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The Arabian Tent Company's Top 5 Wedding Trends of 2015

Planning 101 • 1st July 2015
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blog top imageCan I just start by saying how excited I am to be sharing this post. I've got some new friends and it's safe to say I have a BIG crush on them. Is it weird to have a crush on a range of tents and marquees? There's probably a term for that. But anyway, they are seriously some of the most cool and creative marquees/tents I have actually ever seen. These tents have style. So when the Arabian Tent Company told me their Top 5 Wedding Trends of 2015, I immediately took note, these guys definitely know what they're talking about! If you're on the hunt for a showstopping marquee, I STRONGLY suggest you have a little look here...

1. Quintessentially English

The tinkle of vintage porcelain teacups; a splash of Hendricks and cucumber, a gentle Summer’s breeze, the comforting distant knell of cricket bat against ball… and your great-Aunt Nora doing her best ‘disdainful Dowager Duchess’ on the lawn. Ahh. This is England. The trend for old-English everything has leapt further back in time to Victoriana and beyond for 2015, as bright young things everywhere are channelling Downton Abbey, Oscar Wilde and Austen. Think Victorian lace detailing, wild-flower garland table-runners, William Morris prints, elaborate topiary and lashings of strawberries and cream. blog pic 1 blog pic 1.2

2. Hip to Sip

Taking a cue from experimental pop-ups and late night speakeasies, 2015 is the year to treat your guests to something a little bit original; as couples throw out the staid, tried-and tested menus and opt for exciting, contemporary tastes. Add an element of surprise with artisan food-trucks and pop-up tasting stations of DIY Ceviche, pulled-pork, lobster rolls or oyster shucking and don your mixologist cap to experiment with and personalise the brew of your favourite cocktails; served with prohibition panache in mismatched miniature jars or Gatsby champagne glasses. Blog image 2 blog pic 2.2

3. DIY Bohemia

It’s OUT with the Bourgeois and IN with Bohemia as weddings become less ostentatious conformity and more you and your loved ones pulling together to make it all happen. Invitations drawn by the flower girls, wildflower centrepieces picked by your mother-in-law, funny anecdotes from friends and family printed on napkins… Get crafty and add quirky elements of humour to let your personalities shape the day. More a huge dinner party for everyone you know and love, than a fanfare of fuss and formality; create a personal and intimate atmosphere by sitting together on long rustic tables, passing shared plates and lighting it all perfectly with homely, twinkling lights. Informal and unconventional weddings will be BIG in 2015. You heard it here first. blog pic 4 blog pic 3


The Royal wedding inspired us to bring the outdoors in, and we have it on good authority that the trend for green has definitely stuck. Herbs such as rosemary and mint strung together with ivy, magnolia leaf and fern are adorning table-runners; framing cocktail menus, redefining tent ceilings and softening chandeliers. Topiary and architectural trees bring form and height in to tents and venues as well as adding life in to the spaces. The key here is to adorn with foliage and hint at the great outdoors, rather than sending your guests in to the jungle to forage for their supper (although that could be a lot of fun too). Blog pic 6 blog pic 5

5. Industrial Chic

Textured, mature and modern… Transforming an industrial space in to a sleek venue with personalised touches and casual but polished details will be a hit in 2015 with any bride looking for a big city wedding without huge amounts of fuss. Soften exposed brickwork with candle-light, roses and peonies; add a splash of colour with bespoke lighting; punctuate with art and define the space with clever draping. With an ever-increasing number of industrial inner-city spaces opening up for private hire, it’s easier than ever to find a venue that’s fit for transformation. Blog pic 7 blog pic 8 For more information about how The Arabian Tent Company can make your wedding day look this spectacular, get in touch with them here...