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.

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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

Should you use a Wedding Planner?


Hi everyone, today’s post has been one that has been simmering in the background for a little while, but yesterday I heard a wedding story via another supplier that made me scrunch my eyes up, hold my breath, feel anxious and encourage me to post it.  It may not be everyone’s opinion and of course that is absolutely ok, but here goes…..

The main focus of the story was that a friend of the bride had organised her own wedding a couple of years ago, did a fantastic job and she absolutely loved doing it.  She offered her services to her newly engaged friend, and, as a wedding present to the couple, undertook to take the role of a wedding planner.  Everyone was thrilled with the arrangement – it was a very generous gift, the engaged couple were happy that they would save a substantial amount of money in hiring a qualified wedding planner and the friend was over the moon that she could help, share her personal experiences from her own wedding and could be so involved.



Sadly the agreement didn’t work out as everyone hoped and the wedding planning became increasingly stressful –  the budget wasn’t managed as it should have been, suppliers let them down very close to the wedding weekend, the day did not run smoothly and with hindsight, the couple hugely regretted their decision to use a friend to plan and manage their wedding.

So this post is about the use of a wedding planner  / co-ordinator .  If you are thinking of hiring one for your wedding, why you absolutely should employ an individual who has previous clients you can speak with, genuine testimonials from couples that you get confidence from, a website with their previous weddings shown and finally, someone who doesn’t just have experience but also has the relevant insurances (so important) and is a member of a wedding body in a largely unregulated market.

It is one thing to have organised your own wedding, or managed and co-ordinated the wedding of a family member or friend, but is entirely another to work for clients – a couple who are paying for a service.



I am not saying at all that you absolutely must hire a wedding planner (it is really ok not to!) but I sincerely believe in the value of researching your professional wedding planner.   This can be said of any wedding supplier really.

Ok, so with my personal opinion out of the way (!) here are a few reasons why you may consider hiring a professional wedding planner.

– First things first, every supplier you use for your wedding has to be the right one, whether this is your caterer, dress maker or florist.  You should feel at ease with them, like them and feel confident in their understanding of what it is you are looking to achieve.    You should want them at your wedding and have the moment of ‘you are the one’.  Most wedding planners will offer a free first consultation so it is worth while speaking to more than one.

– You need help focusing your vision.   Geez we all know that Pinterest is the fountain of inspiration but this can have it’s own problems when you are trying to focus on the style, colour, theme or feel for your day.  Too many ideas can be overwhelming and it can be really useful to have help with piecing together the wedding puzzle.

–  You don’t have time to plan your wedding.    I have read more than once that it can amount to a part time job to plan a wedding – which is around 15-20 hour per week!  An average wedding can take around 200 hours of planning to pull it all together.  A dedicated wedding planner can take a sizeable amount of this time off your shoulders.  This can be particularly useful if your own job is a standard 9   – 5  as many wedding suppliers and venues will work around these hours too.    So let your lunch hour be free for wedding shoe shopping and let your wedding planner take some of the stress from you.

–  You are lost with your money , what you have spent and what you have left to spend, have a dislike of spreadsheets and balancing the books.  A professional wedding planner will have vast experience of managing a budget, negotiating the best prices with suppliers and most are a strange breed who are friends with their calculator and Excel.

–  You want to enjoy your day and not be worried about the schedule, ensuring suppliers are there when they should be, dealing with minor emergencies and the little details of the day.  Your wedding planner is there to take all of this away from you and your families, leaving you to really relax and have fun, which is what it is all about.  This is the bit that really cannot be overestimated and is difficult for a bride and groom to plan for as they really don’t know how the day will run and what will happen – this is when I think a ‘go-to’ person is invaluable.  The calm that you need.


There are many super talented and experienced wedding suppliers out there who are truly passionate about their work and, most importantly, have the confidence and experience to back up their offerings of wedding planning.

Over the last four years I have worked with, spoken to and spent time with a handful of pretty amazing ladies who are worth speaking to if you decide you would like to find out more about what they can offer you.  There are many more of course, and a good place to start is by checking their background and their accreditations.    The main body is The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners.

Bennessamy Weddings and Events

Unique Wedding Planning

Carmen Weddings

Pure White Wedding Company

Pretti Gracy Weddings and Events 


Happy planning.


Karen xx


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17:47 25 November 2014

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