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30 Apr 2015

Wedding Trends Predicted by Elmore Court

by megan@hitched

Brides to be always want to be the first to know about emerging wedding trends, and so do we! Whether it's this years new hue, styling details or the most popular blooms, we all love being ahead of the curve. But you might sometimes wonder, where do these trends actually come from? Well now you're about to find out!

As well as fashion editors and Bridal Week catwalks, it's the venues, designers and suppliers that see brides tastes changing, their styles evolving and actually put into practice the new ideas that often take the wedding industry by storm. Cue Elmore Court, a gorgeous Grade II listed building in Gloucestershire and hugely popular wedding venue. 

The expert team behind this unique wedding venue is lead by Wedding Manager Leesa Cole, She has been noting the requests from couples for all of their weddings leading from mid 2015 into 2016 and some exciting patterns have emerged! Leesa spoke to us and gave us her thoughts and opinions on the trends set to be HUGE in 2016!

Free-From’ Feasts

“We’ve seen a big jump in demand from couples looking for what we call ‘free from’ feasts for weddings over the next year,” explained Cole. “These range from gluten-free three course meals, to meals created entirely from raw ingredients; and even breakfasts designed around the paleo diet (big on meat, veg and seeds). The majority of couples have requested these based on their own personal eating preferences or requirements, opting for a menu that truly reflects them as closely as possible.  At Elmore, we’re able to tailor your wedding banquets, canapés and evening meals entirely around you- and are more than happy to create bespoke menus based around specific dietary requirements. A raw food banquet, for example, can start with a delicious salad, move on to an opulent shellfish and sushi feast and end with a clever chocolate mousse created from avocado- raw needn’t mean any less delicious! We’ve found that guests embrace and really enjoy quirky menu themes (whilst many don’t even notice if their feast was gluten-free!)”

Out With the Wedding Cake

“We predict that the humble wedding cake may soon be a thing of the past, with the next year set to pave the way for what we call pudding cakes and wedding fakes...”

-          Pudding Cakes- “Cakes which double up as pudding to form the third course of a wedding breakfast are becoming more and more popular, with couples looking for ways to make their budget stretch a little further. Try a three tiered cheesecake or a tiered apple crumble, or a cake with more of an unusual flavour such as Banoffee or Raspberry and Coconut; it’ll look the part for your pictures, but also do the job as a show-stopping pudding.”

-          Wedding Fakes- “Another popular option is to do away with a sweet cake altogether, and have a savoury option as your statement centrepiece. Tiered pork pie ‘cakes’ are on the increase, as are tiered savoury tarts and quiches; these too can be sliced and served up to guests as part of the evening buffet, so great for a quirky option to help stretch the pennies.”

Instagram Interiors

“Another big trend we expect to see continuing over the next few months is ‘Instagram Interiors’- styling your venue with specific thought to making it look ‘instagrammable’. Instagram is a huge influencer when it comes to trends and we’ve seen an increasing amount of couples choose elements to their décor specifically with their ‘Instagram factor’ in mind. Some of the most popular choices made specifically for their Instagram factor so far have been vintage bicycles acting as flower stands and illuminated signs- with wedding hashtags for guests to use increasingly on the up.”

Metallic Magic

“Metallics are going to be huge on the wedding scene over the next few months, creeping in everywhere from stationary and jewellery, to head pieces and even shimmering wedding cakes. The stylish shimmer can instantly inject a glamorous feel to your big day, with sequins and rose gold also set to play a heavy part in bridal party accessories as the colour palette of the moment. Feathers too have continued to prove more and more popular- with couples incorporating them into the bridal dress, headpieces and even bouquets.”

Bringing the Wild Inside

“Weddings this year are set to really embrace the theme of bringing the outdoors in, stepping away from the usual floral bouquet arrangements in favour of less structured ‘wild’ floral focal points. Think dried flowers, heather, ivy vines and gathered wildflower posies- all ideal for giving your wedding a more rustic feel and real bohemian vibe. Wild and dried flowers can also be more affordable than traditional cut flower arrangements such as roses, ideal for stretching the pennies.”

Theatrical Themes

“Couples are increasingly looking for ways in which their big day can really put on a show for guests, and elements of the theatrical are set to become more and more popular. Large scale banquet and feasting platters, fun ‘theatrical’ food and food installations (such as suckling pigs) are fantastic ways to really involve your guests with the menu, as well as theatre performers  like jugglers and acrobats etc which can really put on a show during the drinks or evening reception.”

Will you be taking on any of these trends in your own big day? Tweet us at @hitchedcouk and tell us all about your wedding!

Megan x

 

Free-From’ Feasts
“We’ve seen a big jump in demand from couples looking for what we call ‘free from’ feasts for weddings over the next year,” explained Cole. “These range from gluten-free three course meals, to meals created entirely from raw ingredients; and even breakfasts designed around the paleo diet (big on meat, veg and seeds). The majority of couples have requested these based on their own personal eating preferences or requirements, opting for a menu that truly reflects them as closely as possible.  At Elmore, we’re able to tailor your wedding banquets, canapés and evening meals entirely around you- and are more than happy to create bespoke menus based around specific dietary requirements. A raw food banquet, for example, can start with a delicious salad, move on to an opulent shellfish and sushi feast and end with a clever chocolate mousse created from avocado- raw needn’t mean any less delicious! We’ve found that guests embrace and really enjoy quirky menu themes (whilst many don’t even notice if their feast was gluten-free!)”
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Published 30 Apr 2015 14:36 by megan@hitched