We always love discovering new wedding trends here at hitched, and the only people who have more experience when it comes to seeing new trends are the teams at our lovely wedding venues. We’ve asked the experts to share their wedding venue trends for 2017 – which ones will you be following?
Making a Dramatic Entrance
It’s impossible not to make a striking entrance at a wedding venue as beautiful as Bijou Wedding Venues’ Botley Mansion – we asked their marketing manager Francesca Cribb to elaborate more on this new trend: “You’ll want your friends and family to depart your celebration thinking that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to! Nowadays, couples seem to be out-doing each other with every wedding that we witness here at Bijou in terms of style, floral décor, impressive wedding attire and more.
“We find that the biggest wow-factor at a wedding tends to be a ‘reveal’; whether that is when a bride makes her unforgettable entrance down the aisle, when the curtain has been pulled back to show a dramatic wedding banquet set-up or when the sliding doors in our luxurious wedding venue in Surrey, Botleys Mansion, reveal the newlywed couple dancing their first dance.
“This year we expect to see dramatic floral décor sweeping down staircases both inside and out, fabulous floral walls used as a backdrop in the most glamorous of wedding ceremonies, sparkly dance floors, incredible bands to keep the dance floor full all night and perhaps a show-stopping fireworks display as the ultimate finale to your dream day, if your venue permits it!”
If you’re inspired by this idea you’ll love our feature on the best ways to style your aisle.
Find out more: Botleys Mansion
Partying into the Night
Who decided that wedding parties have to end at midnight? Quite often the party is only just getting going, and Country House Weddings agree. Laura Styles, Sales, Marketing & PR Executive, reveals: “It is a well-known saying that your special day will fly by and it is the absolute truth! Country House Weddings has found that the key to making the most of your day is to extend the party for as long as possible! Late night dancing and finishing the evening on a high are a must in 2017.”
Don’t miss our edit of the best songs to end your wedding to if you really want to make sure the night ends on a high.
Find out more: Gosfield Hall
A Two Day Wedding
If the idea of partying past midnight isn’t enough for you, you’ll be very interested to hear about the latest wedding venue trend spotted at Berwick Lodge – the two day wedding.
Berwick Lodge’s wedding coordinator Emilie Castellano explains more: “In 2016 the two day wedding made an appearance, which looks set to continue in 2017. Couples share their special day with family and friends, usually in a more traditional way with a ceremony, wedding breakfast, speeches and an evening party followed by a second, more informal celebration the next day like a barbecue or an afternoon tea. It’s a great way to relive the day while everyone is still buzzing with excitement.”
Find out more: Berwick Lodge
Experimental Wedding Food
The sausage sandwich is on the way out, says Lisa Buffery at Wasing Park: “Evening receptions at Wasing Park are set to be abuzz with the sounds and smells of street food at weddings in 2017.
“Whether it’s a wood-fired pizza oven, fire pit barbecue or street food cart, the Berkshire-based wedding venue is ready to embrace this new trend. Chicken kebabs and the famous Wasing sausage are all firm favourites on the fire pit barbecue; whilst some couples are opting for the delicious handmade and hand-rolled pizzas with any topping they desire.
“The Street Food Cart is another fashionable favourite for 2017 and will play host to a Turkish meze and Mexican feast. Our interactive chef stations are bringing our couples and their guests’ tastes from far flung corners of the globe and proving really popular for evening wedding parties. Pizzas cooked over wood in our custom built oven are proving a hit with those wanting some authentic Italian food too!”
Find out more: Wasing Park
Getting Back to Your Roots
Doford Manor in Northamptonshire has seen an increase in couples wanting to escape to the countryside for their big day. Whether it's to get away from their city life and go back to their roots, or just to sample country living for the weekend. Annabelle Steel from Dodford Manor explains: "With the demands of urban working life and family life being so fast paced and all consuming, the well-used phrase ‘escape to the country’ has never been so apt.
"Good transport links from many towns and cities also mean that journeying out to find country weddings venues is easier than ever and couples often organise to view several venues within striking distance (typically an hour’s travel or so) over the course of a day or even in morning! Rolling countryside scenery viewed from a peaceful rural location has a great calming effect and we often see couples visibly relax as they take in their surroundings and unwind.
"Marriage is starting out on a new journey and people want their most personal and deep commitment to each other, witnessed by their gathered friends and family in a beautiful, natural setting. The open spaces and far ranging views perhaps subconsciously (or knowingly) representing new horizons and adventures yet to be had!
"Wedding themes are constantly evolving and the increase in couples seeking combinations of vintage, rustic, shabby chic themes with a down-to-earth feel in a barn wedding venue setting or countryside house, shows no signs of abating."
We are loving these new wedding venue trend ideas – why not browse our list of unusual wedding food ideas if you’re feeling inspired? They’ll definitely amaze your guests and will seal your reputation as the most on-trend couple around.