A beautiful venue we decorate for weddings often is Firle Place in the heart of the South Downs.
It may look familiar without you realising where you have seen it.
It has been featured in many a film (recently Jane Austens' Emma 2020 ) and TV (Bake off The Professionals 2022) to name just a few.
From the minute you enter the winding drive up to the Georgian mansion, you know you have found somewhere truly special.
Firle Place offers a range of locations within its grounds for your wedding from the sheltered Courtyard and The Great Hall to The Riding School for larger weddings and the grounds if you prefer a marquee wedding reception.
Firle Church is within walking distance too, if you fancy a Church wedding first, with further TV fame, as the Vicar Peter Owen Jones often features on BBC historical documentaries.
The Courtyard itself offers a very intimate private space behind the blue doors for your wedding vows.
Recently we had the pleasure to decorate this setting for a couple who wanted a riot of colour. the two free-standing columns were created on-site and framed the entrance to the Blue Doors.
The Georgian Riding School itself features many interesting original features from the original stalls to exposed beams.
It holds up to 250 guests but is often screened for smaller events.
Decoration-wise - the iron arch which leads into the School is perfect for a garland or two or a burst of colour to welcome your guests.
Inside the School - some couples choose to drape the ceiling and walls to make the space feel more intimate. (BTW - The 6 x faux foliage chandeliers are part of the room)
Others prefer the open beams but choose elevated stands with floral arrangements on top to soften the room.
For past decorations, for a couple who wanted a sustainable wedding, we filled the room with fresh living trees and planted personalised wooden crates for the tables.
For the entrance wooden door, we have created free-standing deconstructed archways that frame the door - if you have your top table in front of the doors it looks amazing with structure behind.
The venue has two large olive trees which we have decorated with fresh flowers often.
The Riding school can take a LOT of decoration -our advice is that tables need to be as full as possible to create an impact, whether you choose a multitude of different size bottles and jars filled with wildflowers or more structured designs, choose to go maximalist in this setting, is our best advice, or everything will look a little lost in this large space.
We suggest a bowl of flowers or at least 3-5 jars and bottles per place setting for 4 people.
Alternatively full foliage garlands with spaces for candles and flowers.
Here's what our lovely couple Lucy and Edward thought of their colour-filled wedding flowers.
" We were blown away by the beauty of the arrangements, it's a fine line creating flower designs with a lot of colours they can easily look tacky, but you used your expertise to make our vision come to life. Thank you so much! Lucy & Edward"
For further information on this venue call Bryony at Blue Door wedding who manages bookings for this venue - click here for their website. Blue Door are also expert on what does and doesn't work for this venue.
Contact asap to book your wedding flowers - dates are limited for 2023.
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We look forward to hearing from you!