Thinking of having an outdoor Wedding?

Poundon House has both a Civil Licence and experience of hosting outdoor Blessings too so you can have an outdoor Wedding.

Whether it is a Civil Ceremony, or a Mandap, the Terrace or lawns provide a stunning setting.

How beautiful are these photos? The views on the Terrace are of the countryside surrounding Poundon House, and south facing the lower lawns also have the afternoon sun.

 

 

We still have dates available for Summer 2017.

At Poundon House, you can have a Civil Ceremony followed by a Blessing. The Civil Ceremony is conducted within the Dining Room, Yellow Room or Reception Marquee, and we can seat up to 250 guests for a Civil Ceremony using the Terrace for additional seating. This makes a fantastic Outdoor Ceremony. (Outdoor civil ceremonies can only be held from May till the end of September due to rules from the registrars)

The Terrace can also be used for Asian Blessings, and can easily hold a Mandap, for example. It’s great to be able to hold both your Ceremonies at the same venue.

If you are interested in holding a Civil Ceremony and Blessing at the house, please make sure that the Civil Ceremony is conducted before any other Blessings, and that you discuss your plans for your day to the Registrars. They are there to help you and will do everything they can to make sure that you have the best day possible. However, the Civil Ceremony is a legal ceremony and there are conditions that have to be adhered to.

Please also note that with the licensed rooms for ceremonies the maximum capacity for the ceremony has to include the two registrars and the responsible person from the venue.  So the dining rooms capacity is 80, which allows for 77 guests inc. yourselves.  For the yellow room the capacity is 50, allowing 47 guests including yourselves.  If you need any further information or help please speak to us for guidance.

Over the years we have held many Asian Weddings and celebrations here at Poundon House, and we feel we are the ideal venue for more.  We have experience of holding Sikh weddings, Hindu Weddings, Nikah’s, Walima’s, mixed faith marriages and more.

Luxe Asian Fusion Photoshoot

Delighted we can now share these gorgeous Asian Fusion images created & styled by Desi Bride Dreams wedding planner Sharn, and photographed by Anneli Marinovich

Here are her words as featured on Rock My Wedding

‘I adore sharing Asian wedding inspiration with you all as the decadence levels are on overload and the colour palettes are gorgeous. We’re all about having any excuse for weekend long wedding celebrations where the flowers never seem to end and the dessert table is piled high. The colour palette of this inspiration shoot is just heavenly, pastels infused with metallics but with darker shades of blue and a grey smokey eye for the beautiful bride which really keeps things contemporary. Wedding saris are infinitely beautiful too – there’s just no end to the gorgeous detail and beading.

Are you ready to get lost in a sea of gorgeousness? I thought so…

 

The Inspiration

I love palettes with deep tones and moody hues; I’m drawn to glamour and metallic shades; and I will never deny the level to which a city skyline glittering with taxi cabs and glowing street lights will inspire me. I’ve grown to love these elements and draw a deep level of inspiration from them for the Asian weddings I design and plan, but I knew I wanted to create something different, something softer while planning this Asian fusion shoot. Then I realised I needed to travel into the most classical area of England to truly be inspired. The English countryside needed to become my canvas. And, it did.

The Venue

I dreamed of a venue that would instantly envelope our couple and the guests I envisioned they would invite to join in on their celebration. Thankfully, I found a setting in Oxfordshire’s Poundon House that can only be described as enchanted. With its elegant mansion and seemingly endless meticulously groomed gardens, I knew this was the venue that was meant to be filled with antique chairs, pastel hues, and impeccable fashion – many of the elements we have all come to expect from an Asian fusion wedding.

The Details

As I assembled the team who would bring my magical, pastel filled concept to life, I knew Miriam Faith would design the florals in such a way that would captivate. Complete with shades of hydrangea blue, blush, soft green, ivory, and gold, Miriam’s arrangements overflowed with style and grace. Both the centrepieces and the bride’s bouquet, with its cascades of ribbon, featured hydrangeas and roses, and neither could have been lovelier. Academy Hire provided the eye-catching French Louis chairs, and the place settings would not have been as perfect without the pieces from Maharani Décor. The gold flourish menus from Loveli are still some of my favourites to date, especially because they remind me of the ornate wedding cake designed by Unique Cakes by Yevnig Cakes. This setting did in fact feel like it was a complete dream.

The Fashion

As important as it is to set the tone for an Asian fusion wedding through palette and design, it’s perhaps even more important to make sure the fashion choices are elaborate and flawless. For this reason, I knew I needed to do what I suggest to all Asian brides – I needed the guidance of a fashion stylist. Karan Rai could not have pieced together more fabulous looks!

Tradition is valued highly during Asian wedding ceremonies, while trending style is applauded during receptions, so I knew we needed to source two equally stunning looks. When I stumbled upon our traditional outfit and modern blush and gold couture gown from Soltee and fantastic Red Dot Jewellery, I knew I had found the perfect Indian pieces for both of the bride’s looks. Our gent needed to look equally as dashing, and there could not have been a look more fitting than the on-trend pieces we found from The Sherwani Company. I especially loved the turban from Ziggi – his look would not have been nearly as fantastic without it! To put it simply, these pieces felt flawless as they paired wonderfully with our soft, pastel aesthetic.

While you view this shoot, I hope you feel at once inspired and transported to the English countryside where pastel palettes and sweeping views reign just as supreme as style and grand Asian entrances. Welcome to next season’s Asian fusion wedding trends.

Open Day, 27th January 10am – 2pm.

Poundon House, a private family country home in Oxfordshire, is delighted to invite you to our Open Day on Saturday 27th January 2018, from 10am – 2pm.

We have held weddings and receptions at Poundon House for over ten years and we have a wealth of experience for you to draw on. From small and intimate gatherings in the house to large parties of up to 300 guests at our Reception Marquee, whether you wish for a Civil Ceremony, Church wedding or Asian Blessing; or even two ceremonies on the day! Be it over one day or many we are able to help guide you through the planning of this most important occasion.

If you’d like to meet with a member of our wedding team, please email natalie@poundonhouse.com to arrange an appointment when you come and visit. If you are happy just having a look around, no need to make an appointment, just come anytime between 10am – 2pm.

Poundon House has recnetly been shortlisted as Best Country Wedding Venue in The UK Wedding Awards. This prestitgious Awards is judged by the UK’s leading wedding professionals, such as You and Your Wedding, Perfect Wedding, and Hitched. We are thrilled to be a part of this awards. Read our entry here

We look forward to welcoming you to Poundon House for our Open Day and showing you around our beautiful venue.

 

 

We’re on the Shortlist for Best Country Venue, The UK Wedding Awards!!

Leading bridal brands hitched, Perfect Wedding and You & Your Wedding have come together to recognise the very best of the UK wedding industry. The Shortlist is now out, and GREAT NEWS….we’re on the Shortlist for Best Country Venue for The UK Wedding Awards 2018!!

We are so delighted to find out that Poundon House has been shortlisted as Best Country Venue in The UK Wedding Awards! This is the best news, as we know lots of amazing venues enter this prestigious competition, so it really is an honour to be shortlisted.

All our team are delighted as we work hard all year to make sure that on our couples wedding day everything is perfect!

The shortlist is judged by some seriously in the know wedding professionals, which makes their recognistion of our venue even more amazing. They are Hitched, You and Your Wedding Magazine & Perfect Wedding so real wedding pro’s.

From fabulous venues to beautiful dresses, incredible jewellery to dream honeymoons, The UK Wedding Awards 2018 will identify and reward those key companies – from individuals and independents to high street favourites and designer brands – who help make the journey from just-engaged to married couples as fun and magical as possible. We are thrilled to be a part of this.

So, now the hard work really begins as this is a public vote, so please please vote for us HERE

 

 

 

 

The UK Wedding Awards Country House Wedding Venue

We have entered The UK Wedding Awards for Best Country House Wedding Venue. What do you think? Are we in for a chance of winning?

The UK Wedding Awards is with leading bridal brands hitched, Perfect Wedding and You & Your Wedding who have come together to recognise the very best of the UK wedding industry.

We think we are in with a chance to win! Our venue is the quitessential English country house wedding venue, fulfilling all the requirements that a country house shoud do! From historic interiors designed specifically for entertaining, far reaching views, rose gardens and lavendar paths, old family portraits and the feeling of a by-gone age, the house is a timeless space where time stands still and the peaceful countryside surrounds you. The noise of the city is far away and this dreamy venue is the dream wedding venue!

Poundon House is an Edwardian country house, built in 1908, set within beautifully landscaped grounds, and has been lovingly restored to its original splendour.

As Coco Wedding Venues says ‘This Oxfordshire gem features nine bedrooms, three large reception rooms, a handsome library and an intimate wood-paneled study. Poundon House is privately owned and the family have held three weddings of their own at the house, so they really know what’s involved in planning your wedding and offer such flexibility, always trying to accommodate all your wishes, making each wedding very different.

The house still retains much of its Edwardian character, with the reception rooms and bedrooms restored to their Edwardian style. The nine bedrooms are spacious, ideal for preceding preparations, and there are shared bathrooms. Decorated with a classic style, the reception rooms are grand but not at all intimidating, all interlinked and south facing.

With its south facing lawns and extensive grounds, there are many photo opportunities in the gardens – from the lavender paths to the orchards, to the fields for the more rustic look, to the formal reception rooms and the lime tree avenue; there are many places to which you can escape to for that precious time together on your wedding day.

Staying over at Poundon House, enjoying the precious time with your close friends and family, in a stunning but intimate setting, really makes the most memorable wedding for you and your guests. Such a homely feel right…? I could squish up on those sofas, read a book in that bedroom alcove and luxuriate in those incredibly ornate bathrooms! I love how this venue feels like another time, another world.’

There are 9 bedrooms for stay over, making your wedding a wedding weekend, so you can really relax and enjoy this special time with family. With access the day before too, and lots of wedding planning site visits, engagement photoshoot, you will really make Poundon House your country house home from home for your wedding weekend.

 

 

 

photography thanks to Eneka Stweart, Matt Penberthy, Dylan Thomas & Bridgit Peirson.

‘British Asian Luxe Photoshoot’ features on Secret Wedding Blog

‘Nowadays there are so many inter-faith weddings where key elements are brought together from different cultures to create a wedding tailored to the couple as well as their families’, says wedding planner Sharn of Desi Bride Dreams.

Sharn shows that it is so possible to create a fusion wedding with her ‘British Asian Fusion Luxe’ photoshoot she created here at Poundon House, and the shoot now features on Secret Wedding Blog.

Desi says ‘Weddings have evolved and they’re not so much a single-cultured event anymore but more multi-cultural… Fusion weddings used to be unthinkable especially with Asian weddings, however, now they are more widely accepted and I wanted to showcase this through my work’.

We are so lucky in that at Poundon House we host many fusion weddings! This is why Sharn chose Poundon House as the backdrop to the images. It is quintessential English, yet is a perfect blank canvas for our couples to make their day unique to themselves.

For full list of suppliers, please see the blog post.

Photography by Anneli Marinovich

OPEN DAY Saturday 23rd September 10am – 2pm

 

Poundon House, a private family country home in Oxfordshire, is delighted to invite you to our Open Day on Saturday 23rd September, from 10am – 2pm. We have held weddings and receptions at Poundon House for over ten years and we have a wealth of experience for you to draw on. From small and intimate gatherings in the house to large parties of up to 300 guests at our Reception Marquee, whether you wish for a Civil Ceremony, Church wedding or Asian Blessing; or even two ceremonies on the day! Be it over one day or many we are able to help guide you through the planning of this most important occasion.

We look forward to welcoming you to Poundon House  for our Open Day!

Amruta and Aneesh wedding day feature on Rock My Wedding blog

Rock My Wedding blog is one of our favourite wedding blogs, so I was delighted when I saw one of our July 2016 couples, Amruta and Aneesh wedding feature there. Their wedding photographer Matt Penberthy really captured their day beautifully. Matt is a destination photogrpaher, so for him this was just down the road as he lives in London. Also, I love his photo’s of the gardens and the nature that surrounds the house.

Amruta discovered Poundon House through her bridesmaid who had wanted to hold her wedding here with us but our capacity wasn’t large enough. But, we were perfect for Amruta and Aneesh’s wedding guest list of 300 guests!

Rock My Wedding says

‘Amruta and Aneesh held their gorgeous, vibrant wedding at Poundon House in Oxfordshire, a venue that really does have it all. A beautiful house in which to get ready, stunning gardens that can be used for your wedding ceremony (like this gorgeous pair did) and lots of space for a marquee.

Amruta had two outfits for the day, her gorgeous traditional ceremony outfit and then a fabulous pinky coral sari for the reception – she looks breathtaking in both. The henna designs she’s sporting are incredible too, some of the loveliest henna work I’ve seen!’  – Their wedding can be seen here on the Rock My Wedding blog.

I agreee that Amruta’s henna is really beautiful and such skill is involved.

I love the outfits too, so colourful, and must have been fun shopping in India! The flowers on the mandap are by Love From Katie – simple carnations which frame the mandap, from The London Chuppah House, beauifully.

The couple worked with a talented team of people:

Flowers @LoveFromKatie​
Evening Dress @ShrutiRanka​
Sherwani @GeetaArts​
Groom Evening @TomJamesCompany​ @Selfridges​ @HackettLondon​ @JIMMYCHOO​
Tuk Tuk @Tukshop​
Mandap @TheLondonChuppahHouse
Photobooth @GiggleBooth – Wedding Photo Booth Experts

Zaraf’s and Fatima’s Wedding features on Coco Wedding Venues

We love the style that Emma at Coco Wedding Venues has for beautiful images, so when she asks if she can feature one of our weddings, we know that its a real honour. This is a wonderful wedding, and Fatima and Zaraf were fantastic to work with for all their planning.

Photography was by New Zealand Photographers Aparat Photography who happended to be touring Europe hence a little stop over at Poundon House. If you want magical photography, then check out their website as their photos are spectular. They really capture the feeling of the landscape in their images.

Emma also really gets to the story of her couples, and Zaraf and Fatima have such a romantic enagement story, read below and you will see what I mean! I just love this!

As taken from Coco Wedding Venues…

‘Zaraf proposed to me by sneaking a ring into a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates on my birthday. Total surprise and a sweet touch because he used to buy those for me when we first got together. Apparently he had been planning it for a while – he found an ethical jeweller (as he knows that is important to me) and designed the ring himself! I’m not a fan of traditional engagement rings so the stone was a beautiful star sapphire, surrounded by small diamonds. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, seen a ring quite like it. The very same chocolate box was used to carry our rings on the wedding day!

We wanted a really fun wedding with everyone we really love. Family had travelled from all over the world – America, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh – so we just wanted them all to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we wanted it to be true to us and to the things we really like. Poundon House was the perfect venue choice because it’s absolutely stunning, but a home away from home. They’re so willing to help you plan a wedding tailored to you – with your own caterers and your vision. Just a joy to work with. Poundon House has a beautiful marquee, but you’re free to style it as you want.

Images by Aparat Photography.

Zaraf proposed to me by sneaking a ring into a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates on my birthday. Total surprise and a sweet touch because he used to buy those for me when we first got together. Apparently he had been planning it for a while – he found an ethical jeweller (as he knows that is important to me) and designed the ring himself! I’m not a fan of traditional engagement rings so the stone was a beautiful star sapphire, surrounded by small diamonds. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, seen a ring quite like it. The very same chocolate box was used to carry our rings on the wedding day!

We wanted a really fun wedding with everyone we really love. Family had travelled from all over the world – America, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh – so we just wanted them all to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we wanted it to be true to us and to the things we really like. Poundon House was the perfect venue choice because it’s absolutely stunning, but a home away from home. They’re so willing to help you plan a wedding tailored to you – with your own caterers and your vision. Just a joy to work with. Poundon House has a beautiful marquee, but you’re free to style it as you want.

My family are Pakistani & Kashmiri, whereas Zaraf’s are Bangladeshi and Indian. He has been born and brought up here, whereas I’ve lived in both Pakistan but spent my formative years in England. So we wanted our wedding to represent all these different parts of us. A real mix of cultures. So we had a big, loud arrival of the baraat, but I then walked down the aisle to the harp (playing my favourite Ludovico Einaudi piece), we had a cocktail reception (with chaat!) and then a sit down meal in the beautiful marquee, followed by hours of dancing till late.

We wanted everyone to have a great time at the wedding but also be relaxed, so we kept things pretty informal. We had games outside in the gardens like giant jenga for kids (and grown ups!) to play on, plus a sweets table. We also had a Tuk Tuk photo booth which was a real hit with everyone. That doubled up as our guest book and we have the best photos of everyone being silly and dressing up.

Zaraf & Fatima’s Poundon House Fusion Wedding

 

 

These hand painted wedding cakes are simply Romantic and delicious!

The star of this wedding inspired photoshoot has to be the hand painted wedding cakes. All these wedding cakes are hand painted, yes, you read that right, hand painted!! I just love the detail and romance of the hand painted wedding cakes which are a work of art to themselves. There is no way I could cut these cakes. I would rather look at them everyday like a sculpture, a work of art. However, they even taste delicious so not only look incredible. Elizabeth is truly a very talented lady. Your guests will certainly be wowed by them.

My favourite image has to be the towering hand painted wedding cakes with the pop of yellow flowers. This image mirrors the yellow walls of The Yellow Room beautifully. The pastel colours with a pop of colour are utterly Romantic. The English countryside garden classic roses and peonies, which are plentiful in the extensive grounds, are added to with a touch of wild nature, a brilliant contrast to the formal gardens looking out into the wild countryside. This wedding shoot is floral and nature inspired and the flowers steal the show.

This is another photoshoot inspired by the Romance and countryside of Poundon House.  The creative team of wedding professionals who created these beautiful images have really used the backdrop of the interiors and exteriors beautifully. The attention to detail of the floral inspiration is shown from the wild-flower inspired bouquets to the cakes and the stationary.

The images have recently featured on another of our favourite top wedding blogs, Strictly Weddings.

The wedding ideas are styled by Charlotte Munro. Every detail is completely enchanting from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium’s hand painted cake masterpieces to The Wedding Club’s lovely selection of designer gowns featuring Savannah Miller, Berta and Naeem Khan. We could spend all day getting lost in this gorgeous editorial, thanks to Photography by Anna Marie’s stunning portrayal.

 

 

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