Planning to get married in summer? A garden wedding theme is timeless and traditional - and yet you can give it a contemporary feel as well.
You could go along the route of having a marquee outside on the lawns of a country house hotel. Don't feel you have to have individual tables - long, banquet style seating works well in this setting and if you want to be really rustic, then scatter haybales outside for guests to sit on and enjoy a summer evening.
That said, in the UK you'll also have to plan for wet weather. Think about umbrellas or a covered walkway to your marquee to allow guests to move between areas without getting wet.
Flowers, pastels and motifs from nature will all set the scene.
Flowers are paramount at a country garden wedding. Think about decorating your tables with hand tied bouquets in jam jars. Maybe add a flower to the guest's individual napkin.
On the other hand, if you want to be more formal, think about tall arrangements in large candelabras or vases - remember to think about the guests' views across the tables and ensure that flowers don't block communication.
Work the country garden theme into your wedding dress, too. Find accessories - maybe your earrings - with flowers and perhaps give each bridesmaid a wrist corsage. And for the bridegroom and his groomsmen, consider cornflowers and buttonholes with one or two blooms, rather than a single rose (although that also looks stunning).
Large wafts of gypsophila in vases are an inexpensive way of decorating corners of the room and create a floral cloud.
If your wedding is moving into evening, create a welcoming atmosphere for your guests by lining the route to your venue with candles in lanterns for a soft glow.
And when it comes to food, the newest way to offer the wedding breakfast is at food stations offering different cuisine - maybe Thai, Indian, Italian, American - so guests can browse and suit their own tastes.
Don't forget to offer a chill-out area to guests - particularly if you are clearing tables for dancing. Everyone always needs somewhere to sit and chat - and some people might like to move away from the hustle and bustle of the dancefloor.
Remember at Ananya we can create bespoke wedding stationery for your country garden style wedding or pick one of our existing floral designs. We're always happy to chat your ideas through ...
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