Surrey wedding trends for 2012
PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 February 2012 | UPDATED: 12:09 28 February 2013
Here, we speak to a few of Surrey's top wedding experts about what they expect to be the main trends in our county for the year ahead
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2012
Here, we speak to a few of Surreys top wedding experts about what they expect to be the main trends in our county for the year ahead
Venues include Botleys Mansion, near Chertsey, SurreyKT16 0AP
Tel: 0845 130 9966
Weve noticed a lot of our couples enjoying new takes on old-school wedding-fare, says general manager, Carol Johnson. While the cake of cheese and the cake of cupcakes are still going strong, were also seeing speeches between courses, colourful food and drinks think bright orange chocolate fountains and weve even had a request for a London Taxi Photobooth! Were also seeing an increase in the numbers of brides and grooms who want to extend their day by having a dinner the night before or a barbeque the morning after. Similarly, the rehearsal dinner is enjoying a surge in popularity families wanting to meet each other and the rest of the wedding party before the big day, which can be enjoyable and very beneficial.
48 High Street, Cobham, SurreyKT11 3EF
Tel: 01932 862121
I think simplicity is the biggest trend for 2012, says general manager, Bernardo Leidilom. Plain white tablecloths and napkins, white heart-shaped wedding cards or favours. Colour on the table is added by a single pink rose or a small bunch of pink roses tied with a pink ribbon. If the flowers chosen are pink roses, then the chairs can be covered with white material, pink sashes and a single pink rose tied at the back. Pink is a popular colour, but were also seeing less traditional colours too such as turquoise and deep red. We are also noticing that people dont always get married on a Saturday any more we are receiving a number of bookings for weddings on weekdays.
Denbies Wine Estate
London Road, Dorking, SurreyRH5 6AA
Tel: 01306 876616
Its certainly going to be a memorable year to marry in Surrey, says events manager, Kelly Walsh. Following on from the most romantic royal wedding, 2012 will be treasured; the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic torch procession, the cycle race etc. As a result, traditional vintage themes and dreamy designs will all contribute to some stunning ideas! Combining old and new concepts, here at Denbies, we have seen an increase in garden parties with English afternoon teas, cellar wine tastings and sunset vineyard tours. New for 2012, we will also be offering a complete wedding package service that will include all aspects of wedding planning, from florist to master of ceremonies.
Epsom Downs Racecourse
Epsom Downs, SurreyKT18 5LQ
Tel: 01372 460460
At Epsom Downs Racecourse, we imagine there will be an increase in weddings on a Friday following the success of last years royal wedding, says events manager, Lucie Ince. Another factor in wedding venue selection is that rooms with a view are becoming ever more popular and, of course, Epsom is perfectly situated to provide stunning views from all angles, including across the famous North Downs and the distant London skyline. We have also seen an increase in same sex ceremonies and as we are licensed to hold civil ceremonies we hope to see this continue.
Fiona Dashwood Couture
71 Station Road East, Oxted, SurreyRH8 0AX
Tel: 01883 717788
Wedding dresses for the year to come will be strongly influenced by the royal wedding, says owner, Fiona Dashwood. Thanks to Kates beautiful dress, lace in all its many weights and textures will be very popular. There is also an ethereal quality to embellishment with a move away from heavily beaded strapless gowns. Softly draped silk crepe is going to be strong with more mature brides (the Pippa Middleton effect); cut with a fluid drape, it creates a dress with grown-up timeless elegance and suits all shapes and sizes (not just Pippas)! Ivory is still the most popular shade for brides of all ages but pale pastels, barely hinting at a colour, and gold and platinum metallic effects will add detail to delicate lace finishes.
Guildford, SurreyGU3 1HS
Tel: 01483 405120
At Loseley, we expect the main trend in 2012 will be a definite growth in off-peak, weekday weddings, says events manager, Nicky Rooney. Whereas ten years ago, all our weddings were on Saturdays in the summer, now 30 per cent are on weekdays during the autumn and winter months. This is largely due to economics, as it costs almost five times less to marry on a Thursday in February than a Saturday in May. Teachers, weve also noted, like getting married during half-term breaks and everyone loves getting away for a honeymoon in the sun to escape the English winter. Lastly, at Loseley, people love Christmas weddings in the Great Hall with its roaring log fire and the giant tree full of lights and decorations. What could be more festive?!