Rustic woodland inspired wedding tables with moss table runners, beeswax candles, earthenware vases and vintage glassware

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.

Rustic mossy woodland inspired wedding table setting

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.

Rustic woodland inspired wedding tables 'create the look'

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Rustic spring wedding table inspiration with apple blossom

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…

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Spring inspired illustrated menu

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.

Spring daffodil and ivy table arrangements

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.

Spring inspired illustrated place names

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paper flag wedding table numbers

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.

paper flag wedding table numbers

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.

Images: Bayly & Moore via 100 Layer Cake

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Natural looking wedding tables covered with rustic hessian cloths

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.

The way these tables have been decorated captures that rustic but elegant look that I wanted to achieve for my own wedding, and I hope you find some inspiration from it too.

Image: Ellie Grover via Green Wedding Shoes

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Pink tulips, snowdrops and cyclamen leaves in a vintage teacup

The Natural Wedding Company is a huge supporter of seasonal British grown flowers (if you’re interested to know more check out the #britishflowers chat that’s happening on Twitter) and so I want to ramp up my support by sharing truly seasonal wedding flower inspiration with you.

I think what can be so hard some times is knowing actually what’s in season in Britain during each month of the year, and even whether it’s seasonal in the part of the country you’re getting married in – for example, the flower growers in Cornwall tend to have blooms earlier than somewhere in the north.

Seasonal spring daffodils in a teacup

Teacup of dreamy romantic spring wedding flowers

The lovely ladies from The Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall have been playing around with some seasonal spring flowers and created these beautiful arrangements that I’m delighted to share with you.  The ideal inspiration for those of you planning a spring wedding!

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Charlotte and George's informal country wedding

What could be a nicer way to start the New Year than with a beautiful real wedding to provide you with lots of inspiration and ideas for your own ‘big day’.  Today’s wedding is particularly special to me because it’s the wedding of one of my TNWC businesses – the lovely Charlotte who runs The Crafty Baker.

English country wedding tables

English country wedding

Handmade rosette place names

It’s also pretty special because a number of TNWC businesses were involved in this wedding, including the photographers Bohemian Weddings who are a recent addition to the directory AND Charlotte was inspired by my own wedding stationery.

Plus, tomorrow on the blog I have an exclusive wedding photography offer from Bohemian Weddings so don’t forget to check back!  If you fall in love with any of the suppliers from their Charlotte and George’s wedding you’ll find all the details and links at the bottom of the post.

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