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Whimsical wedding trends and inspiration

Whether you are looking to tie the knot in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, Bruisyard Hall is particularly well suited to this year’s whimsical bohemian and natural trends due to the versatility and natural charm of the space and the amazing catering options provided by our team of top chefs.

2018 themes

2018 weddings have seen a definitive move towards a more minimalist and natural look. In décor in particular, light pastel shades pair strikingly with natural light and stripped settings, where polished detail is the focus.

Colours and textures

Light blush and violet colour schemes, combined with attention grabbing crystal name holders and glassware, agate coasters and the metal of the moment; copper.  Lustrous copper candle holders, name places and even cutlery, elegantly reflect the gentle candlelight of an evening setting, creating the perfect relaxed feel for an autumnal evening wedding reception.

Simple yet delicious

The transition to a simpler, and often more cost-effective, wedding theme has filtered into the wedding catering. In the last few years, wedding planners have more frequently begun to stray away from the traditional multi-course wedding breakfast, through the use of large sharing food platters containing varied foods and cuisines, beautifully arranged and decorated to the point where they have become an enviable table decoration in themselves.


Dessert tables are also in, with macaroons and doughnuts remaining in popularity, but mini wedding trifles also stealing the show from the traditional cake, sitting in the centre of gorgeous tiers and platters of extremely aesthetically pleasing mini desserts. 


And to compliment the food and the décor? The flower arrangements this year are once again simpler and often smaller affairs, but delicate and delightful in their small budded and often foliage-based arrays.

Following the bohemian trend of woodland weddings, many couples in both Spring and Summer of this year opted for what florists are more and more often referring to as ‘miniature woodland’ displays to give their wedding a more authentic and free-spirited, natural feel. Tablescapes and bell jars, create a long and often low levelled form which is new to table decoration, where soft dusky shades of petite garden flowers peak out from the leafy lengths.

Alternatively, the same light foliage themes can provide an ethereal look when placed in hanging hoops above tables. Dessert tables in particular, are frequently seeing this kind of adornment, to practically provide more space for both conversation and the food itself.

Bouquets follows these floral trends, with light pastel garden flowers tucked between long stemmed lavender and dusky free form greenery, beautifully pairing with a venues décor.

The dress...

Clean lines, natural forms and pure whites are similarly not reserved for venue or décor either, with wedding dress trends clearly reflecting this movement. Plain gowns, with simple but defined lines, were seen most frequently in New York fashion week, stunning audiences with their embellishments of floral embroidery and intricate pearl detailing, which created both a timelessly classy, and yet effortlessly modern look.

Headpieces, earrings, and dress backs are not to be excluded from the pearl frenzy, creating stunning asides to the striking dresses which have been so popular. Capes and veils delicately enhanced with floral needle work were also seen frequently on the cat walk this year, elegantly complimenting the often gauzy and see-through bohemian wedding dress trend.

Hair and make-up

Hair and makeup this year has not seen any bold new moves, but a classic dewy, natural look remains in fashion, to compliment, while not overthrowing the elegance of the dress. Side partings and long, lightly waved 60’s style hair is back in, with a distinctly turn of the century hippy vibe being present at New York bridal fashion week in particular. In contrast, the edgier bride has also been seen to further flatter a backless A-line dress with a stylish topknot and a bright red lipstick against a natural dewy face, to establish a more statemented look.

Come and look round Bruisyard Hall and Barn to see how we can be the perfect setting and team to create your magnificent wedding. Call to book a viewing on 01728 639 000.