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No Ordinary Wedding Venue

Once Upon a Time

Lumley Castle across the centuries

A Magical Day

The perfect setting for every occasion

Small but Beautifully Formed Intimate wedding celebrations at Lumley

Sleeping Beauty Bedrooms fit for a king or queen

Bridal Belles Dream dresses for every bride

A Taste of Lumley A feast for all with Lumley’s Head Chef

Our Winter Wedding Katie and Marc share their special day

Midwinter Magic at Lumley December weddings for less than £5,000

One Moment in Time Capture precious memories with wedding photography

Oh Crumbs Spectacular centrepieces for your special day

Bloom for Improvement The finest flowers for notable nuptials

You’re now about to embark on one of the most exciting adventures of all; marriage - and where better to exchange your vows and celebrate with family and friends than magnificent Lumley Castle? Our fairy tale venue has everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams - from staircases, just made for brides to sweep down, to elegant rooms which glitter with the light of dazzling chandeliers. From stunning grounds - the perfect backdrop to your wedding photos - to sumptuous bedrooms where you can kick off your heels and relive every moment of your special day. At Lumley Castle we believe that every wedding should be wonderful, special and unique, so please call us on 0191 389 1111 or email We can’t wait to meet you.

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It’s a castle straight out of a fairy tale, with knights and their ladies, dark deeds and dungeons and even a ghost. Let’s take a little look back at Lumley….

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All the best fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time, hundreds of years ago…” and Lumley Castle’s story is no exception.

However, tragedy continued to stalk the family with the brutal murder at the castle of Sir Ralph’s wife, the beautiful Lady Lily of Lumley.

As you walk through its corridors, over uneven, stone flagged floors, you are walking in the very footsteps of the good, brave knight with whom our tale begins; Sir Ralph Lumley himself.

Set upon by local priests and hurled down a well in retribution for refusing to convert to Catholicism, Lady Lily is said to walk the corridors of Lumley to this very day

A brave and popular soldier, Sir Ralph inherited Lumley, then a relatively modest manor house, in 1389 and set about remodelling it into the castle you see today.

Following Sir Ralph’s execution, all the wealth and land belonging to the Lumley family were given to the Earl of Somerset who owned the castle until his death in 1421.

This was a time of almost constant warfare, when prisoners were thrown into and often left to die in dungeons below the ground, when a castle was a fortification as well as a home and when lives were often short and ended brutally.

However, the Earl had no son, so, under Elizabethan law, Lumley Castle and all its land was restored to its rightful owners - in this case Thomas, Sir Ralph’s grandson.

Over the following 20 years he triumphed on the battlefield and this gallant and fearless knight was also at Edward IV’s side as they rode into battle against the late Queen Margaret’s armies. After his death in 1485 he was succeeded by his son George and thus began 400 years of peace in the land with the Lumley family playing an important role in court life and in Chester-le-Street well into the 1800s. Over the centuries each generation left its imprint on the castle, with alterations and differing decorative styles, which are still on display and are enjoyed by the thousands of visitors who have dined and stayed at Lumley Castle since the No Ordinary Hotels group added it to its portfolio of unique venues in 1976.

Heritaage So it was for Sir Ralph, who barely had time to enjoy his castle before he and his son Thomas were imprisoned for their part in a plot to overthrow Henry IV and replace him with Richard II. In 1400, they were stripped of their titles and then executed.

Like his grandfather before him. Thomas proved to be a valiant and dashing soldier and played a prominent role in the War of the Roses. As a reward for his efforts he was appointed Constable of Scarborough Castle for life and in 1461 he was summoned to Parliament, where his family peerage was restored.

The House of Scarborough still owns Lumley Castle, however, and the present Earl plays an important part in its day to day running.

And, so, our tale ends, as all tales should, with everyone living happily ever after. Now it’s time for your tale to begin.


A Magical Day Can’t decide where to hold your wedding celebrations? Why not follow us now on a short tour of Lumley Castle’s stunning function rooms?

Most of us have a picture in our head - admittedly, often quite a fuzzy one of our ideal wedding venue. Perhaps we picture ourselves glowing under the radiant light of glittering chandeliers in an elegant, pastel-coloured room. Or we might imagine being formally piped into a wood panelled hall to greet our guests - our ivory gown beautifully offset by the rich wall hangings and the candlelight. We might, of course, want both; a mixture of fairytale Gothic and elegant Georgian - and suddenly the enormous task that lies ahead; of finding a venue that meets our every need, seems an impossible dream. Well, fear not, Cinderella - you need look no further than Lumley Castle.

It can seat up to 110 guests and its portrait lined walls and rich red décor are perfectly suited to formal occasions. The Garter, too, is an excellent choice for couples planning a larger celebration with its elaborately draped curtains and timeless elegance providing a beautiful backdrop for up to 132. Straight out of a Jane Austen novel, this is a pretty confection of soft colours and delicate plasterwork, making it one of our most popular rooms for everything from drinks receptions to the ceremony itself.

Seating from as many as 130 guests to as few as 12, they offer spectacular views over the grounds, endless versatility in terms of style and sufficient space to seat your friends and family in comfort.

An added advantage here at Lumley is the layout, with the rooms offering endless flexibility in terms of how you choose to use them. Why not come and take a look for yourself? Explore the castle a little and picture yourself here on your wedding day - we can’t wait to show you around.

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A Magic In the 600 years since it was built, each century has left its mark on Lumley. Within its ancient walls lies a myriad of rooms, each bearing the stamp of the generations who made it their home.


Perhaps the jewel in our crown is the magnificent Baron’s Hall at the heart of the castle. Rich and opulent with its stone flagged floor and impressive, carved fireplace, it is a superb choice for any couple seeking the “wow” factor.


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While big can be beautiful, small is certainly very, very special,

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Not all weddings need to be lavish affairs and there is something particularly charming about a small, intimate - perhaps slightly less formal - occasion.

and Northumbria, are the last word in romance, seating up to 56 and 40 guests respectively, under glittering chandeliers and providing a gorgeous backdrop for photographs.

The joy of Lumley Castle is that it has a range of rooms of differing sizes, all steeped in history and character and all of which lend themselves perfectly to smaller weddings. In fact, our two most beautiful and elegant state rooms; Scarborough

However, perhaps you want an even more intimate celebration, in which case our private dining rooms; The Gilt Room and The Sceptre catering for up to 16 and 12 guests respectively - are perfect.

In fact, what could be more fitting than celebrating your wedding day with those who are closest to you, in a softly-lit opulent room, around one large table glittering with silver and crystal? These rooms also lend themselves perfectly to slightly less formal more fun-filled celebrations - it’s your choice…and your wish is our command.



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A striking gold harp and beautiful voice can give an unusual and magical touch of class to your civil wedding, civil partnership, church wedding, reception, conference or special occasion.

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Janet Bennett is the official harpist and singer to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne and is presently delighting audiences world wide with her music and songs. These can be used as part of a wedding ceremony or as background music during the drinks or meal. For further help and advice on how this talented musician can make your wedding or special occasion truly memorable, contact: Janet Bennett 13 Broxholm Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5RL Tel: 0191 276 3019

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Sleeping Beauty And so to bed. Why not kick off your heels and spend your first night of married life in the comfort of a Lumley Castle bedroom? The fireworks have finished, the last guests are making their way home, your head is filled with the memories of laughter and, for the first time in your married life, you and your husband are alone - so where better to relax and relive the day than in one of our gorgeous bedrooms? Lumley Castle is the last word in opulence and, whether you stay in the castle itself or in one of the charming courtyard rooms, you’ll find yourselves cocooned in comfort but with all the modern luxuries you need to feel totally pampered and cared for. With four poster beds hung with richly coloured drapes, deep pile carpets and heavy curtains keeping out the chill of the night, you’ll sleep as soundly as every princess in a fairy tale castle should. One thing the castle most certainly isn’t, however, is a museum. Lumley’s roots may lie in the mists of time but it lives very much in the here and now - which is why your room will also offer you modern comforts along with more than a sprinkling of wow factor stardust.

And, when you find it, you’ll be delighted to discover it’s a far cry from the days of yore with tin baths and a strip of cloth to dry yourself - instead, you’ll find an endless supply of hot water and soft, fluffy towels with which to ease away the tensions of the day. One of the reasons so many bridal couples choose Lumley is that there’s plenty of accommodation - so family and friends can extend the celebrations with an overnight stay. But what of the happy couple themselves? Which is our most spectacular suite - the one fit for a king and his queen? Well, if its rooms are the jewels in Lumley Castle’s crown, the magnificent King James Suite is the biggest and most glittering of them all. The perfect choice for the happy couple, the centrepiece of this spacious suite is a 20ft high, canopied, Queen Anne bed, richly draped in black and ruby damask to complement the crimson and gold embossed wallpaper and brass and ivory light fittings.

Beauty You can’t find your en-suite bathroom? Look again - perhaps it’s behind the bookcase or, like Narnia, through the wardrobe.

Could there be a more wonderful end to a romantic day than curling up in a feather bed in the turret, perhaps, of a castle and waking to breathtaking views of its surrounding parkland? So, celebrate with us and stay with us because there really is nowhere more lovely than Lumley Castle.



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Established for 17 years the Wedding Wardrobe is the most sought after bridal boutique in the north east, situated in Chester-le-Street with a car park opposite, finding us couldn’t be easier.

We are stockists of the world renowned designer Maggie Sottero whose gowns incorporate corsetry and support which creats an enviable figure whatever the dress size. Chosen for their quality and uniqueness the Wedding Wardrobe also stock gowns by Farage, Benjamin Roberts, Allure, Eternity and Lou Lou. Our newly arrived 2014/15 collections are pure bridal glamour with classic vintage details. Our hardworking team are dedicated to offering you a personal and unforgetable visit in a calm and relaxing enviroment, we enjoy hearing all about your plans and visions for your wedding which helps us find the perfect gown for you. Our indvidual payment plans can be tailored to your own needs, helping you to afford your dream gown. We also offer a mens formal hire service. Booking an appointment is advisable so that we can give you our undivided attention. Our brides tell us we have the best selection of gowns in the north-east, why not come and see for yourself?

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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for; when you slip into the dress of your dreams for the most important day of your life … but which dress will it be?

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Many girls start dreaming of their ideal dress when they lay hands on their first bridal Barbie or get picked as a bridesmaid. Over the years, the style of their dream wedding dress will probably change as fashions change, but one thing will remain; the desire to look their most beautiful on their wedding day. The dress you wear for your wedding will probably be the most important dress you ever choose and every style expert agrees that the best way to ensure you look magnificent is to choose a dress that plays up your good points and cleverly conceals any problem areas. If you have full hips, avoid overly shiny fabrics – such as satin - and elaborate ruffles, for example. Equally, a small bust may benefit from a cleverly wired bodice or a hugely stylish halter neck, while a larger one will require excellent support and need to be a superb fit.

Because the weather here in the North East can be unpredictable at the best of times, if you opt for a strapless dress then you might want to try on some of the fabulous stoles and shrugs currently available. From soft-as-a-kitten faux fur to cobweb lace embellished with sequins, these are a wonderful way of adding a little glamour to a plain dress and perfect for brides who would like to cover up a little for the ceremony and can easily be removed when the dancing begins. You can be brave with colour, too. White, which has long been relegated to the back benches in favour of ivory, is making a dazzling come back this year but those who find it a little harsh should keep an eye out for the soft pinks, rose golds and oysters that are also enjoying the spotlight. Think, too, about the day itself. If you’re likely to be outside a lot for photographs then do be aware that a train of any length will attract grass stains. They’re tricky to dance in, too, so you may wish to have a detachable one or a separate outfit all together for the evening.

Another trend we have glimpsed on the horizon is for fresh flowers. Not necessarily the dense floral halos made popular by the Duchess of York in the 1980s but something simpler and lighter.

Belles Be led by fashion, but not ruled by it. The good news this year is that the choice of gowns is enormous; from striking column dresses to heavily embellished 1920s-style gowns. From gently flared A-line skirts to three quarter length prom-style dresses.

One of the biggest bridal influences recently – thank you Kate Middleton - has been the return of the tiara, but we believe this is a fashion tide about to turn. Bridal bling is moving towards Great Gatsby-inspired diamante hair slides and clips - in fact, if your hair is long enough, a chic French pleat adorned


with a glittering comb looks effortlessly elegant and adds real pizazz during the ceremony, when you have your back to your guests.

So, where to start? Here we’ve shown you just a handful of the styles and dresses on offer but the best thing is to try on as many styles as you can and remember that a dress that lacks magic on the coat hanger may be simply stunning on.

Try them all: with veils, with hair slides, with capes, with shrugs and, most importantly, with heels you can walk in. Your dream dress is out there - enjoy looking for it.


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Food lovers across the region are flocking to Lumley Castle, largely thanks to the efforts of one man. Meet our head chef, Richard Chilver…

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Tradition and modernity go hand in hand at Lumley and nowhere is this more evident than in the food it serves - both to diners in its renowned Black Knight restaurant and, of course, to wedding parties. In the two years since head chef Richard Chilver, 34, took the reins, the menu and, in fact, the whole approach to cooking, has enjoyed a radical overhaul. “We believe in serving not just the best of British ingredients but the very best that this particular region has to offer,” said the married father of three. “Whether we’re taking simple vegetables like parsnips and slow roasting them in honey, or using locally reared lamb in a dish of cutlets and suet pie, it’s about using the best quality ingredients and serving it with a little flair.”

Starter Duck and pancetta terrine with crisp leaves, fig jam and brioche bun Sorbet Sour cherry and amaretto sorbet

Main Oven roasted, rosemary-marinated rump of lamb, with garlic mash potato, seasonal vegetables and redcurrant, honey jus

Indeed, one of Richard’s strengths is his ability to give classic British dishes a modern twist - serving red lentil soup with an onion fritter and a dash of mint yoghurt, perhaps, or pan fried sea trout with a baby leek and shitaki mushroom broth. “It’s about giving diners the comfort of familiar ingredients, but presenting them slightly differently,” he said, “making the entire dining experience a pleasure and a little bit special.” Of course, no meal is ever as special as that served at a wedding and Richard and his team are expert at the two elements that matter the most; superb food for large numbers.

Sweet A taste of chocolate: dark chocolate and pistachio terrine, white chocolate and coconut panna cotta, milk chocolate and raspberry brûlée garnished with homemade hazelnut match maker, chocolate tuille and chocolate milk shake

Taste “Catering for weddings is a particular skill,” he said, “as each dish served must be perfect yet the quantities involved can be mindblowing. “Thankfully, the experience I gained as head chef at The Sage Gateshead has served me well and I love being able to offer our bridal couples a wider choice of dishes than they generally ever expect.”

So, whether you opt for a formal wedding breakfast, an informal buffet - or, indeed both - Richard and his team will work with you to create dishes fit for a king, no matter what your budget.

Starter Smoked salmon, prawn and cream cheese roulade with herb mixed leaf salad, and lemon mayonnaise dressing Sorbet Green apple and calvado s sorbet

Main Breast of chicken rolled in Italian herbs, wrappe d in smoked pancetta, serv ed with fondant potato seasonal vegetables and a chunky tomato provincial sauce

Sweet Baked chocolate tart with Horlicks and Malteser ice cream

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Our Winter Wedding

AS the year drew to a close Lumley Castle wove its magic for one couple, just beginning their married life together … Sometimes, something just feels right and that’s when magic happens. Just ask Katie Malone. After 10 years and two children with boyfriend Marc Tallentire she hadn’t given much thought to getting married and then “it just sort of came out of the blue around about last October,” she said.

“We are highly recommended by Lumley Castle Hotel to their Brides for our gorgeous collections and superb service”

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“I loved the idea of a winter wedding but time wasn’t on our side so we had to organise it all very quickly. I looked at a couple of wedding venues,” said 25-year-old-Katie, “but as soon as I saw Lumley I just fell in love with it. It really is a fairytale castle.”

And so it was that, on December 27, following a ceremony at St Patrick’s Church, Consett, the happy couple’s vintage car drew up at Lumley Castle and the celebrations really began. Bedecked in all its Christmas finery, Lumley was at its warm and opulent best and, after reception drinks, the wedding party headed for the medieval grandeur of the Baron’s Hall for a formal, seated wedding breakfast. “The atmosphere was just wonderful,” said Katie, “and the food was superb.” Then, as the day came to an end, a volley of fireworks lit up the castle. “It was beautiful,” said Katie. “I look

back on it now and it was everything I could have wished for - I wouldn’t have done any of it any differently. It really was magical.”

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Where could be cosier or more magical than Lumley Castle for a winter wedding? With thick stone walls, opulent décor and open log fires, Lumley Castle is the perfect venue for bridal couples looking to tie the knot in the depths of winter. And, now, we’re offering a Winter Wonderland wedding package on specific dates in December.

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Midwinter Magic at Lumley of a starter of leek and potato soup or tomato and mozzarella salad followed by poached breast of chicken with a rich roast gravy or turkey with all the traditional festive trimmings. Diners can choose from a dessert of Christmas pudding and brandy sauce or orange and cranberry cheesecake with mulled berries, with coffee and sweet mince pies rounding off the meal.

The hotel will also include menu cards, Christmas crackers, a table plan and place cards along with the services of its in-house wedding co-ordinator and a hot and cold evening buffet in the package.

Special For just £4550 couples can welcome 65 daytime guests and 100 evening guests with canapés and a reception drink choice of Bucks Fizz or mulled wine prior to a ceremony in one of the hotel’s ornate function rooms. This can be followed by a threecourse wedding breakfast consisting

A range of additional items is also included such as white table linen and chair covers, a top table flower arrangement, the castle’s candelabras for use as table centre pieces and a choice of coloured bows for the ceremony and reception rooms.

Then, for the perfect end to your perfect day, unwind in the unparalleled comfort of a complimentary Standard Courtyard double room.

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One Moment in Time They say a picture paints a thousand words - so good photography is crucial in telling the story of your wedding.

Thanks to the rise and rise of smartphones, everyone from your elderly aunt to your teenage nephew will be pointing and pressing, preserving every single moment of your special day.

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And that’s all well and good, but, unless you really want your day to be recorded in a series of happy snaps - which will probably get increasingly blurred and erratic as the day goes on - then you need to call in the professionals. After all, you’ve spent months planning your wedding, hours perfecting your hair and make-up and fortunes ensuring everything is exactly how you want it, so the very least you should do is ensure your photos really do you, your guests and your venue justice. One of Lumley Castle’s major advantages is that it looks fabulous inside as well as out so even if the weather’s dreadful and pictures

in the grounds are out of the question you have a myriad of wonderful rooms and atmospheric nooks and crannies to choose from. In fact, it’s a good idea to choose your photographer well in advance of your wedding as Lumley offers a wealth of creative possibilities and it makes sense to explore them all beforehand so photography on the day runs as smoothly as possible. There is no sadder sight post-wedding than the face of a much-loved relative who has failed to appear on a single wedding photo - particularly if they have travelled halfway round the world to be there - so do make sure you give your photographer a list of your nearest and dearest. Specify, too, the way in which you’d like your pictures presented. This may be the age of social media but there is still nothing to beat a good, old-fashioned album - not to mention smaller versions, perhaps, for both sets of parents.

So, what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to the pictures themselves? Well, formal groupings are still a great way of recording the event but the trend is less posed than it once was. So, you might still have a grouped shot of, say, the groom’s family, but taken more informally, while they are laughing or chatting, rather than staring rigidly ahead A good plan is to go for a mixture of black and white and colour shots and the trend for taking pictures from bizarre angles is, thankfully, on the wane - however, the choice is yours. Most photographers are happy to show you examples of their work and this is a great aid in helping you choose. Remember, your wedding isn’t a dress rehearsal. It only happens once and, while your memories will last forever, they will fade with time. And that is when you will really value a truly wonderful set of photographs.



Oh Crumbs Wedding cakes are having something of a moment, as brides give a tweak to tradition with the most delicious results…

The traditional three tiered fruit cake, encased in rock hard, white, royal icing a monument to the art of sugar craft - will always have a place in a girl’s heart. But there are some new kids on the block and they’re pretty incredible, too. As cake baking techniques get cleverer and as brides increasingly opt to stamp their wedding with their own ideas and tastes, trends have changed and there is now simply no limit to what can be achieved or chosen.

Specialists in designing individual wedding and celebration cakes. With our collective culinary expertise and cake artistry, we can design your wedding cake to your exact wishes. From fantasy creations and traditional styles to contemporary chocolate sensations, we will design your dream wedding cake.

One thing is for certain, however; a cake of some sort is crucial. Not only does it provide a focal point throughout the wedding breakfast but, when they join hands to cut it, the bride and groom are united for the first time in their married life. So, how best to make sure your cake lingers in the memory long after the last crumbs have been devoured? If you want a confection with wow factor then unleash your creative streak. You don’t have to stick to fruit cake, for example. Sponge cake is popular with all ages - and why not give every tier a different flavour?

This is similar in style to the traditional French croquembouche; a mouthwatering tower of profiteroles filled with crème pâtissière and coated in spun sugar … topped with a sparkler or two this is guaranteed to impress even the most wedding weary guest. Another current trend which owes more than a nod to our French cousins is that of replacing the sweet wedding cake with a savoury version made entirely of cheese. It’s entirely up to you whether you opt for wheels of cheese stacked in ever smaller tiers or a tiered arrangement of individual cheeses but this is a very nice way of introducing the ‘cake’ to the celebrations. It can be presented either before or after dessert - it shouldn’t really replace it as you do really need to offer guests a sweet dish - and is a great choice for less formal, more relaxed and intimate weddings, when everyone is easily able to help themselves.

Do have fun too with the icing and decorating. By all means opt for colours which echo your theme but why not also use your decoration to reflect your sense of humour, hobbies or interests?

Whatever you choose and however you decide to display it and serve it give your wedding cake its turn in the spotlight… and let it shine.

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Another option, which gives tradition a wonderfully modern twist, is to create a sugar sweet pyramid of individual cupcakes - one for each guest.

Sweet In fact, why stop at three tiers? You can turn your cake into a tower by creating fake tiers out of iced and decorated cardboard (an old, confectioners’ trick to add height and pizazz at a fraction of the cost).

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Cake decorating is huge news at the moment with confectioners exploring ever more elaborate and inventive designs and techniques - so do have some fun with it.

Bloom for Improvement This year, brides aren’t just saying it with flowers - they’re positively shouting it…

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because blooms are back and bigger than ever.

When it comes to weddings, flowers are one tradition that will never wither and die. In fact, the fashion for all things floral is positively blooming. From pedestal arrangements to bouquets, buttonholes to table decorations, flowers aren’t just the supporting cast anymore, they’re centre stage - and rightly so. For too long we’ve chosen our flowers for the wrong reasons; to tie a colour theme together, to give a bridesmaid something to hold or to fill a gloomy corner of the church. Of course flowers do all these things but they also bring so much more to the party, namely fragrance and beauty and today’s brides have cottoned on to that. It really is true that every bride is beautiful - and the natural beauty of flowers enhances that radiance and complements it perfectly.

can create a far better effect with a big display? We’re not talking tall centrepieces here - they’re impractical and annoying as they block the view. Shallow bowls of flowers, though, teaming over with ivy and clouds of gypsophila (often called Baby’s Breath) look wonderful - or why not scatter scented petals over the tables? Fragrance is also a crucial part of a wedding day and, again, flowers come to the rescue. Who wouldn’t want to exchange their vows in a rose scented bower or take a reassuring, calming sniff of fresh lavender to steady the nerves before they walk down the aisle? Of course, heavily scented blooms particularly old English roses - don’t come cheap. So, clever brides are taking a tip from their great grandmothers and inserting herbs - such as rosemary - or sprigs of lavender into their bouquets.

When it comes to perhaps the most important floral display, however; the bridal bouquet, again, think big. You want to meet your groom swathed in a floral cloud, not tightly clutching a hand cut sheaf of lilies or a small, tightly packed posy of roses. These simplistic styles of the last decade have already faded, to be replaced by a general sense of lushness and abundance. The colour of the blooms you choose may also be influenced by fashions and ever since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge filled Westminster Abbey with trees, there has been a return to typically English, cottage garden flowers. So, whether you go for vivid pink peonies; scented, softly-coloured sweet peas, or that most English of flowers, the rose, make sure your day is filled with perfume and petals.

Bloom That is why today’s brides are quite literally surrounding themselves with floral displays. It’s all about quantity; in the number and range of displays and in the flowers themselves. Why just pop a single, small arrangement on a table when you

Another trick which works wonderfully well is to scatter a few drops of a good, floral essential oil onto pedestal arrangements or, at winter weddings, onto radiators.


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For as long as there have been weddings there have been celebrations - and planning them is one of the most enjoyable prewedding tasks.

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From music to magic, from fireworks to fiddlers - quite literally on the roof, if you like - when it comes to entertaining your wedding guests Lumley offers a myriad of opportunities. As with so many of your wedding plans, you can be as creative as your imagination and budget will allow, so perhaps the best starting point when planning music and so forth is to consider the various elements of the day.

the register: after all, this is probably not the time or the place to give your guests a blast of gangsta-rap.

Not only are these great fun but they appeal to all ages and guests can join in or take a break as they choose.

One of Lumley’s strengths is the flexibility it offers in terms of space the Minstrel’s Gallery in our Baronial Hall provides the perfect setting for everything from harpists to DJs - not to mention our Ladies of the Court whose repertoire covers everything from traditional

It might also be worth considering hiring a face painter or balloon modeller to keep younger guests amused or even setting aside a small, colouring-in-and-comics space within the main reception room.

ballads to livelier Geordie anthems.

Lumley is also hugely fortunate in having plenty of space outside, so you may want to consider taking the celebrations outdoors - perhaps laying on some outdoor games such as croquet or ending the day with the bang of a thousand fireworks as they light the night sky.

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Entertain Nothing sets the tone quite like music, so why not welcome your guests to Lumley Castle with a string quartet playing in the courtyard or a bagpiper greeting them at the top of the drive?

Traditionally, however, the majority of the entertainment is held after the wedding breakfast - when, speeches over, the bridal party can let their hair down and really celebrate with friends and family.

Think about the sort of music you might like throughout the ceremony, too. Tradition tends to win the day here as most brides would prefer the soothing strains of classical music as they sign

Again, live music is a great option - as is a DJ - but why not consider something a little more orchestrated, such as a ceilidh or Scottish country dancing?

Whatever style of entertainment you choose, we have the space, the sense of fun and the experience to make it happen.


Flavoured hot chocolate or coffee, £3.50 per person. Warm up your guests with hot chocolates and coffees in flavours such as orange, mint and caramel - perfect with a slice of wedding cake.

Savoury wedding cheese cake with crackers, chutneys and accompaniments, £175.

And Another Thing When planning a wedding, the devil, as always, is in the detail. Why not sprinkle a little special stardust on your day with our enticing enhancements?

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Here come the girls Ladies wine tasting experience, price on request. Give your hen night a sophisticated twist with a three course dinner followed by wine tasting in one of the Castle’s private dining rooms.

Setting the scene Chair Bows, £1.60 per chair. Our shimmering organza chair bows come in a wide choice of colours and provide an elegant way of continuing your colour theme and dressing your room.

Traditional Scottish bagpiper, £165. Our traditional Scottish piper will greet you and your guests on arrival at Lumley and entertain you throughout the celebrations.

Master of ceremonies, £165. Our medieval Master of Ceremonies will ensure your day runs smoothly by formally announcing each stage of the proceedings.

Ladies of the Court, £255. Our Ladies of the Court will sing to you and your guests during your drinks.


Food and beverage Gorgeous gifts Chocolate fountain, £315. Our cascade chocolate fountain with accompaniments is the perfect sweet treat for you and your guests.

Champagne glass tower, £80. The Champagne glass tower is a simple, yet stunning, centre piece with unequalled wow factor. Fill it with Bucks Fizz or Champagne for a memorable drinks reception.

Drinks fountain, £80. This magnificent drinks fountain is the perfect display for an alcoholic fruit punch or a non-alcoholic cocktail for children and non-drinkers. Still beverages only.

Candy stand/ cookie stand/ savoury stand, £165. Our traditional Lumley Castle cart can be filled with an endless array of colourful sweets and candies, delicious homemade cookies and cakes or savoury snacks.

Lumley Castle chocolates, £10. A charming box of 12 assorted chocolate truffles - a lovely gift for bridesmaids or a pre-wedding treat just for you.

Mini alcoholic favours, from £3 each. Treat your guests to wedding favours with a twist; miniatures of their favourite tipples, including port, brandy, Baileys Irish Cream, Jägermeister and Courvoisier.

Presentation bottle of Champagne, £39.50. Pop the cork on a bottle of house Champagne and let the celebrations begin with a toast to the bride and groom.

Presentation bottle of Champagne and Lumley Castle chocolates set. £50. Start - or end - your special day with this luxurious Champagne and chocolates set.

This beautiful pair of Champagne flutes, engraved with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date, are available in Silverline or Platinum designs.

Engraved cake knife and slice. £40. This elegant set, engraved with the bride and groom’s names and wedding date and available in two designs, can be used on the day for the cake cutting and then kept forever.

Lumley Castle cake-in-a-jar favours. £3.95 each. These delightful, edible, wedding favours come in a range of flavours.

Lumley Castle unique cookie favours. £3.95 large, £2.95 small. Our bespoke shortbread or gingerbread cookies in a range of shapes make great favours and can also double as place cards with guests’ names piped in icing.

Lumley Castle fruit hamper. £20. Treat your guests - or the happy couple - to this hamper of seasonal fresh fruits, which can be placed in their bedroom on arrival.

Lumley Castle cheese hamper. £35. Again, present this as a gift or surprise a guest or loved one by arranging for this hamper, filled with prestigious cheeses, to be delivered to their bedroom.

Lumley Castle teddy bear, £15. Our gorgeous teddy bears in their Lumley Castle jumpers, make a lovely gift or memento of your wedding day.

Enhancements Uplighters, £185.

For the wow factor and instant glamour choose these fabulous uplighters,that cascade coloured lights around the room throughout your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening disco.



This fabulous three or four tier cake is created from premier cheeses and decorated here at Lumley Castle - an excellent alternative to traditional wedding cake.

Engraved Champagne flutes. £40.

Court jester, £165.

His juggling, jokes and limericks will entertain children and adults alike.

Visit from Santa Claus, £165.

A winter wedding just wouldn’t be the same without a visit from Father Christmas. All children will receive a gift and photograph opportunity.

Mulled wine and sweet mince pies, £3.95 per person. These festive treats are a perfect addition to your winter wedding here at Lumley Castle. Serve with your evening buffet or while enjoying fireworks under the stars.

Lumley Castle teddy bear and presentation bottle of Champagne set. £50. This delightful set includes a bottle of House Champagne and a Lumley Castle teddy bear.


Our fleet of luxury vehicles range from a 1 passenger Lamborghini Gallardo Convertible to a 28 passenger Party Coach. This allows us to cater for different group sizes and with such a diverse range of vehicles we can cater for all budgets too. You can view our entire fleet and get a quote on your favourite vehicle from our website. Based in Teesside we cover the whole of the North East. Our special Wedding Day packages include your chosen vehicle(s) dressed with ribbons to match your colour theme, flowers inside and come with complimentary bubbly. Our packages and tailored to suit your requirements so we’re able to provide you transport whether you’re having a church, registry or civil service wedding.

Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a

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Holiday Stylist is your local independent Travel Agent. We can arrange Weddings Abroad, Honeymoons, Familymoons, Stag and Hen Weekends or even pre-wedding spa breaks. We offer a bespoke and unique service to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. From budget conscious to top class luxury - no request is too small; we will offer you personal honest advice and ensure every last detail is taken care of. Out of hours appointments available.

The Wedding gift you’ll never forget Ask for a special and memorable gift you’ll never forget, we not only take care of your holiday arrangements but can arrange a gift registry service to enable friends and family to contribute towards your trip. Perfect for the bride and groom who have everything. We will arrange complimentary gift list cards and you will receive a record of those you have contributed towards your trip of a lifetime.

Call us on 01207 281419 or 0191 3894163 • 4 Beamish Street Stanley Co Durham DH9 8AH

Lumley Castle Bridal Magazine 2014  
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