Looking Back at 2018 and the Exciting Developments Planned for 2019 at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester, Dorset's Historic County Town
Sunninghill Weddings venue flexibility to deliver current trends in wedding venue decor
As we say goodbye to 2018 the Sunninghill Weddings Event Team have reflected on the year about to close and have chosen the flexibility of our wedding venue styling as one of our key achievements. We are commitment to delivering a fully decorated venue for our wedding couples as part of the standard venue hire fee and in 2018 we extended our venue dressing options to include both vintage styling and a boho inspired option.
2019 Venue Styling at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
In 2019 we continue to develop and enhance our wedding venue styling by offering for the first time, a living greenery wedding venue styling option. We have also listened to our wedding couples and their concerns about the sustainability and eco-friendliness of their wedding venue choice so, in addition to the ability to use real, living trees, plants and shrubs through our new styling partners Whitestem, we have also paid attention to the floral decorations used within the house. We are excited to announce that in 2019 we will be sourcing our flowers, both cut and dried, from a local Dorset based flower grower Old Chapel Flowers. This means the flowers we use to decorate the wedding register signing table and the wedding breakfast table centrepieces will be both fresh and seasonal in addition to colour complimenting our wedding couple's chosen colour scheme. We are also removing the use of florist foam from the venue which we will be sharing more about in the months ahead.
During 2018 a Bridal Changing Suite is introduced at Sunninghill Weddings venue; in 2019 its use will be offered to all Brides to Be in the area
This year Sunninghill Weddings introduced a Bridal Changing Suite; two large, bright and airy rooms on the first floor which can be used by a bridal party of up to 8 people. This is a perfect place to share in hair and makeup preparations before enrobing in the wedding attire; this is space that not everyone has at their own home and for this reason in 2019 we are making use of the suite available to any local bride irrespective of where they are marrying. You can enquire on the Suite's availability here.
Exciting developments for Sunninghill Weddings in 2019
Our catering team will also be available (through re-booking) to offer your wedding guests a wedding brunch served 11.30am to 1.30pm the day after your wedding ceremony. This is a perfect way for travelling guests to enjoy a late morning lie-in the day after the wedding and to refuel ready for the journey ahead. Note: minimum number of guests 25
Sunninghill Weddings Partner with Festidolls to offer a Hen Party Option
We are often asked by our 'Brides to Be' about Hen Party options close to the venue. To offer something a little different in Dorchester we are excited to announce that in 2019 we will be offering Festidolls Hen Parties at Sunninghill Weddings venue. In addition to their sparkly glitter and gem hair and make up which are expertly photographed to record your day, hens can add to the package a number of additional extra including a private meal at the house and additional activities such as dance tuition (great to prepare a routine for the wedding reception) and a private disco. Other specialist hen activities can be arranged; we have a wide network of local suppliers so if you have a particular interest or theme in mind please do get in touch. Festidolls Hen Party Enquiry
Exciting Times at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
The Sunninghill Weddings Event Team are super excited at the plans for the year ahead, some of which have been shared above whilst other projects are still in the development stage. If you have a specific request or idea please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you and you can do this by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07815 429073
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Exploring the move towards living plants, trees and shrubs for wedding venue decor: 'living greenery' a more sustainable wedding choice
What do we mean by 'Living Greenery' Wedding Venue Decor?
Greenery as a colour scheme for wedding venue decor has been a firm favourite for several years; think foliage combined in different shades of green with leaves of differing textures. An all round winner and a wedding venue decor stye that is likely to stay around for many years to come.
However, the greenery wedding theme is evolving with wedding couples beginning to place a greater emphasis on using living rather than cut foliage. Living trees such as Eucalyptus, Olive and Bay are popular trees to decorate the wedding venue. These real, living trees can be used to create a dramatic entrance to the wedding venue or to create a stunning walk way or aisle. Available in different sizes there really is a living greenery option to suit most wedding venues and at here at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester, we are fortunate to have high vaulted ceilings in both our conservatory Garden Room and Community Hall that comfortably fit 8ft tall Eucalyptus trees as you can see in the video below. These stunning items are provided by our venue stying partner Whitestem.
A Living Greenery Wedding Arch used as a Wedding Ceremony Backdrop
Are wedding couples tiring of elaborately constructed props and opting instead for a more subtle backdrop to their wedding ceremony?
Hoops, pergolas and arbours are popular wedding trends and there is increasing pressure on venue stylist and florists (and the couples wedding budget) for their decoration to be even more lavish in order to create that WOW factor. However, there is in our opinion, a growing mood swing by wedding couples towards a more subtle version of these wedding ceremony backdrop props such as the wedding arch that is created from living plants. At Sunninghill Weddings venue we recommend the Star Jasmin Wedding Arch, supplied by our preferred living greenery supplier, Wimborne based Whitestem. In addition to looking fabulous this arch smells divine during the summer months especially into the evening when the living greenery arch twinkles to life with its battery operated lighting.
The Rising Popularity of Potted Plants in Wedding Venue Decoration
Alongside the move towards using living rather than cut flowers or foliage, potted plants offer a more sustainable option for wedding venue decor. These pots can be grown by the wedding couple for a personal touch, or hired from specialist growers. At Sunninghill Weddings venue we are big fans of potted ferns which add great texture in addition to height and colour to the wedding venue decor. In particular, potted ferns can make a big statement when used to line the wedding aisle.
Other uses for potted plants include table centres, window ledge decor and they can also be used to highlight key pieces of furniture. Potted plants strategically placed in key focal areas can also provide a colourful accent throughout a wedding venue and they can work extremely well when used together with standard 'lollipop' shape trees such as Bay and Olive as seen below on the Grand Staircase at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester.
At Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we offer our wedding couples, as standard and included in the venue hire fee, the option of a living greenery styling for their wedding ceremony in our Garden Room. Wedding couples booking the wedding-ceremony only hire have the option to upgrade to a living greenery decoration. The decision to include living greenery as decoration in key focal areas around the house is optional and quoted separately.
We would like to thank the core team of local wedding suppliers who have helped to capture this inspiring wedding venue decor choice which includes:
Filming: Videographer Hedgehog Video
Photographs: Jennie Barker Photography
Living Greenery: Whitestem
Hoop decoration and chair corsages: Old Chapel Flowers
Oak cross back chairs from Rochesters Event Hire
The Sunninghill Weddings Team