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An Italian Wedding Theme

May 21, 2020 | Ceremony Types, Wedding Ideas and Trends

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An Italian Wedding Theme

Luxurious lake views, the choicest of cities and picturesque countryside – Italy has got it all! If you had your heart set on a traditional Italian wedding but are put off by the complications of logistics, why not consider an Italian inspired wedding at Baddow Park House.

Have an Italian inspired summer wedding at our luxury wedding venue

The Setting

Recently renovated for 2020, the Orangery promises to be the hub of any wedding day! This large, light space with views over the rose-decked terrace and vineyards beyond is truly impressive.

Seating 120 guests on round tables or 150 banquet style, this room can cater for wedding parties of any size.
The bi-fold doors open out on to the terrace to create a unique indoor/outdoor feel. There are another set of doors leading to a small balcony area, which is great for a photo opportunity with the pond and vineyards providing an incredible backdrop.

The Orangery houses the impressive bar which has a hint of an art-deco feel to it. The bar is stocked with a large range of drinks and our resident caterers ‘Abigails and Co’ provide an in-depth knowledge of wines and cocktails to complement your dining experience.

The gardens at Baddow Park House have been extensively planned to provide the best outdoor space for your wedding day. A large terrace area made of luxury, natural stones leads off of the Orangery and out to some truly unique features.


An alfresco wedding is often much more versatile than an indoor wedding ceremony. With this in mind, the Pavilion has been expertly crafted with a green oak frame. The hand-cut fish scale reclaimed slate tiles are then topped with a copper weathervane. It’s no wonder more and more couples are opting to say their vows outside.

With the option of personalising the Log Shed Bar to suit your requirements, you could opt for traditional Italian aperitifs to be served such as prosecco or Aperol Spritz. This upgrade easily transforms a standard drinks service into something which people will truly remember and talk about!.


Atmospheric lanterns, candles and traditional olive leaves intertwined with oranges and lemons create the most romantic and rustic setting. If you are looking for floral décor, flowering verbena hanging from the roof of the Orangery would transform this space into an Italian style ‘Cloister’. The table names could take inspiration from Italian wines, placemarks or towns.

Food and Drink

Italy is famed for having the finest wines and cuisine, it’s no wonder couples choose it for their destination wedding. Our resident caterers Abigails & Co offer fully flexible menu options to provide our couples with a truly unique service. We believe your wedding day is a day to remember and should be delivered how you have always dreamt of it. Abigails and Co offer a professional and complete catering service, bringing you fresh, seasonal produce with an in-depth knowledge of wine.
Here are few mouth-watering options…

Welcome drinks – why not serve your guests the classic Aperitif Prosecco. Served in gorgeous saucer glasses on the terrace

For your wedding breakfast, Abigails and Co could serve the following sumptuous offerings.

Carpaccio of British Bresaola with feta cheese, ruby chard and honey roasted figs.
Wild mushroom tortellini, sautéed wild mushrooms with Tarragona and black truffle cream.

Homemade potato gnocchi, served in a pesto and mascarpone sauce with pan fried king oyster mushrooms, spinach and pine-nuts.
Seared Essex lamb loin served with risotto Bianco, confit tomato and asparagus.

Vanilla panna cotta with strawberry compote, strawberry gel and freeze-dried strawberries.
Traditional Venetian Zabaglione, amaretti style tuille and a shot of iced Limoncello.


Bomboniere are the Italian equivalent of favours and are typically boxed sugared almonds. There are many suppliers that can custom-make unique and bespoke boxes for these traditional favours. It is customary to give your guests 5 sugared almonds each to represent: health, wealth, fertility, happiness and a long life.
Alternatives to these favours could be miniature bottles of Italian liqueurs such as Limoncello or Disaronno.


Italian weddings have lots of fun traditions that you could incorporate into your day from the guests wearing green to bring the couple good luck, or even the tradition of tie-cutting! During the evening reception, the Groom would cut up his tie and ‘sell’ pieces to the wedding party with the proceeds going to the honeymoon fund!

The evening

A discrete clear down of table and chairs, transforms the Orangery for the evening’s celebrations with room for a DJ, Band and dancefloor meaning a large space for you and your guests to party together!

For the evening buffet, why not serve your guests traditional stone-baked pizzas, fresh from our log shed bar set within the gardens.

Continuing with the romantic, alfresco theme, gather your guests around our fire-pit. Set within whimsical woodland, this is a fantastic location when the sun has set. With marshmallows, the finest hot chocolate and Italian liqueurs, entertain your guests under a canopy of stars.

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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