So it’s 2015. Many of you are planning your wedding celebrations and I am in the process of helping some of you do just that.
There are trends emerging and some of which started last year are growing stronger and will feature in a lot of weddings in the next year & beyond.
So here are some of those trends;
BANQUETING IS BACK:
Yes folks, long banquet style tables are very much in vogue and obtaining popularity. Obviously this depends on the room and it shape and size. It does lead for a very convivial atmosphere.
This leads us to the second trend,
FAMILY STYLE SHARING PLATTERS
Becoming more favourite with couples it is important to ask your caterers advice on what will work and what might not depending on the number of guests you will have for your meal. There are a range of options which can be tasty and unique, for example for large weddings you could go family style with an Italian style antipasti sharing platter or a beautiful seafood platter. Johnnie Cooke’s catering company which specialise in catering for wedding parties have started doing this well for quite a while now. It’s relaxing and works well for both upscale & less formal wedding celebrations.
These are great conversation starters for guests at tables who might not all know each other and sets a lovely relaxed amicable start for the meal.
A fantastic alternative to plated desserts or as a late night snack/sugar booster. Some couples are now opting to have this option instead of or as part of their wedding cake and there are some bakeries doing this well, for example Caroline in the Wedding Cake Boutique in Ranelagh, Dublin.
The wedding cake itself sometimes seems to never get the recognition it deserves or is missed by many being served at the late night stage, which is a shame as it costs so much money and they are always beautiful. There are some good tips to combat this, for example;
This leads to the topic of late night food. In the summer BBQ’s at midnight work well with beautiful meat burgers on soft brioche buns. Outside vendors are gaining popularity with gourmet mobile pizza units, chicken rotisserie and even chip vans being huge hits for that all important midnight snack.
A sweet trolley goes a long way towards that badly needed sugar boost between dinner and supper..
Bubbles with fruit purees
Bellinis are becoming very popular for welcome receptions and toasts, it can be made with any fruit purée, not just peach and today brides are choosing fruit purees like raspberry, strawberry, mango, passion fruit and the traditional white peach.
SO Prosecco offers great value quality prosecco which is ideal with fruit purees. www.soprosecco.com
The Downton Abbey Appeal
All things lace & Linen, dining outdoors, picnics and afternoon tea parties as well as idyllic country house venues are all becoming huge and I can only see this trend growing with popularity. However always having a Dry and a Wet plan if you go down this route is essential.
Borris House in Carlow is a perfect example, see my earlier BLOG on all it’s appeal as a country stately home venue.
FOR THE BOYS
The groom will not be forgotten in the 2015 wedding trend forecast: retro-inspired, slightly looser suits, are back… but be careful, they are not for everyone! Alternatively, there is also a return to the past of true Englishmen and their brown tweed suits, vest included. For those grooms aiming for a more contemporary and bolder look, we must highlight the following trends: pastel pink suits, neck scarf instead of a tie and small touches of yellow either on the tie, neck scarf, boutonniere, socks or even the shoes.
Check out the guys from ‘Knotty Tie’ and their inspirational creations for guys attire. http://www.knottytie.com
THE PHOTO BOOTH
Hire one or do your own, it’s very easy and great fun, The mot economical way is to get an old (large) picture frame and someone to hang it for you (I can and have done all of these) & supply a Polaroid or instant camera. These along with a box of tricks with hats, feather boa’s, masks and any costume jewellery or head gear you can find will give you photos which will leave you smiling and smirking for many years to come.
leave a blank album beside with some Pritt stick where guests can paste their photos in & sign their best wishes. FUN FUN FUN!!!