As the year draws to a close I’m looking forward at the upcoming trends for weddings for the coming year. Christine Dyer of BridalTweet recently asked the experts what their predictions were and I’d like to share them with you:
Text Dominant Invitations
You don’t need to lose style and quality – have invitations printed on really thick card as they used to be in days gone by ready to be propped on the recipients mantlepiece!
Detailed Backs on Wedding Gowns
Hand Painted Wedding Cakes
Tea Length Dresses
Large Ruffled Skirts
Gold Table Decor
Brides Posing In Front Of Doors
Printed/Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses
Tutus for Flowergirls
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Joe Blackman, Founding Director and CEO at Collection 26, a couture wedding and event planning company commented on this query:
“One of the most common issues busy people face when planning a wedding is time. We have planned many weddings for England and Wales international footballers, and the most common problem, even for people with jobs with more regular hours, is actually still making the time to actually spend quality time together without having to spend every free moment you have together negotiating contracts with venues, doing due-diligence on bands to ensure you have a really quality entertainment act turning up, ensuring caterers have communicated power requirements to venues, ensuring they have the relevant health and safety documentation and risk assessments… the list goes on! We generally are brought on board to ensure that all of the boring, but crucial parts of planning a wedding are executed to perfection, leaving couples to focus on all the exciting decisions and creative planning that they love – but without having to worry about ensuring one of your suppliers might go bankrupt!”
Blackman continues… “If people are planning weddings themselves, one of the most important things to consider are a lot of the things people forget. Have you really vetted your suppliers to ensure that they are in a strong financial position, just because someone has a nice website, this doesn’t tell you a lot about how credible they are. Try and ask for recommendations from wedding planners who have used them, as they generally are more experienced in comparing different types of supplier.”
Collection 26 have seen a significant shift in responsibilities between couples planning their wedding and would say about 20-30% of weddings see groom’s take the lead, or people divide responsibilities up.
“One person may be more focused on the creative and design elements of the wedding, with another focusing more on the planning. It’s a fantastic idea to share responsibilities, as both people then feel part of the day, and this generates an excitement with the involvement. You tend to find people enjoy/prefer managing elements that are more related to their day job, for example, if the bride is an accountant, it’s easy to guess what part of the wedding she will be most focused on”Joe Blackman – Founding Director, CEO.
After years of quietly and skilfully orchestrating unique, creative and utterly luxurious events, Collection 26 has decided to step into the limelight and share its portfolio of fabulous wedding celebrations and wealth of knowledge with the wedding world. Collection 26 have just released their new, fully re-branded website which reveals their portfolio of weddings for the first time, please visit their website to experience the Collection 26 way to get married. You can also find Collection 26 on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.
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For those dreaming of a white wedding, exclusive-use Grade 1 listed stately home Carlton Towers, Yorkshire have launched a new ‘Konfetti’ wedding package for brides and grooms-to-be wanting to wed amid the festive hues that Winter brings, including 50% off 5 or more bedrooms booked for a wedding during January and February.
Taking advantage of the half price offer is an opportunity not to be missed. The gothic country estate, which is the much-loved home of Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard, boasts 3 large traditional state rooms and 16 newly refurbished rooms designed by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard herself, spanning across two wings, complete with en-suite bathrooms and family heirlooms.
For a festive Winter Wedding, guests can enjoy a glass of mulled wine upon arrival in the spectacular Venetian Drawing Room. Not forgetting of course the champagne to toast – an essential for any wedding celebration!
The State Rooms fulfil their grandiose title and can be appreciated at their best when either filled with daylight or in the exquisite glow of the six impressive chandeliers that hang from above, providing magnificent photograph opportunities. Outdoor marquees can also be erected outside if couples would like to brave the cold and celebrate in the stunning grounds of Carlton Towers.
The Konfetti Winter Wedding Package is based on 80 daytime guests and 100 evening guests and includes:-
- Exclusive Use of the State Rooms and Gardens
- The Baroness Tower Bridal Suite
- Carlton Towers Master of Ceremonies
- Candelabras for each table
- Mulled Wine on arrival for each guest
- Three Course Wedding Breakfast and half a bottle of wine per guest
- Champagne to Toast
- Delicious Evening Finger Buffet, prepared by Carlton Towers chef
- Yorkshire Breakfast the following morning
For brides who want to be pampered to perfection, Carlton Towers also has its very own on-site spa treatment room, Lusso, available for mini-hen parties or as a treat to the bride including massages and makeovers before the big day.
This package can be enjoyed the whole year round with availabilities from October to March on weekends and midweek during the summer months.
The Konfetti package costs £11,000 and all the components which are included are just an outline based on 80 daytime guests to 100 evening guests but can be tailored to suit each couple’s desires.
For guests wanting to stay the night they can take advantage of the 50% off the price of bedrooms if they book 5 or more bedrooms for their wedding during January and February.
The Konfetti Wedding Package is available from October – March on weekends and midweek during summer months.
Carlton Towers is a striking 17th century stately home set in 1500 acres of stunning private parkland in Carlton, North Yorkshire. With magnificent architecture, a distinct family heritage and a beautiful tranquil setting surrounded by an estate kept going through the ages; Carlton Towers offers a unique exclusive setting for a wedding celebration.
The unique country estate is available for exclusive hire all year round including weddings, family celebrations and Fitness retreats.
The house itself features 16 luxurious bedrooms, three large State Rooms spanning 150ft with a maximum capacity of 200 guests or as little as 20 guests. Carlton also boasts a minstrel’s gallery, beautiful light-filled drawing room and large imposing entrance halls.
Carlton Towers is located in the village of Carlton, close to York, Doncaster and Leeds.
Still the much-loved home of Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard, Carlton Towers is available for exclusive-use hire all year round.
For further information or to book a viewing please call:
T: 01405 861662