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What’s hot for Surrey weddings in 2015

PUBLISHED: 12:29 15 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:54 16 February 2015

The glamorous setting of Warren House

The glamorous setting of Warren House

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In the throes of planning your wedding? Here we speak to some leading local experts to find out what’s going to be hot in weddings for the year ahead – and how to make your day that little bit different from the rest

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2015

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THE VENUE

A wedding and event consultant at the historic Warren House venue in Kingston, Lisa Bevan suggests that the personal touches are the best way to make your wedding that little bit different

 

What do you think will be the big news in weddings this year?

I think couples are looking more at adding personal touches – such as accentuating the highly anticipated ‘first look’ by blindfolding the groom or having the bridesmaids or page boys holding cards saying, ‘Wait until you see the bride’. Other ideas include adapting the all-important confetti shot by using other objects to fit in with a theme i.e. coloured pom-poms; dressing the backs of chairs with framed images of the guests; or having a ‘hot chocolate’ bar late in the evening with sprinkles, marshmallows etc.

 

How can Surrey couples make their day a little bit different?

To hold a truly inspired wedding, add personal touches that make a wedding unique to you: for example, reveal facts about yourselves in frames dotted around the location, for example, number of days you have been together. Another idea is to ask guests to write ‘Top Tips for a happy Marriage’ and store them in a wedding capsule to open on your first anniversary.

 

And your top tip for those getting married in our county?

Hold your wedding at an exclusive-use venue that can be yours for a day or even the whole of the weekend. This will allow you to bring your families together to celebrate in style.

 

• Warren House, Warren Road, Kingston KT2 7HY Tel: 0208 974 7115. Web: warrenhouse.com

 

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Owner of SPIKYJUMPER© Photography in Farnham, photographer Jake Peet says that when it comes to the pictures, the guests themselves will be playing an increasingly important role during the year ahead

 

What do you think will be the big news in weddings this year?

As more and more people start to utilise their smartphones and tablets as cameras, I think we might start to see cloud-based technology pooling images from all guests at weddings next year via apps like WedPics and Wedding Snap. Guests can sign up to online albums created by the couple and as they snap away on the day they can upload their photos to the album. Couples then have the option to capture possibly hundreds more images than they would have had without this service. It takes the legwork out of chasing up guests after the big day!

 

How can Surrey couples make their day a little bit different?

I think a more relaxed, less formal affair with no traditional rules, allowing you to take the lead about what happens when, could help make things a little more your own.

 

And your top tip for those getting married in our county?

Embrace the outdoors! Our county is leafy, rural and beautiful. Look at the venues that take advantage of the Surrey countryside; it also makes for great photos.

 

• SPIKYJUMPER© Photography, 38 The Street, Farnham GU10 4PR. Tel: 07791 685208. Web: spikyjumper.com

 

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THE FLORIST

As a winner at the recent Wedding Industry Awards, Kate Avery, the owner of Kate Avery Flowers in Chiddingfold, is a cut above the rest when it comes to floral design. Here she shares a few insider secrets

 

What do you think will be the big news in weddings this year?

Definitely a continuation of the “wild flower garden” trend and an emphasis on pastel shades. Muted tones of apricot and peach combined with soft sage green look set to be “the” colours for 2015. Hanging flowers are also set to be big. If your venue has beams, why not suspend flower filled jars and bottles or ask your florist to create a fresh flower curtain? Floral crowns are also set to be big news. They can either be really delicate using smaller headed flower varieties such as gypsophila or they can be bold and blousy statement pieces incorporating more large-headed blooms like hydrangea and roses.

 

How can Surrey couples make their day a little bit different?

We are so lucky in Surrey to have so many stunning venues on our doorstep. From traditional barns and stately homes to boutique hotels and gorgeous marquee settings. Whichever you choose, make sure to let your personality shine through with the details of your day. A spot of DIY wedding touches can really make your day stand out from the crowd.

 

And your top tip for those getting married in our county?

Really research your suppliers. Surrey has an amazing wealth of talented wedding specialists. Personal recommendations are always great and the best suppliers will literally take the stress out of your day, liaising with each other, so you don’t have to worry about a single thing. Also, book early to ensure you get the ones you want.

 

• Kate Avery Flowers, 1 Jubilee Villas, Coxcombe Lane, Chiddingfold GU8 4QF. Tel: 07799 766955. Web: kateaveryflowers.co.uk

 

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THE CATERER

A great supporter of local artisan producers, Caper & Berry in Godalming pride themselves on their Surrey-led spreads – and Libby Summers says they can also offer lots of extra special touches to make a wedding unique

 

What do you think will be the big news in weddings this year?

This year has a very traditional feel for us. Many of our clients are opting for a formal three-course meal, moving away from the popular shared platter ideas we have seen in the past. However, when it comes to evening food, guests are getting a lot more inventive – for example, choosing live crêperie stations or cooking marshmallows over open fire pits, instead of the more usual cheeseboards or bacon sandwiches.

 

How can Surrey couples make their day a little bit different?

For the reception, canapés always work well. These beautiful bite-size morsels are designed to eat perfectly with bubbles and keep hunger at bay. However, another idea would be to have a full antipasti bar with the very best hams being freshly sliced by skilled chefs in front of your guests’ eyes. This works as a starter and keeps guests entertained throughout the reception. Or in the evening, to add some fun behind the bar, why not have trained mixologists making up bespoke cocktails? We would always recommend speaking to your caterers and ask them to come up with bespoke ideas to fit with your day – this is something we always offer our clients.

 

And your top tip for those getting married in our county?

Use local! We have a plethora of wonderful suppliers and artisan producers in Surrey where you can source everything from amazing florists who grow their own flowers to award-winning vineyards. We translate this through to all of our menus making sure we are using the best local produce and working with local companies.

 

• Caper & Berry, Halfway Courtyard, Halfway Lane, The Eashing Farm Estate, Godalming GU7 2QQ. Tel: 01483 427521. Web: caperandberry.co.uk

 

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THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

Located in a former chapel in the pretty village of Ripley, Miss Bush is one of Surrey’s leading bridal boutiques – and what managing director Emma Meek doesn’t know about wedding dresses isn’t really worth knowing…

 

What do you think will be the big news in weddings this year?

Although celebrity weddings can be the very last thing a Miss Bush bride will look to for inspiration, three high profile weddings of 2014 perfectly illustrated what boutiques were already buying for 2015. Firstly, the strapless gown has given way to the feature back. Kim Kardashian was the most high profile proponent of this A-list style, and British designer Suzanne Neville is the go-to label. Then, New York fashionista Olivia Palermo showed the world how to do the new low-key look with her fine knitted top and tulle skirt. Spanish label Jesús Peiró has mastered this style with its 2015 collection. Lastly, brides wanting vintage-inspired dresses have changed their decade from the 50s to the 70s. The haute couture hippy look was seen across the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2015 in mainstream fashion and Poppy Delevingne wore bespoke Pucci for her Moroccan boho wedding. Try designers such as Jenny Packham and Belgian label Rembo.

 

How can Surrey couples make their day a little bit different?

How quickly can a fun new idea become common place? Among the “next big things” that I have seen some of my adventurous couples choose this year was a new take on the photobooth, the ‘Marryoke’, by Spoolfrog (spoolfrog.co.uk) – an amazing video company that films guests playing air guitar and miming to a song and provide a very cool and very funny video of your day. Need a ‘Wow’ feature as a backdrop for photos? Vowed and Amazed (vowedandamazed.co.uk) provide fabulous props to hire and buy, including giant light-up initials and signs. And for favours, try Alphabet Bags, personalised canvas bags for the bridal party (alphabetbags.com).

 

And your top tip for those getting married in our county?

Choose award-winners – for example, Fetcham Park (fetchampark.co.uk) just won a prestigious TWIA award (see page 115). From first-hand feedback, I know they have impeccable customer service and a completely fresh approach. Also, go local – choose your wedding ale from one of Surrey’s microbreweries such as Frensham Brewery (frensham brewery.co.uk). Lastly, buying British blooms is not just going to ensure you the freshest flowers but a clear environmental conscience; try Horsley-based plantpassion.co.uk.

 

• Miss Bush, The Old Chapel, High Street, Ripley GU23 7EJ Tel: 01483 225355. Web: missbush.co.uk

 

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