Top tips from the experts to make sure your wedding is on trend

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In the quest for perfection, brides-to-be are eschewing tradition in favour of personalised touches. From the ceremony, to the decoration, and everything in between, we called in the experts to share the hot trends of the moment...

The venue

Couples with a vision for their big day are increasingly looking for a venue which can provide that little something special to their big day.  Non-traditional wedding venues can bring a level of ambience often missing from a less atmospheric church hall or hotel.

Royal College of Physicians New Library

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in the city's New Town has an exquisite backdrop for those looking for a truly unique experience. "Every room has a burst of colour and character that still allows couples to add their own touches of magic.  We’ve hosted and enjoyed themes from Circus, to Harry Potter and even Alice in Wonderland!" (Gillian Carmichael, Business Development and Events Co-ordinator) 

With the high ornate ceilings of the New Library filled with antique books, the grand golden pillars in the Great Hall and the access to Queen Street Gardens, the college really is a special venue. 

The decoration

When it comes to decoration, nothing is out of bounds. According to Heritage Portfolio this year's trends are all about hanging floral installations - venue permitting - and, colour of the moment, "copper everything!"

The food

"Tradition tends to be out the window these days with couples looking for something a bit more relaxed and informal", says caterers Saltire Hospitality

Sharing platters of antipasti with cured sliced meats, rustic breads and dipping oils are definitely on trend; it's more sociable and gets everyone involved. We get tonnes of requests for 'Street Food' for the evening and we've done all sorts. A mac and cheese bar with all the toppings, grilled kebabs, classic hog roasts...although the bacon roll remains a firm favourite - you can't argue with that.

In general, guests love incorporating Scottish produce into the menu and this gives us the opportunity to really showcase what we do. From fresh seafood, to Scotch beef and local Scottish craft beers, ales and gin, we love to shout about Scottish produce and products!

The drink

Heritage Portfolio

Red, white or rose? Three words least likely to be heard bubbling around the reception as of 2018, apparently. Instead of the standard fizz, couples are incorporating cocktails and gin liqueurs, with prosecco bars featuring a range of flavoured liquors and berries for guests to try on the up. 

Got a date?

Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh with Heritage Portfolio are having a Wedding Open Evening on 31 May with fizz and canapes

Door open from 5pm - 8pm for show rounds

Tel: 0131 247 3620 or email to request an appointment

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, EH2 1JQ, Tel: 0131 225 7324,

Royal College of Physicians / Weddings

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