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.

You may also like:

Wedding Colour Trends for 2015

Fabulous Wedding Styling Tips for 2015:

Part 1

Part 2

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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

Fabulous Wedding Styling tips for 2015 Part II

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Hello there 2015 and hello D&J’ers.  Happy new year to you all.

Our first post of the year is Part II of our wedding venue styling tips, Part I is here.


Don’t forget to look up!

If your venue is a blank canvas and it if it allows, the ceiling is a fantastic space for some super pretty styling. A humble village hall can be instantly transformed with some voile marquee draping. A rustic barn adorned with ribbons of lace gives a rustic affair just the right amount of elegance.

A trend taking hold right now is suspension. Think large floral displays hanging from the ceiling, ladders wrapped in fairy lights or a mix of vintage lampshades brings a quirky take on vintage styling.

If your venue can’t accommodate this idea, you could create something similar with a tall photography stand. Simply decorate it with hanging prettiness and when placed behind the top table or cake display it creates a fantastic focal point.

Rebekah J. Murray Photography / Ian Hill Photographers / Mister Phil / A Brit & a Blonde





Dressed to Impress

Round tables, trestles or long banquet style, whatever you choose, those tables are going to need to be dressed in their best outfits.

A growing trend is opting for bare tables and simply dressing it with a stylish table runner. Hessian and lace work well for vintage or rustic affairs or a trend we’re sure to see more of next year is sequins. Glam or vintage, a sequin table runner is both pretty and versatile and will certainly add the wow factor. Of course if your tables do need to be covered up, table runners look fabulous on crisp white linens.

And finally if you want to add a splash of colour, how about adding strips of ribbon to add a colourful, tactile dimension. You can also add splashes of colour by using vintage china or brightly coloured or patterns napkins.  All the images here are from our own events and everything is available to hire.

Christie Graham Photography / Light & Lace Photography / Matt Brown Photography




Sitting Pretty

The great chair cover debate! Full covers and sashes aren’t for everyone and sometimes changing the colour of the ribbon isn’t unique enough, but just like every other aspect of your wedding, there’s always something to suit everyone. You could choose to tie the sashes in a different way, use different materials like hessian or there are company’s who specialise in quirky chair covers, whatever you choose you’re sure to be sitting pretty on your big day.

If you’re chair are pretty enough then it would be a shame to cover them completely. Instead how about using ribbon garlands, attaching flowers, mini pom poms or signage.

Darling Juliet / The Proper Pinwheel / Heather Cook Elliott Photography





There you have it, I hope there are some ideas here that you can incorporate into your plans, Part III is coming soon. We look at succulents, mixed metals and slate.


Featured images – Matt Brown Photography


17:32 8 January 2015

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