Summer Wedding Loving

Weddings don’t necessarily have to be about swanky venues and bank breaking budgets; especially in the summer months. With a little imagination and some extra preparation, the back garden might just be the perfect place.

Dazzle your guests with a bright fun wedding. Be thrifty and playful to create a relaxed day full of quirky surprises.

Make flags as table numbers that can be placed into the flower arrangement. They can be made out of fabric, felt or card.

For cocktail hour serve gin and homemade lemonade in jam jars from buckets full of ice. Use retro paper straws and decorate the jars with ribbon.

Mis-match brightly coloured prints. Make napkins out of three or four different fabrics to add colour and texture to the table setting.

Paint tin cans in matching or contrasting colours as an alternative to glass vases. You can also wrap in fabric, wrapping paper or wallpaper.

Mini flags can be made out of origami paper and skewers left on tables or placed in drinks as stirrers, you can leave fun messages on them.

Coloured glassware will create a fun but elegant feel. You can hire coloured glassware in an array of colours.

Wedding Tips

You can resell anything you buy on eBay or local neighbourhood websites… lanterns, tea light holders, bunting… somebody is always getting married!

Car boot sales, charity shops and Freecycle are great places to pick up props for your wedding.

To stop fresh flower waste, organise someone to make up bouquets of flowers to give to guests as they leave, alternatively donate to a local hospice or nursing home.

If you are having flowers at the church design them in a way that they can be transported and used again at the reception.

Create an elegant rustic wedding by keeping it simple but beautiful. Choose natural materials, scent with fresh plants and herbs and light with twinkly candles.

Sage martinis served in vintage cocktail glasses with antique lace bows will welcome your guests and set the scene.

A simple piece of lace wrapped around a linen napkin, a sprig of rosemary and a brown luggage label makes a beautiful name place. WH Smith have the best luggage labels I have found and Cox & Cox do great rubber stamps.

Large and small white paper lanterns clustered together make a beautiful focal point. They are great to fill spaces with high ceilings. If you can, get then wired up so in the evening they glow.

Try Ikea and online paper lantern stores.

An alternative to fresh cut flowers is to use potted plants such as lavender and rosemary. Plant in large metal trugs for a rustic feel.

Table seating plans don’t need to be boring or complicated. Use them visually as a way of introducing your guests to the look of your reception. Luggage labels have been used here and then again on the place settings.

Dot a mixture of glass and mercerised tea lights together for a beautiful twinkle along the table. Break up with simple church candles in elegant hurricane vases.

Make inexpensive tea light holders using tumblers from Ikea.

Leave as they are or using double sided tape wrap ribbon or lace around the rim. They create a beautiful light.

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