Wedding Trends 2014

At the Lake District Country House Hotels we love weddings! We’ve created our Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2014 using all of our experience, our insider knowledge and a host of top tips from some of our favourite suppliers. All the wedding experts we spoke to agree that 2014 will be the year of sweet romance. Weddings will be full of soft curves, sweet treats and memorable moments. Most importantly 2014 will be about you, about that precious moment of ‘I do’ and ensuring that there’s not a dry eye in the house.

We hope that you will get some new ideas and inspiration from our Top Trends – but remember that whatever you decide, your wedding day will be unique to you and the best day of your life!

Just Us

More and more couples are opting for a small, perfectly formed wedding. Just Us celebrations are fabulously intimate (with a maximum of six guests) and also kinder on the budget. Our top tip is to host a big party afterwards, invite your family and friends and share the photos of your special day.

Bridal Hair

Bridal hair that will be big for 2014 will be a mixture of simple, smooth and elegant hair or voluminous curls styled loosely and worn down to give an effortless but beautiful look. High messy buns to give a strong structured appearance and tiny plaits to give added detail will also be popular.

Tasty Tips

Leon Whitehead, Head Chef at Merewood tells us that local, seasonal ingredients are almost the expectation today at weddings. Couples are picking menus that include their favourite foods, cooked to the highest quality. 2014 is also going to be filled with sweet treats, with the growing popularity of afternoon tea, mini cakes instead of canapés and mini ice cream cornets for evening guests.

Handmade with Love

Many of our brides are opting for a handmade, made to measure dress in exactly the design that they want. You might be lucky and have a clever relative to do the sewing, but if not we suggest that you ask for recommendations from friends, your theatre’s costume department or the local college’s fashion tutors. Just make sure you see some of their work first!

Wedding Flowers

Since Kate and William lined the aisles of Westminster Abbey with 20ft trees, we have noticed a growing trend to bring the English Country Garden literally into our venues. Be inspired by the beautiful countryside around you to create a less structured, relaxed garden style at your wedding.

Winter Weddings

Winter weddings and their promise of roaring log fires, mulled wine and perhaps a covering of snow on the hills all make for a romantic setting for your big day. As an added bonus you won’t be anxiously checking the long-range weather forecast!

Your Cake

Many brides are taking inspiration from their own dress to create a unique cake design. Using the look of your dress brings the theme of the day and the wow factor together to ensure that the wedding cake is a focal point of your wedding reception.

Dog Friendly

Your dog is part of the family, so more and more couples are choosing to make their pooch a part of their big day. Whether they take on a role as ring bearer or are just included in your wedding party, your dog is guaranteed to look great in the photos!


Wedding photographers are increasingly blogging their work, quickly sharing stories and images of their favourite weddings through their website and social media networks. This can be great news for couples, who benefit from an immediate, beautiful snapshot of their day to share with family and friends, who in turn can comment, like and share.

Big Love

In a world that is full of type the art of the 'love letter' has fallen by the wayside. Using a type as a theme to tie your day together is a big trend for 2014. We adore the bold declaration of LOVE from our friends at Typical Type that tells your guests, and most importantly, your partner how you feel.


We would like to thank our fabulous suppliers for their contributions to our 2014 Wedding Trends.
Tiree Dawson Photography
Typical Type
Cakes by Kate Sumsion
Katie Simpson Hair
Leon Whitehead, Head Chef at Merewood Country House Hotel