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Italian Wedding Ideas

Jan 25, 2022 | Wedding Ideas and Trends, Wedding Venue

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Our Private Wedding Venue in Essex will transport you to the heart of the Italian countryside with our Luxury Italian Wedding Ideas.

Italian weddings are traditionally loud and luxurious with laughter, tears, and a simplistic elegance that captures perfectly the beautiful emotion of the moment. So it’s easy to understand why an Italian-styled wedding is becoming a popular choice for couples who are looking to bring a touch of Mediterranean romance to their wedding day. If you’re hoping to host an Italian-themed wedding that will make you and your guests feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany, our exclusive use wedding venue has plenty of great ways to incorporate traditional details.

Wedding invitations that reflect the mood.

Even though your Italian-inspired celebration is being held closer to home, your invitations are the perfect place to begin incorporating your wedding theme. Add sophisticated details like calligraphy and wax seals to your stationery. Elevate the design and give your guests a hint of what’s to come.

Italian wedding invite
Italian wedding invitation

The Wedding Venue.

If you’re hoping for an Italian wedding theme for your celebrations then it’s important to  choose a venue that can offer you plenty of options for your wedding ceremony and dining experience. We all know how temperamental the British weather can be, so depending on the time of year, eating alfresco may not be on the menu. However, a glass Orangery that allows you a grand space, flooded with natural daylight, will invite the outdoors in, offering you the beautiful setting you require for an Italian wedding reception without the worry of bad weather conditions.

italian wedding ceremony in essex
italian wedding ceremony in essex

One big happy family!

Depending on the number of guests attending, you can create a seating plan which includes separate tables. Or, as the Italians like to do it, one long reception table. This will bring everyone together just like they are one big family. It’s a great way to make everyone feel included and will certainly get the conversation going.

italian wedding meal
italian wedding venue meal

Style your Italian Wedding Venue

Think soft olive groves and golden sunlight, terracotta ornaments and beautiful flowers tumbling from large stone urns. Ceramic pots are the perfect combination of rustic and earthy. Fill them with greenery and fragrant herbs, like rosemary and basil, or individual olives trees, setting a mood that reflects the pastoral vibe of the Italian countryside. And, who knew lemons could look so chic! Pile them up in vases and place them on tables, not only do they inject a ray of Mediterranean sunshine into the surroundings, they also smell beautiful too!

italian wedding lemons
italian wedding statue
italian wedding flowers
italian wedding lemons

Italian gardens and vineyards

Wow your guests with immaculate gardens worthy of a renaissance painting. No Italian wedding would be complete without topiary, decked with twinkling lights and large natural stone terraces where guests can enjoy aperitivo rinforzato (drinks and appetizers) such as Prosecco or Aperol Spritz and bruschetta with Prosciutto and Grana Padano. A vineyard may be a tall order for some Essex wedding venues, but Baddow Park House aims to please, providing you with sunset views across the Estate’s charming vineyard and rolling countryside.

italian wedding gardens
italian wedding vineyard in essex

The Italian Wedding Feast

Food is one of the highlights of any Italian wedding. Eating in Italy is a serious business. If you are planning a refined menu then you would begin with the Antipasti or Starter which is served at the table, this is a light course and might consist of salad or a beef or fish tartare. This is followed by an amazing Primo Piatto, the first course, which incorporates a pasta dish such as ravioli or perhaps a risotto, there are endless options. The main course (Secondo Piatto) can be made of fish or meat such as beef, lamb or guinea fowl and is paired with a side dish. Chicken and Rabbit are not very much eaten at wedding meals. To crown your unforgettable wedding feast, the Dessert or Dolci will be served. Choose from famous Italian desserts such as Tiramisù or Panna Cotta, and don’t forget the espresso or macchiato! ‘Un caffe’ is a must to end your Italian Wedding Feast.

Italian pasta wedding food
Italian wedding food
Wedding food pizza

Rustic Italian Dining

For a more relaxed dining approach or evening reception food option, what could be better than a slice of fresh stone baked Neapolitan Pizza generously sprinkled with Parmesan straight out of the pizza oven? Pair your slice of Italy with large sharing bowls of delicious pasta and colourful salads. This can be followed by a wonderful Sweet buffet with small portions of different specialties. The Log Shed Bar with its purpose-built pizza oven and BBQ in the immaculate gardens of Baddow Park House, can serve you up an unforgettable alfresco Italian banquet that your guests will be talking about for many months to come.

log shed bar in essex

Drink and be merry!

A Classic Aperol Spritz is the perfect way to kick off your Italian cocktail hour. An Italian Aperitif, it’s traditionally enjoyed before a meal to get your stomach nice and ready for the wedding feast to come. Aperol has a delightfully sweet citrus flavor that is brought to life with Prosecco bubbles, yet not too sweet thanks to the soda water. Its bright red-orange color is fun and festive too! Close your eyes for a second whilst drinking and, it might even feel like you’re in Italy.

Aperol spritz at wedding

Inject some glamour

Italy is home to some of the biggest fashion and couture houses in the world.  Designer brands like Missoni, Versace, Gucci, Prada, and Valentino. So when it comes to your wedding day, we definitely suggest upping your fashion A-game. Traditionally the gown should be white as a symbol of purity. And, the bride would wear two dresses, one for the ceremony and then she would change for the evening reception. One way you can add glamour to your look is with dramatic accessories, like a striking pair of heels.

italian wedding shoes

Get the party started

An Italian wedding reception is the last part of the days events.  Guests usually have the most fun, drinking and dancing and going a bit wild! A typical Italian wedding is like a party, everyone dances late into the night, including the older crowd.

The most popular choice of entertainment is always a DJ. Or, you could opt for a combination of a live band to play for the first two hours, and then a DJ until the end of the wedding. Whatever your choice, do not forget to pick a song for the first dance. And, possibly another two for a dance bride-father and groom-mother. Songs can also be picked for the cutting of the wedding cake.

Fire pit at baddow park house in essex

Set the evening mood with lots of candles, and twinkling lights in the gardens. This will create a soft, magical atmosphere. The warming surroundings of the fire pit, in the gardens of Baddow Park House, is the perfect place to chill out between dances. It welcomes friends and family to gather. Here they can talk about the day’s events, drink liqueurs, and toast marshmallows.

Style your Italian Wedding at Baddow Park House in Essex.

Baddow Park House Private Wedding Venue in Essex is the perfect place to hold an Italian Wedding.  It offers excellent transport links to Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Kent, and London Stanstead Airport. Baddow Park House is the ultimate wedding venue in Essex. With sun-decked terraces, blazing log fires, fabulous glass orangery, a wealth of ceremony spaces, and sumptuous accommodation it has become the most sought-after wedding venue in Essex. We offer fine dining at its best and a team of experienced staff and trusted suppliers to plan and cater to your every requirement. We do everything in our power to ensure that you and your guests have the most fabulous time throughout your stay with us. All expectations are exceeded at our private country house wedding venue in Essex.

Italian wedding car

Visit our wedding venue – Baddow Park House West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7SY. Telephone: 01245 473969

Wedding Reviews
We were booked to get married September 2020 but due to covid, we re-scheduled for September 2021. I wanted to say a huge thank you to the team at Baddow Park and especially Kelly – Group Operations Manager, for being so accommodating. We were very worried about the unknowns of having to re-arrange. However, Kelly and the team took that worry away. The process from having a “back up date” to confirming a new date in 21 was seamless, Kelly and her team were ALWAYS available via phone or email for a quick chat or to discuss the day in-depth. The upset of having to move our day never came as we knew the team had it all under control and that they would make our day even more special next year. We can’t wait to get married and celebrate at Baddow Park house with their fantastic team and gorgeous surroundings!

5 star rating

Fleur & Andy

From our first visit to see Baddow Park even before all the renovations we were in love with it and knew this was the place we wanted to get married, not only was the venue and garden beautiful but Kelly made us feel so welcome we knew it would all go smoothly…   Then COVID happened and so close to our wedding day, all was arranged and we were waiting ready and excited for our wedding day, but in one day, id not only cancelled one wedding but prepared an alternative one, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the flexibility of Baddow Park and Kelly’s support with all our questions and worries of “What do we do now”   She has kept in touch with us throughout the year as we have changed dates and ideas and at not one point has anything I have asked been a problem. Unfortunately a 2020 wedding is not possible so now we wait for the perfect wedding at Baddow Park in 2021!

5 star rating

Victoria Partridge

What a magical wedding day we had at Baddow Park House, every single detail was perfect. From initial viewing to booking to pre-wedding preparation, you were all so helpful and supportive, nothing was too much trouble and no questions were left unanswered. The house is beautifully kept and the grounds exquisite, the atmosphere was lovely. Baddow Park is a truly beautiful place to get married.

5 star rating

Kirstie and Andy

We want to thank you sincerely for making our wedding day so special. Everyone thought the organisation was excellent and everything went so smoothly. Baddow Park is a beautiful place to hold an intimate wedding, the house and the gardens are just delightful. Everyone there said what a lovely venue it was. We had the most beautiful wedding and we are very grateful.

5 star rating

Mrs & Mrs B

From the moment we saw Baddow Park for the first time we knew this was exactly where we wanted to have our wedding reception. Combining beautiful grounds with the ability for us to personalise our day this was our perfect venue. We truly could not have asked for a better day and for all at Baddow Park House together with their suppliers who helped make the magic happen.

5 star rating

Nick & Lorna Bastian

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