The days are getting longer and spring is finally peeping around the corner which can only mean one thing here at Court Colman Manor Hotel, the wedding season is on the horizon once again.
So, time to dust off your glad rags, polish your dancing shoes and prepare yourself for numerous glasses of bubbly and canapés – and head down to our next wedding fayre on 24th March.
While many wedding traditions seem to survive the test of time – a beautiful setting with great music, food and booze being a winning formula – the finer details of the ‘Big Day’ are more influenced by current trends.
Of course, your wedding day is all about what you want, and not what fashion dictates but it is worth sifting through this season’s top choices as they may provide that magic spark of wedding inspiration you’ve been waiting for.
So, since the new year brings new things, we’ve decided to have a look at the key wedding trends to look out for in 2019:
This is not new to 2019 but the move towards self-scripted personalised ceremonies looks set to continue. Now couples have complete autonomy to marry in whatever style they wish, many are opting to get the legalities sorted at a registry office enabling them to be much more creative with their ceremonies. We’re seeing a growing number of couples asking friends to lead the ceremony which usually results in a perfect blend of love and laughter.
When Megan Markle appeared on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in her elegant Givenchy dress last year, it became obvious that simple and classic was the flavour of the day.
Inspired by the Duchess of Sussex, we expect to see many more brides opting for clean simple lines where expert tailoring creating a perfect silhouette provides all the embellishment needed. We’ll be seeing more long sleeves offering that added touch of class and lace will remain popular.
Ornamental formal flowers will be replaced by tailored green foliage and even trees creating an organic and luscious look. The flowers that remain will be more natural with a clear move towards British grown wild flowers.
The idea of bringing the outdoors in to create a romantic mini wilderness is going to be big. This is also being reflected in the surge in popularity of wild grasses and fruits being used in bouquets and decorations. Structured perfection is out, and irregular shapes and textures are in.
Why should brides have all the fun when it comes to wedding finery? In fact, we’re surprised it took the men so long to get in on the action but they are now, so expect to see grooms and groomsmen in sharp three-piece suits, flamboyant fabrics and specially tailored sets all embellished by hats, neckties, jazzy shoes and other eye-catching accessories. Watch out ladies, the grooms are getting dandy.
While some aspects of weddings are becoming less formal and more pared down and natural, the opposite seems to be happening to wedding cakes which are becoming bigger, better and more creative with each year that passes.
From the traditional tiered, white icing’d intricately decorated showstopper to layered cheese-tower cakes lavishly embellished with preserves, bread and crackers, for those less inclined to the sweet. It is all about personalisation and with cakes, it seems, anything is possible from metallics, edible flowers, life-like sugar models, monograms and more. All this without compromising on the flavour, of course.
We are seeing more couples replace traditional canapés with large generously covered grazing tables which look spectacular and let guests admire and nibble at their leisure. It prevents the hawk like descent on the canapé trays and ensures no-one misses out.
This same style of dining is influencing the wedding breakfast with banquet style tables heavily laden with mouthwatering sharing platters becoming increasingly popular. This looks beautiful, cuts out the wait while everyone is served and adds to the fun as people pass around plates and get chatting. This style of food creates a less formal, more relaxed atmosphere and lends itself to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.
This year is going to see the rise of the bridesmen and the groomsgirls. Boys and girls can be close friends right? So why should your gender exclude you from being part of the supporting team for your best mate on their wedding day. In the same vein, we no longer live in an age where the men speak and the women sit and look pretty. Oh yes, women are taking the mic, and there are many more laughs to be enjoyed throughout the speeches because of it.
We all associate weddings with champagne and prosecco right? And those remain a firm favourite for many but there’s no doubt cocktails are on the ascent. The joy of cocktails is they can be creative, they look pretty and they taste fabulous. Couples can play around with much loved classics to create their very own tipples for the big day. After all, in the heat of summer a perfectly mixed G&T or mojito is every bit as tempting as a glass of bubbly. Plus, for those who don’t drink alcohol, mocktails are every bit as delicious as their boozy counterparts.
From hand-painted watercolours to ink cartoons, wedding invites are becoming veritable works of art. Where the couple boast enough artistic talent, the invitations are an opportunity to showcase their creative streak and offer guests that personal touch right from the word go. But even those who do not wish to apply their own artistic skills are choosing colourfully illustrated invitation designs featuring images and motifs relevant to their impending nuptials. It is much less about the thickness of the paper and more about the creative flair.
As if offering guests wonderful food, delicious drinks, great music all in a gorgeous location weren’t enough, many people are now going the extra mile with added entertainment. This is particularly popular when there are lots of kids running about who need some entertainment to stop them causing havoc. But, let’s not lie, the adults usually get far more engrossed than the children. This year we expect to see everything from magicians, tarot card readers and cartoonists to jugglers and balloon artists keeping wedding guests riveted throughout.
This one never goes out of fashion – a stunning wedding venue in a great location, with the requisite amount of beauty, space and flexibility to create exactly the wedding you have always dreamed of.
An elegant manor house surrounded by breathtaking Welsh countryside, here at Court Colman Manor House our wedding team cater to your every need and work with you closely to create your special day.
Whether you want a small intimate gathering or a large showy celebration, you won’t find a more perfect setting for your wedding than Court Colman Manor Hotel.
To find out more about what we can offer you, get in touch or come along to our wedding fayre on Sunday, 24th March, for a full tour of the property and plenty of wedding inspiration and ideas from a range of fantastic exhibitors.