The special furry members of your family shouldn’t have to miss out on the celebrations! And these days they really don’t. Dogs at weddings are increasingly popular and aren’t showing any signs of going away. At Berwick Lodge we welcome pooches – like Kate & Ben’s gorgeous whippet here, in her finery – to wedding ceremonies and celebration drinks/photos.



After months of planning, the wedding day itself can feel like it’s over in the blink of an eye. More and more couples are making the most of their celebrations by hiring a venue for the whole weekend. They tell us that knowing they can all stay the night before really helps keep them stay feeling calm. There’s no rushing in the morning, the wedding party are already there to pamper themselves, so no traffic or last minute travel panics! A British adaptation of the U.Ss rehearsal dinner the night before all together is increasingly popular, choosing to spend quality time with everyone together.



Interactive eating is not just sociable, it’s great fun! Building your own evening food from a special station is hugely popular. Some ideas include Tacos; Hot dogs and burgers; Port and cheese; Waffle, pancake & marshmallows; Baileys & Hot Chocolate; Feasting tables.

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Despite the good old unpredictable British weather, more and more couples are opting for outdoor ceremonies in the UK. You can’t move on Pinterest for beautiful ceremony ideas in woodlands and pretty gardens! Most venues have a licensed outdoor space for civil ceremonies these days, or at least somewhere for an outdoor ‘blessing’ (after a legal civil ceremony). At Berwick Lodge we are lucky enough to offer both.




With a *45% increase in gin sales last year alone, gin is showing no signs of leaving this party!

Whether it’s tables named after gins, table centre gin bottle arrangements, gin favours (as pictured for Jade & Will’s Wedding), a gin station or gin cocktails on arrival – basically anything gin related – you’ll be on-trend in 2020.

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Never has the environment been more at the forefront of couples’ minds than now. Here are some ideas:
– Choose menus using local produce to keep the carbon footprint down
– Using local flowers. They deliver in glass and avoid using foam. No plastic here!
– Gift Beebombs to your guests (pictured). Seeds to create meadows that attract bees
– Organising car pooling or a coach for your guests, rather than individuals driving to church or venue
– Consider a pre-loved wedding dress or rings
– Donating a tree to your venue to plant in their grounds, to offset some of the carbon footprint

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If we had a pound for every time we heard the words ‘we should have just eloped’, in a moment of pre-wedding stress… Often it passes very quickly and the excitement of their wedding planning returns (phew!), however, for more and more couples the idea of eloping, just the two of them, works perfectly. Abroad or in the UK, you’ll find venues who specialise in elopements and offer packages for stays including a tiny and intimate wedding with witnesses, a photographer, honeymoon suite, Champagne and gorgeous food, so you can just enjoy chilled out time together as newlyweds, and no dramas!




Neo mint is the Pantone Colour of The Year 2020 and we for one are a little obsessed with it! I predict spring and summer couples will be choosing this gorgeous twist on a classic pastel for their wedding. With cassis as a popular colour scheme for autumn and winter.

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