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!
'Budget wedding' is becoming much more of a familiar phrase, especially at this time of year when a busy Christmas period means spend spend spend. We're all hoping to save a little, but with a wedding to plan and so many special ideas to bring to life, it can be hard to keep everything in check. To help you out, we have done our research and found some quirky little ideas so that you can save those pennies and hold the wedding of your dreams!
So you have a tight wedding budget that you want to stick to? It's time to get little creative and find those alternative ideas so that you aren't splashing the cash. Whether its home-making, finding a bargain or calling in a few favours, take a look at our top tips to help you with your own ‘budget’ wedding.
Set your theme and hunt down those bargains
The decor is a very important part to any wedding as its this that will transform your venue into something personal to you. Come up with a realistic budget that you can stick to - it can be very tempting to get carried away! Come up with a theme or colour scheme that suits the time of year, venue or interests. This is a good start in narrowing down what you need to buy.
Now that's sorted, why not start by rummaging through a second hand store to see what little treasures you can find here. For those of you who are thinking vintage or Boho, charity shops and car boots can be your best friend. Whether its old crockery, vases or decorative mirrors you will find them at a fraction of the price of buying brand new!
Get thrifty with fabric, sew your own
Pretty skilled with a sewing machine, why not have a go at turning some old material into colourful bunting? With Knightor’s stone walls and rustic beams, bunting gives the room a vintage feel and a splash of colour! If time is sparse, old materials such as hessian or lace can be tied round chairs to for that classic wedding feel. And for those warm summer weddings colourful ribbons can create a fun alternative.
Utilise natural decor for stunning results
Now it's time to go outside, look beyond the walls of a shop or your home and go and explore nature, you will be surprised as to what can be found. For those of you planning an Autumn wedding, a forage for pine cones, logs and conkers are all great decor materials to add that seasonal touch to your wedding. The great thing about this is that they are completely free!
Build on those rustic vibes
Outdoor wedding? Why not contact your local farm as an alternative to classic seating and source some hay bales. With some hessian covers next to our pond and arbour it's the perfect setting for your rustic wedding.
Get creative with florals
Flowers are a must at every wedding and unless you are a professional florist or lucky enough to have a best friend who is, we all know that having flowers made for your wedding can be a bit pricey. We have come up with our favourite flower alternatives from our previous weddings so you too can see how easy it can be.
Mason jars, probably the most popular alternative for a wedding, and can be your answer to saving those pennies. For an item that can be collected so easily and free of charge it’s such a simple idea for displaying flowers on your wedding day. They look great as they are, or you can jazz them up is a little hessian, ribbon or sparkle with glitter. They are quick and easy and you won’t need to worry about arranging your flowers, be as bold or brave as you are!
Add dashes of colour and decoration
Hanging mason jars to the ends of chairs are a great touch for lining the aisle of the ceremony. They can also be easily transferred and re-used for centrepieces on the tables. Grab some of those logs you found to level the flower jars and this make a pretty windowsill display.
Opt for lots of foliage instead of flowers. Have a good look around the garden to see what greenery you have. Once you find something you like cut it down and it can be used as a garland centerpiece or why not try an archway over your aisle. It’s completely free!
One of my favourite money saving ideas is swapping expensive flower centrepieces for potted plants or herbs. Not only do they look great, they smell amazing and create a welcoming decoration for your guests as they sit down for the wedding breakfast. Herbs and potted plants can be found in a range of colours, shapes and sizes. Personally, the vibrant purples of lavender plants and and the lush greens of mint and rosemary are a perfect colour match for any time of the year.
'Let them eat cake!'
Whether is a traditional three tiered iced fruit cake or a naked Victoria sponge piled high with cream and berries, the price to get these made isn’t cheap. Call on a favour! If you have a friend, a Grandparent or a second cousin twice removed and they can bake, there is no harm in asking. Not only will they be over the moon that you have asked them, but you will get a magnificent cake with a story for a fractions of the price or entirely for free!
We all love a good bake off, so why not have ‘the great wedding cake off’! This is a fun alternative to a wedding cake. You could even incorporate this into your invites and ask guests to bring homemade cakes and desserts to create a bake off style table. Add a little entertainment and judge the cakes so that the winning guests get a prize!
Not so much of a sweet tooth? How about a cake of cheese with all your favourite soft, blue and cheddar cheeses! A little fruit and foliage is all it needs for decoration.
Create thoughtful favours
A great way to keep costs low is to give your guests homemade wedding favours. Put a day or two aside, invite over a bridesmaid or two and get a little creative. Here is a list of homemade gift ideas that your guests are going to love:
Don't forget those little extras
Everybody loves a sweet cart at a wedding. They are a great way of entertaining guests of all ages. You can use some of those second hand vases and bowls you found to display your sweets. We have our fabulous barrel bar, a great place to host your sweetie table. Try not to get too carried away with amount of sweets you buy (I know its tempting!).
Swap fireworks for sparklers. I know this is a big compromise but it is also a big save. Its another great way to keep your guests entertained. And the photos look great!
Create the ultimate honeymoon
It may not be for everyone but why not ask your friends and family for honeymoon donations as an alternative gift idea. The money collected can be put towards your honeymoon budget for those special upgrades to make those memories even more spectacular! It's a more common idea than you might think.
So there you have it.. It's amazing how much money can be saved if you have a go at making things yourself and looking into alternative options. Just remember to plan ahead and to leave enough time to get things together. It will all be worth it on the day!
Let us know how you get on with your budget planning - do share your ideas and experiences with us, we'd love to hear!
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