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Summer Wedding Trends

A beautiful cake is the centrepiece for every wedding, treating both your eyes and your tastebuds. Traditional, floral or extravagant, the perfect cake will complement your decor. Tell your story by choosing something unique to you as a couple, influenced by marvellous and creative trends.

 

In this blog, our Yorkshire wedding venue shares the most delicious wedding cake styles for you to tuck into.

1. Hand painted illustrations

Rather than three dimensional features, painterly illustrations create a softer look. Ideal for a boho bride, these cakes look marvellous when they take inspiration from their surroundings. Understated at first glance, closer looks reveal intricate details. Not a fan of florals? Choose abstract or angular art. It’s almost too beautiful to eat… almost. 

2. Dark, black backgrounds

Dare to try something different. Alternative brides will delight in these unique sculptures, a true statement and something no other wedding will have. Dark doesn’t mean sombre, with the background creating magnificent contrast with floral or angular embellishments. Choose a complementary pop of colour to make this cake sing.

3. Gold leaf

With a luxurious feel, gold leaf upgrades any cake. Subtle touches enhance other decorations with sparkle and sophistication. Alternatively, cover one tier of your cake entirely for a statement your guests will never forget. As delicious as it looks, spoil yourself with the extravagance of consuming real gold. It’s your special day, after all!

4. Semi-naked icing

The new favourite in rustic wedding trends. Semi-naked cakes are skimmed with a very thin layer of buttercream to reveal glimpses of the sponge underneath. Adorned with decorations taken from or inspired by nature, this cake can be enjoyed all year round. Ideal for people who usually pick off the icing!

5. Waterfall florals

Tumbling down the cake, this asymmetric detail creates effortless movement and life. Opt for light, sugar flowers for an airy aesthetic, mirror the flowers in the bridal bouquet, or be inspired by your venue’s surroundings. In the winter months, florals can be exchanged for cinnamon, pinecones, and evergreens. 

6. Textured details

Minimalism done right. Textured details are elegant, classic, and timeless – perfect for a more relaxed affair. Accents such as scalloping, lace-effects and lattices elevate otherwise plain cakes, adding uniqueness and personality. For complete continuity in theme, mirror the bride’s dress or chosen reception decorations. Pops of subtle colour or edible flowers make this trend shine.

7. Real leaves

You’ve seen real flowers on cakes for a while, but using leaves creates an exquisite effect. Edible or not, they bring the outside in and breathe life into your cake. Choose a few large, statement leaves for a sophisticated, simple look. Elevated and slightly edgy, the changing seasons bring new colours and styles to experiment with.

 

No matter your taste, literally or visually, your dream wedding cake is just a bite away. Take inspiration from these beautiful trends, telling the tale of your romance. Carlton Manor is fully customisable, so you can see your wedding vision come to life. Enquire now to secure your perfect 2022 wedding.


Summer 2021 is set to be unforgettable in the world of weddings, as many couples across the UK host their wondrous celebrations.

In this blog, our wedding venue near Beverly predicts this year’s summer wedding trends.

Relaxed and informal

A well-known wedding day tip is to take a few moments to yourself, away from the hustle and bustle, to soak in the occasion. But, imagine if there was no hustle and bustle, and no stress.

This summer, couples will choose to whisk their guests away from reality, to blissfully isolated locations such as the countryside or a quiet beach. The only formality needed will be the exchanging of vows, with the rest open to your own personal desires.

Best of British

The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly hard on local businesses in the UK, and they need support this summer more than ever. For this reason, many couples will opt to help the economy on their doorstep, rather than look further afield.

This summer, more couples will take advantage of Britain’s wealth of suppliers, bridal boutiques and independent businesses. There will also be a rise in local weddings, particularly in our country’s best beauty spots.

Pastel Shades

Whether it be on bridesmaid dresses or intertwined within the decor, pastel shades will be embraced at weddings this summer. Lilac, pink, yellow, peach and mint colours will be a common sight.

If we take into account colour psychology, pastels can have a calming effect on those that see them. This can help to make a wedding venue a hub of tranquility, whilst still being exceedingly fashionable and on-trend.

Mid-week weddings

This summer is set to be one of the busiest yet for special occasions, due to cancelled 2020 weddings spilling over into 2021. Because of this, many couples will look to book a mid-week wedding.

As well as the advantage of increased availability, mid-week weddings can really cut down costs of the venue, accommodation, travel and suppliers. And, your guests can enjoy a well-deserved day off work filled with celebrations.

Lots of DIY

There is no better way to add a personal touch to your wedding day than showcasing some homemade crafts. Having gained inspiration from Pinterest, IGTV and YouTube tutorials over lockdown, couples will be sure to bring DIY to their weddings this summer.

From invitations to centrepieces, visions can become a reality when you create exactly what you want to. Crafting is also a great way to unwind and de-stress on the run up to your special day!

Carlton Manor currently has availability for midweek and weekend weddings. Enquire today to get in touch with our team.