Grand Hotel: Wedding trends to look out for in 2014

JPEt The Grand Hotel Eastbourne SUS-140605-092852001
JPEt The Grand Hotel Eastbourne SUS-140605-092852001

With the start of the weddings season upon us, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Grand Hotel, Claire Funnell, takes a look at some of the top trends emerging in 2014

There is always great excitement at The Grand Hotel as wedding season takes hold. As future brides and grooms prepare for their big day there is definitely a buzz of joy in the air.

Working as a Weddings Co-ordinator for such a special and elegant venue, and helping couples to create their dream wedding, means I have to keep abreast of the latest trends and requirements. Here I take a look at some of the top wedding trends for 2014.

Classic styling

This year sees the return of classic and luxury styling with an emphasis on formality; think bygone era and romantic and elegant detailing with inspiration being channelled from Hollywood. The look of ‘The Great Gatsby’ is particularly popular with the 1920s being a prevalent theme.


I am seeing many soft, pale and romantic colourings been used at the moment with the peony a particular favourite. The numerous delicate petals of the flower work well either in individual small vases or as a centre-piece tree design. The emphasis is certainly on elegance and height. Crystal and silver containers complete the look.


Pastels are a big trend at the moment adding a touch of sophistication to any wedding. Pink is especially widespread and is being used as a central theme for many 2014 weddings. Our Compton Suite at The Grand Hotel (pictured), which is a combination of dreamy pastel shades, oozes luxurious style and romantic detailing - precisely the look brides are aiming to achieve.


Invitations are getting smaller with an emphasis towards refined and delicate. Freehand drawings will be adding a touch of individuality.

Seasonal flavours:

Cakes are becoming more driven by seasons with lighter flavours such as lemon cakes working well for the warmer months and richer, more indulgent chocolate cakes being perfect for the winter.


Working hand in hand with the traditional and classic style being favoured in 2014 is the request for live, traditional bands and music focusing on key themes, which tie in with the overall ambience of the wedding. Musical genres are also being mixed up with modern songs, played with a traditional twist.

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