Artisan, Arts & Crafts, rustic, homemade, tailor made & bespoke are all words which spring to mind. We have a wealth of talent and crafts in Ireland and this year it’s going to be another great year for weddings, even the sun and blue skies are starting to make an appearance. To celebrate here are some ideas and trends for décor, food, flowers and much more.
The Venue & The Look
There is no where nicer than the countryside to host that special day and Ireland has a wealth of unique venues on offer. While the bigger cities have some beautiful venues more and more couples are opting to get away from it all and experience the beauty of a country wedding.
Photo courtesy of Ballintubbert House & gardens
Barns and Garden Venues are becoming a strong venue trend. The relaxed setting helps couples imagine and put their own spin on rustic chic.
Peter Deegan runs The Barn at The Grocery in Tyrrelspass Co. Westmeath. “Our newly renovated Barn is one of Ireland’s most unique wedding venues. We have hosted some of the quirkiest celebrations of love and hope to be of assistance to any couple embarking on a new life together”.
I love the rustic feel to this, natural home produced and lots of tailor made touches.
Photos courtesy of The Barn & Gary McGivney Photography
Banqueting is Back, well it never went away! and like I indicated last year people are still tending to move away from the traditional round table scenario and and are instead opting for either very long, rectangular tables or a mix of long tables surrounded by smaller square and round tables — all for a more intimate and relaxed vibe.
Photo courtesy of Ger O Donnell photography
Continuing on this theme the traditional Top Table is becoming less popular with couples with more opting to have the bridal party sit at a table in the middle of their guests be it round of long banquet style.
All that glitters is gold! Silver is fading and Gold rimmed plates glasses and table accessories are all the rage and will embellish your table setting; tied in with your floral arrangements can add a touch of sparkle to any room.
Mix N Match your centrepieces and table floral arrangements, all tables need not look the same especially if you’re going for a more natural theme. Arrangements that feature whatever is in season and local are gaining traction. Many couples now request a “wild” look.
Photo courtesy of The Grocery
Glamping Camping is on the rise with those seeking a more relaxed yet comfortable weekend vibe.
The ingenious guys in Ballintubbert House in Co. Laois have transformed the house & gardens into a wonderland for those who are seeking that something special and unique with an array of tenting extravaganzas for entertaining, dining and sleeping.
Photos courtesy Ballintubbert House & Gardens
His & Hers is a theme gaining popularity in the food & beverage scene. How about a His & Hers cocktail to welcome your guests.
Prosecco is fast becoming a mainstay at weddings and a frim favourite for a welcome drink with or without canapés or for a toast with the speeches.
Photo courtesy So Prosecco
And while were at it think of mixing up your Speeches schedule. A lovely idea is to have one short one when guests sit down, and others between food servings.
Substantial Canapés or hors d’oeuvres distributed before the main meal is a lovely way to break with the traditional sit down meal for those who would like a more relaxed feel to the day.
Photo courtesy of Cookes Catering
Sharing Platters as starters are still all the rage and a lovely conversation starter at tables where guests may might not all know each other. Johnnie Cooke of Cookes Catering who specialise in wedding banquets says couples “are no longer afraid to go beyond the norm, and we love helping them to think outside the box in terms of food offerings”.
Try this trend: Passed dessert platters are gaining popularity, whether served to the tables or passed around.
I also love the idea of His & Hers desserts; this is a beautiful way of offering your guests choice without making them choose and everyone will love to share. Ask your venue or caterer about this, its basically a 50/50 split on the offering.
And if you’re thinking Favours go edible, I’m loving these offerings from Dublin based Delish Melish. Marshmallow & Meringue heaven.
Photo courtesy of Martin Sheridan photography
I could not finish up without sharing with you one of my favourite new trend setters brought exclusively from Master floral artist Jeanette at Couture de Fleur, beautiful one of a kind Heirloom florals.
I love Jeanette’s passion and you can practically feel the love that goes into every bouquet.
Brides can have the pleasure to adoringly cherish their wedding flowers for many years to come and even hand them down to future generations.
And For the Guys matching stunning one of a kind boutonnieres
Photos courtesy Couture de fleur