Hay bale decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bales seem to be standing the test of time in terms of wedding decor and we can absolutely see why.  As a relatively cheap and versatile option they can be both practical and decorative to use in creating a relaxed, country or festival vibe for your wedding day.

If you head on over to Pinterest you would be hard pushed to not come across some hay bale inspiration, we even have our own board dedicated to them. Throughout the years we have featured many weddings with hay bale seating and decor and provided previous posts on hay bale inspiration here, here, here, here and here. Today, however we thought we would provide you with some new inspiration and summarise some of our favourite uses. You’ll also hear from hay bale gurus Partybales along with our advice to help you with planning, how to source them, and how to incorporate hay bales into your wedding day.

Hay bale seating decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bale seating and vintage blanket decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Hay bale decor inspiration for a relaxed wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

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Embroidery hoop wedding decoration

I came across this idea today and think it’s a lovely way to decorate your wedding venue – especially if you have a lot of dull wall space to cheer up.  The couple used embroidery hoops of varying sizes and done in different styles, with a piece of colourful ribbon to hang them from the windows of their wedding venue.

Embroidery hoop artwork has been quite trendy this year, with lots of Etsy sellers bringing us gorgeous designs (just search for embroidery hoop), and after your wedding would look equally beautiful in your own home.  If there’s too many, you could always give them out as gifts to family and friends who helped with your wedding.

Crochet and fabric embroidery hoop artwork

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American camping style wedding

It feels like a while since I shared some pictures from weddings around the blog world that I find inspiring.  If you’re new to the blog you’ll find out I’m all about down-to-earth weddings, those that looks beautiful but not because they’ve had tons of money thrown at them or are totally over-done in details.

There is just something about certain weddings that captures me for their simplicity and what I can only imagine is a trueness to the couple getting married.  I loved this rustic American camp wedding, not only because of the beautiful setting – and I’m delighted that we’re getting more venues like this in the UK – but there is this ‘feel’ to this wedding that is very genuine.

woodsy camp wedding

I’m a huge fan of walking to the wedding ceremony as a group, which is something we chose to do with our guests, and I love that they were accompanied by musicians.

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natural corn crafted wedding knot

These pretty handcrafted corn hearts, lover’s knots and horseshoes are the latest items available from the Wedding in a Teacup online shop – aren’t they beautiful?  I am always at risk of over-using the word ‘natural’ here, but I do love how ‘natural’ these items are, and according to Hester from Wedding in a Teacup they have centuries of British rural tradition behind them.

natural corn crafted wedding heart

If you’re planning an autumn wedding I can’t imagine many things more lovely than these to decorate your ceremony or reception venue with.  In fact, it was my family church decorated for the harvest festival that inspired how I wanted the church to feel for our wedding – among other details, they used two big milk churns outside filled with dried corn, we used those same milk churns but filled with cow parsley for our wedding.  You could also give them as wedding favours.

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recycled paper origami heart decorations

I wish I could take credit for stumbling across they lovely origami hearts made from recycled paper, but it was the lovely Lizzie from Cornish Tipi Weddings who shared details of them and I just had to pass them onto you all.  These ones are made from colourful catalogue and magazine pages, and I love how they’re all hung from different coloured ribbons.

There is a full how-to guide telling you how to make these recycled origami hearts on the original post, and think they would look lovely hung somewhere at your wedding – or just as Lizzie from Cornish Tipi Weddings said, hung from the trees around their woodland wedding pavilion.

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natural French countryside wedding

If you missed part one of Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding yesterday, get over there now and immerse yourself in an utterly gorgeous wedding.  Today it’s the second part with some gorgeous photos in woodland and around the stone villa, and their fun reception and rustic decorations.

countryside woodland wedding

rustic natural woodland wedding

What a happy looking couple – and those gorgeous lace sleeves and floral headband.  Everything is just so fitting about this wedding, nothing seems out of place or contrived – just simple, natural and beautiful.

antique lace wedding dress

It always helps to have a beautiful rustic backdrop to create romantic wedding photographs, like an old French villa with mint green shutters and a rambling rose (oh France how I miss you!)…

French wedding in an old stone villa

rustic French countryside wedding

stone villa wedding in the French countryside

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relaxed tavern winter wedding

Sometimes you come across a wedding that’s not over-the-top or full of pretty details, but it just oozes love and happiness and fun.  This was one of those weddings for me – the kind of wedding that reminds you what getting married is about.

poster wedding invitation ideas

From what I read this Canadian couple wanted a down-to-earth affair with their family and friends, and to me it looks like they created a wedding that was just the way they wanted.  It seemed a fitting wedding to share as it took place in January in Toronto, so apt for this chilly weather we’re experiencing – and a great reminder of how simple and lovely a winter wedding can be.

Canadian winter wedding

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