How to plan an eco-friendly vintage tea party wedding
Samantha / 13 June 2017
Today’s vintage tea party wedding inspiration post is the first in a series we are going to be bringing you. As I am sure you are most probably aware we have the most wonderful directory bursting full of eco-friendly, ethical independent wedding suppliers and businesses. What you may not be aware of is the amazing variation of products and services on offer we have in the directory that will suit any sort of wedding ‘theme’ that you may be going for.
This new ‘Wedding Theme Inspiration’ series of blog posts is going to provide inspiration for a variety of different types of wedding using a sample of the products and services from our directory to help you with all your wedding planning needs and to highlight what amazing things you can find.
Today’s theme is ‘Vintage Tea Party Wedding’. Think vintage bone chine, swathes of bunting, pretty pastel tones, florals a plenty, afternoon tea and garden games.
Vintage Tea Party Wedding Venue
One of the first stages of your wedding planning journey is finding that perfect, dream venue to host your big day. The directory is full of a variety of different eco-friendly venue types across the country as well as an abundance of tipi, yurt and marquee suppliers. All of which you could adapt to suit your theme however for todays Vintage Tea Party theme we have selected a couple that we think would be perfect; Gants Mill & Garden and Abbey Home Farm.
Gants Mill & Garden
Gants Mill and Garden provides a stunning backdrop of the old mill alongside their enchanting gardens. For your ceremony your guests can watch as you proceed through the rose and clematis arches to the gazebo set in their quintessential English garden or opt for the beautiful Conservatory. Follow with celebrations in their marquee and garden games on the lawn. Their ethos is to help you create a wedding as if it was in your own back garden and offer great flexibility whereby you can use your own caterers. Perfect if you wish to keep it simple with an afternoon tea!
Abbey Home Farm
This farm wedding venue offers a great choice of places to get married including the green oak room, the outside terrace arbour, the veranda of the cafe, the little green shed, or even a magical glade.
The green room which can comfortably fit 120 guests is perfect to deck out in floral bunting and vintage table clothes. If the weather is fine there is also a large outside terrace with a lovely view of the vegetable garden and the chickens. As they run as an organic farm they are able to supply everything from the cake to the flowers, to the drink and the food if desired. Can’t get more truly British tea party than that!
Vintage Tea Party Styling
To begin to set the scene of your vintage tea party wedding there are definitely some essential styling props that you need to include. It goes without saying, I’d say, that mismatched vintage china is a must!! Within our directory you can find china hire from Vintage Marquees Vintage Hire, Wrens Tea Party, Bath Vintage Hire, Sid and Olive Vintage Weddings.
Additional vintage props are next, vintage suitcases, a bicycle adorned with flowers, vintage photo frames and antique garden furniture are just a few vintage props you will find on the extensive books of our wedding hire businesses. Make a statement for the entrance of your wedding with the jerry cart from Virginias Vintage Hire. The Semi-circle vintage tables from Bath Vintage Hire would be great as a tea and cake station, or for displaying old family wedding photos
Vintage Tea Party Decorations
It is all the little decorative touches that bring everything together. A vintage tea party wouldn’t be a vintage tea party without floral print. Find floral paper straws and floral bunting from Little Cherry.What could be more perfect as stationery than this Vintage Tea Party collection from Sarah Wants. Her range includes invites to on-the-day stationery, and thank you cards. Select the perfect coloured natural confetti to match your theme like this ‘Vintage Daydream’ mix and a Bo peep basket from Shropshire Petals. An equally vast selection is available from The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company. The Liberty print letter stickers from Paper Tree would be perfect for creating signage around the venue . To keep the guests occupied vintage garden games are essential at a vintage tea party wedding. These Sid and Olive Vintage Weddings garden games would be a perfect fit!
Vintage tea party wedding flowers
I am absolutely certain that any of our flower farms, floral designers or florists from our directory would work hard to match your theme using seasonal and British flowers wherever they absolutely could. I am also certain they would do an amazing job! Here’s a selection of fabulous florals from a few that we think would work amazingly for a vintage tea party theme and shows what they can offer. These stunning seasonal bouquets from Fletcher and Foley and The Flower Garden at Stokesay Court would undoubtedly wow your guests and are the perfect pastel hues. To complement all the floral print you need to make sure the flowers make n impact. You can either keep it simple with jam jars or jugs filled with posies like these ones from Botanika and Frances and Rose to fill the rooms of the venue. Or make a statement like these incredible ceremonial flowers by Floral Circus. Just remember you will want to remember flowers for adorning additional props such as the basket of a bicycle or vintage suitcases.
Vintage tea party wedding cake
If you are planning a vintage tea party wedding, I would hazard a guess that cake would play a pretty important role whether you go roughly iced like this beauty by Loren Brand Cakes or naked like this one from Queen Bee Cakes. The important thing whichever you choose to go is again the flowers! Either discuss these with your florist or why not go edible. On our directory you will find Maddocks Farm Organics and Greens of Devon who supply edible flowers and herbs for decor. Additionally you can find these ever so pretty crystallised edible sugar flowers found on the cupcakes below from Eat My Flowers.
Vintage tea party wedding style
Our directory doesn’t just feature businesses and services for all your decor and styling needs, it also features everything you need to style yourself; beautiful, eco-friendly wedding dress designers and stores, accessories, rings and make-up artists. Below we have included just a small selection of items that we think would be perfect for a vintage tea party wedding.
Although it is likely you will already have an engagement ring once you start planning your wedding we had to share just a couple of the beautiful rings from our directory. You will find both ethical handmade jewellery and vintage pieces such as this beautiful vintage inspired ring by Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery and this antique pearl and diamond ring by Lupe.
Silver Sixpence in her Shoe makes the most beautiful wedding accessories. The stunning Persephone Vintage Birdcage Wedding Veil would be perfect for a vintage bride. The Lauren Vintage Locket Wedding Garter provides a something blue.
And lastly but by no means least the wedding dress. We have selected two that are a take on 1950’s style which would be perfect for a vintage tea party wedding. The Green Wedding Co. stock sustainable wedding dresses including this beautiful lace top and dress separates by Grace wedding dress. Minna produces pieces using material that are sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles. The Stephanie Dress is a simple, classic design with a twist.
I hope that whether you are planning a vintage tea party wedding or not you have found this overview of what our directory has to offer useful. Keep an eye out for further wedding theme inspiration to follow.
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