The three-tiered fruit wedding cake has been a stalwart of weddings forever. This has been changing over recent years, with couples choosing increasingly extravagant designs and cake flavours, or opting for cupcake towers instead. This has gone a step further with some brides and grooms leaving cake out of the equation completely, with cheese towers taking the place of cakes. This makes total sense for cheese fans and those who couples who prefer savoury treats to sweet ones.
With couples typically taking time out of work for wedding planning and the wedding day itself, it can feel like too much to take another couple of weeks off for a honeymoon straight away. What’s more, couples can be exhausted after their wedding, and don’t want to be burnt-out for their honeymoon. The mini-moon trend is growing from strength to strength, where newlyweds take a short break on home turf directly after their wedding, and plan a bigger trip in a few months’ time. This is also ideal for couples who are increasingly choosing to travel for a few months as an extended honeymoon as it gives them longer to plan and save, plus it stretches out the wedding festivities for even longer.
Hiring a DJ or a band for the evening entertainment is now just one of many options brides and grooms are choosing. Couples are also hiring magicians, caricaturists, bouncy castles, singing waiters and retro arcades to keep guests entertained. Those wanting to have a bit of a joke are hiring movie star lookalikes to attend their weddings too!
A firm fixture at weddings for the last few years, photo booths make a fun addition to the more traditional wedding photography that takes place throughout the day. However, photo booths are becoming ever more creative in what they can offer. Some provide the photobooth in shiny Airstream trailers, while others allow you to produce gifs and other social-media-worthy options.
Making weddings child-friendly nowadays means much more than providing high-chairs at the wedding breakfast. A growing trend is for couples to hire children’s entertainers and children’s nannies at weddings. It means children have as much fun as their parents, while the adults can have some genuine time off knowing their kids are in good hands.
Recreating cool street food events in cities across the world, couples are making use of food and drink trucks to feed evening guests, as well as provide extra snacks throughout the day. From wood-fired pizzas and Prosecco vans, to ice cream stalls and cocktail cars – these make for very photogenic as well as practical wedding options.
Following the latest government announcement, we are delighted to share the news that we will be re-opening the hotel including our restaurants, lounge and riverside terraces from Monday 17th May. The Spa will re-open to members and non-residents from Monday 12th April.