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How to plan your own Downton Abbey wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2012 0 comments yet. Be the First

We have finally managed to catch up on the latest episode of Downton Abbey, the hit TV series that follows the Crawley family and their servants as they go through romance, ambition, desire, shocks and heartbreak.

As those who follow the show knew, the third series would start with the planning of the wedding of Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley (apparently they’re related way down the line), who after an on-off romance in the previous seasons would finally get their fairytale wedding.

As viewers finally got to see Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) walk down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, played by Dan Stevens, all we could think of: how could you have a Downton Abbey wedding yourself?

The venue

If you’re after a true Downton Abbey wedding this is your first port of call. The home of the Crawley’s is actually the sumptuous Highclere Castle, which is within easy reach of London, Bristol and Southampton. The Castle is licenced to hold civil ceremonies and will provide a out-of-this-world backdrop to your wedding photographs.

Whether you’re after an intimate wedding or a celebration extravaganza, the wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help you plan your perfect day, right through from ceremony to reception.

The only thing that could cast at shadow over your 1920’s style wedding location is the cost.. The venue fee ranges from £12,000 to £15,000 (+VAT) depending on season. But that’s worth it for the ultimate Downton wedding, right?!

 The wedding dress

Lady Mary looked every part the 1920’s bride as she came down the stairs, revealing her wedding gown to her father – and the world. As was the norm in this era, she wore a simple ivory column dress, with a satin sash drawing in below the waist and sheer, long sleeves. The look was completed with a jewelled headband and a cathedral length veil. Gorgeous!

There are a lot of wedding designers who specialise in this style of gowns, but we’d recommend taking a look at The Vintage Wedding Dress Company or Jenny Packham.

The hair and make-up

While Mary sported a rather demure look, for roaring twenties hairstyles think waves and Hollywood Glamour- and a feather or two – or a shiny bejewelled headband. When it comes to make-up it is all about bold lips and dramatic eyes . Take your time to research hair and make-up artists in your area to ensure you find the right person for the job. And look to celebsville for inspiration. More than one beauty has graced the red carpet in a 20’s style.

The groom’s attire

Your husband-to-be needs a morning suit with a matching waistcoat, no doubt about that. Add a top hat to the look for the ultimate 1920’s groom.

The guests

Now this is where it gets tricky. For the perfect replica of the Downton Abbey wedding, you’d need an eccentric American grandmother, a quirky and traditional English grandmother, a sister who married the chauffeur and lots – and we mean LOTS – of servants. Oh and a healthy dose of drama just before the ceremony…

The best solution: simply invite everyone dear to you and your future husband, and it will be a blast!

There you have it, the basic elements of planning your very own Downton Abbey wedding.




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