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Wedding coordinator Ruth Mundy from leading Hampshire venue the Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa in the New Forest, shares her industry insight into top big-day trends for the year ahead.
Ruth says, "Wedding trends may come and go but the most important thing to remember is it should always be about the love between you and your other half – something that's always in fashion!"
Some of the main influences she predicts are likely to continue to go from strength to strength include:
Many venues are incorporating vegan and free-from menus into their wedding offering, thanks to the increased call for plant-based options. With more food stations and less formal eating arrangements, whether your guests are vegan, gluten-free, or just picky, allowing them to choose their own starter, main and dessert enhances their enjoyment.
With the semi-naked cake remaining a firm favourite, there's likely to be more of a focus on flavours in 2020. Veering away from the traditional fruit cake and Victoria sponge tiers, expect to see a variety of delicately flavoured layers such as elderflower and lemon, lemon and lavender, and even gin-infused sponge! Carrot cake is also making a comeback!
Flowers are not just for bouquets and buttonholes; couples are working with their florists to create showstopping floral installations. Edible flowers are even bringing a touch of style to cocktails and fine dining too.
Our furry friends are part of the family, so it's only natural that this year and into 2021 we'll see more dogs than ever at weddings.This will create demand for more services for boarding your fur baby the night before the big day, with a full groom, bow ties and ribbons to match your colour scheme as well as delivering and chaperoning them at the wedding, allowing you to relax knowing your pampered pooch is well looked after.
Weddings are becoming an extended celebration with many couples arranging a rehearsal dinner the evening before. This traditionally American idea allows friends and family who are travelling to arrive and relax and meet your other guests enjoying a sociable warm up to the day.
Unlike a national magazine, Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding is packed with area specific features, venues in your area, inspirational real weddings and regular features on bridal fashion, beauty, photography, cars, stationery, flowers, cakes, music, entertainment, catering, hair & beauty, etc.
So when you decide to look for local suppliers, wedding retailers and service providers, our magazines can really help you plan your wedding.
We also have regular exciting competitions and giveaways, expert question & answer pages and lots more. Quite simply, all the information you will ever need to get married in your area.
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