Are you having an outdoor wedding? Style tips…

Hey everyone! Do you like the new look English Wedding Blog? I’m delighted with the new header image from lovely Joseph Hall Photography and pleased to have such a fresh and sunny look for the blog this week. I hope you love it too! I’m soooo busy in my little craft studio this morning getting ready for The Handmade Fair (are you coming?) – but quickly wanted to tell you about a feature I’ve had published by Hello Magazine in their brand new Wedding Hub.

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Matilde from Hello! asked me for my best tips for an outdoor wedding, and I shared 10 styling ideas for a rustic wedding – helped enormously by the gorgeous images from Karen Flower Photography!

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My top 10 outdoor wedding style tips, in a nutshell:

  1. DIY a rustic backdrop and keep the theme going with table decor
  2. Mix tones and textures for a rustic look
  3. Create your own rustic DIY wedding tablescape
  4. Choose a bouquet which fits the rustic outdoor theme
  5. Your bridal look can be natural and ethereal but still glamorous
  6. Place settings are where your guests get a close-up so make them extra special!
  7. Be creative with stationery
  8. Add a decorative table runner in natural colours… and play with it too!
  9. Decorate chair backs in a rustic style
  10. Go for a natural, naked wedding cake with fresh flowers

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An overall tip I missed – less about style and more about having an outdoor wedding:

Have an amazing Plan B ready to spring into action in case of rain!

With thanks to Karen Flower Photography for all of the images used above – do visit her website at – and to the following wedding suppliers who contributed their wonderful talents to this shoot!

I also get a mention in Hello!’s Top 5 Wedding Blogs alongside lovely Alison (Mrs P&P), Fairytale Weddings, London Lifestylist Naomi Kisted and (the anonymous author of) Tips for the Toast – which is nice!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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