Your East Anglian Wedding - December 2022/Januar 2023 (Issue 58)

HOT TOPIC 2023 wedding trend predictions SEASONAL BLOOMS Lucy Spencer, of Suffolk-based Hall Lane Flowers, shares her 2023 wedding flower predictions: As for trends, displays and arrangements that are British and seasonal will be on point. The message about climate change is gradually influencing people. The awareness of micro plastics in the environment – floral foam is one of the worst polluters and extremely harmful to the environment – is getting through to people and affecting their choices. Couples are searching for florists who use seasonal, British flowers and don’t use floral foam in their arrangements. There are still those that want giant roses in November, but the trend is definitely towards seasonal. Lucy Spencer GRUB’S UP! In 2023, catering budgets for couples have seen an increase of 20% with nearlyweds wanting to give their guests tantalising food and drink choices. These are the foodie trends to be inspired by: Having chefs cooking the food live in front of guests. Cocktails: whether you host a cocktail hour for your reception drinks, or serve personalised cocktails. Barbecues specifically the Kamado barbecue will be popular in 2023. This type of Japanese barbecue allows you to grill and smoke any kind of food at the same time. Globally-inspired dishes and fusion menus. Late-night junk food. Think hot dogs, dirty burgers, loaded fries, waffles, crêpes, churros and pizza! Personalised menus are becoming increasingly popular, incorporating a family recipe, or something special to the couple that they ate on a favourite holiday. Sustainable catering: eco-friendly weddings championing locally sourced ingredients, using recyclable serving ware and reducing food waste. Fruity cakes: adding natural fruity flavours to wedding cakes i.e. raspberry, lemon and elderflower. Turn to page 61 to read Your East Anglian Wedding’s wedding catering feature for more inspiration. ASK THE EXPERTS 85