Leez Priory is a palatial manor house that oozes history from every corner. Its traditional Tudor exterior conjures up delightful images of all those glorious movies and TV shows about the era. Its gardens, so colourful and exuberant in the spring and summer months add a touch of romance. For those interested in hosting a wedding, we should mention there are some unexpected free dates for a summertime wedding. Check out the link for more details.
Would you believe this stunning slice of English heritage, nestled in the Essex countryside, is only an hour away from Central London? It is yet another component to Leez which makes this venue so perfect.
Since opening up its doors to engaged couples in 1989, Leez Priory has been bestowed with numerous awards and accolades, such as being voted ‘Best UK Wedding Venue’ by the readers of Wedding Ideas Magazine in 2014.
Capturing the History
We’ve discussed a variety of themes in other posts, including Tudor themes or those based on Game of Thrones. However, it might be worth taking a look at Leez itself for inspiration. Founded as an Augustinian priory in 1220, this manor house has its roots in Medieval times. Any theme used here should take advantage of that glorious wealth of history.
As The Wedding Secret says, on the subject of historically themed weddings:
“A historical wedding theme is a brilliant way of unifying your special day and adding unique cachet to the proceedings. If you’re fascinated by history and would enjoy stepping back into the past for a day, a historically-themed wedding gives you the perfect excuse to do just that.”
Choosing the Medieval era as your base, then mixing it up with modern elements is an awesome way to go full-on romantic. A good example is to line the walkway up to the top table, where you and your beloved will be seated, with red rose petals. Church candles are also a big winner, so have as many as you can handle dotted around the reception hall.
For your colour palette, rich reds, regal purple and heaps of gold are the order of the day. Instead of having white table cloths, go for purple velvet and place burgundy throws, with gilded regal embellishments over the chairs.
When it comes to flowers, we think it’s perfect to go for something wild! Wild flowers, picked from a garden or meadow, offer such beauty, and they are quite versatile. They’re suitable for historical, rustic and boho themed weddings, so if you’re a couple who likes to blend themes, these would be ideal. A quick peruse through Pinterest will give you some great ideas.
A crucial thing to remember is that the historical-style wedding doesn’t need to be entirely accurate. You’re not putting together a BBC production of a period drama, after all. Take your time to browse some ideas, and then mix it up with a bit of contemporary flair, something that is truly unique to you as a couple.