Chateau Mcely BLOG

Homemade lemonades

Monday, June 16, 2014

The highlight of this year’s summer weddings will be colorful lemonades in pitchers of all sizes and shapes. Wedding guests will love the modern decor as well as the cool refreshment on a summer wedding day.

I’m delighted to share with you our recipe for homemade lavender lemonade.

For the syrup you’ll need:
250ml water

200g sugar
1 Tbsp dried lavender flowers

Stir together the water, sugar and lavender in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. Strain the cooled syrup and mix the syrup with 1 liter of water and 200ml of lemon juice.

I hope you and your guests enjoy it!


Photo: Pinterest

This season’s first wedding

Friday, March 07, 2014

Our first wedding this year took place during the magical winter season in January. Bruno and Alena chose the perfect date: 11. 1. 2014 and exchanged their “I do’s” during a church ceremony at the chapel in nearby Loučeň. Their joy was shared not only with their immediate family, but also with their friends who came to celebrate their special day in style at a wedding lunch and reception at Chateau Mcely. The only (tiny) blemish on the day was the lack of snow, but even so, you could still bask in the love radiating from the first newlyweds of the year at Chateau Mcely.


International weddings at Chateau Mcely

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Czech Republic is fast becoming a favorite wedding destination for couples from abroad. We’ve brought a slew of mixed couples together in holy matrimony – you can read more true stories on our website and browse our photo gallery.

To simplify communication and planning for weddings at Chateau Mcely, we offer the option of meeting in London, Moscow or St. Petersburg. The couple will certainly appreciate the convenience of being able to meet and discuss their wedding plans with our experienced wedding coordinators without travelling long distances.

And what does a typical wedding consultation look like? We asked our colleague Petra Gatek from the wedding agency White Agency, which handles our meetings in London.

Petra Gatek, White Agency s. r. o.

Where do the meetings take place?
The meetings generally take place in the center of London over a nice cup of coffee or traditional English tea.

London is a sprawling city and our clients appreciate that meeting times and places are flexible - our meetings can take place anywhere in the city, on weekdays or over the weekend. We often meet clients near their offices. My favorite place to meet is a café in Covent Garden, where I can reserve a quiet table where we can go over everything uninterrupted.

Is it possible to arrange everything through you and then show up at the chateau just before the wedding, or is it necessary to come to the Czech Republic at least once beforehand?
It’s absolutely no problem to plan the entire wedding to the last detail in London, and the couple can then come to the chateau just two days before the actual wedding. It depends on the actual concept of the wedding and how busy the client is – we can meet just once or twice and work out the rest of the details by e-mail or phone. However, some people prefer to plan everything out in person, and in that case, we’ll usually have 5 or 6 meetings before the wedding. We take care of all the formalities and make arrangements with the registry office beforehand; we then go with the clients to the registry office just before the wedding.

Are the couples that you meet with primarily from London, or do they come from other areas as well?
Meetings are not limited only to couples from London. Because it’s so easy to get here from other English cities, we also meet with clients from all over England (such as Manchester, Brighton or nearby Surrey). It often happens that I meet with only one-half of the couple while they’re in London on business because they live far away – such as in Northern Ireland.

Can you tell us briefly what you talk about at the meeting?
At the first consultation, I first introduce Chateau Mcely and its partnership with our wedding agency. Then I present the options for weddings at the chateau, our wedding services, a typical timetable for the wedding day, and an overview of how our cooperative planning can work. We have a wide range of photos and videos available to help show couples what a Chateau Mcely wedding is like.

An important part of the first meeting is for us to understand and discuss the couple’s ideas and expectations for their wedding. On the basis of our initial non-binding consultation, we make a recommendation for the appropriate wedding package, work up a preliminary budget, and often come up with ideas for the wedding concept as well.

Ivica a Francisco, Foto: Claire Morgan

Hana a Stephen

Cyndia a Honza

Monika a Alpha Madiou

The 2014 wedding season

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Once again this year, we’re keeping an eye on world wedding trends with out “court florist” and wedding designer Markéta Motlová. This year, weddings will take more inspiration from natural styles with a touch of elegance, and shimmering and gold accessories – even the bride’s bouquet.

“Eco” and “bio” go hand in hand at the only environmentally friendly, green five-star hotel in the Czech Republic. But “eco” and “bio” don’t have to mean boring. The castle will continue to play in pastel colors, with cool mint and all shades of green and peach prevailing. Pastels will even be reflected in the chateau’s interior and exterior lighting. We won’t forget stylish flowers and floral accessories for wedding hairstyles, either.

There’s nothing better than a fun original wedding video that will bring tears to the eyes of all the wedding guests – and one that can put a smile on your face when you look back on your special day with your grandchildren after many years. Take a look at one such trendy video from a Mcely wedding HERE.

Fun photos are always a big hit as well. For sheer entertainment value, you can’t beat the Smilebox, a portable digital photo booth for taking silly self-portraits that most definitely will not end up in your passport. There are dozens of various playful backgrounds to choose from, from a birdcage with flowers to funny mustaches on a stick.

Good luck with your wedding planning and don’t forget to have some fun!