This year couples seeking a magical setting for their wedding day are in for a real treat, as Bridwell – the beautiful Georgian country home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten – has opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 240-year history.
Ideally located moments from the M5 in rolling Devon parkland, and complete with its own red and fallow deer herd, Bridwell is already creating a name for itself as one of the region’s hottest new exclusive-use wedding venues both with locals as well as couples from London and beyond.
Lord Mountbatten and his team have created a relaxed, yet stylish venue, featuring a plethora of romantic spaces in which to say ‘I do’ or to host a memorable wedding reception.
The House has five elegant reception rooms, with space for up to 60 guests in the larger rooms, and further meeting and recreational space on the lower ground floor.
The house offers accommodation for up to 20 guests in 10 spacious, generously appointed bedrooms, each with its own distinctive style.
The elevated position of the house within the Bridwell estate ensures that all of the bedrooms are afforded superb views over the deer park and on to the rolling Devon hills and valleys.
The Orangery, situated close to the house, is one of several jewels in the crown at Bridwell, providing substantial self-contained meeting or entertaining space of approximately 255 sq metres (1,765 sq ft) in a most attractive building surrounded by south-facing gardens.
The 19th century Gothic style Chapel’s impressive architecture belies the intimate atmosphere within.
It is suitable for a broad range of events, including civil marriage ceremonies, leisure activities, meetings, dinners and drinks receptions – all within easy reach of the main house and the Orangery.
From the charming Gothic-style chapel perfect for civil ceremonies to the impressive 150-seat Orangery, it is a delightful building with four French doors opening on to the gardens and approached under a long pergola, fragrantly scented with wisteria and honeysuckle in the flowering season.
Bridwell’s 100 acres of parkland, featuring an ornamental lake, tennis court, helipad and hangar, further supports an almost limitless set of opportunities for events.
Marquee events, luxury ‘glamping’, concerts, shows or a huge range of outdoor activities are all perfectly possible.
The team at Bridwell would also like to share their Top Wedding Trends for 2015…
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To show off your technical savvy – apps can help the busiest bride-to-be stay on track, as well as giving you some priceless inspiration.
TaskRabbit can link you with people in your area who have the experience, or simply a trusty pair of hands, to help you with all your pre-wedding tasks.
TouristEye will provide you with ideas for the most unforgettable honeymoon.
Appy Couple will allow you and your guests to go paper free. Personalise a mini-website where guests can RSVP, browse your gift list and research transport options.
With these apps and our experienced event management and wedding planners you can ensure a stress free build up to your big day.
Changing into something shorter and more manageable so that you can wow on the dancefloor is a wedding favourite.
Who wouldn’t want to have an excuse to wear two gorgeous dresses?
But why stop there? In true Hollywood style, brides are starting to take it one step further, with yes, a third outfit change.
Glide down the aisle in a gown; roam around your reception in a sheath and dance like a diva in a mini dress. (Ask our beauty contacts to give you a hair style that will match all three!)
Ditch the dress
To cut back on the need to change altogether, why not ditch the traditional and restrictive wedding dress and opt for an on-trend jumpsuit or chic separates.
Celebrities like Olivia Palermo and Solange Knowles have been trend setting this modern sophisticated look – so why not follow suit.
Boho-chic music festivals
Roll two events into one and have your very own wedding festival.
With the more informal approach a favourite among many modern couples, this is a great way to introduce a bit of an edge and stay ‘low key’.
There are a number of outdoor options available at Bridwell for your music event and even the option of sleeping under the stars in a glamping tent, courtesy of our partner the Pop-Up Hotel, to really make it authentic.
To enhance your Boho look there are some stunning alternatives to the classic T-bar heel.
Barefoot sandals come in a plethora of different options, from beads to crystals and lace to ribbon.
They are also a perfect gift for bridesmaids, who are sure to appreciate a night without heels.
Casual weddings may be the trend du jour, but formal affairs are making a comeback and are bigger and bolder than ever.
Think opulent champagne towers, valets and even crowns for the new Mr and Mrs. Glide down Bridwell’s dramatic, sweeping staircase to greet your guests and indulge yourself in the stunning Lord Ivar or Lady Ivar suites to really feel like royalty.
Not to upstage the bride, but food is taking centre stage at weddings in 2015.
Those nights spent drooling over Great British Bake Off or Masterchef will not go to waste!
From doughnut dessert walls and hanging salad stations, our catering partners can help you to create a gastronomic masterpiece.
Whether formal or informal, make sure to support British blooms. English Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas, Dahlias and Ranunculus continue to be go-to favourites among brides, as they are romantic and versatile.
Pantone have announced that Marsala red would be their colour of the Year and weddings are taking notice.
The rich and earthy colour is popping up on everything from the bridesmaids’ dresses to invitations and is particularly popular for fall/winter weddings.
Enlist our help to add a splash of colour to proceedings.
Thank you to Bridwell for sharing their amazing new venue and also their top wedding trend predictions for 2015.
To Contact Bridwell
Phone: 01884 842430
Images Credit: Venetia Norrington Photography