It's real, it's happening... you're planning the wedding of your dreams and working through your list of 'must haves'. Whether this list is big or small, there's one think for sure - your dog is invited!
Our beloved canine friends are there for us through everything, so of course, they should definitely be there for the best day of your life?
We're asked all the time if our venue is dog friendly for weddings and our answer is, absolutely! (by agreement of the bride and groom of course). But for your own wedding, the sky is the limit and we'll help you guarantee your dog can be present for your wedding, for as much or as little you'd like!
Here are our top tips for creating the ultimate dog friendly wedding:
Share your wishes
It's definitely worth letting your wedding coordinator know you'll be including your dog in the celebrations before the wedding. With your schedule in mind, it will be easier to figure out the important parts of your day that you would like to be dog friendly, as well as smoothing out any details to make the arrangements as easy as possible. You might also want to notify your guests that you'll be bringing your dog along and clarify for them whether you are happy for other dogs to come along too.
Work with your dog's personality
Weddings are busy, noisy, exciting and THE BEST THING EVER.. but they are also overwhelming sometimes. Nobody knows your dog better than you or how will they react to different aspects of your wedding day and chances are they will love meeting everyone and being surrounded by new smells and sights, but be realistic about how much they will enjoy and any aspects they won't, like large crowds, sparklers, children petting them etc.
Get help from family & friends
Your wedding day is a whirlwind of celebrations with so many people to see and fun things to do, so if friends or family offer to look after your dog throughout the day, definitely take them up on it! They can make sure your dog is happy, settled and somewhere comfortable for some essential downtime from all the partying.
Choose your venue wisely
A venue with accommodation, exclusive hire and away from busy roads, these are all really useful additions to a venue when you're hoping for a dog friendly wedding. Large, open spaces for your dog to run wild and play safely are a huge plus and means a calmer and all-round happier dog on your wedding day.
Make sure your potential venue has somewhere quiet and out the way for your dog relax in. When the evening draws in, things get noisier and the drinks really start flowing, it's a relief to know there's somewhere for your dog to stay and relax away from the crowds and partying.
Make the most of photos
Let your photographer know your dog is attending the wedding, as well as any specific photos you would like them to feature in and they can get the very best out of the setup. For excitable or super chilled out dogs, you might need treats, toys or somebody on hand to help keep their attention for the photos.
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of articles and top tips for this years upcoming wedding trends..? We're not surprised! To make it easier for you, we have narrowed down our favourites that would look simply fantastic here at Knightor Winery. Here's what's hot for Summer 2019 weddings.
RUSTIC BARN VENUES
Rustic wedding venues were a popular choice for 2018 so we are very chuffed that the rustic barns are still hot for 2019! Knightor’s main barn is a handsome example of typical late 18th or early 19th century, multi-purpose farm building, incorporating both a shippon and a threshing barn. Our high beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls create a natural yet simple backdrop for any style of wedding. Each rustic barn has its own unique character and with its big open spaces, it's perfect for creating your unique wedding.
Now it may not be brand new to 2019 but festival weddings are still in this summer. Last years festival weddings were inspired by 'shabby chic' however, this summer it’s all about being minimal but bold! Think bright statements, think green, and think sparkle!
So we may be steering away from the ever-so-cute shabby chic this year but do not worry, we still be keeping our floral crowns, colourful bunting and hay bales. This year's couples are approaching these classic festival decorations with a little more creative elegance. More green foliage, more flower instalments and big colourful statement finishes to create the natural feel festival weddings are all about.
And for those of you who are holding your own boho inspired festival wedding this year, why not think about adding a little metallic decor to your table set up, dried foliage or pampas grass to your floral installations or bouquet. Statement materials like these are really in this summer and give your wedding that organic but classy look.
Photos by Albion Row (left) and Dan Ward Photography (right)
Photos by Alexa Poppe (top left), Mimosa Photography (bottom left) and Pura Vida Cornwall (bottom right)
And of course you can’t throw a festival inspired wedding without a little glitz. We've already mentioned that summer 2019 is all about going big, so don't be afraid of booking that disco ball or glitter bar you had your eye on!
Us Brits are known for loving a good buffet spread so you will be very happy to hear that the biggest food trend for summer 2019 is something called 'grazing tables'. If you haven't already heard about them they are large table displays covered in wheels of cheeses, charcuterie meats, whole loaf homemade breads, chutneys and fruits. The thought behind these grazing tables was to make eating a more sociable thing. Food is such a big part of every wedding so why not add an element of fun for guests. All of the ingredients should be locally sourced and displayed in such a way some people have even called it an art!
For those of you looking for something even more casual what about going with a food van. This is another trend for summer 2019 and a funky way to serve your guests their food. With a rise in creative cooking and exotic flavours there is no wonder these funky food vans have made it on this year's list. A few of our favourites here at Knightor have been Mexican tacos, fire baked pizza cooked from a converted horse truck and dessert from an ice cream van serving boozy ice lollies!
With so much going on in the world around saving our planet it not a surprise that eco-weddings have made this year's wedding trends. Not only are brides choosing to hold plastic free weddings, wedding suppliers are now choosing to improve their businesses by going greener. There are so many different ways that you too can do your bit in holding a greener wedding day and I promise you won’t even notice you're doing them!
Why not start by choosing an eco-venue, or even somewhere close to home to reduce the time for travel. Take a look at the decorations you are looking into and try and stay away from single use plastic. Have a go at making things like your favours or up-cycling old items at home. Holding an eco-wedding can be very rewarding and very simple if you know how!
BREAKING THE RULES
This year our modern brides are feeling a little rebellious and throwing those old school traditions right out of the door! It's great to see that with times changing so is the wedding industry. Why not mix things up with a bit of colour on your dress. We have seen some fantastic looks here at Knightor, with statement sequin dresses to colourful embroidery on the traditional white background. Other broken traditions to expect this year are speeches before dinner, bride or maid of honour speeches, or if you don't want to make a day of it why not hold the ceremony at 4pm?! Breaking tradition is great way to make your day more personal for you.
If you like the look of some of these trends, do let us know if there is anything we can do to help or maybe you just need our advice. We are here to help make your dream wedding ideas a reality!
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