As we begin to embrace 2023, we welcome a new year that brings with it a whole host of new wedding themes to look out for. Say goodbye to the #WeddingHashtag and uniform bridesmaids, but a firm hello to fearlessly bold colours and a more sustainable approach, with upcycling taking a front seat in proceedings. Without further ado, here is the Knightor forecast of wedding trends for the year ahead.
The Bright & Bold Movement
Certainly not a new concept, but a fun recurring theme nonetheless. Couples are moving away from the norm and opting for different patterns, textiles and decor that acts as an extension of their personality. This incorporates their bridal fashion as a whole, with the colour chosen for bridesmaids also portraying the desired spirit for the celebration. Think unabashed colour combined with untamed designs and you will begin to imagine the unexpected fun at a ceremony on the wild side. The rustic setting that Knightor offers couples provides the perfect canvas for couples to design a concept that truly captures the essence of the day.
Chris Armstrong Photography
The Outdoor Edit
Although there are more logistical factors to consider when compared to its indoor counterpart, an outdoor ceremony in a picturesque setting, undisturbed by the unpredictable British weather, can make for the most memorable (and camera-worthy!) celebration. Slightly less formal than a traditional ceremony, there is something rather poetic about starting married life immersed in nature. The arbor at Knightor sits above the pond, amongst an array of wildflower and other greenery - the perfect spot to share with your nearest and dearest.
One trend that was largely fuelled by the pandemic is the more intimate celebration. Of course, elopements and smaller wedding ceremonies have been a constant over the years, however, the various rules and restrictions have resulted in a longer term shift. Couples are opting for a more private ceremony, perhaps relieving some of the anxiety involved in saying “I dos” in front of hundreds of people; however, the reception is then reserved for the larger displays of affection with loved ones. The Knightor threshing barn and courtyard boasts a capacity of up to 150 evening guests, ensuring that no one has to miss out on the fun!
Alexa Poppe Photography
Upcycling and Sustainable Weddings
From upcycled favours to pre-loved wedding fashion, sustainability is the buzzword of today and the weddings industry is no different. The effects of climate change and the need for action is well documented, but with a little extra thought it is absolutely possible to host an all out celebration while reducing risk to the environment. There are many solutions to do this and the two we would suggest are as follows: Firstly, limit your stationary to one standout piece, or perhaps send digital correspondence to each of the guests. Secondly, give back to the environment. Recently at Knightor, a couple asked permission to plant a tree in our orchard and we of course obliged to this unique request!
Mark Shaw Photography
Cocktails have become an integral part of proceedings, with couples opting for a lasting drinks experience rather than the typical signature cocktail on arrival. There are many benefits to holding your wedding ceremony at a winery, however, offering your guests a wine tasting to start the celebration is an option that is often well received. Hosted by a member of the winemaking team, enjoy a selection of Knightor wines carefully paired to your chosen menu - the perfect conversation starter.
Lee Allen Photography