Summer Weddings are Hotting Up

By Gemma Thompson, wedding and events co-ordinatorGemma Thompson, wedding and events co-ordinator at Maryculter House Hotel

The tinkling of champagne glasses in the courtyard; the gentle floral scent of peonies wafting through the air; yard after yard of beautiful white silk and lace. Summer wedding season at Maryculter House Hotel is almost upon us!

As wedding and events co-ordinator, I absolutely love helping couples to plan their perfect day, regardless of the season. But there is something very special about summer weddings – and the extra dimension that our historic country house hotel brings – that gets the whole team very excited indeed.

At the start of the year I really enjoy leafing through wedding magazines and seeing the predictions for the year ahead. However, it looks as though they didn’t look closely enough at their crystal ball as the main wedding trend for summer 2018 is now whatever Harry and Meghan are having!

In reality if you have already planned your wedding for this summer, then everything but the finer points will no doubt already have been decided. But here are some of my favourite trends that looks set to make an impact on 2018 – and which you’ll still have time to incorporate into your big day.

Rehearsal dinners

This has been a ‘thing’ in the USA since…well, forever…but it is now starting to take off on this side of the pond too. This is essentially an opportunity to rehearse the marriage service – as many people already do – but it also allows the key players from both the bride’s and groom’s side to get to know each other a little better over a formal dinner. We can cater to parties of various sizes in our restaurant – and we promise not to reveal what will be on the menu for the main event!


Once the domain of winter weddings, wreaths are all the rage this summer. Why not incorporate wreaths into your decorations for either the ceremony or reception – or both? Instead of pine cones, berries and holly, think about wispy grass, wild flowers, and some sweet-smelling honeysuckle, citrus fruit or eucalyptus. Wreaths can also be incorporated into another key summer trend for wedding flowers, which is hanging decorations. Talk to us about where your wreaths can be strategically placed to give that wow factor!

Slush Puppies

Yes, really! These are perfect for helping guests cool down on hot summer days. As the temperature heats up, the temptation is to drink more so this offers a fun non-alcoholic alternative. You can even add food colouring to the mix to try and ensure the flavoured ice matches your wedding theme.

Green gifts

Favours can often be a tricky thing to get right – and are often heavily skewed in favour of what the female guests might enjoy! If you hope to have your wedding ceremony outdoors like so many of our couples here at Maryculter House Hotel do, then why not incorporate that into the wedding favours? You might what to make a donation to a different conservation charity for each table, or perhaps give each guest a small plant or some seeds to grow at home?

In much the same way as fashion changes from season to season, trends for weddings do too: what is hot for summer 2018 could well be colder than ice in 12 months’ time.  As I always tell my brides, style is timeless, so try not to get too carried away with what is en vogue each season – just do what makes you happy!

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