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Summer Weddings

Picture the scene - a beautiful summer's day, a stunning bride and suave groom and the most wonderful castle wedding venue, with stunning grounds for fantastic photographic opportunities. Getting married in the summer months is the choice of the majority of couples, so booking your wedding venue well in advance is recommended.

As it is also a time when the schools are closed, many families book their holidays, so sending out 'Save the date' cards is a way of ensuring that your special day is marked in advance on everyone's calendar. With beautiful sunny days and long, light evenings, the summer months are perfect for every aspect of your wedding and, with planning, your day could be the most spectacular occasion.

Discuss the menu for your reception with your wedding venue staff; most prestigious venues will cater differently for the seasons, with fresh produce and lighter choices available for the hot summer days and delicious long, cold drinks to quench the thirst. Enquire if your wedding venue can provide an ice cream vendor for your younger guests and remember your guests may not desire to be outside for long periods in very hot weather, so ensure the interior of your venue is able to cater for everything you would like.

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It is best to avoid midday if you are having an outdoor ceremony, due to the sun being at its strongest and the risk of overheating, resulting in yourself and your guests becoming uncomfortable. An afternoon ceremony is wonderful on a summer's day, with the possibility of a fantastic sunset opportunity for some romantic wedding photographs.

When selecting your wedding dress or gents' suit, opt for light materials such as silk, cotton or linen, which will keep you cool and remain looking crisp and comfortable. When it comes to the wedding dress, the bride becomes the centre of attention for all and as such, her bridal dress should reflect this beautiful season with soft, floating materials such as silk, chiffon, georgette or organza. Bridesmaids and groomsmen also need to be dressed in light, cool fabrics to avoid them overheating. Parasols in the summer make fabulous accessories and serve to shade the bride and bridesmaids from the sun.
Remember to use sunscreen and insect repellent for outdoor weddings, it is advisable to test these products in advance to avoid any dreadful looking allergy rashes on your big day. If you are employing the services of a professional beautician, ask them to supply a moisturising foundation which contains a sunscreen factor.

If your wedding venue offers a most perfect setting, with beautiful gardens, hidden pools and a pretty woodland walk, you and your guests will appreciate being able to escape the direct sun and wander into the shade. Choosing a wedding venue with rolling lawns and majestic old trees to provide shade from the sun will prove to be perfect.

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The summer months offer a variety of spectacular flowers for bridal bouquets and bridesmaids posies. Brides select their flowers to compliment their bridal gown, match their bridesmaid's dresses, and for their own unique style and taste and the choice is almost unlimited in the summer months with abundant supplies of Orchids, Lilies, Iris, Roses, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Freesias and numerous other varieties, all fragrant and vibrant for the bouquet.

Having your wedding at a spectacular castle wedding venue can make the bride feel like a princess and her jewellery and accessories should match the occasion, with sparkling tiara, necklace, bracelet and earrings, glittering and dazzling in the sunlight, she will certainly be the centre of attention.
Summer is the ideal time to search for some of the most romantic Castle Wedding venues and country retreats the UK has to offer. Planning a summer wedding whether you opt for a secluded pretty church or a civil service at a spectacular Castle Wedding Venue can turn your dreams into reality.

At some wedding venues you can get an 'All-Inclusive' exclusive wedding package which provides you with the very best professional services in their respective industries, such as; Photographers and DJ's and a ceremonial red carpet, floral arrangements, chair covers and sashes, a beautiful bridal suite and exclusive use of all the bedrooms for your guests. With such packages you can relax and be confident that everything will be taken care of by experienced professionals.

For the perfect romantic, magical summer wedding, select a beautiful Castle Wedding venue, where you can ensure your wedding photographs have an amazing backdrop, your every need is catered for, and you can snuggle up in a stunning four-poster bed at the end of your day.
'Exclusive Use' at the wonderful 17th century Rowton Castle offers you the whole castle from your arrival at midday, through until breakfast the following morning. You and your guests will have the luxury of warm, sumptuously decorated period rooms to yourselves to relax in, the gentle rolling grounds to explore, and the best service that our skilled, imperturbable team can offer.