Today I have seen so many things that sparked ideas for an autumnal wedding that I felt the best way to share them was with an inspiration board.  If I was planning an autumn wedding I think I would be inspired by wool, hessian, pumpkins, and old-fashioned hues.

Decorating for an autumn wedding

I would decorate with lots of galvanised metal buckets and pewter jugs, filled with the last of the summer flowers in soft, warm colours.  Pumpkins, squashes and gourds can be found in your local farm shops and look wonderful just as they are.  I would use old woolen blankets on hay bales for seating or used like a tablecloth for a cake table.

Dressing for an autumn wedding

For me I would embrace the season, fitting the boys out in country tweed suits, knitted ties and buttonholes of wheat or seedheads.  Bridesmaids would be wrapped in chunky knit scarves and maybe even mittens to keep them warm.  Amongst all those soft colours I would try to bring in a pop of colour – like the gorgeous teal blue of that hat or a pretty bouquets of Dahlia flowers.

Are you having an autumn wedding – what’s inspired you?  If you were to dream up your perfect autumn wedding what would it be like?  Would you like to see more posts like this?

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When I saw this back garden movie night party I thought it would make for the coolest hen do – a girlie film, homemade popcorn, patchwork quilts, woollen blankets, and tealights flickering everwhere.  I love it.  What do you think?

I love the idea of an old crate filled with bundled up blankets and quilts for people to help themselves to.  At our wedding we had a basket of fleece blankets tied up in rolls for people when it got chillier (more on those to come soon).

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On Wednesday I had so much fun.  I drove up to Lancashire to meet Mark Tattersall, we had lunch and caught up, then we set up a mini photoshoot.  Mark took the pictures and I brought along a boot full of ‘bits and pieces’ from my home, some beautiful English sweetpeas and delicious cupcakes.

I suppose in the world of weddings you would say I ‘styled’ the shoot, but it feels rather odd, as it was more just a collection of pretty things made to look nice.  With this gorgeous (and sometimes stifling) hot weather we’ve had, I wanted to create a small lazy summer picnic.

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful, elegant and understated vintage pieces from Pretty Vintage.  As well as a gorgeous selection of earlier vintage crockery (think 1900’s – 1940’s) Lucy also hires out picnic blankets, deck chairs, lawn games and tin baths.  I’m in heaven!

Pretty Vintage has just joined the directory and I am so eager to share with you some of the pretty items you can hire.  I got rather carried away looking through the gallery – but just feast your eyes on these…

Dainty teacups and saucers.

Tin baths and glass vases.

Embroidered tablecloths.

Vintage croquet set.

Earthenware pots and vases.

Deck chairs, bunting and picnic blankets.

Pretty Vintage is based in Norwich and can deliver within a 60 mile radius.  Lucy is happy to deliver anywhere in mainland UK just email her at to discuss what you’re after.

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I can’t believe that my hen party was nearly two weeks ago now – where does the time go!  It was organised by two friends of mine, with a lovely lunch and afternoon tea, but the main part was a gorgeous woodland walk before having hot chocolate with marshmallows in a bell tent deep in the wood.  It was perfect.

A big thank you to May and Jane for organising it, and to my friends Maria, Sophia, Kate and my mom and sister Izzy for coming to share the afternoon with me.  It was lovely knowing nothing about what was planned, and a really special way to celebrate getting married.

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Here’s a sneak peak at the upcoming photos from my hen party last weekend.  I am awaiting the full set of photos from my little sister, who took the pictures.  Can’t wait to share them all!

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I recently got an enquiry from a bride-to-be asking for help.  She is planning a low key, DIY wedding on a budget, and I suggested hay bales as a possible option for seating.

Hay bales are great because they’re a good height for seating, they are natural, you can usually find somewhere local to source them, and you can dress them up in all kinds of ways.

Finding hay bales
I would recommend finding a local stables or farm and finding out whether you could borrow they hay bales rather than buy them.  That way you don’t end up with a barn full of hay bales at the end of your wedding, and you should be able to negotiate a reasonable price or even just to leave a deposit until the bales are returned.

Accessorize your hay bales
Quilts, blankets, picnic rugs, and cushions are all great for accessorizing your hay bale seating.  If you are looking for vintage quilts or old blankets, make sure you check out carboot sales, charity shops and ask friends and family.  Depending on your budget, you could always opt for recycled wool picnic blankets available from Hen and Hammock.

Inspiration – below are some great examples of hay bale seating.  Be inspired!

Hay bales placed next to each other to create a long bench, with cushions in alternating colours…

Image: Beth Helmstetter

Rustic and ‘au naturale’ hay bales – pile up vintage blankets and quilts for people to sit on…

Image: Country Living

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