This month is all about English country garden weddings. We’re going to look at both traditional options for styling as well as some modern twists on this classic and timeless theme. If you’re aiming for a country garden wedding, then your main aims should be to create an intimate and relaxed feel for your guests and allow the WOW factors to come from your floral choices. So how do you achieve this?
Look out for my chat with Lisa from Not Your Average Flowers which will be featured on the blog later in the month. It’s all about how to create that English Country Garden feel with your florals.
Wakehurst / Catering and event management by Graysons / Flowers by Not Your Average Flowers / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Crockery and Glassware by Coordination Catering Hire / Stationery by Grey and Copper / Photography by SMP Weddings
The key to nailing this theme is to be influenced by nature, flowers and the colours traditionally associated with an English Garden.
For me, when I think of country garden weddings I either think of grand country houses with stunning gardens or an intimate wedding with a marquee in the garden (or a venue that feels like someone’s garden).
Some of our favourite country garden style venues:
Funded and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, it is a quintessentially English venue to exchange your vows. Look out for our special feature later in the month putting the spotlight on Wakehurst. And if you want to see Wakehurst styled and set up for a wedding, join us there on 23rd June where will be showcasing for their open day.
This family owned venue makes you feel at home right away, and your guests are sure to feel the same way as they arrive for your wedding day. With a stunning house and elegant lawn, you will create a home-from-home feeling for your day.
Penton Park / Photography by Lydia Stamps Photography
Buxted Park Hotel
Lucky enough to be a guest at a wedding at this gorgeous venue last weekend, it oozes sophistication and the huge rhododendron bushes visible from my hotel room were a delight to wake to!
This venue is particularly close to my heart as it is where my brother got married earlier this year. Bignor Park, set in the heart of the South Downs, is the epitome of an English Country Wedding venue. It has stunning green doors opening onto the barn as well as a secret walled garden; perfect for private, stolen moments with your loved one.
When choosing a marquee, you could opt for a traditional marquee.
Traditional marquee in a home garden / Photo via Rock My Wedding
Or for a modern twist, why not speak to the lovely team at Tent Style. They offer stretch tent marquees which can be moulded to the structure of the landscape producing a bespoke feel to your wedding marquee rather than a fixed and rigid structure. Perfect if you want to fit it around that tree in your mum and dad’s garden!
Tent Style stretch tent marquee in a stunning garden
Let’s start with outside styling
If you choose or are able to have an outdoor ceremony (as after all, it’s always dependent on the Great British weather!), use traditionally ‘inside’ furniture outside. This will give a whimsical ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel to the start of your day which will look amazing in photos. And they will often make comfier options for your guests too!
English Country Garden Wedding / Photo via B.Loved Blog
Hire our iron arch and decorate it with trailing ivy or roses to give that country garden feel to your ‘I-Dos’.
Iron arch with country garden flowers / Photo via The Plant Gallery
If there are trees in the grounds of your venue of choice, hang jam jars and bottles filled with flowers from the branches for a traditional look. Or why not change things up and hang lanterns and ribbons from the tree for a magical whimsical feel.
For a modern twist on this look, opt for a floral tree installation. It’ll make a great backdrop for your couple photos. Later in the afternoon, hang a vintage-look frame from the tree and encourage guests to use it as a backdrop for their insta-worthy photos.
Floral tree installation / Photo via Style Me Pretty
Nothing says English garden party like games on the lawn. Think croquet while sipping on champagne. We have a great selection of traditional wooden games for you to hire for your wedding day such as Jenga, Quoits, Skittles, X’s & O’s and 4-in-a-row.
For a modern twist, hire a crazy golf package to keep your guests entertained while you sneak off to secret garden spots for your professional photos.
Crazy golf at a Country Wedding / Photo via Mobile Crazy Golf
Marquee or Venue Decor
Take inspiration from your granny’s garden for your décor, think birdcages decorated with flowers or watering cans, buckets, metal jugs, milk churns and galvanised bathtubs sprouting with country florals and herbs. Fill the entrance to your marquee as well as surrounding your bar with potted plants and flowers to bring the outside in and give that Country Garden feel inside.
Marquee with stunning potted plants at the entrance / Photo via Matilda Goad
You could opt for a floral chandelier to create a dramatic point of focus in your marquee. Use English country garden flowers to ensure you’re nailing the look.
Foliage chandelier with floating roses / Photography by Grace Elizabeth Photography
The classic look is to adorn your marquee with bunting. While whimsical, if you’re looking for a more modern twist on this traditional look, instead opt for sophisticated lighting and hanging lanterns. Mix this with tasteful table décor for a more ‘grown-up’ version of the country garden look.
Table Centre Décor
For a country garden wedding, much of your table centre decorations will centre around your flower choice. If going for wildflowers, use jugs, buckets, bottles and jam jars on the tables to give a relaxed feel.
If you want to use classic English Rose’s, then choose birdcages or an afternoon-tea centrepiece for your base décor.
Birdcage adorned with roses via Rock My Wedding
Use potted plants as your table centres and then let the guests take them home!
Potted plants for table centres / Photo via Love My Dress
‘Trees’ as table centres are a great way of creating height in a marquee while also giving the marquee an enchanted forest feel.
Tree as a table centre / Photo via Elegant Wedding
Table Settings Décor
Opt for vintage crockery to give a sophisticated and classic feel to your tablescape. Use your family heirlooms, collected pieces or hire crockery from a company such as the lovely Harriett’s Table , to help achieve the look.
Add a spring of lavender or rosemary from your garden to your place settings. It not only looks adorable but smells great too!
Brighten the table with coloured glassware to really give it a lift. Choose green to match a foliage feel or a pastel colour to mirror the abundance of soft floral colours that can be found in Summer.
In front of each guest’s space, why not use a dying-out British tradition and give each of your guests a floral postcard. Hand write a note for them to read as they sit down to thank them for joining you on your special day.
Something that often gets forgotten by guests to fill out is the guestbook. So why not leave a blank postcard for them too so they can fill it out during the wedding breakfast. They’re less likely to forget this way! Hire our English post-box for them to pop it into before they hit the dancefloor.
To ensure you achieve that Country Garden look, go for effortless chic with your décor and tie in the glorious blooming of summer gardens into your country house, marquee, barn or any other venue of your choice. Get in touch if you’d like us to help design your dream English Country Garden Wedding.
Head Stylist at Not Your Average I Do