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New Wedding Trends

New Wedding Trends

Weddings are on the rise again after a 40-year decline (Thank goodness, we do love a wedding at the Dunblane Hydro!) But more and more couples are choosing to do things a little differently than their parents or grandparents. Traditional ceremonies and wedding ‘rules’ are being shunned for one-of-a-kind ceremonies tailored to each couple.

Now, it’s less about formality and tradition and more about flexibility and inclusion. That means catering for the thousands of same-sex couples who want to get married in Scotland – and an inclusive venue offering a modern approach to weddings is exactly what these couples are looking for. What’s more, it’s no longer just about the bride; grooms are becoming increasingly involved in weddings, including the planning, decoration and catering of the big day.

What else has changed? Let’s take a look:


Extended Celebrations

Scottish river

It’s become increasingly popular for weddings to be extended over a weekend, rather than a one-day affair. Couples often choose a remote, countryside location where their friends and family can stay and celebrate for an entire weekend. This gives the bride and groom’s loved ones a chance to prepare for the day, relax after the ceremony and enjoy a hearty, hangover-busting breakfast in the morning!

At the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro our location 45-minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh in the picturesque Perthshire countryside makes us the picture-perfect venue for your extended weekend wedding. (Our Scottish breakfasts are pretty great, too.)


Wedding Style

The wallace suite

Although some ceremonies still centre on time-honoured glitz and glam, current wedding trends show that new bohemia has become a popular wedding style. Festival-inspired weddings with cute, kitschy décor or vintage, hand-made table decorations, dresses, jewellery and more are all the rage. Tailored ceremonies that speak to the couple’s interests and tastes have replaced typical, cookie-cutter weddings.

For a warm, personalised ceremony choose our intimate wedding package for only £1,200. Celebrate with 30 of your family and friends and enjoy a three-course dinner in the Wallace Suite and some sparkling wine for toasting the happy couple.


Same-sex Ceremonies

couple at their wedding

Since the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Scotland, over 15,000 couples have been married between March 2014 and June 2015. With this increase in same-sex weddings there has been a desire for wedding venues to adopt an inclusive, modern approach to marriage.

At the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro we have hosted many same-sex civil partnerships and wedding ceremonies. Whether you’re looking for a traditional ceremony, an intimate affair with your closest loved ones or a lavish party with a piper, flower arrangements and intricate centrepieces – we welcome all couples to spend their special day with us.

“I cannot thank you enough for being understanding, accommodating and just plain fabby.” – Kris & Alisdair, wedding at the Dunblane Hydro.


Something Special 

Many couples are adding special touches to their wedding ceremonies, beyond the traditional dinner, drinks and dancing. A popular wedding trend involves ‘showcase’ elements such as sweetie trolleys, pick n’ mix stands, chocolate fountains, retro photo booths, props and themes. These all add a unique element to the wedding and a talking point that guests remember long after the day is over.

At the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro we can accommodate special features you might want to add to your day and your personal wedding coordinator can help you source reputed vendors for original touches you'd like to include in your ceremony.


Local Flavours

Nick Nairn

Nowadays, it’s less about formal dining and more about unique, artisan catering. Couples are increasingly ordering authentic food and drink items from local suppliers to create a gourmet, but informal dining experience. Think a hot evening buffet, fish and chips, hot Scottish rolls and a selection of mini burgers and hotdogs, rather than your typical vol-au-vents and salmon blinis!

At the hotel, our wedding menus are created by none other than celebrity chef, Nick Nairn. Contact our events team to find out more about our wedding cuisine.