9 Rustic Style Ideas to Add the Wow Factor to Your Woodland Wedding

9 Rustic Style Ideas to add the WOW factor to your woodland wedding | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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!


Mirlah xox



Natural Materials

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.

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Image Credits: Tree Slice Menu: Paula O’Hara via Magnolia Rouge | Camp Fire: Style Me Pretty 

Rustic Table with Hessan Runner: Mitzi de Margary via Sandeman Events |  Tree Stump Centrepiece: S6 Photography via Rock My Wedding

Rustic Woodland Bouquet: Karen Flower Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings| Moss Table Number: A Brit & a Blonde via Style me Pretty

Wooden Sign: Rachel Hayton via Love My Dress


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.

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 Image Credits: Fairy Lights – Festival Brides | Family Tree – The Brides Cafe

Pom Pom Woodland – Hi-Fi Weddings Tree Stumps & Candles – Happy Wedd

Chandeliers – Matt Parry Styled by Pocketful of Dreams via Love My Dress |  Bride by Candle Light – Paul Clancy | Couple Backdrop – Burnetts Boards

Eco Friendly

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!

9. Confetti

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!

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Image Credits: Lavender Favours – Unknown Original Source | Jam Favours – You mean the world to Me
Jars & Bottles – LM Weddings via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Watering Can – Rustic Romances
Lightbulbs – Unknown Original Source | Petal Confetti – The Domestic Lady | Cake Table – Jenny Markham via 100 Layer Cake


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!

10:05 29 April 2015

3 of the Hottest Spring / Summer Wedding Trends 2015

3 of the Hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015

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!

Mirlah xox



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.

Club Tropicana - 3 of the hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015 | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

 Image Credits: Pineapple vase: Sugar & Cloth  | Colour Pop Table: Oh Joy | Aloha LightBox: Hey Style

Bright flowers: Belle and Beau Photography via Rock My Wedding  | Flamingo Cake: The House that Lars Built

Bar Cart: The Glitter Guide  | Yum & Garland : Bright & Bold

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.

That 70s Vibe - 3 of the hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015 | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

 Image Credits: Macrame Cake: Green Wedding Shoes | Daisy Chain Crown: Love Threads

Chill Out Area: When Geeks Wed | VW Campervan: Love this Pic 

Trio of cakes: Ruffled Blog | Free Love Sign: Rustic Wedding Chic | 70s Boho Bride: Magnolia Rouge

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.

Moroccan Magic - 3 of the hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015 | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

 Image Credits: Moroccan Lounge: Michigan Design | Tassels: Burda Style

Moroccan Table: Glamour | Bride in Marrakech: The Lane | Tiles: Pedro Villa Verde

Moroccan Poof: Moon to Moon | Jewel Coloured Glassware: Wedding Colours

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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17:34 19 March 2015

Pimms O’Clock

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Hello D&J’ers.  How is everyone?

We are getting back into the swing of things and our wedding season is slowly starting.  We have had a few consultations over the last couple of weeks with couples who have already booked us to cater for their wedding and we have met up again to discuss the finer details of their day, mainly their drinks reception and catering options.

It seems a good and opportune time to talk about Pimms.  This is still the reception drink of choice for many of our couples as it fits so well with our Afternoon Tea, nothing says ‘Summer Wedding’ more than this flavoursome long drink.

We have masses of pieces for you to hire to create a stylish drinks station for your Pimms – drinks dispensers, jam jars, wooden crates and we can create bespoke labels for your straws and glasses.  See our full hire inventory here.


Styling a Vintage Wedding with Darby & Joan | Vintage Prop Hire, Derbyshire | Drinks Dispensers & Jam Jars Perfect for Pimms


credits for our style board – James Melia, Emma Cleveley,




Pimms, glasses, ideas and dispensers


We often get asked how much to provide for guests – we can all quickly throw together a jug at home, but trying to work out specific quantities and costs for a guest list of 100 is a little tricker.

My own Pimms is usually laced with a glug of gin (Hendricks or Bloom are my favourites) but you may need to tread carefully with that at your wedding!

One part Pimms to three parts lemonade is the usual guide.  If you like yours a little less sweet, then try substituting half of the lemonade for ginger ale.




For more ideas on a summer wedding, read our blogpost here 



For 100 guests, each having two 70cl tumblers

4 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms

12 x litres of lemonade

Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw


For 100 guests, each having two 200ml jam jars

10 x 1 litre bottles of Pimms

30 x litres of lemonade

Mint, strawberries, cucumber, oranges, ice and a straw


If you don’t like the taste of traditional Pimms, then do give their Blackberry and Elderflower a whirl.


Blackberry Pimms



And oh my, what could be better for a balmy summer’s evening (here’s hoping we get a few of those!) than a Pimms ice lolly.


Pimms ice lolly

credits – Gareth MorgansRuffled, Style me Pretty, Rock my Wedding, Pimms Cocktail Revolution , Kate Henderson

19:55 18 February 2015

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