WEDDING TRENDS 2016/17
Yes it is that time of year again when I try and predict the year ahead and see what 2016 has in store for all of the wonderful weddings! With a little help from my wedding industry friends, I’ll help guide you into 2016 with lots of tips for what to be looking at for your wedding.
If you’re getting married in 2016, no doubt your wedding plans will be well underway, but if the planning has only just begun, we’re hoping to give you a little inspiration to help start the plans for your big day. From choosing the ideal venue, the perfect caterer (Moving Venue), right through to all the little details which will make your wedding beautiful! So, let’s get started...
The naked cake has been a firm favourite in 2015 and I think will continue to make an appearance in 2016, however there will be many new trends that will be on show.
Speaking to Marie Sinclair from GC Couture, we explored some new trends for the year ahead. "We find that, increasingly, brides will choose their designs based on their own individual taste, fashion style and colour scheme of their wedding rather than any trends. As brides choose more individual themes for their wedding, so too they can choose a completely individual wedding cake. As we have an incredible 50 flavours from which to choose, at GC Couture we have an overwhelming selection for brides to handpick their wedding, with Pina Colada proving to be a popular choice!"
They’ve given us their top 3 trends for 2016:
"Pastel colours such as pinks, corals, yellows, baby blues and mint greens are always a popular choice but we predict pastels will be big in 2016!”
"Tall cakes will always be the most popular – the bigger the better in most cases! In African, Greek and Arab culture it’s as big as you can get through the door, whereas English wedding cakes used to average 3 or 4 tiers. We’re now noticing, however, that the average number of tiers is 6-8! There is less demand for cake toppers as tall cakes are in vogue at the moment and we predict an increase in tiers for 2016, so the top tier of the cake has almost replaced the traditional cake topper. Tall wedding cakes really have the wow factor, so brides should make sure they put it on display to really show it off."
"Throughout 2016 you’ll see a range of metallic colours, with copper and rose gold colour schemes already appearing incredibly popular. We’re certainly seeing this reflected in couples’ wedding cakes designs."
Planning your wedding day can take up to two years, maybe even longer. You’ll want to share your memories for years to come, so it’s key to ensure all those carefully planned details (and of course you and your guests!) are captured on the day.
With such a wide choice of photographers out there, I caught up with Rupa Photography to give us an insight into 2016 trends...
"A trend that has made its way over from America, The First Look is the precious moment before the wedding, when the bride and groom have a special moment alone together on their wedding day – a very emotional moment that is amazing to photograph!
The benefits of The First Look are that you can begin the couple portraits in advance, meaning you don’t have to worry about time constraints or the pressure of the photographer having to sneak you off for photographs, and you can enjoy your day and evening with your guests."
"Your wedding venue serves as the place where you have a bite to eat, clink glasses during the hilarious wedding speeches and dance the night away, but you could make so much more use out of your gorgeous wedding venue. You can capture all of the creativity and stunning decorations of your venue in your couple portraits, to ensure you don’t just have the details of a table setting and images of an empty venue."
Rupa Photography also now offers a videography service which is again such an important part of the wedding. Capturing every glance and every special moment on film ensures you have everlasting memories to share with friends and family following your special day.
As mentioned earlier, we’re going to see a lot of copper and rose gold this year; they work brilliantly for both a rustic wedding and an elegant affair. They can be mixed and matched with a range of different pastel colours or with a black and gold effect.
In the last year, wedding catering has moved away from the traditional three-course seated dinner into a range of different styles to suit a couple’s idea of the perfect menu. We’ve seen afternoon tea menus, food stations, BBQ’s and sharing platters becoming more popular. This year we will see the formal sit down come back around, and dessert stations and creative evening buffets will remain popular.
At Moving Venue, catering is at the heart of what we do, therefore we love it when we can create beautiful menus for our couples. Our Snickers dessert, which comprises a salted caramel peanut butter slice, cocoa nib tuile, frosted nuts and milk ice cream, is something to really get the taste buds going. It knocked all other desserts out of the park last year, remaining undefeated with our couples.
Gin was the cool drink of 2015 weddings and has found its way back into our 2016 menu with our Gin cured salmon: Hendricks cured Scottish salmon with botanical gin and tonic jelly, pickled cucumber, oscietra caviar and crème fraiche. Even for those non gin lovers, this starter is a winning dish!
We are also excited to be able to offer your T total guests something extra special during the reception, at the dinner table and on the after dinner bar. Why not try our Spiced Pear or Rhubarb and Rosehip? And don’t worry; your drinking guests can also enjoy the fun by adding a splash of vodka or gin to these mocktails to turn them into fun evening cocktails.
Gone are the days of only being able to offer a bacon bap in the evening, as now we have a range of different bites available. It’s always important to think about your evening guests, how much alcohol is going to be served at the wedding, and therefore what should be served in the evening! We are now seeing more stylish evening buffet set ups with a street food style including hog roasts and pulled pork burgers.
Please do get in touch with Jodie at email@example.com to discuss your catering requirements – we may be able to recommend something that hadn’t even crossed your mind!