Contributed by The Kingsley's Weddings and Event Manager, Sonia Cribbin
It's been a busy few years in The Kingsley Hotel. We've celebrated in excess of one hundred weddings, rebuilding our reputation as one of Cork City's premier wedding destinations. One of the many ways I assist my couples is by keeping a close eye on trends. All trends can be tailored accordingly to suit a couple's style and budget. For couples getting married in 2019/2020, the wedding planning fun is just beginning. From flowers, to attire and decor, here are my expected trends for 2019/2020.
Bold Mood Boards
Move over blush and pink and hello metallics, navy, green and deep red tones. The colour palettes of the future are rich and bold. Brides are looking at statement floral arrangements and modern garments for an edgy look. I'm starting to see woodland-inspired styles with statement hair pieces and elaborate table centre pieces over flowing with green vines.
I'm starting to see brides taking comfort in the less is more approach. This can be applied to every part of your wedding from the hen, wedding invitations and wedding favours. It creates a clean and sophisticated feel to your wedding.
Not Your Average White
Long gone are the days where white and ivory were your only options. A slow but steady trend will be a desire to be different and unique with brides embracing a coloured gown. Brides looking to make a splash are going for tones of blue, silver and gold.
Bridesmaid dresses certainly are not a thing of the past, but jumpsuits are becoming more and more popular. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as Hollywood has seen an increase in suited ladies on the red carpet, so find something that suits your wedding style.
Making an Entrance
We're finding more and more couples are choosing live music for their ceremonies, drinks reception and their grand entrance at the evening reception. Recently a couple had a saxophone player as they were entering the suite and it was amazing!
Smile for Each Other First
Only recently, a couple chose to see each other before the ceremony on the river side of The Kingsley. This beautiful private moment between the couple brought tears to mine and the photographer's eyes, as they walked next to the River Lee and just held each other. This relaxed setting set the romantic tone for the day.
Celebrate in Style
Why not enjoy your lead up to your wedding day by celebrating with family and friends - whenever and wherever possible? We, at The Kingsley Hotel, have offered an exclusive bridal shower including a dinner for six, Prosecco and an overnight stay as part of Cork Wedding Magazine's Ultimate Wedding Giveaway. Enter here to be in with a chance of winning €4,000 worth of wedding related prizes.
It’s no secret that there are some fantastic wedding venues in Cork, with a wide variety of excellently located hotels to choose from. From old-world charm to art-deco decadence, Cork really has it all when it comes to choosing a stunningly memorable venue.
Here are our top Cork hotel venues as featured in this month’s Cork Weddings magazine:
The new 4-Star Ambassador Hotel Cork is located in a tranquil yet central location with breathtaking views of Cork City.
Presiding with an air of grandness from the top of Military Hill in the historic area of St Luke’s, the impressive facade of the wonderful red brick building gives any visitor a sense of the rich history of the area.
The Ambassador Hotel pride themselves on excellent service, tailor making the perfect wedding day with a wide variety of options and extras.
Romance is alive at the 4-star Carrigaline Court Hotel. Recognised as one of the top wedding venues that Cork has to offer, the Carrigaline Court has a reputation for unrivalled facilities, service and award-winning cuisine.
Spectacular countryside views - perfect for stunning wedding photography, coupled with bespoke wedding features ensuring that all newly weds have a truly memorable day.
Located in County Cork, the luxury Castlemartyr Resort consists of a grand 17th century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of the 800 year old castle. Situated on 220 acres of parklands which include a meadow, a lake and formal gardens, Castlemartyr provides the perfect romantic and dramatic backdrop for luxurious wedding ceremonies.
Nestled in the heart of a tranquil island, the 5-Star Fota Island Resort offers breath-taking scenery and leafy woodlands, creating the wedding destination of your dreams. Delightfully located in the centre of the island’s woodlands and lakes, Fota Island Resort and Spa is a very special place for a wedding.
The luxurious Smith-Barry Suite can accommodate up to 300 people, while the more intimate Clubhouse is the perfect location for weddings with up to 120 guests.
This 4-Star luxury hotel knows a thing or two about weddings. Located in Cork City centre, this luxury destination fuses urban chic with a classic setting. Unsurprisingly, this beautiful boutique hotel has long been synonymous with elegance, style and sophistication, which offers a range of exquisite picture opportunities.
With gorgeous extras to make your wedding truly unique and exceptional staff to cater to your every whim, there are so many reasons to choose the Imperial.
Nestled on the outskirts of Cork City, overlooking the magnificent River Lee, the Kingsley offers a prestigious setting for wedding celebrations. Elegantly combining old-world splendour with urban charm, the Kingsley is Cork’s most elegant address for stylish weddings. Opulent interiors, commanding river views and expert event planning make the Kingsley the ideal venue for a discerning couple dreaming of a chic-city wedding.
The Oriel House is one of Cork’s most prestigious wedding venues. Located in Ballincollig, on the west side of Cork City and has the capacity for 320 guests. Wedding packages cater for both small and intimate weddings to much larger and extravagant affairs.
An array of enticing extras make for an interesting addition to any wedding package at the Oriel House Hotel.
Macdonald Kinsale Hotel
The Macdonald Hotel is set on 90 acres of mature parkland, offering panoramic views over Oystrerhaven Bay, affording you a peaceful and tranquil setting for your wedding. The beautiful appointed treatment rooms allow the spa team to offer yoiu and your guests on site make up, tan, nails and massage to ensure that your time at the hotel is thoroughly relaxing. The Rockpool Bar, Vital Leisure Centre and 70 stunning bedrooms are reason enough to book your wedding at the beautiful Macdonald Kinsale Hotel!
Walter Raleigh Hotel
The tranquil setting and beautiful scenery surrounding the Walter Raleigh Hotel offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.
Youghal's inviting Green Park complete with panoramic coastal views provide the perfect photo opportunity.
From the early stages of planning your big day, you'll find that the professional management team is able to offer invaluable advice on all aspects of your wedding day to make your East Cork wedding just perfect!
Midleton Park Hotel
Midleton Park Hotel is situated in the bustling East Cork market town of Midleton. The hotel boasts amazing facilities and offers couples a host of complimentary extras to enhance their special day.
From the moment you book in with their dedicated wedding team, the Midleton Park ensure that your wishes are granted and your expectations are exceeded, creating magical moments that will last a life time.
Read all about our full wedding venue guide in the latest edition of Cork Weddings. Where are your favourite wedding venues in Cork? Let us know in the comments x