What a year it's been for weddings at QHotels! As we approach
the end of 2015, enjoy our round-up of our favourite wedding trends
from the last 12 months.
Colour of the year
They've endured a long banishment since the 1980s but this year
pastels were back! Across our venues we've seen a range of
softer hues made a comeback for bridesmaids' dresses, bouquets and
reception decor - with mint green right at the top of the list.
Hanging decorations and aerial displays took over our hotels
this year. From battery-operated lights and lanterns to paper
pompoms and mini hot air balloons, this year's décor simply had to
be suspended from the ceiling.
Move over vintage tea-cups, 2015 was the year when Industrial
Chic took centre stage. We saw metal table numbers, letterpress
invitations and dramatic lighting. Yes, our city centre
wedding venues at The Queens and The Midland naturally lent
themselves to this theme, but we also saw brides and grooms in our
more leafy locations express their own personality or part of the
story of their relationship through use of this urban theme.
Blame TV shows like 'Don't Tell The Bride', or a dose of healthy
competition with other newlywed pals, but we've seen a move towards
grooms becoming increasingly discerning about how their big day
will look. And what's the element our grooms were most
particular about? Our wedding co-ordinators tell us it's the
food and drink choices. Wedding brunch, anyone?
Inspired by Tom Fletcher or simply inspired to make use of
technology, wedding speeches are getting more creative! We
even launched the UK's first Wedding Speech Awards this year to celebrate
the best of our nation's speeches and inspire the nervous
speech-givers of 2016.
Call our brides and grooms optimists, but we definitely saw an
increase in the numbers who were prepared to bet on a sunny day and
plan for an outdoor ceremony. And with options like our Rose Gardens at Mottram Hall, who can blame
them for taking a fingers crossed approach? (We tend towards being
realists though, so we always had a beautiful indoor suite ready,
just in case)
We confess - we didn't see this one coming: Cakes with
icing-free edges were a surprise addition to many a wedding
reception in 2015 and while we love their rustic charm, we don't
envy the cake-makers who can no longer rely on that layer of icing
to cover up any bumpy edges…
It seemed it wasn't a wedding this year unless Gary Barlow
turned up as a surprise guest, and serenaded the bride. Suggesting
this was a this-year-only hobby though Gary recently tweeted: "I'll
look back fondly at 2015 as the year of the wedding crasher!"
So, there it is, our round up for 2015. Have you planned
or attended any weddings this year? Which key trends did you see?
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