Wedding preparations are well underway for Ellie Goulding’s lavish Yorkshire wedding this weekend.
The 32-year-old singer will tie the knot to art-dealer fiance Caspar Jopling, 27, at the historic York Minster on Saturday before the couple and their guests are expected to celebrate at the beautiful 18th-century Castle Howard.
The couple have reportedly booked out the entire estate for a ‘festival themed’ wedding.
Musical royalty is expected to show up to the party too, with Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora also on the guest list.
Wedding preparation is in full swing at the castle, where two enormous marquees have been erected halfway between the house and the picturesque Atlas fountain in the grounds.
A notice on the luxury venue’s website explains members of the public won’t be able to visit on Saturday.
It reads: “The House and Gardens are closed on Saturday 31st August 2019 due to a private event taking place.
“The Stable Courtyard will remain open. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
However, the castle doesn’t hold a wedding licence, meaning newlyweds can only stage their reception there.
Instead, Ellie and Caspar will have their nuptials in the soaring York Minster, as that is being closed to the public and worshippers alike on Saturday at 12.30pm – four hours earlier than normal.
It will start at 3pm, according to the Minster’s website listings, which states: “Marriage of Elena Goulding and Caspar Jopling.”
The castle was built over a hundred years and finally completed in 1811 as the birthplace of the aristocratic Howard family.
And as Ellie and Caspar’s wedding venue is soaked in history, it’s fitting that among the wedding guests will be a number of royalty – including her close friends Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
There’s also speculation Prince William and Kate Middleton – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – will be there after Ellie performed at their royal wedding in 2011.
There’s no doubt guests will want to enjoy late-night partying and a stage set up for live music will be assembled around Tents and teepees are being set up in the castle’s Rose Garden for revellers to crash out in when they’ve partied the night away.
Although it’s not yet clear if the bride is planning to perform at her own wedding!