to have them personalised, be sure to get them ordered with plenty of time.

Likewise if you’re ordering tailor made bridesmaid dresses, then this should become a priority now. Don’t forget to use your highlighter pen if you haven’t already ordered your wedding dress …. *faints*

Affinity Q Photography

 4. Send Invitations

Now is the perfect time to send your formal invitations, check out our blog Dates: Choosing them, Booking them, Sending them for more details!

5. Plan pre-wedding events

Whatever your plans may be, from spa weekends with the girls to sleepless weekends abroad, earmark some dates in advance so that you can enjoy a well earnt break ahead of the big day! Look at booking any hotels, flights and activities as far in advance as possible.

6. Pre-wedding Photoshoot

Had you thought about enjoying a pre-wedding photoshoot with your photographer? There’s no better way to get in some practise ahead of the big day! The images could be used in your invitations, or to update your own wedding website if you have one? They could form part of your wedding stationery, or make lovely gifts for close family?

What’s more, Hylands have an incredible Pre-Wedding Photoshoot offer running until March 2021: Enjoy 2 hours exclusive use of Hylands House for only £350! This discounted price gives you access to the ground floor of our lavish grade II* mansion house and for an additional £100 you can get ready in the comfort of our brand new Rose Room!

Lavenham Photographic

7. Plan your Honeymoon

This one is a great one, pour yourself a cocktail, fire up the laptop, sit back and browse the internet for honeymoon destinations …. The Maldives, Italy, Bali, Mexico, Thailand and the Caribbean are amongst the top honeymoon destinations. Consider asking guests for travel vouchers for your chosen travel agency, or for cash gifts to put towards your dream honeymoon (don’t forget to add these requests to your invitations!).

8. Wedding Night Accommodation & Transport

Think about where you will be spending your first night as husband and wife, you may not want to travel too far from your venue as you are likely to be exhausted from all of the fun! Here at Hylands we can provide a list of local hotels, all within a few miles of the Estate. It would be wise to get any overnight accommodation booked well in advance, you may be able to secure a discounted rate by booking more than one room for your family and friends.

Also decide upon your means of transport for the morning and evening, you may like to arrive by horse & carriage (in which case you can look no further than Hawthorn Heavy Horses who are located right here at Hylands Park!). You may like to arrive in a luxury car such as a Rolls Royce or a Bentley!

Consider group transportation such as coaches/buses to and from the local train station or a destination of your choice. Rest assured there are no height restrictions on the grounds of Hylands Estate and your coaches will be able to drive right up to the front doors of the house. With the above items under control, you should be in good stead for the next few months! You’ve got this …. and if you’re struggling,  then please reach out, pick up the phone and give us a call! We are experts in dry hire weddings and always happy to help!