Wedding Trends 2017

Need some help setting the perfect tone for your big day?  We’ve pulled together some handy tips from some of the key professionals involved in organising weddings at Wivenhoe House.

Pastel is popular for 2017 say our friends at Beautiful Occasions, who provide elegant chair covers, balloon displays, table swags and centrepieces for that ‘wow’ factor on your wedding day.

“These include blush pink, lavender, coral, pale blues and yellows, “says Jean. “Some people have chosen two colours to form double bows, pink and grey or pale blue and silver have been popular or some couples like to add an ornament, such as a brooch or artificial flower, to complement a single bow.”

But it’s not all muted says Jean with some bookings for hot pink, orange, Cadbury purple and green.

Julia Hopgood from W Flowers agrees: “Nude colours are very popular, particularly pretty shades of peach and green.  A woodland feel to the flower arrangements is a good look for this year, mixing different flower types and colours.

“We always recommend you choose your dress first before selecting flowers as it is best to build your flowers around your dress, rather than vice-versa.

“A good look for the tables for the reception can be a mix of tall vases, around two and a half feet high, so people can see each other across the table, and short vases. Hydrangeas give a luxurious look to any arrangement and roses, of course, add quality and elegance”.

Ever obliging, Dreamwave, who provide DJ, lighting and décor for events at Wivenhoe House, is embracing the rustic theme, even introducing a reclaimed wood table for the DJs to fit in with this increasingly popular wedding style.

Carina Burgoyne from Dreamwave said: “You can add a sensational twist to a rustic theme by combining metallic colours, such as copper, silver and gold, with geometric design and, of course, beautiful flowers.

Angular glass terrariums to hold your flower arrangements will get everyone talking and be a gorgeous centrepiece on any table.”

Sarah Bowman, who leads the events team at Wivenhoe House, is seeing more and more couples creating their own decorations for the tables at the reception.

“It’s a lovely touch for the guests  when they see how much time and effort couples have put in to make the day memorable for everyone.

“For 2017 we have introduced a beautiful gazebo on our sunken lawn and we are looking forward to seeing how couples choose to dress the wooden framework.”

Garden Gazebo

The new Garden Gazebo on the Sunken Lawn at Wivenhoe House

Wedding favours are taking on a new twist with an increasing demand for personalised bags of coffee, very handy for the morning after!

Our wedding showcase is coming up fast on Sunday 19 February. Both Beautiful Occasions and W Flowers will be represented among the many suppliers who are joining us. We look forward to seeing you there.


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.