This idea is just. so. clever. And fun! I love a good Pinterest find that really stops me like this one did – combining your table number and guestbook, but with the added fun of asking your guests to write you a message that you will read on your 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. wedding anniversary (depending on the table number).
How much fun would it be to read all those sweet and silly messages that your family and friends would leave you, over your future wedding anniversaries? And even if you didn’t want to have them as messages for your wedding anniversaries, the idea would still be excellent to use just for doubling up your table numbers with a guestbook. With one to each table it might mean that more of your guests get a chance to leave you a message, than the usual one roaming guestbook.
I have squirrelled away this fantastic find in a secret Pinterest board where I keep my absolute favourite ideas, ready for sharing on the blog. Every so often I browse through this secret board looking for something that inspires me to share at that moment with you – with all the green leaves unfurlling in the hedgerows around us, there didn’t seem like a better time to share this crocheted leaf garland cake topper with you.
Isn’t it perfect!
It is from a fab website called Pea Green Boat selling all kinds of interesting and unusual ‘party paraphernalia’ and, well, this just captured my attention. It’s available in shades of green, or white (see below) and would be just fab for a woodland wedding, a spring wedding, or just any kind of wedding it’s so sweet.
Today we’re sharing our favourite 15 natural wedding favours – all perfect for bringing an eco-chic touch to your wedding day thanks you’s for your guests (check out more from our series of favourite 15 for 2015).
We are showcasing a mixture of homemade and bought wedding favours, and where possible have included links and prices of each wedding favour to give you an idea of costs. Hopefully there’s a little something for everyone!
Finally, if you’re looking for even more ideas for wedding favours then check out our Favours section on the directory for a great range from some fab eco-friendly and ethical businesses. We even have suppliers who stock a range of boxes and bags to package up your DIY wedding favours, which you can find here.
Dainty wedding favour jars of homemade jam
Who doesn’t love a pot of homemade jam? Perfect if you have a friend or family maker who makes delicious preserves, just delegate the jam making to them and provide some sweet little jars for them to fill.
Hessian and twine wrapped potted herb wedding favours
Another simple DIY wedding favour option – buy some potted herbs, wrap them in squares of hessian and tie up with twine. Done!
Handstamped vintage ‘love spoon’ tea spoon wedding favours
A real keepsake wedding favour that your guests can treasure, vintage teaspoons stamped with ‘love spoon’ (in this case in Welsh). Read more about these vintage teaspoons here.
Whether you are looking for an understated ideas such as using crystallised flowers to decorate your wedding cake, or if you fancy something a little more unusual (dried edible flower petal ice cream sprinkles?) then take a read through some of our favourite ideas.
Ice lollies filled with edible flowers for a summer wedding
We love this idea and dedicated a whole feature to edible flower lollies and popsicles!
Wedding canapés decorated with dainty edible flowers
Bring some natural flair to your wedding canapés with colourful edible flower garnishes.
Crystallised edible flowers to decorate your wedding cake
What could be prettier than a wedding cake covered in dainty crystalised edible flowers – rose petals, pansies, primroses, even apple blossom!
With much of last year spent getting to grips with motherhood and juggling my business alongside this challenging new role, I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into blogging – like really getting back into, being inspired by the fantastic products and services that our businesses are creating, and dreaming up ways for them to be incorporated into your wedding.
Recently Julie from Hollyhock Lane got in touch to tell me about some of her new wedding stationery designs, and it was her ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ collection that immediately grabbed my attention. I love the poem and the images it evokes, and then I was reminded of some great ideas I’ve been saving that would tie in perfectly with Julie’s designs for anyone wanting to incorporate the poem into their wedding day.
If like me your love the poem, I hope my feature inspires you to incorporate some elements into your wedding day. Over to Julie to tell us why she loves the tale of owl and the pussycat so much…
“I think the tale of the ‘owl and the pussycat’ appeals so much as it’s so whimsical and fun, but it’s also an old classic which no doubt inspired many a childhood with it’s fantastical and nonsensical story. It’s a great ‘alternative’ theme for a wedding, espeically if you don’t always relate to more typical floral and feminine wedding themes. There’s so much milage with the imagery that you could create a really beautiful and very original wedding day.”
“The owl and the pussycat suite was actually inspired by a bespoke stationery commission that I wish I had thought of myself. It was particularly apt for this couple, as she and her fiancé had been together for 10 years, so the “too long we have tarried” line was a cheeky nod to their own tallying to walk down the aisle.
Do you ever find yourself falling in love with a particular image that is JUST the feel you want for your wedding, only to take a moment to really study what makes it so beautiful and wonder how on earth you could recreate something similar?
I’ve often found myself in this situation, and got to thinking that there must be other brides-to-be who feel the same. So I wondered how I could help you recreate something similar, when a lot of these images are from photoshoots where (for example) they only had to decorate one table (easy to make that look stunning, but how about 10 or 20 tables at a real wedding?!) and/or the couple had endless resources, be that money, time or manpower.
So with all that in mind, I’ve put together a little collection of items that could help you create a similar style to the above image for your wedding, all from the wonderful suppliers we list in our directory.
I have to admit that a large part of what makes this wedding table so appealing is the rustic table everything else is set against. Finding tables like this, in large enough number for a wedding, is pretty tricky, but there are a few companies who have started hiring out rustic trestle tables in the UK.
Whether or not you manage to hire beautiful wooden tables of not, there is still plenty of elements of this moosy woodsy styled table you could take inspiration from.
I thought we would welcome in 2015 with a series of features of some of our favourite 15 wedding ideas, a great introduction for new brides-to-be to the kind of style and things we love here at The Natural Wedding Company.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years I absolutely adored playing with my hair and trying out different hair styles, I loved having my hair done by the little girls I babysat for, and when my own little sister came along I had so much fun styling her hair too – so what better place to start than 15 of my favourite natural bridal hair styles.
All of these natural wedding hair ideas can be found on our Pretty Wedding Hair Pinterest board, along with hundreds more like them. I only really like to share images on the blog where I can track down the original source and credit the photographer, so some of my particular favourites didn’t make it here to the blog.
They were too good not to tell you about – such as this incredible fairytale hairstyle, this dreamy pinned up do which reminds me of Jane Austen heroines, and this Grecian knotted plait entwined with subtle glittery jewels.
Natural Heidi plaits
Why not add a tiny spring of ferns to your Heidi plaits/braids like we did here for this photoshoot?
Relaxed and natural wedding hair bow
A great alternative to wearing flowers in your hair or a veil – perfect for bridesmaids in fabric or colours to complement their dresses.
Loose twisted natural wedding hair up do
Such a natural and effortless style, creating a blank canvas to add a pretty hair clip or some fresh flowers.