A BLUEBELL INSPIRED WEDDING THEME

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At GreenAcres Woodland Weddings, we’re famous for our bluebells. Our woods are full of them at this time of year and everything looks so wonderful. If you choose to hold your wedding with us in spring, the beauty in the woodlands might well inspire you so we thought today, we’d share some ideas for a bluebell inspired wedding theme…

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A Bluebell Colour Palette

Blue has long been associated with weddings thanks to the ‘something old, something new’ rhyme. However, over the last few years, it’s become popular again for couples planning their wedding colour palettes. In fact, the colour experts at Pantone chose Serenity Blue as one of their favourite tones for spring just last year and this works perfectly for our bluebell theme.

Alongside your blue, fresh whites, dove greys and even beiges, greens and hints of gold are the best partners in your wedding colour scheme. Think of bridesmaids in fab blue dresses or blue and white separates whilst guys can wear crisp white shirts, cool blue ties and suits in grey, beige or darker blue suit for more summery days.

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Wildflower Decorations

When it comes to your flowers and wedding decorations, a rustic look is definitely the way forward. Unstructured, loose and wild bouquets are so on trend and really reflect the natural beauty of our woodland wedding venues. For guys, buttonholes with spring flowers look fabulous, especially when they’re finished with a little wrap of blue ribbon or a length of twine.

If you’re looking to make a statement then a large floral arch will bring the wow factor to your wedding for sure. Use a lot of foliage to cut costs and reflect the natural beauty of the woodland and then use one or two floral additions around the corners of the arch. This will make an amazing backdrop to your ceremony and it’s great for photos too.

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Bluebell Wedding Ideas

To really bring your bluebell wedding theme to life, why not add a few more details to your wedding? Bluebell seeds make delightful wedding favours and in the Victorian language of flowers, bluebells ‘convey respect and unwavering devotion to the one you love’ which makes them rather perfect for weddings!

Add in more blue details to your wedding tables with blue glassware or blue patterned plates. Don’t go overboard with blue details though – too much can look a little cold so add in plenty of softer colours, textures and patterns.

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Finally, don’t forget to make sure that your wedding day schedule includes lots of time for photographs. Our bluebell woods make the most memorable setting for romantic photos…

To find out more about weddings at GreenAcres or to arrange a time to visit our woodlands, do get in touch! In the meantime, there are woodland wedding ideas galore over on our Pinterest boards so why not take a look?

 

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Image 1: Left Kate Gray on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Top Right Ryan Ray on Style Me Pretty | Bottom Right via Invitations by Ajalon

Image 2: Top Left Heather Nan on Want That Wedding | Top Right Jen Huang on Chic Vintage Brides | Bottom Left via Pinterest | Bottom Right Ben Yew Photography on Hello May

Image 3: Left Mark Tattersall on Boho Weddings | Top Right Anatasia Belik on Deer Pear Flowers | Bottom Right Sarah Hannam on B.Loved

Image 4: Top Left LV Imagery | Top Right Invitations by Ajalon | Bottom Left Hello Love Photography on Wedding Chicks | Bottom Right Jennifer Pinder Floral Styling

10 WAYS TO PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY

There’s no doubt about it – your wedding ceremony is the highlight of your wedding day. The moment that you say your vows in front of your friends and family really is what all the planning is about. We all spend so much time personalising the rest of the wedding day but why not make your ceremony unique too? Here are our top ten ideas for creating a wedding ceremony that’s truly yours…

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Start before the ceremony

  1. To get everyone chatting before the ceremony, why not start proceedings with a drinks reception? Yes, these are often after the ceremony but simply offering guests a fab fruity mocktail, a seasonal soft drink or even just tea and coffee can make a big difference to the atmosphere. Any guest who’s travelled to be with you will really appreciate this thoughtful touch.
  2. Decorating your ceremony space is just as important as decorating your reception. Everyone’s attention will be looking at where you’ll be standing so some decorations to provide a great backdrop or add some touches of colour will definitely be noticed. Don’t forget that these can be moved to your reception too!
  3. Orders of Ceremony not only guide guests through the ceremony, they can also give them more information about the rest of the day itself. If you’re travelling on to another venue after you’ve taken your vows, you could include directions, a map and the all-important postcode for sat-navs! Timings for the rest of the day can also be really helpful too.

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A unique wedding ceremony

  1. It’s traditional for guests to sit on separate ‘sides’ during the wedding ceremony to show which side of the family they’re with. Given that most couples share so many friends and lots of families know each other before the wedding, why not mix up the seating? Let guests ‘choose a seat, not a side’ and encourage everyone to mingle.
  2. Brides used to be ‘given away’ by their fathers but now, there really are no rules about ‘walking up the aisle’. Some couples walk in together, some brides are escorted by their Mothers or another close relative, some walk in on their own. It’s totally up to you.
  3. The music that you choose for your wedding ceremony will really have a big impact on the feeling of the day. Live music is ace or you can simply prep a playlist on your iPod. Do check your music choice with your registrar or celebrant before the day and make sure that whoever is playing DJ knows what piece to play at what moment!

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Making your wedding ceremony special

  1. The thought of writing your own wedding vows might sound scary but trust us when we tell you that you’ll be so glad you did! Making a personal promise to your partner, expressing how you feel in your own way is very special indeed. Again, run your choice of words past your registrar or celebrant and, if you’re really stuck, there’s lots of help online.
  2. Readings can also bring a ceremony alive. You can choose classical poetry, elegant prose, funny verse or even lines from you favourite books. Your officiant will need to know what you’ve chosen and don’t forget to thank whoever gives the readings in your speeches later on – it’s a big job!
  3. If your officiant allows, you can also borrow a tradition for your wedding ceremony. Lots of couples light a candle together but if you’ve chosen a celebrant led ceremony, the world is your oyster! How about a handfasting ceremony or a sand ceremony or even something that links with who you are and your family history? Take a look at Wild & Oak for more information.
  4. Think about where you’re going to look when you take your vows! This one might sound silly but there are plenty of couples that look at the officiant as they’re repeating the magic words, not at their partner who they’re actually speaking too! To include your guests a little more, why not face them as you say ‘I do’…

If you’d like any advice about your woodland wedding and the options available to you at GreenAcres, just ask us when you come to visit. We’ll be happy to help you and we’d love to hear about your plans. Just get in touch to arrange a date and time and we’ll see you among the trees.

 

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Header: Hannah Duffy Photography

Image 1: Left ANA NYC on Style Me Pretty | Right Kate Osborne Photography on Brit + Co

Image 2: Left Alexa Loy on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Right via Deer Pearl Flowers

Image 3: Left Chris Isham on Wedding Sparrow | Right Alexandra Grace Photography on Wedding Sparrow

SPRING WEDDING DECORATIONS

Spring weddings are always special and wedding decorations for this season should be equally wonderful. Here’s our pick of the best details and décor for your spring celebrations and, as you might expect, there’s a definite woodland vibe going on…

Relaxed Wedding Decorations For Spring

After the dark days of winter, spring is just such a joy. Everything, and everyone, starts to come back to life again so keeping your wedding decorations relaxed and simple is absolutely perfect for this time of year.

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We absolutely love simple floral arrangements for spring. Little posies of seasonal blooms tucked into glass jars couldn’t be prettier. You can decorate the jars with twine, scraps of fabric or even a little touch of glitter if you can’t resist some sparkle!

As you might expect, we’re also BIG fans of decorations that are inspired by nature. Mossy table numbers, decorations that sit in log vases or in wooden gardening trugs always make us smile. Fun props are also perfect for spring – how about using little mini-nests as place markers, sweet little woodland animal accessories or use some more moss to cover big letters for a larger decoration?

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Wooden Wedding Decorations

As you’d expect, wooden decorations are always high up on our list of loves! Wooden slices make great charger plates or cake stands and they’re also fab for stacking on your tables to create tablecentres of varying heights.

Wooden wedding signs are also super popular right now and they’re particularly great when they’re written with a sense of humour. Point your guests in the right direction for all the most important elements of the day and give them a little rundown on times so no one will miss a thing!

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Spring Wedding Details Guests Love

Now we know that your wedding day is all about you and should totally reflect your style but it’s also great to include a few elements that your guests will love. Let’s be honest, it’s always rather nice to hear how brilliant you are! Wedding favours have become much more common so guests are less likely to leave them behind. Keep it simple with little packets of seeds or you could even opt for a practical gift – how about glasses that guests can pick up and use for their drinks during the rest of the day?

decorations for a spring wedding

Outdoor seating areas are also perfect for spring weddings. Hopefully, the weather will be kind but you can be sure the evenings will be getting lighter. Set up an outdoor seating area, complete with blankets if you like, and let guests settle down there late in the evening for a long chat. A totally chilled out after-party is the best end to a fantastic wedding.

 

Credits:

Header: Hannah Duffy Photography

Image 1: Top Left Tracy Weston Photography on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Top Right Brideen | Bottom Left Kerry Ann Duffy on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | Bottom Right Rebecca Wedding Photography on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Image 2: Top Left A Brit & A Blonde on Style Me Pretty | Top Right Logscapes on Etsy | Bottom Left Meg Van Kampen Studios on Wedding Chicks | Bottom Right Teresa’s Plants

Image 3: Top Left Donna Murray Photography on Rock My Wedding | Top Right Paige Jones on 100 Layer Cake | Bottom Left Jillian Joseph Photography on Artfully Wed | Bottom Right via Pinterest

Image 4: Top Left via HappyWedd | Top Right Jennie Andrews Photography on Offbeat Bride| Bottom Left Green Autumn Photography on The Bride’s Cafe | Bottom Right via HappyWedd