What does the heart desire at a 2020 wedding?
February is the month when Cupid lets his arrows fly and matters of the heart are settled and celebrated on Valentine’s Day. For the lucky ones who have popped the question and are now planning to say ‘I do’, wedding planning is high on the agenda. But, where to start?
Here at Kent Life, we’ve been party to several hundred ‘I dos’ and with wedding season just around the corner, we’ve got a stack of ideas and inspiration for loved-up lads and lasses looking to tie the knot in the Kentish countryside.
Kent Life’s wedding co-ordinator Tracy Locke from Vincent’s Catering has shared her top tips on what’s hot when it comes to weddings in 2020 and beyond:
- The wedding experience – we’ve witnessed an evolution from formal church ceremonies followed by wedding breakfasts to the creation of complete experience days in one venue, which are more informal and fun, offering playful settings and ready-made entertainment for guests. At Kent Life, guests have access to the whole farm throughout the wedding day, so there’s no time for being bored while the photographer’s snapping away.
- Bespoke – tailor-made, quirky touches will surprise and delight guests and put the couple’s individual stamp on proceedings. Retro games like giant Jenga, Tug of War and unconventional ways to arrive at the wedding, such as by tractor, are a great away to inject some fun factor.
- Insta-friendly venues – in the digital age, the Insta-moment certainly continues to influence the choice of wedding venue as couples look for distinctive backdrops to make unique photo opportunities. Think romantic embrace amid the hop bines to candy coloured wellies lined up outside the village hall for a quintessentially Kentish countryside look.
- For the love of vintage – our love affair with vintage themes abounds and Kent Life’s historic function rooms, the ‘pretty in pink’ Cuxton Chapel to the wartime Village Hall and the timber beamed Wagon Store are proving popular when it comes to satisfying our love of all things vintage.
- Sustainable celebrations – environmentally friendly entertaining is increasingly important to brides and bridegrooms as everyone tries to do their bit! In Kent we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink and swathes of scenic countryside, so it’s easy to see why so many couples are supporting local and looking to local Kent businesses and producers to provide seasonal produce to keep their carbon footprint in check.
- Choice menus – whether it’s vegan or vegetarian, traditional or contemporary, classic or informal, couples are looking for a range of options when it comes to the wedding feast. Kent Life brides and bridegrooms can choose from Hog Roasts to BBQs to a luxury four-course wedding breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients.
- Cost impact of Brexit – people are looking for low cost, creative options, which aren’t going to put a financial strain on them. A no-hidden-costs package at one venue, tailor-made catering options, free parking, easy access to accommodation for guests, all add up to great value.