If you are thinking of getting married during the summer months, an English country garden theme could be perfect for you. Think clear blue skies and hazy summer evenings coupled with traditional flowers, crisp linens, beautiful tiered wedding cakes and white marquees.
The capturing of English Country Garden Style begins with the right setting for your celebrations - an elegant country house with beautifully manicured grounds or a beautifully decorated white marquee in a suitably large garden both fit with this theme. Even if your wedding isn't going to be held in a country setting you can still use country inspired flowers and decorations to create the right mood.
To help choose the colour palette, look to a summer's garden for inspiration. Start by using classic white or ivory as a base, then combine with hints of colour. Pastel colours are a perfect choice, think delicate pinks, sage greens and pale blues.
For floral displays, think of traditional style. Elegant country flowers in whites and creams such as masses of roses and lillies. Then introduce a hint of colour, look to flowers such a peonies, delphiniums or hydrangeas which look beautiful and don't require too many to make a big impact. Climbing flowers can also create an incredible impact, wisteria, fragrant honeysuckle and trailing clematis add to a country garden feel. Remember to include lots of fresh green foliage.
Soft atmospheric lighting adds to the country garden theme. As daylight fades, twinkling tealights and lots of beautiful lanterns help create a wonderful, romantic ambiance.
To decorate your venue and table settings in line with an English Country Garden theme, look to your chosen colour palette and reflect this in your chosen accessories:
|Have a bridesmaid or usher distribute confetti cones, filled with rose petals, to your guests to shower you and your new husband with after the ceremony|
|Using plain white table linen, scatter rose petals or pink dried baby rosebuds across the tables to create a wonderful floral tone. Tie napkins with complementary pink or sage green ribbons and finish with a sprig of lavender or heather|
|Show your appreciation of guest's attendance by leaving each of them a special favour. Use favour boxes in pretty ice cream pastel colours to reflect the theme|
|Have clusters of beautiful pale pink pearlised balloons, tied with long streaming ribbons, around the venue, to add some texture to the theme|
|Use buttefly lanterns around your venue to line pathways, to enhance the summer evening atmosphere as the sun goes down|
Once you have your decor sorted out, here are some extra ideas that you could use to enhance the character of your English Country Garden theme:
|Consider having a traditional English brass band to entertain guests during the drinks reception|
|Traditional games, such as croquet or bowls, out on the lawn can be a fun way to entertain guests|
|Strawberries and cream make an ideal choice for a delicious and very English dessert|
With great thanks to Looking Glass Photography for the non-product based images.