With its unspoilt natural beauty and timelessly romantic atmosphere, The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Ireland is one of Britain’s most coveted wedding venues. In addition to its breath-taking setting, the hotel’s exceptional team are on hand to ensure your wedding day is all you’ve ever dreamt of – and more – from start to finish. For couples in search of inspiration for their big day, look no further than The Lodge’s expert round-up of the biggest new wedding trends for 2019.
A classic bride
The year of royal weddings, 2018 saw both Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie tying the knot. While their big days were months apart and very distinctive in their own right, both Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie opted for a wedding dress with a clean, classic silhouette – and the effect was stunning. Expect to see a corresponding increase in minimal styles and immaculate tailoring in 2019’s wedding trends, with bridal gowns exuding timeless elegance.
An indoor garden
While garden weddings are a favourite in summer, changeable weather leads many couples to conduct their ceremony indoors. There’s a burgeoning trend of bringing the outside in, incorporating larger, looser, less styled floral arrangements. Wildflowers, whimsical foliage and potted trees create an indoor wilderness wonderland. For those with their heart set on an outdoor wedding, the transparent reception marquees available to hire at The Lodge at Ashford Castle means guests can continue to admire the castle’s grounds, whatever the season.
A sustainable approach
Whether it’s a vintage dress, a conflict-free diamond engagement ring or a zero-waste reception, a rising number of brides and grooms are making sustainability a priority on their big day. A 100 per cent LED venue that’s also equipped with its own in-house Green Team, The Lodge is committed to helping ensure that your wedding is as sustainable as possible, from procuring a locally sourced wedding feast to using paper straws instead of plastic.
A star bake
Multi-tiered, elaborately flavoured, intricately iced and finished with flower garlands, the trend for show-stopping wedding cakes shows no sign of abating. Whether your taste is for sweet or savoury, allow The Lodge’s highly knowledgeable team to introduce you to some award-winning local bakers such as Devour Bakery in Ballinrobe and Galway’s Goyas. Additionally, more couples are opting to include a tantalising dessert bar at their reception. At a recent wedding at The Lodge, the bride and groom chose to have their very own sugar-dusted donut bar.
A scents of occasion
Flowers and cakes aside, brides and grooms-to-be are paying increasing attention to their wedding day’s signature fragrance. Choose a few of your favourite scented candles to dot throughout the venue or pick a bespoke fragrance. It’s an ingenious way of creating the perfect setting, with the scent a sweet reminder of your special day for years to come.
Available for exclusive use, Red Carnation Hotels’ The Lodge at Ashford Castle makes an unforgettable wedding venue.
Image credits: lead image © iStock/quavondo. Wedding table © iStock/Marwanl22. Aisle decorated with flowers © iStock/jodichapman. Wedding cake © iStock/Sergy_Ko