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Inspirational Ideas

It’s about making ideas happen.

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
-Thomas Edison

We offer more extras, more imagination and more wedding va va voom than any other destination, which means surprises around every corner and more merriment than is generally considered decent.

The more eccentric the idea, the more we throw at it. Our only limit is our limitless imagination, so try this little lot for starters:

Go outdoors!

We have so many amazing outdoor features it would be a sin not to use them! Whether a winter or summer wedding there’s plenty to go around!  In the winter why not provide blankets and marshmallows around the fire for late night chats under the stars and fairy lights to reflect on the day. In summer get married on the main terrace, surrounded by palm trees; followed by games and cocktails in our tropical gardens. Our grounds are your oyster! 

Tis the Season!!

Why not help your guests with quirky additions to your wedding day depending on the season – in and outdoors!

Spring – Courteous and classic umberellas to cover your guests from April showers or tropical rays!

Guestbook Piñata

One of our favorite new trends is the wedding piñata! 

Get your guests to fill it with messages, predictions or words of wisdom & have fun smashing it on your 1 year anniversary!

Family tree

Why not gather up photos of your families on their wedding day, and display them on yours?!

Collect photos of your parents, grandparent and siblings who have been married before you and display both yours and your partner’s families side by side on your big day.

 

Confetti Bar

Let your guests create their own confetti before the ceremony with a DIY confetti bar – be sure to include lots of colours and textures!  Great fun and makes for excellent photos (who doesn’t want to be covered in glitter?!)!

'Crackin!' Easter wedding inspiration

For those lovely Easter Weddings, make their personalised favour a keeper… and useful for those morning dippy eggs!

Pimp your Prosecco!

Give your reception drink a bit of a makeover and pimp your prosecco! With so many fun and delicious extras from mixed fruit & berries to brightly coloured syrup’s – you could even try gold glitter to make it sparkle!

Something a little different from the usual and a sure way to get all your guests talking!

Wishing Tree

A great way to capture all those hand-written memories of your special day from your loved ones is with a guest book – a beautiful keepsake for the years ahead. However why not try something different to the traditional book and instead have a wishing tree; individual tags decorated how you like, each written with a personal note from your nearest and dearest. 

Don't get that sinking feeling!

A practical approach to help ladies keep their shoes as good as new, while still being able to enjoy a glass of Pimms out in the grounds.  A subtle little accessory to prevent grass stains and ‘heels sinking’ into those beautiful lawns and gardens over the Summer period.

The place mat menu

If creating a personalized experience is an important part of your wedding planning, consider custom-made menus at each seat. Paper place mats replace a classic menu card. Love this look but need it to work on a budget? Order an online template that you can print and cut at home to save big.

I'm Dancing

Practical bespoke printed coasters are a fun way of making sure drinks are not cleared from the tables while your guests are enjoying themselves on the dance floor – they can also take them home as favours.

Bubbles of Fun

If you’re looking for a quirky reception entrance and want to break away from the traditional confetti, why not give your guests bubble wands instead! Brilliantly fun for the happy couple and all your guests, which look fantastic on your photographs. Decorate with a ribbon or tie to match your colour scheme and bring a touch of magic to your special day!

DIY guest flower bar

Give your guests the chance to make their own bespoke button holes and get creative with corsages with a DIY flower bar for when guests first arrive. Ask your florist to put out a few sturdy basics such as roses or chrysanthemums, lots of brightly coloured ribbon (and a few buttons or sparkly bits if you like!) and some instructions, and let the guests do the rest!

Beers & Burgers

Let’s give the canapes a really comfort food feel with this Beer & Burger arrangement – still holding style and presentation but really giving your wedding a homely, hearty reception.  Cheers!

Coloured Smoke Bombs

Looking for something whimsical to bring your wedding photos to life?

Look no further than latest fun craze of colourful Smoke Bombs. Their pretty plumes in all colours of the rainbow can add a unique dreamlike quality to any wedding portrait.

Sentimental Stationary

Make your table stationary really personal using simple ideas!

Have Photo Place Cards! What could be more fun that using photos instead of place cards – find silly and fun photos of every wedding guest and use them instead of a traditional name card.

Hangover Kit

Give your guests a helping hand the morning after the night before with a ready-made hangover survival kit!
Paracetamol for those poorly heads, coffee for a much needed caffeine fix, mints for boozy breath and maybe even some plasters to help achy feet – your guests will be ever so grateful!

Hashtag Your Wedding!

Why not give you guests a personalised hashtag or your very own wedding Instagram account?! This way all of your guests can upload their photos of the day and hashtag or tag to share them with you!
Or why not use our screen and projector to create a tweet wall?!
Something to document your day and keep forever!
#happyhashtagging! #love #lepetitchateau #weddinginspiration!

Memory Lane

Create a personalised aisle runner including all of your milestones throughout your relationships.
As your guests take their seats they can have a walk down memory lane and see all of the steps you have taken to get to your wedding day!
From your first date, moving in together and that all important proposal, it’ll all be there as you walk down the aisle!

Fairground Theme

Why not add a bit of fun & games into your wedding day with a Fantastical Fairground Theme.
Think Coconut Shy’s, candy floss carts and maybe even a hook a duck… Perfect for keeping the big and the little kids entertained throughout the whole day.

Singing/Beatboxing waiter

For a truly memorable day - your guests will be talking about this for years to come!
Singers Incognito will burst onto your wedding day with an undercover show which will blow you and your guests away! 
Working alongside the real waiters and catering staff, Disguised as a waiter or waitress, chef, photographer, or even one of your own guests, your wedding guests won't have a clue what is about to hit them!

Extraordinary Entertainment

To make your day even more fun, how about some out-of-the-ordinary entertainment to keep your guests happy while you enjoy yourself? Giant board games (particularly a giant ‘operation’), racing car simulators and ‘Grab a Grand’ machines are some of our favourites. Or a coconut shy, can can, hoopla and shooting gallery make a great summer fete wedding vibe.

Have your cake and eat it...

If fruitcake or vanilla sponge doesn’t do it for you, put a twist on the tradition with an ice-cream cake or a tower of cheese.

Old-school guestbook

Instead of the typical guestbook, why not add some extra eccentricity and have your friends and family leave their messages using an old-fashioned typewriter? Use sheets of long paper and after the wedding tie them into a scroll with a ribbon for a stylish and sentimental keepsake.

A different kind of ring bearer

Why not have your wedding rings flown in by owls? These expertly trained birds will fly across the room to the (gloved) hand of the best man or the groom, delivering your rings with style and charm.

Mad Hatter's tea party

Why did they call him Mad? He had the best tea parties ever, surely? And while we can’t absolutely promise the White Rabbit (sometimes he runs a bit late), we can equip you with all you need for the maddest tea party ever; just make sure you’re in time!

Hawaiian style cocktail party

Hey, hey – grab your grass skirt and get into the groove – this is partying Hawaiian stylie. Okay, we don’t insist on the grass skirts, but we do go in for some very large cocktails (take one water melon, hollow out, fill with delights, insert straw, drink – get the gist?).

Use of the costume box

At Le Petit Château, we love everything a little bit extravagant, a little bit groovy grand. Venture into our Costume Room and you can be all that and more – and your photos will be absolutely unique.

Themed weddings

Why not make your wedding just that little bit more quirky and opt for a vintage theme? Whether it's a 1940s English tea party, a 50s rock n roll bash, 60s mod wedding or a 1920s swing session, if your crowd like to dress for an occasion, ask them to dress for the theme, and we'll source the music and décor to match. We can provide vintage mismatch crockery if that's your thing, or Sterling silver dinner service for a 1920s-style formal affair.

We heart the wedding blog www.rocknrollbride.com for vintage inspiration.

Farm house tables

The only venue in the north east who offer fantastically chic French farm house tables, which require no dressing at all, but if you prefer feel free to dress them how you like.

Magical mist

Everyone likes to make an entrance, and here at Newton Hall we are eager to make your special day even more magical by giving you the feeling of walking on the clouds.

Fantasy food and drink

Here are just a few of our fabulous options

  • Northumbrian Tapas Menu
  • Northumbrian Hog Roast Feast
  • Fish & Chips
  • Seafood Banquet
  • Enormous Sharing Starters or Desserts
  • Mad Hatter's Tea Party
  • Themed Menus – Big Fat Greek Wedding or Asian Banquet? Italian Feast or Flamenco-vibe tapas? Anything is possible!

 

Here Comes the Bride

Gone are the days of a simple ‘order of service’ on a chair… people are really saying it with quirky and fun-loving phrases to lighten the mood for that oh-so nerve racking ceremony. Let’s let the giggles rise and take the edge off things for a moment before the beautiful Bride’s big entrance…

Winter Warmer

Whether you use an old family recipe or your favourite store bought variety, hot cocoa is a great addition or alternative to a coffee bar for your winter wedding.  Having lots of options for toppings and add-ons as well as complimentary sides like cookies or candies all make for the perfect hot cocoa bar!

Not your typical Order of Service

Make sure your guests know all of the important bits on your big day (when they’re getting fed, where they are sitting, where the guest book is, how to use the DIY photo-booth) by giving them a practical guide to your wedding day – guaranteed to make them giggle! 

Skip Traditions That Don't Fit Your Style

Some couples don't want to throw the bouquet, while others would prefer not to wait until the ceremony for their first look. If you're a couple who just can't image partaking in speeches, a cake cutting or even a first dance… don't do it! It's your wedding; you can skip what you want to.

Wedding Bucket List

Write down a “marriage bucket list” activity that Bride and Groom can do together to strengthen their bond and love! On days when you want to have date night, or when you are looking for something to do, you and your husband can go through the “bucket list” ideas and complete them. Each time you’ve completed an activity on the bucket list, send a picture of the two of you doing the activity to the couple or person who suggested it!

 

Rainy Wedding Days

So you're freaking out about the weather report, panicking over WHAT IF IT RAINS ON MY WEDDING DAY?! First, take a deep breath, rainy weddings are good luck but why not make the most of itand ask someone to collect some rain water for you in a cup, and then funnel it into these tiny vials for tiny sentimental mementos of your very gorgeous, very rainy wedding day.

Let's get proactive!

Let’s keep that relationship with your significant other healthy, connected and exciting by remembering to go on a date once in a while – and who better to give you plenty of dating inspiration than your wedding guests…

Set-up this awesome idea during your wedding day letting your guests give you their funniest, most romantic or even wildest date ideas for you to enjoy through your wonderful years of marriage.  Give it a try!

Wedding Gift Poem

When you already have a lovely home and lots of lovely things in it you don’t really need traditional wedding gifts. However, asking for money can sometimes feel a little awkward! How about a charming little poem on your invites? Guests will certainly get the message, but in a cute, polite, and less direct way!

Preserving Beauty: Wedding Bouquet Shadowbox

Save your bouquet in a modern, elegant way that will blend in with any decor. With plenty of DIY option online this shadow box frame is such a simple and easy way to preserve your wedding flowers forever.

Customise your wedding shoes

LOVE the idea of a meaningful message on the bride’s shoes…

It’s such a special little touch! It could be a secret only the bride knows about, the perfect photo opportunity or a fortune telling exercise

Wedding Fan

Program fans are a great way to keep your guests cool at your wedding ceremony at the same time provide them all the details about the ceremony, wedding party - toss in a nice thank you message for good measure!

Video Guest Book

Add an extra element of fun to your big day and create a lasting memento at the same time with a video guest book. Capture congratulatory video messages by inviting guest to chat, share memories or even sig as the video messages pile up as the night gets going!