We may be nearly half way through the year but there’s still plenty of time to take some inspiration from the hottest trends of 2017! So if you’re getting married this year, pick up some tips from the following…
Food always makes an appearance in wedding trends and this year it’s all about getting creative with your wedding food. We definitely noticed this trend starting to crop up in 2016 and it looks like it’s here to stay! Couples are now opting to swap the traditional three course meal for something more relaxed and informal. Food options such as sharing platters and meat carving at the tables are all firm favourites of ours as they create a more sociable atmosphere and encourage guests to interact with each other. If you’re choosing to have meat carved at the tables to your guests then why not nominate a ‘chief carver’ for each table and give them an apron and chefs hat to go with their new role!
Serving street food in the evening is another way that you can get creative with your catering. Here at The Kingscote Barn, we have our own wood fired pizza oven which offers a fun and interactive evening food option. Watch the chefs cook pizzas in the wood fired oven outside in our walled courtyard and then have it served freshly to you. Who doesn’t love a bit of pizza towards the end of the night?! Other street food options that our caterers can offer include live wok fire cooking, big paella pan cooking and crepe stations. Speak to our friendly catering teams about evening catering for your wedding!
Wedding cakes are a long-standing wedding tradition but 2017 is all about cake displays and cake tables. Instead of having a traditional tiered wedding cake, couples are now making more of a statement by having a display of different cakes to fill a larger table. Cakes are even being set up on vintage furniture (such as dressing tables and chest of drawers) instead of normal tables. Doughnuts are also popular with some couples opting for a doughnut display (or even a doughnut wall) instead of a cake!
Gin In Drinks
Forget ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’, 2017 is all about gin! Serve a couple of different gin based cocktails to your guests throughout your drinks reception or just provide gin, a variety of different mixers and some fruit to jazz it up and let guests create their own drink! If gin is not your thing then you could do the same with other spirits. Or how about serving personalised cocktails instead? These could be your favourite classic drinks or a brand new creation just for the wedding. Name them ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ or ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’ to add to the wedding theme.
Rustic weddings are now even more popular than ever and this allows couples to really get creative with their own wedding decorations. Last year we saw a trend of welcome signs, order of the day’s, table plans and couples’ love stories being written on wooden pallets. But this year the pallets are being swapped for chalkboards! Chalkboard art is a great way to be stylish with your wedding signage and match it to your theme. It’s so easy to do it yourself which saves paying to get your signs printed professionally and it also gives your wedding a personal touch.
Paper flowers are another fab DIY wedding decoration idea! They are really cheap and easy to make and can add to your wedding decoration in different ways. We’ve had a few couples who have created a board of paper flowers to use as a backdrop for a DIY photo booth which is a way to make your photos look prettier! But you can also hang them from the beams in the reception room or include them in your table decorations (as favours or part of your place cards). Paper poms poms are an alternative to flowers if you’re looking for something different. Or if you want to push the boat out, you could create a backdrop with real flowers for an extra wow!
Another creative idea that’s proving popular in 2017 is to hang decorations so that they suspend from beams or hang down windows. Flowers are a great thing to use as you can thread clear fishing wire through individual flower heads so that it creates the illusion of them hanging by themselves. We had one wedding where they hung paper aeroplanes from the beams as the groom was a pilot! We also love the transparent baubles that hold LED tea lights as these look great hanging from beams or even trees outside. Hanging decorations definitely give a wow factor to wedding décor!
Say Yes To The Dress!
One of the most prominent bridal trends for 2017 is dresses with capes or statement sleeves. Bridal capes have been spotted on the catwalks this year and are a great alternative to veils. Starting from the neck or shoulders, bridal capes are perfect for brides who want a long train but don’t want anything fastened into their hair. They are also ideal for brides who want to make a statement as they make their way down the aisle! Statement sleeves are another great way to do this. These are definitely trends that we can see being more and more popular.