PLANNING a fairytale wedding used to be so simple — meet the person of your dreams, spend a chunk of
PLANNING a fairytale wedding used to be so simple — meet the person of your dreams, spend a chunk of money, live happily ever after. But weddings are changing. There are more choices than ever and more information about what other brides are doing thanks to wedding magazines, blogs and social media sites like Pinterest where brides can ‘storyboard’ their big day.
Forget the era of the sugared almond — every decision from your wedding invitation to the favour you leave by people’s plates is an opportunity to show your individuality.
Gary Hall, owner of Bix Manor, which hosts around 25 weddings a year, believes the changing styles are very much about couples including things that are important to them.
“We’re noticing a huge trend to bring in one’s heritage and culture, whether that’s in décor, music, food or sometimes even in drinks,” he says.
“Anything that’s important in somebody’s life can be incorporated into their day with a little thought. It makes for a more personal, and often more memorable day, and gives the bride and groom the opportunity to bring their families and cultures together.”
Budget-conscious brides have also turned to vintage and DIY handicrafts.
Gary says: “We’ve definitely seen an increase in home-made bunting, hand-crafted decorations and things that give the wedding more of a personal touch.”
Reading-based Kat Williams receives between 50 and 100 wedding submissions every day for her wedding blog rocknrollbride.com which showcases real weddings packed with quirky ideas.
“I see a lot of weddings that are very similar — I guess that’s the nature of fashion,” she says.
“But a lot of those trends, like bunting and hay bales, are seen as different to guests who are used to church weddings.”
IN: Ice cream vans, photo booths, games for guests, wedding cakes made of cheese
OUT: Cupcakes, receiving lines, traditional discos (ceilidhs are more popular)