2019 Wedding Trends

We’re skipping ahead to 2019 to have a look at wedding trends with our Business Development Manager and wedding expert Melissa Neisler Dickinson.

Bright, relaxed and personal – these are the three key aspirations of couples as they plan their weddings, says Melissa.

“At Wivenhoe House our couples want to inject colour into their weddings with vibrant cerise pinks, purples, oranges and yellows proving very popular. They are keeping the background as a neutral canvas with the brightness coming from the flowers , accessories and bold bridesmaids’ dresses,” she said.

“They are looking for venues like ours, a country house setting, where the atmosphere is informal but the team is professional. More and more weddings are a celebration rather than a formal occasion,  couples want to gather their close friends and family together to mark their life together.

“Couples want their guests to remember their day as very special, with personalised wedding favours and extra touches like flip flops for tired feet.

“Weekend weddings are no longer the norm, people will pick dates that have special meaning for them, so it can be any day of the week.  Save the date cards have become very popular and, as long as guests have plenty of notice, they don’t mind taking a day off for their special friends.”

Another consideration would be dates with particular meaning. If your wonderful grandparents are celebrating sixty years of wedded bliss and their anniversary date is available, you might want to ask them if they would mind if you chose the same date. Chances are they would be thrilled!

2020 is the next year with a series of unusual dates and is now less than eighteen months away. It’s a Leap Year of course and 29 February is regarded as lucky by some. February that year has some amazing opportunities for memorable dates. February 2 2020 is a palindrome, reading the same backwards and forwards. There is also 20 02 2020 and 22 02 2020 to consider, and that last date is a Saturday. There’s also October 10 2020 to consider and that’s a Saturday too!

And what should you be looking for in a wedding planner? Melissa has some sage advice. “Wedding planners need to be professional with every couple. Keeping in contact with them, reassuring them and, above all, listening to them about what their perfect day will look like. We provide a starter pack for all our couples, guiding them on everything from table plans to booking a registrar.”



find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.