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Wedding trends for 2019

Paula McGarry

Every new year brings with it new outlooks, resolutions and of course, new trends. For the wedding industry this year, we’ve listed a few unique ideas which we think will be big for 2019. From flower installations to donut walls, there lots to be inspired by.


VENUES 

As brides and grooms search out ways to make their wedding day more individual and unique to them, stripped back venues are emerging as ideal locations. Industrial style buildings with rugged interiors and exposed brick walls provide a balance of atmosphere and intrigue with the creative freedom to make the space entirely unique for your day. 

Images from Emilie White Photography

Images from Emilie White Photography

Imagination and creativity are your critical requirements for this trend. Being able to bring your vision to life and create something completely unique might be hard work, but you will never have to worry about having a stock wedding again. East London is a haven for venues of this kind while the North also has a generous offering to choose from. Our favourites are Area, MC Motors, Asylum Chapel and Caroline Gardens Chapel, all in the South-East. 

Space: APEX in Shoredtich. Images from JJ Media & Marshal Gray Photography

Space: APEX in Shoredtich. Images from JJ Media & Marshal Gray Photography



FLOWERS 

2017 and 2018 may have been the year of the flower wall, but things are changing this year. Florists specialising in wedding designs are reporting an increased request for dried flowers, a move that marks a shift towards reducing waste and exploring ideas for a more wild, boho and pared down wedding aesthetic. 

Not only are dried flowers ideal for flower installations and structures (something that is becoming much more on-trend than a flower wall), they also double up as fantastic keepsakes given the longevity that they provide. Other ways brides and grooms are using dried flowers include as place-settings, confetti, and as stationery decoration. 

If you want to explore this trend but don’t want to miss out on having some fresh bouquets, speak to your florist about combining fresh and dried flowers for a best of both worlds approach. We love the way Atelier Prairies at rock

Images from Atelier Prairies

Images from Atelier Prairies

SIGNAGE

Signs are often used at weddings to steer guests in the right direction. This is set to continue. However, a slight addition to this is an Order of the Day board. Most couples provide guests with a schedule of the celebrations by way of an order of the day card. This year, it looks like the order of the day boards will become the preferred way to keep guests on track and aware of the timings of the day. 

Images from Lilac & White.

Images from Lilac & White.

Not only do they look fantastic on the day, but some may also argue that it is simpler and provides a centre point for people to refer back to throughout the day. 

Easily transportable and with an array of designs and styles to choose from, this is one trend that we are very excited about. You can shop our range here.

We also love that this trend links so nicely with the acrylic and transparent decor trend that is also continuing to be popular in 2019. 






DÉCOR 

Last year, we saw a lot of transparency in wedding décor, and that isn’t set to go out of style any time soon. 2019 brings a broader use of transparent furniture and tableware in the form of charger plates, ghost chairs and candle holders. What we really love about this trend is that it gives you creative freedom to dress the scene and highlight the features of your ceremony room or dining setting without bulky furniture obstructing the aesthetic. What's even better about it is that you can use transparency to work with both minimalist, romantic and bold themes. 

Left Image: Planning & Styling -  Vanilla Rose Weddings  | Photography -  Millar Cole Photography  | Furniture -  Wedhead  | Venue -  Aynhoe Park   Right Image: https://www.allthingsborrowed.co.uk

Left Image: Planning & Styling - Vanilla Rose Weddings | Photography - Millar Cole Photography | Furniture - Wedhead | Venue - Aynhoe Park

Right Image: https://www.allthingsborrowed.co.uk

At the opposite end of the spectrum is an outdoorsy, rustic lean towards rattan and wicker furniture for guests to rest upon during the wedding day. This trend ties in nicely with outdoor ceremonies and farm to fork dining concepts and provides a prominent theme for the day. 

Worn or outdated furniture can be an inevitable drawback to choosing a wedding venue. However, most places will allow you to bring in your own for a fee. There are a wealth of furniture hire companies that can provide both transparent and rustic styles for you to incorporate into your day.  



FOOD 

Midnight food offerings have been becoming more popular over the last few years, but 2019 is taking this one step further with brides and grooms offering an abundance of choice for their guests. Rather than a bacon sandwich or pizza party at midnight, some couples are opting for full food-stations showcasing different cuisines and mouth-watering options, interactive chefs and plenty of bells and whistles. 

Doughnut walls and dessert tables are tempting guests to enjoy far more than just the traditional wedding cake. It doesn’t end there, wedding cakes themselves are changing from the ‘naked’ style that was so popular last year to an entirely different patisserie concept that means there isn’t a crumb of sponge in sight. This is a fantastic way for brides and grooms to introduce less traditional concepts to their wedding or expose their guests to culinary concoctions from other countries. 

Images via Pinterest and Ginger ray

Images via Pinterest and Ginger ray


PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO 

Each couple will have a photographic style that they prefer over others, be it a tendency for natural and coy or structured and formal shots. This year, we will see more experimentation with colour in the form of released smoke bombs, making for vibrant and arty wedding images of the bride, groom and guests. Although this might not work for everyone, it can be a fun way to introduce contrast into your photos and to the day itself, particularly if it is at opposition to the style of the venue you have chosen. 

Right Image: Joshua Mikhaiel Middle Image: Poppy Carter Portraits Left Image: Pinterst

Right Image: Joshua Mikhaiel Middle Image: Poppy Carter Portraits Left Image: Pinterst

The ever popular reportage style of wedding video is also on the increase with most brides and grooms opting for a video that combines music with outtakes from the day, a trailer and a full-length version. 


BRIDAL GOWNS 

The past few years have focused heavily on strapless gowns, but 2019 is set to be the year where sleeves make a comeback. Lace was adorning the latest round of bridal catwalks and replacing delicate veils were dramatic versions fit for a princess. Polka dots are popping up on plenty of designer dresses while more independent designers are also showcasing a growing number of wedding jumpsuit alternatives. Whatever the specific design, it seems that the consensus is that bold is better. 

Left to Right: Sanyukta Stdunstan,  Hermione de Paula , Immaclenovias, Lihi Hod

Left to Right: Sanyukta Stdunstan, Hermione de Paula, Immaclenovias, Lihi Hod

As much as we enjoy exploring the exciting new ideas, you may want to tread with caution when it comes to wedding trends. Incorporating a few is a fantastic way to make sure your wedding day is individual and customised to your tastes, but going overboard might mean you don't look back at the photos and videos with as much fondness when you reach those all-important anniversary milestones. Our advice is to decide whether a trend is 'you' before you add it into your design for the day. After all, it is your wedding.

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Winter Wedding Venues

Paula McGarry

Planning a winter wedding comes with many exciting options and considerations, but perhaps the hardest of all is choosing the appropriate venue. Some couples are hesitant to set a winter wedding date out of concern for the weather, the quality of the photos and the enjoyment of their guests. Last month, we gave you our top tips on how to keep your guests warm, but venue picking is another minefield altogether. This month, we have our roundup of the best winter wedding venues in the South East that will ensure that the weather can't dampen your day and that the photos are nothing short of spectacular. 

The key to choosing a winter wedding venue is visiting the place in person and checking that the interior is in keeping with your theme, style and aesthetic. The interior is a critical consideration because if the weather does storm, rain or drizzle, you are likely to spend most if not all of your time inside. 


Hedsor House 

Images from https://www.hedsor.com

Images from https://www.hedsor.com

Based in Buckinghamshire, close to Cliveden and near commutable Slough, this venue ticks a lot of boxes for a winter wedding. Although stunning in the summer, the real showstopper features are all inside the main house which makes it perfect for a winter wedding. The exclusive hire nature of the property also allows for couples to build individual and creative choices about their interior styling making every wedding at Hedsor House utterly different from the last. 

We also like the vast range of preferred suppliers that Hedsor House recommends. Not only is this convenient for couples with different budgets, but it also means that you have much more freedom and can indulge in creating your perfect day from a beautiful but relatively blank canvas. 

The famous bridal suite stretching across 2500 square meters is a wonder to behold, and something that will take your breath away come rain or shine. Although not a reason to choose an entire venue, we can't picture much more magical than looking out of the bridal suite onto the frosty, snow-glazed country grounds. 

Capacity: 150 people 

Vibe: English Countryside Elegance 




Dartmouth House 

Images from http://dartmouthhouse.co.uk

Images from http://dartmouthhouse.co.uk

A hidden gem nestled in the heart of Mayfair, Dartmouth House is a fantastic London-based option for winter weddings. The Georgian features and exquisite interiors provide a stunning backdrop for your ceremony and your party should you wish to keep it all on one site and avoid the chill altogether. 

The venue would particularly suit the darker winter months, with its semi-moody lighting inside creating a fantastic atmosphere for candlelight, deep-rich floral arrangements and winter warmer cocktails. 

Being a London venue, your guests will have the option to choose from hundreds of hotels in the local area which means you can extend your wedding celebration to breakfast the next day and make the most out of this incredible time together.

Capacity: 150 people 

Vibe: Georgian Grandeur 





East Quay

Images from https://www.eqvenue.com/gallery/

Images from https://www.eqvenue.com/gallery/

While this venue may sound like a traditional summer option, a quick glance at the warm and cosy interior and the romanticised outdoorsy winter photos from other weddings will fill you with inspiration for your winter wedding. Based on Whitstable beach in Kent, this venue has a shabby-chic vibe that is nothing short of unique. 

Although personalisation of the furniture and interiors is restricted, your wedding can stand out from the swarm of others with casual food choices such as fish and chips (the perfect pier food), party games and bohemian decorations. Sumptuous sofas, fairy lighting and the rustic wood features create a cosy feeling that is almost secretive and intimate.

Like the other venues on your list, you are able to have both your ceremony and reception in one place without having to make guests travel to and fro in the cold. However, that doesn't necessarily limit your photo opportunities which can be held inside the venue, outside amongst the working harbour backdrop, on the beach or on the pier. While a rainy day might be inconvenient, a grey day certainly wouldn't be catastrophic. 

Capacity: 120 people 

Vibe: Shabby Chic 






Cripps Barn 

Images from https://crippsandco.com/cripps-barn/

Images from https://crippsandco.com/cripps-barn/

The Cotswolds is an ever-popular place to get married and Cripps Barn nestled in the Gloucester countryside is no exception. The features that make this venue perfect for a winter wedding are extensive. First, the warming fireplaces that can be lit for the duration of your ceremony create an instantly indulgent atmosphere. Combined with the exposed brick walls, wooden beams and sharing style food menus, Cripps provides an atmosphere that is impossible not to love. 

Catering is done on huge BBQs and rotisserie grills so the food your guests will enjoy will be comfortable winter warmers. The exterior fire-pits also make for romantic backdrops to sneak off to if you're keen to take some newlywed time out from the day or to toast marshmallows over with your guests before everyone retires for the evening. 

If Cripps Barn does something well, it is their interior decorating. Lanterns, candles, flares and fires abound and are efficiently organised directly through the venue. Your creative side can come out to play when it comes to arranging your flowers which only serve to enhance the beauty of the barn and form your own wedding winter wonderland. 

Capacity: 150 people 

Vibe: Whimsical Countryside 





Your winter wedding can be truly spectacular. One way to guarantee whether it will work for you on your wedding day is to visit when the weather is expected to be grey, wet or cloudy. You will see the venue in the worst weather conditions and be able to decide whether it has enough appeal to distract from the outside when you come to say 'I do.' 

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Keeping Warm on your wedding day

Paula McGarry

The most popular seasons for a wedding in the UK are without doubt Spring and Summer but don't dismiss the idea of a winter wedding too soon. Unfortunately, the main obstacle to a winter wedding is often the weather and the low temperatures that take over the UK from November. But with the option of roaring fires, twinkling candles and cosy blankets for the ceremony and an array of stunning winter wedding dresses, a winter wedding could be one of the most beautiful options yet. We have hand selected some of the best ways you can make a winter wedding work for you, starting with the bride to be. 

Keeping the Bride Warm 

The dress

Although sleeveless wedding dresses are a strong trend, high necklines and long sleeves are making a sharp comeback judging by the gorgeous designs coming from bridal brands. Monique Lhuillier makes the most of layers of delicate lace and tulle to create the 'Majesty' dress that is princess-worthy yet fully functional for a winter wedding.

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While British brand Halfpenny is deviating from the norm by offering brides the option of pairing skirts, tops, belts and intricately detailed coats and over jackets to create the ultimate sophisticated bridal look, a concept that their latest collection does astoundingly well. 

Mira Zwillinger is another designer that has clearly thought about winter brides. The designs in the 'Queen of Ice' collection may not make use of layering and heavy fabrics, but the exquisitely embellished boleros and sequined embroidery will leave the bride glistening with or without frost outside. 

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Whichever the designer you choose for your wedding dress, there a few tricks that you can utilise to ensure warmth on your wedding day. Consider whether a strapless slip will add an additional layer and go undetected beneath your wedding dress. Sheer, skin coloured stockings are also ideal to wear under a floor-length wedding dress. Lastly, avoid dresses using chiffon or organza as these won't give you any warmth, although the transparency is beautiful and almost irresistibly on trend for a winter wedding. 

The coats

The exciting part about choosing your bridal look for a winter wedding is that the decisions don't stop at the dress and shoes. Winter weddings can call for dramatic capes and faux fur or feathered boleros that will keep you warm while adding glamour to your overall look. Your cape can either match your dress, or you can select a colour that is within your colour scheme or bouquet. 

Ultra modern brides that are veering away from traditional wedding attire will be able to find a selection of oversized blazers that will give an edgy look, although you should be wary of variations in the tone of colour if you opt for a classic white. 

The latest bridal fashion week in 2018 showed a host of designers creating winter looks that could either be standout pieces alone or toned down to allow your dress to remain centre stage. Of them, Gracy Accad and Ines Di Santo had great full coat options while designers like Pronovias and Berta presented thin, delicate and long capes. 

If a coat sounds like too much, don't rule it out just yet. Buying a jacket will come in handy between pictures when you are likely to be outside for a more extended period of time. You can take it on and off between shots allowing you to avoid the chill and a frozen smile in your photos. 

Here are some gorgeous pieces we have spotted. From left to right, Amanda Wakeley, Asos, Grace Loves Lace, last jacket - unknown.

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Keeping the Guests Warm

The ceremony

Whether it is because your guests are waiting for you to arrive or because the stunning ceremonial location is unheated, there are plenty of ways you can keep everyone warm at the ceremony. For example, you can ask the venue if they have fire pits or permit the use of fire pits on the exterior of their property. Failing that, there may be power sockets to allow for outdoor patio heaters. 

A beautiful, personalised touch is supplying guests with your own hand warmers which will keep their hands toasty for up to 30-minutes. Alternatively, providing blankets, shawls, wraps and gloves for guests to use is a nice touch, and something people will be able to keep in memory of your special day. 

Hot and warm canapes will be well appreciated at this stage of your wedding day. Guests are often peckish on arrival to the ceremony and don't quite realise how long it may be before dinner is served. Warm tartlets and cones of warm food will last your guests long enough for your arrival and keep them distracted from the cold in the interim. 

The celebration

Winter weddings are the perfect time to indulge in ceremonial comfort. We envisage winter weddings with roaring log fires, plenty of candles and lanterns and heart-warming refreshments. 

Rather than offer a cold drink on arrival, you can set up a hot chocolate station for people to build their own, cream, marshmallows and a shot of Bailey's, or just a no thrills touch of sweetness. Mulled wine, winter Pimms, whisky cocktails and coffee liqueurs also make for ideal winter reception beverages. 

When it comes to the main meal, seasonal choices will work wonders, especially if it is frosty outside. Soups for starters and baked cheeses for desserts make a nice change from traditional options and can also end up being more filling and satisfying for your guests. 

And finally, perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep your guests warm is to keep them moving. Finding a band or musician with high energy and a diverse set-list will help you get friends and family onto the dancefloor and keep them there for a wedding to remember. 

Winter is a magical time to get married. We associate this season with cosy nights in, festivity and romance. With the right planning and preparation, you won't have to worry about something like the cold weather preventing you from having a perfect celebration. 

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