How to create a WOW FACTOR with your wedding ceremony area: See how they look in Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
The Sunninghill Weddings Event Team are in awe of the fabulous ideas we hear from our wedding couples and also the social media posts we review on a regular basis to keep a finger on the pulse of trending ideas and classic, firm favourites.
Inspired by a recent Brides blog post '60 Amazing Wedding Alter Ideas and Structures for Your Ceremony' we were quite pleased that many of these wonderful suggestions had been featured, at some point over the last 12 months here at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester. We are very proud to work with some of Dorset's finest wedding suppliers whose work we feature below.
Wedding Trend: The Free-Standing Circular Hoop has been used in many different ways at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
The free-standing hoop decorated with either fresh or silk flowers matched to your wedding colour scheme has been used in a variety of ways at the venue.
Wedding Trend: Wall Hanging Circular Hoop - included as part of venue dressing at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
At Sunninghill Weddings venue The Garden Room is decorated, as standard, with three floral hoop wall hangings decorated in creams, shades of white and greenery to offer a neutral compliment to our wedding couples colour scheme. Our style partner, Winterborne Vintage are able to colour-coordinate the floral scheme if required. The floral hoops are further enhanced by uplighting provided by our lighting partner BH Sound & Lighting Hire. The three hoops together with their uplighting form part of the venue dressing package included in the venue hire fee,
Wedding Trend: The Wedding Arch - a perfect choice for an outdoor wedding ceremony at Sunninghill Weddings
This wisteria arch, seen here decorated in neutral colour tones can be customised to match your wedding colours. It can also be further decorated with rugs and lanterns for wedding couples looking for a boho wedding theme.
All items are available to hire from our style partner Winterborne Vintage.
Wedding Trend: The Wedding Arbour marks the start of the outdoor aisle at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
The wedding arbour is a popular option for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The structure, often made of wood can be left unadorned for a simple wedding backdrop however there is a move towards joining arbours to create an 'outdoor room' or corridor effect. Several wooden arbours are joined together which can then be decorated with fresh or more often than not silk flowers, especially in sunny areas such as the terrace at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester where outdoor fresh flowers can struggle to retain their splendour in the full glare of the sunshine. Another popular option is to dress the structure with voile as seen in the picture below: here the arbour is used at the start of the outdoor aisle at Sunninghill Weddings venue for the wedding walk to either The Verandah licensed ceremony area or to the Walnut Tree in the middle of the main lawn. Both the arbour and the wisteria arch together can add a real WOW factor to your outdoor wedding.
Arbour supplied by our style partner Winterborne Vintage.
Wedding Trend: Macrame and Lace Hangings
And of course macrame decorations work extremely well outdoors. Our style partners Winter Vintage are able to offer a range of products to fit your wedding theme.
Wedding Trend: Blooms of Fresh Flowers in Abundance - use the Sunninghill Weddings venue fresh flower budget to match your wedding theme
At Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we treat each wedding as unique and for this reason we do not re-use the venue fresh flower arrangements for more than one wedding. As the flowers are commissioned from our venue florist we thought why not ask our wedding couples what type of flowers they would like and, where they would like them placed for maximum impact. Whilst are wedding couples are free to spend this budget as they wish - maybe a floral archway on the main entrance or possibly a suspended ceiling arrangement, our wedding couples to date have opted to use the Sunninghill Weddings fresh flower budget allocation in one of two ways, both of which create an impact for their wedding ceremony.
The first option is a 4ft (120cm) meadow display for the main window in front of which the wedding couple stand to exchange their wedding vows. The flowers used by our venue florist The English Florist are colour coordinated to match the wedding couple's colour scheme.
The second popular floral choice for the wedding ceremony is our posy vase option; hand-tied posies are created by our venue florist to match the wedding couples colour scheme. They are placed in posy vases which are positioned along the window sill and also on the register table for maximum impact. During the change over for the wedding breakfast the posy vases are placed as table centres pieces. They remain on the tables for the evening celebrations when, at the end of the party the wedding couple can choose to give these posy flower bouquets to their guests - the ultimate use of wedding flowers!
Wedding Trends: Looking Ahead 2019 and Beyond
At Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we have noticed that we are receiving a growing number of enquiries for Autumn themed weddings. If this is a nation-wide trend we are uncertain it could of course be that that the grounds at the venue are framed by large mature trees which makes this a special place to hold an Autumn wedding. However, we suspect the Autumn colour palette of warm reds, gold, orange and yellow combined to create a romantic and cosy wedding vibe is a more likely reason, and we are all for this!
At Sunninghill Weddings we are very proud of our wedding venue's flexibility to adapt the large spaces available to our wedding couples and whatever the future trends may turn out to be we look forward very much to hearing about the and helping to turn these into a reality.
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A special thanks to all of the wedding professionals for the help they have given over the 2018 summer wedding season be it in decorating the venue or photographing as part of their everyday work including:
BH Sound & Lighting Hire
Dan Roads Photography
Mark Cornwell Photography
Stevan Borthwick Photography
The English Florist
Winterborne Vintage Wedding Prop Hire and Venue Stylists
At Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester our goal is to provide a wedding venue for either a wedding ceremony or wedding reception (most often both) that is ‘dressed for the occasion’. Whilst the majority of our wedding couples this summer have been delighted with the venue as presented on the day, during the 2018 summer wedding season we have seen a growing trend of wedding couples personalising the venue in ways that are extremely personal to them and their family – and we love this trend!
At Christie and Adam’s wedding the couple opted to dress the chivari chair with a mocha chiffon chair cover tied with pin-broches, many of which had been donated by family and friends. The couple also hand made marmalade wedding favours according to grandad's secret recipe to honour his memory.
Pin-Broches donated by family and friends and handmade marmalade according to grandad's secret recipe personalise Christie and Adam's special day at Sunninghill Weddings
Throughout Katie and Adam's relationship the couple had collected heart decorations and, over time, had amassed a fantastic collection which were used throughout the venue on their wedding day. Individual hearts adorned the aisle chairs for their wedding ceremony and a wishing tree twinkled with a heart collection made by the wedding party, each of whom had made a heart specifically for Adam and Katie’s wedding.
Heart decorations collected by Adam and Katie during their relationship were used throughout Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester to personalise their wedding celebrations
Becca and Josh's Shell inspired wedding decorations at Sunninghill Weddings venue
Elopement Celebrations at Sunninghill Weddings
During our 2018 wedding summer season here at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we have also been privileged to host a number of ‘Elopement Celebrations’ – couples who have chosen to marry abroad and hold a ‘good old knees up’ on their return with family and friends. We noticed that photographs played a key role in these parties: photographs of key loved ones unable to share in the celebrations on the night and also pictures of the couples wedding ceremony abroad. Lisa and Lee were the first of our elopement couples celebrating their wedding abroad here at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester in June earlier this year.
Your Day: Your Way at Sunninghill Weddings
It is individual choice to personalise a wedding venue and here at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we see each wedding as unique: we are extremely proud of the flexibility we are able to offer our wedding couples and we are excited to hear about our wedding couple’s plans for 2019 and 2020.
The Sunninghill Weddings Team