Pretty Pumpkins Ideas for an Autumn/Halloween Wedding

Hello D&J’ers hope you’re all well! The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and everyone’s heads are turning to the ‘C word’ but not before the wonder that is Autumn. Orange and red hues, bonfires and snuggly scarfs, this is a magical time of year and here to kickstart it all off, the first of the holidays, Halloween! I’ve seen so many fantastic pumpkin DIYs lately that I thought I’d do a little round up on how to incorporate them into your wedding day, halloween party or home decor. We’re talking more stylish than scary here though… think gold painted pumpkins, stunning centrepieces and quirky DIYs.


Mirlah xox

1. Signage & Stationery

It’s time to get crafty. Whether its a simple sign to welcome your guests to the wedding reception, an escort style table plan or mini pumpkins place settings, pumpkins are just crying out for a little DIY time! Spray paint, stencils, glitter? Whatever you choose theres no denying those mini white pumpkins are seriously cute. You could always crack out a little paint to get a similar effect as white pumpkins can be hard to get hold of.

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2. Centrepieces & Flowers

I think pumpkin flower centrepieces are my new obsession! That succulent one top left is just so beautiful I’d want it out all year round. Chat with your florist to see if you can achieve this look with your chosen flowers or if you’re throwing an Autumn get together, why not try your hand at some DIY with some seasonal flowers, moss and berries?

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 3. Details & Decor

It’s all in the detail and pumpkins are ready and waiting to add some autumnal touches your wedding or party. Simply dot them around your venue among candles, use them to add height to your display or even create a pumpkin guest book. As the weather turns colder we all love a little comfort food, so you could think about adding some seasonal choices to the menu and some quirky ways to serve it to your guests. Those mini pumpkin soups would be a real talking point and they look so inviting.

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So there we have it, who knew pumpkins were so versatile and pretty? Whether you pick just one idea or decide to go the whole hog with a pumpkin themed do, I hope I’ve inspired you to get a little creative this Autumn. Have a Happy Halloween!

21:44 30 October 2015

How to Host Your Very Own Great Wedding Bake Off

How to Host Your Very Own Wedding Bake Off! Ready Steady Bake - Wedding Cake Off Ideas | Darby & Joan Vintage (Image by Babb Photo)

Hello Lovelies! I hope everyone is fine and dandy! Today’s post is all about one of my favourite subjects ever… CAKE! And in particular the Do It Yourself variety! Wedding Bake Offs aren’t new but the idea of getting your guests involved and serving up delicious treats for dessert is certainly not going anywhere fast. Whether you choose to have a traditional ‘main’ wedding cake as well or you want to cut down on the old wedding budget by doing a spot of BIY – Bake It Your Self. Wedding Bake Offs or Cake Offs are such a fun idea.

So with out further a do grab a cuppa and read our top tips to hosting your very own Great Wedding Bake Off!

Ready, Steady, Bake

Mirlah xox

The Perfect Recipe for a Wedding Bake Off!

1. Spread the Word

Once you’ve decided a Bake Off is the way to go you need to decide who’s going to be involved. Maybe you want to ask a few specific guests and family members or get everyone involved? Your Wedding Invitation or separate information card is the perfect way to let everyone the details of the Bake Off. Give them some guidelines or even throw in some recipe inspiration and be sure to let them know of any logistical information to make the Bake Off run smoothly!

2. Add a Dash of Decor

At your venue create a dedicated cake area to display all the cakes and treats. A simple trestle table with some vintage table cloths and pastel bunting gives the perfect bake off tent look! Source some pretty notecards and pens so that your guests can write their name and a description of their creations next to their cake and why not add a selection of cake flags and toppers for your bakers to finish off their cakes?

3. Mix in some healthy competition

You may be surprised how competitive your guests get once all the cakes arrive in all their glory but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition. Think about if and how you’ll judge all the creations. Will it be up to the Bride & Groom, will people have to cast their vote? Here are a few ideas for the categories!

– Best Looking

– Best Tasting

– The Most Creative

– The Most Thoughtful

– The ‘We won’t tell anyone you bought it’

4. Sprinkle with Prizes

Reward all that creative talent with a little well done gift. Whether it’s a golden wooden spoon (get your spray paint out), a rosette, a bake off champ pinny or a little bottle of something, giving out prizes is a great way to round off the Bake Off!

5. Serve Up a Feast

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Those cakes will have been teasing guests since the moment they saw them! It’s time to serve up a cake filled feast! Ask your caterer if they can cut up the cakes and serve a yummy platter to each table or simply ask your guests to help themselves. It’d be a great idea to provide takeaway boxes too for those who would like to take a cheeky slice of something home with them.

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Image Credits:

Featured Image: Whimsical Wonderland WeddingsBabb Photo

Left Row: 1. Ann-Kathrin Koch 2. Anushe Low 3. Mark Tattersal 4. Rob Tarren 5. Pearl & Godiva 6. Little Winter

Middle Column: 1. Maria Farrelly 2. Dominique Bader 3. We Heart Pictures 4. Katherine Ashdown 5. Rebecca Douglas

Right Column: 1. Rachelle England 2. Mark Tattersal 3. Wylie Weddings 4. Anushe Low

So there we have it the perfect recipe for wedding bake off success! Whose hungry? And who will be adding this to their wedding want list! We’d love to hear your thoughts or recipe ideas! Come and chat over on Facebook!

8:07 2 October 2015

Wedding Style We love : Beautiful Botanics

Wedding Style we LOVE! Beautiful Bontanics | Darby & Joan

Hola lovelies! We’ve got another inspiration post for you today, all about a trend that’s not only taking hold in the wedding industry but something we’re seeing all over the high street in both fashion and interiors. We’re talking beautiful botanical ideas; fresh, clean and organic with a stripped back, minimal colour palette with an abundance of white, green and graphical prints. We’ve got everything covered from the venue to the flowers, decor to the yummy treats, all to help you style your very own botanical inspired wedding

Lots of Love,

Mirlah xox


The Botanical Wedding Style File:

The Venue:

This wedding style is all about the colour palette, organic textures and details and could be created in any venue, tipi, marquee or even village hall. However, if you wanted to go all out for a botanical style wedding, then a show-stopping wedding venue like an Orangery or Victorian Conservatory will really add the wow factor. These stunning venues make the perfect backdrop to your big day, with natural light flooding in from the windows and often already filled with flowers and luscious plants, the decor is practically done for you.

A few Botanical Wedding Venue Ideas:

Kew Gardens – London

Wentworth Castle Gardens – Sheffield

Pavillion Gardens – Buxton

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens – Northamptonshire

Eden Project – Cornwall

The Flowers:

The flowers for botanical themed wedding can be unstructured and a little bit wild. Opt for reems of luscious greenery like ferns, eucalyptus and consider white blooms like Hydrangeas, Roses or Peonies. If you want to add something a little different to the bouquets or flower arrangements, have a think about unusual plants like air plants, poppy heads and for wonderfully wild filler flowers, take a look at Genista, Astilbe and white Statice.

The Cake:

Like many elements of a botanical styled wedding let’s keep minimal, the wedding cake can be a simple tiered beauty. Consider a delicous white buttercream cake topped with fresh flowers and greenery, ask your cake maker to make the tiers different flavours and your florist to put aside a few blooms and foliage to add the finishing touch.

The Decor:

An array of vintage bottles in shades of green and brown simply filled with single stem flowers and varieties of eucalyptus are perfect for lining your tables with and for dotting around your venue. Fresh white linen makes the green elements really pop out and if you have the option, wooden chairs would be a great choice for pairing with the crisp white tables to add a organic contrast.

Backdrops are a great way to add interest to a large space, you could use it for the wedding ceremony, behind the top table or even for a photo booth. I love the idea of introducing a touch of white lace and hanging it or using a photography stand to position it. You can pick up large scalloped lace curtains from Ikea super cheaply and once you add some lovely foliage to the hanging or standing frame, your done. A simple, elegant but guaranteed to wow backdrop.

Collect vintage photo frames and old botanical posters/prints and seed packets to create lovely artwork to display around the venue, you can often find lovely paintings and drawing in charity shops or on car boot sales and once framed it makes for the perfect prop. I’m in love with these zinc or copper glass frames at the moment, great for displaying little treasures and pressing leaves.

Lots of couples like to create a beautifully styled area for the cards, gifts and guest book. I simply love the ideas of finding a vintage table top green house to keep your cards safe.

Consider going for an escort card style table plan and string up your guests name with jute twine, a wooden peg and a variety of leaves and white blooms to create a drop dead gorgeous botanical seating chart.

Oh I really do love this wedding style, so simple, elegant and parred back, if you’re feeling inspired let’s queue the gorgeous pictures!

Wedding Style we LOVE! Beautiful Bontanics | Darby & Joan


Image Credits: Row 1

Fern Cake: Style Me Pretty | Bouquet: Once Wed

Leaf Pattern wallpaper: Pinterest | Glass Bottles: Heather Bullard

Dress: Want That Wedding | Kew Gardens: Steve Cadman – Kew Gardens

Image Credits: Row 2

Fern Wreaths: Once Wed | Brown Bottles: The Merry Thought

Tiered Cake: Aisle Perfect | Botanical Frames: Femina | Envelope Liner: Etsy

Image Credits: Row 3

Wedding Dress: Magnolia Rouge | Table Top Greenhouse:

Peony Book: Bridal Musings | Table Plan: Sarah Tucker


Luscious right!? Is the style right up your street? How will you be styling it, come and tell us over on Facebook. Happy Botanical wedding Planning.

5:57 27 September 2015

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