Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life, and couples tying the knot in 2016 have a wonderful selection of creative suppliers and ideas to choose from.
2016 sees the rise of the party. Think of your wedding as a showcase, a time to celebrate and create a wonderful celebration for you and your guests. When it comes to colour, metallics are hugely popular, particularly gold and rose gold. Create a little glitz and glamour… and get the party started!
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Light it Up
It’s vital to create a romantic ambience at your wedding, and clever lighting is the way to do it. However beautiful a room looks, it won’t feel romantic with bright overhead lights. Think about all areas of your venue, from candles on tables and bar areas, to hanging lights from trees and adorning pillars or doorways with fairy lights. If your venue doesn’t allow naked flame, don’t panic. Battery operated lights are wonderfully effective.
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The Seating Plan
2016 weddings are seeing a rise in the popularity of long tables, encouraging all guests to sit together and creating stunning settings using table runners and elegant floral arrangements. It’s also popular to have a mix of table shapes and sizes – there’s no need to be uniform. Remember to include a ‘chill out zone’ with comfortable seating areas for evening relaxation.
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Venues of Choice
When it comes to venues, barns remain one of the most popular choices - their rustic, bohemian style giving couples the opportunity to create a completely bespoke wedding. Take a look at some of our stunning barn venues including Curradine Barns, Mythe Barn, Sandhole Oak Barn and the new Blackwell Grange.
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It’s time for flowers, and 2016 sees the rise of the ‘just-picked’ look. Couples are favouring free-form arrangements and bouquets, which co-ordinate perfectly with the barn venue. Use seasonal flowers and don’t be afraid to mix colours and flower shapes. Potted trees, herbs and branches remain popular alternatives to flowers. Consider a tree as a real focal point, perhaps adorning it with crepe or fabric flowers, and using it for guests to hang messages.
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The trend for all things metallic leads through to stationery – it’s all about glitz and glamour. Think about adding a personal touch in the form of a monogram, illustration or painting.
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Of course, we still love cocktails! This year, create ‘his’ and ‘hers’ signature drinks – serving guests your favourite tipple. Craft beers are popular and great fun in the summer – perhaps a beer tent in the grounds of your venue – and, for wine, rosé is a romantic choice.
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The Wedding Breakfast
When it comes to food, think about what you’re going to serve but also HOW you’re going to serve it. Food stations remain popular, as does the more traditional sit-down dinner. Liven things up by creating dishes at the table – particularly fun puddings - or mixing cocktails that co-ordinate with the chosen menu. Keep it personal by serving meaningful, heritage dishes, perhaps from your childhood or your favourite travel destination.
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Have your Cake
One of the most traditional elements of a wedding, your cake can always be designed to suit your chosen style perfectly. Un-iced ‘naked’ cakes are popular for 2016, adorned with an abundance of pretty berries or flowers. If you’d prefer an iced cake, consider coloured or textured icing to add interest, and go for a trendy flavour – perhaps salted caramel or lemon.
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And Finally… that’s Entertainment!
Think of your wedding as a fabulous party – the opportunity to entertain and delight your guests from day through to evening. The rule is… there are no rules. When planning music, imagine what will best suit each element of the day. You might decide on a soloist or harpist during the ceremony, a cabaret singer during drinks and a funky DJ in the evening.
Choose fun music that people will dance to, and capture the essence of your wedding through a great selection of tunes.
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