We are thrilled that we have been featured in Hitched’s latest article with their predictions for wedding trends in 2022! Covering everything from Earthy Nature-Inspired Palettes, Drag Queen Balls and Vegan Wedding Food.
Our talented executive chef, Dan Clarke, has been quoted with our predictions on what couples are going to be looking for when it comes to their wedding day drinks offering.
We’ve already seen an increased interest in creating a drinks menu that lives up to the food – from bespoke drinks and gin bars to pimp your prosecco stations. We are now also creating lots of non-alcoholic menus that offer just as much excitement and flavour.
We’ve already seen this become more popular over the last year and brands have picked up on the trend, with the launch of delicious and indulgent drinks that are free from alcohol.
Here at Southend Barns, we’ve created a bespoke menu of mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks such as a classic G&T using a spirit from Pentire in Cornwall, which is made using traditional gin methods but with no alcohol. We also offer Three Spirit which has an eclectic mix of herbal and fruity flavours.
Another trend we’ve picked up on since the pandemic is that couples have been embracing the great outdoors and this looks like a theme that is going to stay. Many of our couples are making plans to utilise the outside space more, whether that be outdoor ceremonies in the Secret Garden, alfresco dining under the canopy for smaller celebrations or cake cutting outside. We’ve recently introduced a new fully-stocked outside bar which has been a big hit with guests who want to mingle in the fresh air.
When it comes to food we have seen an increase in people wanting more canapes and small bites to extend the drinks reception so the couple and guests can chat and mingle. There has also been an increased demand for healthier options too which puts a lovely fresh challenge on our chefs at Roots. Another new trend making a comeback is sharing options. After 18 months of being apart, the sharing boards and menus are not only visually stunning and delicious, but they also symbolise coming together with friends and family. Something we have all missed!
Click here to read the full article on Hitched for more inspiration for your special day.