Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 59)

MAXIMALIST In contrast to the love of intimate weddings, there are those that are embracing the restriction-free road ahead and are going bigger and better with their nuptials. From fashion being more daring to themes being over the top such as futuristic-circus (yes that exist!). The ‘wedding weekend’ is set to be on most guests’ invitations, where you attend the day before the wedding for a pre-wed get-together over dinner with activities, followed by the day itself and the ‘I dos’, and then all gathering on the day after for brunch to reminisce about the weekend. For all-out styling, incorporate breakout areas, create statement aisles, make your guests look up with stunning ceiling décor. USEFUL CONTACTS Belles & Beaus, Bespoke to You, Classic Event Décor, Endless Story, Magical Events Ltd, Samphire Vintage Props, The Tiny Planner, DESIGN Architectural elements are being incorporated into modern nuptials. From embracing materials such as concrete, to opting for geometric shapes – a trend circa 2019 but to keep it current go big! To hit the right note with this 2023 theme, it comes down to the lines, shapes and silhouettes created. You can utilise ceilings for hanging installations be it floral or structural, the same goes for ceremony and cake backdrops and surrounds. Within this one design trend you can also accomplish previously mentioned trends: colour, texture and maximalist. Ceilings and bar areas are your features you can make standout; using draping and streamers you can also change the shape of a room to fit your desired aesthetic. SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability continues to be at the forefront of our minds, particularly those planning a wedding after staggering facts have emerged of how wasteful weddings can be. Reports suggest that 4,910 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic was used up and left behind at British weddings last year. That’s the equivalent to 47 blue whales. Individually, one wedding can produce as much as 20kg of plastic waste. What’s more, the black bags used to collect the rubbish are themselves potentially harmful. They can take as many as 90 years to break down under the ground. First and foremost, choose suppliers that offer sustainable packages and state their low-emissions policies. Within your décor and styling, reduce the use of plastics, stick to natural materials and fabrics, and ensure items are reusable after the big day. Key words: reclaimed, recycle, upcycle! VENUE STYLING 65