Cotswolds weddings seem to be fashionable at the moment. Things stepped up a notch when Kate Moss married Kills guitarist Jamie Hince in the village of Southrop (home to Thyme and the Swan at Southrop Inn). Roads were closed and guests included Jude Law, Vivienne Westwood, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop and Shirley Bassey. OK, so the marriage only lasted a little longer than the celebration, but the event helped to put to bed the image of the Cotswolds as a sleepy backwater in the wedding stakes. Other celeb weddings include that of Lily Allen and Sam Cooper in Cranham, Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar (Elton stayed at Barnsley House for that one). Alex James married Claire Neate near Cheltenham and both Jade and James Jagger scored a high celeb count when they were respectively married in the area.
Luxury hotels in the Cotswolds provide the backdrop for many a wedding. Thanks to the recent trend for winter weddings, barely a weekend goes by without a new couple heading off from the Cotswolds. There a trend too for 'exclusive use' wedding house parties where a couple will book out one of the luxury hotels in the Cotswolds for a private event - it's quite a smart move, with all the advantages of having an entire hotel team at your disposal for the weekend. Many hotels offer a scheme where guests can settle up for their own rooms, thereby reducing the cost substantially. And it's nice that luxury hotels in the Cotswolds often come with their own gardens, lakes, riverside views and other photogenic highlights. If Elton is coming, there's often a helipad nearby too.
2017 has been the year of the engagement photoshoot - a photography session, often at one of the luxury hotels in the Cotswolds that means a lot to the couple. The results are generally more relaxed than wedding pics and engagement is a great moment to capture on camera. Speaking of cameras, there are more requests for drone photography of the wedding day too.
Same-sex weddings are thoroughly established too - a relatively new phenomenon in the scheme of things and a welcome addition to the day-to-day life of our luxury hotels in the Cotswolds.
Another trend is for micro-weddings - small and intimate wedding celebrations, often for couple entering into a second marriage. The best luxury hotels in the Cotswolds tend to be smaller places, ideally suited to such celebrations.
Hotel wedding planners at hotels in the Cotswolds say that the hipster trend is coming into colour schemes and decorations. Candles, centrepieces and tabletops with runners are in, exotic flowers and orchids are back and 'experiences' from silent discos to cocktail makers to guest performers are being added in to the big day. The Pantone 'Colour of the Year' is becoming a reference point for colour fashion in weddings - this year's was 'greenery', pretty much the Cotswold colour anyway!