Viktoria & Jose embraced many Bulgarian wedding traditions at their rustic luxe wedding at Recommended venue Caswell House. They also chose green and white flowers, had a wine bottle table plan, and danced the night away with a saxophonist joining them on the dance floor. Viktoria's sparkly wedding dress glistened under all the venue's fairy lights, and Recommended photographer Stephen Walker captured it beautifully from every angle. Wait until you see the couple's portraits around the venue grounds. Off the chart!

Breaking the bread and kicking the bucket Bulgarian wedding traditions at Caswell House

Our wedding day was just as beautiful as I had always imagined. We only invited our closest and dearest which helped us relax and enjoy every moment with our guests. We invited guests from all over the world some of whom spent the night before the wedding at the venue. Everyone was relaxed and had so much fun. 

Viktoria & Jose

Bulgarian Wedding Traditions

Set the scene; It's mid-September in the Cotswolds and South African groom Jose is about to marry his Bulgarian bride Viktoria. They take full advantage of the gardens and exchange vows outside. The ceremony culminates in the couple embracing Bulgarian wedding traditions by kicking over the bucket to see how many children they'll be blessed with. They continue the traditions at their rustic barn reception where they break bread over their heads to see who will be the dominant partner in the relationship. It's funny, it's heartfelt and it's unapologetically them. We love to see it.

Sparkly Wedding Dress

Many couples say this, and we're big advocates of it too - don't forget to take time out on your wedding day, just the two of you. One way you can do this is during your couples portraits with your photographer. Golden hour is incredibly romantic, and even more so when you are wearing a sparkly wedding dress that glistens in the sunlight. Ensuring the dress sparkled into the reception, the couple hired a neon wedding sign that said 'Happily Ever After' and danced under thousands of fairy lights. Magical. And to keep the party vibes going, a live saxophonist. 

If you want to keep things fresh, you can't go wrong with a green and white colour palette.

The venue was stunning and I couldn't be more thankful to all suppliers who helped make this day so special. We had so much support and love from them, which truly helped us focus on what's important. Don't stress about things not going as planned. None of your guests know about your plans, so they won't notice. Breathe, smile, and enjoy.

Viktoria & Jose

Embracing your heritage and cultural traditions is incredibly important to make your wedding personal to you as a couple. Viktoria and Jose not only included Bulgarian wedding traditions at their Cotswolds wedding, but also a bottle table plan that is going straight on our Pinterest board. If you'd like to make your own, we have our own DIY tutorial. And in case you need a little guide to seating your guests, we can help with that too. You're welcome.

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Featured suppliers

Photographer: Stephen Walker Photography | Venue: Caswell House | Saxophonist: Leah Sax | DJ: Craig Crompton | Florist: Joanna Carter Flowers | Bouquet : Lush Petals | Food: Ross and Ross Events | Cake: Minnie Field Cake Design & School | Hair Stylist: Carly Cox | Makeup Artist: Make-up by Jade | Wedding Dress: Gabbiano Wedding House | Bridal Boutique : Mille Bridal | Suit: Suit Direct | Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Gucci | Decor & Hire: Oakwood Events

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