Hello there D&J readers! How are we all? We had a blast at the Sami Tipi Showcase at the weekend, there’ll be lots of fabulous pics to come soon. Today though, we’re turning our heads to the woods and showing you ways you can create a wonderfully rustic woodland themed wedding. Whether you want to bring the outdoors in or embrace nature in your very own woodland setting, there’s bound to be a little nugget of inspiration for you here. Plus, if you are looking for an outdoor woodland wedding venue, we’ve rounded up a few of our faves in there UK to save you the leg work!
1. Moss, Greenery & Flowers
Flowers often play a huge part of the wedding decor and if you’re creating a woodland wedding then you can really go to town with colour, texture and creativity. Thinks about adding unusual foliage and flowers such as dried leaves and protea and don’t forget the greenery and wild elements, ferns and astible are great for creating an unstructured bouquet. Moss is ideal for adding to the table decor, go all out and create a wow factor table runner or just add in little details here and there, like creating table numbers or filling glass terrariums and jars for magical centrepieces.
2. Wood, Twigs & Stumps
Ok, so it’s no secret that a Woodland Wedding might just include a little bit of wood! But there are so many ways to creatively add wooden rustic details to your big day and as a bonus… they don’t have to cost the earth! Think wooden signage, crates, pallets, vases of twigs for a wishing tree and you’re well on your way for the perfect rustic wedding. Tree slices & stumps are perfect for table centrepieces or individual plate chargers. Simply layer them up with tealights, mismatched bottles and candle sticks for a charming woodland inspired tablescape. These little slices of earthy goodness are also perfect for using as cake stands or serving canapes and I’m also in love with that tree slice menu below! Keep a look out for neighbours or tree surgeons chopping down trees and kindly ask if you could take some off their hands. Alternatively you can choose to hire, Darby & Joan have many available.
PS. Those of you popped along to the Sami Tipi Spring Showcase may have seen the absolute master piece that was a tree stump cake by The Organic Wedding Cake Company. It fooled everyone and was a work of art Check it out here. It’d be perfect for a rustic and woodland inspired wedding.
3. Hessian &Twine
Bare wooden trestle tables are the perfect choice for a rustic wedding, ditch the white linen and dress them up with hessian table runners to add a little texture. These are easy to make if you have spare time for DIY adventures but you may want to hire if sewing isn’t for you. Think about adding more rustic details using hessian/burlap. Bunting is relatively easy to make if you want to add a hand made touch, little favour bags are perfect for thank you treats or large coffee/potato sacks are great for collecting cards in or even using for fun and frolics – yes sack races! Why not? Twine is super handy for everything from tying placecard tags to decorations jam jars and you can pick up 100’s of metres of the stuff really cheaply from garden centres.
Lighting & Decor
4. Candle Light
Where would a wedding be without a couple of bags of ikea tea lights and some jars? Perfect for creating a magical and twinkly atmosphere after sunset, load up your recycled jars and perch them on treestumpos for a whimsical touch.
5. Fairy Lights & Festoon Lighting
Festoon lighting and fairy lights are still a firm fave in the wedding world and provide more practical lighting after dark as well as looking super pretty… just imagine it hanging from branch to branch in the perfect woodland setting. Of course all this can be recreated in an indoor wedding venue or tipi/marquee too.
6. Hanging decor & Backdrops
Here’s where you can really start to go to town and make the most of the stunning treetops. Go for hanging floral arrangements, sparkly chandeliers or even mirror balls for a magical woodland disco. If your venue is indoors – no problem, keep an eye out for beams and hooks that you can hang decor from. Backdrops are perfect for that all important aisle style and can be reused as a DIY photo booth backdrop for the evening festivites. Think about constructing a wooden frame and adorning it with hanging jars and flowers and greenery.
7. Up Cycling
Nothing says eco friendly like using what you’ve already got and when you’ve raided your own home and kitchen and saved every jar and quirky bottle, get everyone else on the case too. Jars, tins, old plates and bits of furniture are most likely right under your nose just waiting for a lick of paint or a transformation.
8. Homamade Favours
It’s time to roll up those sleeves and get creative to say thank you to your guests. How about brewing your own beer or infusing your favourite spirit using organic ingredients. You could rustle up some tasty jam for your guests to spread the love or give little plants or packet of seeds to let your love grow. Be sure to check out Natural Favours for some inspiration!
Lots of wedding venues these days only allow biodegradable confetti so if you’re opting for a woodland wedding it’s only right to keep it ‘au natural.’ Dried flower petals are beautiful as well as kind to the planet or you could even get crafting with a pretty punch and dried leaves. For zero mess but awesome photos, how about flags and ribbon wands – no litter at all and it’s something your guests can keep!
UK Woodland Wedding Venues
Need the perfect place to host your outdoor woodland wedding….
Rosliston Forestry Centre – Derbyshire
Scraptoft Hill Farm – Leicestershire
Jolly Days – South Yorkshire
The Bivouac- North Yorkshire
Fforest – Wales
The Keep & The Dell – Norfolk
Wise Wedding Venue – Kent
I hope that’s inspired you, whether you fancy a total outdoorsy affair or just some style ideas for a rustic theme I hope that’s got your juices creative flowing! Happy Rustic Wedding Planning!
Hello lovely readers! I hope this post finds you well! For all you wonderful Spring Summer brides, your head is probably turning to the finer details and perhaps the layout and table plan of your wedding reception, but how do you decide which style is for you? Today’s post is all about uncovering the pros and cons about different table layouts and how you can decide which to choose.
Long Tables vs Round Tables…It’s a much talked about topic, so hopefully we’ll uncover a few things for you to think about, as well as some inspiration for dressing your chosen style.
Firstly, it is worth checking with your venue to see what furniture is included. For some venues, the space alone will determine whether you opt for long or round tables and others may not offer a choice, whilst this may limit you to a table type, there are still many different layout ideas to consider depending on the feel you want to create at your wedding breakfast. If you find you do have to source your own furniture or your budget allows you to break free from the mould of what your venue offers, then there might be a little more to consider… let’s get thinking!
Some would say this is the more traditional set up for a wedding reception but traditional doesn’t mean boring and this style lends itself to a sociable layout, especially if you have obvious groups of friends or family that you’d like to seat together.
Pros of Round Wedding Tables:
– A classic timeless feel.
– You can have fun creating quirky and meaningful table names.
– Many venues can offer 2 sizes of round table perfect if you wanted a more intimate feel or have smaller groups of guests to seat.
– Easier to move around.
Cons of round Wedding Tables:
– They can take up more space than long tables.
– Classic and timeless isn’t for everyone.
– They can make the seating plan more complicated as you may feel like you have to pigeon hole people to a certain table.
Styling round tables:
Have fun creating quirky centrepieces by stacking up vintage books and flowers. Bell jars are a trend we’re seeing a lot of recently… fill with flowers and little treasure for a beautiful and personal inspired centrepiece.
Other things to consider:
Whilst large centrepieces can create a real wow factor, if they are too big and bulky the table may become less sociable as your guests won’t be able to see and talk to each other as easily.
This style of table often lends itself to a more relaxed wedding reception. Perfect for family style dining which is becoming increasingly popular, why not serve up afternoon tea or grazing platters for your guests to dig into?
Pros of Long Wedding Tables:
– Relaxed & sociable atmosphere.
– Suits itself to marquee and barn weddings.
– Table runners look super gorgeous on long tables.
– Lots of little bottles for centrepieces can be less expensive than one large centrepieces.
– Can take up less space than round tables.
Cons of Long Wedding Tables:
– People on the ends may feel left out.
– People in the middle have to walk round the whole table when leaving their seat.
– Designing a table plan with different table names is harder as you’ve got a lot more people to seat. Your guests will need an indication as to where abouts they are sitting and on what side as apposed to just – Auntie Sue is on table 2.
Styling Long Wedding Tables:
Consider smaller centrepieces dotted down the middle of long tables. Mismatched jam jars or vintage bottles are still a firm favourite amongst D&J brides and Karen has a whole heap available to hire.
Other things to consider:
When it comes to doing your table plan, try not think of it as one giant table. Many 6ft trestles seat 6 people so try grouping people in smaller groups first then join them together.
Also, if you are working with trestle tables, why not get creative and create square tables but putting 2 together? Or for a different take on the round tables, simply use them on their own for smaller more intimate layout.
If long tables or round tables just aren’t doing it for you, then how about some of these quirky layouts for your wedding reception?
Mix it up.
If you just cannot decide, then how about both!? Great for different sized groups and perfect for a larger spaces, go ahead and mix up round and long tables for a cool feel.
Finally, Top tables! A must have for some and a headache for others, whether you go for a traditional long top table with all the necessary bridal party or do away with it all together, take a look at these ideas for a little inspiration.
Traditional long top table:
So who needs to be up there on the top table with you? Traditionally this is how it looks:
Maid of Honour | Father of the Groom | Mother of the Bride | Groom | Bride | Father of the Bride | Mother of the Groom| Best Man
Of course, as with all aspects of your wedding, you can choose to mix it up as you feel fit. A traditional long top table seats 8 looking out onto the guests and this is by far the most common and often practical way of laying out your wedding tables especially when its all eyes on the bridal party for the speeches.
Round Top Table:
If you don’t want to feel as though you are on display or if space doesn’t allow for a long enough top table, then opting for a round top table could be the way to go. You and your bridal party can enjoy a meal altogether and socialise a little better than on a longer table and for the speeches, everyone will still be able to see you.
If a top table simply isn’t for you, how about a cutely named ‘Sweetheart Table’? Go it alone and enjoy your first meal as husband and wife together – just you two! This is great way to make sure you spend time together in the day and can eliminate any arguments with families, if you’re finding organising the top table difficult.
Bridal Party Hosts:
If you do get rid of the traditional top table, then you don’t necessarily have to have all your family seated together, an alternative way is to get your bridal party to ‘host’ their own table, great if you want to mix up your guests and not seat the obvious people together.
Phew! So there we go! Hopefully lots of helpful advice for you to think about when thinking about your Wedding Reception table layout, what are you going for? Did your venue not supply the right style and you hired or have you opted for a quirky layout? Come and let us know over on Facebook!
Featured Image: Matt Brown Photography
Hey there lovelies. Hope everyone is well! We’ve got some serious wedding goodness on the blog today. Three of the hottest trends for this summer’s weddings. Whether you’re looking for fun and colourful, relaxed and boho or glam and decadent there should be something to tickle everyones fancy today.
Hope you Enjoy!
1) Club Tropicana
Oh hello fun-tastic, colour-popping, wedding goodness. These days you can’t swing a pineapple anywhere without bumping into a vibrant pink flamingo and maybe a palm tree and I for one am not complaining. I love this style with a passion and if you’re after a relaxed and colourful wedding day with bags of personality, then this Club Tropicana trend might just be for you.
Colour: Pops of pink with turquoise and orange and hints of metallic gold are the go to colours for this vibrant, summer inspired wedding style.
Pattern: Bold blocks of colour and geometric shapes.
Details: Source quirky and colourful props, sunglasses and a few inflatable flamingoes, add a fringed backdrop and you’ve got yourself a Photo Booth for your guests to have some fun in the evening. Set up a wedding hashtag on Instagram or even hire/buy a Polaroid camera to create a alternative guestbook.
DIY Brides: Spray paint pineapples gold or bright colours for fabulously fun wedding decor.
Flowers: Luscious hot pink or coral peonies (coral sunset are a must have) with cute daisies and pop them in a hollowed out pineapple for the perfect tropical-inspired centrepiece. Tip.. Find a jar or vase to put inside the pineapple so your beautiful blooms don’t get thirsty.
2) That 70s Vibe
I’m kicking myself already for throwing out my flared bootleg jeans as they are all over the high street at the mo and of course this 70s, bohemian trend is filtering through to wedding industry as quick as you can say ‘Peace & Love’ This style is all about earthy colours, relaxed and carefree elegance and embracing nature and different textures.
Colour: Deep colours such as maroons, forest greens mixed with burnt orange and mustard.
Pattern: Anything goes for this trend, think 70s vintage prints, antique rugs, bohemian lace and string art.
Details: Why not opt for a relaxed sharing style wedding breakfast with bare trestles tables adorned with tins of daisies and patterned table runners? Serve up platters of gorgeous meats, cheese and breads for a fabulous, family style feast.
DIY Brides: Macramé! It is going to be big news this summer…. and if you fancied taking on a wedding crafting project, this is the one for you. Add a little to your wedding cake like below or go big by creating a backdrop for your wedding table or Photo Booth. I have been so inspired by Frida Florentina recently, definitely check her out here and on instagram!
Flowers: Daisies, sunflowers and plenty of mixed foliage such as ferns and eucalyptus.
3) Moroccan Magic
Bold prints, jewel tones and as many tea lights as you can possibly find is the recipe to create some serious Moroccan magic. This look is all about creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with and underlying tone of pure decadence and luxury.
Colour: Decadent jewel tones such as kingfisher blue, deep raspberry and brass all make for a sumptuous colour palette.
Pattern: Oh the patterns! If anyone has been lucky enough to visit the wondrous city that is Marrakech, you’ll know that every street, door and pavement is adorned with the most beautiful patterns. These stunning patterns and shapes are perfect for translating into your wedding stationery or cake design.
Details: Create a chill out area lit with an abundance of lanterns and tea lights in coloured votives. Add patterned cushions, metallic moroccan poofs and low tables to create a beautiful place for your guests to recharge their dancing feet.
DIY Brides: Mimic the beautiful silk tassels by making your own out of tissue paper. There a thousands of tutorials online and you can buy tissue paper in so many colours that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Flowers: Go for striking, flower heavy centrepieces with opulent jewel tones of purple, red and pink. If in season both ranunculus’ and dahlia’s would be perfect for creating this luscious look.
Ok, so I’m totally torn, which is you favourite look? Any DIY brides out there going to try an of the ideas come and let us know over on Facebook.
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