Transformation: Charingworth Manor

Jane Riddell from Planned For Perfection approached us for her client’s wedding at Charingworth Manor Hotel in the Cotswolds, where they wanted a classic event with a touch of twenties glamour. Charingworth Manor is a classic British venue, with traditional Cotswold stone and creeping vines, but there can be a big difference between vintage glamour and plain old-fashioned. We helped Jane turn the event space from cosy into classy, transforming the main dining area into a stunning setting for a reception dinner…

Drab, empty dining area at Charingworth Manor with no decor. Glamorous wedding reception dinner setup at Charingworth Manor.

The mirrored pillars in the middle of the space didn’t really go with the theme, so we created bespoke frameworks on which to attach ivory drapes with warm white pealight cascades twinkling through. This set the glamorous tone, perfectly complimenting the red roses, and masked the undesirable pillars at the same time.

Plain unadorned exterior of Charingworth Manor Hotel. Exterior of Charingworth Manor twinkling with lanterns, pealights and flambeaux.

For the guests first view of the event, it was important to create an entrance with some impact. We transformed the exterior of the hotel into a entryway into something really special. Gas flambeaux are perfect for a stylish entrance, whilst medium and large coach lanterns lend an instant abundance of atmosphere. Pea-light strings in the shrubbery surrounding the doors were a pretty way to add some outdoor decoration and soften those towering stone walls! We also transformed their spa lobby into a stunning reception area…

Empty day reception interior at Charingworth Manor. Atmospheric interior with pealights, floral display and twinkling tealights.

A strong floral centre-piece calls for some strong lighting. Pinspots are perfect for drawing attention to a focal point, and a display of votive holders and rose petals can turn a pretty centre-piece into a stunning one. Amber uplighters add some warm ambience, and strings of overhead pealights are perfect for instant high impact – especially when you’ve got high ceilings to work with.

Collage of pretty storm lanterns and tealight holders.

And why stop there? Candles scattered throughout a venue can make a huge difference to the feel of an event, and clusters of distressed gold votive holders along with storm lanterns of varying sizes continued the glamorous twenties feel.

Elegant reception interior with Ivory cloth covered poseur tables.

We also helped turn this room from cosy into chic, using poseur tables with white cloths and gold glitter ties and used muslin drapes with a muslin valance, along with a few amber uplighters, to keep the hallways consistent with the theme and the rest of the venue. The couples initials on the floor added a personal touch!

Draped hallways and couples initials decal on the floor.

As night fell some outdoor ambience was required. We managed this using brass lanterns with 8-hour tealights and iron crooks – perfect for lining a drive or entrance – and pealight strings that got the trees looking twinkly in the dark. Jane’s clients got their glamorous vintage style wedding in the truly traditional Charingworth Manor!

Beautiful night time exterior with lanterns pealight strings in trees.

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