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

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

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.

Natural Materials  - 9 Rustic Style Ideas for a WOW Woodland Wedding | Darby & Joan Vintage

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

WedFest Part 1: Outdoor Ceremonies, Yummy Food & Drink & Styling Inspiration

Styling a Festival themed Wedding

Hello and a very happy Monday to you all.

Spring is here and we are planning our next Tipi Open Weekend with some super talented suppliers.  We are looking towards Summer and hoping that the sun shines as much as it did in 2014.  Being outside till the early hours, music, friends, families, BBQs and the festival season.

We will be working with the Sami Tipi crew again we’ve got outdoor weddings on the brain and today we’re turning our heads to all things festival inspired. Starting with the ceremony in this two-parter mini series, we’re going to be looking at all the elements to create a dream outdoor wedding and of course, as always we’ll be showing you a few ways to add our little vintage twist!

Last year’s was pretty marvellous – see images of our lovely crowd and tipis here – Tipi Open Weekend.


Hope you enjoy.

Mirlah xox


If you wanted to join us for the weekend we would love to see you and talk all things wedding and tipi, easy to pre-order your free tickets, the Event Brite link is on this lovely little flyer.


Darby & Joan and Sami Tipi

The Outdoor Ceremony

Well, for starters this mood board could have been tripled in size with all the beautiful imagery around. There are so many stunning ways to set the scene and create an altar to die for. Start with the backdrop for your I do’s by creating a large focul point. Depending on your location this could be as simple ad hanging bunting between two trees or really going for it an creating a tall structure using wood or old reclaimed ladders. Adding ribbons or hanging elements look particularly stunning as they’ll gently move in the breeze.

Of course though, as always in good old Blighty, do have a plan B! Whilst a shower or two can easily be dodged by handing out umbrellas to your guests, crazy winds and a sideways downpour (everything crossed that this isn’t the case) might mean you need a little more shelter from the elements. Perhaps consider a small Tipi (Kung) a gazebo, a marquee or perhaps your outdoor venue has some outbuildings that can be transformed just in case.


Styling an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony - Festival Wedding Inspiration

Image Credits: Moodboards: Best Day Ever

Hanging Mason Jars: Krystal Mann via Style Me Pretty Hanging Jar Alter: The Robertsons via Style Me Pretty

Tree Stump with Flowers: Spottswood Photography via Wedding Chicks Flag Aisle: Our Labor of Love

Heart Aisle: Camera Hannah via Rock My Wedding

So many beautiful ideas right? Loving the simplicity of the bottom image. Just punch out some paper hearts and secure onto some kebab sticks and you’ll be away, the perfect aisle style.  You can also change things up with the seating, if you are wanting to create a more relaxed feel, hay bales make great pews, just cover them with some vintage tablecloths or linens for a little twist and to stop any prickly bums! 🙂

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies with the Ceremony Company | Festival Wedding Inspiration

Image: The Ceremony Company

Our friends over at The Ceremony Company offer a service which allows you the freedom to expand your imagination and have a truly unique Ceremony. Indoors, outdoors, or in the evening these guys are the ones who can make it happen. Of course, with everything there are legal formalities that need to be completed, but if you’ve dreamed of a festival inspired wedding outdoors on the ‘main stage’ surrounded by your friends and family, then these guys are the ones to call.

Food and Drink

Oh yes the food! When you think ‘festival food’ you’d be forgiven for thinking grey looking burgers, soggy serviettes and your 5 a day coming just from the
onions. But this is your Wedding Day so it’s time to create a wedding feast to end all feasts! I love a BBQ so by no means saying no to a good old burger and
a sausage, but these days Street Food and outdoor catering are fast becoming a new trend, so there are loads of ways to bring a little twist to your wedding
food. Think food stations, Hog roasts, Retro food vans, quirky salads and artisan breads and you’ll be on to a winner.

Wedding Festival Food Inspiration - Sharing Platters, Posh Ploughmans, BBQs and Homemade Chutneys.

Image Credits: Handmade Chutney Favours: The Little Caravan  via The Natural Wedding Company

Arrival Drinks in Dispensers: Ryan Ray Photo via Wed Society Buckets of Beer: Photographer Unknown via Pinterest

Plougman’s Platter: Louise Lister for Marie Claire Sizzling BBQ: Thomas The Caterer

Sharing platters are a great way of relaxing the mood and get people chatting and they always look so exciting when they arrive.
How about giving the festival theme a vintage twist by serving your food on vintage china plates. The poshest BBQ your guests will ever have.
I love how versatile vintage china can be, of course it’s perfect for a dainty afternoon tea, but it looks really fab amongst bright colours and streamers and giant tasseled balloons.
Darby & Joan’s Posh Plougman’s is a perfect way to combine tasty food with a relaxed feel.
We’re talking local meats, pork pies, a selections of cheeses, chutneys and pickles and a selection of breads and crackers.
Totally delicious and of course, served on gorgeous vintage china!
If you’re handy in the kitchen, I love the idea of making homemade chutneys and using them for place settings and favours. A lovely (tasty) personal touch!

Canapes by Darby & Joan Vintage

Image: Darby & Joan Canapes by Kate Henderson Photography

Styling & Decor

As with anything, there are lots of different types of festivals, some can be a bit more boho, some a little more rock n roll. So by all means you don’t have to stick to big bright colours, we just happen to be in love with them at the moment, so our focus is all making a big statement with colour.

Darby & Joan loves a blank canvas, from Village Halls, to Tipis and Marquees, there’s something really fantastic and rewarding about starting from scratch to create the perfect look for creative couples.

For creating that festival vibe we love bright bold colours, mixing up patterns and teaming big ‘in your face’ decor with the finer details.

Big! Think hand painted signage directing your guests where to go, cascading streamers from the trees, pom pom or lantern installations and cool VIP chill out areas with a mix of colourful cushions.

Small! We’re talking bright coloured table runners and napkins, ribbons tied onto chairs, striped straws, and tables named after your favourite songs.


Styling and Decor Ideas - Festival Wedding Inspiration

Image Credits: Streamer Chandeliers: Anushe Low via Style Me Pretty 

Colourful Lanterns: Photo Glow via Love My Dress Striped Table Setting:  Matt Brown Photography via Darby & Joan 

Hand Painted Wedding Signage: Sarah Tamagni via Ruffled Blog  Balloon Decorated Marquee: Darby & Joan for Kate Halfpenny

So there we have it, part one of our WedFest! What do you think? Tempted to say I do outdoors Glastonbury style? Stay tuned for the second instalment where we’ll be talking entertainment, quirky outdoor ideas, and inspiration for when the sun goes down.

11:20 12 May 2014

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