Bursting with light and colour, an English country garden is alive with flowers, trees, butterflies and birds. Have an outdoor summer garden party, an informal picnic or recreate an English garden inside your church hall, marquee or reception venue. Here’s how to set the scene and decorate your wedding tables country garden style with some unusual finishing touches.
Days of sunshine, flowers and trees, a country garden wedding is all about the simplicity and the beauty of nature. Theme your day with love birds or in sunny yellow shades or be inspired to simply add a subtle country feel to your wedding reception with any of these ideas.
Set the theme with masses of scented seasonal flowers. Dramatic round peonies, lilac, lavender and delicate scented roses are all beautiful floral decorations for your county garden wedding reception and wild flowers, ivy and trailing foliage will add to the romance.
If you’re decorating tables in a church hall, vintage style vases, coloured glass bottles of different shapes and sizes and china tea cups filled with wild flowers will add a country garden charm. For a reception in a marquee or larger venue, ornate bird cages adorned with larger blooms will provide a more sophisticated look. For a handmade style wedding little washed out jam jars are pretty cool while large sprays of flowers will add colour and drama to a grander and more formal wedding.
Vintage tea cups with painted roses alongside old fashioned tiered cake stands give a very English garden party feel while bunting and rose garlands add a touch of prettiness to your surroundings. Use vintage tea cups to hold your place cards and 3-tiered cake stands for your favours, with scented blooms and ivy trailing from the top tier.
Apples, plums and strawberries are country garden produce that can be brought into your wedding table decor for added colour. Low bowls of green or rosy red apples make simple table centres and could even be used as table number holders for an unusual county garden twist. Place a large country basket of juicy fresh sweet strawberries on a table at your outdoor reception for guests to help themselves to.
Wishing trees, ice cream, love hearts and lanterns
It’s the little finishing touches that add the wow factor and make your wedding stand out from others. For a hot, summer country garden wedding there is no finer addition than an outside ice cream bar serving sweet frozen treats to guests as they enjoy the celebration.
Decorative hanging love hearts with the bride and groom’s names are the modern version of romantic lovers’ initials etched into a tree.
Wedding wishes are a lovely way to treasure your guest’s well wishes without passing round a guest book. Ask your guests to write their wishes for you with their names and hang them from a tree with ribbons or post them into a box for safe-keeping.
When evening falls light lanterns and candles to illuminate the floral displays and add another dimension to your wedding style. Chinese lanterns are particularly eye-catching and coloured lights will add a vibrant glow.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.