May 25, 2022

Jubilations. It's time for tea!

Jubilations. It's time for tea!
MANDORLA
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The jubilee has got us feeling inspired to throw a garden party, all these pretty pictures of bunting and cakes and finger sandwiches flying around… A spot in the walled garden would be just perfect, half sun, half dappled shade, to spend the afternoon nibbling and sipping and laughing with friends don’t you think?


Sadly we don’t have time for a Team E jubilee tea so we thought we’d fill the journal with English garden party wedding inspiration instead.

Would you like to join us? Come along, it's time for tea! 

benches set up with linen runners in the walled garden for an outdoor wedding next to the magnolia tree at manor house elmore court
Eve Dunlop

How to plan a garden wedding...

The venue comes first of course, and happily with the recent change in UK wedding law it’s now easier to get married outdoors than ever before!


Unlike the US and Scotland, back garden weddings in your own home still aren’t legal in England though, so you will need to choose a licensed venue.
Luckily Elmore Court has been approved for outdoor weddings very recently (we’ll give you a proper and full update and lowdown on all the wonderful spaces you can use very soon! Watch this space)


When looking for a garden wedding venue the garden comes first, be sure to visit the grounds and envision your party whilst stopping to smell the roses. But don't forget to also consider what capacity there is for an after party if you don’t want to stop at teatime! Be sure to ask about curfew as many outdoor and garden style venues will have an early finish time (not us!)


Once you’ve found your perfect spot you can really let your imagination run wild with inspiration.

Here are some ideas to get you started...

walled garden wedding with benches and indian parasols decor for an outdoor wedding at elmore court
Courtney Marie photography
beautiful Couple walk through the orchard in the walled garden on their modern outdoor wedding day
Harry Michael
Festival wedding on the front lawn of mansion house elmore court with flags and bunting
MANDORLA
Rehearsal wedding dinner table set up underneath the magnolia tree in the walled garden at cotswolds wedding venue elmore court
Gorgeous bride and groom pose with ice cream cones under their bunting decorated vintage ice cream stand at their garden wedding in the cotswolds
Harry Michael
Couple pose in front of green house at walled garden wedding
Wild Fern
Bride wears Stunning floral patterned french lace wedding gown in the walled garden at elmore court
Jonny Barratt
Bunting and outdoor wedding food vendors set up on the front lawn at cotswolds wedding venue elmore court for a vintage garden party wedding
Rob Tarren
Bunting on poles outside the front of mansion house elmore court for a jubilee tea party inspired garden wedding
Rob Tarren
Elegant bride in glamourous french wedding dress stands with her husband next to the flowers in the walled garden at elmore court on their wedding day
Jonny Barratt
Couple embrace under the cedar tree with a rainbow appearing in the sky at a magical outdoor wedding
Wild Fern
Bride and groom walking towards the walled garden on their wedding day at manor house elmore court
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Little boy helps himself to ice cream cone standing on wheel of vintage bicycle ice cream stand at a garden wedding in the cotswolds
Harry Michael
elegant bride and groom walk through the walled garden hand in hand with stately home elmore court in the background
Jonny Barratt
black and white shot of couple kissing amongst the flowers in the walled garden
Jonny Barratt
love amongst the vegetables. Bride and groom posing in glass greenhouse in the walled garden at elmore court
Lush imaging
Walled garden with tall trees and mansion house in the background at Cotswolds wedding venue
Jonny Barratt
Cotswolds ice cream stand with parasol and bunting for a vintage garden tea party wedding outdoors
Rob Tarren
Outdoor table set up in the gillyflower meadow for a relaxed wedding rehearsal in the cotswolds
James Davidson
bride and groom pose for couple shots in front of the beautiful glass house at their Walled garden wedding in the cotswolds
Lush imaging
Garden wedding ceremony set up on the lawn for an outdoor wedding at elmore court in the cotswolds
Rob tarren

An eccentric English tea party

In our opinion tea is always best served with a generous helping of the Avantgarde… it's up to you whether you want to dish up full mad hatter, a slice of whimsy, or just a sprinkling of surprises of course.

Here are some unusual tea party ideas from secret garden parties we’ve enjoyed at the court…

Brass band playing on the lawn at a festival garden wedding at elmore court
Through the woods we ran
clown with circus skills games for children on the lawn at elmore court for an eccentric english garden party
Eve Dunlop
Walkabout musician plays the saxophone down the steps as a surprise festival addition to outdoor wedding
Lush imaging
Bike gin bar with sign saying on your bike for a festival style garden wedding
Tom Durn
Vintage fairground style games set up against mansion house elmore court for a garden wedding with a festival feel
Through the woods we ran
Festival wedding on the front lawn of mansion house elmore court with flags and bunting
MANDORLA
festival wedding guests in front of mansion house elmore court looking very happy to be there
MANDORLA
Man wearing where the wild things are suit walks through gillyflower meadow for a secret garden party inspired wedding
James Fear
Hamish Guerrini the white rabbit of glastonbury stands with garden rake and megaphone in front of Secret garden party wedding venue mansion house elmore court in the cotswolds
MANDORLA
ALice in wonderland tea party set up on tables with cards and tea cups for a garden wedding with a festival twist
Man wearing bear suit walks through gillyflower meadow for a secret garden party inspired wedding
James Fear
Alice in wonderland tea party inspired wedding with little bottles with tags reading drink me on wedding tables at festival wedding venue elmore court
Wedding musicians playing outside under the cedar tree at elmore court
Jonny Barratt
Giant sculpture of the queen at a secret garden party wedding with a jubilee twist in the walled garden of manor house elmore court in Gloucestershire
MANDORLA

What food to serve at a garden party wedding?

A full afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and little cakes on beautiful three tiered trays, scones and cream and jam with tea and champagne would be just delightful for a weekend wedding. Served the day before as a more relaxed alternative to a formal rehearsal dinner. Or as a delicious debrief brunch the day after.


Outdoor food stalls on the wedding day itself lend a lovely vintage fete/ garden party vibe. Ice cream cones from a vintage stand, waffles from a truck, tea and coffee from a land rover perhaps?

Added canapes are a must we think!

Pimp your ice cream station at a vintage garden party theme wedding in the cotswolds
Harry Michael
Outdoor gin bar in beautiful green ombre with copper details stationed under the cedar tree for a cool outdoor wedding reception at Elmore Court
Steph Newton photo
Cotswolds ice cream stand with parasol and bunting for a vintage garden tea party wedding outdoors
Rob Tarren
Kilner jars of cocktails for a garden party wedding
Naomi Kenton
Macaroons and biscuits with messages for a tea party theme wedding
Lush Imaging
wedding ice cream with customised wafer by Wholly gelato in Elmore for a garden party
Courtney Marie
Our lovely neighbours Wholly Gelato do incredible homemade ice cream with custom wafers for weddings!
Wild wedding inspiration alfresco dining table relaxed and fun outdoor garden wedding inspiration
Chloe Winstanley
Smoked salmon garden party canapes
Lush Imaging
Box of sweeties for a pretty pink wedding with a vintage tea party twist
The Curries
Garden party wedding drinks station for help yourself drinks
Lush Imaging

Arriving Vintage style

For a garden tea party theme it’s got to be vintage we think. Big vintage buses have been super popular here  recently, they do have the most English charm and remind us all of London where Her Majesty resides…

But really you could add a ribbon to any classic car and it would be perfect!

Vintage buses parked in front of the coach house at elmore court for a garden wedding
The Curries
big red london bus for a vintage wedding garden party
Eve dunlop
Vintage car with ribbon parked in front of mansion house elmore court for a garden party wedding
Tom Durn
Vintage ambassador car decorated with foliage in front of mansion house elmore court for a garden party wedding
Rob Tarren
wedding guests arriving at the main gates for a vintage garden party jubilee inspired wedding
Tom Durn

Secret garden party

We are besides ourselves with excitement at the return of THE party of the year, SGP. If you like a spot of festival fun yourselves why not add a sprinkling of what makes these parties so magic?

Wandering musicians and walkabout performers are our go to choice. And anything that adds a little surprise to proceedings…

Later on you can let loose with DJs and full bands in The Gillyflower- it's soundproof so you don't need to worry!

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Hamish Guerrini the white rabbit of glastonbury stands with garden rake and megaphone in front of Secret garden party wedding venue mansion house elmore court in the cotswolds
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Brass band playing on the lawn at a festival garden wedding at elmore court
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Garden games

Whether you’re inviting children to your wedding or not, garden games go down a treat and really help to break the ice.
We love a team tug of war, a spot of vintage fairground and of course a game of croquet among the rose bushes (minus the flamingos) reminiscent of Alice and the Queen of hearts.

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Vintage fairground style games set up against mansion house elmore court for a garden wedding with a festival feel
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Fairytale wedding decor fit for a queen

We’ve seen a real return to fairy-tale weddings post pandemic, and an increase in princess dresses and regal décor which would fit perfectly with the jubilee theme we have in mind!

Wedding post boxes have been popping up everywhere emblazoned with her majesty's initials  

Bunting on poles outside the front of mansion house elmore court for a jubilee tea party inspired garden wedding
Rob Tarren
English fairytale wedding with white postbox and luxe florals
Taylor and Porter
union jack bunting and english flag for a jubilee inspired wedding in manor house elmore court in the cotswolds
MANDORLA
Giant sculpture of the queen at a secret garden party wedding with a jubilee twist in the walled garden of manor house elmore court in Gloucestershire
MANDORLA
vintage London bus decorated with a flower and ribbon for tea party garden style wedding
Eve Dunlop
English wedding decor sweet table with a postbox with ER the Queens initials for jubilee inspired wedding
Lush imaging
English wedding postbox for a jubilee inspired fairytale wedding
Gary Nunn

How would you style an English garden wedding? We can't wait to give you the full lowdown on all the outdoor wedding spaces we've just officially licensed!

Watch this space!

With love and jubilations,

Team E

xx

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