How To Create A Vintage Country Theme for Your Wedding

Katy Coltart - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
There are few things more classic than a rustic, country style wedding. Our custom made canvas marquees are built to the highest modern standards whilst maintaining their traditional style. With tall wooden centre poles and hessian guy ropes, they add a striking focal point to your wedding venue. Due to the classic style of these marquees, they lend themselves perfectly to creating an intimate, country style wedding. We like to use a soft ivory interior lining coupled with a selection of hand-picked vintage wedding decorations to create this look. In this article, we've put together some of our favourite industry secrets for creating the perfect rustic country wedding day

The Seating Plan

You’ll need to decide whether you’re going for a vintage country look, or something a little more rustic.

  • Outdoor receptions work well for DIY type weddings. For a real country feel, hold your ho-down next to the barn (or inside it!) using simple wooden tables with plain clothes and wooden chairs. We can provide everything you need to transform your barn into your ideal venue.
  • Traditional picnic benches add a touch of nostalgia and look super sweet adorned with centrepieces of wildflowers. Leave them natural, up-cycle in pastel shades or turn on the charm with a polka-dot tablecloth.
  • Whiskey barrels can be a real feature and are so versatile. Use them as side tables, extra perches or plant them with gorgeous flower displays.
  • Hay bales offer fun, low-cost seating to surround a barn-dance style dancefloor.

The Spread

If you want to throw a show-stopping wedding reception, don’t forget to reflect the theme in your menu.

  • Hark back to a traditional country fete with a farmhouse table full of sumptuous fruit tarts, fresh berries with cream, a rustic cheese board and a classic sponge cake with jam filling.
  • Create a bake-sale style dessert table using overturned apple crates as cake stands. Offer up a selection of your favourite cakes, tray bakes and cupcakes each with their own hand-written signage.
  • Swap a wedding cake for a traditional apple pie or rhubarb crumble that will delight your guests’ sentimental side as much as their taste buds! Adorn with vintage wedding decorations for an authentic display.

The Mood Lighting

Want to create that inviting, homely glow?

  • Make your own fairy lights by stringing together then placing tea-lights in old jam jars for a little extra home-spun charm.
  • Fairy lights give a soft, warm light for an intimate, relaxed setting.
  • Worried you might light up more than the eyes of your guests? LED candles look just as good as the real thing and are less of a fire hazard - handy with all that hessian and burlap you’ve got around!

Not quite what you had in mind? Browse our stunning selection of lighting options.

The Centrepieces

These say so much about your wedding day. Putting a little thought into a unique centrepiece will make your guests feel special and your day as a whole even more personal.

  • Compliment vintage wedding decorations by filling large mason jars with your favourite old sweeties. You can have a mix or assign a different sweet treat to every table, for a charming way to organise your seating plan.
  • Wildflowers work perfectly for this theme. Gather a selection of local blossoms for the bridal bouquet and echo this in your centrepieces with flowers set in terracotta pots, glass jars or wooden window boxes. Garlands of sweet smelling local flowers make the perfect rustic, vintage wedding decorations when draped outside your marquee or around your reception area.
  • Fruit baskets make colourful and delicious centrepieces. Use traditional wicker baskets and fill with locally sourced fruits.

The great thing about a rustic, country wedding is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on vintage wedding decorations. You can pick up unique furniture pieces at your local auction and make them a stunning feature. You can use almost anything and mismatching items will only add to the charm. Keep your eye on local vintage shops and online retailers for one-off accessories. Still to say yes to the dress? You might just find a diamond in the rough… Fancy an expert team to help deliver your dream wedding? Get in touch today!

Top tips Keep Your Dream Wedding Under Budget

Katy Coltart - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

In the run up to your big day, it’s easy to get swept up in the planning process. But remember, your wedding day signifies the beginning of your lives together. Start as you mean to go on with our top tips for keeping your dream wedding within budget!

It's The Little Things

Planning a luxury wedding on a shoestring? Our luxury pagoda marquees hire prices start at under £500 and with marquee sizes from just 6x6m these are perfect for a small intimate ceremony or summer garden reception. Remember, a big guest list doesn’t always call for a big venue. Choose the smallest marquee size that will comfortably accommodate your guests and not the largest you can squeeze into your space. A sparse marquee will make even the most well-attended soirée feel empty, the best parties come in small packages!

Go Vintage

Bag the old, new, borrowed and even blue all in one fell swoop, by going vintage with your venue and outfit. Scour vintage shops for clothes and accessories, you might even come across the dress of your dreams that you wouldn’t find on the high street. Visit local auction houses where you can pick up some beautiful antique furniture pieces and rustic accessories for a steal to use as unique vintage wedding decorations! Our traditional marquees are a stunning vintage feature in themselves, with canvas walls and hessian guy ropes they ooze luxury without the need for expensive decor. Our marquee hire prices might surprise you too!

Be Wardrobe Wise

Ladies, we are all guilty of using the famous tagline “I have nothing to wear!” Even though it’s rarely true. Wear a pair of shoes you already have (and love!) because if you’re wearing a long dress, nobody is going to see them anyway! Keep an eye on auction sites for bridesmaid dresses and accessories, most people only ever wear these once so there really are some bargain to be had in the wedding section!

Stay Focused

Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the photographer. When the day is all over and the honeymoon hangover is setting in, your wedding photographs will be there for you to enjoy for the rest of your lives together. A great photographer can make a low-budget wedding look expensive and a bad one can make your extravagant bash look cheap and tacky. So save on those only-wear-em-once stilettos and invest in those precious memories.

Looking to hire a beautiful marquee at the best price? We have options to suit every budget and occasion. Check out our marquee hire prices or contact our experienced events team today to request a quote.