Real weddings: vintage train-themed wedding at the Bluebell Railway

Horsted Keynes Station on the Bluebell Railway
Horsted Keynes Station on the Bluebell Railway

It’s here! The first ever real-life railway wedding on Railway Weddings! I’m so excited to introduce Laura and Joe, who are planning a vintage, wartime-themed wedding at the beautiful Bluebell Railway in Sussex next June.

“We really wanted to give our guests a day to remember,” says Laura. “It’s important for us that people don’t get our wedding mixed up with all the others they have gone to (something we’ve done before!) so we wanted something different.”

Laura started looking into alternatives and was excited to find that the railway was an option. “My Dad used to take us to a steam railway every holiday so I have lots of great memories associated with old trains,” she says. She’d visited the Bluebell Railway on one of these childhood holidays, and it turned out Joe had too, so having part of the wedding day there seemed like a lovely way to connect their past and their future. Laura says: “At first Joe wasn’t impressed by the idea (and the in-laws still aren’t!) but after seeing the pictures from other weddings and visiting the stations along the Bluebell Railway line, he was won over.”

Bluebell Railway Sheffield Park station
Bluebell Railway Sheffield Park station

The theme developed as their plans progressed, evolving into a combination of vintage, railway, travel and wartime. “My sister calls it the ‘make do and mend’ wedding as we’re making the small touches ourselves,” says Laura. These ‘small touches’ are lovely, well-thought-out details like using train tickets as invites, designing the order of service to look like a timetable and sending postcards from the Bluebell Railway as thank you cards.

Vintage train ticket wedding invitations from HydraulicGraphix at Etsy
Vintage train ticket wedding invitations from HydraulicGraphix at Etsy

“The station looks like a set from a war movie (in fact some have been filmed there),” she adds. “Plus, Joe will be getting married in his Army uniform so it probably will look like a wartime wedding in the pictures!” The station in question is Sheffield Park, originally built in 1882 and now painstakingly restored, making it the perfect backdrop for a stylish photo shoot. It really will look like Laura and Joe have stepped back in time!

Sheffield Park station on the Bluebell Railway
Sheffield Park station on the Bluebell Railway

In keeping with the theme, Laura, Joe and their guests will be transported to Sheffield Park on board a vintage bus after their ceremony, which they’re holding at a small church in West Sussex. There, the glamorous Golden Arrow Pullman steam train will await.

Vintage wedding bus
Vintage wedding bus

The Golden Arrow Pullman is a faithful recreation of the famous 1920s luxury train that once whisked the rich and sophisticated between London and Paris. This time though, it will be taking the newlyweds and their guests on a three-and-a-half hour circular journey through some of Sussex’s most stunning countryside, from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead and back again. As they settle back into the luxury seats and enjoy the scenery, they’ll be served a sumptuous three-course silver service meal.

Golden Arrow Pullman
Golden Arrow Pullman

Back at Sheffield Park station, Laura and Joe will get to ride on the footplate of the historic steam engine, bringing to an end a fabulous day that’s sure to be as different and unforgettable as they hoped.

We’ll catch up with Laura and Joe next year to find out how their Bluebell Railway wedding went – check back then!

Are you planning a train-themed wedding – or have you already had one? We’d love to feature your story too so drop us a line

 

 

 

Tunnel of Love, Klevan

Tunnel of Love, Klevan

You’ve probably seen the picture – a long tunnel made of overarching, intertwined trees, carpeted with lush green foliage, looking for all the world like something out of a fairytale. For the first couple of years of this picture appearing intermittently on Facebook, Pinterest and the like, there was little information available. Nobody seemed to know where – or what – it was. Everybody agreed though that it was magical, beautiful, romantic.

Now though, the secret’s out. Turns out it’s actually part of a private railway in Ukraine that runs three times a day to a factory near the town of Klevan. Which kind of ruins the romance of it a little doesn’t it?

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine

Until, that is, you find out that the locals call it the Tunnel of Love, and that it’s a favourite place for young lovers to walk in romantic seclusion. Not only that, but it’s said to hold a magical power too: couples who make a wish here and whose love is sincere, will find that their wish comes true. How’s that for a fairytale ending to a railway romance?

Calling all cool, quirky couples!

Railway engagement shoot

Are you planning an alternative wedding? Something quirky and offbeat that reflects your own personality and style? Does it involve trains? If so, we want to hear from you!

We don’t want this site to just be a source of information – we want it to be a source of inspiration too, and who better to provide that than you? We’d love to hear about your train-themed weddings, engagements or honeymoons, and feature them on our site. It goes without saying that we want to see lots of photos too!

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Share your wedding with us – and the world! – and you’ll be helping to inspire other couples who are planning a train-themed wedding, as well as getting to relive your special day.

And it’s not just weddings – we want to hear about honeymoons, engagements and anniversaries too, as well as any kind of love story that features trains or stations. Maybe you met the love of your life on the daily commute, or met in a station cafe a la Brief Encounter. Basically, if it involves romance and railways in any way, shape or form, we want to hear about it!

Plaque at Carnforth Station where Brief Encounter was filmed

Also, if you’re a wedding photographer and have some railway and train themed shots you’d like to share, please let us know. We’d love to showcase your work.

We can’t wait to hear about your rail romances!

Email us at kirsty@railwayweddings.com or use the contact form below.

 

 

Vintage weekend at East Lancashire Railway

East Lancs Railway

Imagine holding your vintage train-themed wedding reception on a restored former 1920s restaurant car, a luxury Pullman style dining carriage or a private steam train. Sounds fabulous doesn’t it?

East Lancashire Railway has all of these venues and more – including the Bury Transport Museum – and this weekend is the perfect time to check them all out. As a special anniversary offer – it’s been 10 years since ELR reopened Heywood Station and the four-mile Bury to Heywood line – all tickets on this heritage railway line from Heywood Station are just £10.

The £10 tickets also give you free entry into the Bury Transport Museum, where there are all kinds of vintage events happening. On Saturday 7 September there’s a Transport Collectors’ & Modellers’ Fair and Vintage Bus Gathering, while on Sunday 8 September there’s the hugely popular Vintage Transport Gathering.

It’s the perfect time to get down there and pick up some inspiration for your vintage railway-themed wedding.

Find out more at www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

 

Retro romance on the rails

Railway wedding arrivals sign

 

Welcome to Railway Weddings! 

If you’re looking for a unique wedding theme, the romance of the rails couldn’t be more perfect. The golden age of travel was a glamorous and elegant time, giving you plenty of options to explore when it comes to venue, bridalwear, hair and make-up, design and decoration.

A train theme also lends itself perfectly to a quirky and unusual wedding. You can go for rock ‘n’ roll retro or vintage va-va voom to create a look that will make your special day one that everyone will remember.

Bride and groom on train viewing platform

There are all kinds of ways you can incorporate trains and railways into your wedding day. From transporting your guests from the ceremony to the reception on a chartered luxury train or vintage steam train, using a train station or rail museum as the venue, or actually getting married or blessed on the train itself, the vintage wedding railway theme is a flexible one. 

Wedding reception on a train

 

On this site, we’re going to gather together all the information and inspiration you need to plan your own railway wedding. We’ll list all the UK railway wedding venues, give you ideas for train-themed honeymoons, including luxury train travel and railway-themed accommodation, and tell you where to go to find the best vintage and retro wedding suppliers, including design and decorations, photographers, hair and beauty, entertainers and music.

As you can see, we’re just getting started but we’ll be updating the site regularly so please keep checking back! Why not subscribe – that way you’ll get new posts directly to your inbox.