outdoor ceremony garden

Outdoor Weddings at Hylands Estate

Written by Amy Brown

It’s safe to say that summer has arrived (or at least for now), and with it, wedding season! What could be more apt than celebrating your wedding outside in the glorious sunshine? After months of planning we are so excited to see our new Outdoor Ceremony Garden come to life! This idyllic space has been created under the graceful tree canopy of the Estate’s woodland, complete with hand built wooden gazebo and outdoor speaker system, it really is the perfect location to take your vows.

The Outdoor Ceremony Garden will be open from March to October and is licenced for Civil Ceremonies. Read our blog to find out how to book your Registrar. You’ll be able to decide if you’d like to use the space up to 72 hours before your wedding, however in the case of bad weather, the Registrar will make the final decision. We will also create bad weather option, just in case (whilst manifesting the sunshine!)

You’re welcome to decorate the oak gazebo with flowers, and drapes should you wish, so long as all décor is attached with floristry wire that can be removed afterwards. We ask that in keeping with the rest of the venue, all candles are LED. You can also attach flowers to the wooden chairs to add your own colour scheme to the space too. Why not complete the ceremony with a stunning confetti photo! Your guests are able to throw biodegradable confetti (or natural flower petals) as you set off down the aisle as newly-weds!

The space can also be used for cultural ceremonies and blessings and the gazebo used as a Mandap or Chuppah should you require. Ceremonial fire-pits are permitted with the relevant supervision. All technical equipment such as free wifi, outdoor speakers and microphones are available here too.

Wrap up the day with a romantic photo under the festoon lighting, we hope you’ll agree that this new addition to our exclusive venue hire offering is simply magical !

If you’d like to start your wedding journey with us, contact the team today:

01245 605500 | hylands@chelmsford.gov.uk

Real Wedding: Farah & Adil

Written by Amy Brown

We love a love story, who doesn’t love a love story? We wouldn’t work in weddings unless we did, but Farah’s honest words touched our hearts. Grab the tissues and immerse yourself in the story of Farah & Adil…

Choosing the dates

“Adil and I chose to get married in the heart of winter on a day when the sun rose to a crisp cold morning whilst the empty branches of the trees lay still and, on a day we thought would be delightfully memorable as an anniversary, 21.12.21.

“In September 2021 we made a decision to get married, which gave us just over 2 months to plan the whole event.  However, we wanted to start a new chapter as a married couple in 2022 so thought it would be a magical end to the year if we could pull this off.”

Wow 2 months to plan a wedding! We love a challenge and the hard work certainly paid off.

Masoud Shah Photography

Why Hylands Estate?

“Originally being from Mauritius and having most of our family back on the island, we’d always planned for a destination wedding.  However, the effects of the pandemic meant that this was not a possibility.  It meant re-creating the wedding vision.  Switching from what would have been summery island vibes to wintery elegance.

“We chose Hylands Estate because of its grandeur and the reassurance that amongst such a large venue, support would be on-hand at all times to ensure that the event ran smoothly.  The mansion house provided the space, atmosphere and stillness to capture our most precious moments.  Our day consisted of a civil ceremony held in the Banqueting Room with our immediate family, followed by a short break for lunch with photographs, and ending with the Nikkah (Islamic ceremony) and reception in the evening.”

Here at Hylands we are experts in all types of wedding ceremonies, we work with you from start to finish to ensure your needs are met, and traditions observed.

Masoud Shah Photography

How did you feel on the day?

“Despite Adil and I being very calm and level-headed about the wedding in general, there was something about the intimacy, calmness and closeness of our small family inside the grand Banqueting Room that brought out emotions in all of us.  The significance of the event was palpable and was made even more beautiful because of the venue. 

“At the door of the Banqueting Room, as I waited for my music cue to enter, my excitement for this long-awaited moment was quickly replaced with that nervous energy you feel before launching into the unknown.  My legs began to shake and I started to worry about all the typical small details like tripping over my dress or messing up my words!  Luckily, I got through it without a hiccup.  I would do that walk a thousand times over to feel those emotions again.  No words quite capture how magical it felt in that moment.  Adil was waiting for me at the other end.  He seemed pretty calm as I walked into the room.  I am yet to ask what his real emotions were in that moment!”

*sobbing* I’m not crying, you are!

Masoud Shah Photography

How did you choose your dress/outfits?

“The grounds at Hylands Estate provided the perfect backdrop for our outdoor photos.  As is traditional for Mauritian brides, I had chosen a white wedding dress.  In keeping with themes of the winter season, I opted for lace, intricate details and a small amount of sparkle.  On the other hand, departing from the norm of a three-piece suit, Adil chose an off-white Sherwani to compliment my dress.  We couldn’t be happier with how our outfits stood out amongst the wintery gardens of Hylands, the bare branches in the background and the imposing magnificence of the mansion as we stood in front of its doors.”

Masoud Shah Photography

Tell us about your suppliers

“For the Islamic Nikkah ceremony, we used the Grand Pavilion.  This was perfect for the number of guests we had (approximately 100).  In a world where social distancing was advisable, a space big enough to hold 300 seemed perfect for the number of guests we anticipated.  The pavilion was decorated stunningly by A.R. Signature Events.  The spacing of the pavilion worked incredibly well for the evening.  Adil and I were able to circulate the room, mingling with all the guests whilst ensuring that we respected people’s personal space.  We got so many compliments on the venue and the food (a big shoutout and thank you to Wishes Catering!).  Although Adil and I struggled to eat much that evening, all our guests seemed to make up for our lack of eating!  The food went down really well.  

“Looking back at our wedding day, we would not change a single detail.  Everything and everyone came together to make our day as stress-free and smooth as possible.  Overall, it is the emotions felt at each stage of the day that stick in our minds.  For us, we have fond memories throughout and are often reminded of the finer more delicate moments thanks to Masoud Shah’s photography.”

Farah & Adil’s dream team:

Wishes Catering | AR Signature | Masoud Shah Photography | Keep It Cake|David’s Bridal | Anjali’s Bridal | Annie Shah | The Little Bloom Room | Anu Mehndi

Masoud Shah Photography

Would you recommend Hylands Estate to others?

“We would absolutely recommend Hylands to other couples.  It is hard enough finding a beautiful venue but it is an added bonus to find a venue with such wonderful, attentive and friendly staff who are constantly on-hand to make sure the event runs as you planned.”

We’d like to thank Farah & Adil for choosing Hylands Estate, it was a pleasure to be part of your wedding journey and a huge thank you for sharing your story with us. Thank you Masoud Shah Photography for sharing such incredible images.

If you’d like to start your wedding journey with us, contact the team today:

01245 605500 | hylands@chelmsford.gov.uk

Mas Shah Photography
Outside Hylands House at the Asiana Wedding Fair

All About Asiana!

Written By Amy Brown

A few weeks ago, earlier in the month of March as the hints of spring were starting to bloom, we were delighted to welcome the leaders in Asian lifestyle, fashion, beauty (and most importantly, weddings) – Asiana!

The beautiful, informative, and inspiring Asiana Wedding Magazine has helped over 100,000 couples plan their big day. Covering seasonal beauty and fashion trends alongside wedding planning essentials such as venues, catering, décor, real brides, and celebrity interviews, we were delighted to welcome the organisers of their latest Wedding Fair and be the host venue for 2022.

Asiana TV

THE PLACE TO BE

Guests that had registered to attend this exclusive event were invited to find out why Hylands Estate is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Chelmsford, and one of the most popular in Essex for Asian weddings. Our events and weddings team were on hand to share all the essential information and inspiration needed for couples to plan their big day.

As one of the largest and most versatile wedding venues in Essex, Hylands Estate provides plenty of options for Asian couples to plan their wedding ceremonies and receptions. You only need to view our gallery of happy couples to explore the range of weddings we’ve had taken place!

There are many advantages to booking at Hylands Estate, from room sizes to suit different ceremonies, to making use of the breath-taking surroundings for your photographs. We can also help with selecting recommended suppliers and caterers; our team are happy to help every step of the way.

Big Day Photography

MEETING THE SUPPLIERS

Experts in their field, Asiana put together a first-class programme of suppliers which were hand-picked to exhibit their services. Alongside our own experienced team, they provided couples with advice, free consultations as well as quotations for the super organised individuals ready to plan their big day.

Guests had the chance to meet a variety of suppliers including specialist Asian wedding caterers Blackstone an established and dynamic team with a reputation for producing and catering premium food and service. Local personalised cake creators Beaulieu Bakes & Cakes who have a track record for providing happy moments for the customers with their specially designed cakes. Décor for the event showcased the talents of companies such as A2Z Events who have pulling off show stopping events all over the UK for 4 years (and a regular at Hylands Estate!), and Events Décor Shop showing guests just how they earned their 5-star customer reviews.

Asiana TV

Bringing the party and entertainment atmosphere to the occasion was DJ Vix DnB with internationally sought-after Dhol N Bass. Family orientated photography and cinematography venture Illusion proved why they are the best in the business for capturing your special day and camera. The 360 Company demonstrated their photography skills with flair, as they showed guests how they could get incredible shots with their impressive set-up.

“Be Daring! Be Envious! Be Beautiful!” were the words of creative make-up artist Jahanara who runs Jahans Beauty who was there to make guests feel like the best versions of themselves with timeless, beautiful make-up and styling. Self-taught, professional mehndi artists Mehndi by Gurps was on hand to give guests (and some staff members) beautiful mehndi designs as a lasting memory of their day at Hylands Estate. Ensuring couples bring the best version of themselves to their big day was Priya Hurkoo who runs JP Health & Wellbeing (Herbalife Nutrition).

We were delighted that our newest partner to the Hylands Estate wedding experience Essex Stays were able to tell the Asiana guests about their luxury, private hire accommodation not far from Hylands Estate itself. Sleeping 14-18 adults, the venue is perfect to hire for weddings, or even milestone celebrations with family and friends. Greeting visitors at the entrance to Hylands House were Z Wedding Chauffeurs and Luxury Wedding Chauffeurs with a taster of their fleet of Rolls Royce Ghost Hire and Phantom Hire cars.

Asiana TV

SOUNDS AMAZING! I WANT TO COME!

You can! Our team are always chatting to couples thinking about staging their celebrations at Hylands Estate. With the flexibility of our spaces – from the rooms in the House to the spacious and luxurious Grand Pavilion – there are so many ways to make your dreams come true. If you fancy a walk around the House and learning more about its history, you can join us on our monthly Open Estate Days (typically the third Sunday of the month) where our knowledgeable staff will be delivering tours of the House.

Our next Wedding Showcase Day, this time organised by our very own team, will be Sunday 25th September! Keep an eye on our social media pages and sign up to our Weddings emails to hear first when you can book for a private showround as well as meet more suppliers you might want to consider for your perfect day.

Your guide to Civil Ceremonies at Hylands Estate!

Written by Amy Brown

If you’re planning to legally tie the knot at Hylands Estate, but not sure of the requirements then relax, we’ve put together this helpful guide to see you from booked to betrothed!

WHAT IS A CIVIL CEREMONY?

A civil ceremony is a legally binding marriage without any religious content. It is officiated by a Registrar from the local county council (Essex County Council). Whilst this type of ceremony can take place at a Registry Office, they also take place at approved wedding venues such as Hylands Estate! Although this sounds very formal, you do have the freedom to personalise your ceremony with readings, music and of course, décor! Some couples choose to follow their civil ceremony with a religious ceremony or blessing (performed by a Pastor/Imam/Priest etc). We can help you arrange the timings if this is something you’d like to do.

Matt Chung Photography

WHAT DO I DO FIRST?

Give Notice: Once you have booked your wedding venue, you will need to ‘Give Notice’ to your local register office. You must give notice at least 29 calendar days before your ceremony and you must hold your ceremony within 12 months of giving notice. (If you have booked more than a year in advance you will need to wait to give notice – jump straight to step 2!) You can find your local register office using the Register Office Finder Tool. There is a £35 fee to give notice.

Book a Registrar: You can book your registrar up to 2 years in advance, it’s advisable to book them as soon as possible to ensure you can book your preferred times. Book your Registrar here. Prices range from £610 to £720 depending on the date.

Choose your ceremony requirements: At Hylands Estate you are spoilt for choice when it comes to ceremony rooms!

The Banqueting Room

This beautifully restored room complete with 24carat gold leaf detailing and silk lined walls, can accommodate 100 guests and provides an unforgettable backdrop for your ceremony.

Matt Chung Photography

The Drawing Room

This romantic space is perfect for smaller ceremonies for up to 80 guests, this room boasts a stunning central chandelier, marble fireplace and hand-painted walls.

Matt Chung Photography

The Outdoor Ceremony Garden

A new addition to Hylands Estate, due to open in April 2022, featuring a hand built wooden gazebo nestled into mature woodland. The surrounding space will be filled with seasonal bulbs and shade loving shrubs. The ceremony garden can accommodate 100 guests and will have a built-in sound system.

If you’re planning to have an outdoor ceremony you’ll need to complete the outdoor ceremony agreement form and email it to the registrar at least 10 weeks before your ceremony.  In bad weather your ceremony will need to take place indoors. If there is bad weather on the day, it is up to the registrar to decide whether to hold the ceremony outside.

Matt Chung Photography

Complete your Venue Ceremony Planner: To make your personal choices known to the Registrar you will need to complete a Venue Ceremony Planner and email to the register office at least 10 weeks before your ceremony.

Here you will be able to select your legally binding declarations as well as some additional wording that can be included should you wish. You also need to note down the music that will be played for your entrance, signing of the marriage schedule and recession.

You may also include additional readings from friends and family, these will need to be added to your Venue Ceremony Planner for approval by the registrar.

You have the choice to exchange rings as part of the ceremony and select your preferred words for this traditional aspect too.

Tino Antoniou Photography

YOUR WEDDING DAY

When the big day arrives, our Events Team will be on hand to welcome you to the venue and settle you into the Wedding Suite ahead of your civil ceremony. The Wedding Suite comprises of three separate rooms with adjoining bathroom, designed in keeping with the abundant gardens that surround Hylands House. Find out more about the Wedding Suite here.

Interviews: The registrars will arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to commence and will interview both you and your partner ahead of the ceremony.

It is traditional to keep the Bride & Groom apart until the ceremony, and we are very well rehearsed in ensuring you don’t accidentally sneak a peak at your partner before walking down the aisle!

Your Duty Manager will let you know the registrars are ready to interview you and of course if you prefer to do this together, you may. Please let us know your wishes at your final meeting.

Music: At Hylands Estate we have a portable PA system and we are always happy to manage the music for you. If you provide us with an iPad/tablet with a playlist please remember to turn the device onto flight mode and unlock any passcodes (no one wants to receive a notification halfway through Pachelbel’s Canon in D major!).

The traditional order of service:

  • Processional: The bridal party typically walk down the aisle ahead of the Bride. Guests will be asked to stand for the entrances. The Groom and Groomsmen will usually be in the ceremony room ready and waiting. The Bride will generally enter with a loved one before her procession down the aisle. If the Groom doesn’t shed a tear at this point we can arrange a poke in the eye
  • Welcome: A short welcome speech by the registrars.
  • Readings: Any pre-approved readings will be read by your loved ones ahead of the exchange of vows.
  • Exchange of vows: The registrar will lead the reading of the vows whereby the couple commit themselves to one another.
  • Exchange of rings: Whilst this isn’t a legal requirement most couples do opt to do this. The registrar will be handed the rings, usually by the best man, and then in turn the you will place a ring on each other’s finger with a dedicational phrase of your choice.
  • Declaration of marriage: The registrar will officially announce you husband and wife (or wife and wife or husband and husband) and say you may kiss …the audience then give a big round of applause!
  • Signing the marriage schedule: You will be seated behind the head table to sign the marriage schedule, witnesses will be called to stand in attendance. Your photographer will usually take photos here and then invite guests to come forward to take their own.
  • Recessional: Now officially married, you will exit the ceremony to your chosen music. Your guests will be asked to stand and applaud! From here you may go on to have a confetti photo on the East Terrace, followed by couples portraits in and around the venue whilst your guests enjoy  drinks and canapes in the house and back lawn.
Tino Antoniou Photography

Confetti Photo: A fun tradition that marks the end of your civil ceremony and the beginning of your marriage! This tradition can be traced back to the middle ages and is said to bring a lifetime of luck and happiness to the married couple….. we think it also makes the best photo!

Your Duty Manager will lead your guests to the East Terrace and once in position, they will usher you through the Drawing Room and out to the terrace. Responsibility then falls to your photographer to capture the perfect picture!

We simply ask for confetti to be bio-degradable or natural flower petals so that it doesn’t upset the gardens and wildlife.

Benni Carol Photography

Now legally married, we hope you enjoy the day with us at Hylands Estate, it’s an honour to be part of your plans and we promise to help bring your wedding day dreams to life!

To find out how to book your own Hylands Wedding, contact the team on:

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

Picking the perfect engagement ring!

Written By Amy Brown

Image by Godson Studios

With a New Year usually comes new plans, and if yours includes proposing to your partner, this blog will guide you through the process of selecting the perfect engagement ring!

Choosing an engagement ring is a big responsibility and with so many factors to consider, it can certainly be a daunting task! Whilst you could get lost for hours, even days deliberating over the shape, size and colour, we’ve put together some helpful tips to help you whittle down the task.

Savvy & Sand

How do I know what style she’ll like?

Buying an engagement ring may be a new concept for you, but chances are your Bride-to-be has thought about this ring already, maybe even chosen one and more than likely, dropped some hints along the way! Were you paying attention?

Look at the jewellery she already wears, take note of the style: is it subtle and timeless or a little more unique? You could even ask friends and family for some help, they may have some valuable inside information!

STYLE

So firstly, you’ll need to consider the style of the ring based on these categories:

Solitaire: A traditional style that is both elegant and timeless, designed to showcase the diamond.

Halo: A luxurious statement style that sparkles from all angles! Smaller diamonds are set in a halo around one solitaire stone, adding extra wow factor.

Trilogy: Why have one diamond when you can have three? This stunning style is on trend for 2022!

Cluster: A cluster of smaller diamonds set together to create super sparkle!

Vintage/Heirloom: Sometimes the most special gestures, are those that are rooted in sentiment. An heirloom ring passed down through generations can be just as precious as a new ring. Why not have the ring customised slightly to suit your bride?

The Diamond Store | Tiffany | Queensmith| Goldsmiths

PRECIOUS METAL

Once you have picked the style you’ll need to decide on the precious metal type, it will have a big impact on the look (and price) of the ring! Platinum and white gold are the most popular choices. Yellow gold is perfect for the more traditional bride and rose gold for a more vintage twist!

Pinterest | Beaverbrooks | Goldsmiths

DIAMONDS (WHICH ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND)

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes…. as well as different cuts, clarities and colours! Our best tip here is to start with your budget because that will dictate the quality of the diamond. Here are the four C’s you’ll need to consider, in order of importance:

  • Cut: This refers to the craftsmanship of the diamond. A diamond must be cut in perfect proportions to produce the best sparkle! The better the cut, the better the diamond and of course the more it will cost.
  • Colour: …or lack of it! We like our diamonds as clear and white as possible! A pure diamond will have no colour and is therefore rarer and more valuable. 
  • Clarity: Diamonds are naturally formed gems and will have unique internal characteristics called inclusions, as well as external characteristics called blemishes. Clarity is also graded, the most clear and perfect being the most valuable.
  • Carat: This is a measure of weight, not size. One carat is equal to 200mg which can be subdivided into 100 points. A two carat diamond is not necessarily more expensive than one carat – it will depend entirely on the first 3 factors.
Diamond cut styles: round brilliant, emerald, cushion, oval, heart, radiant, princess, pear, asscher with facet diagrams

GEMSTONES

Diamonds may not be your girl’s best friend, so why not look at other precious gemstones? Famously worn by Royalty throughout history, gemstones are characterised by their beautiful colours, rarity and beauty. Precious gemstones can be lower in price than traditional diamonds and be every bit as breath-taking!

Here’s a round-up of our favourites!

Fenton & Co | Rachel Boston | Pinterest | Savvy Sand | Goldsmiths

Congratulations, now you’re ready to hit the shops equipped with your new found knowledge! One last thing to remember: don’t forget to ask for a certificate of authenticity!

We hope she says yes! ….

Savvy Sand
Rachel Boston
Tiffany & Co
E.C.One
Queensmith

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

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!