Archive for February, 2017

What’s the Hottest Wedding Trend for 2017?

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Are you newly engaged following a Christmas or New Year proposal? Or perhaps the news is hot off the press after a Valentine’s Day engagement? Whenever you or your beloved popped the question, all attention must now shift to the truly exciting part…planning your wedding.

Our talented wedding planners at Manor By The Lake are on top of all the latest trends, so here are their tips on the hottest wedding trends for 2017.


Gin Bar

For a few years, couples have indulged their love of fizz with bubbly bars, and ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ trolleys playing a part in their reception festivities. Now, it’s gin that wants a look in.

From customised gin cocktails to DIY gin bars and even gin favours, the popular British tipple is everywhere. We loved a recent wedding where guests were each given a Gin & Tonic lip balm. A great excuse for lots of kissing!

Portrait Artists and Illustrators

We still love photo booths and stacks of props as a fun way to get your guests creating long lasting memories of your special day. However, a growing trend is to hire an illustrator or portrait artist to capture the moment with live sketches that can be taken home, or used to create an alternative picture album.

Dessert Table

We don’t know if it has anything to do with the demise of the Great British Bake Off on the BBC, or simply because as a nation we love to bake, but we’re loving the new trend for dessert tables.

For those who haven’t yet experienced one, guests are invited to bring a cake or pudding to the reception venue, where they are displayed buffet style for everyone to enjoy after the main course. Some couples invite nominations for the best looking bake, with the winners awarded a prize by the happy couple.


First, there were cupcakes, then macarons, and now…. doughnuts! The latest sweet trend to sweep wedding venues across the UK are these delectable fried treats. They make brilliant favours, can be customised with lots of different glazes and fillings, and can even be stacked like a croquembouche as an alternative wedding cake. What’s not to like?


Be Socially and Environmentally Conscious

For many, a wedding celebration is a great opportunity to spare a thought for others and our environment. On what can be seen as a day of excesses, it’s lovely to think of ways to respect the world around us and give something back wherever possible.

From printing your invitations on recycled paper with environmentally friendly inks to sourcing local food and homegrown flowers, there are plenty of ways to make a difference, however small.

Why not consider taking your wedding flowers to a local care home or hospice so that others less fortunate can enjoy them after your special day is over. If you really want to give something back, a great option is to forgo a wedding list, and instead, ask friends and families to make a donation to a charity of your choice.

To learn more about the latest trends for memorable weddings, give our knowledgeable wedding planners a call today. Why not arrange a private tour of our stunning Manor house while you’re at it? Give us a call on 01242 245 071 or email to find out more about Manor By The Lake.

Wedding Fairs 2017

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With so much to consider, planning your wedding can seem like a daunting prospect. Fortunately, the UK wedding industry hosts some spectacular wedding fairs and shows where you can meet with suppliers and source ideas for your big day.

This week, our Manor By The Lake wedding planners have rounded up the best of the wedding fairs this year so that you don’t have to! Take your pick, and let us know how you get on.

Go Big! 

For the ultimate wedding planning opportunity, you have to consider a visit to the aptly named, National Wedding Show which takes place in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
With over 300 exhibitors to discover, you need to arrive early, wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for a long day. We would also advise going with a hit list of items you’re looking to source, otherwise, you’re likely to be completely overwhelmed by the vast array of suppliers trying to tempt you with their wares.

With everything from catwalk shows, to cake tasting areas, a makeover theatre, and creative DIY classes, there’s no doubt that you’ll leave brimming with ideas. Wedding fairs are a great opportunity for a girls’ day out, so grab your mum and your besties and make a day of it. If you really fancy spoiling yourself, upgrade to a VIP ticket and enjoy free fizz and priority entry to the catwalk shows.

The National Wedding Show
London Olympia: 17th-19th February
Birmingham NEC: 3rd-5th March
Manchester Event City: 11th-12th March

Go Exclusive

For a premium experience, we suggest the Conde Nast Brides, The Show. Brought to you by Brides magazine, this show is smaller and more exclusive than The National Wedding Show, but still, a wedding fair packed with fabulous suppliers and inspirational exhibits. Aimed at brides looking to host a “super stylish wedding”, expect to see high-end designer dresses, elaborate cakes and blooms, and some super fashionable venues.

Brides, The Show
Business Design Centre, Islington, London 29th September-1st October

Go Different 

If the thought of a truly traditional wedding leaves you wanting to run for the hills, then A Most Curious Wedding Fair is likely to be right up your street! These wedding fairs are for all brides who aren’t swayed by big names and familiar labels but prefer to go off-piste with vintage, alternative, and small designer offerings. In their own words “let’s just keep it simple, stylish, free spirited and NOW.” For creatively cool couples, you can discover exciting, fresh, beautiful and unexpected ideas to personalise your truly original day.

A Most Curious Wedding Fair
The Old Truman Brewery, London 18th-19th March and St Andrews Hall, Norwich 9th April

Go Abroad 

If you’re considering tying the knot abroad, there are even speciality wedding fairs aimed at tempting you to far-flung destinations for your big day. At Wed Away, guest speakers advise on the pros and cons of different destinations, and help you understand the legal requirements, and planning stages if you’re hoping to marry abroad. Discover venues and suppliers who can help make your destination wedding a reality. And don’t forget, even if you wed abroad, you can make the celebrations last that bit longer with a big party when you return home!

Wed Away
London 10th-11th March

The Algarve Wedding Show
London 21st-22nd January

Civil Partnerships & Same Sex Weddings 

For 14 years, The Gay Wedding Show has provided inspiration to same-sex couples with their fun, vibrant and chilled show. They even have a celebrant on hand to perform a sample ceremony so you can get a true flavour of the options open to you and your other half. Perhaps best of all, entry is FREE to their two shows this year, so get online and pre-register now.

The Gay Wedding Show
London 26th February
Brighton 1st October



Whatever your dream day looks like, our versatile Manor House venue is a beautiful backdrop for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and celebrations. To experience our stunning venue for yourself, give us a call on 01242 245 071 to arrange a private tour of Manor By The Lake.