Although we are now into April and should be seeing signs of spring, it still seems very much ‘dead’ looking around us, and I’ve even heard that we are about 3 weeks behind in the world of greenery, growth and flowers. I am dreaming of the days when we are surrounding by vibrant green, lanes of bobbing cow parsley, and all that apple blossom.
Because it seems like we have even longer this year to wait for that time, I’m going to share a little bit of spring wedding table inspiration to remind me of what it will be like…one day in the next couple of months. Although this isn’t inspiration taken from a wedding or styled bridal shoot, I think this rustic and simply laid table would be lovely for a spring wedding.
Plain white crockery, tiny vases and jugs of apple blossom, and mismatched napkins all in a neutral blue and white scheme – you can get tea towels very similar to these from Ikea – cut in half and hemmed they make great napkins, which is what we did for our wedding. I also dream of lunches like this out in the garden, perhaps this will be the year for eating outside…
I do like to try and find you inspiration, where I can, from non-wedding sources. Sometimes I find wedding websites and blogs can become a bit saturated with the same kinds of ideas and images, and so I find it quite refreshing when I stumble across an un-wedding-y blog that I think could provide you with some refreshing inspiration.
Recently I shared these pretty jam jars of herbs and cornflowers from a blog I love called beauty everyday, and it’s from there that I’ve got a little more inspiration to share today. From a blog post entitled ‘A Spring Luncheon’ (don’t you just love the idea!) I really like these pretty paper details with hand-written and illustrated designs.
One of my favourite ways to number your wedding reception tables – with homemade paper flags stuck into one of your centrepieces. I must admit now, that they are my favourite because this is what we chose to do for our own wedding tables, but they are simple to create, effective and easy to spot, and rather sweet I think.
All you need is some sticks (you could use bamboo garden canes, long twigs, or pieces of wooden dowel – which is what we used), paper and string. You could handwrite the numbers, stamp them with ink, or print them on your computer. Then it’s simply a matter of punching holes and tying them to the sticks – if you find they slip down, discretely use a little tape to hold them in place.
For me, creating a welcoming wedding reception table for your guests to dine at is an extremely important part of a wedding. I love touches such as flickering candles, a sprinkling of fresh flowers, and soft fabrics.
If I was still planning my wedding, this image above would definitely have been added to my inspiration folder when it came to dressing our tables. I love the natural hessian/linen cloth draped over the table, the collection of mason jars emitting their soft candlelight, and those jolly looking menus that along with the floral colour break up an otherwise quite neutral palette.
Did you see yesterday’s wintry Cornish reindeer photoshoot? If not you must go take a look – it’s stunning! Today I’ve got part 2 of the photoshoot that was dreamt up by wedding photographer Sarah Falugo (who also runs Green Photographic) and took place at Cornish wedding venue Gwel an Mor.
Yesterday the setting was a wild and windswept landscape, today a sheltered woodland featuring lush floral arrangements full of ferns and blackberries. For a photoshoot done on a budget, it is overflowing with lovely inspiration and ideas that can easily be recreated for your own wedding.
Despite it’s wintery themes, the shoot took place in August (can you believe it!) which explains the soft blush dahlias you can spot in the floral arrangements – no doubt from The Blue Carrot’s cutting garden.
Just a little bit of autumn wedding table decorating inspiration on the blog today. I love this design with it’s autumnal coloured checked tablecloth and simple display of pine cones and candles – it’s such an achievable look and I think that’s fab.
There are some incredible ideas out there for decorating your wedding tables, but sometimes I find them a bit overwhelming – I’m sat there wondering how on earth I would be able to recreate something similar to these elaborate designs on the scale of a wedding (they only ever show one table done up) and also how much it would cost! I completely understand that they’re there to provide inspiration and that you can just pull certain elements, but I do like seeing the occasional idea that looks totally do-able.
I think this look would be even more beautiful if you used those soft golden beeswax candles – and the smell is beautiful!
I don’t know about you, but here it’s turned decidedly chilly and autumnal in the past few days. Despite lighting our wood burning stove last night (how I’ve missed it!) I’m loathe to completely let go of the summer. These bottles that have been wrapped in multicoloured wool and yarn brought a bit of cheer into my morning, and I thought you might like them too.
Thinking about it now, they’d also be quite appropriate for an autumn wedding, especially in the reds and oranges used here. The wedding that these beautiful vases came from was full of textiles and colourful objects from the couples travels to India, and I’m a great advocate of only incorporating things into your wedding if they a) mean something to you, or b) are just really nice.
I imagine creating each of these vases must have taken some time, so I would suggest you’d have to really be into your knitting to want to make enough for your wedding – but if that’s a big bit of your life why wouldn’t you want to bring a little of that to your wedding day?