Top 10 outdoor wedding style tips

The English Wedding Blog

1. DIY a rustic backdrop and keep the theme going with table decor Many couples want to personalise their ceremony backdrop and make it theirs, and I think that’s a wonderful idea. Carrying on the theme to wedding tables for the reception will help coordinate your day – and it’s ever so easy to DIY with a little help from the experts!

2. Mix tones and textures for a rustic look The key to creating such a gorgeous rustic DIY wedding style is to mix tones and textures. Rather than focusing on a single colour, which can be so restrictive, imagine a painter’s palette and choose a range of natural tones to work with. Then look for flowers and foliage, papers and fabrics, and be creative using them!


3. Create your own rustic DIY wedding tablescape Add rustic elements – leaves and floral arrangements which will stand out against bright white table linens. Use mismatched crockery and find quirky containers, and decorate with apple place settings, spiky seedhead and fabulous floral arrangements which all work together to create a gorgeous tablescape for an outdoor wedding.

4. Choose a bouquet which fits the rustic outdoor theme Plenty of foliage and lots of different textures can really make a bouquet stand out. Whatever your colours may be, eclectic is the name of the game when it comes to rustic bouquets. Be playful, include grasses and leaves, and choose flowers from a local grower wherever you can!



5. Your bridal look can be natural and ethereal but still glamorous Eliza Jane Howell’s beautiful dress designs are truly exquisite and perfect for a rustic, natural styled wedding. Many of her dresses have stunning beadwork and such a delicate and ethereal style with sleeved capes and gorgeous beading.

6. Place settings are where your guests get a close-up so make them extra special! Choose a rustic style and torn edges for place name cards, and tie them to flower stems, sprigs of herbs or apples. I’ve even seen place names pinned to lemons and limes – this looks amazing and keeps a natural style for your day.

7. Be creative with stationery Whether you DIY or hire a stationer to make your on the day bits and pieces, don’t let yourself be limited to boring, bland printed stationery. Add raffia or natural twine, bits of hessian or lace, and consider handwritten calligraphy and torn edges for that ‘handcrafted’ look.

8. Add a decorative table runner in natural colours… and play with it too! Table runners can add colour or texture, and there are so many ways to use them on your day. With white table linen add a kraft paper or hessian fabric table runner. If you’re having rustic tables without the white covers then consider a white or colourful table runner down the middle of tables… trust me, the effect will be gorgeous! Use fabric paints or calligraphy inks to add your monogram, names, or a fun quote to hang down from the ends of the table!

9. Decorate chair backs in a rustic style While you’re lavishing attention on tablescapes, remember the chairs too! Now we’ve all pretty much ditched boring chair covers we can hang things from chair backs… like Mr and Mrs signs or quirky, rustic bits and pieces which add to the natural DIY theme.


10. Go for a natural, naked wedding cake with fresh flowers Cakes are really going to be the stars of 2014 weddings, and right now my favourites are naked cakes… just so beautiful and perfect for a natural DIY theme. I’d always choose a professionally made cake for the tiers, but you can decorate it yourself with flowers, leaves, berries – just make sure they’re clean and safe! Ask around in your area for naked cakes! Most importantly, choose a wedding venue which has the facilities you need: a lawn, a gazebo, a civil licence… and staff who genuinely understand what you’re trying to achieve. And when it comes to your photographer, choose wisely. You need an experienced professional with an understanding of modern weddings, who won’t ignore all those beautiful details you’ve created!


By Claire Gould, Editor of the English Wedding Blog and calligrapher. Claire will be appearing at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court in September.

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