There are few people to rival the creative style of Katherine Hudson who founded the The Arabian Tent Company in 2004. The heady vibe of festivals and marquee parties captured her imagination, she was hooked and decided she had to try and put on her own event. She searched the UK for a suitable party tent, and finding nothing but white PVC marquees, Katherine realised she would have to try a little harder if she wanted to do something truly special.
Katherine set off to Morocco to talk to a man about a tent! The Moroccan tent she first bought (and infamously drove back to the UK strapped to the roof of her van) may not have been anything compared with the wondrous interiors The Arabian Tent Company boasts today, but it was the beginning of something exciting and different. Word soon spread throughout the party world and people all over the country started to request the marquee for all sorts of festivals and events. The more tented parties she threw, the more her inspiration grew. Soon she decided to design her own marquee linings and collected cushions and furniture, ornaments and feathers, candles and lanterns to adorn the interiors. This was how the Arabian Tent Company was born, how it grew, and (for the most part) how it continues to grow today.
With the largest collection of unique marquees in the UK, a wonderful team of creative and skilled marquee crew, drapers and event specialists and a whole lot of passion and attention to detail, The Arabian Tent Company are proud to have supplied magical marquees, cosy furniture and interesting props and furnishings to some of the UK’s most spectacular parties and weddings for an entire decade.
So Katherine, what do you think the colours of SS2017 weddings will be?
SS2016 is all about pretty pastels and sparkles, so I think we’ll be getting a bit more dark and moody next year and predict aubergine will feature along with a variety of greens and woody hues, but I reckon the shimmer is set to stay.
If you think there is going to be a popular theme occurring for couples planning for next year what might it be?
I feel couples are veering away from a set ‘theme’ as such, and instead are drawing inspiration from fashion, celebrity weddings (we have clients recreating Kim Kardashian’s flower wall this year!) and Instagram! It’s more about a ‘look’ that people want at the moment for the décor than a theme, but there’s a riot of colour being used at weddings and events this year inspired by the Rio Olympics, which has gained momentum from the Mexican décor and food trend we’ve been enjoying for the last couple of years. For SS2017 wedding trend predictions regarding food I reckon street-food will still be a very popular way of feeding your guests either for the midnight nibbles or even the main course itself, I think we’ll see more South American influences in our wedding themes, although I think this is unlikely to be a ‘theme’ and more one element of the day, creating the overall effect of a kaleidoscope of trends.
Backdrops for ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular, how do you go about styling something like this when you’ve not known the couple for long at all?
Creating something beautiful that works with the rest of the décor and other elements of the wedding is the best place to start rather than trying to make it too personal – it might be needed to hide something unsightly behind the ceremony area, or just create a pretty canvas for photographs to be taken. Tying it in with the rest of the décor and finding out if the wedding dress lace or chiffon? Are they mainly using flowers or foliage? And if in doubt – you can’t go wrong with flowers!
What are your favourite wedding trends of this year?
Weddings this year are looking so pretty! I’m loving the delicate blush, cream and white palette that we’re seeing, and I’m loving the metallic trend too – it makes the pastels pop. I’m also a huge fan of the rustic/ woodland look that is continuing and evolving at the moment. Bringing the feel of nature into your wedding has such a calming, authentic feel to it.
How do you feel about balloons at wedding?
I’m not a huge fan of balloons in the traditional sense and consider them lazy decor, but who could not love the larger-than-life matt-finish versions we’ve seen blowing over from the States recently, with their tassle garland tails and pretty pastel hues. Definitely a fan of those and so they will remain as one of my ‘to stay’ SS2017 wedding trend predictions!
Do you think photo booths are going to become less trendy over the next few years or do you think their popularity will increase?
Over the last few years photo booths have become a must-have at weddings and for good reason – not only is it a fun thing to do when you’re feeling merry to don a silly hat, wig and glasses and take pictures with your besties to immortalise your involvement with the party. It’s a bit like sending a postcard from the wedding! I’m a huge fan of interaction at weddings and think that the more of it that can be created – getting your guests involved with what’s going on around them, makes for the best wedding parties – and photo booths definitely tick that box, so I can’t see their popularity fading, especially with our fascination with selfies so I expect them to grow in popularity.
Are couples opting for less dramatic cakes again or do you think a colour eruption is upon us in term of edibles.
Although it really depends on the couple with this one, with the ever-rising trend for ‘naked cakes’ festooned with flowers and fruit rather than frosting, and the rustic/woodland inspired weddings this year, I do think in general the trend for cakes is for ones that look like food, rather than art.
For inspiration and SS2017 wedding trend predictions right now visit Katherine on Pinterest, you better pour a drink and make yourself comfy though.