Hello there! This morning’s wedding blog is a special feature full of ideas, inspired by Becky and Greg’s Farbridge Barn wedding on the blog yesterday. Lovely photographer Sophie Duckworth sent me so many images of the gorgeous details I simply had to give them a little more attention here! I adore a creative bride and groom, and if you love crafting as much as Becky then this is going to be right up your street!
Families and friends often play a big part in weddings: gone are the days when Dad’s only role was to walk you down the aisle and make a speech. If your Pop is handy with a hammer he’s more likely to be making your wedding signposts, huge wooden initials full of lightbulbs… you name it! And Mums and Grans are often recruited not only for cakes but to sew miles of bunting while you and your other half print, glue and stick invitations, table plans, orders of service…
Pretty, rustic and DIY wedding ideas from Becky and Greg’s vintage wedding at Farbridge Barn
All images are by the lovely Sophie Duckworth Photography.
1. Mix and match your wedding guests and table names
Do you really need to have all your tables named after rivers, or films? Becky and Guy’s top table was Love. Other tables were: Pirates, Somerset and the Royal Navy. This means all the freedom in the world to come up with creative decor and favour ideas like these lovely wrapped gifts with Greg’s rosemary place name setting, and the lovely lavender stems for the bride.
2. Choose pretty pastels and flowers for your wedding cake decor
Becky’s Mum has years of experience as a cake decorator and did a beautiful job with this wedding cake. The flowers on top are a mixture of delicate roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus – a perfect match with the bridal bouquet. The lace patterns in the icing are delicate and work well with the vintage theme of the day. Have a look at cake decorating bits and bobs at Lakeland – they have some lovely tools and stencils to help even novice bakers!
3. Simple decorations can be spiced up with bits of ribbon or paper
This willow heart decoration caught my eye – little bits and pieces you see in every gift shop can be decorated just that little bit more to personalise them and make them fit your theme. Take this heart as an example: the lilac ribbon adds a pretty finish and draws the attention. You could add paper tags, decorated pegs, even a string of pearls or a feather butterfly or two to make it your own.
4. Don’t be afraid of a splash of colour!
Not everything has to match! In 2005 when I started my wedding business colour themes were really important – and really limiting! Now I love to see creative couples focusing more on a style or an idea, like Becky and Greg did. The union jacks on this table make it look like so much fun! Guests here got flags, knitted egg cosies and paper crowns – and I want some!
5. Focus on the pretty!
Little things can make a big impression. This cute frame set amongst hydrangeas with a polka dot theme looks really pretty – and anyone can style tables with a few flowers (from friends’ gardens) and assorted jars and jugs to display them.
6. The perfect wedding table plan is all about the right materials!
Table plans have a bad reputation as being hard to make – but with the right attitude you can make yours as lovely as Becky and Greg’s. Get a nice big board (stretched canvas on a frame is a nice affordable way to do it), a big sheet of printed paper, card to print out your tables, twine or ribbon and decorated mini pegs. If they all look good together you really can’t go wrong!
7. Style your candy buffet display
I’ve seen a few candy buffets which don’t look as good as they could. Becky and Greg’s is the business – and all it takes is a little extra decoration and thought. The white shelves and vintage style sign make this a treat!
8. Find a consistent theme or logo for your bits and pieces like this monogram design
Becky and Greg got this custom monogram from Wedding Chicks and used it for their invitations and orders of service as well as putting it on stationery throughout the day. It makes a lovely sticker for sweetie bags and boxes, doesn’t it?
9. Add interest to your display areas with inexpensive and easy flower jars
Display areas can look a little flat without flowers, so for a few extra pence and a couple of hours’ work why not make little jars of garden flowers for your escort card table, or your cake table, by your guest book… All you need is a jam jar, a bit of hessian fabric, lace, ribbon or twine, and fresh flowers to pop inside. Oh! And a little water to keep the flowers fresh!
10. Recruit creative family members to make feature signage for your reception
One of my favourite things from Greg and Becky’s wedding is the signage Becky’s sister made. This blackboard sign is just gorgeous! Incorporating art and design into your day is a wonderful idea and will create lovely keepsakes and memories for your album!
With huge thanks to Becky and Greg, and to all their talented and creative friends and family! Thanks also to wedding photographer Sophie Duckworth for sharing the lovely images of their wedding at Farbridge Barns on the blog today.