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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Hessian heart place name

I love this sweet idea for creating a heart from strips of hessian for your wedding reception place card.  I think all you would need to do is cut two lengths of hessian and make each one into a loop, glueing the ends together.  Then take your two loops and glue their ends together – if that makes sense!  Write your guests names on a slither of paper cut to look like a ribbon at each end and place it on top of your hessian heart.

You could also make these from brown paper, a bit like these ones that Charlotte made for her wedding that was recently featured on the blog.  It’s the same idea as the hessian, just with paper.

Handmade paper heart garland

Image: (1) Tanja Lippert Photography via Style Me Pretty; (2) Bohemian Weddings

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Evergreen branch place settings

Christmas or winter weddings can be dreamt up so beautifully with just a little bit of inspiration  – I love this so, so simple idea for place settings using small trimmings of Christmas tree branches with a rustic luggage tag tied on.  Just popped in each guest’s dinner place they would bring festive cheer to any winter wedding reception.

Regular readers will know I’m all about the simplest ideas being the best, but don’t they look so effective when you get it right?  I love images that conjour up a whole ‘look’ or ‘feel’ for a wedding or celebration – can’t you just imagine a natural, rustic winter wedding unfolding from this one idea for using evergreen branches for place settings?  Lots of twinkling candles, greenery and garlands, simple linens with maybe a hint of festive berry red, and tree trunk cake stands.

Image: Sean Flanigan via Ruffled

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Vintage photos and romantic country garden flowers

I really wanted to share some inspiration from this wedding because not only is it beautiful but because I’m very familiar with the lovely lady whose wedding it was.  The bride, Brigitte, is one of my lovely readers who whilst planning her wedding was always leaving me sweet comments on my blog posts and Facebook page – it’s so nice to be able to become familiar with one of my readers like that.

Brigitte and Graham wedding

Brigitte got married in July at Goldbrick House in Bristol and had the styling help of Kirsten, the talent who is The Little Wedding Helper to make her ideas a reality.  To honour Paris, the city they got engaged in Brigitte and her fiance Graham included some nice French touches to their day, which had such a romantic feel to it.  What I particularly loved was Brigitte’s table decorations and floral arrangements – you often see weddings inspired by Paris, but I think this one captures that essence the nicest.

Elegant vintage Paris inspired wedding table decoration

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Vegetable seedling wedding favour

If you’re having a summer wedding and would like to give your guests a little thank you gift, what about making these cute little pots filled with a vegetable plant seedling?  Perfect for any green-fingered brides- and grooms-to-be.  These sweet wedding favours also double up as place names if you add a wooden lolly stick with your guests’ name written on it.

I particularly love the rustic biodegradable flower pot, not only are they a great eco-friendly option but they also aesthetically pleasing.  You can buy similar pots from Wildflower Favours, you’ll find them under the DIY Favour Supplies category.  Take a look at the full DIY project for these vegetable seedling favours.

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Vintage style seed packet place names

If you are trying to save a bit of money or if you want to be more eco-friendly with your wedding day choices, these vintage style seed packets cleverly double up as both escort cards and wedding favours for your guests.

Seed packet wedding favours

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Star sign wedding table plan

I wanted something a little different to share today and I adore the dark blue and gold of this star sign wedding inspiration.  As a teenager I was just a bit obsessed by star signs (anyone else?), I even had a star sign board game.  I still find star signs fascinating, although I’m less obsessed, but definitely feel I’m a lot like mine – Taurus in case you’re wondering!

I’ve not seen any other wedding inspiration that incorporates star signs, but I think this does it so elegantly with the use of dark blue and gold, and I especially love the above idea of creating a star sign themed table plan.  How fun to use the constellations as the focal point with your guests’ names round the edge of them.

Star sign wedding table name

You can also incorporate other subtle touches that reflect star signs and the night sky (perfect I think for a dusk wedding with tables twinkling with tea lights), such as table numbers with flecked gold card and this fun idea of a star-shaped place names slotted between the fork.

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