Tuesday March 8 2016.


PapaKåta are a team I just love working with and despite the countless Weddings and Events they’ve worked on, are as passionate as ever.  You have a lot more freedom with a tent based Wedding, literally being able to pick the exact positioning of your venue and dressing the blank canvas specifically to suit your decor desires.  It’s always good to get some inspiration from the experts and today PapaKata are sharing their insights as to 2016’s key trends.

papakata soho farmhouse

Image captured by Holly Clark Photography


Authenticity is our key wedding trend for 2016. Many couples are seeking an authentic experience for their wedding day, with old-fashioned quality, natural surroundings, honest sharing food, textural materials and stylish but simple details. Take a peek at Soho Farmhouse, the latest venture from uber-stylish Soho House for a perfect example of this trend. Ceremonies can be held in the converted Jackson Barn, with guests seated on hay bales, with the wedding breakfast served in a beautiful Sperry tent on solid wood banqueting tables. This back-to-reality trend also sees weddings going back-to-nature. Embrace your surrounding landscape to bring the outside in and vice versa.

authentic wedding papakata

Image Captured by – Ed Peers

STYLE IT OUT – The Authenticity trend is brought to life with rustic-luxe styling. Brides, don’t be fooled; it takes a lot of effort to make this wedding reception decor look effortless. Finishing touches are by no means old and battered(!) and the detailing and execution has to be perfect. Think hand-crafted wood furniture and heritage pieces with a story to tell. On your tables, consider luxury linen with simple place settings. For dining, why not create a whiskey and smoked salmon bar? Invite nature in with trees and hanging frames draped in flowers and foliage. And take your party outdoors by creating large terraces and outdoor chill out areas with fire pits and a cigar shack.

rustic luxe tent wedding papakata


The desire for experience is a huge trend, and being part of a shared experience can be worth more than anything money can buy. More and more, our couples want to invite their friends and family into their world for a day, or wedding weekend. We’ve loved a seaside wedding where guests took a dip in the sea together, a festival wedding with guests chilling in their own boutique camping area complete with Swedish hot tubs, and guests marching along with a brass band and riding a vintage carousel.

experiential wedding ideas

Image captured by Mister Phill Photography

STYLE IT OUT – Weddings that tell your story are big news and we love it when couples bring in elements of their hometown to their wedding day. A romantic Sperry Tent reception with a day filled with African touches, bespoke flags and flowing curtains, trans-Atlantic unions with cute flags and nostalgic food choices like a milk and cookies “cake”, and a Yorkshire allotment wedding complete with edible veggie plot platters, have really warmed our hearts. Take inspiration from where you live or grew up, or meaningful places where you met or got engaged, and add details through styling, food and drink and entertainment choices.

wedding tent trends 2016 papakata

Find out more about PapaKåta and their wealth of Wedding know how at – http://papakata.co.uk/

They are also hosting a Spring Open Weekend 19th and 20th March where you’ll be able to see their gorgeous teepees and Sperry Tents up close at the Escrick Park Estate near York.


Rustic Luxe (Left to right)

On Love and Photography 

Michelle Wiggett Photography

Soho Farmhouse

Ed Peers Photography

Experiential (Left to right)

Melia Melia Photography

Paper Antler

On Love and Photography 

Ed Peers Photography