Hanging teacup lanterns // The Natural Wedding Company

Hanging teacup lanterns instead of jam jar lanterns

There are so many ideas out there now which have been done over and over – jam jar lanterns and bunting spring to mind – but who says that means you still can’t use them if you love them? I’ve never been one to follow trends much, preferring to just go with what I love, so naturally that’s what I’d always encourage you to do to when it comes to planning your wedding.

I do, however, love it when I see a twist on a popular idea, as it just goes to show there’s still room for you to put your own stamp on an already common idea. That’s why I wanted to share these hanging teacup lanterns – at least that’s what I’m calling them! We hung jam jar lanterns around the edge of our wedding tents, and whilst it takes a fair amount of time to wire up jam jars and I imagine these teacups too, if you haven’t got a huge expanse to decorate then I think they’d be wonderful.

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Easter seasonal flower window display

Happy Easter everyone!  I was delighted when an email popped into my inbox earlier this week from Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Company – I’ve come down with a horrid cold this week so it was lovely when they appeared with a wonderful Easter-inspired guest post.

It’s full of beautiful inspiration for wedding styling if you love that combination of seasonal flowers and vintage finds.  I’ll hand you over to The Garden Gate Flower Company to tell you about the beautiful Easter window display they created in one of their local vintage and antique shops in Cornwall.  Over to Maz…

Spring wedding flowers in vintage teacups

Easter is here, and we have gone all nostalgic at the Dower House in Lostwithiel.  We have just been styling an Easter window in a shop that is filled with vintage lace, jelly moulds, buttons, ribbons and much more!

Becca rediscovered The Downy Duckling (or something like that, it’s a good job she’s got little kids to read it to!).

Easter window display

We made pretty miniature arrangements in vintage cups.  Spring flowers like primroses and grape hyacinths are short stemmed so make a good addition to a tea cup.

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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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Vintage inspired wedding cake

Apologies for the quietness on the blog this week, I have been spending a few days with my family and celebrating my sister’s A-Level results – she is a bit of a smarty pants, but I’m still delighted that she’s got brilliant grades and into her University of choice.

I spotted this beautiful vintage inspired wedding cake on Pinterest which was featured on the Boho Wedding Blog.  Although I normally prefer a more loose and natural style, I liked the lace affects and the sugar craft flowers on the top tier, which remind me of vintage floral enamel brooches.  I also love the flower filled teacup on the top, an idea that I’ve previously shared.

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Soup in vintage teacups

So many brides-to-be are busy collecting teacups and saucers to serve tea at their wedding, but why not find a different use for them that’s a little different to the norm?  I love this idea of serving soup in vintage teacups (as seen above it looks even nicer if you have the saucer to go with it) as part of your wedding dinner.

It’s really refreshing to see an alternative use for vintage teacups – I know the one above has two handles and therefore was perhaps designed to hold soup, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t serve soup from ordinary teacups.  While you’re at it, why not serve croutons or bread from gravy jugs – any other clever ideas for using vintage crockery for different elements of your wedding other than serving tea?

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Wedding cake with teacup cake topper

Now in terms of the actual wedding cake, this is about traditional as I’ve got on my Cake Love feature – expertly iced white tiers with perfect pale pink sugar decorations aren’t usually my cup of tea…however, when topped with a dainty teacup with a tiny bunch of flowers it becomes pretty perfect.

If you’re looking for a more traditional looking wedding cake that has a bit of a sparkle, then this would be my recommendation.  It would be especially fitting if you were serving afternoon tea, and obviously if pink’s not your thing you could just change it up a bit to suit your tastes.

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Violets in glasses

Ever since Rachel from Catkin Flowers planted a seed in my head about violets being in season in April I have wanted to do a blog post on them.  It seems more appropriate than ever because they are poking out their pretty faces all over my garden at the moment.

I’m not sure that violets are big enough to make a bridal bouquet, but there are other lovely ideas I came across, and I’ve included a couple of viola/heartsease images because I couldn’t find a tremendous amount of violet ideas (I’m also quite picky with what I choose to share with you).

Violets were the traditional flower of love, symoblising secret love, with hand-tied bouquets of sweet violets the most popular Valentine’s gift in the early 20th Century.  I think it is rather sad that this tradition has been replaced by the red rose.  You can see how violets featured in this selection of vintage cards…

Vintage cards with violets

So if you’re planning at April wedding, how could you incorporate violets into your day?

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