The highly anticipated wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews is now just a couple of days away. The high profile couple have chosen to hold their reception at Pippa’s parents’ mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire, following a ceremony at St Mark’s Church close by in Englefield. The pretty 13th-century style church, with around 150 guests expected (some have said this could be closer to 350) is certainly going to be a smaller affair than Kate and Wills’s wedding in 2011 which 1,900 attended.
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge and her millionaire fiancé are reportedly spending £330,000 on their big day but of course much of this is speculation. There has been a very impressive glass structure erected in the grounds of the Middleton family home and it’s believed that an additional marquee is also being erected. With guests including Prince Harry and of course Pippa’s brother in law Prince William, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte as page boy and flower girl, we’re sure the day is going to be pretty spectacular.
There is of course much speculation over Pippa’s wedding dress, and how can there not be after Pippa wowing everyone at her sisters wedding. British couturier Giles Deacon has been seen visiting Pippa at home with an armful of dresses. Deacon has designed red carpet gowns and the wedding dress for footballers wife Abbey Clancy. His opulent style would be inspired but unexpected. But Pippa may well choose to go for a safer, more traditional option. There a number of British designers who would fill this brief fabulously, including Amanda Wakeley and Jenny Packham, one of Kate’s favourite choices.
The choice to have her wedding at home is certainly a far cry from Kate and Wills’s wedding in 2011. Having organised many wedding receptions at our clients’ homes, and many high profile ones, we understand all that goes into the preparations to make the day spectacular. So much happens behind the scenes with a very large team both before and after the wedding day. Large marquees can take anything up to a week before the event to build, allowing time for everything else to be put in place and the structure transformed into something beautiful.
Incorporating flowers into the reception is key to creating the look for the day and with a wedding at home different flowers may be used in different areas and for different times of the day in a really impressive way. This can help to create a wow factor for guests and means the design can change to suit the area and create the perfect ambience. We can’t wait to see what flowers Pippa and James have chosen.
Having your wedding at home also means you have much more flexibility over the day, with no restriction over a number of things such as the food and wine, time restrictions and the team of suppliers. Many of our clients choose to have a reception at home to allow them flexibility over things like food and wine, with many having their own wine and some having their own well to supply the water. However, the main reason it seems couples chose to have their reception at home is down to privacy and celebrating in a place that is truly personal to them. This to me seems like the best reason of all and we hope Pippa and James have the most fabulous wedding day.
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